Painful Days – From The Amish Heiress by Patrick E. Craig

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The grey-green sea rolled in long, choppy swells beneath the boat. The waves were endless, moving toward him out of the mist and disappearing away toward the unseen horizon. It was dark, so dark, and the strange smell of the salt water was overpowering and somehow terrifying. A stiff breeze drove the icy spray off […]

The Trail – from The Amish Heiress by Patrick E. Craig

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Bobby Halverson studied the note in his hand as he ambled down the hill. Augusta St. Clair.  Now that’s a name I never thought I’d hear again.             He put the scrap of paper in his pocket as he walked around the side of the blue house to the garden. Jenny was kneeling down, digging […]

Dear Jenny: What is an Amish Wedding Like?

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Dear Jenny, What is an Amish wedding like?  Do you get married in a church or at home.  Is there music and the traditional vows, or do you have a different way?  I am very curious about this. Debbie – Woodstock, New York _____________________________________ I received this letter from a reader a few weeks ago.  […]

My personal favorite from Jenny’s Choice

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Then came a morning when Jenny awoke to a dawn that came creeping into her room like a mischievous child, softly kissing her awake with the delicate touch of a rose colored morning.  Jenny opened her eyes, and saw the pale colors blushing in the fresh sky.  She rose, wrapped a shawl around her shoulders […]

Dear Jenny: Where did the Amish come from? – Part 3

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For the last three weeks I have been writing about the history of the Amish – where we came from.  This all came about when a reader sent me a letter.  Here’s what she asked: _____________________ Dear Jenny, I have lived in Pennsylvania most of my life and have seen many Amish people.  I always […]

Dear Jenny: Where did the Amish come from – part 2

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Last week I received this question from a reader in Pittsburgh.  There was so much to the answer that I had to divide it into several parts.  Here’s the question: Dear Jenny, I have lived in Pennsylvania most of my life and have seen many Amish people.  I always wondered where they came from and […]

Dear Jenny: Where did the Amish come from? – Part 1

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Dear Jenny, I have lived in Pennsylvania most of my life and have seen many Amish people.  I always wondered where they came from and how they became Amish.  Can you give me some background? Cathy Bonnel Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania _______________________ Cathy, That’s a great question, and the truth is, you are not the first to […]

Dear Jenny: How did you become an Amish writer?

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Dear Jenny, I love your column and look forward to reading it every week.  But I have a question.  You are the only Amish person I’ve ever seen that actually has a column in a newspaper.  Can you share with us how you came to be a writer? Brenda Greenville, South Carolina _________________________ Brenda, Thank […]

Dear Jenny: A Question About the “Old Days.”

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Dear Jenny, On television I watched a show about Amish kids living in the city and getting all caught up in computers and rock music.  It just seemed so out of place and somehow wrong.  I felt as though the modern world was slowly robbing the Amish of the qualities that made them Amish and […]

Dear Jenny: A Question About Amish Quilts

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  Dear Jenny, I’ve heard so much about Amish Quilts and the skilled Amish women who make them.  Can you tell me a little about the process of making one? Annette ******************************************************************************************************** Annette, I tried my hand at making quilts when I was young, but it was a disaster. Most of my attempts ended up […]