Archive for the 'Amish' Category

I’ve Got a Thing for the Amish

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

PBS will broadcast a show on The Amish tonight at 8 pm (in my neck of the woods). I’ve spent time wandering about the Ohio Amish community, as well as in Lancaster, Pa., and Sarasota, Fla. Here’s a bit of information from a New York Times story on the program:

David Belton confronted a formidable challenge in directing “The Amish”: Make an almost two-hour documentary about a group of people who don’t allow themselves to be interviewed on camera.

As background, the NY Times continues: There are more than 250,000 Amish in the United States and Canada, the only places they live today, we’re told. They are Anabaptists — believers are baptized when they are adults, not as infants — and began heading to Pennsylvania from Europe in the early 18th century.

Road Trip!!

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

I love getting in a car in the morning and not knowing exactly where I’m going to end up that night. For me, that’s the definition of a good road trip. So this weekend I will embark on a weeklong trip for parts unknown. This trip will allow me to knock off two more states in my effort to see every U.S. state. My first stop is upstate New York, where I will see Ithaca and its gorges for the first time as well as have a meal at the renowned Moosewood restaurant. Then I head over to Amish country in Ohio to see friends and immerse myself in all things Amish. Then I go to Kentucky and check out the bourbon distilleries, horse country, and the arts & crafts. Then over to West Virginia, where I hear the scenery is amazing. Then a day in Gettysburg, which I’ve never been to, and then home.

The Amish are Smarter Than We Are

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Four summers ago, I went out to the state of Ohio, site of the largest Amish community in the country, and stayed with friends who lived there. I had a blast. It’s time to go back. In preparation, I recently read a book, Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive (Jossey-Bass) by Erik Wesner, a  non-Amish man who knows as much as a non-Amish person can know about the Amish. He has a blog, Amish America, and now he is receiving national recognition for his exploration of how Amish businesses work.

In his book, Erik points out that there are about 9,000 Amish-owned businesses, and they are not mom-and-pop shops. In fact, many of the enterprises have millions of dollars in annual sales, even though Amish people often have just an eighth-grade education, and cannot take advantage of the technology that most of us use. So why do their businesses have a 95 percent success rate? Read the book, which has already attracted the attention of Time, Fast Company, CNN Money, and MSNBC.

In the meantime, let’s revisit my fabulous post, Would You Eat at My Amish Restaurant?

An Amish Christmas, and Other Amish Stuff

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that I am obsessed with the Amish. I bet you’re wondering what the Amish do for Christmas. Well, wonder no more.

If you’ve got a hankering to learn more about the Amish, read my posts on:

Would you eat at my Amish restaurant?

Why Amish people are skinnier than you and me

My winning Amish Halloween costume

I Love the Amish

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

If you’ve been reading The Boomer Chronicles for a while, you know about my obsession with the Amish. I spent a summer vacation two years ago in Amish country in Ohio. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that a new play called The Amish Project is now being presented in New York City. Written by Jessica Dickey, the show is about the 2006 Amish schoolhouse shooting. The production is getting good reviews.

By the way, I’m thinking maybe, just maybe, of returning this year to Amish country. I stayed with friends in Homerville who lived just around the corner from a big Amish auction house, where we watched the Amish sell off their farm goods. If I can’t get to Amish country, at least there are some good online substitutes:

Amish America: a great blog on all things Amish

Amish Natural Foods: order up some of your favorite Amish grub (What?! you don’t have any favorite Amish grub?)

Amish recipes: so you can make your favorite Amish dishes at home

The Boomer Chronicles Marks Three Years Today

Friday, April 10th, 2009

From the sublime to the ridiculous, The Boomer Chronicles has been informing — and embarrassing — baby boomers worldwide for the last three years. Back in April 2006, I started this here blog with illusions of grandeur and technical help from Stephen Labuda. Thank you to all the loyal readers and commenters who help keep The Boomer Chronicles interesting. And especially thanks to my friends who’ve been reading this rag with no prodding from me. It’s been a wonderful ride thus far. Now, let’s reminisce. What were your favorite posts? How about:

Spontaneous Human Combustion

Throwing Out My Dead Parents‘ Stuff

The Orange Cones of Death

Teeth Whiteners: A Good or a Bad Idea?

You’ve followed me on my RV trip of 2008, and you’ve come along on my vacation in Ohio’s Amish country. You’ve learned a little something about IRAs and Social Security. You’ve endured my obsession with Bigfoot. And you’ve learned all about community building via cohousing as well as the heartbreak of adult incontinence. If you are ever truly bored (that is, either confined to a tiny cell or just easily amused) check out my extensive archives. Onward and upward!

Would You Eat at My Amish Restaurant?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

One day I’d like to open my own restaurant. Right now, in my Jamaica Plain neighborhood, we have a lot of ethnic restaurants, including Thai, Cambodian, Indian, Dominican, Cuban, Chinese and Italian. What’s missing? Amish. There is absolutely no Amish food in my area. My restaurant’s menu would feature fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, green beans, iced tea and shoo-fly pie. I would scour the Internet for old Amish favorites. For all the Amish holidays I would dress up the place. There are no Amish living in my area, so I would pay local college students to dress up in bonnets and wait on the customers. There would be a lot of long tables where you’d sit with strangers during your meal. There would be red and white checked tablecloths. You would be able to eat quite cheaply in my place. Do you think it would fly?

And Speaking of Amish People…

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

The Urban Dictionary is a website that features some of the most clever new phrases and terms you’ll ever stumble upon. For example,

urban amish

n. Someone who has none of the technological devices that have become a part of our daily lives, such as television, microwave, gaming platform or home computer.



Not having the ability to recognize homosexuals as homosexuals; a lack of gaydar.

“He was so homoblivious that he didn’t know that guy was coming on to him.”

There are hundreds and hundreds of these. Check out the Urban Dictionary.

Amish People are Skinnier Than You and Me

Monday, January 29th, 2007

amishman.jpgIf you’ve been reading The Boomer Chronicles for a while, you know I like Amish people.

It’s not often that a scientific study includes Amish people as subjects.

Researchers from the University of Tennessee studied the Amish community to figure out how regular daily activity curbs weight gain. They studied the Amish because they use no electricity and are highly active.

  • Amish men, according to pedometers they wore, took an average of 18,425 steps per day
  • Amish women, took an average of 14,196 daily steps
  • The average sedentary American logged 5,000 steps

The researchers said the Amish diet is high in calories, fat and refined sugar, but only 4 percent of the Amish surveyed were obese compared to nearly 33 percent of modern adults and only 26 percent were overweight, compared to around 65 percent of modern adults.

Here’s more from the American College of Sports Medicine.

The Sense of Taste

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

strawberry1.jpg On the road, one of my greatest pleasures is tasting the local food. Eating local foods isn’t always healthy, but it’s an adventure. Here, in this part of Ohio, it is Amish cooking. Meat and potatoes. But also green beans and sweet peas and fresh bread and cole slaw and strawberries and pies of all descriptions and vanilla custard.

Two of my favorite road-food lovers are Jane and Michael Stern, authors of the recently released Two for the Road: Our Love Affair with American Food, and Alton Brown, host of The Food Network’s Good Eats.

What’s the best road food you’ve ever eaten?