The most common sight in an Amish community is the horse and buggy. It marks distinctively the separation of the Amish community from the rest of the world who uses the automobile for every day transportation.


The buggy varies with the group and reflects how conservative the community is. The more conservative the community the more austere the buggy is, the more stocky the horse is. For instance, the Swartzentruber Amish, the most conservative of groups, will use a wooden wheeled buggy with steel bands that touch the road. The side curtains will be manually rolled up and tied. The ...
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By Nancy Lembke

In the fall they seem to slip out of their summer colors of bright yellow and distinctive black and put on dull, humble shades of brown and tan feathers. Throughout the winter months they quietly blend in with the brown Sparrows and gray Juncos.  In Ohio, the Gold Finch seems content to melt into the dreary background of the darkness of winter.

But now that spring has arrived, these tiny resident birds suddenly burst upon the scene in their brightest apparel, seemingly challenging even the earliest yellow dandelions in the yard.

The huge ...
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Nancy Lembke

There is an art to making wheat shocks like those pictured here.


Just before the grain is fully ripe, the farmer cuts and binds the long stems of wheat straw into individual bundles. If you look closely, you can see that each shock is made up of several bundles. 


As the wheat is cut by the horse-drawn grain binder, the individual bundles are dropped on the ground. The following day each bundle is picked up by hand and six or seven are stood together, each leaning to hold the others upright. Then a cap bundle is carefully bent in half ...
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