Monday, October 16, 2006

My friend Julie writes that her cousin participated in a barn raising out and about Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, the site of the heinous school house shooting last week. A 100-year old barn that her cousin played in as a child caught some sparks from backyard burn and burnt to the ground. She sends fascinating pictures from her cousin's personal photo book that are well worth a look. She tells me that the only English (I read that as non-Amish) present are her cousin and his dad. The Amish are people that I admire deeply because they just live their life. They don't evangelize, they don't lecture, they don't judge. And they walk their talk. I pray for their healing and for the souls of their lost children. May they rest in peace.



JBelle
Bellemaison
The 'Kan EWA

17 comments:

the psycho therapist said...

What beauty and what tragedy. Life.
*sigh


I love the Amish, Mennonite and Shaker cultures. The author of the book the birthday fairy sent you wrote a lovely piece (she's most famous for this one, actually) called Plain and Simple (or something like that).

Check it out. Methinks you will enjoy. Sue Bender, great minimalist writer of depth and wisdom....

I am about 30-40 minutes from Pennsylvania Dutch Farm Country. You've inspired me. I'm taking off next Monday and Tuesday for some needed R & R and might take myself up to enjoy the bucolic scenery and leave changing.

Danka, my friend.

the psycho therapist said...

PS...Great photos...love the juxtapositioning of cultures...chairs, cars, horse drawn carriages, hats, no hats, etc.

Brings back good memories of times spent in and around York, PA (first place I lived as a child). The only minor annoyance were the horse drawn buggys that soooooo got in the way when you were speeding down a country land. :)

MarmiteToasty said...

I to LOVE the amish... and was quite intrigued by them last summer... I love their togetherness, there love for their group, their strong bond, their simple way of life.... sigh.....

I was almost an amish stalker last summer..... lol

I so loved your cousins photographs, especially the one nearish the end where all the blokes on are sitting on the back of that wagon with legs dangling, obviously finished work for the day on the barn erection....

Do you think they would adopt me? do ya? do ya?.... the amish that is not all them blokes with dangly legs.... just sometimes I crave a simple way of life, and I know its a hard life but hey.... I aint scared of no hard work......

sigh....... fanks for sharing those beautiful pics..... fanks

MarmiteToasty said...

ps....... me organic veggie box was delivered today, and there is something in there that I aint never seen before lol..... BUT THE BOX ACTUALLY REALLY SMELLS LIKE A BOX OF VEGGIES SHOULD.... omg its well proper....

x

toadman said...

Marmie, you get an organic veggie box over there? We get one here from a nice couple in Spangle. I work with the husband of the team.

I love getting the real veggies all summer long.

I love the amish too...they make great pies.

MarmiteToasty said...

MrToad :) ave a butchers at this.....

http://www.riverford.co.uk/

Me Organic Veggie box arrived this morning..... with me blokie in
his
white van and his smiling face........ ha ha he said, its you from
last week lol....... I said 'yep its me the veggie stalker'......

Well ya know what, me box of veggies actually smells like what a box
of veggies should smell and look like...... so fresh and veggie
smelling, with little clumps of mud on the beetroots and on the
roots
of this other thing that I aint got a clue what it is lol...... some
of the stuff has been substitued though but it did say that might
happen.....

Im well chufted with it, so much so that I might not even cook any
of
it, I might just stare at it all week sat in me wicker basket in me
kitchen, until it starts to go mouldy then I will order another box
lol

Now how much of a saddo am I to be so excited by a box of bloody
veggies......

See how low maintenance I be :)..... how little things please
me......

sorry for those that ave already read this somewhere else ;) xx

x

jb3ll3 said...

heeeey, You inspired me, Marms, and I went down to our local Farmers' Market and got some wonderful stuff, produce as it were. This week they had beets, too. And they were just gorgeous. muddy with greens that you could put in a vase.

Wendo, go to Lancaster County. I am so jealous! Scout a place we can rendezvous for a Ontological meets The 'Kan retreat. And...you should go to Longwood Gardens. I'll tell you more tomorrow. sigh. you so lucky.

Toad: :) good morning. I love the Amish. I could live their life in a heartbeat. I love seeing their wash on the line at 7 am!

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MarmiteToasty said...

JBelle....... lets sod it all and run off and live with the Amish......

Anonymous said...

Veggies, bah, try some finger steaks if ya want a good aroma from the box.

toadman said...

JBelle, I've been dying to ask you a question for a while now...don't know how to bring it up, so I'll just come out with it..

What do you do for a living that get's you flitting from one country to another so often? I wanna know. Please let me know? If you don't, I'll cry big sobby tears of greif and dissapointment like the weak little teddy bear that I am.

jb3ll3 said...

Toad, When I see you I'll tell you all about my job, if you like. But I guarantee you, you'll be bored. I'm still at work. sigh.

Having said that, I will admit to having uncommon luck in business. Fact is, I don't know if there's anybody luckier than me!

And Marms, when you are ready to go to the Amish girl, LET ME KNOW! I'M THERE!

green libertarian said...

The Amish are a wonderful people. We have Mennonites around here, and they are similar, living off the land, in a completely sustainable way. Along with the Quakers, these sects are known as the Peace "churches", (only the Quakers don't generally use the term "church". I have gone to Mennonite church services a couple of times, as there are no Liberal Quaker meetings within a 1.5 hour drive. It's different, but the people there are very similar. They are intense, yet simple, it's really quite the contrast. None of these sects evangelize (recruit), which is why they are steady-state or dying out.

Glad you like your fresh veggies box, Mel, and good on you Jbelle for supporting the farmers market, where my friend from Tolstoy farms is usually there, and whom, damn, I haven't stopped by to see him there lately.

toadman said...

Real tears. Really. They're flowing like little diamonds down my face.

So, when will the mysterious jb3ll3 ever make an appearance somewhere I am?

The last time, she was too afraid to come and have a seat, but sent a pitcher and went away unseen.

toadman said...

Hey Green, I've been to that market too and seen the Tolstoy farm dudes. We got some good stuff from them.

jb3ll3 said...

I am closer, so much closer than you can imagine....

It's not your imagination that I am hot.

(says she to a happily married man with a baby in progress)

jb3ll3 said...

Toad, I got pink tomatoes at the market this last weekend. They are just wonderful!