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Sweet Story and Bizarre Story

I was just surfing the blogosphere and found a really neat post about some non-Amish people attending a family wedding near Middlebury, Indiana.  Middlebury is a hub of northern Indiana's large Anabaptist region.  At first I thought this was just going to be another post about gawking outsiders visiting the Amish, but if you read this woman's post she really does provide insightful observations: the warmth, the close family, and, wow, the anecdote about the person about to be laid off from work! That is quintessential Amish ethos, wonderfully classic.  Click here to read his blog.

Meanwhile, Nancy Nall is a former writer for a Fort Wayne newspaper.  Nall's blog is scrappy and snarky.  She's broken some news and stimulated discussion and while I don't agree with a lot of what she says, her blog is well-done.  That said, I'm scratching my head about a reference she made to Lovina's mother in a recent post.  Nall was discussing our nation's health care system and pointing to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal about Amish and Mennonites struggle to pay for medical services.   She made a passing reference to Elizabeth Coblentz's death and how her Amish herbalist said she passed away from an "iron deficiency."  I simply do not recall ever saying that publicly and don't remember ever hearing about such a diagnosis.  Elizabeth did visit with an Amish herbalist from time to time, but those visits usually weren't fodder for public discourse.  So.....not sure where she got the info.

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Just a note that the first blog mentioned is a man's blog a he.  The second article is just bizzare to me, I don't get what would even make her think of Elizabeth.  Just weird.

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Oops, I corrected the error, KJunebug....and I talked to Lovina today about the Nancy Nall blog....she, too, has no recollection of iodine deficiency being mentioned as a cause of her mother's death. Weird.

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But i loved the sweet story and believe it because i recall having a similar situation happen and one of the younger girls was pg and would not have benefits if she was let go so i a sr. employee could stay.  So, i elected to go.  She later came to visit me and let me see her lovely little girl.

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Yes, I caught that headache also.  Those are the same sort of anecdotes that are proven false and if they are acknowledged as lies at all they appear on pg 96 of the classifieds.

But we do not hold them accountable because we keep re-electing them over and over as if our senators and reps could not be the liars. 


I am not sure where that woman got her fodder but it sounded mostly like sitting down in front of the computer and writing words...............

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That was a great experience for her. Too get a peak into the simplicity of the Amish ways. Oh I so want to have that same experience someday.

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

Yes, that was truly odd.  I am not sure what that blurb even had to do with anything... many people have undiagnosed aneurysms and don't even know they exist until it is too late.  Anyway, I thought that Elizabeth had had a heart attack (?)  Regardless, that blog left me with a headache!  Too much blah blah blah!

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