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old-fashioned hardware store; crossing over

Lehmans; Leaving the Amish

Lehman's Hardware in Kidron, Ohio is a neat place where one can still find an old-fashioned butterchurn or other amenities more common in the pre-electric era.  Unfortunately when anything becomes popular there's the danger of it straying from its original roots.  Lehman's, once a quaint, sleepy backwater hardware store, is now a multi-million dollar giant with a huge catalog operation and is a frequent tour bus destination.  That said, it's still a neat place where one can find all sorts of unique Amish-type items.  

News stories about Amish people who leave the church to become English don't often do much for me.  I mean, people leave churches all the time. Catholics become Pesbysterians.  Mormons become Baptists.  Methodists become Mennonites. It happens all the time but often the media seems to have a "smarmy" attitude about Amish who leave, like "ah-ha, told you so, our ways are better!".  But an article that appeared in the Times-Mail out of Bedford, Indiana chronicling a young man's decision to leave the Amish was pretty well-written.  He didn't trash the Amish, like so many of these articles usually do.  The article was very honest ("it just didn't work for me", the man said of the Amish lifestyle, or something to that effect) and insightful, so click here for a really good read!

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