We made - I think it's our third (first visit here) - visit to the Amish community outside Pontotoc, Mississippi a couple of weeks ago. It was wonderful, and the best part was that many of the people there were really, really friendly so we spent a lot of time just visiting with each other.
Of course I had to get another basket - the gentleman that makes these told me that the way he stains these brown is that he puts them in a bath of walnut shells. He has a brother that lives in the Amish community of Ethridge, Tennessee that also makes baskets.
In a world where news still travels at a mail carrier's pace, the farmers, preachers and mechanics responsible for filling The Budget threatened to go on strike if the 119-year-old Amish weekly went ahead with its plan to go online.
The writers, known as scribes, feared their plainspoken dispatches would become fodder for entertainment in the "English," or non-Amish, world. The editors hastily rescinded the plan shortly after proposing it in 2006, and today, only local news briefs appear on The Budget's bare-bones Web site.
"My gosh, they spoke in volume," said Keith Rathbun, publisher of The Budget, a newspaper mailed to nearly 20,000 subscribers across the U.S. and Canada. "I'd be a fool to not pay attention to it."---
The national edition — and the source of its faithful following — is a patchwork of dispatches from scribes, which include both fresh-faced teenagers and bearded old men.
"Supper and singing were held at our house last night, so have been busy this morning getting dishes away and house in order," says a writer from Sligo, Pa.
"We've had some nice rain the last few days and grass is greening up nicely," says another in Middlebury, Ind.