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Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010


Autumn in Lancaster County

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Another detour away from the political realm ...

Every early spring and early autumn, Rick and I spend an afternoon driving through the heart of Lancaster County (Pennsylvania Amish/Mennonite country).

We did so this afternoon. Below are twenty-five of the many photos I snapped of the countryside and the people. The photos of the Amish and Mennonite people were taken either through the car window or with a telephoto lens. Amish and Mennonite do not approve of pictures taken of themselves (they consider self images to be ‘hochmut’, or ‘proud’ – so I never snap a photo of them when they might be aware that I am doing so). Thus, apologies for the poor quality of some of those photos.

I hope you all enjoy this small portrait of Lancaster County in the early autumn.

~ joanie

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An Amish one-room schoolhouse. The girls' outhouse has a bonnet on the fence, and the boys' has a little black hat.

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This young Amish boy had just left a local grocery store and was on his way home, alone, in the family's buggy. From what we could tell, all he had purchased was a stick of beef jerky. :)

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The looks on these Amish children's faces speak volumes about their simple way of life.

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Lori_Gmeiner said...

You live in such a beautiful part of the country Joanie! Thank you for posting the pictures. I love the 5 little Amish children in the wagon with their mother.

robmaroni said...

Thank you, Joanie. Beautiful pictures. Like Lori, I especially like the one of the mother and all her kids. Their faces say it all.

John Cooper said...

Big smile. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

AWESOME!!! I gotta get outta the city. :(

marcus aurelius said...

Thanks for the beautiful glimpse into life in your part of the country, C.W. It's definitely a unique area with many wonderful, old-fashioned attributes.

3timesalady said...

Lovely photos Joanie. I LOVE the little goats! Thank you for sharing them with us.

guinevere said...

And the mother doesn't look more than 25 years old. How amazing is that? :>)

3timesalady said...

Joanie, the photos of the mother and her kids in the red horse drawn wagon look cropped. Did you save the whole thing so we can see the surroundings?

cw-patriot said...

So glad you liked the photos.

3timesalady, here is the uncropped photo of the Mom and her children:


Here are the two outhouses next to the one-room schoolhouse:


And others I really like that did not translate well to minimizing (as needed to fit on the blog):






~ joanie

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

3timesalady said...

Thanks Joanie. The other photos are very nice too!

John Galt said...

I always like your pics. Thanks for posting these.

Proudpodunknative said...

The first horse (the picture under the pony) doesn't look like an Amish workhorse. Is it?

Anonymous said...

What would an Amish person do if they saw you taking their picture?

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That first horse photo was taken at the horse farm at the foot of our road. He's a thoroughbred (unlike Amish work horses :).

Here's a pic of a mare and her recent foal taken at the same place (he is so sweet!):


cw-patriot said...

What would an Amish person do if they saw you taking their picture?

He would most likely turn and walk away.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the lovely photos. My husband and I took a vacation in Pa Dutch Country about 20 years ago. It was beautiful, but the one thing we didn't like was the commercialization of the Amish by the non-Amish. I hope that has lessened over the years but I expect that it hasn't.

Anonymous said...


Thank you.

stonemason said...

A nice break from the depressing talk of politics. :)

smithy said...

That Arabian looks like she's about to foal. Do you know?

jg said...

Here is a delicate flower of the left wing:

At 4 foot 9 and 97 lbs, Dennis Kucinich (No.26) was third-string varsity quarterback for the 1960 St. John Cantius Jayhawks. (Image provided by Kucinich family / September 28, 2007)

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Luis said...

Great photos Joanie. You live in a very beautiful part of the world.