Question: How does a Good Girl with 17 years of Christian-school honor roll turn into a pot-smoking, godless queer feminist? Answer: Live with Mennonites for a year.
She was one of the darlings of Hollywood, but by the '90s, she was ready to take a break from Tinseltown and used her self-imposed reprieve as a time to reflect and reboot, both personally and professionally.
It's not possible to forget the incident or person that caused us pain. Hinduism suggests that the highest platform to exist on is the platform of compassion.
In The McConaissance, McConaughey has become not an anti-hero, but an anti-matinee idol.
There's always been something of a rivalry between downstate Illinois and Chicago. It gets serious when politicians are talking about things like distributing tax dollars for school funding and public construction projects.
Yet this 22-year-old from a small school tucked in a town known more for its Amish crafts than computer programming skills had managed to do the unthinkable: overcome 3,000 miles of distance and a deep cultural divide to land his dream job.
Two groups of people that shy away from many technologies -- Amish and Mennonites -- are actually on the cutting edge when it comes to genetics.
"I am a Christian. I don't like the way the English teenagers live. I have always treasured the simple life and the way the Amish live and am looking to hopefully become Amish when I'm old enough," said one teen who described herself as "a modest young lady."
It was mesmerizing watching festival old-timers, men in beards and women in long country hair, going around meeting friends and acquaintances. Here, truly, was a portrait of rural America.
"You're going to Pennsylvania?" our friends asked. "You're usually flying off to some destination we've never heard of, but the state named after William Penn? Why Pennsylvania?"
Vacation planning for us queers is never just about where we want to go and where we can afford to go. The question of "is it safe for us to go there?" is always lurking, and we often and with good reason seriously consider the gay-friendliness of our vacation destination.
In the real world, which increasingly is becoming the virtually augmented reality world, a smartphone, a pad, or a laptop are survival tools. Even the Amish have a word processor.
After living on an Amish dairy farm for a year, I agree with those who argue that the reality programs reflect a lack of knowledge of the plain folk. The Amish community I associated with had an intimate and sensible relationship to the mainstream world. The beauty is how they managed it.
As several of the folks interviewed on the show indicate, the Amish people are held up by many as a stereotype of humble, innocent simplicity. And while this is true in many cases, there are also darker sides to the culture.
An Amish Murder isn't a study of the Amish way of life but there is enough involvement of the Amish community in the script to make those seeking information happy. The movie itself is run of the mill but any production that offers a chance to see Neve Campbell in a lead role is worth watching.
Though Mountains Fall is Dale Cramer's third and final book in The Daughters of Caleb Bender series, based on actual events that transpired in the nineteenth century when a group of Amish people fled the United States and set up residence in Mexico.