The Amish Experience

8/21/14 Thursday in Lebanon,PA (Hershey-TT)

Full of energy this morning, getting the blog and such finished then watching a DVR tape of “Retirement Gamble”. It was about how many ways the 401(k) solution to retirement savings is not working all that well, what with how confusing it is for most people to understand how to best invest, the hidden fees they are subjected to in these plans and the stock market crashes. The show reminded us of how Index funds work just as well, usually better than, a financial adviser, with far smaller fees, often under .20%. Simply said, higher fees mean less money for you. For example, with $100,000 over 50 years, making 7% would have $2.9 million. If you paid 2% fees on that same money over those years it would be $1.1 million.

After lunch we researched our plans for where we would camp in 2015. By 3:30 pm we met Hayden/Duane in the Adult Center, enjoying a great game of “13” until dinner time. Grilled hamburgers. Unfortunately it chose to rain the very moment John was trying to barbecue and stopped shortly after he finished. It was a great meal-juicy hamburgers, corn on the cob and sauteed onions.

I’ll share images from our 2009 visit here of “The Amish Experience” where we enjoyed an Amish Farm along with a buggy ride, had a tour of an Amish House and One-Room School and, saw a movie/3D production (“Jacob’s Choice”) about the Amish,.

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That’s an Amish child playing in the water, on a board.

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I asked our buggy driver if I could take his picture, so he turned aside so I could!  They no problem with people taking pictures of their children but it’s not allowed for those who have been baptized into their religion.



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They take the peddle off the bicycles so people can’t go as far and fast.  No cars is for the same reason – to ensure the people stay close, within the community which is the most important thing.  This group was using cell phones because they helped them stay close as a community.


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We saw several young men practicing for their races.  This is a racing buggy.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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