There are several distinct lines in the sand for Mennonites - the haves and the have nots. They have TVs or they have not.These are not distinctives of class status but of cultural taboos. Some outside observers neatly declare this is some religious suspicion of technology. Others sum it up as a male dominated society … Continue reading TV (Oprah may have saved my life)
I'll never forget the morning I woke up and decided I wanted Cream of Wheat for breakfast. The kitchen in the home place was cramped. This meant we actually used our China cupboard. There were three drawers and two cabinets in the base. One cupboard had our breakfast cereals. The other one had bowls that … Continue reading Breakfasts
Dads father grew up in Southwestern Va. My great great grandparents lived in the house where Dad's brother Dee lives. Sylvester was there telling some tales from way back. Grandpa Vicars was a hard working man who drove a mule in to Bristol to sell his vegetables. Most people didn't know he was blind. "Grandpa … Continue reading Rooster Tale
The Conservative Mennonites belief in Sacrament was uneven. One writer declared them not magic at all but entirely symbolic which was why they must call them the Ordinances. In reality there was a certain level of power to some of them. Marriage was not symbolic but a very permanent cementing that could not be dissolved … Continue reading Symbolic Magic
My name is Jordan and I'm the youngest. Hangers town Maryland. My brother Jordan was a cute little boy. I didn't know that back when I was just his brother. He was quick to learn but mangled just enough to be adorable rather than a real prodigy. I didn't need a best friend when I … Continue reading I’m the Youngest
In the Biblical story of Ruth, so important that it is contained in its own Book we learn of a wise lady who undertook a journey with her daughters in law to her Old Country. They were all widowed and the economy and law dictated that they could not maintain their own household but must … Continue reading Thy People Shall be my People.
John and Jeannie were married at Hagerstown Mennonite Fellowship Church by Bishop Melvin Horst of Columbiana OH. They had a reception at the home of Maurice and Naomi Martin on Maugans Ave for 125 guests. They married one week after Dad turned 21, the age his Parents considered majority and quit supporting him.
Smithsburg Maryland is one of the beautiful places in the world and in the summer of 1963 mom moved to this rolling hilly paradise to live with a young Mennonite couple on their farm. Daniel and Elva Martin had four little children Rufus, Simeon, Grace, and Faith. I recently spoke to Elva Martin to find … Continue reading 1963
What are Mennonites? According to John Oliver of The Daily Show they are Diet Amish. Statistically the risk of your child being born Mennonite is doubling every three years, but it's not a birth defect, either. Globally, the average Mennonite is a woman, and black. There's probably no "Denomination" as impossible to define. They descend … Continue reading Mennonite. Isn’t there a Spray for That?
I saw dad run a vacuum one time. I was about 4 years old. Huge red thing behind the counter at Suburban Rentals. Not the housekeeping type. Dad worked sales for Suburban Rentals then bought out several of their business lines, like Campbell Hausfield Compressors, Schaefer Oil, SAIT abrasives and New England Diamond, forming John … Continue reading The Oil Company