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It always amazes me how fast our society can change its pace. From the newest technological gadgets to the latest fashion trends, the next best thing is always right around the corner. How do we keep up with all these rapid changes?
It seems to be part of human nature. We are just craving to get our hands on that new gadget and we are constantly looking for ways to improve it. Each person is striving to be the next great innovator as our communities continue to grow.
Even the most basic of societies, so strongly rooted in their tradition and avoiding mainstream technology, begin to notice the need to make even the slightest changes in order to survive. For Amish communities, it can be a decision to stay on the farm or seek a "lunch box" job. By seeking these non-traditional jobs, the Amish are expanding the economy for the area by starting their own businesses. At any rate, it seems that Amish community is flourishing nonetheless.
Putting together this issue, I became very intrigued by a recent article I came across, suggesting the Amish culture is growing at a very rapid rate. Composing this particular article (found on page 12) I began to wonder, how does a community so rooted in their traditions and tight with their community make the decision to move and start a new community? What happens to cause some of the larger communities that used to reside in other parts of Ohio to slowly disseminate and eventually, completely disappear? These are all questions that I would love to explore and answer in issues to come.
In this issue of the Amish Heartland, you will not only read more about the growth of the Amish community, but also meet a woman who's bound and determined to put a smile on your face. Her positive attitude makes you glad you ever set foot in her cheese shop or makes you want to visit it for the first time. You will also learn about a place to stay in Amish country that will make you feel right at home. With a caring staff that will treat you like family it kind of makes you want to book a reservation right away.
It has, however, become very clear, the Greater Holmes County area has attracted many Amish settlers and the community is continuing to grow. What is it that attracts them to the area specifically and could we potentially experience a county that becomes predominately an Amish culture?
As time goes on, I expect we will see some changes to the culture of the areas surrounding the Heartland. While we may not be seeing the Amish competing with Apple for next best tablet, we may very well be seeing some advancements in agricultural practices and shifts in the economy for the area.
A phrase from my college Alma Mater states "time and change will surely show" In terms of the Amish community, it will show just "how firm thy" relationships become and how rapidly the population can grow in Holmes County, "O-HI-O."