Friday, October 7, 2016


Once again, I have had the opportunity to write articles for the Amish Service Guide, published by Malachi Marketing, LLC. This year, I wrote two articles for the publication: "What Is an Ordnung?" and "Amish Benefit Auctions". You can read the articles by clicking on the above link or clicking on the photo to the right. This will take you to a page with a digital copy of the magazine.

While you're checking out my articles, be sure to take a good look through the magazine. You will see ads from numerous businesses in the Amish communities in Ohio. If you're ever in those areas, please do your best to support these businesses and these good people.


Monday, October 3, 2016


Several years ago, Children's Press published a series of 8 craft books written by me known as the "Mania" craft series since each title in the series contained the word Mania, as in Cardboard Tube Mania, Paper Cup Mania, etc. The books are now out of print, so I was looking for some way to revive them. 

My son started dating a wonderful girl from China. When she came to our house, I showed her one of my books. She thought it was great. She asked me if I would like to be able to sell my books in China. Of course I said, "Yes!" 

So, we collaborated, and turned one of the books into a book of 10 crafts that are written in both Chinese and English (She did the Chinese translations for me! My son did the illustrations!). We are planning on marketing the books in China sometime in the future (she has some contacts there). 

Things are ready for publication, yet, but I wanted to share one of the crafts with you, to show you what we're doing and to get some feedback on our work. Here are two pages that constitute one craft called BOOKWORM BOOKMARK. Please tell me what you think. Thanks!