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Saloma Miller Furlong is the author of the memoir Why I Left the Amish and Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman's Ties to Two Worlds. Her story is featured in the PBS documentaries "The Amish" and "The Amish: Shunned" on American Experience.

She was born and raised in an Amish community in Ohio. Driven by her desire for freedom and more formal education, She broke away from her community –– not once, but twice.

She graduated from Smith College in May 2007 with a major in German Studies and a minor in Philosophy. Her education has included research on the Amish with Donald Kraybill and a semester abroad in Germany, where she studied at the University of Hamburg.

During her thirty-year inner struggle of coming to terms with her Amish past, she glea
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Saloma Miller Furlong My inspiration comes from within. When it's there, I write. When it's not, I wait.
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Saloma Miller Furlong Hello Miriam,

It is touching to know that you have read "Bonnet Strings" a second time.

Yes, for years David and I had a cordial relationship with my p…more
Hello Miriam,

It is touching to know that you have read "Bonnet Strings" a second time.

Yes, for years David and I had a cordial relationship with my parents. We would visit them at least once a year. My father died in 2004 and my mother in 2005. In my first book, I write about traveling back to Ohio for my father's funeral. I was amazed at the reception I received from my former community members. I also traveled back for my mother's funeral.

My relationship with my siblings is difficult. Only my two brothers stayed Amish. Even though my sisters all left, they did not approve of my first book. And my older sister died of cancer in 2009. So essentially I am an island in my family, with sporadic communications with one sister.(less)
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Soul-Restoring Trip to the Northeast Kingdom and an Update on the Amish in Vermont

   David and I had not left the state of Virginia since March when the pandemic became a stark reality for all of us. So a few months ago, we planned a trip to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. We stayed in an Airbnb lodge on “Blackberry Hill” in West Glover, with two gracious hosts, […]
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   David and I had not left the state of Virginia since March when the pandemic became a stark reality for all of us. So a few months ago, we planned Read more of this blog post »
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"Breakaway Amish" by Johnny Mast with Shawn Smucker tells the inside story of the Amish in Bergholz, Ohio, who cut the hair and beards of other Amish people from the perspective of Johnny being Sam Mullet’s grandson — at one time one of Mullet’s favo ...more
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I knew nothing about the Tharakan culture in Kenya and I will not likely be traveling to that part of the world in my lifetime. But after reading Footsteps, I feel as though I've traveled to that part of the world and that I got to know several peopl ...more
Bonnet Strings by Saloma Miller Furlong
"A few years ago I read and reviewed this author’s first memoir, Why I Left the Amish. Her reasons were compelling, some of them inherent in the Amish tradition, others atypical of most Amish families, but all together they provided a powerful impetus" Read more of this review »
Bonnet Strings by Saloma Miller Furlong
"I received this book through a drawing on Saloma's blog. I really enjoyed Ms. Furlong's memoir. It was well edited, and I appreciated her voice throughout the piece. With each passing chapter, the anguish in her experiences and decisions was ever pre" Read more of this review »
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Simple Pleasures by Marianne Jantzi
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If you are interested in Amish life and you are tired of those Amish fiction books that lack authenticity produced by the mass market, then "Simple Pleasures" is a must read for you. Marianne Jantzi offers fascinating slices of her Amish life in Milv ...more
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Hello Miriam,

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“Murphy's law inverted: What can go right, will go right. (Works if you're an optimist.)”
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“I wondered if God really meant for us to lose the self to make it into his kingdom.”
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“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. —Buddha”
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