What is Normal?

09.27.2009
(was 06.17.2007)

Ok, you choose: endure traditional strict religious strictures and a life of hard labor or, fully indulge in the pleasures of today? Amish youth are given that choice. When they turn 16 they're let loose to experience all the temptations the world. Then, they have to decide between the world and the community. In this hour of To The Best Of Our Knowledge the Amish ritual of Rumspringa.

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    Writer Stephen Kuusisto is blind. He talks of what he remembers about visiting the seashore and a stable in Finland as a child.

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  2. Emily Rapp on "Poster Child"

    Emily Rapp had her foot amputated when she was 4, and the rest of the leg at age 8.

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  3. Harriet Brown on her Daughter's Anorexia

    Harriet Brown reads an essay describing her experience discovering her daughter had anorexia.

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  4. Tom Shachtman on Rumspringa

    Rumspringa is the Amish custom of allowing sixteen year olds a period of total freedom to experience the temptations of the world before they choose the strictures of a traditional Amish life

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  5. Alan Berliner on Insomnia

    Alan Berliner is a chronic insomniac who goes for days without sleeping.

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