Harmony, Minnesota: Niagara Cave, Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial, Tea Party Members, Amish, Peace Activists, and Corn
We traveled on to Harmony, Minnesota, and found Harvey, our Servas host [http://servas.org/], and his great friend Benita. Harvey as well as his mom were born in this very farm house.
After graduating from high school, Harvey left Minnesota for decades.
We discovered surprises above and below ground in Harmony:
Above ground, we saw –
Harvey and Benita took us to see Sylvia, a wonderful, thought-provoking play (a main character is a talking dog). Although Harmony is very conservative politically, we had much in common with Harvey, who is a Quaker, and Benita, who introduced us to very nutritional chia seeds. Barry and I met our first Amish family. We also talked with a Tea Party neighbor.
Harmony has –
But Harmony has more than two crops:
It’s an area of Amish, with their buggies and crafted furniture, and many farms with aging owners.
Across the U.S., we were told, many of the young people don’t want to do the hard work and take the risks of staying on the farms. The children typically seek the excitement and opportunities of cities.
Harvey too left Harmony and among other things taught English in Helsinki for 25 years. He has traveled all over the world. His house is filled with evidence of his adventures.
Harvey and Benita also took us to Rochester for the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance.
We went to Harmony, a small town in the middle of corn and soy fields, and found a wonderful couple and much more than we’d expected. You should check out Harmony, Minnesota, too.