National Geographic : 2009 Nov
of urban-sprawl-driven farmland prices and road congestion. RUFUS BURKHOLDER Fleetwood, Pennsylvania On the “Spread of the Amish” map, I was surprised to ﬁnd a dot on the north shore of Lake Huron—a new Amish community very close to our home. As I write this letter, hammers are pounding on the hill below our house, where an Amish family is building. When we retired here two years ago, we persuaded the seller to sever the house and woodlot from the farmland. He sold the unimproved land to our delightful Amish neighbors. MARGARET HIBBARD Iron Bridge, Ontario Your article states that the Amish religion emphasizes “separation from the world.” I am not Amish, but an Amish person explained to me that their philosophy is not about separation from the outside so much as community from within. Their denial of modern technology is based on the belief that automobiles and television draw individuals away from community and family. JESSICA GOLDRING Great Neck, New York Technology: The Eyes Have It You have an article on eye- glasses adjusted by pumping ﬂuid between two lenses. About 50 years ago I read this exact idea in a science ﬁction novel. Now it has come to fruition. BOB PATRICK Everton, Arkansas Flashback: Eyes on the Pies The story on Automats brought back memories of childhood trips to that magical place. Imagine a secret little door that you put money in. You turn a knob, and out comes lunch. And before you leave, make yet one more trip to buy dessert. Youhadtositatatableof strangers. We survived, we enjoyed, and now we remember those days of years ago. RONALD REGEN Rockaway, New Jersey GeoPuzzle You’ve marvelously combined my two top interests: geography and puzzles. I look forward to a GeoPuzzle in every issue. MARC HERBERT Walnut Creek, California ©2009 Discover Bank, Member FDIC Discover® gives you a Cashback Bonus® on every single purchase.What you do with it is up to you. What will you get back with your cash back?