Stories by Judith Sutherland

Grandmother knew joys of hard work

Thursday, September 11, 2014

One person I have long admired is someone I never had the chance to meet.

Farm life soothes with tedium, richness

Thursday, September 4, 2014

“Whenever I have worked on farms, I have found my thoughts drifting back to the early agricultural parables, perhaps because the very nature of manual work leaves one’s mind open to unhampered thinking, and perhaps because many farm chores today are remarkably unremoved from farm chores thousands of years old — shoveling out irrigation canals […]

Remember to talk about safety, on the road and in the field

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rash of recent car accidents is a reminder to talk about safety.

Parlor games and summer chores

Thursday, August 21, 2014

As summer winds toward fall, this has been a year constantly ahead of itself, it seems.

Hard work, embracing change pays dividends on the farm

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Farm lessons included ‘hard work, taking nothing for granted.’

This farm style stood the test of time

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Just this past week, a friend and I got to talking about how certain traditions have been handed down, some by family, others through the law of life’s essentials.

Summertime on the farm for kids makes anything seem possible

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summertime memories of being a kid on the farm.

Love and family, it just goes together

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To family we are born.

Through the eyes of a 4-year-old

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It has proven to be true: you can take the country boy off of the farm, but you can’t sweep the country off the boy.

Not all progress comes with engine

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It was a pretty drive through farm country to attend Horse Progress Days in Mount Hope on a beautifully sunny Fourth of July. The quiet little town in Holmes County is just to the south of us here in Ohio by about a 40-minute drive. The thermometer had dipped down in to the 50s overnight, […]

Farming gets in your blood at birth: ‘I want to stay out here with the cows’

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Farming can get in a family’s blood early on.

Sometimes the needy are closer to home than we think

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

There was a big family who had just moved in to our community, and one day in class I noticed the hole in the new boy’s shirt.

Enjoy your kids, time goes quick

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Life, it has been said, is a series of dress rehearsals. If you keep working on it, one day you will be ready for the real show. Parenting seems to fit this bill in every possible way. First, the banner is raised, announcing two happy people are about to become parents. My grandmother whispered to […]

Wise scheme helped dad sell a tractor

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Farming in the early 1950s, my father pushed to the verge of working himself to collapse. Holding down a full-time job as a tractor and farm implement salesman, he would return home to farm the rented ground late into the night that he hoped to one day own. About a year ago, my sister shared […]

The best stories always include a dog

Thursday, June 5, 2014

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.”

Learning farm ropes can be shocking

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It made me stand up a little taller when my dad said to me one morning in the milking parlor, “I just couldn’t farm without you. You do good work.”

On a dairy farm, derby races are good cause for a break

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Watching the big horse races was a family tradition.

Here’s to steady planting progress

Thursday, May 15, 2014

With the arrival of mid-May, every farmer I know is feeling the need to push hard through any window of opportunity.

Mom, the sharpshooter in the family

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I awoke before daybreak, and for the first time in a very long time, I feel like the me I used to be. If you’ve never experienced a head injury of any type, you will have no idea what an enormous gift this really proves to be. Ever since my head crashed to the icy […]

Saying goodbye to good neighbors

Thursday, May 1, 2014

How do you say goodbye when good neighbors move?

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About Judith

Judith Sutherland, born and raised on an Ohio family dairy farm, now lives on a 70-acre farm not far from the area where her father’s family settled in the 1850s. Appreciating the tranquility of rural life, Sutherland enjoys sharing a view of her world through writing. Other interests include teaching, reading, training dogs and raising puppies. She and her husband have two children, a son and a daughter, in college.