Stories by Judith Sutherland

Animal or human: The care is what is important

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Part II Check out the first column on this series here. In the world of animal health, a positive ending to testing or treatment is always a hopeful priority. One enormous difference between the animal care world and that of human care, is this: sometimes, those seeking the care for those they love are much […]

An animal does tell you things

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

“Let’s be honest, many human doctors regard veterinary medicine as crude, plodding and nebulous.” — Dr. Nick Trout, Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life As an Animal Surgeon Part I of II Over a lifetime, I have held veterinarians in high regard, having been blessed to […]

Don’t take life for granted

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A concussion left Judith Sutherland in pain after her fall this winter.

Farm names live on long after owners

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Farmers pay homage to generations of the past.

Grandpa Charlie worked hard, kept busy

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I am touched by the many readers who have personally withstood similar loss, for their words of understanding resonate deeply.

Sometimes, there is just no reasoning

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Paradise may be found from the inside, looking out, on these winter days, when the bare-boned trees are covered with glistening ice and snow. But living in it is sometimes more challenging. Slippery ice Running an errand for my office one day last week, I found myself face-planted in ice-encrusted snow after slipping on a […]

Barn fire: A wound too fresh to begin to heal

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In this life, we have to stand stronger than the winds that blow. It goes without saying that none of us could stand strong without an unyielding yoke holding us steady through life’s storms. No man could sustain heartache and loss without an unquestioning faith and the steadying compassion of others. It is this that […]

Fire takes terrible toll on beloved barn

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A barn fire: “My husband later said the moment he opened the door, he felt he was staring the Devil in the eye.”

Love for a pony is a lesson in life

Thursday, January 30, 2014

“A horse gallops with its lungs, perseveres with its heart, and wins with its character.” — Tessio All of my life, I realize now that I totally misunderstood one extremely important part of horsemanship, and perhaps life in general. Now that the light has been cast upon my misconception, everything makes much more sense. Maybe, […]

Pony love is equal to Grandpa’s love

Thursday, January 23, 2014

“The journey through life is brightened and enlightened by those who travel at least part of it on horseback.” —Anonymous Part Three Ponies, my friend Cindy explained to me just yesterday, have two gears. The first gear, she said, is known as a filling-loosening trot; second, a flat-out gallop. “Wait,” I said. “What is that […]

Pony riding was a fun, but sometimes wild experience

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Part II of my pony experience as a child.

My new bike was no match for pony

Thursday, January 9, 2014

My new bike was nice, but not as nice as friend’s pony.

Always chore time in bleak midwinter

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ash Day. Someone had to scoop the gray powdery ash from the bottom of the coal furnace, dumping it in to buckets. This is possibly the worst job known to man.

It’s clear the farm bill needs overhaul

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

We have been waiting too long for the policy makers to realize something major needs to be changed with the entire structure of the farm bill.

Imagination made Christmas magical

Thursday, December 12, 2013

“Hurry up! Grab the crayons and I’ll get the scissors!” This was my “order from headquarters” from an older sister when we were kids and Christmas was drawing near. After asking permission, we would take the scissors to an old Sears or Montgomery Ward catalog and begin clipping out pictures of everything our little hearts […]

Little one makes farm work more fun

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Farming with the littlest farmer yields some dandy bonuses that glitter more than gold coins from a banker’s vault. My nephew and wife were invited to a local wedding reception for a life-long friend who works as a hunting guide in Alaska, where he met and married his bride. I was happy to be asked […]

Author Ralph Moody shares a lifestyle

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Freddie Sprague got the mumps in late October, and they closed the school. That month was the best I ever had in some ways. It started off bad because Bill, our old white horse, died. Mother wouldn’t let us quit studying just because the school-house was closed, so as soon as the supper dishes were […]

Part I: Novel shares parenting and life lessons

Thursday, November 21, 2013

“There are only two kinds of men in this world: Honest men and dishonest men. …Any man who says the world owes him a living is dishonest. The same God that made you and me made this earth. And He planned it so that it would yield every single thing that the people on it […]

With some creativity, simple Christmas toys can still bring cheer

Thursday, November 7, 2013

I knew I could count on one thing for sure. I would not be opening a gift of anything resembling a Creepy Crawlers laboratory.

‘Find joy in learning new things, always’

Thursday, October 31, 2013

“It’s ironic that we forget so often how wonderful life really is. Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement.” — Anna Quindlen This past week I had the good fortune of visiting with one of my very favorite people, a 90-plus-year-old woman named Susan, […]

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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.