Stories by Judith Sutherland

Amish sisters are sweet and innocent

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A knock came on my door as I worked in the kitchen one late afternoon this past week. I was startled because I had not heard a car come down our long lane. I was happily surprised to see that it was the oldest of the three sisters who walk through our farm on their […]

Enjoy the gifts of an early fall

Thursday, September 24, 2009

“I spent the afternoon astraddle the ridge of the new barn-loft roof laying down a ridgecap, a course of overlapping shingles that covers the seam where the shingles meet from each slanting roof face. It would have been difficult not to have been happy up there. The fall migration of monarch butterflies, stunning creatures of […]

Where has all the innocence gone?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

“If you’re in the wrong place, the right things don’t happen.” – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1942 There are some things we are given absolutely no choice over in this life. We are born in to a certain place and time, we arrive with parents and family members already in place, and life begins for each […]

Spanky has stepped into leadership role

Thursday, September 3, 2009

“On the farm, I’d come to see that my animals managed to avoid, almost entirely by instinct, the dramas that humans create for themselves. I envied them.” – Jon Katz, Izzy & Lenore I once heard the comment that animals don’t have nearly the troubles that humans have, mostly because they cannot talk. Wow. Truer […]

A lesson from a soft drink cup

Thursday, August 27, 2009

“Wes Jackson is fond of saying that if your life’s work can be accomplished in your lifetime, you’re not thinking big enough. And no one is thinking bigger about sustainable agriculture than Wes Jackson.” – from People We’re Pleased To Know Chipotle Mexican Grill Recently, I stopped for lunch and a soft drink while out […]

Dad’s legacy lives on in memories

Thursday, August 20, 2009

“My father asserted there was no better place to bring up a family than in a rural environment. There’s something about getting up at 5 a.m., feeding the stock and chickens, and milking a couple of cows before breakfast that gives you a lifelong respect for the price of butter and eggs.” — Bill Vaughan […]

We have so much for which to be grateful

Thursday, August 13, 2009

“Dad hitched up the horses and told me the farm was my responsibility now. He was going in search of work, for a week, a month, maybe a year. I felt the weight of it all the way to my bones. I had a man’s job. As Pa drove away, my mother cried. I did […]

‘Pippi’ makes everything less scary

Thursday, August 6, 2009

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” — Anais Nin I met Pippi Longstocking on the first day of school when I was 7 years old, and meeting her changed me forever. I had […]

Summertime brings back memories

Thursday, July 30, 2009

“The summer skies are darkly blue The days are still and bright And evening trails her robes of gold Through the dim halls of night.” — Sarah Helen Whitman, 1803-1878 What a beautiful summer! I would wish for this to last all the way to Christmas and beyond if I thought I could get my […]

Bring back the good old days

Thursday, July 23, 2009

“Never pass up a good opportunity to shut up.” — Will Rogers Tomes of writing have been published on opinions, philosophies, old-fashioned ways of accomplishing all sorts of things, as well as “New Age” thinking on how to manipulate others to see things your way. Not enough is said these days about following good, old […]

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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.