Stories by Judith Sutherland

Dogs can make life less complicated

Thursday, November 26, 2009

“For the simple things, I am grateful. We complicate our lives to the point of total distraction from that which is most sacred, and that distraction keeps us from experiencing deep gratitude.” — Helen Hooven Santmyer When life gets a little too complicated, I like nothing more than to hang out with my dogs. Channing […]

Life puts us where we are supposed to be

Thursday, November 19, 2009

“The bright sun filtered through the clouds, warming the fields of alfalfa that my father was mowing. Within a day or two it would be put into bales of hay, gathered from the field, stored in the hay loft and used to feed our livestock. I stood at the fence line with the lunch my […]

Pause to honor, and thank, veterans

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Every Veterans Day should be a massive event, a day of total reverence and celebration for those who have given so much for so many.

Time will forever bring change

Thursday, November 5, 2009

One of my very first columns written for Farm and Dairy centered around the topic of my excited impatience as I awaited the birth of my second baby. That baby girl just turned 21 a couple of days ago. I have come to realize that parenting is very much like living through the seasons. As […]

Autumn is a time for reflection

Thursday, October 29, 2009

“We worked in the woods for nearly 10 hours today, falling trees, sawing lumber. I could have worked 10 more. There is something invigorating about work in the deep forest, the type of work of which I never tire.” — Alexander Smalley diary entry, 1880 Autumn is the perfect time for reflection, for a walk […]

Lessons learned along life’s path

Thursday, October 22, 2009

“There is a little man in that child who has already stood his ground with the stubborn calves in the barn and the pigs in the feed lot, but there is also the heart of a saint, for he has learned to be patient and kind to those that others consider dumb animals.” — Sedonia […]

Fall’s backdrop makes all the farm chores worth doing

Thursday, October 15, 2009

“Throwing down hay from the highest point of the south mow, I was drawn to the west corner by the tiniest of sounds. Nestled in a tiny bowl of hay, I found a litter of colorful kittens. I watched them stretch and yawn and remember why it is worth the hard work of farming just […]

Family dairy farms struggle to hang on

Thursday, October 8, 2009

All my life, I have been certain of one thing. Dairy farmers are not paid nearly enough. Now, this has been true even when others who write about such things were saying that the industry was strong, the price better than it had been for years. I don’t care what the authors of such things […]

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 […]

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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.