Stories by Judith Sutherland

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, […]

Special people leave special impressions

Thursday, October 24, 2013

When our son landed his first job out of college, he had worked for this company nearly a year before he invited his Dad and me to visit the office for lunch one day. I had heard many stories about his supervisor, Clayton. I was anxious to meet this man who was intelligent and hard-working, […]

Home is where her heart is found

Thursday, October 17, 2013

I listened with cringe-worthy attention as a co-worker described a honeymoon trip her son and his new bride were planning. A Mediterranean cruise, a tour through Croatia, ending with a stay in Turkey. The trip was highly anticipated, and the planning of it was as detailed as the enormously grand wedding preceding it. No desire […]

Farm accidents, while unsettling, can be good lessons for all

Thursday, October 10, 2013

His story almost ended before it had a chance to begin. There is a small black and white photograph that served as a reminder, tucked in to the oldest photo albums of the many that were created over a happy life. In this picture, a very simple-looking, bare-bones tractor lies tipped over, lying in water. […]

Fall is a time to reflect and be thankful

Thursday, October 3, 2013

As we closed the door on yet another beautiful September, life shifts into a different gear. My hubby baled up a fourth crop of hay and put it in the barn on a gloriously sunny final Saturday of September. Our sweet daughter came one day and helped me organize and clean up the garage, the […]

Forts, John Wayne and fond memories

Thursday, September 26, 2013

We grew up exploring the woods and the valleys in the open spaces of farmland, and on rainy days with any free time granted, the big old barns provided a stage for vivid imaginary play. A bale of straw made an awesome barricade from the bad guys, and our imaginary finger-and-thumb guns kept them at […]

Farm boys learn quickly, practice what they see

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Farm boys learn quickly.

Life can hold a variety of surprises

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sometimes the heart makes our path in life.

Farm chores showed value of work

Thursday, September 5, 2013

“Do you know what a strip cup is?” asked a silver-haired man who still considers himself a dairy farm boy. I am beginning to feel like an old-timer, knowing the answer to such things. One day while at work, this fellow began telling me stories about his jobs on the farm when he was a […]

Farm chores showed value of work

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Columnist Judie Sutherland may not have carried milk cans, but milking cows in a straight-eight stanchion parlor gives her a few braggin’ rights of her own.

The awe-inspiring circle of life

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on. — Carl Sandburg By Judith Sutherland Farm and Dairy columnist When I was a newlywed 30 years ago, one of my best days went like this: my sister went in to the hospital to have a baby. I spent the day caring for her […]

Dogs: Loyal friends and protectors

Thursday, August 1, 2013

“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.”— Milan Kundera I was raised a dog lover. Maybe it is born in […]

Wish I had one more day for stories

Thursday, July 25, 2013

If I could have just one more day with my grandmother, I would treasure her stories beyond measure.

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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.