Stories by Judith Sutherland

Difficult to leave such a wonderful place

Thursday, May 21, 2009

“Each year when I arrive here, I notice the subtle changes on the dunes and the beach. I love this place and leaving is always incomprehensibly difficult. This year, with sheer determination and a tenant in place on my farm, I intend to stay.” — Mae Tillerman, 1928 Someday, I intend to follow in the […]

There are paths to pursue in agriculture

Thursday, May 14, 2009

“The shortage of large-animal veterinarians coincides with the reduction of small family farms and rural life in America. Traditionally, large-animal veterinarians grew up on farms and around livestock. Today, only 1 percent of the United States’ population lives on farms.” — from Help Wanted by Paul A. Canada, published in The American Quarter Horse Journal, […]

How I spend my Wednesdays with Jack

Thursday, May 7, 2009

While the emotionally-charged book Tuesday with Morrie made it big for author Mitch Albom, I feel I have a masterpiece that could certainly share shelf space with that great book. Mine would be titled Wednesdays with Jack and the only tears you would be moved to shed would be those which fall from gales of […]

It’s been such a long time coming

Thursday, April 30, 2009

“It is late April. Daylight comes now around 4 o’clock. While the sky is still dark roosters begin to crow from various farms in the neighborhood. Their voices pierce the dark sky like a knife cutting a design in the top crust of a raspberry pie, and the morning comes through like colored juice out […]

Dogs can bring the greatest joy in life

Thursday, April 23, 2009

“Humankind is drawn to dogs because they are so like ourselves — bumbling, affectionate, confused, easily disappointed, eager to be amused, grateful for kindness and the least attention.” — Pam Brown, 1928 Sitting atop a special shelf in my writing room sits a tiny book that is one of my most treasured possessions. Just this […]

Ah, sweet victory 30 years later

Thursday, April 16, 2009

“Women and Little Kids on the farm typically did the feeding and watering of the animals, but milking was generally considered to be the lot of the men and the Big Kids. In our family, the milking was done in the cow barn on our aunt and uncle’s farm across the road, because that’s where […]

Time marches on whether I like it or not

Thursday, April 9, 2009

“Look not to the follies and pleasures of earth if you would inherit pure, heavenly mirth; but travel in righteousness, meekness and truth, and overcome all the temptations of youth.” — Anonymous With age comes wisdom, or so they say. Today, I am not buying it. I was born April 8, 1959. So, according to […]

We all need a good dose of laughter

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Some of the best jokes are those played out in real life. Many years ago, my father had an uncle who had married into the family. Ed was a hard-working man who also knew how to have fun as he enjoyed life to the fullest. One weekday morning, Ed went in to work and said […]

Country living is surrounded by blessings

Thursday, March 26, 2009

“I have no Latin, but as I began to botanize, to learn to call the plants around me up here on my hill by their Latin names, I was diverted from my lack of wits by the wit of the system. There is a tree growing in the woodland with shiny, oval leaves that turn […]

We all wish for simplicity in life

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Life is filled with choices — some of them minor, some major — and some that just seem to put everyone in a quandary. I was in a nice shopping center not long ago, and decided to stop in the food court area for a bite to eat. It is not only nice to enjoy […]


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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.