Stories by Judith Sutherland

This dog is too busy for wandering

Thursday, January 15, 2009

“One of my obsessive pursuits here at Bedlam Farm is observing the animals, watching the way the residents here change in relation to one another. The farm is a whole, a collection of its parts, and everything affects everything else. I no longer see this place in terms of sheep or dogs, donkeys, chickens, groundhogs […]

Cherish our oldest generation

Thursday, January 8, 2009

“When the strong storm winds blow, look to your elders. When pain and worry persist, it is good to have elderly friends. They have seen, and survived, the worst of times.” – James Waite, 1929 All of my life, I have found comfort in the company of the oldest generation. When my three older sisters […]

2009 resolution: Live, laugh and love

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I have always loved the holidays, enjoying the merriment of the magical, treasuring the family togetherness as we drift through the tail end of a year and prepare to welcome the new. Not this year But this year, for some reason, I have decided to say “Bah Humbug” to new year’s resolutions. It feels too […]

Enjoy the memories of Christmas past

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.” As the years have rolled by, Christmas has taken on many different faces. Memories of Christmas Eve with my paternal grandfather and my dad’s sister are still so dear to my sisters and me. The lights on […]

Life just keeps on happening

Thursday, December 18, 2008

We’ve all heard the saying, “Life is what happens while we’re busy making plans.” Well, I am in the midst of living that truth at the moment. Friday evening I went over the dozens of things needing to be accomplished over the weekend. As I crawled in to bed, my mind kept darting about, trying […]

No doubt the world is changing

Thursday, December 11, 2008

“I will be an American farmer. American agriculture is one of the few things that still makes me proud of this country. It has not been trivialized or forsaken. It has been assaulted, slightly corrupted surely, but it nonetheless remains unparalleled throughout the world.” – From The Road to My Farm by Nora Janssen Seton […]

A cheating Channing is still charming

Thursday, December 4, 2008

“Old Major completed his herding of the milk cows and somehow came to realize that he had two full hours until he was needed to drive the cattle back to the far pasture. Those two hours became the dog’s social time — we later learned that he visited a neighbor, stopped by the village bakery, […]

Departed loved ones are still in our hearts

Thursday, November 27, 2008

“Much to be thankful for, much to ponder which has passed away, much to contemplate which is yet to come.” – Silas Smith, 1918 Thanksgiving has arrived once again, and as we celebrate our prosperity, this is a day which gives us reason to contemplate the changes in our lives as the years roll by. […]

Now is the time for contemplation

Thursday, November 20, 2008

“And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln It looks as though our glorious Indian summer is over for another year, as harsh winds carry blowing snow outside my window. I find myself dreading winter more than I have in a […]

It’s a relief hard-fought election is over

Thursday, November 13, 2008

For those who are relieved this presidential election is over, I write this column. President-elect Barack Obama was born the year John F. Kennedy gave his inaugural address. In Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope —Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, he quotes from Kennedy’s inaugural address: “To those peoples in the huts and villages […]

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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.