Stories by Judith Sutherland

Never forget what so many have given

Thursday, June 18, 2009

“I stood in the national cemetery and realized, through the stony silence, that I was standing on sacred ground. I was surrounded by monuments of heroic Americans who deserve to be held in high regard for all time.” — Martin Abrams, 1947 Today I was given the opportunity to visit with a true American hero. […]

Stories of my father’s grandparents

Thursday, June 11, 2009

“There were certain things about the farm which Ma understood better than anyone else. For more than her husband and son, whose romanticism often got the best of their practicality, Ma was a real farmer. She knew with certainty where the best apple pies and tart pickles and cream and butter came from, what made […]

I needed a Charlotte of my own

Thursday, June 4, 2009

“It has been my experience that the only people who don’t coo about cows are ranchers. Talk to ranchers. Some of them just can’t stand cattle. And this considered opinion comes from years of involvement — gathering herds from the range, running them through chutes, testing them for pregnancy, impregnating those that require it, finding […]

Redefining yourself takes tenacity, dignity

Thursday, May 28, 2009

“There are moments in every life that define us anew. Find a way to make that moment happen for you.” — Anonymous Have you ever found yourself wishing to live a new life? A friend of mine sent me a quote that reads, “What could you accomplish if you knew you could not fail?” What […]

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 […]


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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.