Stories by Judith Sutherland

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 […]

Harvest is work for some, play for others

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

This season brings lots of work, though the work is tempered with the accomplishment of a year of planning and labor. As a kid, we saw the fun rather than the work at harvest time. While other kids were happily busy with raking leaves just to jump in to them, my sisters and I had […]

So lucky to be Caroline’s mom

Thursday, October 30, 2008

“The best way to keep children at home is to make home a pleasant atmosphere — and to let the air out of the tires.” – Dorothy Parker Among some of my earliest Farm and Dairy columns was a piece in which I talked about my impatience while awaiting the birth of my second baby. […]

It was a dirty job, but we had to do it

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Listening to politicians discuss our energy challenges in this country, coal as a power source comes up again and again. It makes me feel rather old, as though I have come full circle in this lifetime. And then I hear the term ‘clean coal’ and I realize we really have come a long way to […]

Challenges open our hearts to all that we have

Thursday, October 16, 2008

There is nothing sweeter than a gloriously sunny October morning — a wide-open, no-demands Sunday morning — here on this beautiful farm. I walked with my dogs up over the hill this morning, out in to the open hay fields with an incredibly bright blue sky overhead, and listened to the birds, the breeze. Part […]

Strength through faith endures all

Thursday, October 9, 2008

To describe my dear friend Karen as strong seems an understatement of epic proportions. Karen, who has made a career of helping others to attain and maintain physical strength and vibrant health through the gym and therapeutic massage business that she owns, is indeed an impressive athlete who holds world titles for her accomplishments. Strength […]

Fall bonfire shares blessings to all

Thursday, October 2, 2008

As September bows out to October, we enjoy the subtle reminder that season’s change is coming once again. We enjoy warm days and crisp nights and try to accomplish all the things on the list before the next season comes along. As I walked the farm one day last week, picking up hundreds of sticks […]


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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.