Stories by Judith Sutherland

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 […]

Virginia Myers Patterson will be missed

Thursday, March 12, 2009

For those of you who have read this column for a number of years, stories of my great-grandpa Charlie are familiar fodder. It is with respect and sadness that I write of the passing of his only remaining child from our midst. Just two days shy of her 91st birthday, my great-aunt Virginia Myers Patterson […]

The seed catalogs are a sign of spring

Thursday, March 5, 2009

“The snow holds for what seems to be forever in the valley and in the far pasture. As I plan my garden once again, we find our patience being tested as yet another snowfall is predicted. One day, we will see the finches and know that we have survived yet another winter. For now, we […]

Whatever happened to red Jell-O (and the mealtimes of my youth)?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

One of the single biggest differences I have observed between the childhood of the older generation and the youth of today has to do with food.

Emily Brown was a unique individual

Thursday, February 19, 2009

In rare moments over the course of a lifetime, we cross paths on our journey with incredibly unique individuals. There are those who are blessed with a wonderful dose of grace, kindness, charm, humility. I was fortunate enough to have known one special lady who encompassed all of this and more. Hornet’s nest I was […]

An unwelcome guest on the farm

Thursday, February 12, 2009

“Winter in Missouri. The coyotes are singing almost every night now down in the hollow, the creek bed that runs below my southern boundary. Their song is a chorus of yips, yelps and barks that increases in intensity and number as more and more join in, until it climaxes in a series of howled wails. […]

Itching for spring, new baseball season

Thursday, February 5, 2009

“We weren’t really alone, of course. Each square mile of farmland, bordered on all sides by those perfectly straight Iowa roads, was called a section. In those days, most sections held four family-owned farms….there were 17 children in our section, so we had our own baseball game. Even if only four kids showed up, we […]


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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.