Stories by Judith Sutherland

Neighbors pull together through storms

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Some days come and go with little left behind to be held in our memory. Some are emblazoned forever. Wings of steel It was a beautiful morning as I ran my errands last Wednesday. I had spent time with a great friend, and we talked about how neighbors and friends used to be there for […]

Television: Do we really need it?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Let me preface this column by saying I most definitely could happily live far away from the world without a television. It is incomprehensible to me that some people have a television in every room of their home and go a little crazy if they can’t connect to one during a power outage. With that […]

Sometimes good to be reminded of the power of Mother Nature

Friday, July 5, 2013

Once in a while, it is good to be reminded of the power of Mother Nature. Our daughter and friends were here one evening recently, enjoying a late-day swim and a summertime supper. A breeze began to kick up. The skies began to fill with clouds and we heard a rumble so faint that Caroline […]

Barns can be perfect setting for love

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The old barns that have stood the test of time seem perfectly placed on the farm, with much thought given before even a single rock was placed for a sturdy foundation. With this symbolism in mind, why not hold a wedding ceremony there? Our bank barn was built in the mid-1800s, so it is antique […]

Part VI: Hardships make people stronger

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The 1920s to the early ‘40s were good years for Charlie and Anna Myers. They had finally found the farm that they would call home, where their youngest daughter, Virginia, was born the night they moved in, and where her wedding ceremony was held in 1938. The couple worked hard with a successful small farm, […]

Farm life was hard, but joy-filled

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Part V “A man is entitled to one good dog and one good woman in his life,” Charlie was known to say. After pausing, he then said, “Well, I had me a good dog once.” His bright blue eyes would sparkle and he would smile as those around him laughed. I would be willing to […]

Making the best of a rough decision

Thursday, June 6, 2013

(Part Four)As members of what was known as the Eckley community in the 1920s, the energetic couple farming the old Schuck farm was known to everyone as Charlie and Mrs. Myers. I find this description very telling, as Charlie was a jovial friend to all, and by every description I have ever heard, his wife […]

Part IV: Caring often meant family separation

Thursday, May 30, 2013

“It sure beat starving,” Charlie would often say of the many ‘room and board’ deals he struck for himself and his brothers over the years of their hard-scrabble childhood.

Part III: The goal is to keep the family together

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Part III Charlie was only 12 when his life changed dramatically. He recalled years later the somber train ride from the city he had called home, leaving the bustling business his family owned in Pittsburgh for a farm in the middle of no where in Ohio with an uncle who was a taskmaster. Before boarding […]

Judith Sutherland: Young man persists, despite hardships

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sometimes the most impressive lives bear unspeakable sorrow but the story is told with a glow of perseverance, or simply never told at all. — Margaret Allenwood, 1902 Part II (See Part I) Anna Chloe spent her life with a steely determination to accomplish farm and house work. Her somber presence stood in stark contrast […]

Judith Sutherland: Papa was a farmer

Thursday, May 9, 2013

“She would gather the eggs in her apron, studying each one, deciding whether this one was a keeper egg or one she would take to town to sell for pennies. Her husband, fortunately, was blessed with the patience of Job, remaining quiet as his wife pinched a nickel until it turned in to a dime.” […]

Planting excitement returns in spring

Thursday, May 2, 2013

When the calendar turns to May, every farmer I know comes down with the fever to turn wheels and kick it in to high gear. Spring weather One day last week, I had the good fortune to enjoy lunch with several farmers I’ve known all my life. It was a gloomy, rainy day with such […]

Spring: Time for new life and gratitude

Thursday, April 25, 2013

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist With the birth of a beautiful Haflinger colt, the farm is coming alive again. This sturdy little fellow arrived on his own time, though Doug had been staying close to the mare in case assistance might be needed. He came in the house to eat a quick bite […]

Childhood church was second home

Thursday, April 11, 2013

BY JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist Celebrating a birthday in the church of our childhood included a simple but memorable tradition. Sitting on a post near the altar was a little white church that looked like a perfect replica of the one in which we gathered. On the Sunday closest to a child’s birthday, […]

Farm-raised athlete inspires us all

Thursday, April 4, 2013

In a world in which role models are sorely needed, this farm girl from Fresno, Ohio, stands impressive and tall.

Farm friends enrich our lives

Thursday, March 28, 2013

“Farmers. You have to love them to like them. You have to live among them to understand them, and even then you can’t be sure. Even now when I see Dick and Carr out in the yard talking earnestly and Carr picking up some stick to whittle, I expect to learn that someone’s wife has […]

It’s not easy figuring out a farmer’s luck

Thursday, March 21, 2013

“A wise gamester ought to take the dice even as they fall and pay down quietly, rather than grumble at his luck.” — Sophocles, 403 B.C. You’ve heard of beginner’s luck and dumb luck, but are you familiar with farmer’s luck? It falls somewhere in between the other two. Farmer’s luck ought to be defined […]

War heros should share their stories

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I have often thought that some of the best stories are the ones that are never told. There are likely many such tales in each one of our family histories, and knowing this makes me wish I could interview the so-called average Joe and spend each day writing someone’s life story. Stories I was thrilled […]

Everyone is waiting for spring to arrive

Thursday, March 7, 2013

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps more mystical concept of animals. In a world older and more complete than ours they moved, finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the sense we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they […]

Maple syrup brings lessons needed

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Native Americans are credited with originating the making of maple syrup, which was then shared and passed down to the delight of anyone who has ever been a part of the process. Learning life skills A woman I work with told me that when her older brother was in elementary school, an annual tradition was […]

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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.