Stories by Judith Sutherland

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 […]

Life and death tell the family story

Thursday, February 21, 2013

“Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.” — Thomas Wolfe‘You Can’t Go Home Again’ They are all gone now; we have watched […]

To love and to cherish, even in manure

Thursday, February 14, 2013

“Romance is not dead, it just looks different on our farm.”
— Mae E. Smithhisler, 1900

Love is what made the world what it is

Thursday, January 31, 2013

“Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly, all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.”— Linda Hogan, born 1947, Native American writer Years ago, I met a man whose ancestry was often mentioned in general conversation. Each story, interesting […]

Embrace winter and the gift of time

Thursday, January 24, 2013

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist Once again, we find ourselves in the dead of winter, and for far too many of us, this is also the sick season. Tips for life Reaching for a tea bag to help soothe my sore throat on this chilly morning, I found The Wisdom Of Daily Life […]

Early doctor’s description of surgeries seems hard for us to believe today

Thursday, January 17, 2013

(Part III of a series) Part 1- The strong survive and succeed  Part 2- The ‘doctors of old’ started as farm children from simple backgrounds The writings of Dr. Arthur E. Hertzler, a Kansas farm boy turned country physician who earned his living by making house calls in the early 1900s, provide a remarkable glimpse […]

The ‘doctors of old’ started as farm children, from simple backgrounds

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Part II of a series “The old country doctor was a man of few words because there were no words.” >– Dr. Arthur E. Hertzler, The Horse and Buggy Doctor, copyright 1938 It has been said that the best doctors of the olden days had started out as farm children. One quote from Dr. Arthur […]

The strong survive and succeed

Friday, January 4, 2013

“Anyone who reaches the heights of his ambition never had an ambition.” – Arthur Hertzler, M.D., 1938 Part I The advancement of a civilization can be chronicled through personal stories of the study of medicine. For those among us who feel our current day may be tough sledding, a simple reminder of grittier days can […]

The best gift can’t be unwrapped

Thursday, December 20, 2012

“It is a miracle if you can find true friends, and it is a miracle if you have enough food to eat, and it is a miracle if you get to spend your days and evenings doing whatever it is you like to do, and the holiday season — like all other seasons — is […]

Snowy weather means more in youth

Thursday, December 13, 2012

“Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.” — Gustave Flaubert   The wintery months of cold and gray […]

Farm work catches up to the hardiest

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Climb to the highest point of the barn’s upper hay mow, swing out on the old rope left over from olden days in which a pulley system was used to move hay. Swing out, steady and strong, then drop in the shelled corn gravity wagon on the barn floor below. Farm life See who can […]

There’s never a ‘good time’ to open your farm to visitors, but you should

Thursday, November 29, 2012

“There is an ever-increasing number of people, but the amount of land does not increase, therefore the amount of land per capita decreases, and one farm should offer both ownership and visitorship. Everyone needs — in fact, must have — occasional reacquaintance with the land.”   — Rachel Peden, “The Land, The People” In 1966, when […]

We take our blessings for granted

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It goes without saying that some things have been such a simple little part of our life that each is not even recognized as the gifts that they are.

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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.