Stories by Judith Sutherland

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.

Don’t forget, you make a difference

Thursday, November 15, 2012

“In the good earth lies your richest blessing; ’tis the fortune of your life — you’ll want for naught; you’ll know no sighs nor sorrow; you’ll neither beg nor borrow; today provides for tomorrow; joy and honor is your portion and your lot.” – translation of Yiddish song at the turn of the century encouraging […]

The apron: Piece of history and home

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Home Economics was a required course for girls in our school in grades 7 and 8, while the boys were sent down the hall to Industrial Arts. The tomboy in me had absolutely no patience for such things as sitting behind a sewing machine, learning the intricate creation of something I would never, ever wear […]

Saying farewell to one of the ‘family’

Thursday, November 1, 2012

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist In 1950, my dad graduated from high school and welcomed a young man who had just moved to this area. Both were setting sights toward crop farming and dairy farming. In the ensuing years, both would start young families while building successful, sustainable Holstein herds. Light-hearted While my […]

Good neighbors bring back memories

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A city friend recently commented she cannot imagine not having neighbors close by. What I have come to know is that closeness can carry very different meanings. Last weekend, a farm auction consumed the entire beautiful Saturday for my hubby and his brother. After purchasing a couple of traps at the sale for a good […]

Some dogs are simply a rare gift

Thursday, October 18, 2012

As the combine moves across the fields, closing in on the soybean harvest, our English Shepherd posts himself in the best place to observe, waiting patiently, watching the dust fly. When the combine stops, Billy moves closer to investigate, to see if his services are required. He retreats after the hopper is unloaded, but stays […]

No voice in D.C., means no farm bill

Thursday, October 11, 2012

While we wait, the farm bill was left lying on the floor of a bickering Congress, like a bunch of defiant kids who refuse to pick up their toys, then get to go out for recess anyway. And in the face of it all, we are expected to believe that the title of the legislation […]

Neighbor girl brightened my days

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The sun was low in the sky, evening coming on, when the buggy arrived. I stepped outside to see who was coming to visit, and it was a happy moment when I realized it was Anna, coming to say hello. As her father visited with my husband, I was so happy to get to talk […]

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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.