Stories by Judith Sutherland

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 […]

Every pencil should have an eraser

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Plugging along in this ultra-technologically advanced world of ours sometimes just makes a fellow long for a newly-sharpened yellow pencil with a fresh eraser. The very first pencil I ever called my own was a big, green fat one, standard issue to all first graders. I have no idea why I remember it so well, […]

Children: They grow in the blink of an eye

Thursday, September 20, 2012

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist There is just nothing like the blessing of a newborn baby. Arriving a full month early, our family’s most recent arrival is tiny but mighty. Oliver granted me a little time to hold his peanut-sized baby brother, who, as it turns out, was not named White Tractor after […]

The day my singing spotlight faded

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Doris Day led me astray — influencing me to sing what could certainly go down as the worst possible song to sing in a nursing home.

Tiny tot knows his way around the farm

Thursday, August 30, 2012

It proved to be a very eventful day, farming with a 2-year-old. I accomplished more in a few hours than I ever have, but I also found out how very much I still have to learn. Oliver is all farm boy, of that there is no doubt. He is following closely in his father’s footsteps, […]

Music helps soften life’s bumpy road

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I have long considered music to be a gift, quietly taking its place in our lives. It amazes me that a simple tune with just the right lyrics has the power to speak to our needs, to uplift, to bring joy, to soothe an aching soul. Some of the very oldest songs have the power […]

We saved the world with pedal power

Friday, August 17, 2012

One thing that makes writing this column so rewarding is that people seem to relate to many things I share. The recent bicycle column prompted more feedback than most. What I have found is that nearly everyone of a certain age had found themselves waiting, perhaps pleading, for that first bike. We knew not to […]

Hoping drought stress eases soon

Thursday, August 9, 2012

“Archie saw that there was not a thing to do in that field. In the drought the earth itself appeared to shrivel up. There was nothing but the inert sand, parched tobacco leaves lofting their fragrance over the soil as they burned slowly in the sun, a whiff of asphalt, a hint of crows. … […]

Wheat straw harvest yielded best gift

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Judith has some fond memories of her childhood.

Pleasant memories of past summertimes

Thursday, July 26, 2012

There has always been something amazing about a good swimming spot that draws me like a pig to mud. A swan dive from a sandy spot felt as glorious as cliff diving over an enormous turquoise-colored waterfall in a Hollywood movie. The best summer memories involve swimming and playing games on a little beach with […]

Tragedy makes special memories come alive

Thursday, July 12, 2012

He was the little boy whose brown eyes could melt hearts. I remember describing him to my friends as the most adorable, solemn boy. His deeply brown eyes, the only dark eyes in a family filled with blue-eyed children, peered out at the world as he quietly sucked his thumb. He was so serious as […]

Easy to take bees’ work for granted

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Bees play a large part in our farming world, but their work is needed everywhere.

Life cycle is most apparent on farm

Thursday, June 28, 2012

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and […]

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, a young boy decided he wanted to pursue higher education in order to emulate the physician who cared for him. There were no visions of bags filled with gold along his path, only the simple thought, “I can help.”

It’s true: Father does know best

Thursday, June 14, 2012

“The youth group is going canoeing on Wednesday! Can I go? Please?” I asked after church one summer Sunday. “Only if it rains. We are lucky enough to have a hundred acres of hay to make!” was the reply from my dad, who added, “It’s going to be a hayin’ party!” trying to make it […]

Baby animals bring life to farm

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Returning home at dusk, we came to a dead stop last night while turning in to our lane. A skunk was playing with her two very tiny babies as if they had found themselves a really great amusement park. As we watched them flip somersaults, we could see that one baby skunk was mostly white, […]

The painful bruise of loss lingers

Friday, June 1, 2012

Sutherland remembers her father and what Memorial Day means to her.

Only three channels, but it was the whole world in television

Thursday, May 24, 2012

(Part three) In the early 1960s, a 23-inch black and white television set cost $219, with a 26-inch color TV going for $379. If a family owned a black and white set that was still working just fine, not very many were in a huge hurry to shell out nearly $400 for a newfangled item […]


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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.