Stories by Judith Sutherland

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 […]

Color TV made quite an impact

Thursday, May 17, 2012

(Part two) The first time color came to the TV screen for us to see, it seemed the whole world had changed. That NBC peacock came strutting on to the screen, preening those gloriously colored feathers, and it was as though a magic wand had been waved over our world. I asked my sister to […]

TV changed U.S., one show at a time

Thursday, May 10, 2012

(Part I) In my childhood, television was very limited. And I mean that in every possible way. First, it went without saying that the television was never to be turned on when there was work to be done. And there was ALWAYS work to be done. TV in the middle of the day? I remember […]

It’s not actions, but words that matter

Thursday, May 3, 2012

There are those who tread lightly on this Earth, making quiet impact in positive ways, whispering goodness as they make their rounds, and breathing life in to all the right places. Remembering never expected accolades. She was born with a passion for doing right, especially by the animals brought in to the world through no […]

Packing a picnic and picking up a pig

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A wealthy senior citizen spent a good bit of time showing off some photographs of his collector cars one morning recently. I was impressed by the scope of his stellar collection, but a part of me was drifting off long before the photo parade came to an end. Collecting perfect antique sports cars, only to […]

When did my children grow up?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

They’re born and the next thing you know, your children are adults. How does that happen?

Spring: Easter, birthdays and new life

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Remember when old ones died and new were born. And life was changed, disassembled, rearranged. Remember when 30 seemed so old. Now, lookin’ back it’s just a stepping stone to where we are, where we’ve been. Said we’d do it all again. Remember when … – Music and lyrics by Ivan Kral, Cindy Hudson By […]

How did you learn the joy of accomplishment? Can you say ‘rock pickin’ party’?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The farm ‘chain gang’ toiled in the fields, in the hot sun. But we weren’t planting or weeding or even picking a crop. Unless you call rocks a crop.

Desiderata: Words of wisdom for all ages

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sometimes just the right words, placed on paper, can help make sense of what seems totally senseless.

Fast food? No such thing in 1930s

Thursday, March 22, 2012

In historical terms, I had never really thought about how young our country was in the 1930s. The United States Regional Cook Book, edited by Ruth Berolzheimer, copyright 1939, made me realize this simply by the index of the book. Broken down in sections for the Scandinavian part of the country, the Wisconsin Dutch and […]

Living off the land: sweet satisfaction

Thursday, March 15, 2012

One aspect of country life that interests me most is that it is never the same day after day. There are always new footprints on the snow, some familiar, like those of the skunks, who leave a special track near the big old trees where the tail drags, and some others that are impossible to […]

Do we continue to close our eyes?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

In a recent poll among U.S. citizens, 73 percent believe America is heading in the wrong direction. One friend quipped, “but hey, with the price of gas, we can’t afford to get there!” I was coming of age during our first real gasoline spike back in the late 1970s. Just prior to it, I can […]

Dirt don’t hurt … and it might help

Thursday, March 1, 2012

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist I read with interest the academic study report just released that says growing up on a farm impacts immune system health in a positive way. The University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences research has shown that spending early life in a complex farm environment increased the number […]


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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.