Stories by Judith Sutherland

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 […]

Pekingese dogs finally have their day

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Pekingese isn’t your typical farm dog, but they’ve been the favorite of columnist Judie Sutherland her whole [farm] life.

Getting an education in the calf pens

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The year that I turned 6 was a big year. I started first grade. I started piano lessons — against my will. And I started helping with the daily chores of feeding calves. School was kind of nothing new. I had spent hours playing school at a real student desk with three big sisters telling […]

Celebrating the life of a vibrant spirit

Thursday, February 9, 2012

One of my favorite photographs, displayed where I can see it often, is a candid shot of my dad with John McNaull. They stand talking and laughing amid the backdrop of antique tractors, a passion they shared.

Teachers may be real people after all

Thursday, February 2, 2012

There is no other relationship quite like those of teacher-student, and the shadow of some of those connections follow the student for a very long walk in to adulthood.

Change is inevitable, but not easy

Thursday, January 26, 2012

As we watch our world changing, environmental landscapes shaved away, plowed under and concrete poured over, all for the sake of development and sprawl, we displace so much that deserves preservation.

Cats can impact more than the farm

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cats of every color and every possible temperament have long been a part of just about any farm I have ever set foot on, and most can agree that they are good to have around if they are capable hunters.

A piece of land and the ones you love

Thursday, January 12, 2012

In the past couple of weeks, I have had the good fortune to sit and chat with some good people about how farm life and the land itself molds us in to who we are.

A dog’s life brightens our own life

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Yesterday was one of those gray, dreary days that make us long for sunshine and blue skies. Winter’s crop, so far, has been fresh mud on top of old mud.

Memories make the season bright

Thursday, December 22, 2011

We rarely think of ourselves as having interesting stories, as we just live it out, day by day, often bored with the humdrum beat of making a living while creating a life. There is something about the enormity of this season, though, that prompts us to look back, to take stock of where we’ve been.

Modern dentistry is worth a smile!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I was talking with a lady not long ago who told me she remembered her very first trip to the dentist. It was 1936, and she had a terrible toothache, which was made worse each morning and evening when she had to milk by hand the family’s three cows.

Author shared farm life observations

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Clovis Webb had left his tractor and hay baler overnight in a rented field on the old Monroe County Poor Farm, which is no longer used for the poor. The Soil Conservation Service share-rented the hayfield to Clovis. The field was fenced, but the night he left his tractor there vandals cut the fence and […]

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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.