Stories by Judith Sutherland

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.

Kitchen is heart and soul of farm

Thursday, March 31, 2011

There is nothing more joyful than laughter and conversation wrapped around a hearty meal with friends.

Wash day? We have it way too easy!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My grandmother once told me that my generation had no idea what real housework consisted of, especially when it came to wash day. She was always appalled when young people had the nerve to complain about how much laundry they had to do, saying, “If they had to work at it like we did, they […]

Mother Nature is always in charge

Thursday, March 17, 2011

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist Hoping for a little Irish luck, all I am asking is to replace the mud with a whole lot of green. Bring on the sunshine and balmy breezes! One day recently, after having had winter weather storm warnings with a flood warning thrown in on top of it, […]

Life’s journey is lovelier with dogs

Thursday, March 10, 2011

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.” — Gilda Radner By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist Each day on this farm is a new gift, the best of which is enjoying my cast of characters — my dogs. My […]

What the written word can do

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I wish I had a nickle for every time I have been asked, “how do you find something to write about every single week?” The only answer I know to give is that writing has never seemed like a chore to me. I don’t feel the enormity of it that others seem to see. I […]

Can lesson can be learned from past?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Have you noticed a trend in the American work force? It seems that everyone I talk to is either being worked to death with no time to enjoy life and family, or they have no work at all and have the constant worry of trying to hold it all together. Conversation I struck up an […]

Snow not as appealing as it used to be

Thursday, February 10, 2011

You know you are getting old when snow no longer holds one single bit of appeal. I think of all the times I hoped for snow — heck, even prayed for snow. We wanted enough snow to create an incredible winter wonderland. It wasn’t like getting off of school meant lying around for part of […]

They don’t make ‘em like they used to

Thursday, February 3, 2011

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and scorching sun.” –Napoleon Hill By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy Columnist […]

Bottled serenity could cure any illness

Thursday, January 27, 2011

“I was shaken awake by a nasty wind this morning. As I headed out to the barn to begin my chores, I saw that a nice little fall of snow had created a flattering prospect for sleighing.“ – Alexander Smalley, entry in diary, January, 1868 By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist I have often […]

You had to have pluck to survive

Thursday, January 13, 2011

“I’d passed the teacher test. I was being offered the job of an itinerant replacement teacher in northern Arizona. The school that was expecting me was in Red Lake, Arizona, five hundred miles to the west of our farm, and the only way for me to get there was (on my horse) Patches. I decided […]

Worrying won’t solve life’s problems

Thursday, January 6, 2011

With age comes wisdom, but with wisdom comes the realization of concerns that never occur to a person during the bliss of youth. When my kids were little, I loved every minute of my time with them. I often wanted to freeze the moment, loving this particular age. I came to realize that every single […]

Resolve to give thanks every day

Thursday, December 30, 2010

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Contributing writer Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a column which mentioned Pete Smith, the kind and quiet man who did all of the plumbing and electrical work around our farm. Pete had been with us so many times on our farm that I considered him sort of a shirt-tail relative. […]

One wish: Growing families and memories

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Snow falls, blown by a furious wind, as I write this. Christmas carols play in a continuous loop, a joyous refrain for all to enjoy. My wish for all would be, of course, for a very merry Christmas: Let there be a special gift for everyone under a twinkling tree. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for […]

Songwriters tell our lives in music

Thursday, December 16, 2010

“God is in the roses, the petals and the thorns, storms out on the oceans, the souls who will be born. And every drop of rain that falls, falls for those who mourn…… God is in the roses and the thorns.“ – Roseanne Cash By JUDITH SUTHERLAND One of my earliest memories, emblazoned on my […]

Veterans’ sacrifices don’t change with times

Thursday, December 9, 2010

As the holiday season approaches, I find myself thinking more and more about the families pulled apart by military service. It goes without saying that those who serve our country are giving years of their life that cannot ever be reclaimed. What we so often don’t think about is that this becomes a generational sacrifice […]

Try to recapture the real joy of eating

Thursday, December 2, 2010

“I have shared recipes and practices to describe how we put food on the table during the Great Depression. Domestic Science and Home Economics have long since vanished from the school curriculum, and it is no longer practical to cure and smoke your own hams or make your own butter or headcheese, much less your […]

Be thankful for the tiny things

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sometimes, the only dose of medicine that makes any sense at all is time spent in the innocence of a child’s playroom kitchen. Last night, our little hometown rolled up the sidewalks early and pretty much the entire community headed to Findlay to watch our boys continue their march toward a state football championship. After […]

Warm November day brings touch of spring

Thursday, November 18, 2010

This is a day for which I am grateful, and a way to offer a gracious nod to November. The day started with the familiar autumn chill, but as the day wore on, the sunshine brought out the best in all of us. I was blessed with a day off work, and enjoyed taking a […]

Gratitude for veterans’ untold stories

Thursday, November 11, 2010

War humbles a man. I learned this for myself, and, in a way, learning it humbled me. When I was young and still green behind the gills, I was fascinated with the very idea that local men I had known forever were veterans who had served this country well. I wanted to talk to each […]

Halloween memories last a lifetime

Thursday, November 4, 2010

“Use it up; wear it out; make it do; do without. Host a harvest party to the harvest moon, use up apples in a bobbing contest for the little ones, serve cider to all. High spirits will carry a community through the hard, lean times.” — Mildred Barrington, 1929 >On the days when I no […]

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