It has proven to be true: you can take the country boy off of the farm, but you can’t sweep the country off the boy.
It was a pretty drive through farm country to attend Horse Progress Days in Mount Hope on a beautifully sunny Fourth of July. The quiet little town in Holmes County is just to the south of us here in Ohio by about a 40-minute drive. The thermometer had dipped down in to the 50s overnight, […]
Farming can get in a family’s blood early on.
There was a big family who had just moved in to our community, and one day in class I noticed the hole in the new boy’s shirt.
Life, it has been said, is a series of dress rehearsals. If you keep working on it, one day you will be ready for the real show. Parenting seems to fit this bill in every possible way. First, the banner is raised, announcing two happy people are about to become parents. My grandmother whispered to […]
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.”
It made me stand up a little taller when my dad said to me one morning in the milking parlor, “I just couldn’t farm without you. You do good work.”
Watching the big horse races was a family tradition.
With the arrival of mid-May, every farmer I know is feeling the need to push hard through any window of opportunity.
How do you say goodbye when good neighbors move?
It seems, somehow, that we had a very good year last year. It’s always shocking, isn’t it, to be told just how much your hard work paid off — that you look pretty darn successful on paper — and for that, an enormous chunk of money must be handed over. Every year, we think we […]
“Religion, philosophy and science have become a part of our developing earth-concern. We discuss the waste and conservation of our natural resources, the need of green areas, farms, breathing spaces, parks, and wilderness. Distressed by urban sprawl and the decay of cities and the alarming decrease of space for solitude which man inherently requires, we […]
Part II Check out the first column on this series here. In the world of animal health, a positive ending to testing or treatment is always a hopeful priority. One enormous difference between the animal care world and that of human care, is this: sometimes, those seeking the care for those they love are much […]
“Let’s be honest, many human doctors regard veterinary medicine as crude, plodding and nebulous.” — Dr. Nick Trout, Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life As an Animal Surgeon Part I of II Over a lifetime, I have held veterinarians in high regard, having been blessed to […]
A concussion left Judith Sutherland in pain after her fall this winter.
Farmers pay homage to generations of the past.
I am touched by the many readers who have personally withstood similar loss, for their words of understanding resonate deeply.
Paradise may be found from the inside, looking out, on these winter days, when the bare-boned trees are covered with glistening ice and snow. But living in it is sometimes more challenging. Slippery ice Running an errand for my office one day last week, I found myself face-planted in ice-encrusted snow after slipping on a […]
In this life, we have to stand stronger than the winds that blow. It goes without saying that none of us could stand strong without an unyielding yoke holding us steady through life’s storms. No man could sustain heartache and loss without an unquestioning faith and the steadying compassion of others. It is this that […]
A barn fire: “My husband later said the moment he opened the door, he felt he was staring the Devil in the eye.”