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A picture is path for memory lane

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Old photographs, especially those discovered which had never been seen, are like a happily successful archeological dig. There is nothing more exciting to me than this kind of find. Kitty Sutherland, married to my husband’s older brother Dick, urged us to come see something that she knew we would be thrilled to share. As she […]

Set for fun with Clover and Alfalfa

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Farm and Dairy Columnist While all of our neighbors were busy in the hay fields, we were finding a unique new way to add timothy and alfalfa to clover. Maybe I’d better start at the beginning. Remember my present? Last Christmas, my wish list included a swing, hanging from a good, sturdy limb, and a […]

Summer leaves indelible memories

Thursday, July 1, 2010

“The wise will start each day with the thought, ‘Fortune gives us nothing which we can really own.’” — Seneca The full moon and an amazing summer night sky filled with brilliant stars seemed to shine just for us this past weekend as we gathered for the incredible annual summer neighborhood party. Summer party Mike […]

Two friends, a world apart? Or not?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

On Saturday, a dear friend who lives in Tampa sent me a quick message, saying she and her hubby were going to drive out to the beach to enjoy the beauty of that amazing place before it is no longer perfect. It was a hot day, and Candy really hates the heat, but this was […]

Is it puppy or horse love? Spring has arrived

Thursday, May 27, 2010

There were all sorts of signs. One by one these signs sort of tapped me on the shoulder, trying to get my attention. My husband has fallen in love. There seems to be nothing I can do about it. I met her, and I have to admit, I see the fascination. Young love The sweet […]

Young injuries meant life’s lessons

Thursday, May 20, 2010

“Perhaps because of our storehouse of knowledge of home remedies, parents were remarkably complacent about all the injuries that were a routine part of the lives of free-range farm children — cuts from knives, stone bruises caused by bare feet on rocks, blood blisters, and all the bloody, oozing scrapes on knees, arms, elbows, and […]

Marriage is not a sport, it is a team effort

Thursday, May 13, 2010

It was just a little something I overheard from a television report. I don’t like television much and could very happily exist without one. This little blurb that has stuck with me is one reason I would prefer not to hear so much of what is reported as news these days. Actor Charlie Sheen, having […]

Dance under the stars and the moon

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dance under the stars and the moon. Dance because it is springtime. Dance because you can. As a kid, I knew that other kids had lots more leisure time with their family, and many of them went on far-off vacations that sounded like foreign lands to me. A dairy farm family knew no such things […]

May Day, pillowcases and mushrooms

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dancing through the woods, pretending we were gypsies in search of food, my sisters long ago taught me that somewhere around May Day we might stumble upon mushrooms, and a day of play would become an evening for a feast. One particular year, after a very snowy winter followed by a rainy spring, we were […]

Farms have lexicon only natives know

Thursday, April 15, 2010

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy Columnist Every farm comes with a unique little map, complete with a language known only to those who live and walk upon those acres and climb in and out of the old barns. As a kid, if my dad asked me to put something away in “the granary in […]

Easter awakens precious memories

Thursday, April 8, 2010

“Sitting under the oak tree, watching the neighborhood children enjoy the first nice, warm day makes me feel so happy to be here on this farm, surrounded by God’s beauty. There is no other place I would rather be than on this lovely land, away from the world.” – Mary Cavish, 1948 By Judith Sutherland […]

The building blocks of our youth

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The first sunny day of spring on the farm always found us kids fighting over the pedal tractors, remembering that some were old reliable while others might cause us some headaches in the operating department. We learned, even as sidewalk farmers, that there were a couple of necessary items to carry in our childhood tool boxes. […]

Good friends make for good times

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I went home from school one day, itching to tell everyone about my new friend. I was in second grade, and had spent recess playing with a tiny pixie of a girl named Kathy Somerlade. My only complaint about my new friend was that she was far too tiny to be a good teeter-totter partner. […]

‘In my day…’: Generations have tunnel vision

Thursday, March 18, 2010

We will forever see things from our own perspectives based on our generational ties.

Childhood farm chores give kids a solid foundation

Thursday, March 11, 2010

One of my favorite things to do is to chat with a member of our oldest generation about the chores they had to complete each day on the farm. It serves to remind us just how much easier life has become for all of us, and in many cases, this enormous change has come at […]

Remember when snow was a blessing?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

“The wind howled and the snow came down all night long, across this vast prairie. We will wait until daybreak to make the trek to check the fences and the farm animals. The children are already planning a day of sledding, and are gathering up extra gloves to tuck in pockets for their day of […]

Farm still holds power to those who visit

Thursday, February 25, 2010

“As the light faded from the sky, we would build an immense bonfire and settle down to eat steak and roast corn, drink boiled coffee, sing songs and tell stories as the fire roared upward and sent its sparks toward the star-lit hood of the sky. Then the cattle would gather all around us in […]

Farms offer stress relief to friends, family

Thursday, February 11, 2010

“Speak gently — it is better far to rule by love than fear; speak gently, let not harsh words mar the good we might do here. Speak gently, love does whisper low, the vows that true hearts bind; and gentle friendship’s accents flow, affection’s voice is kind. Speak gently to the young, for they will […]

Spring can’t come soon enough

Thursday, February 4, 2010

“In February a farm is like a child’s hand, opened and held palm up to show that nothing is concealed in it. Without leaves to veil the farm buildings and fields, the naked facts of a farmer’s work habits and holdings are revealed even to the casual traveler passing along the road. Did the farmer […]

I wish Grandma Ruth could run the world

Thursday, January 28, 2010

“Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” – William Butler Yeats One of the greatest life lessons taught to me came on an ordinary day, delivered in a quiet way, and has stayed with me forever. I have passed it along to many others who now stand in the same shoes which I stood […]

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