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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 […]

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 […]

Horses mean fun for some, work for others

Thursday, October 28, 2010

“Summing up his years he thought of the cowboy. He had been a cowhand for many years and had made many a drive, had driven 3,000 steers from Old Mexico to Montana. He had helped move his herd across the great rivers from the Rio Grande to the Powder River in Montana. The time had […]

Animals make the world a little better

Thursday, October 21, 2010

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy Columnist On a beautiful, crisp autumn morning, I decided it was time to get out and walk the farm before heading in to work for the day. The first thing I wanted to do was check on my fainting goats, just recently moved from their pretty little pasture in […]

Life’s wish: family, love and happiness

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

“Candles flickering on a cake, this does not a marriage make.” — Anonymous

October brings bittersweet memories

Thursday, October 7, 2010

“If you want a happy ending, it depends on where you stop your story.” — Orson Welles By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy Columnist The steel gray skies of autumn have most definitely arrived with the turn of the October calendar. The once-green fields of endless soybeans of early September slowly turned golden, and now […]

This is the real farmer’s daughter

Thursday, September 30, 2010

“I was haulin’ hay, I was feedin’ the hogs and that summer sun had me sweatin’ like a dog. So I cooled off in the creek, then it was back to work in the dad-gum heat. I was cussin’ out loud, thinkin’ bout quittin’. Lookin’ back now I’m sure glad I didn’t. Cause just when […]

Some things haven’t changed since 1913

Thursday, September 16, 2010

“The idea that the chemical analysis of soil gives an accurate showing as to its needs for fertilization has long since been shown by scientists to be far from true.” — from Making Special Crops Pay by Delbert Utter While reading through this little book, which was evidently one of a series in The Practical […]

1913 farmer’s advice still relevant

Thursday, September 9, 2010

“In going over my farm records, I note a large increase in the cost of labor, fertilizers, crate material, horses, wagons and travel expense.” – Delbert Utter, 1912 Among the books in my small but growing library stands a tiny publication titled Making Special Crops Pay by Delbert Utter. Its publication date is 1913, and […]

Past is new again in reprinted book

Thursday, September 2, 2010

“For although he was insatiably a farmer and his father and grandfathers and great-grandfathers had been Owen County farmers, he did not live on his farm. When Walter married Clara in 1903, they began housekeeping in the town and never moved to the farm. That was before rural electricity, furnaces, power mowers, good roads, or […]

Summer goes by quietly at our farm

Thursday, August 26, 2010

There are so few things we can hold on to, no matter how tight our grip. Summer is most definitely passing for another year. I watched from the back pasture as a huge flock of geese gathered overhead, some flying in from the north, another flock joining them from the east. As I walked back […]

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