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.

‘Find joy in learning new things, always’

Thursday, October 31, 2013

“It’s ironic that we forget so often how wonderful life really is. Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement.” — Anna Quindlen This past week I had the good fortune of visiting with one of my very favorite people, a 90-plus-year-old woman named Susan, […]

Special people leave special impressions

Thursday, October 24, 2013

When our son landed his first job out of college, he had worked for this company nearly a year before he invited his Dad and me to visit the office for lunch one day. I had heard many stories about his supervisor, Clayton. I was anxious to meet this man who was intelligent and hard-working, […]

Home is where her heart is found

Thursday, October 17, 2013

I listened with cringe-worthy attention as a co-worker described a honeymoon trip her son and his new bride were planning. A Mediterranean cruise, a tour through Croatia, ending with a stay in Turkey. The trip was highly anticipated, and the planning of it was as detailed as the enormously grand wedding preceding it. No desire […]

Farm accidents, while unsettling, can be good lessons for all

Thursday, October 10, 2013

His story almost ended before it had a chance to begin. There is a small black and white photograph that served as a reminder, tucked in to the oldest photo albums of the many that were created over a happy life. In this picture, a very simple-looking, bare-bones tractor lies tipped over, lying in water. […]

Fall is a time to reflect and be thankful

Thursday, October 3, 2013

As we closed the door on yet another beautiful September, life shifts into a different gear. My hubby baled up a fourth crop of hay and put it in the barn on a gloriously sunny final Saturday of September. Our sweet daughter came one day and helped me organize and clean up the garage, the […]

Forts, John Wayne and fond memories

Thursday, September 26, 2013

We grew up exploring the woods and the valleys in the open spaces of farmland, and on rainy days with any free time granted, the big old barns provided a stage for vivid imaginary play. A bale of straw made an awesome barricade from the bad guys, and our imaginary finger-and-thumb guns kept them at […]

Farm boys learn quickly, practice what they see

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Farm boys learn quickly.

Life can hold a variety of surprises

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sometimes the heart makes our path in life.

Farm chores showed value of work

Thursday, September 5, 2013

“Do you know what a strip cup is?” asked a silver-haired man who still considers himself a dairy farm boy. I am beginning to feel like an old-timer, knowing the answer to such things. One day while at work, this fellow began telling me stories about his jobs on the farm when he was a […]

Farm chores showed value of work

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Columnist Judie Sutherland may not have carried milk cans, but milking cows in a straight-eight stanchion parlor gives her a few braggin’ rights of her own.

The awe-inspiring circle of life

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on. — Carl Sandburg By Judith Sutherland Farm and Dairy columnist When I was a newlywed 30 years ago, one of my best days went like this: my sister went in to the hospital to have a baby. I spent the day caring for her […]

Dogs: Loyal friends and protectors

Thursday, August 1, 2013

“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.”— Milan Kundera I was raised a dog lover. Maybe it is born in […]

Wish I had one more day for stories

Thursday, July 25, 2013

If I could have just one more day with my grandmother, I would treasure her stories beyond measure.

Neighbors pull together through storms

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Some days come and go with little left behind to be held in our memory. Some are emblazoned forever. Wings of steel It was a beautiful morning as I ran my errands last Wednesday. I had spent time with a great friend, and we talked about how neighbors and friends used to be there for […]

Television: Do we really need it?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Let me preface this column by saying I most definitely could happily live far away from the world without a television. It is incomprehensible to me that some people have a television in every room of their home and go a little crazy if they can’t connect to one during a power outage. With that […]

Sometimes good to be reminded of the power of Mother Nature

Friday, July 5, 2013

Once in a while, it is good to be reminded of the power of Mother Nature. Our daughter and friends were here one evening recently, enjoying a late-day swim and a summertime supper. A breeze began to kick up. The skies began to fill with clouds and we heard a rumble so faint that Caroline […]

Barns can be perfect setting for love

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The old barns that have stood the test of time seem perfectly placed on the farm, with much thought given before even a single rock was placed for a sturdy foundation. With this symbolism in mind, why not hold a wedding ceremony there? Our bank barn was built in the mid-1800s, so it is antique […]

Part VI: Hardships make people stronger

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The 1920s to the early ‘40s were good years for Charlie and Anna Myers. They had finally found the farm that they would call home, where their youngest daughter, Virginia, was born the night they moved in, and where her wedding ceremony was held in 1938. The couple worked hard with a successful small farm, […]

Farm life was hard, but joy-filled

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Part V “A man is entitled to one good dog and one good woman in his life,” Charlie was known to say. After pausing, he then said, “Well, I had me a good dog once.” His bright blue eyes would sparkle and he would smile as those around him laughed. I would be willing to […]

Making the best of a rough decision

Thursday, June 6, 2013

(Part Four)As members of what was known as the Eckley community in the 1920s, the energetic couple farming the old Schuck farm was known to everyone as Charlie and Mrs. Myers. I find this description very telling, as Charlie was a jovial friend to all, and by every description I have ever heard, his wife […]

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