Stories by Judith Sutherland

Bring back the good old days

Thursday, July 23, 2009

“Never pass up a good opportunity to shut up.” — Will Rogers Tomes of writing have been published on opinions, philosophies, old-fashioned ways of accomplishing all sorts of things, as well as “New Age” thinking on how to manipulate others to see things your way. Not enough is said these days about following good, old […]

Our pony Topper is a keeper

Thursday, July 16, 2009

“It excites me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower…even in this space age. And although a riding horse often weighs half a ton, and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he […]

Judge pony by character, not its past

Thursday, July 9, 2009

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” –Sir Winston Churchill I never would have believed that there is such thing as a perfect pony, but I have witnessed it long enough now to know this is not a fluke. This is the real deal. […]

We are blessed to live in rural America

Thursday, July 2, 2009

“Fireworks bring us together to celebrate all that we have, our many gifts as a free nation.” — Pearl Tinus, 1955 No matter how old we grow to be, bring out an amazing fireworks display and each of us lights up like a child in the depths of summer vacation. Last night, we were once […]

Live by the Golden Rule every day

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. — Matthew 7:12 The first time I ever heard the Golden Rule, I was a very young kid in Sunday school. A very ornery boy was acting up, pushing all the buttons of my dear Sunday school teacher. After politely asking the little boy […]

Never forget what so many have given

Thursday, June 18, 2009

“I stood in the national cemetery and realized, through the stony silence, that I was standing on sacred ground. I was surrounded by monuments of heroic Americans who deserve to be held in high regard for all time.” — Martin Abrams, 1947 Today I was given the opportunity to visit with a true American hero. […]

Stories of my father’s grandparents

Thursday, June 11, 2009

“There were certain things about the farm which Ma understood better than anyone else. For more than her husband and son, whose romanticism often got the best of their practicality, Ma was a real farmer. She knew with certainty where the best apple pies and tart pickles and cream and butter came from, what made […]

I needed a Charlotte of my own

Thursday, June 4, 2009

“It has been my experience that the only people who don’t coo about cows are ranchers. Talk to ranchers. Some of them just can’t stand cattle. And this considered opinion comes from years of involvement — gathering herds from the range, running them through chutes, testing them for pregnancy, impregnating those that require it, finding […]

Redefining yourself takes tenacity, dignity

Thursday, May 28, 2009

“There are moments in every life that define us anew. Find a way to make that moment happen for you.” — Anonymous Have you ever found yourself wishing to live a new life? A friend of mine sent me a quote that reads, “What could you accomplish if you knew you could not fail?” What […]

Difficult to leave such a wonderful place

Thursday, May 21, 2009

“Each year when I arrive here, I notice the subtle changes on the dunes and the beach. I love this place and leaving is always incomprehensibly difficult. This year, with sheer determination and a tenant in place on my farm, I intend to stay.” — Mae Tillerman, 1928 Someday, I intend to follow in the […]

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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.