Stories by Judith Sutherland

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 […]

There are paths to pursue in agriculture

Thursday, May 14, 2009

“The shortage of large-animal veterinarians coincides with the reduction of small family farms and rural life in America. Traditionally, large-animal veterinarians grew up on farms and around livestock. Today, only 1 percent of the United States’ population lives on farms.” — from Help Wanted by Paul A. Canada, published in The American Quarter Horse Journal, […]

How I spend my Wednesdays with Jack

Thursday, May 7, 2009

While the emotionally-charged book Tuesday with Morrie made it big for author Mitch Albom, I feel I have a masterpiece that could certainly share shelf space with that great book. Mine would be titled Wednesdays with Jack and the only tears you would be moved to shed would be those which fall from gales of […]

It’s been such a long time coming

Thursday, April 30, 2009

“It is late April. Daylight comes now around 4 o’clock. While the sky is still dark roosters begin to crow from various farms in the neighborhood. Their voices pierce the dark sky like a knife cutting a design in the top crust of a raspberry pie, and the morning comes through like colored juice out […]


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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.