Stories by Janie Jenkins

Time to dig out the winter recipes

Thursday, September 29, 2011

How many times have you — the homemaker, not the housewife as today the homemaker can be any gender, married, single, with or without children — sat down to look for a special recipe you know is in this cookbook, or is it this one, maybe in this envelope … The first thing you know […]

On My Mind: You can learn a lot from the classifieds

Thursday, September 15, 2011

In Farm and Dairy’s Classified Advertising section — we used to call them Want Ads — there are always many intriguing headings. I enjoy reading the Dogs and Dog Supplies, Horses and Ponies, Hay and Grain, Miscellaneous and Wanted To Buy.

Fair is here again, thanks to hard work

Thursday, September 1, 2011

At last! All the suspense, all the practice, all the preparation and hard work are gone — well, not really — and the big day has finally arrived: the Mahoning County Fair, proudly known as Canfield Fair, is underway and as of this moment the fairgrounds are ready to be wall to-wall with people through […]

Sweet summer memories trump news

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Twenty-four years ago, when On My Mind was “born,” I promised myself I would try very hard to not dwell on the past in what I wrote because the present and the future are usually much more interesting. But in these troubled times, both the present and the future are almost too scary to be […]

Heat getting to you? We have it good

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Could be you’re tired of reading about the mundane happenings on this quiet island, and so I’m calling on my mother to rescue you.

Enjoy these lazy days of summer

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Now that summer has decided to stay for a while, we can quit worrying about whether it is too wet or too dry or too cold or too warm. Sit back, sip a cold drink, make potato salad and meatloaf or fire up the grill, whatever you prefer. Enjoy the fruits of your labors, literally and figuratively.

Summer, where are you going so fast?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Already morning sunlight is diffused and late afternoon shadows are longer sooner. At dusk, there is a spectacular show as the trees become the stage for fireflies that gather to perform their love dance, and the darker the night the brighter they shine. Just think: fireflies have been texting and sexting and have had GPS […]

On My Mind: Is the world getting more annoying?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

It must be because of the “aging process” — med-speak for growing old — but little annoyances are doubly annoying.

Spring blooms overnight in Ohio

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Was it magic? Was it time-lapse photography? Was it a mirage? How is it that the thicket — my jungle to the west — was dark and bleak one day and by morning was swathed in a green veil? What spread the lawn with a duvet of purple violets and pushed smiling dandelions through sodden […]

Two poems for the spring season

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Safely tucked away in my wallet, the clipping is beginning to yellow but it only sees the light of day once in this mesmerizing season. And it has become a tradition for me to present it to you each April. If thou of fortune be bereft And in thy stone there be but left, Two […]


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About Janie

A lifelong resident of the Mahoning Valley, Janie Jenkins retired in 1987 as a feature writer and columnist at the Youngstown Vindicator. In June of that same year, she started writing her column, "On My Mind" for Farm and Dairy. She loves all animals and is an accomplished equestrienne. Local history is also one of her loves, and her home, the former Southern Park Stables, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.