Stories by Janie Jenkins

Spring miracles arrive as winter ends

Thursday, April 1, 2010

No matter how many Easters, each with The Promise, no matter how many springs, each with its moment-to-moment magic, one never fails to be overwhelmed by every big or small miracle. None of our sophisticated technological gizmos can duplicate the overnight creation of tiny green leaves on hedges that only yesterday were bare. Or set […]

Winter is sneaking out the back door

Thursday, March 18, 2010

How exciting! A chipmunk on the back porch! And six red-winged blackbirds! And snowdrops pushing through the snow! And robins galore splashing through the mini-lakes left by the melting ice! And a pair of geese establishing their territory, first in a swale in the pasture, then in a coppice where volunteer apple trees provide a […]

We’ve come a long way, or have we?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Is anyone else old enough to remember when the worst epithet you could scream to someone on the playground who was bullying you was, “You think you’re smart!” and that would send the chastened bully slinking to the other side of the playground? Today there is just as apt to be a shooting or a […]

Hornet’s nest tells the true story of snowfall

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Remember that high hornets’ nest I wrote about in the Jan. 21 column? Old-timers believed the higher the hornets built their nests, the deeper the snow. Well, that nest tells the true story about snowfall here, and every day there are a few more inches wiping out the creature glyphs in the now unblemished surface. […]

Do you know where Remi might be?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

If you are not a “dog person” you might as well turn the page. But if you are one of those who consider your dog, be he or she a purebred or mixed breed, an important member of your family, you’ll understand the ongoing heartache of Tom Brugnaux of Poland/Boardman and Cindi Hamrock of Austintown […]

Where is the predicted mild winter?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

As Punxsutawney Phil, sensing that his winter’s snooze is about to be interrupted, begins to twitch in his cozy man-made burrow, I implore you to pay no attention whatsoever to his publicity stunt Feb. 2. He no more knows what he’s talking about than do any other of Mother Nature’s purported prognosticators, with only one […]

Take time to read your holiday cards

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Now is the time to gather up all the beautiful, humorous, thoughtful, pictorial, etc. etc. greeting cards you’ve received since the holiday season began. Put them in a neat pile, pour a cup of coffee, select a few of the yummy cookies you’ve been given, and look at each card and read each note. Marvel […]

Experience Christmas Eve in 1959

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Once again I’m sharing with you my mother’s thoughts of Christmas and even though you receive this week’s Farm and Dairy on Christmas Eve, most folks are certainly too busy at the moment to read all the interesting material it contains. But perhaps after everyone has gone to bed, after everyone is taking a breather […]

Mother’s words convey joy of season

Thursday, December 10, 2009

It’s been quite a while since I shared with you one of my columns written for Farm and Dairy by my mother, Berenice T. Steinfeld, who used the pen name “Aunt Teek” for her weekly columns form 1952 to 1965, the year of her death. But going through the box in which she kept her […]

Try to be a little Pollyanna-ish

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Oh how my sister and I hated Pollyanna. Pollyanna — the heroine of a long-ago children’s book — was a symbol of relentless cheerfulness. No matter how dire the circumstance, the “little glad girl” managed to find something cheerful about it. The author who gave her birth — Eleanor H. Porter — in 1913 created […]

Did you blink? It is indeed all gone

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Somebody — was it you? — really, really blinked from the time you were warned that if you did it would all be gone! — because since I issued that warning just two weeks ago it is indeed totally all gone! And now that daylight saving time has also gone, the amount of light diffused […]

Blink and it will all be long gone

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Don’t even blink, or everything will be gone. That fire-red inferno of a maple tree now ablaze in the front yard will be naked. That birch tree whose fallen foliage will have already made a golden circular skirt on the still-green grass and its bared white arms will plead for a blanket of snow. Blinding […]

The history of the Arrel family

Thursday, October 15, 2009

In August of 1976, Elizabeth Arrel Thompson and I strolled across her historic 200-year-old Arrel Farm on Arrel Road in Poland. As we walked, bluebirds flitted around us, perching on fence posts, and we listened to them and to the quiet conversation of her royally bred Hereford cattle that grazed in lush pastures. She quoted […]

Does anyone remember Who?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Who remembers Who? And although I didn’t plan to write about Who — the list on the kitchen table on which I jot notes about maybe column-fodder has a number of entries — a telephone call has made it necessary for those thoughts to wait. I first wrote about Who in the Feb. 14, 2008, […]

Yes, I did make it to Canfield Fair

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Happy Halloween! In case you hadn’t noticed, even before Labor Day Halloween decorations were on shelves in stores and at even some houses. Maybe we should just say Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year now to save time. As if time didn’t overrun us in its headlong rush — to where? — […]

Barn swallows’ exit is right on time

Thursday, September 3, 2009

In the barn this morning, the silence was deafening. Since May 25, barn swallows have kept the rafters ringing with their cheerful chatter and impromptu squadron flights. Accustomed to my presence and Winnie’s, they seemed to respond to my “Pretty birds!” greetings, and I could stand quite near — at a safe distance, if you […]

Find comfort in Farm and Dairy

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Isn’t it reassuring, in this scary world, to open the pages of Farm and Dairy especially in fair time and to see pictures of the young people with their 4-H animals or their prize winning vegetables or blue-ribbon school projects and to know that one day, if they live up to their potential, the world […]

A new generation learns the hard way

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Does the word “relief” bring anything special to your mind except a slogan for an anti-acid? Probably not, unless you grew up in the Great Depression, and there are getting to be fewer of us as the years fly by. “Relief” was a government program to assist jobless families whose savings were gone, whose homes […]

The noise level around us keeps rising

Thursday, July 23, 2009

All through the night, especially during those nights when sleep isn’t quite sleep but a semi-consciousness, sirens wail. The emergency room of a huge hospital is just a country block south of me. Sirens scream 24/7 as law enforcement and fire department personnel do their dangerous duties. During the day, there are loud motorcycles, cars […]

After Fourth of July, summer flies by

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Once the Fourth of July is history, the rest of the summer seems to break all speed records in racing toward the end of the year. Just last week, someone had the temerity to remind me that six months from that day would be Christmas! I did not thank her for that information. But in […]

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