Stories by Janie Jenkins

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet

Thursday, April 14, 2011

One by one, like falling stars, they blaze too swiftly across our lives, then disappear except for their forever aura that never fades. We know we are just borrowing them, that they will not always be with us except for that glow, but what a joy to hold the glow for just a minute. Apache, […]

This fickle season fools us every year

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring has been tip-toeing behind retreating winter for several weeks. Now the troops are ready to storm the ice castle and banish the foe for another year. We hope! But April can be a wicked child — like the old saying goes, “There was a little girl who had a little curl, right in the […]

I’m not back in the saddle again, but I’m back

Thursday, March 17, 2011

It would have been much more dramatic to have fallen while putting a horse over a four-foot fence. Instead, it was a humiliating fall from the edge of my very own bed.

Mother’s column revives memories

Thursday, December 16, 2010

In a box on the bottom shelf of the pie safe are my mother’s columns for Farm and Dairy, dating back to 1952. She was old-fashioned and believed that “fool’s faces always appear in public places” so she used a pen name, Aunt Teek, since much of what she wrote until her passing in 1965 […]

Holiday memories are the best kind

Thursday, December 2, 2010

By now, your carcass soup — you do make carcass soup don’t you? — is waiting for the mashed potatoes or noodles or rice, however you prefer, and maybe this is the best part of Thanksgiving. No company, no fuss and so filling and hearty you don’t even need dessert. And speaking of Thanksgiving, I’ve […]

Deadlines always sneak up on you

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Deadlines are so hateful. They sneak up on you at the most inconvenient times. Like yesterday, I was regretfully pulling put my poor dead flowers and all of a sudden it hit me: I should have written my column two days ago! But between the beautiful weather, Veterans Day, getting storm windows up etc. etc., […]

Preparing meals back in the old days

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Once upon a time — all children’s stories began this way, in our childhood times my sister always labeled “in older days” — there were no McDonald’s, no Wendy’s, no Taco Bells or Burger Kings or even pizzas. Hard to believe, isn’t it, in these times of some kind of restaurant on every corner and […]

Photos of “family” trees fill albums

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Year after year, autumn after autumn, the same trees here are photographed, from every angle, in every light. I have pictures of them when I could touch their tops. It reminds me of parents who take pictures of their children from the moment they are born, through every stage, on every occasion. The albums are […]

Looking to ‘lots of good years ahead…’

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Such a dear letter in response to my column about being temporarily “out of order” and finally back on schedule feeling much better than before. The handwriting was exquisite. The name was not familiar, as the writer was from Kent, and I’ll not use her name since I don’t have her permission. But she certainly […]

Hospital staff made illness bearable

Thursday, September 23, 2010

From the sixth floor of St. Elizabeth Medical Center, watching an electrical storm split the night sky was akin to a fantasy, perhaps dream. The city lights could have been anywhere in the world, the height — perhaps the peak — of a mountain. But what in the flaming blazes was I doing there? Why […]


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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.