Stories by Janie Jenkins

Is summer really coming to an end?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Just at twilight, the doe and her fawn tiptoe up the back fence line, their ears alert to any move I might make as I watch from the back barn door. I’d left Winnie in the house and was glad I had, or she would have ruined the pastoral picture. This must have been a […]

Horse book will change your views on how the west was won

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Surely, every American over 18 and possibly a few younger — I have no idea how American history is taught these days — has heard of the Battle of the Little Bighorn June 25, 1876, and of the Seventh Cavalry’s golden-haired leader, Gen. George Armstrong Custer. The massacre of Custer’s forces and their horses and […]

Bad grammar is all around us

Thursday, August 5, 2010

“Him and me are going to visit…” Me and my friends just pop in the car…” No one is faster than us…” Do you detect something wrong in these honest-to-gosh quotes? The first was said by a young lady who graduated from Youngstown State University in December, got her teaching degree and is employed as […]

‘Family’ antics fill the long, summer days

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Usually the big calendar hanging on the kitchen door is filled with all kinds of squiggles and notes about birthdays and birds and reminders of anniversaries — the reality days of life — but so far July’s page is comparatively empty. I should write that, as of the 14th, the four baby barn swallows which […]

Feathered friends pose some problems

Friday, July 16, 2010

How could it possibly be the middle of July when it was spring just a moment ago and June was almost non-existent? Somehow, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year didn’t register. Maybe because the rain was pouring down — and crossways — or because the furnace had to run […]

What did children do for fun before video games?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fireflies and foxfire . . . four-leaf clovers and bare feet . . water striders and pollywogs . . . baby rabbits and big black and yellow spiders centering their webs . . . crayfish in the creek scuttling backward to hide beneath a rock . . . Fortunate the child — as was I […]

Spring brings bluebirds … and flies

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Now the foaming white froth of the perfumed locust blossoms has been spent and honeysuckle has taken over the scent waves. The erratic spring weather with abundant rain — understatement! — has some of us feeling as though we are living in a tropical rain forest. In my pasture, buttercups and grasses are not quite […]

Respect: Key aspect of Memorial Day

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Even though Memorial Day is not quite here, this column is better enjoyed before than after the fact. I have kept a letter from Juanita Deal of Athens, Ohio, for a year because it paints such a tender picture of what were such sweet times, before “Decoration Day” became just another holiday — an “off” […]

Barn swallows return and lilacs fade

Thursday, May 6, 2010

“Welcome! Welcome home!” I cheered as the barn swallows swooped in the back door, circled a quick reconnaissance and whirled back out to gather the rest of the troops. It was April 25, the same date on which they have arrived the past two years, so I was really expecting them. Which means, of course, […]

Spring brings joy of mowing the lawn

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Why is it that the first mowing after the long winter is such a pleasure — and how is it that by the end of summer the last mowing can’t come too soon? Climbing aboard the dear old John Deere was such a familiar activity yesterday but I didn’t remember being quite so stiff! Winter […]

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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.