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 […]

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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.