Stories by Janie Jenkins

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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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.