Contact Jennie

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24 thoughts on “Contact Jennie”

  1. Jennie,
    Thanks for the article on “Sheets” in today’s paper. It brought back many similar memories of trips to my grandparents’ farm in Mt. Hope, Alabama “back in the day.” I imagine Alabama and Arkansas were not too different when it came to long, humid summer nights. The difference for me was there was no attic fan to assuage some of the heat; in fact, there was no fan at all. But those were some of the best memories of my childhood days! Thanks!

    Brenda Colglazier

  2. Jennie,

    I am writing in response to your article in the Herald Citizen on Sept. 20, 2015. I enjoy reading your articles, and I too am a conversationalist. The rude young lady in front of you is the one who should have been chiding herself. I know if I had been holding up a line that long, I would have been apologizing to people in line behind me, and I would have told the cashier to forget about the stamps. Many of this younger generation are missing manners among many other things. I, for one, would have loved to been in line in front of you, and I would have used that time to pick your brain. I have been told by many people that I should write a book about my life. Maybe some day I will get that opportunity. You are an inspiration to others, so keep doing what you are doing.

  3. Hello Jennie, I meant to contact you before your 2nd column on the Sky Wheel came out, but alas, didn’t get around to it.
    So just for your own information, I did ride that sky wheel and loved every second of it. I haven’t been to a county fair in years, but my son and his family invited me this year and I accepted it. My daughter-in-law was going to ride it with me, that was the plan, but…at the last minute she had a change of heart.
    So I got my son to ride with me. It was after dark and it was w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l!
    All the beautiful fairway lights to see and the breeze in my hair! Just wanted you to know! Sincerely Marge G.of Livingston. ps, I was 81 on the 11th

  4. I just read your column in today’s Herald Citizen and want to thank you for the information about Styrofoam. Thank you for taking a stand for our environment! It may have been a bit embarrassing but I’m sure like it made a permanent impression on your fellow diners and the waitress. Starting today I’ll put aluminum foil in my purse for restaurant leftovers.
    Thank you again for taking a stand and for enlightening your readers, who for whatever reason may not have known that it takes at least 50 years for Styrofoam to decompose.

  5. Read your ID theft report. I had similar from Walmart and Target, as well as phones with Verizon. I’m told there are many reports from Middle Tn, so our records were compromised at some point. If you catch up with them, fire a couple shots for me!!!

  6. Jennie, Jim and I want to say “thank you” for the Nov. 6 article in the H-C honoring our vets. It was very well done. Loved hearing the personal stories. Keep up the good work.

  7. I enjoy your columns each Sunday and have also enjoyed the occasions when I have gotten to hear you speak. I often get some book suggestions. I’ve just completed “Our Souls at Night” by Kent Haruf from last Sunday’s column. It was a good book, but I just was curious about whether the lack of quotation marks bothered you or not. Or, did your version (I read an E book checked out from the library) have quotation marks when a character was speaking? It was distracting to me.

  8. Hello Jennie!
    I just love your columns in the Herald Citizen; the paper has changed so much and it is so good to still have you! The article on Dec.11 just spoke to me. I too would love such magic as to turn off tv remotely! It has become so prevalent and so noisy but so many folks just seem to need that noise.
    There is much of your work I love! As a fellow redheaded beachloving granny I relate to most of it!
    Sure did hate to read about your divorce! I divorced most reluctantly 20 yrs ago at 39 and it was so hard. But Life had many wonderful surprises ahead for me and I know you will be blessed as well.
    Keep on with your great work- we many readers look forward to it!

  9. I just read your article “Playing with Matches” It was the best article I have seen regarding what to do with those two boys, They caused reprehensible heartache to the families of the Smokey Mountain. Landscape probably cannot be replaced in our lifetime. My best friend lost their summer home
    which was over fifty years old,
    I hope you can send this article to the people in charge of sending these youths to jail..

    Pat Miko
    [email protected]

  10. I enjoy your weekly column is the Sunday paper. I looked on Amazon, they have the candies (Atomic Fireballs) available online. Just not the same as going to Dollar General but at least you can still find them.

  11. Hi Jennie,
    Just read about your love for one of my favorite candies as well, the fireball! FYI my go to location is SAMS club where they have tubs of Atomic Fireballs with 240 pieces. The ones with 2 layers of hot. Hope that this helps you rest a bit easier.

  12. Hello, just received the newspaper and read your article on the donotcallregistry and decided to call. I should have hung up immediately since it was really just a site to sell me stuff, lol. I thought that was strange for a government site, but hung in there. Nope, wrong number and after deciding that I did not want a cruise, a medical alert button or free rooms in Orlando I hung up and went online to register my phones on the real ‘donotcallregistry’. It’s humorous when you think of it, but it did motivate me to actually register. Thank you for your wonderful writing, the only reason I read the Sunday newspaper.

  13. Hello !
    I too, have fallen into despair………
    No Atomic Fireballs !
    I cannot find them anywhere. Dollar General told me they have re-done
    their candy isle and no longer carried many items. Now what ?
    I will try to find out who manufactures the fireball and try to order, BIG !

  14. Jenny, Which cruise line did you use for your Cuban trip? My husband and I just got back from one of our trips which included an overnight stay on a cruise ship in the Havana port. We, too, had to follow the new Trump People-to-People guides to disembark while we were there. I, too, have always had a fascination with Cuba from the 1950’s. My interest in Cuba stemmed from an older brother who was in Cuba before Castro came to power. However, I hope that I live to see the US policy on Cuba change so that I can visit it independently.

  15. 2/19/18. Hi Jennie, Winston Morris here, School of Music, TTU, TUBA GUY!!!….
    Loved your article on Cuba… Just wondering if we were on the same trip via Celebrity Cruises!!! I was intimately aware of both of the toilets in your article!!! Seriously, including the one at the Graphics Society facility (wonderful service that they provide). I was on the cruise from Jamaica Dec. 22/23 until whenever. Don’t know if you were doing the Road Scholar deal or whatever other deal (maybe People to People?) that I was on. At any rate, VERY interesting trip. Hope you weren’t exposed to the “Sonic Attack” when you rode by the US Embassy in Havana! Looking forward to the next installation of your trip as I suspect it’s everything that I did and maybe we were there even at the same time! Take care. RWM

  16. Hey Jennie! Love the bball column. Me and several ladies play bball at First Bapt. Church’s gym every Tuesday 7:45-9:30ish. I show up after kid drop off, 8ish. Senior Olympics begins at 50. I’m just under, a few just over, and several 70+. Good skills, half court, and no one falls. Love to have you?

    Camille Fliss-Mayberry

  17. Dearest JI,
    Thanks to your article appearing in Cookeville’s 10/28/18 H-C, I have spent this Halloween eve perusing articles and pix, first of the PA Eastern State Penitentiary you wrote so eloquently about, followed by articles and pix regarding other fortress/castle penitentiaries throughout the states. Being a native Nashvillian, I know you will agree that our own old TN State Pen. holds its own as among the most ominous. There is a 17 min online film (drone footage)named On the Inside that you would find of interest once the trick-or-treaters have gone home on this All Hallows’ Eve. Thank you, Jennie, for yet another thought-provoking article. What a gift you have!

  18. Hi Jennie,
    Bravo, on your article today “Down the Rabbit Hole”. As I get older I find it increasingly distressing to come across people like “John”. I’m afraid that the only thing folks like “John” will take away from your excellent article will be the hurtful, so-called joke. However, I am certain that many others, like me, are applauding your comments this Sunday and being thankful for people like you.
    I am reminded of the Sir Edmund Burke (1780) quote, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.”

  19. Jennie: Thank you, thank you, thank you for your article about HB21 in today’s paper! I have sent emails to every member of the TN House, including Mr. Williams, objecting to this bill. After my second email to him, Mr. Williams responded with a long email, but did not answer my central question: Why does he think this bill is good for Tennessee? Maybe your letter will bring more clarity from him. I am skeptical that the Legislature is more qualified to pick candidates than are the voters.

  20. Thank you, Jennie, for today’s column that was moved to the Editorial page. It is not okay to take away the peoples’ right to choose our leaders, no matter the level of voting. Yes, it can be ugly and expensive but it is still the best system in the world. In too many states, the Republicans are acting like it is their God given right to run roughshod over the electorate. I disagree and the framers of the Constitution would also. I’m already looking forward to next week’s column.

  21. Dear Jennie, Wanted to say a few words about your column in August the 18th paper. About saving our fairgrounds. I totally agree with you. Their is plenty of other places to put another store. I miss the stockyards too. I hope they keep the fairgrounds where it is at. You are so good at writing things that I can not put into words. Thank you. Keep up the good work.

  22. Dear Jennie:
    I just wanted to express how much I enjoyed your story telling at Story Fest yesterday. I so thoroughly enjoyed your stories. I wish you had time to tell more! I have always wanted to meet you. Your column is the first column I read in the Herald Citizen . You have given me many laughs over the years and I anxiously await to see what the subject or story is in your next column. I tried to catch you at Story Fest at the break but I think you had left. I was so disappointed. Just wanted to shake your hand and say thank you. I was able to get a picture of you on stage.. I will be watching for you around town and maybe I will get to shake your hand (my continuing wish) and say THANKS>
    Linda Tinch

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