Author Archives: jonnietootling

About jonnietootling

It seems forever that I have seen myself as a writer, enamored of life and great literature. I have been a journalist, a blogger, a published novelist; hold both a Bachelor's and Master's in literature and creative writing. Now in my 70's I am blogging here about existence, philosophy, art, literature, people of every stripe, finding our way through life, and growing old with panache.

THE McELREAS

Authors go about their work in different ways.  My first novel (WRANGLE) was inspired by my uncle’s quarter horse ranch in Texas.  My second novel (unpublished) grew out of my West Coast experience with migrant farm workers.  My third novel … Continue reading

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JUDGE ASHWORTH

Driving around Arlington often triggers memories for me and when I happened upon the Clyde R. Ashworth Elementary School on Silo Road, the feelings were particularly tender because I remember the man.

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WHITE HAT VICTORY

In the western oater, it’s always the cowboy in the white hat that wins.  What’s really satisfying is when it happens in real life – like the Waller County Citizens Against the Landfill victory recently.

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LEANING FORWARD

By the time one has lived nearly 8 decades, I think we have developed unique views of life and personal strategies for dealing with its vagaries.  For me it has been my constant habit of embracing my current chapter and … Continue reading

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KINDRED ARTIST

Arlington artist David Tripp describes his quest as one of capturing onto canvas the world he sees in his mind, and that is not unlike the role of a writer.  Akin to David, we too apprehend, interpret, report out our … Continue reading

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METAMORPHOSIS

A writer is always in the process of change, and that is never more true than in my case.  It has taken me a lifetime to morph from being many things before finally unfolding into this new creature who is … Continue reading

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SACRED LIBRARIES

To those of us who are readers, the public library is a sacred place – an almost holy shrine holding the treasure of our past, our wisdom, and serving as an incubator for our future greatness.  It is one of … Continue reading

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