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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.

PETRIFIED BRAINS

While I am no psychologist, speaking from personal experience I think that as we mature we all need to find ways to open our mind to the world; we need a “can opener” for a brain that is programmed to … Continue reading

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REQUIEM FOR A STADIUM

Normally I am not big on nostalgia, but as this year’s Major League Baseball season winds down and the Texas Rangers prepare to pack up and move across the street to a new home, the question looms large:  is the … Continue reading

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YOU MIGHT BE A REDNECK . . .

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy broke out of the pack in the 1980’s with the comic schtick “You might be a redneck. . . .”  It got people’s attention (and drilled down into that little piece of yokel that is in all … Continue reading

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FOUL RAG AND BONE

When we grow old we can sometimes take comfort in literature, in the lyrical treatment of our dotage.  Unless of course we choose to read the poetry of William Butler Yeats who seemed determined to lay bare the worst of … Continue reading

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TEXAS LOVE LETTERS

In March, Texas Monthly offered up a series of articles they tagged as “love letters” from Texans to their home state.  My favorites were the musings on childhood experiences in a state that has a wide variety of environs.

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WRITERLY ADVICE

In preparing to speak at a Writer’s Conference this past month, I was reminded of my own writing history and the wisdom I could share with others.  So I am relying on friends and followers to pass along this blog … Continue reading

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FUTZING WITH FINANCIALS

A growing political and legal scandal is whether real estate developer (and now President) Donald Trump may have illegally altered his financial statements and whether that is a big deal.  For those of you who do not believe this is … Continue reading

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