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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.


PBS’ Independent Lens series of Indy short-films is among the best TV offerings available in terms of great theater and moving social commentary.  Making the rounds now is a film called Man on Fire, that captures the life and death … Continue reading

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John Leguizamo is a comedian and actor who has been entertaining people for years – and making them terribly uncomfortable about their hidden biases – all at the same time.  His “Latin History for Morons” is probably his masterpiece to … Continue reading

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Looking back, I am not certain whether any of my sons have fully understood how much I have loved them, still love them, always will.  When my middle son Terry died in December 2016, I came to understand how few … Continue reading

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The change has been too slow to call it a revolution – this growth and maturation of Arlington, Texas, over the past 6 decades – but there is no doubt that my city has made huge advancements since I first … Continue reading

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Others may prefer their witches and warlocks, their vampires and zombies, but I contend that the truly frightening Halloween stories are those that gain their power from the depravity of the worst of human behavior.  Just take Ray Bradbury’s “The … Continue reading

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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  My second novel (unpublished) grew out of my West Coast experience with migrant farm workers.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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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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