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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.


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  My second novel (unpublished) grew out of my West Coast experience with migrant farm workers.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