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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.


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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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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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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There is a remarkable bond between a cowboy and his working horse.  Recently I came across a post on the Facebook page of a friend that I simply had to share – some of the musings of an Oklahoma cowboy … Continue reading

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For those among you who have bemoaned old age and the loss of dreams, let me share my story.  I have lived my entire life in “delay” mode and I can tell you that it is never too late. 

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