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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.

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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BOB THE HORSE

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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NEVER TOO LATE

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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THE JITTERBUG QUEEN

It occurred to me recently that I have often written about my Dad (the baseball pro) but rarely have I mentioned my Mom (a classical and jazz pianist, and the jitterbug queen of the Ft. Worth bar scene in the … Continue reading

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ORPHAN LAMB

“He carved the coat off the dead winter lamb” . . . begins a short story by noted author Amy Hempel first published in Harper’s Magazine in 2010.  A bleak opening for a piece that might have been an article … Continue reading

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GOD SAVE TEXAS

It has long been my assertion that only an insider can get away with criticizing the flaws, cracks and fissures of their home state.  I think that is doubly true about a state like Texas, because we spend an exhaustive … Continue reading

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THE WRITING LIFE

Someone asked me recently why I blog – and it struck me strange.  It was like being quizzed about necessities:  why do I eat, breathe, sleep.  It is just what we writers do – put our thoughts, hopes, fears, inspirations, … Continue reading

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