“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”
John Muir

Each dot is a galaxy. Photo credit: Nature video

Having trouble adjusting to reality? To the idea we’re all insignificant and attached to each other like burrs in a sock?

For many of us it’s a spectacular time to be alive. I count myself among the luckiest, but worry our enthusiastic earth renovations — digging, burying, emptying, filling, dumping, cutting, building, tearing down and rearranging — will not work out in our favor over the long haul. We’re only the latest in a string of homo species. The rest, erectus, rhodesiensis, neanderthalensis, etc., are gone. We’ll eventually be gone too, but no sense in hurrying ourselves off prematurely.

Scribbler’s Playhouse is my place to explore, research and write about what we can do to make things better for ourselves and for other living things. Themes lean toward environmental issues, technology and politics, and spill into food, travel, music, and my own ecosystem, books and blogs.

From my (not completely true) fill-in-the-blank author’s bio:  Julia lives with her husband in a hideaway surrounded by birches, maples and espaliered apple trees. When she’s not writing bestselling novels, she collects missives from her wandering children like nectar from honeydew, writes songs, treks the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness and weaves between rush-hour traffic on her bicycle.*


I am working on my great American novel, write newspaper editorials, write for newsletters, “Good Living and Retirement,” and have appeared in Oregon Quarterly. I currently chair the local Library Foundation board, volunteer for the Oregon Community Foundation, practice and teach Ashtanga yoga, ski, hike, travel, bicycle, cook, play in a band, coo over babies and other people’s dogs.  

*On the fill-in-the-blank author’s bio. Click on the link to see how you too can write your own glowing self-description. 


    • Many thanks Barbara. Your support means a lot. You have one of the best blogs I’ve read.

      Last I checked, the cat was fine, but you never know …

      WordPress just moved the “follow” sign from the lower right corner to the upper left, next to my name. Can you see it? Sad if people can’t follow.




  • Okay, yes–thanks! I was looking all over the page, but not on the menu bar above it. Story of my life. The word “follow” confuses me; maybe it’s PTSD from having done too much of it in my life–I married the alcoholic actor because the first time I met him, he said “You’re coming home with me, baby.” And those little plus and minus signs make matters worse; I managed to unfollow my own blog a couple of times as a result of that bad combination, just clicking to see what would happen next. Kind of like following Cowboy home. (Just to give you a visual, this was Cowboy Bob from the Blues Brothers movies. Yes, really. I was married to him.) Anyhow, you might want to add a Subscribe button widget to your sidebar, in case there are more simpletons like me out there.


    • Your first husband sounds like a character from Lonesome Dove. Thank you for the push to add a widget. Thought I was allergic to widgets, but surprise! Easier than dragging a chair to the sink.


  • Just read your comment to Christoph Fischer’s post on the puppys. That was so funny! Had to stop by and let you know. And, why does your name sound so familiar? Hmmmmmmm. It’ll hit me in a few weeks and I’ll get back to you. Nice meeting you here. Paulette


    • Just spent some time cruising through your blog and really like your writing a lot. Am now following you and look forward to more. As for widgets (your conversation above) I can’t get them to work on my wordpress. Had friends send me written instructions and video tutorials (if you can believe that!) and still I am stuck in the ice age – it’s frustrating. At least I figured out how to follow you. 🙂 Paulette


      • I had trouble with widgets. They seem to work on some templates better than others. Did you design your own site? By the way, The Persecution of Mildred is on my to-read list. Maybe I’d better move it up!


        • Oh please don’t feel you need to do anything with my book, unless you want to. I was honestly impressed with what you wrote at Christoph’s and just had to say so. Made me laugh. That’s always a good thing. I have a regular old no-pay wordpress that a friend set up for the book as a place for promote and to store all the reviews, etc. Then I got the blogging itch from others and it’s all I have. Sometimes I feel silly coming to visit another site as a book but I’m finding that the cyber world and friends are the best-very supportive and friendly and don’t really care what I come dressed in as long as somehow my heart hangs out. I tried to look around your site to find your books to no avail and Goodreads is allergic to my searches and come up blank when I put names in so if you have a link you could share with me I’d love to have a look at yours.


  • Thank you Sheri. Very kind of you! I’ll cruise by your home page in a day or two and check it out. My blog was on hold this month while we traveled and I worked on a writing project. This might be a good way to get rolling again. Cheers!


  • Hi Julia,
    Would you be willing to participate in something we are doing for Susie Lindau on Friday morning? I am contacting as many of her followers as possible. My thought is that we all post on our own blogs on Friday with the same title, “Susie Strong”. The content would say something simple like, We are thinking of you. I haven’t known Susie for long but this blogging world is such a family. I thought it would be nice for her to see this message from as many of us as possible. Her husband is going to be updating us after her surgery. He can tell her or she can see it once she is up to it. Are you in? Thanks, Maria aka brickhousechick


  • Julia,
    And see what you just did with your endearing comment on my blog? Happy Holidays, new friend.
    Le Clown


  • JW, thanks for your visit to my site today. Gave me the opportunity to visit yours and it’s been a pleasure. I’m guessing that you live somewhere where there’s snow. Yes, I think there’s enough snow in the yard to provide for the next year. We’ve had an unusual winter. Temps haven’t been above freezing here since late December and the snow only accumulates.., never has a chance to melt. Alaska has had warmer days than we. Nice visiting with you. Take care.


    • Thanks for visiting. We’re in Oregon, where snow is rare, and yet this year, we’ve had TWO snow storms. Just finished trimming the broken trees, and the last of our (puny compared to your PHD) shovel piles have melted. Time for another? Thanks for visiting.


  • Julia, I just love your about page. Yes, social insecurity. And yes, empty nesting would bring sensory overload. Oh how I relate. Since you do yoga, may you suggest a good video/DVD? My doctor feels that yoga would be a good form of exercise for me and yet, I cannot attend an actual session because I am allergic to perfume and fragrances. I would really appreciate it. Thanks girl! 🙂


  • Yes, a 16 year yoga veteran, teaching for 8. Any yoga teacher worth his or her salt will honor a no-fragrance request. Still- check out Yoga Flow videos on YouTube. A friend loves them. Often local teachers sell their own DVD’s too. Good luck!

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  • Thanks for the follow; it gave me the opportunity to visit your blog. Wish I’d thought of Scribbler’s Playhouse! Looking forward to reading more of what you have to say!

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  • It’s a true pleasure to read your writing, JB. Filled with whimsy and keen observation, no doubt you will be a treasured spot when hunting for a solid read and an entertaining yarn. Happy New Year to you. Cheers!


  • It’s almost embarrassing, almost, when we gush to our boys how wonderful it is now they have moved out! Empty nesting is good, but I think life changes for the better once you can leave the kids at home knowing the place won’t be wrecked upon your return.

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  • Well…2025 is a lot closer now, so I’m guessing the book is almost halfway! 🙂 Looking forward to reading more of your work.

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