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

Not at the center of the universe. 

Photo credit: NASA

Not in control of ourselves.

We’re star dust, same as the rocks and cockroaches and the crazy Democrat/Republican (take your pick) who lives across the street. Our edges are fuzzy.

Someday the internet might help us understand this, but for now, the electronic world uses us as food to grow a new information circulatory system.

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Durer

While we click free time away, drawn in by ever more enticing bits of information, our searches feed Google’s Knowledge Graph. We supply the NSA with information for the dossiers they are compiling on us. Clicks help promoters persuade us to impulse buy, whether it be a new door mat or a story about Hillary Clinton.

My mission:

—Share tips on using the internet at least as much as it uses us

—Offer resources for writers who rely on the Internet to compose, publish and market

—Pass on head-snapping stuff that turns up on my screen, falls into my lap, and occasionally, into my head.

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a new, infrared view of the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula. The cloud, located about 6,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius, is dominated by a central group of massive stars — the most massive stars in the region. This picture was taken with Spitzer’s infrared array camera. It is a four-color composite, in which light with a wavelength of 3.6 microns is blue; 4.5-micron light is green; 5.8-micron light is orange; and 8-micron light is red. Dust is red, hot gas is green and white is where gas and dust intermingle. Foreground and background stars appear scattered through the image.


Working on a novel that started out in 2012 as one of those write-in-60-days projects. Might finish it if The End doesn’t get me first. In the meantime my eye is glued to in a hole in the virtual fence. Literally. Ow. Feel free to submit burning questions appropriate to my mission. Probably can’t answer, but am willing to do legwork. 

Each dot is a galaxy. Photo credit: Nature video.


    • 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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