My New Clothesline Book is on AMAZON.COM!

October 15th, 2017

For The Love of Clotheslines

To order, just click on the title above (underlined for URL linking)  
OR go to In the search box, put the title and my name, ellen sue spicer-jacobson it will come up.


Dear Friends, Family, Subscribers, and Browsers:
I have been working on my clothesline book for a long time, since I first came home from Italy in 2011 with 75 pictures of clotheslines. (See full description below.) My friend Krista introduced me to Create Space in August (the date next to the title on Amazon) and I just completed the publishing process with her on Friday, so I am very excited about having my book available to all of you so quickly after I finished the final proof.
I am investigating how to put it on Kindle and will post that as soon as I do, but because it has so many photos, you may prefer the paperback version.
When you click on the title, you will see a link that says:
If you like the book, I urge you to use the link to review it.
Here is my description of the book that is also listed on, owned by Amazon:
The urge to write For the Love of Clotheslines came from our trip to Italy in 2011, where I took more photos of wet clothes hanging on balconies and on clotheslines in villages and small towns than I did of statues and churches. Something about seeing the clotheslines triggered strong memories of my childhood. 
Women’s Voices for Change printed my online article and photos from my trip, read by Kathleen Arleth, a gallery owner in Somers Pt., NJ and she asked me to do an exhibit of my photos. What a bonus! 
I then took additional clothesline photos in nearby Lancaster County and also asked family and friends to take photos on their trips. I added research on clothesline history, my article about Italy in Women’s Voices for Change, and poems from other clothesline lovers. 
Voila! A photo book with text was born to be enjoyed by young and old alike. It can be used as a coffee table addition, and would make a great gift for photo lovers and people who like to reminisce. The book also makes a pitch for bringing back clotheslines as a way of “going green,” so people concerned with the environment will enjoy it also.  
The Foreword by clothesline lover Anne Lawrence is entitled “Clothesline Memories,” so it is especially suited for people who remember their moms hanging clothes on the line, winter and summer. Whether for nostalgia, the love of photographs, a concern for the environment, or just for the fun of reading about a subject not many people would bother to write about, you may find this book delightful, fanciful, educational, and enjoyable. 
The book has also given me a sense of community because of my contact with other clothesline lovers and people willing to take photos when they travel. I feel a kinship with them in this joint endeavor. 
I plan to donate a portion of the proceeds from selling my book to environmental groups whose philosophy mirrors my own, such as Friends of the Earth, Earth Justice, and Breast Cancer Action (BCA pursues companies polluting the environment with carcinogenic ingredients.)  
This book is a labor of love that would have been impossible without the help of my friend and writer Krista Nelson. Her knowledge of Create Space and her skills with design made this book project happen. 
Celebrate clotheslines in all their windswept and sun-drenched glory with your very own copy of For the Love of Clotheslines!

Pesticide Petition

October 12th, 2017



Tell Scott Pruitt: Can Chlorpyrifos! | Sign the Petition


Chlorpyrifos is one of the worst pesticides around. It’s so toxic even the smallest amounts have been linked to serious children’s health concerns like lower IQs, arm tremors and structural changes in the brain! But Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his buddies at Dow Chemical don’t seem to care.

Earlier this year, the EPA cancelled a scheduled ban on chlorpyrifos shortly after Scott Pruitt met with Dow Chemical executives. It’s clear that Scott Pruitt is only looking out for corporate profits, not public health. We need to remind him that the EPA answers to the American people, NOT the chemical industry!

EWG has joined forces with the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, the League of Conservation Voters and others to make sure Scott Pruitt and his chemical industry pals hear us loud and clear! Can we count on you to join us, Honey?

TAKE ACTION: Tell the EPA to stand up for human health, not corporate profits, and BAN chlorpyrifos!

Research has linked chlorpyrifos to a dizzying array of serious health effects, including nervous system damage, behavioral problems, autism, ADHD and lower IQs in young children whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy. In adults, low-level exposure to chlorpyrifos can cause nausea, headaches and dizziness. Farmworkers and others who experience severe exposures have suffered vomiting, muscle cramps, diarrhea, blurred vision, loss of consciousness, and even paralysis.

We know this chemical is harmful. But as long as Scott Pruitt is in charge of the EPA and in the pocket of huge chemical corporations like Dow, it’s up to grassroots activists like us to expose the EPA’s failure and force him to BAN chlorpyrifos. We know the chemical industry can be ruthless when challenged, but EWG has never been afraid of a fight.

Can we count on you stand up to the chemical industry with us and fight to ban chlorpyrifos?

Click here to tell the EPA to protect people, not chemical industry profits. It’s time for Scott Pruitt to do the right thing and BAN the hazardous pesticide chlorpyrifos!

– EWG Action Alert