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My New Clothesline Book is on AMAZON.COM!

Sunday, 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!

Take Two Tablets: Medicine from the Bible

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

by Peter Kash, Ed.D., Shmuel Einav, Ph.D. and Linda Friedland, M.D.

What a pleasant surprise to find that in Take Two Tablets, the Bible is not only a spiritual guide for those who read it, but also a health guide for a better quality of life. Under the observant eyes of the learned authors, this 138-page book creates for the reader the intersection of ancient wisdom with modern science in the area of health, or as the Introduction states: the purpose of the book is to expose “the correlation of medicine, healing, and well-being.”

As a nutrition educator, I focused more on the chapters directly related to food, nutrition, and health, even though all of the chapters are interesting. Thus, Chapter 2: Nutrition in the Bible, Chapter 4: Ancient Healing Pathways, Chapter 6: Preventive Medicine in the Bible and Chapter 7: Work and Stress captured most of my interest and attention, although every chapter had gems of information. (There are nine chapters in total.)

Here is a “taste” of some of the chapters to entice you to read it and offer you some facts to digest, even if you have never read the Bible before, because now you will be reading it from a “health guide” perspective.

In Chapter 2 is a section entitled “The Bible: An Ancient Source for the Modern Diet.” The authors list foods we are all familiar with as health-giving: olive oil, The Mediterranean Diet, figs, colorful fruits and vegetables in the Bible (antioxidants in today’s parlance, such as dates and pomegranates), honey, wine/grapes, citron (an ancient citrus fruit), lentils, nuts, apples, chickpeas, ancient seeds, blackberries, cinnamon, garlic, onions/leeks, breast milk, and of course, water as the source of life “but also as a metaphor for love and kindness….” As the authors point out, the atomic weight for water is 18, and in Kabbalah, this number signifies “Life” and “Good Luck.”

In Chapter 4, “Ancient Healing Pathways,” the good doctors and educators discuss The Golden Rule, respect for all human life, enlightenment, and a comparison of Buddhism, Chinese, and Western Medicine. They also write about pulse points as a way to detect imbalances. This aspect of health can be found in Kabbalah, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I liked the fact that the writing shows there is much overlapping in the different modalities from different cultures.

In Chapter 6 we learn about preventive medicine in the Bible, including food hygiene, dietary laws, healing from minerals and sea salt, health rules of the Bible, public health, and hand washing as a Biblical practice hundreds of years before it was accepted in hospitals (late 1800s) as a way of preventing disease from spreading.

Perhaps Chapter 7 is the most meaningful for today’s emphasis on stress and its impact on physical and mental health. The authors consider being stressed out as a “universal malady” that needs our attention. Using their scientific backgrounds, the authors explain the stress response, chronic adaptation, and an antidote in the Bible to stress, which is the emphasis on rest, as in taking a Sabbath break. The book discusses the science of rest as well as “a call to rest,” the latter of which is found as a command in the Bible. This chapter also includes information on exercise, self-awareness, and loving-kindness as keys to health. Finally, they list whole foods that “help the body build resilience against the physical effects of stress.” The list

The book discusses the science of rest as well as “a call to rest,” the latter of which is found as a command in the Bible. This chapter also includes information on exercise, self-awareness, and loving-kindness as keys to health. Finally, they list whole foods that “help the body build resilience against the physical effects of stress.” The list includes: blueberries, oranges, apricots, dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, sweet potatoes, and “even a little dark chocolate,” which has its own nutritional benefits.

The epilogue provides a perfect summary: “Take Two Tablets is not a means to an end, but a means to a beginning. To live life a little better, a little healthier, a little longer for each of us serves a purpose, individually and collectively.” I found this book to be an unexpected resource on nutrition and health, and if you read it, I believe you will also find this “ancient information” can easily be used in today’s world and in your search for a healthy life.

Take Two Tablets is published by White River Press and prices start at $5.99 for Kindle version. It is available on Amazon. A portion of the proceeds will go to cancer organizations in the country in which copies are sold.