To Err is Human: My New Book

Many years ago my cookbook, The Whole Foods Experience, named before I knew about Whole Foods Markets, which opened around the same time I wrote the book, was published by Ross Books. It is now on Amazon, but at the time I wrote it, there was no Amazon or Create Space.

When my copy came in the mail, I was thrilled until I looked at the title on the cover, which read, The Whole Foods Experence, without the “i.” How could this happen? I called the publisher and pointed out the problem. He was appalled! He immediately ordered new labels to go over the book label  on all the books he had printed at that time, although the inside title pages remained misspelled. This was before Print on Demand, or POD, so he had a couple hundred of books in print. The new cover was actually more attractive with a shiny gold label, so it wasn’t all bad.

A friend called and I told her what happened. She asked if I was devastated.  I thought about her question for a moment, and then I thought about how I was then a volunteer for The Hunger Project and gave a talk every week or so on the fact that 35,000 people a day were dying of hunger, needlessly. My reply to her was: “Well, with 35,000 people a day dying of hunger, a missing “i” does not seem so terrible.”

Fast forward to Create Space and my latest book. (This is the Kindle cover, almost identical to the hard copy, but without the top border.)

I learned that my friend Pat, who had created a poem for me for my new book, had some lines mixed in from a poem she found when researching clotheslines online, not realizing her error. (Thanx to Anne Lawrence, who wrote my Foreword, and sent me a copy of Marilyn Walker’s poem.) Pat was working non-stop on the picture on p. 34 and the poem on p. 35, so I have to chalk it up to ignorance or exhaustion, because Pat is a poet in her own right. Since I was unfamiliar with Walker’s own poem on clotheslines at the time Pat was writing her poem, I did not realize that some of Walker’s lines were mixed up with Pat’s poem. (I plan contact Walker.)

Pat and I have corrected the error and are in the process of putting the correct poem in my  manuscript, with Anne’s helpful input as well. But this means that the book is temporarily on hold at Create Space and Kindle. If you have already purchased and received the book, please email me ASAP at, so I can send you the new poem (below) that you can download and put into your p. 35, trimming it from the bottom and sides. Or you can send me your snail mail address and I will send you a printed version via USPS.

I am sorry for this inconvenience and hope it will not deter you from buying the corrected book in the future as gifts or for yourself. It should be available again as a soft cover book or on Kindle, hopefully by the end of the week. This is my first experience with Create Space and the learning curve is steep! I will post an update as to its availability the day I am “back in the book business.”

With apologies, ellensue

P.S. Remember, the second half of To err is human is: To forgive is divine!


Clothesline Memories by Pat Ferraro
(with Ellen Sue)

 Clotheslines have lots of stories to tell.
What’s hanging there describes them well.

The lines displayed a baby’s birth, new towels, and the rest.
Clothes were pinned always with care, especially Sunday’s best.

The lines hung empty when folks went away,
but soon filled with clothes the next wash day.

Momma hung her laundry with a sense of pride,
for if anything looked dirty, there was no place to hide.

I miss the friendly backyard chats, for as everybody knows,
gossip is the very best while hanging up your clothes.

The automatic dryer as a second choice is fine,
in winter or on rainy days, when you cannot use the line.

Be kind to the environment; hang your laundry when you can, please.
Weather permitting, nature will dry them with sunshine and a breeze.




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