Author Archives: Ellen

Why free economies can outdo planned economies …

 James Surowiecki, in The Wisdom of Crowds, talked about an experiment Francis Galton, the father of modern statistics, ran at a 1906 county fair. Eight hundred people entered a competition to guess the weight of an ox that proved to … Continue reading

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1000 Years of English Coins

As you may know, Goddy’s boyfriend Rafael is a coin collector, and wants to become a coin dealer. I love research (just look over my adventures!) so what could I do but become a coin collector? The scramble after good … Continue reading

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Fahrenheit -or- Celsius: forty below is forty below.

A lot has befallen us since I last posted. For one, as of February 19, Ellen has a new knee. Up to a short while ago, she was doing at least as well as can be expected – until she … Continue reading

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$$$

Just got an offer from a publisher ($$$ offer) to bring out a large-print copy of Knit Your Own Murder. Hurrah! Makes me feel like I’m still in the author business. Don’t know when it will appear or what the … Continue reading

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Brrrrr Redux

Ellen says she didn’t see this post, though I loaded it early this morning.  So here it is (again?). I loaded Chapter One of Tying the Knot and did some work on it. Not a lot, but some. It felt … Continue reading

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FREE BOOKS! on Amazon Kindle

I’m running a “free e-book” promotion on Amazon for eight books. Just search for Monica Ferris Presents, and there they are. Feb 04-08 – The Chronicles of Deer Abbey by Margaret of Shaftesbury Feb 11-15 – Minnesota Vice by Ellen … Continue reading

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Brrrrrrrrr!

The forecast for today is killer cold. Literally, in the outdoor temperature for today, frostbite sets in on bare skin in about five minutes.  Even worse cold tomorrow.  Schools are closed everywhere until Thursday.  On Wednesday every week a little … Continue reading

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Still Groggy

That’s the title I meant to put on my blog entry – and Still Groggy I am, I guess. I wrote this yesterday (Monday) evening.  Today I woke up early, but then wandered around most of the day, went to … Continue reading

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Puzzled

I’ve been concerned about my forgetfulness, so I took a lengthy cognition test and got the results yesterday: I’m within normal range in all aspects. Really? They why am I so forgetful? Or maybe I’ve been much better than normal … Continue reading

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T’ain’t Funny, McGee

I’ve been sick. It’s not flu, it’s just a very, very bad cold. No vomiting, just coughing. And coughing, and coughing. Aches and tiredness, too. I’m getting better, but slowly. Ellen has it worse than I do, but she’s improving, … Continue reading

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