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A Gypsy in New York
by Juliette de Bairacli Levy
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Chapter 1.6, continued from last month…
It was an American schoolgirl, Emma Palmer, who gave me the information that I sought: Emma had the intelligence to make use of the New York free information service, which will answer queries concerning New York. So we learn about the Big Apple. It is associated with jazz players, so much a part of the U.S.A. Jazz players call a job “an apple.” And when they get a gig or job in New York, it is a big apple. Later, New York itself came to be called “the Big Apple.” There are porcelain cups for sale in New York shops with a big red apple on them and the two words “New York”. Yet it is surprising how few people know about the naming of their city and how that name came to be. Merely ask your New York friends and confirm this!
Whenever I heard about unusual events in world weather patterns, and other strange phenomena afflicting the world, such as the reports that the famed ancient monuments, such as the pyramids of Egypt and the Acropolis of Greece, are crumbling and could soon be mere ruins (I saw the tragedy of the wonderful Acropolis recently), I was always possessed by worrying thoughts as to the far-reaching and as yet incalculable effects of atomic bomb test explosions.
More than the scientists, the simple peasants of the world greatly fear them. I was surprised when first I learned that the peasants interest themselves in the atomic explosions, but they certainly do. And the Gypsies of the world, who are still greatly gifted with the powers of prophecy, warn frequently against the experiments, which they say bring with them a “charnel smell” to the earth and its waters, and are far-reaching.I have been told about Jacob Joshua Levison, Chief Forester for the City of New York, who as a boy had come from Latvia to the slums of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Wanting the trees that he must have known in his early childhood in Latvia, he became one of the greatest crusaders for conservation of America’s trees and forests and was associated with places where trees survive, which have saved New York from becoming an ugly city: the Cloisters.
And the gardens of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and of Tudor City; it was this tree- and plant-loving man who created one of the largest and most original of the roof gardens of Manhattan, covering almost two acres, and remarkably being only six feet above the level of the street and built over a garage roof, of a 300-car capacity. This man said that it was “the sordidness of a treeless existence that caused me to choose forestry over other vocations. Forestry, my vocation for years. Then, as now, the aesthetic aspects of trees appealed to me as much as the practical ones.”
As soon as my children got out into the New York streets they noticed the iron or wooden railings around the trees, and “No Climbing” notices by many of the surviving rocks in the public parks.
“What are we to climb?” they asked me in dismay. “No trees! No rocks!”
“You’ll find plenty of climbing in New York buildings!” I assured them. “No need to use the elevators, we have legs to carry us up and down places, as you know!”
To be continued…
by Juliette de Bairacli Levy
Author of Common Herbs for Natural Health
“In Memory of Juliette the Grandmother of Herbal medicine”
A Gypsy in New York
Author: Juliette de Bairacli Levy.
In this richly detailed memoir, Juliette de Bairacli Levy – one of the founders of American herbalism – offers us a rare documentary. It is at once an herbal, a travel book and a compendium of Gypsy lore and Gypsy ways. 210 pages,
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This collection includes three great herbal medicine books and one video by Juliette de Bairacli Levy, well-known as the "grandmother of herbal medicine."
Nature's Children is a classic book on natural childrearing; it includes remedies, recipes, and fascinating lore.
Traveler's Joy is a unique guide to finding the wild bounty in simple living; Juliette covers topics such as travel, water, dwellings, medicine, and food.
Common Herbs for Natural Health is an essential herbal with lore and uses for 200 herbs including cosmetic, culinary, and medical recipes.
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by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. The classic text for natural child rearing, now revised and expanded. Back in print at last! Remedies, recipes, and fascinating lore on nourishing and healing children naturally. Introduction by Helen Nearing. 196 pages, index, 14 classic photographs.
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