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EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to celebrate the launch of  EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing by Maggie Harrsen at Foragers City Grocer. Maggie, a Virgo, and I, an Aquarius,  both grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Part of the Delaware Valley, the region was one of the three original counties in Pennsylvania, and is renowned for its natural scenery, farmland, and colonial history. I grew up skipping rocks on Neshaminy Creek, and often times miss my outdoorsy and curious spirit animal, a fox, in industrial, skyscraper laden New York City. According to sources, Maggie’s spirit animal is the dolphin, which she fully gets to embrace in her new home on Long Island, NY.

EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing

The book release featured microgreens from good water farms. The fresh produce was placed atop Susty Party Eco Ware, doused in aromatic olive oil, and tossed with salt. Complementing the organic and earthly delights, I reveled in a glass of Channing Daughter’s Wine’s Tocai Friulano. We spoke about the merits of pressure cookers, quinoa and juice cleanses. Many of the other event-goers and I also agreed that Kale was having it’s moment right now but that Swiss Chard would be next!

EARTHGUIDE to wellbeingRecipes include Buddha Bowl, Kale hemp smoothie, Lemon balm and chamomile sun tea, Mung bean and rice cleanse, Basil sunflower seed pesto, Watermelon arugula microgreen salad.

I highly suggest you treat yourself to a copy, HERE.

EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing

Maggie’s guide is meant to inspire comfort, health and contentedness. She aims to help one support a lifestyle of harmony between body and mind while living in rhythm with Pachamama, Mother Earth. Made in collaboration with good water farms, the 60-page part cook-book, pseudo-chapbook is a resource for igniting one’s true nature through nourishing photographs, words, and recipes. Maggie Harrsen is the chef cum photographer cum Shaman who works closely with the relationship between nature and self.  Her atmospheric work explores a sensitivity to the environment and often reflects an ecological awareness.

EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing

Maggie’s affect is calming, gentle and serenely inspirational. Although I was in the middle of Chelsea, on a crowded corner of New York City not too far from Penn Station, I felt at ease. It was as if Maggie floated into the book signing on a cloud of patchouli, lavender, coconut oil and the sounds of Krishna Das. It is amazing how Maggie’s seemingly “simple” outlook on life’s plain treasures can be so complex and alluring.

EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing

“Shape clay into a vessel;
 It is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room;
 It is the holes which make it useful. Therefore benefit comes from what is there; Usefulness from what is not there.” ― Lao Tzu

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Urban Safari

I think animal prints have had a bad rap lately. What with all this “Jersey Shore” and “Jerseylicious” nonsense, the leopard skin, the giraffe pattern, and the zebra print has been given an unfair toss into the “trashy” and “kitschy” world. I actually believe animal print (faux, screen printed) can be extremely minimalistic and classy. Thus begins my campaign to reclaim animals! For Example:

Image found Here.

This basically makes me want to play and watch Jumanji. By Horchow.

Paper Maiche heads via Apartment Therapy.

No animals were harmed in the making of that Elephant Bust. Via Anthropologie.

From the GlamLamb!

Can you believe this beauty was found in an only 450 square foot home? Here.

When in doubt, wrap an antler in colored and neon yarn! Insta-cool.

I cannot imagine any chair being more comfortable than this Sheepskin Fluffiness. Here.

Both images above via Desire to Inspire. Please note the Giraffe prints, the floral armchair, the owls, the horses (WE’RE IN A JUNGLE HERE PEOPLE).

Shop by the Numbers: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 

“I believe there is no sickness of the heart too great it cannot be cured by a dose of Africa. Families must go there to learn why they belong together on this earth, adolescents to discover humility, lovers to plumb old but untried wells of passion, honeymooners to seal marriages with a shared sense of bafflement, those shopworn with life to find a tonic for futility, the aged to recognize a symmetry to twilight. I know this all sounds a bit much, but if I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.” – John Hemingway, African Journeys

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Silver Screen Scenes (2)

I remember my first love. It was a summer in the 1960’s. I was on holiday. We met in the Catskills. He was a tough, misunderstood, ne’er-do-well dance instructor with great hair. I was a naive, privileged, daddy’s girl who wanted to take a walk on the wild side. Wait, Wait, Wait, that wasn’t me.  That was Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman (Jennifer Grey) and Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) in Dirty Dancing. I have watched this movie an uncountable and incalculable number of times – case in point – I used to have “CRAZY FOR SWAYZE” sleepover nights with girlfriends.

Keep Calm and Carry a Watermelon (Screencaps Here).

Dirty Dancing is meant to capture a time in American history before families vacationed at Disney World or took International Cruises, before people were heading to the Bahamas or Cancun, families wholesomely vacationed in New York’s Catskill Mountains. From the 1920’s until the 1960’s, families often traveled to now mostly defunct summer camps – colloquially termed “Jewish Alps” or the “Borscht Belt”. The movie is scripted to take place during the decline of these camps and the onslaught of commercial airline travel. Well-known resorts of the area included Brickman’s, Brown’s, The Concord, Friar Tuck Inn, Gibber’s, Gilbert’s, Grossinger’s, Granit, the Heiden Hotel, Irvington, Kutsher’s Hotel and Country Club, the Nevele, The Laurels Hotel and Country Club, and The Pines Resort.

c. 1940s postcard of the Pine Tree Villa, a primarily Jewish resort at Kiamesha Lake, New York in the Borscht Belt of the Catskill Mountains!  Finely detailed image, showing layout of many of the resort’s buildings, including the casino and tennis courts to the left.  Was run by Greenberg & Son. The unused postcard can be purchased HERE.

GROSSINGER’S: The resort’s huge pool in the 1950s (Here).

The indoor and outdoor pool at GROSSINGER’S, dilapidated and in disrepair as of 2008 (Here).

My mom remembers a time when she used to visit these summer camps! She told me that such comedic legends at Woody Allen, Don Rickles, Rodney Dangerfield, Carl Reiner, George Burns, Mel Brooks, Fanny Brice, Bea Arthur and Joan Rivers got their start at these hotel resorts. Amazing actresses and entertainers such as Carole King, Shari Lewis, Mel Torme, Barbara Streisand, and Joel Grey also performed yearly at the establishments. These establishments were also some of the only places wherein African American performers were allowed to frequent (before Civil Rights) and was referred to as “The Chitlin Circuit”. The Supremes, Duke Ellington, The Four Tops, Etta James, Cab Calloway, and Smokey Robinson are some of the famous acts who frequented east coast resort towns. Clearly the performance halls and boarding houses nestled in the counties of Upstate New York have had an everlasting effect on the landscape of entertainment. However, has anyone yearned for the decor of this time period?