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Making Correct Change

Imagine a time when Manhattan was all forest.  Now the surviving trees are like living things herded into a corral of concrete and steel.

We have careened through time like a car without brakes…

In our wake a city of skyscrapers has sprung up where once a forest grew, but the city remembers its roots…

The past lurks, like a silent ghost, peeking out from dirty windows in the attic…

…or a little lost child, peering from between the legs of strangers in a crowd.

Beneath all the the glitz and glamor and bright lights…

…the old grand dame still thrives.

From past and present must come the future.

If we proceed with caution…

…careful reflection…

…and respect for all living things…

…the heart of the city will always be strong.

All images and words copyright 2013 Naomi Baltuck

NaomiPHOTO1-300ppi51kAqFGEesL._SY300_NAOMI BALTUCK ~ is a Contributing Editor and Resident Storyteller here410xuqmD74L._SY300_ at Bardo. She is a world-traveler and an award-winning writer, photographer, and story-teller whose works of fiction and nonfiction are available through Amazon HERE. Naomi presents her wonderful photo-stories – always interesting and rich with meaning and humor – at Writing Between the Lines, Life from the Writer’s POV. She also conducts workshops such as Peace Porridge (multicultural stories to promote cooperation, goodwill, and peaceful coexistence), Whispers in the Graveyard (a spellbinding array of haunting and mysterious stories), Tandem Tales, Traveling Light Around the World, and others. For more on her programs visit Naomi


When not actually writing, I am researching the world with my long-suffering husband and our two kids, or outside editing my garden. My novel, The Keeper of the Crystal Spring (Viking Penguin), can be read in English, German, Spanish, and Italian. My storytelling anthology, Apples From Heaven, garnered four national awards, including the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice. I am currently working on a contemporary women’s novel.

2 thoughts on “Making Correct Change

  1. It is essential to preserve green space and encourage bio-diversity. We are blessed in London as we have so many huge parks and are obsessed with gardens and preserving trees. It is, however, never enough. Great images, Naomi.


  2. My hometown. Yes! Always strong and I agree that care must be taken.

    There is a tradition there of respect for green space, though it might not appear so as the buildings go higher and higher. Historically much green space is available in Manhattan and the other boroughs. Manhattan is a scant 23 miles and Central Park alone is 840 acres. Then there are all the areas along the water, various city parks both large and small. I think whether or not you see this as a lot or not has to do with where you come from and what you are used to.

    In Brooklyn there are miles of green space along the water and every neighborhood has its park with trees and grass and places to sit, places for children to play. Prospect Park in Brooklyn is 585 acres. Then there are botanical gardens. The one in the Bronx is forty acres.

    Though I haven’t been home in years, from what I hear it would seem the boroughs are doing an even better job of it than before. Unfortunately much of it is associated with gentification and I have concerns – not just about environment – but about the people who are being displaced.

    I used to work on Wall Street next door to the Exchange and later on Water Street where I watched the twin towers go up. We could walk by the water in two different areas or sit in the garden/graveyard – which we often did for lunch – of the historic Trinity Church. Lovely and peaceful with butterflies in summer.

    Sigh! I guess I took a trip down memory lane.

    Thanks for another wonderful photo/essay, your special gift to us, Naomi.


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