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The New York Times (8/12, Reynolds) “Well” blog reported that a study published last month in PLoS One suggests that “overall, ‘a small dose of exercise’ may be sufficient to improve many aspects of thinking, and more sweat may not provide noticeably more cognitive benefit,” although it will improve aerobic fitness. The study of “101 sedentary older adults, at least 65 years of age,” revealed that “briskly walking for 20 or 25 minutes several times a week” appeared to be enough to help keep “brains sharp as the years pass.”

Blogfinger Medical Commentary:  By Paul Goldfinger, MD, FACC

There have been so many studies about the value of excercise, that I have come to the conclusion that this therapeutic modality exceeds every other that is advocated to prevent all sorts of medical problems.

Whenever exercise is used for prevention, such as in cardiology, the mechanisms are never clearly elucidated. But all doctors and most people in general believe in the benefits of exercise.   At a basic common sense level, it makes sense. Our bodies are so complex and with so many moving parts that it seems logical that “use it or lose it” is a reasonable mantra.

I recall other studies in the past that I raised my eyebrows over when they said that even small doses of exercise can be helpful, but I see now that it is  likely to be true. You can benefit even if all you do is take a walk. Exercise makes the heart work harder and increases blood flow throughout the body, and from an evolutionary point of view, it makes sense that more blood is good for survival of the fittest, even if the fittest only get up from their computers and walk around the block.

The effects on the brain, as noted in this trial, are fascinating and believable although I don’t know why.  Here  is what we said about exercise in our book  (2011):   front cover

Exercise: Physical inactivity is associated with increased risk for coronary disease (CHD) and is considered a major risk factor. Increased physical activity results in  a reduced risk for CHD.  Advantages of exercise include a lower risk of diabetes, less tendency for blood to clot, improved lipids including higher HDL levels, improved sleep patterns, and reduced anxiety and depression. Other benefits reported include reduced colon cancer, reduced gallstones, reduced arthritis symptoms, lower blood pressure, less prostate enlargement and less osteoporosis (weak bones in the elderly).

A regular aerobic exercise program is a necessary adjunct to a good diet. It is very difficult to lose weight without exercise, but don’t be discouraged if the weight loss is slow. Exercise does not burn a lot of calories. Walking or running a mile will burn only about 100 calories, but exercise improves fitness and thus allows you to do more exercise and burn more calories. Also, the calories that are burned are more likely to be from fat than from carbohydrates, and the ability to keep weight off after losing is easier with regular exercise.

The amount of exercise necessary is controversial; however, a brisk walk 4-5 times per week can offer some protection. In the Nurses Health Study from Harvard, women who regularly engage in brisk walking reduced their risk of heart disease to the same degree as women who engaged in vigorous exercise. Some studies suggest that strenuous efforts are probably better.

An exercise prescription based on your heart rate is a good technique for judging how hard to exercise and your doctor can give you advice about this. Pulse monitors, (e.g. by Polar at polarusa.com or FitBit) are available in sporting goods stores. If you are healthy, you can get a fitness evaluation at the local YMCA and receive advice regarding an exercise program, or, if there were concerns about coronary risk, then a formal exercise stress test ordered by your physician would be appropriate. The Centers for Disease Control suggests that people should get at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on most, or preferably all, days of the week.

If someone has underlying heart disease, vigorous physical exercise can be risky, especially if the patient is not accustomed to regular exercise. Sometimes people who have no awareness that they have heart trouble can be at risk for complications during exercise. Individuals with heart disease or who are at risk for heart disease should speak to their doctors before engaging in strenuous forms of exercise. According to Barry Maron, MD, an expert on the subject of cardiac events during exercise, “The balance of the evidence supports the value and importance of participation in regular exercise regimens (NEJM.11/9/2000).


By Paul Cadmus, Jared French and Margaret French. ©

By Paul Cadmus, Jared French and Margaret French. ©  Fire Island, 1950.  Scanned from Photograph Magazine.

By Paul Goldfinger, Photography editor  @Blogfinger

These three photographers collaborated together from the 1930’s to the 1950’s producing intimate sized black and white prints characterized by “magical realism.”These were set pieces that evoked psychology, eroticism, and symbolism.   Their work on Nantucket, Fire Island, Provincetown , New York and New Jersey was controversial at first, but is now considered to be important examples of American photographic art.

The Gitterman Gallery is mounting a show of their work from September 9 to November 7 at 41 East 57th Street;  Suite 1103. The show is called PaJaMa after their first names. You can see more images by them at http://www.gittermangallery.com.

I enjoy their images because of the very special black and white moody effects.  It’s hard to understand how 3 people can work together to produce an image, but I imagine there are design, story, photographic and production challenges, so there must be an element of division of labor.


GA color scheme

Great Auditorium doors are closed for this photo by Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

Great Auditorium doors are closed for this photo by Paul Goldfinger ©  Ocean Grove, New Jersey.    Blogfinger.net.   Click to enlarge

RACHEL CANTU  “De Colores.”  (in colors)

Historical Society of Ocean Grove museum. Pitman Avenue next door to Days. © Blogfinger .net photo

Historical Society of Ocean Grove museum. Pitman Avenue next door to Days. © Blogfinger .net photo

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Every year the Historical Society of Ocean Grove offers two very popular antiques auctions: Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. These auctions permit consigned items to be sold, and the auctioneer at these HSOG events was to be an experienced member of the HSOG Board who was also selling his own consigned items. There is no inherent problem with either of these policies.

The May 23 event at the Youth Temple seemed to go well until an email complaint surfaced on Facebook two days later, alleging that the auctioneer was “playing favorites with  one individual in the audience all night long” giving the impression that the pair might have been trying to influence some outcomes of the bidding.

The complainant not only cited “wrong” behavior,  but speculated that “money might have been passed under the table.” She also blamed the HSOG for not noticing the “wrong way the auction was conducted.”   She said, “HSOG, you need to look at yourselves and clean up your act.”

The e-mail complaint did not allege “illegal” activities, but there is a law against “buy-back bidding” where a “shill” in the audience tries to drive up the price on certain items to help the seller of consigned goods.

According to Darrell Dufresne, a member of the HSOG Board, the group was horrified when the allegations appeared, especially after others made similar complaints to the Board.  They immediately launched an investigation and they tried to hire a second professional auctioneer for September 4, but that was not possible.

Dufresne said that they found “no clear evidence” of illegal or unethical activity, but even the appearance of such could damage the reputation of the organization. When asked his opinion if something illegal had occurred, he said, “I don’t know.”

Meanwhile, rumors and speculation about the cancellation continued.  In order to avoid an inevitable cloud over the Labor Day auction, the group decided to cancel the Sept. 4 event, review their rules regarding future HSOG auctions, and “look forward to a successful auction in the Spring .”  One change will be that the next auctioneer will be an “independent professional.”

Shopping for real estate. All photos by Paul Goldfinger. August 30, 2015 © Blogfinger.net

Shopping for real estate on Sunday.  All photos by Paul Goldfinger, Editor.  Early evening, August 30, 2015. © Blogfinger.net  Click all to enlarge.

Cookman Avenue. 8/30/15. © Blogfinger.net

Cookman Avenue. 8/30/15. © Blogfinger.net

Cookman Ave. WE later met this trio on the New Jersey Ave. bridge back to OG. I took their photo with their iPhones. © Blogfinger.net

Cookman Ave. We later met this trio on the New Jersey Ave. bridge back to OG. I took their photo on the bridge,  with their iPhones. © Blogfinger.net

Over by the beer hall, we met Vicki LaBella, former owner of the OG newsstand. She was leaving next week for a bike trip through England’s Cotswold region where there are lovely country roads and more sheep than people. She looked happy, slim and very fit.

Bonus photo:

Asbury Park. Blogfinger photo.

Asbury Park. Blogfinger photo.

And here’s a link to our article last year about the quirky Bond Street Bar:

Bond Street Bar

SPANKY AND OUR GANG   from the Summer of Love album.

The Bradley Border

December 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo.

December 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo.  ©  Click to enlarge. Blogfinger.net


MILES DAVIS.  “Stella by Starlight.”  From the album 58 Sessions.



Truro Beach from the Truro Beach by Rachel Hulin, NY Times. August, 2015 piece called

Truro Beach by Rachel Hulin, NY Times. August 26, 2015. The article is  called “The Quiet of Outer Cape Cod”  Click to enlarge.  ©.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

This photograph illustrates the overlap of photojournalism and fine art photography.  The lighting and the composition are beautiful, and the image tells a story that goes with the article.  The NY Times has a marvelous photography staff, and their photo section is best viewed on their e-edition, preferably with a retina-vision Apple screen.  You can also buy signed photos by their staff.

We recently posted our award-winning image of the Truro Dunes from the 1970’s.  Here is a link:


KELSEY GRAMMER  and DOUGLAS HODGE  “Song On the Sand” from the show (revival 2010)  La Cage Aux Folles.

Saint-Circ-Lapopie. Southern France overlooking the Lot River. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Saint-Circ-Lapopie. Southern France overlooking the Lot River. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

This image was originally shown on Blogfinger one year ago.  It reminds me of the old guys who get together each morning at Wegmans or at a diner.  They sit (or stand) around and talk politics or reminisce about their military service, or they complain about their kids.

It also reminds me of the Jerry Seinfeld online series called “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”   Hilarious!  Google it.

I did, however, see a group of older women doing the very same thing at the upstairs Wegmans café.

When I see them again, I will take their photo and ask them what they’re talking about.

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

CARLA BRUNI:    “Quelqu’un m’a dit”   (Someone told me..)

WASSUP PLUS1. The annual Camp Meeting public session  (Town Meeting) will be held in the Tabernacle  on Monday, Labor Day  (Sept 7) at 10:00 a.m.  They usually review their activities this past year.  There will be reports by various departments, and, at the end, the public can go to the microphone to ask questions.

2. On Labor Day there will be a concert of holiday music by Gordon Turk, Michael Stairs and a special guest. This is always a wonderful music event.  7:00 p.m. in the Great Auditorium.

3. Neptune Township Police Department has an app which you can find in the app store.  There you can report issues such a light out or a pothole. You can send a message to NTPD, but no emergencies.  They also provide a Twitter feed. Go to the app store to obtain it.

4. Senator Jennifer Beck at the HOA meeting. 8/28.  She said that derelict houses are found in all NJ towns. She will be working on stricter laws to deal with the problem through more punitive actions and pushing owners to “demolish or rebuild.”    She also said that New York and Pennsylvania are “eating our lunch” regarding income for the state from gambling outside of Atlantic City. She said, “We need to compete.”

5. From the OGHOA website July, 2015:    “For years there have been people parking cars on Ocean Avenue as “storage spaces” for beach paraphernalia and leaving them in place all summer long. Starting soon the township will street-sweep Ocean Avenue once a week which will require all cars to be relocated at least once a week.”

6. From Daniele Baglivi Fiori:    Wesley Lake Clean-up: The Friends of Wesley Lake have announced a clean-up event on Saturday, September 12. Volunteers are needed. Please meet at the Asbury side of the Emery Street Bridge at 9 am. Please wear work clothes and bring gloves, rakes, nets, if you have them. After the clean-up, we’ll have a toast at the Biergarten. Check the “Friends of Wesley Lake” page on Facebook for updates or to post questions.

View of Wesley Lake and Ocean Grove from the rooftop patio at the Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten. By Prosper Bellizia, Blogfinger staff. August, 2015. ©

View of Wesley Lake and Ocean Grove from the rooftop patio at the Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten. By Prosper Bellizia, Blogfinger staff. August, 2015. ©

Original Broadway cast of By the Beautiful Sea

“The Sea Song”



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