Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook. October 2015. ©

Chapel, Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook. October 2015. Paul Goldfinger photograph.©


The season’s over.

Seaside Heights. October 12, 2015.  Paul Goldfinger photo.

Seaside Heights. October 12, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo.  ©

RITA GARDNER from The Fantasticks

New Hope, Pennsylvania.  By Moe Demby. ©.  October, 2015. Blogfinger staff.

New Hope, Pennsylvania. By Moe Demby. ©. October, 2015. Blogfinger staff.  Click on image to enlarge.

DUKE ELLINGTON and JOHN COLTRANE  “In a Sentimental Mood.”


It’s been 7 years since a non-Democrat has been elected to the Neptune Township Committee.  The election on Nov. 3 will offer two four-year terms to be filled by the voters.  Dianna Harris and Kevin Sheehan are on the ballot as the “Coalition4Change.” Yesterday a team of pamphleteers scoured our neighborhoods, handing out the card shown above (both sides).

I was on my porch enjoying a sunny Saturday in the Grove when a smiling young man handed me the card, but as I said, “What’s this?”  (suspecting a menu from some joint,)  he was gone.  Wouldn’t it have been better if Harris and Sheehan had been strolling along with these latter-day Thomas Paines?  The 18th century version of information-giver may have been a pain as he rode into town on his horse, sending dust, manure,  and pebbles flying, but at least you could flag him down and ask a question.

The scenario is that incumbent and Mayor Mary Beth Jahn was shut out of the re-election process by the local Democrat party.  She is quoted as suggesting that women not vote for any of the Neptune Democrats because of how she was treated. The Democrats who are running for those two Committee seats are incumbent Michael Brantley and  Nick Williams.

Harris and Sheehan say, “Vote Independent,” so their party affiliation must be Independent unless they are playing some sort of identity games.  We know that Sheehan has been a Republican. Harris is a member of the Neptune Zoning Board of Adjustment.

I have contacted these Independent candidates to see if they want to discuss Ocean Grove issues with me. I want to know where they stand on the North End Redevelopment Plan fiasco.  And I want to know if Dianna Harris will tell me how she feels about the zoning manipulations that have gone on at Mary’s Place and with the North End Plan (dating back to 2008).

If I hear anything from them, I will let you know.

As for Brantley and Williams, will they shed any light  and transparency on the OG issues that Brantley has so far, said nothing publicly about?   Maybe Nick Williams will contact us with his views regarding these contentious Ocean Grove matters, or is he merely an appendage to Brantley?


Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

Zombie family. In the Casino. October, 2014/ Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Blogfinger.net

Zombie family. In the Casino. October, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Blogfinger.net

Zombie portrait 2014. Asbury Park boardwalk. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

Zombie portrait 2014. Asbury Park boardwalk. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

An Asbury Park tradition— a monster event  last year,  almost disappeared with the tide this year, however a last minute reprieve by a local businessman saved the day for the annual Zombie Walk in AP.  It is a fun event, but it is always the same–i.e. like ground hog day.  But all the buoys and ghouls like it, so it was held today after some on again/off again confusion.

If you missed it today because you thought there wasn’t a ghost of a chance that it would return, then better luck next October.

Zombie makeup being applied in The Carousel Building. Photo by Stephen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff. © October 10, 2015.

Zombie makeup being applied in The Carousel Building. Photo by Stephen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff. © October 10, 2015.


Chairmen of the boards.

Asbury Park.  2014.  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Asbury Park. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©   Click to call this meeting to order.


Fort Hancock. October 9, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © Blogfinger.net.

Fort Hancock.   October 9, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © Blogfinger.net.  Click to enlarge

JOHN COURTNEY  from the movie Chef.   “Lucky Man.”

Manasquan.  By Bob Bowné.  October, 2015. © Special to Blogfinger

Manasquan. By Bob Bowné. October, 2015. © Special to Blogfinger

RANI ARBO and DAISY MAYHEM from their album Ranki Tanki


Sandy Hook in autumn.

Sandy Hook. October, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net

Sandy Hook. October, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net

EMILE-CLAIRE BARLOW   from her album The Very Thought of You.  “Dream a Little Dream of Me.”  The song, from 1931, was a big hit with the Mamas and the Papas in 1968.

Sandy Hook is very beautiful in the autumn.  Go there—–take Ocean Avenue all the way up for the scenic route.  No admission this time of year, and you can take your dog.

“Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams, whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me”

Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

By Stephen Goldfinger, MSW.  Blogfinger staff.

It is not uncommon that as one traverses the terrain of life, they suddenly discover that their wheels, as it were, have become mired in a morass of despondency and dissatisfaction. The seemingly well plotted course, programmed into their mental GPS, has suddenly brought them far afield from the sunny destination to which they’d expected to arrive.

One is bound to ask, how did this happen? And if they ponder the dilemma more closely, they would then rightly ask, how did I make the mistake of programming my mental GPS so inaccurately? The truth is that contrary to what we might like to believe, the mental GPS in question, specifically our own mind, is rarely, if ever, programmed by us alone. The programmers are invariably those countless influences surrounding us on a daily basis, whether friends, family, clergy, culture, the media and all the sundry authorities of various stripes who continually bombard our psyches with their incessant input of “data”. Before we realize it, it turns out that we have been following a map in which the delineated route is one not entirely, if even partially, of our own design, and then we wonder why the journey is not conforming to our happy expectations.

To bring this out of the realm of abstraction into the everyday, take for example, the case of a relatively healthy and active senior citizen who visits the emergency room with a painfully inflamed knee after tending her garden for too many hours. Upon examination, despite the attending physician’s welcome diagnosis that it is a relatively harmless injury, he finds it necessary to make comment about her gardening exploits and says, “I’m surprised that a woman your age is so agile.” Instead of the relief which she might ordinarily feel following such a fortunate outcome, the woman becomes depressed and begins questioning her ability to further engage in the hobby which adds so much joy to her life.

Did the doctor, with his offhanded yet “authoritative” comment, or in keeping with the former GPS metaphor, his programmer’s code, influence the map of his patient’s consciousness and thus affect the way in which she experiences and perceives the world? Yes, he did. Is one episode enough to influence the shape of her reality? Maybe, maybe not, however, this type of subtle yet influential “programming” of individual and collective consciousness is carried on perpetually if one is not aware that it is transpiring.

One should always be wary of letting other people’s interpretations of reality affect their own outlook, because when it comes to the spinning wheels of existence, mind truly is the great generator. To a substantial extent, the mind’s construction of reality is unwittingly shaped by others and based on that construction a whole host of variables such as one’s health and sense of well-being, one’s tendencies and world view, as well as the actual experiences which unfold on a day to day basis are altered accordingly.

Therefore, when that doctor told the patient he was “surprised someone her age was so agile,” that was his own mind-based interpretation being insinuated into her consciousness. Were the patient aware of the tremendous power and influence of mind, not only her own but the impact made by others’, she could have girded herself against such a negative influence.

The first and most critical step towards repossessing one’s own reality map, is to foster a vigilant awareness of the workings not only of one’s own mind but of others, via the perennial pathways of meditation, controlled breathing, quiet contemplation/reflection and self-inquiry all of which act as catalysts for such awareness. As an adjunct to these practices but not a substitute, traditional counseling can be of benefit to some. That said, this piece is not a primer on the techniques of inner exploration, but merely a signpost intended to point the reader in the right direction. There are countless books and websites expressly created for such instruction which are easily accessible with a basic internet search.

Thus empowered, through regular practice and the sharpened insight which invariably follows, one should make unrelenting efforts to shield themselves from all negative mindsets directed from without while staying focused on the development and durability of all positive mindsets directed from within. More often than not, with a positive attitude, a bit of faith in oneself, and if one is so inclined, in whatever order of higher intelligence to which they subscribe, this vehicle of the body, motored by mind, will heed the direction of its newly minted map, carrying one to many a felicitous and delightful destinations.


This article is the first of a series called “Mind Over Matter—-Insights into Psychology” by Stephen Goldfinger, MSW.  Stephen will explore “the power of mind, will and willingness to break through the seemingly impenetrable barriers of life..”

Stephen Goldfinger, 2014.

Stephen Goldfinger, 2014.

 Stephen Goldfinger is a graduate of the Dramatic Writing Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  He earned his MSW from the NYU School of Social Work. Stephen is a writer who has completed 5 novels which have not, as of yet, been published.    Recently he has relocated to Asbury Park from Manhattan. Some of you might recall his photographs from NYC.  He is now our official correspondent from the City by the Sea.


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