Ocean Grove. By Bob Bowné. September 1, 2015. ©

Ocean Grove. By Bob Bowné. September 1, 2015. Special to Blogfinger ©

WARREN VACHE´ and friends:

“Only Trust Your Heart”

Judy on her porch. Photo by jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. ©

Judy on her porch. August 31, 2015Photo by jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. ©


“Saw Judy, Judy, Judy, reading on her porch…..her houseful company left today, and she was enjoying the peace and quiet, til I came by taking her picture!”


Editor’s note:  Jean, I can do a pretty good impression of Cary Grant saying “Judy, Judy, Judy,” but a little Googling revealed that Grant denied every saying that.  Oh well, I guess I will have to go back doing Elvis, Cagney, and Jolson.—–Paul @Blogfinger

VALERIE MASTERSON.  From the score of the movie Quartet:  “So, please you sir, we much regret” from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan.

“So please you, Sir, we much regret

If we have failed in etiquette

Towards a man of rank so high —

We shall know better by and by.

“But youth, of course, must have its fling,

So pardon us,

So pardon us….”

Tra la la la la la,

Tra la la la la la,

Tra la la la la la,

Tra la la la la la,

But youth, of course, must have its fling,

So pardon us,

“Tra la la la la la la,

La la!

Tra la la la la la la,

La la!

Tra la la la la la la,

La la!

Tra la la la la,

La la la la

La la la la la la la la la la la la,la, la,


What the hey?

Crazy, man! Blogfinger staff. Baltimore, August, 2015. © Photographer unknown. Special to Blogfinger.

Crazy, man! Blogfinger staff. Baltimore, August, 2015. © Photographer unknown. 

WARREN VACHE´  AND BRIAN LEMON with Harry Warren’s  “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby.”

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Edith Piaf the French chanteuse wrote “La Vie en Rose” in the 1940’s, and she made it a hit.  In 2007 a movie was made about her which also was called “La Vie en Rose.”  On Blogfinger we try to find new versions of old songs . This is an American/African collaboration on this classic French song.

The version below is from an album called Preservation which was done in New Orleans to benefit the Preservation Hall and its music.   Angelique Kidjo is from Benin, and she is fluent in English, French and Swahili.

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Internet illustration

Internet illustration

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 a photograph, 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.




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