Like the wind…

Paul Goldfinger ©  July 4, 2017.  Main Avenue in Ocean Grove.   For MLA.   Get well soon.




An osprey nest on a chimney near the Sanibel Island lighthouse. Florida.   Paul Goldfinger photo. Feb. 2020 © Click image to enlarge the bird.



By George Held.

Osprey, you can see by the dawn’s
Early light

A fish ‘neath the finish of the bay
In your flight

As you circle and soar or you stall
Like a kite,

Ever ready to dive on your prey
When in sight;

Then you drop like a plummet until
You alight

On the brine with your talons outstretched
And they bite

Into scales of that silvery bass, lifting it clear
Of the bight

Of the bay with your ten-horse wings to retake
The sun’s light

And you land on your platform to tend to your nestling’s
End of night

Hunger, tearing the bass with your terrible beak
Into bite-

Sized gobbets for your fledgling to gorge on, its break-
Fast birthright

As your scion, O Osprey, you long-winged king
Of the heights.



This poem is from George Held’s first collection, Winged (1995.)







By Eve Arnold during the rehearsals for The Misfits. Marilyn Monroe dances with her husband Arthur Miller.

By Eve Arnold during the rehearsals for The Misfits. Marilyn Monroe dances with her husband Arthur Miller.

By Paul Goldfinger, Photography Editor @Blogfinger.net

Eve Arnold was a photojournalist who was often featured on the pages of Look and Life magazines in the 1950’s.  She was known for her photo essays featuring world famous individuals such as Joseph McCarthy, Malcolm X, and many celebrities.  She was the first woman to be accepted to the famed photo agency Magnum. Eve Arnold said that she wanted to be known as a photographer and not as a female photographer.

In 1960, Eve Arnold spent two months on the Nevada movie set for the John Huston film The Misfits.  She had a special relationship with Marilyn Monroe. Arthur Miller wrote the screenplay especially for his wife.   They had married in 1956, and they broke up in 1961 after the filming.

In an interview, he said, “I would not have written it except for Marilyn. I wrote it for her. It was the only time I did write anything for an actor and, had I not known her, I would not have begun such a thing. She had lost a child in early pregnancy, which really upset her a lot, so it was a kind of a gift. It was also the expression of a kind of belief in her as an actress.”


Boston, Back Bay

By Paul Goldfinger, originally published in the New England Journal of Medicine. ©

By Paul Goldfinger, originally published in the New England Journal of Medicine. ©


Alexis at the Turmeric Store. Ft, Myers, Fla.  Paul Goldfinger portrait. Feb. 2020. ©  Click to enlarge.


The lovely Alexis is selling turmeric and CBD products at the Sanibel Outlets Farmers Friday Market including capsules, oils, tincture, powder, broths, and creams.

She enjoyed posing for us, and we will notify her that she is world famous on the Internet stage.


Here is Jim Tomlinson with a “So Nice” samba for Alexis from his album A Fine Romance.



Eileen (R) and Hope were raised in the jungles of New Guinea by one of the Ten Lost Tribes. But they have since adjusted to America.  Here they are on Sanibel Island.  Blogfinger photo Feb 2020.  Click to enlarge.



Irving Berlin wrote the songs for the movie White Christmas, but in the movie, for the duo “Sisters,” Rosemary Clooney sang both parts.  Vera Ellen was the movie sister, and she and her lovely dancing gams were real, but Rosemary dubbed in her singing part for the duet.

Rosemary’s real sister Betty Clooney  sang the Vera Ellen part for the album below.


ROSEMARY CLOONEY, BETTY CLOONEY, AND THE PAUL WESTON ORCHESTRA.   The album is called Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

Lighthouse Beach. Sanibel Island, Fla. FEb 2020. Paul Goldfinger. © Shelling is the most popular sport.  Hardly anyone goes in above their ankles.   Click to enlarge.


HARRY NILSSON “Remember”  by Irving Berlin


Fly-by: The wood stork.

This wood stork flew right by me. They are gawky on the ground, but soar like raptors in the air. Paul Goldfinger photo. Feb 2020. Tropicana; Ft. Myers, Fla. Click image for details.

By Paul Goldfinger, MD.  Blogfinger.net

The wood stork is an endangered species.  They are very large wading birds, and the Audubon society maintains a special sanctuary in Naples Fla for their rookeries. It is called Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

We will report back after we go there.  This one was in our backyard, just hanging around. All of a sudden it took off. I lifted my camera to my eye without having much of a chance to compose the image.  I got lucky, having pre-set the camera  (focus and exposure) on the chance that it might do something unpredictable. . That’s an important photography technique.

The image evokes Jurassic Park.


MADDIE AND TAE    “Fly”   From their album  Start Here.

“Keep on climbing, though the ground might shake
Just keep on reaching though the limb might break
We’ve come this far, don’t you be scared now
‘Cause you can learn to fly on the way down.”



Maddie and Tae



Eileen Goldfinger made this video at the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. Feb, 2020. ©


GRACIE FIELDS    (1898-1979)    She lived on the Isle of Capri where she died.

Delaware Avenue, south of Main.  Parallel parking is an adventure. Click to Seymour. Blogfinger photo 8/19/17 ©


By Paul Goldfinger, MD.  Editor at Blogfinger.net.    Articles about parking never grow old on Blogfinger. They tap into the fabric of life in the Grove, and they bring the residential community to the surface for a gasp of fresh ocean air:


Summer, 2017:

This photo is at Delaware Avenue, just south of Main Avenue. Ironically, there is a funeral home to the right. This street here is very narrow, as are many OG streets.  It’s a sunny Saturday in August, and there is gridlock. About 60 seconds before this photo was taken that parking spot was vacated.  The prior occupant pulled out of the space very slowly.

30 seconds after that, this vehicle showed up.  There was room for parking, but parallel parking in a place like that always feels as if you would hit the car on the other side. You have to have faith in the Lord that you will not do so, and almost always you don’t. This driver must have been sweating this experience.  Behind his car is another car waiting.

But why should parking be a frightening experience and why do we allow our town to overflow with cars—many more than there are spaces?

NJ.com  June 2016:  The Neptune mayor was interviewed about OG parking.  “We have to take a look at the proposals that do what’s best for the greater good,” McMillan said.  Bull!!

This is double talk for “we are not going to seriously look at the OGHOA permit parking proposal.”  This also is fake news because he doesn’t tell us what “greater good” means.  He certainly isn’t giving the residents any advantage.

Parking should not be an absolute democracy.  Permit parking works in many other towns which recognize that their residents are special and need assistance. That is the greater good!    The objections mentioned by the CMA earlier this week (Aug. 2017 ) are bogus.

In that 2016 NJ.com interview, McMillan said, “There’s no easy solution to the parking issue, and the best way to address it is to let the political process play out.”  Is he serious??  We cannot trust the “political process”in Neptune.   Ask them what happened to the revised  HPC guidelines——MIA.

And he said, “We’re not going to run away from the problem.”   More gobbledygook!  Look what happened over the ensuing year—-nothing but poppycock. Our local government specializes in poppycock and they should hang a banner to that effect in front of the Mother Ship.

And now, 2017, Mayor Brantley tells the Coaster  (but not the citizens of OG) that permit parking is dead.

Consider Belmar:  In 2015 they closed down the entire town when the number of cars exceeded the number of spaces during a seafood festival.  But the official Belmar stance on parking, as stated by their mayor, is that they place the interests of their residents first.

Their online site says,  “Belmar’s leadership and citizenry always understood that lack of parking is a serious problem here and that increases in the availability of parking must accompany any increased development.”

Do you think the Neptune leadership ever had this thought in mind when it approved condos without parking?

Paul Goldfinger Editor @Blogfinger.net

MARLENE DIETRICH.  She sings this to the Neptune Committee on behalf of OG residents:

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