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Wegmans Ocean store, April 27, 2019. ©

Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.net

Yesterday at Wegmans, they were offering samples of their new chocolate chip bagels. I told the bakery supervisor that she will never see me buying one of these travesties of justice. “They are against my religion,” I told her.  I would rather eat cow on a Main Street in Bombay then munch one of these in public at Wegmans.  What would my grandmother think?

This is a form of cultural assassination.  Bagels were brought to this country by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe after several centuries of baking authentic bagels–mostly in Poland.   Where is the respect?  Can you imagine gefilte fish in an Irish bar?  Or matzoh ball soup at an Italian deli?

The original kinds of bagels from the “old country” were plain, onion, poppy, salt, and sesame.   Later a few other kinds were added and have…

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Paul Goldfinger. © Place des Vosges, Paris. Undated. Silver gelatin darkroom print. © Undated.

NANCY LAMOTT   from her album American Popular Standards, Volume 1.

Photographed off the TV. Paul Goldfinger.



THE GODFATHER WALTZ.   Original soundtrack by Nino Rota and Carol Savina.   (Original movie album by Paramount Pictures in 1972)


Civil War re-enactment near Founders Park. Nov. 2003. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  click on all these photos to enlarge them.


Founders’ Park. Paul Goldfinger photo 2003.


OG reenactment on the beach. of the Ft. Wagner battle.  2003. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©


They used to have wonderful Civil War reenactments in the Grove. The camp set-ups would be at the Ocean Pathway, but they would have African-American soldiers replay the “Glory” battle on the beach.  That battle was about the all black 54th Massachusetts Regiment who heroically attacked the  Confederate Army holed up at Ft. Wagner in Charleston, South Carolina. The movie “Glory” was about that.

“Glory” battle:



JACQUELINE SCHWAB  “Battle Cry of  Freedom.”




Paul Goldfinger ©. September 2019.  Click to enlarge. Deal, NJ. Click to enlarge.


Geo George is the winner of our “name that Jersey Shore town contest.”  This snazzy color scheme is a bit unusual for Deal.

THE NIGHTHAWKS  “Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails:


Paul Goldfinger © Antique Ocean Grove planter. September 19, 2019. ©  click to enlarge.


ELGAR:  “Sospiri Op 70”   From the Elgar album Essentials.

Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony  Orchestra


Asbury Park dog beach. July, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Asbury Park dog beach. July, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

This image was originally posted on Blogfinger in the summer of 2016. And now, while we are on the subject of revealing bathing suits, let’s take a close look at this photo.

Sure the yellow suit is interesting, but it’s not everything it’s cracked up to be.  No this image also  tells us something about the broad-minded folks in A. Park.

Maybe we can borrow some mojo from the A.Park crowd and let’s nag the CMA until they grow some wider boundaries and offer a dog park or a dog beach in the Grove.  Sure you can take your dog on the beach in the winter, but it is in the prime season that we have huge numbers of dogs–resident and tourist owned.

And here is a musical tribute to the lovely woman in that yellow bathing suit:


Paul Goldfinger  © Sept. 19, 2019. Ocean Grove. Click to enlarge.


Dahlia. Paul Goldfinger. Photo note: selective focus and exposure with manual camera. 9/19/19 ©


Hydrangea: Paul Goldfinger © Photo note: intentionally underexposed for color with a manual camera. ©




Kate Moss. Paul Goldfinger photograph of the original Chuck Close image. NYC. Surrey Hotel.   2014 ©  Click image to enlarge.


Regarding the Kate Moss portrait, made without makeup, do a BF search:  type in Kate Moss into the search box upper right.

We all know this song.  Carole King and Jerry Goffin wrote “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,” and Aretha Franklin had the hit record.   But listen to the lyrics and explain to us what “a natural woman” is.

Please send your own comments and avoid copying internet opinions.



Seaside Heights. July, 2018; Paul Goldfinger © 



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