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Down a side street near water. Nov. 17, 2018. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©


RENEE FLEMING AND BRAD MEHLDAU   (From the album Christmas in New York) 

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Hollywood Cemetery Richmond, Virginia overlooks the James River and is in a historic neighborhood adjacent to the VCU campus. It reminds one of Central Park with rolling hills and vales. Paul Goldfinger photo. 4/15/16 ©

Hollywood Cemetery Richmond, Virginia overlooks the James River and is in a historic neighborhood adjacent to the VCU campus. It reminds one of Central Park with rolling hills and vales. Paul Goldfinger photo. 4/15/16 © click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.   Re-posted from April, 2016.

We visited the grave of President John Tyler  (1790-1862).  He was a Whig and was elected Vice President in 1840 with William Henry Harrison,  President.  But Harrison died after spending only one month in office, and Tyler was the first President to succeed to the office from the VP spot.  Tyler had the dubious  distinction of making everybody, including his own party,  mad at him, particularly over his support for the southern states.

His best achievement was to annex Texas.  He was a Virginian and a life long politician whose last office was as a member of the CSA House of Representatives.  He was married twice and had 15 children, so it seems he took some time off from the oval office.

Tyler is buried  in Richmond, Virginia, at the glorious cemetery known as Hollywood  (for the Holly trees).  It is a marvelous place to visit, and Tyler is found in the Presidents Circle, a fine spot way up overlooking the James River.  He is buried with his second wife and his daughter Julia who passed at the age of 20.  A small Confederate flag is stuck into the ground at his site.   His nearby neighbor is President James Monroe whose monument is undergoing some renovation.

The Hollywood Cemetery contains a special section for 28 Confederate generals, and another area for several thousand enlisted men  many of whom died at Gettysburg.  You can imagine the task of bringing those bodies back to Richmond. Jefferson Davis is also there in a place of honor.

The property is huge and quite gorgeous now with cherry blossoms all around. Students from Virginia Commonwealth University are nearby for jogging, hiking, and socializing .

Photo by Paul Goldfinger. ©

Photo by Paul Goldfinger. ©


LARRY SPARKS:   “Smokey Mountain Memories”


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Allenhurst, NJ.    Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Autumn, 2018.  Click to enlarge


SARA BAREILLES    “She Used to be Mine” from the Broadway show Waitress.  Composer Sara Bareilles.

“She is messy, but she’s kind
She is lonely most of the time
She is all of this mixed up and baked in a beautiful pie
She is gone, but she used to be mine.”

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Paul Goldfinger photo. August, 2018. Civil War memorial. Asbury Park, NJ  ©

Here is a link to a BF piece about the war memorial in Belmar where there is a statue of a doughboy (WWI)

Belmar Doughboy


MATT GLASER   “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

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1954 V-8 Chevy 3100 pickup truck.  Note metal vi Cookman Ave in A. Park. August, 2018.   Be careful not to steam up the windows. This was a year when the cops got out of their cars with flashlights and roamed the lovers’ lanes.   And yes, the cars had radios by then.  Find Alan Freed.  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©




And, if you did have a car at that time, and if you are cruising the avenue downtown with your windows open, and if you wanted to persuade a girl to take a ride, you might play this on your radio while cranking up the volume


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Paul Goldfinger © 2017. Ft. Myers, Florida West Coast. Click to enlarge.


“The Story of Tonight” from Hamilton.

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How cute is this cottage?   Blogfinger photo August, 2018. ©

KEVIN CHAMBERS  (OG historian):

A moving history:

This cottage was first built on the North End by the OGCMA and used as a tool shed in the early 1870’s. It was then moved to Main Ave and used as a ticket booth for the Circle Bus Line than ran in O.G. and then moved to the back of the lot facing Heck Ave where it stands today.

It is one of about ten cottages built in the style of a tent that have survived in the Grove.


We have a contest winner.  See comments below.

JAMIIROQUAI:   From his Valentine’s Day album


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August 4, 2018.   This is a marvelous example of seaside architecture. This home belongs to a woman whose birthday it is.    Her family “flocked” her to celebrate.   Blogfinger photo ©   We have a contest winner.  See the comments.



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Paul Goldfinger ©. July, 2018.





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Lovely Marine Park in Red  Bank.    Blogfinger photo. June, 2018.  Click to enlarge. ©  No contest winner.


Cast of the Broadway show Neverland.

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