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Food Bank on Gladiolus Avenue in Fort Myers, Fla. Paul Goldfinger © March, 2016.

Food Pantry on Gladiolus Avenue in Fort Myers, Fla. Paul Goldfinger © March, 2016.  Re-post from 2016.  Click to enlarge

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

Colors do affect emotions.  Designers and marketers are very interested in how colors effect our moods.  There are scientists who specialize in this subject.

So whenever I pass the Food Pantry in Fort Myers, I wonder about the colors. It seems like some thought went into this yellow-green color scheme.

Is this just an attempt to create a cheerful tint for those who go there, sort of like rose-colored glasses?   Or is there a message there having to do with food sustainability or more generally, the environment?

Perhaps the message is, “For those of you who come here, know that we are interested in more than merely filling your bellies”

I don’t know what goes on inside, or what it looks like inside, but the message I see is that the poor people who come for assistance receive more than some canned vegetables.  They probably receive heaping portions of good will, smiles, compassion, and support.

Occasionally I see people there, milling about in small groups, chatting.  So that’s the core answer:  It is a community where people socialize and find hope—-discussing more than just eating.

NATASHA PATAMAPONGS  From An Afternoon with Bob James

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Paul Goldfinger ©.Sanibel Island Lighthouse, Florida. c 2016. Tri-X Collection. Click to enlarge.

WARREN VACHE´AND FRIENDS.  Houston Person (tenor sax) and Nicki Parrott (vocal.)  “Only Trust Your Heart”   Written by Benny Carter.

“Never trust your dreams
When you’re about to fall in love
Or your dreams will quickly fall apart
So if you’re smart, really smart
Only trust your heart.”

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Paul Goldfinger ©. Bunche Beach.  Ft. Myers, Fla.    Spring, 2018.   Click to enlarge.  Blogfinger.net

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

At the Passover seder,   “Solomon’s Song of Songs” (from the Bible)  is read.   Much of it is about romantic love, but it also has something to say about Spring.

This is from Meyer Levin’s Israel Haggadah for Passover.  A Haggadah is a guide book which is read at seders.  There are many versions of Haggadahs, and one could search Blogfinger’s archives by typing in “Passover” into the search box at the upper right. One was written by an Ocean Grover.

As those attending a seder know, everyone gets a chance to read. The father says, “Like all people, our people in ancient, pastoral times celebrated the liberation of the earth itself from wintry darkness, and rejoiced in the yearly rebirth of nature.  This is beautifully described in Solomon’s Song of Songs read by the mother:”

For, lo, the winter is past,

The rain is over and gone;

The flowers appear on the earth;

The time of singing is come,

And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

The fig tree putteth forth her green figs,

And the vines in blossom give forth their fragrance.

 

Paul Goldfinger © Neptune Township April 16, 2019. Spring is emerging. ©

 

GRAHAM BICKLEY with THE  NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA   From South Pacific

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By popular demand on Blogfinger. Sanibel Island Florida. 2017. Girls in their summer/winter clothes.  Paul Goldfinger action photo. © Blogfinger.net

Paul Goldfinger Editor @Blogfinger.

Above we see what looks like summer at the Jersey Shore but  is actually winter on Sanibel Island in southwest Fla.

In case you didn’t notice in Ocean Grove the last few seasons we had the summers of gravity-defying short shorts for women. The fashion caught on like wildfire and also probably got caught elsewhere as well.

Who knew that such shorts were physically possible?  As a student of human anatomy and gravity, I found it difficult to explain, but no more difficult than jeans worn halfway down a guy’s backside which manage never to fall down.

Butt, it also was the summers for thong bathing suits, rarely seen in the Grove, but more common over in Asbury or a quick jog south to Belmar. However, last summer we saw a young woman in a thong walking her dog right past Days Ice Cream and then past the Camp Meeting Association world headquarters.  She wore no coverup.   Needless to say, some ice cream did drip down the shirts of the Days crowd.

Here we see it in  Fla La Land, giving new meaning to the gulf of Mexico.

However  the most evident  women’s fashion look, seen everywhere,  are the black spandex pants that rarely make it down to the ankle, but they are so revealing, that despite covering all critical parts, they leave nothing to the imagination as they show every curve.  Why do that, when a bit of mystery is always more tantalizing?

The funny thing is that men’s summer clothes don’t change much.  The “drop your pants and reveal your boxers” fashion seems to be fading.  For men, jackets and  ties have been gone for some time, except maybe for funerals, weddings, playing in a symphony, or working in a law firm or corporation.

For the summer of ’19, Blogfinger will bring back the “girls in their summer clothes.”

THE DRIFTERS:

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Tom gets away each winter to his estate on the Caloosahatchie River in Ft. Myers, Fla, but he can’t sit still. He has a full lab on the premises. This is at his (and the Mrs.) gardens, near a raucous banyan tree. Paul Goldfinger photograph.

 

ANITA O’DAY  “Stella by Starlight.”  (recorded in Tokyo)..   Thomas Edison lit up the starlit sky.

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Tropicana Co-op. Ft. Myers Fla.  Southwest Florida.   Paul Goldfinger ©  January, 2019.

 

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Paul Goldfinger ©. San Carlos Bay. Sanibel Island Causeway. January 2019.

EMMY ROSSUM

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Micanopy 2017. Paul Goldfinger ©. The owner stays open until tourists drive off.

In the 19th century, the town of Micanopy, Fla. prospered with agriculture; then, in sequence came cane sugar, cotton, vegetables, oranges and lumber.

In 1836 there was a battle with the local Seminole Indians.   The US Army showed up to rescue the town, and a fort was built.  There were settlers and some slaves in the town.  But later, the town’s founder Moses Levy, a Jewish immigrant from Morocco, encouraged schools and opposed slavery.

These days (December, 2018) it is a tourist town on the National Historic Register. Antiques used to be big in Micanopy,  but now millennials hate that old stuff.  It is a fine place to visit and explore for a couple of hours.

Last year I bought a T shirt, but this year they were sold out.  The town panhandler hit me up, and a young couple were posing for a professional wedding photographer.   I snapped a couple of frames from a distance;  the groom looked at me and gave me a grin and a thumbs up.

A guitarist was playing outside some shops.  He said that he has made some country recordings. A hat on the ground collected some change and bills.  Christmas decorations were scattered about.

Micanopy is near Gainesville (U. of Florida) and had a population of 600 in the last Census.

BOB DYLAN:  “The Man in Me.”

Bob Dylan. Photographer unknown.

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Ft. Myers, Fla. Feb 18, 2018. © Paul Goldfinger photograph. Click to enlarge.

 

THE McGUIRE SISTERS:

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Sanibel Island, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Early morning. 2006. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Sanibel Island, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Early morning. 2006. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Enlarge by clicking on the image.

THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND OF NEW ORLEANS  with “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”   This gospel hymn is often performed at African-American church services. It goes back over 100 years.

 

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