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MacIntosh Books and Paper on Sanibel Island. Jan 26, 2021. Paul Goldfinger photos.   Click to enlarge photos.



MacIntosh display.  James Patterson lives in Florida, and this book was released just one month ago.  Paul Goldfinger photograph.


By Paul Golfinger, MD, Editor@Blogfinger.net


When we  visit Sanibel Island we always stop at the MacIntosh bookstore.  It is the sort of place where book-lovers love to go, to browse and to talk about books. Eileen’s eyes widened as we entered Rebecca Binkowski’s shop.  She looked around and exclaimed, “I love sox.”

I said, “Now you tell me.”

Another woman was also looking at the sox display. This selection was brightly colored with pictures on them.

This shop is hanging on. The shopping traffic has diminished, and across the country 20% of independent book shops are in danger of closing.

Eileen headed right to the children’s section.  She has pretty much given up on books on paper because all her “reading” is of audio books where someone reads a book to her.  The readers are specially talented–some are actors who make a career out of it.



Rebecca the owner of MacIntosh is bubbly, talkative, and happy; the perfect personality for what she does. She unmasked for the photo.   Paul Goldfinger photo.  Q2M   1/26/21


Rebecca is the 6th owner of the MacIntosh shop located in the 6th location on Sanibel Island.  That business was started in 1960, and a large photograph of the founder, named MacIntosh was hanging behind her.  But she was feeling optimistic because she said that “sales of books on paper” are up 30%—a good side effect of the pandemic.

The shop’s cat was sitting near my feet, looking up at us.  Rebecca says that Bart is the perfect book store cat.



Bart, the book store cat. Click to enlarge. PG





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Ft. Myers, Fla. farmers market. Gypsy fashion. Paul Goldfinger. December 2020. ©

The dark hued gypsy music is often described as romantic. It may be a coincidence but gypsies are often called Romas.  It has its origins in eastern Europe and borrows from a number of ethnic musical styles.


The Glenn Miller classic “I Know Why and So Do You” references gypsy violins:

"When you smile at me I hear the gypsy violins,
When you dance with me, I'm in heaven when the music begins."

Zoltan's Gypsy Music from Hungary and Romania

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This image won a first prize and was exhibited in New York City at  Mt . Sinai Hospital.   A Miami hurricane blew out the windows of an ocean front hotel lobby. Paul Goldfinger photograph c. 1963 ©





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Sanibel Island, Florida. By Paul Goldfinger.

Family.   Sanibel Island, Florida. By Paul Goldfinger.  Click for full view.

BILL FRISELL   from his album  When You Wish Upon a Star.   “The Shadow of Your Smile.”


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Bunche Beach. Southwest Fla. 5/13/20. Paul Goldfinger  Click to enlarge.



“If You Were Mine…”


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Paul Goldfinger. Shelling. Sanibel Island, Florida. 2/7/20. Click to enlarge



DJANGO REINHARDT:     “Si Tu Savais”

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Ft. Myers beach, Fla. Paul Goldfinger photo. February, 2020. Click to enlarge.



LILY JAMES.   From the original movie Cinderella.


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Sanibel Island Causeway. Feb.20, 2020. By Paul Goldfinger© Click to enlarge  (the photo, not you.)


STEPHEN SONDHEIM.   From Sweeney Todd:   “Johanna”  with Victor Garber vocal.


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Paul Goldfinger ©. January, 2020.  Click to enlarge.



STEVIE NICKS.  “Landslide”.   Orchestra version live from Soundstage.  Album. The Soundstage Sessions.


“Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin’ ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?”


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