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Chicken Road #2. Paul Goldfinger © March 17, 2019. Blogfinger.net.


EMMYLOU HARRIS AND RODNEY CROWELL from their album Old Yellow Moon. “Back When We Were Beautiful.”

 

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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

 

When I was growing up in Rutherford, New Jersey, a small town in Bergen County, the main event for Memorial Day was a parade down Park Avenue filled with music, marching military, boy scouts, girl scouts and other groups.

Bro' Mel Goldfinger with the Rutherford High School marching band in the annual Memorial Day parade. c. 1965.

Bro’ Mel Goldfinger with the Rutherford High School marching band in the annual Memorial Day parade. c. 1965.

Even though it was to remember dead veterans, the people decided to remember them with living memorials: happy citizens paying tribute.  As a kid marching with the RHS band, it seemed right to do that. But I had never experienced a loss during a war.

5 of my mother’s brothers came back alive from the Pacific as did Eileen’s dad who was in Europe, so as a child, I always knew about war and about the risks of war. Our families were very fortunate.

Some years later, Eileen and I went with her parents on the 40th anniversary of D Day to visit the US military cemetery overlooking the beaches of Normandy. It was a profoundly moving experience.

Our busload arrived just a few minutes before closing, but they allowed us in. It’s a good thing, because Bernie, Eileen’s dad, was determined to visit that beautiful resting place. There is no tangible remembering without the living showing up.

Rcently Eileen and I visited the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. It is not exclusively a military burial ground, but it has lots of Civil War dead there along with two US Presidents.

Hollywood Cemetery. Richmond, Virginia. April, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Hollywood Cemetery. Richmond, Virginia. April, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click photos to enlarge.

It is a gorgeous park-like place overlooking the James River. It not only pays tribute to the dead with great natural beauty and artistry, but it is alive with people—especially college students from nearby Virginia Commonwealth University.

I saw several of those students sitting on a rise, chatting, resting and looking at the river. Others were jogging and walking about. Having those young people there added a strong dimension to the experience.

Virginia Tech coeds in Hollywood Cemetery overlooking the James River. Paul Goldfinger photo April, 2016. ©

VCU  coeds in Hollywood Cemetery overlooking the James River. Paul Goldfinger photo April, 2016. ©  Click to enlarge

It seems perfectly fine and natural to honor the dead with the living, so the festive Memorial Day parade in Ocean Grove also seems appropriate along with a game of Wiffle Ball in Firemen’s Park, a bike ride up and down our historic streets, or a day at the beach.

But it would also be good if we took a moment to remember those who gave their lives so that we can enjoy our great country in peace, joy, love, and security.

LADY ANTEBELLUM.  What could be more promising of life  here than the anticipation of Christmas?

 

 

 

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Roque-Tudesqui House.  Santa Fe, New Mexico.  By Eileen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff. 2016. ©

Roque-Tudesqui House. Santa Fe, New Mexico. 1785.  By Eileen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff. 2016.

NEWSIES CAST. Movie soundtrack. “Santa Fe.”

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New Hope, Pennsylvania.  By Moe Demby. ©.  October, 2015. Blogfinger staff.

New Hope, Pennsylvania. By Moe Demby. ©. October, 2015. Blogfinger staff.  Click on image to enlarge.

DUKE ELLINGTON and JOHN COLTRANE  “In a Sentimental Mood.”

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By Paul Goldfinger. 2004.  Where am I?

Charleston, S.C, downtown.   Marion Square, with the John Calhoun monument.    By Paul Goldfinger. 2004. Click to enlarge.

Contest winner is Victoria Neff.  She will win a prize at Seasons General Store, 69 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ.

DON McLEAN     “Castles in the Air.”

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Prepping the field. The furrows collect water, and there will be an irrigation system.   Blogfinger photo. ©

Prepping the field. The furrows collect water, and there will be an irrigation system. Blogfinger photo. ©

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Ever since we discovered the tomato farm last year in Ft. Myers, I’ve been fascinated by the process of large scale tomato growing. That’s their only crop. These farmers supply tomatoes around the country during the winter months. We’ve written a couple of articles about the process, and one of our photographs has been used in a textbook on plant pathology from the Univ. of Nebraska.

Yesterday I stopped there and discovered that they were preparing a large field for another crop.  They are plowing deep furrows into the sandy soil.  After that they concoct a tomato friendly soil along the edges, wrapped in black plastic.  The method works, because the tomatoes  are excellent.

Tomato plants in designer soil.  Blogfinger photo ©

Tomato plants in designer soil. Blogfinger photo ©

The place is so big that you can drive your car onto the fields and pick your own.  I do it Jersey style: walk into the farm stand where they have ready-to-eat beefsteaks.   I choose them a la Lauri, making sure the red goes up to the stem.  Plus  it helps if you give them a light squeeze; a little give is good.  Sometimes you have to let them sit for a few days to get the best taste.

Farm stand adjacent to the fields.   Blogfinger photo ©

Farm stand adjacent to the fields. Blogfinger photo ©

Healthy vegetarian drink made with tomatoes.

Healthy vegetarian drink made with tomatoes and fermented whole grains.

DR HOOK gives medical advice—–  Buy her a couple of bloody Mary’s, give her a little squeeze, and then ….just listen to his song:

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Autumn in New York.  Duchess County. October 2014.  By Paul Goldfinge

Autumn in New York. Duchess County. October 2014. By Paul Goldfinger.

CHARLES MINGUS AND FRIENDS:

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