Jean Bredin’s family album


From Jean Bredin:   “I’m up at Mom’s looking through old photographs.  This portrait is of me (L) with my two little friends sitting at the water pump—about 1946.

“I guess my Dad took the photo.  And I can’t get over what a treasure it is….You had a good eye Pop.”


SARA BAREILLES     “Free to Be You and Me.”



Sanibel Island, Fla.. Fashions for the summer of 2017 in Ocean Grove.

Sanibel Island, Fla.. Fashion preview for winter in southwest Florida,. Paul Goldfinger photo. Feb., 2017. © Click for cheeky view.


MAX RAABE AND DAS PALAST ORCHESTER  ” Cheek to Cheek”  (Live at Carnegie Hall 2007)



Pennsylvania farm country near Hawk Mountain, north of Reading, Pa. By Paul Goldfinger, c. 1998. ©

Pennsylvania farm country near Hawk Mountain, north of Reading, Pa. By Paul Goldfinger, c. 1998. ©


NORAH JONES  “Carnival Town” from her Feels Like Home album



Paul Goldfinger.   Ocean Grove. ©   Click to enlarge.





Begonias in Founders’ Park. Planted by the Beautification Project. If you visit for the garden tours, stop here and see the Fitzgerald Fountain.  Paul Goldfinger photograph. 6/6/21. ©  Click to enlarge.

We now have 10 neighborhood gardens for the tour.   We welcome more gardeners to share their June accomplishments.  Just contact us at Blogfinger@verizon.net. Or call Eileen at 732 539 3524. We will add your address to the list.

The list of gardens will be available by clicking on the Garden Tour tab at the top of this page.

The tour is on June 20 from 10 am-1 pm.  Out of towners and Grovers are invited. No RSVP needed—-it’s free.

We are hoping for wonderful weather for a stroll through OG.

Eileen and Paul Goldfinger.   Blogfinger.net

FROM CAROUSEL      Christine Johns   Original cast album.


Dad's day on the Upper East Side. Paul Goldfinger photo. © April 19, 2015.

Sunday:  Dad’s day on the Upper East Side.  Paul Goldfinger photo. © April 19, 2015.  Click to enlarge.





Domme, France. Misty market morning.  Small medieval  fortified town.   800 feet above the Dordogne River valley., southwest France. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Silver gelatin darkroom print.



MARCO BELTRAMI    From the soundtrack of the movie The Sessions:   “Casanova’s Kiss.”



Paul Goldfinger ©  Meghan’s Bay.    St. Thomas, USVI. 2006.  Click to enlarge.




“I’m all at sea
Where no one can bother me
Forgot my roots
If only for a day
Just me and my thoughts sailing far away.”



Ocean Grove Beach. June 6. 2021. Blogfinger photo. Click to enlarge.


Demi Moore created a storm of indignation as well as admiration when she appeared on the August 1991 cover of Vanity Fair naked and 7 months pregnant.  That made this image possible.

At first I wasn’t going to use it, but then I thought if this  mom-to-be was comfortable with it, then why not?  She was proud and she spent quite a bit of time here preening and taking selfies.  I didn’t use the frames which showed her face.

She looks close to term,  but I did deliver 30 babies in medical school, so I was ready.    Incidentally, 2 out of 3 were girls; I kept score in my OB book.

One time, at DC General, one of my group called me in because after delivering a boy, he couldn’t deliver the placenta.  I gave a small tug without success.   Then the intern arrived, but no luck.

Finally, the resident rushed in, gave a quick assessment and said, “It’s twins!”    After that it was smooth sailing.

Note that diagnosing twins was not a piece of cake in the 1960’s.


SUZANNE HENRY    From A Collectors Sondheim:



Paul Goldfinger, MD.   Blogfinger.net.

Ocean Grove—-what is it?   Paul Goldfinger. 6/6/21. CMA owned rental property. ©


Paul Goldfinger,  Editor  Blogfinger.net


During recent tax law hearings, the history of Ocean Grove was reviewed.  This is what the CMA was about in 1869:

The CMA’s purpose was that of providing and maintaining for the members and friends of the Methodist Episcopal Church a proper, convenient and desirable permanent camp meeting ground and Christian seaside resort.”

The historic quotes refer to the project as establishing a “camp meeting ground;”  “a Christian seaside resort,”  “the Grounds,” and a land management company —-they acquired 260 acres of ocean front land.

The modern day Ocean Grove is referred to as “God’s Square Mile”  by the Camp Meeting Association.

But the word which they did not use early on was “town.”  Yet that is what occurred when the CMA established a court, a police department, a post office, and other entities that made it look like a town.

Early on they only allowed white Methodists to live here and they established strict rules for living based on religious doctrine, something which you couldn’t find elsewhere in America at that time.   They were eventually governed over-all by Neptune Township, but they did their best to remain isolated from everyone based on their Christian doctrine.

Overtime they evolved into what you see now, but the CMA  never has gotten  over the fact that this place is now where the  populace (Grovers)  live with their freedoms and life styles,  no longer following the strict guidelines of the religious CMA.

But although the CMA refers to Ocean Grove as a “Christian resort,” the Neptune Township web site  (neptunetownship.org) manages to discuss OG without using the word “Christian.”

And thus there have been clashes throughout the history of this place—I hesitate to call it a town because Neptune is a town.  People usually refer to it merely as “Ocean Grove” with little interest in what it actually  is.

And the CMA continues to roar ahead with its religious life as if it still were the owner here.  Yes they own the land, but they get paid for that, and that does not entitle them to act like a theocracy within a democracy. Theocracies went out in the Middle Ages.

So, the mistake made by the Founders was to actually found a town;  they should have taken their 260 acres and created a theme park.

Now the Supreme Court should figure out how this “town” is supposed to work;  no one else dares to do so.



BARBARA COOK   From her album Close As Pages in a Book-–the songs of Dorothy Fields. From the Broadway musical Seesaw.

"It's not where you start, it's where you finish.
It's not how  you go, it's how  you land."



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