Tribal Migration.

Ocean Grove, NJ. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove, NJ. By Paul Goldfinger ©  2014.



Sanibel Island, Fla Sunday morning Farmers Market. Get there early. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Blogfinger.net 12/20/18.


8 am Sanibel Island, Fla market. 12/30/18. Paul Goldfinger photo; climbed a tree for this. ©


BERNADETTE PETERS AND RON RAINES.  New Broadway Cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies:   “Too Many Mornings.”  (2011)


Ocean Grove postcard July 31, 1904.

Ocean Grove postcard July 31, 1904.

JOHN CAFFERTY AND THE BEAVER BROWN BAND  (From Eddie and the Cruisers: “Boardwalk Angel.”)



Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

PATRICIA PETIBON.  From Rinaldo, Act 2.  “Lascia Ch’io Pianga”  By George Frideric Handel  (1711–in Italian)

Paris shopper

Rue Jacob, Left Bank, Paris. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Rue Jacob, Left Bank, Paris. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

BENNY GOODMAN    from the Woody Allen movie Mighty Aphrodite.  “Whispering.”


Cartoon from WineWankers.com ©d


In the January 3 issue of the Coaster we see a full page ad paid for by “Jack Green Realty”  It consists of two sentences:

“Thank you to all of our customers and community for an amazing year from the staff of Jack Green Realty.

“We would like to wish everyone a healthy and Happy New Year.”

No one has personally signed this greeting/promotion ad, and at the bottom are the 3 addresses of JGR including Neptune City, Ocean Grove and Spring Lake.

So, at Blogfinger we are interested in the use of language,  and we have our eyes open to examples where the public is  presented with mindless gibberish. In an age of fake news and manipulative use of language in advertising, it’s interesting to see how we can be fooled, either intentionally or carelessly.

That is the case with this advertisement/greeting card.  Of course we often run into gibberish around the Grove , especially from the Township Committee, the CMA, The Home Groaners , OGU, Chamber of Commercials, and others. And we at Blogfinger probably fall off the wagon ourselves once in a while.  But this full page Coaster ad from Jack Green Realty is vulnerable and helps us make some points:

a.    So JGR had an “amazing year.” Why should anyone but them care? And they credit their customers for their “amazing year.”   But do any of their customers want to take credit and do any of their customers care if JGR had “an amazing year?”

b.  They also thank the “community” for that amazing year. Really? Which community is JGR referring to?   “Community” is one of those words that is often misused in and around Ocean Grove. One big offender that misuses this word is the Camp Meeting Association which never defines that word when they use it.

And the residents in town have pretty much ignored the word even though they probably have a good idea of what it should mean where they are concerned.

c.  Realtors sell homes in our town. But what could be more important to a home buyer than the nature of the town that they will call home?   Most of us want to live in a “community” of neighborly residents.  That is essential for piece of mind for new home buyers.

But in this ad, the word “community” is just tossed out there without definition as if it were another of those aimless words/expressions such as “whatever!”

d. And how about that wish for “health and happiness” for “everyone?”    Who is “everyone?”

e.    Last month in New York City, at the “Gallery for Fine Photography” Josephine Sacabo used her photography to complain about the misuse of language as directed toward women:

Josephine Sacabo from her recent gallery show in NYC. Jan, 2019. The photo is lovely and contains a message. ©

She says, ” Walking the graffiti gauntlet from my house to my studio I am confronted by a lexicon of rampant misogyny, violence and sexual insults. The messages may be verbal but their effects are visceral. We are being ‘TAGGED’ – as hos, bitches, and worse, but I am not that woman.

“Why have women become the targets of the rage and frustration expressed? Why are women bearing the consequences for injustices they have not committed? Where are the graffiti messages by women meant for men?

“I do not have the answers to these questions, all I have are these images of what it feels like to be a woman walking these streets. And in this I know I am not alone.”

– Josephine Sacabo

f.  This post  is not meant to criticize JGR specifically , but they stuck their neck out with their Coaster ad, and therefore they became the object of our rant about the annoying misuse of language in the public space.

And if some of you find this editorial to be annoying, I can understand that.  But for those who pay attention to the use of language, it might be of interest.

Probably the most viewed Blogfinger article over the  years is one regarding the use of language written in 2012 by Charles Layton called “The Blogfinger Grammarian: Don’t be a Honey Badger”   It is read every day.    You can search for it above right.

From Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger, “Mr. Annoying Man,” and, in the best tradition of Barack Obama, a Community Organizer.

ERIC CLAPTON  “Sign Language” by Bob Dylan:

“You speak to me in sign language,

As I’m eating a sandwich in a small cafe

At a quarter to three.

“But I can’t respond to your sign language.

You’re taking advantage, bringing me down.

Can’t you make any sound?”

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.

Micanopy #6 2018

Micanopy, Fla. December, 2018. Paul Goldfinger photograph©  Click to enlarge.

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER:   From the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding

Freedom, California, 1994. By Timothy Whelan ©

Freedom, California, 1994. Portfolio #1 by Timothy Whelan ©

By Paul Goldfinger, photography editor@Blogfinger

I met Tim Whelan in the 1990’s when we were taking a George Tice printing course at the Maine  Photographic  Workshops in Rockport. He was a modest and friendly guy who often shared fascinating photographic insights. Tim was well equipped to do that; I was blown away when he told me that he was Paul Caponigro’s lab assistant.  Caponigro is one of America’s finest photographers.

Tim’s photographs reflect some of his idols and mentors including Ansel Adams and George Tice. His photographs were classical black and white images which he printed himself in Caponigro’s dark room.  But Tim had another interest: photography books, and he opened a small bookshop in Rockport where he sold books and prints. Master photographers who taught at the Workshops would   meet and hang out in his store.   A few years ago when Tim sold his store, after 18 years, The NY Times wrote about him and how his unique photo book business was world famous.  (Tim Whelan link   )

I liked Tim Whelan’s photography very much and I bought a portfolio of some of his works.  He also gave me a set of photo-cards containing his photograph (above from Portfolio #1) called “Freedom, California.”

If  you study the image you will see more than just a scene in the woods. You will see emotional and dramatic lighting and a surprise sign of children in the form of a swing. The scene is glorious and foreboding at the same time, but mostly I see happiness.

Tim took our small class to visit Caponigro in his Rockport studio.  Paul greeted us warmly. He is not only a photographer, but a poet as well.  He signed a small book of poems for me.

Tim confided that for his work in Caponigro’s darkroom, he would often get paid in prints rather than dollars. In the end, I’m sure he did OK with that collection. And I had the chance to buy a Caponigro print of Stonehenge from Tim.  If any of you are eager to see that sometime, let me know.  I also began my photography book collection with Tim Whelan’s help.

FARAH ALVIN  (recorded this when she performed with the Marvelous Wonderettes:)

View across Sunset Park. By Paul Goldfinger. c. 2012 ©

View across Sunset Park. By Paul Goldfinger. c. 2012 ©   ( Re-post 2014)

KRISTIN CHENOWETH.      This time of year, there is often a concern that someone who should come home will not be present.

Here is Kristin Chenoweth’s live performance of “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,” by Andrew Lloyd Weber, from the Phantom of the Opera.  

It’s from Kristin’s  concert album, 2014,  called  Coming Home. It was recorded at the Kristin Chenoweth Theater in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Kristin Chenoweth.

Kristin Chenoweth.

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