Posts Tagged ‘Around town with Jean’


Ocean Grove. Nov. 28, 2021. By Jean Bredin. ©





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Coffee shop in Secaucus Junction train station. By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger staff © Jan. 12, 2021 ©


Jean Bredin was heading back to Ocean Grove from Fort Lee. She had to take a train in Hoboken, which was 3 minutes late in Secaucus, so she had to sit here for two hours waiting for the next train to Long Branch, and then on to Asbury Park .

This sad looking coffee shop was doing a slow business.  Jean said, “The owner said that he went from over 2,000 customers daily to maybe 6.”

She spent the time sipping coffee and taking a few pictures. “Happy to get warm and have coffee while waiting for my train. ”

But the tragedy isn’t Jean’s missed train, it is the sobering reality of this dreary coffee shop with its sad looking customers–a place usually bustling with commuters going and coming, hurrying, quick chats—even with strangers, munching on bagels, sipping a cup of Joe, offering a seat to a lady, grabbing a newspaper, glancing at a watch, checking a phone–talking  or texting or laughing, or just spending time, like Jean, people-watching and enjoying it all—feeling alive.

But then Jean—faces reality and  COVID-19.  She wonders why those guys aren’t wearing masks; and out comes the camera. Soon she’ll be home in the Grove.

Let’s hope that this year will allow all of us to rejoin life again—before the parade passes by.

–Paul Goldfinger,  Editor  Blogfinger.net


BETTE MIDLER   from Hello Dolly.



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Northville Cemetery, Adirondack Park, New York State. Jean Bredin photo. © September, 2020.

From Jean:  “There’s something about an old cemetery that I like to walk through.

“Some tombstones date back to 1799. Some inscriptions have worn off with time.

“I say a little blessing and then go on my way.”

Giampaolo Pasquile     “Twin Peaks.”   from the Greatest Movie soundtracks.

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Passing by the Via 57 West building. Jean Bredin photo. Jan 9, 2020 © Blogfinger staff.


KAT EDMONSON  from her album: Old Fashioned Gal



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Ocean Grove by Jean Bredin © Blogfinger staff. June, 2017.

Jean around town:      “Ocean Grovers are inventive people.  Driving through Delaware Ave, I spotted a good example. If you have a small side yard, cut your umbrella in half and be done with it.”


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Provincetown, Mass. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff ©

Provincetown, Mass. By Jean Bredin.   With that dress on, who’s looking at the stars?      Blogfinger staff © Click to enlarge.

From Jean:

Hi Paul,
Street musicians are plentiful in Provincetown.. I took this picture today.
She was singing country folk, and darned good at that.


ps I liked the pic of Boardwalk Entertainer you just posted….


THE ROULETTES  “I See a Star.”   Who says these ’50’s songs sound alike?  But who cares,  this is a slow number, so lower the lights in the gym and find Gloria for this dance.

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