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May 04, 2015

The Pink Cherry Blossoms are in Full Bloom | Newark, New Jersey

pink cherry blossoms


The pink cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey are now in full bloom! 


We had a weekend of gorgeous weather and they have responded beautifully in an explosion of PINK!

These pink ones are my favorites. They inspire me in so many ways. 


They bring joy and beauty to the thousands of visitors who come to see them every year.


Somehow I always think of this song when I see cherry blossoms: 


I was humming that #1 song as I visited the lovely flowering trees on Sunday.

Pink Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Park

Pink Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Park

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

Linking up to: 


Monday’s Music Moves Me @ Xmas Dolly

Inspire Me Monday @ Create With Joy

Our World Tuesday @ Our World Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday @ Wordless Wednesday

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer

Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner 

Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound


You can see more cherry blossoms at Cherry Blossom Time.


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The Pink Cherry Blossoms are in Full Bloom | Newark, New Jersey

May 04, 2015

March 16, 2015

Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital | Morris Plains, New Jersey

Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital
The Kirkbride Building, Greystone Park (March 2015)

Greystone Park


Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital was originally built in 1876 as the New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum at Morristown. 


Obviously there was no “political correctness” at the time. 

State Insane Asylum, Morris Plains, NJ (Public domain photo from Wikipedia)
State Insane Asylum, Morris Plains, NJ (Public domain photo from Wikipedia)

If you grew up in Morris County, the original Greystone Park was legendary. It was so big looming up at the end of Central Avenue.


It was actually the building with the largest footprint in America until The Pentagon was opened in 1943. 


There were also rumors about horrible events that actually went on in the building. It was also incredibly overcrowded.


Probably the most famous resident was the great singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie. He spent 5 years at Greystone Park.


Woody was suffering from Huntington's Disease, and little was understood about the illness. Sadly, he was sent to live in psychiatric hospitals for most of the last years of his life.


Here he is singing probably his most famous song, the beautiful "This Land Is Your Land."

The young Bob Dylan idolized Guthrie and visited him at Greystone! 


He sang his song "Song to Woody" for him when he visited. 


So touching, and how courageous of Bob to visit him there.

The original building at Greystone is still located in Morris Plains/Parsippany, New Jersey (GPS and other places give either of the towns). 


A new hospital was built several years ago, and the patients transferred to the new facility.

Greystone Park
The new Greystone Park Hospital sign (March 2015)
Greystone Park
The new Greystone Park Hospital building (March 2015)

Some of the old structures have been torn down, but the original main building – the Kirkbride Building -- is still standing.


There is now fencing around the building to get it ready for demolition (and probably to discourage intruders from breaking into the building).


The building was supposed to be demolished last year, but a group called Preserve Greystone is fighting to save the building. 


The building is architecturally significant. It was built in the Second Empire Victorian style. 


Now I can understand why the state wants to tear down the building. It was used for rather sad reasons. I also understand that you can't save every historic building.


You can read the Final Feasibility Assessment report here


However, I do believe that we don't save nearly enough architecturally significant buildings, in New Jersey or the entire USA. 


The building was quite beautiful inside, and has not deteriorated so badly that it can't be restored. They certainly don't make hospitals this beautiful anymore!


Apparently, Woody Guthrie's daughter wants to save the building.


Preserve Greystone makes some very good points about the historic value of the building. Some of those reasons are truly haunting. In this magnificent video, there are some stunning aerial shots of the hospital, including some by a drone!

Greystone Park
Kirkbride Building, Greystone (March 2015)

Greystone Park
Kirkbride Building, Greystone (March 2015)

Greystone Park
Kirkbride Building, Greystone (March 2015)

There are some truly haunting photos of the inside of the building here and here.



The buildings have been torn down. 


You may also want to read about Port Murray Post Office and Abandoned Train Station. 

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Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital | Morris Plains, New Jersey

March 16, 2015

July 27, 2014

New Jersey's Got Talent | Music

Guitar Amplifiers


Many Talented Musical Performers Are From New Jersey

New Jersey has always been loaded with great talent in many different musical genres. 

New Jersey has so many different kinds of music because it is a very diverse state. 


You can listen to all kinds of music here, particularly with the influence of the New Jersey shore!


There is The Boss (from Freehold), Bruce Springsteen

There is The Chairman of the Board (from Hoboken), Frank Sinatra

There is the band Bon Jovi, formed in Sayreville! 

There are the “Jersey Boys” originating in Newark - The Four Seasons

Don't forget Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the Pride of the Jersey Shore


You have probably heard of all those talented performers.


But ladies and gentlemen, I now introduce to you: The Whiptones


The Whiptones are a teenage Doo Wop acappella quartet from Whippany, New Jersey!


Whippany is a section of Hanover Township, New Jersey. I grew up in the next town.


This type of singing demands that the singers possess good voices, as there is no musical accompaniment.


The Whiptones are starting to get a lot of attention from the New Jersey/New York media. 


Here they are at the recent Whippany Park High School graduation - three of them graduated, one is still a high school student.

Here they are on local television discussing singing the National Anthem at the Mets 2014 season home opener: 

They auditioned several times against stiff competition for the honor of singing at the Mets home opener, and they won! They were thrilled! 


Here they are:

Here are a couple more videos for you to enjoy! 

Also please check out my musical post that Girls Just Want To Have Fun.


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New Jersey's Got Talent | Music

July 27, 2014

July 20, 2014

Girls Just Want to Have Fun | Music

It Was the 1980s


Back in the 1980s, there was a fresh new face on the music scene! Cyndi Lauper debuted her solo career with this instant classic!

It was so fun, fresh, and now that the day after I first saw that video I danced down to the record store in the mall and bought the album!


Yes, a vinyl record!


When my mother first heard the song she said “they had to know it would be a hit!”

 "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" was written by Robert Hazard from a male point of view. 


Girls Just Want To Have Fun


Cyndi changed the lyrics a little (with Hazard’s permission) and turned it into a cheerful feminist anthem about female independence and living her life by her rules!


I became a Cyndi fan immediately! I still am.


Here is the original video!

Ah, the 80s. The last fun decade.


That’s Cyndi’s real-life mom playing, well, her Mom, and wrestler Captain Lou Albano playing her Dad, and singer Steve Forbert playing her boyfriend at the end. 


That ending scene has a Marx Brothers like twist, right?


It’s such a fun video and great song! Nothing better than that!

Cyndi had several other hits on her debut album and won the Best New Artist Grammy.

There is a great article on this song at The Atlantic.


The "Time After Time" Video Was Filmed In New Jersey 

The biggest hit was the follow up, "Time After Time", a song that Cyndi co-wrote. This song went to number one for two weeks! 


The video, of course, included many members of Cyndi's family and her friends.


The video was shot mostly in New Jersey: Roxbury Township (the now defunct Tom's Diner), Wharton (outside shots), and the train station in Morristown (got to get those Jersey plugs in!) 

Cyndi is still going strong! 


She won a Tony Award last year for her musical score to “Kinky Boots”! 


Check out my musical post on New Jersey's Got Talent!

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun | Music

July 20, 2014

July 13, 2014

School's Out for Summer!

school lockers
Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

School's Out!


I still remember the last day of sixth grade. 


We struggled through the half-day, getting our end-of-year report cards, and waiting with anxiety for the summer to start! 


Finally, our teacher smilingly said “You can go now!” and a bunch of boys went screaming out of the classroom, while the teachers laughed. 

My friends and I left more slowly because my mother was picking us up. No school bus for a change! Hooray! 

Almost as soon as we got in the station wagon, we turned the radio on and Alice Cooper started singing “School’s Out”! 



We started singing along and then rolled down the windows of the car and shouted the lyrics out the window at all the drivers of the other cars! 


Some of them smiled back at us, probably wishing they had the summer off, too. 


Ah, youth. 

Summer! When you are 11, it is a magic word. Barbecues, beach trips, and best of all, no school! 


Yes, it was magic.


If you liked this post, please read about 5 Fun Summer Songs and 10 Things I Love About Summer.


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School's Out for Summer!

July 13, 2014

July 06, 2014

Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush | Music


hilly road
Photo by Matt Duncan on Unsplash


Running Up That Hill

The first time I remember seeing and hearing the English singer-songwriter Kate Bush was on Saturday Night Live in 1978. 


She was a bit older than me but still a teenager and she sang very well and I thought she was talented in a quirky way. 

I'd never seen anything quite like it before and I didn't know what to make of her. However, I was very impressed with her talent. After all, I still remember it all of these years later. 


I've never seen that broadcast again. It's currently available on Hulu Plus. I guess I really will have to subscribe one day.


I bought a couple of her albums but then she seemed to fade away . . .


Actually, she became quite a big star in England, but rarely appeared in the United States, apparently because of a fear of flying. I must admit that I started to forget about her.


This was the song that first made her famous in England. She is playing a ghost in "Wuthering Heights."  


Be prepared, it is rather unusual:

Now you see why I didn't know quite what to make of her when I first saw her? She was different.

I became aware of her again because of her 1985 song “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” and the accompanying Very Strange Video (at the top of this post). 


I became quite obsessed with this song. It was Kate at her eccentric best, complete with the very 1980s synthesizers.


I was fascinated by her again. It is a haunting song, and the lyrics have been interpreted many different ways


Apparently she becomes deeply involved in many stages of her music: writing, performing, choreography, producing, set design, etc. 


She has really exercised great control over her career. She's nobody's puppet.


You can see more videos by Kate Bush on her official YouTube Channel: 


Kate Bush Music 


UPDATE 2022: It seems I was way ahead of the curve!  "Running Up That Hill" has suddenly become famous in America only 37 years later! It's the #1 streamed song on the planet!


You may also want to read my post:


Swedish House Mafia's "Save The World."




I Love The Singer P!nk


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Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush | Music

July 06, 2014

June 29, 2014

Swedish House Mafia (Save the World) | Music

Being of half-Swedish ancestry I couldn't help but be intrigued by a group called Swedish House Mafia.  😂


This is such a striking video. 


The song is catchy but the story and visuals are what really make the video interesting. 


I love the heroes that save the day!


Please read more about Swedish House Mafia.


You may also want to read my post on Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush.


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Swedish House Mafia (Save the World) | Music

June 29, 2014

November 29, 2012

Sea Bright Rising

Photo by Calvin Kinateder on Unsplash


Sea Bright, New Jersey Needs Help!


Sea Bright, New Jersey was especially hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. 


Teenager Charlotte Nagy heard about the upcoming storm and decided to make a documentary about the town before, during, and after the storm.

The section of the video before the storm is especially poignant, since some parts of Sea Bright will never be the same.


After Nagy uploaded the video to YouTube it became a sensation. 

She used music from the rock group Train and lead singer Pat Monahan saw the video and wanted to help. 


Train will come to Sea Bright and give an acoustic performance for residents and first responders next week, in a private concert just for them.

Here is an article about this event: Train to Perform In Sea Bright

Please also visit the brand new website
Sea Bright Rising to see how you can help Sea Bright! 

Here is a video of one of Train's most famous songs:


Also check out Bahrs Landing Is Still Standing! about a Jersey Shore restaurant that survived Hurricane Sandy and in 2017 celebrated 100 years of serving delicious meals.


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Sea Bright Rising

November 29, 2012

July 24, 2012

Wildwood Days

The Wildwoods

The Wildwoods


The Wildwoods in New Jersey are several beach towns by the Jersey Shore. 


The Wildwoods are considered to have the best beaches in New Jersey and some of the best beaches in the entire United States. 


There are several Wildwoods: Wildwood, North Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest. 

Wildwood is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year! 

The Wildwoods are nothing like nearby Cape May. 


They have amusement parks, doo-wop architecture and are family oriented. 


You can eat some frozen custard, deep-fried Oreos, and of course seafood. 


Bobby Rydell sang a song about the place:



And it is true that the beaches are magnificent and enormous! 

The Wildwood Boardwalk is also famous, and is home to many eating establishments and nearby several amusement parks.

The Wildwood Boardwalk
Custard stand
Doo-Wop Diner
Doo-Wop Diner

The boardwalk is so long that there are tram cars that take you back and forth. 


The cry of “Watch the tram car, please! Watch the tram car, please!” will follow you down the boardwalk! 

tram cars
tram cars
Wildwood, New Jersey

For more about the Wildwoods, read here

You can also read about Diners of New Jersey | Jersey Shore Edition, which includes some Wildwood diners.


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Wildwood Days

July 24, 2012

March 29, 2011

I love the singer P!nk | Music

Rosie The Riveter



There's always some song stuck in my head and "Raise Your Glass" by Pink is the current one. 


When I first heard this song I thought that it was just a party anthem, but when I saw the video I realized that it was for everyone who feels like an outsider. 


That's how I felt as a child, too! 


I love her "Rosie the Riveter", the iconic image from World War II (above)! 


I've been a fan of Pink's since her song "Who Knew", which I find haunting.


You may also want to read: 


Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush


Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper


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I love the singer P!nk | Music

March 29, 2011