It All Started With An E-mail

The minute I received the above email from The Jewish Museum of Florida, ( a few blocks from our condo), I knew that Eliot and I would have to be one of the first to see the new cutting-edge exhibit that combines street art, high-end fashion and digital technology. We were there for the set-up. This exhibit is going to attract audiences that have never stepped into Miami Beach’s first Jewish congregation. It’s going to make headlines everywhere.

The featured artist is Daniel Chimowitz, an internationally renowned painter and fashion designer. He works very closely with Patricia Field, an American costume designer and stylist. She is best known for her work on the ever popular, Sex In The City, TV series.

Chimowitz literally creates walking canvases. All of his fabrics incorporate high energy, street art. One of his newest designs is a reflective fabric that lights up when you photograph it with a flash. It’s startling and exciting.

The exhibit was the brainchild of Jacqueline Goldstein, the Jewish Museum’s curator. Listen to her explanation of what you will see.

Chimowitz has shown his designs in Paris, London, Beijing, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Miami. He is a breath of fresh air. His interview below not only talks about his inspirations, but gives you insight into the life of an artist.

Marriage Proposal on Emmys

I’m not sure if NBC will try to block my YouTube, so I am posting two versions of the best part of the Emmy’s.

Eliot Hess Photography

Like most people who visited Ireland before me, I was captivated by the vast extent of the green fields in the countryside, and the dramatic cliffs along  the coast lines. They all look like museum paintings. It’s all so peaceful and uncluttered. You begin to wonder if this is how we were all meant to live.


Miami Is Not All Beach

The next time you visit us in Miami make sure we take you to the Frost Museum of Science. We had an awesome time with Ruth and Howard Greenberg today. Three hours of interactive fun.

It’s a prefect place for both adults and children because there is so much to learn at all age levels. There are so few places where people of all ages can find a common ground. Unlike most other museums, Frost Science is surrounded by the beauty of water and sky. We are very fortunate to have a performing arts theatre and opera house just across the way from a contemporary art museum which is next door to the science museum.

Next on the list is Jungle Island, formerly Parrot Jungle. It’s a newly relaunched eco-adventure park just on the other side of the causeway. We loved it before. We can’t wait to see the new version.

The Three-Sided Movie Screen

Your movie theater experience may be drastically changing in the next year or two. Picture this: a 3-sided movie screen.

Tech industry rumors say that a South Korean company, named ScreenX, is planning to bring a 270-degree viewing experience to the United States.

A number of blockbuster movies are being digitally altered for the new surround experience. I have no idea when the first 3-sided movie theater will appear and where.

All I can say is, “Imagine being immersed in your favorite movie. That’s pretty awesome. It’s like being on stage. Are you ready for your closeup?”

Rich Tech Nerds Headed To New Zealand

Bloomberg’s news service recently reported that the rich and famous in Silicon Valley (isn’t that everyone?) are planning to move to New Zealand if the United States starts to look too dangerous for every day life. They feel we are definitely headed in that direction.

One of the favorite topics at dinner parties is how seven Silicon Valley entrepreneurs recently purchased bunkers and had them situated in New Zealand just in case of “an apocalypse — nuclear war, a killer germ, a French Revolution-style uprising targeting the 1 percent.” One very rich nerd confessed, “We plan to hop on a private jet and hunker down. New Zealand is an enemy of no one.”

End of the world fantasies are the new favorite topic among the upwardly mobile. Have a bag packed and be ready to go.

Read more about the migration to New Zealand here.

Do You Know How To Spiral?

It’s not a dance step, or a yoga move. That would be a good guess, but you would be wrong. Here’s a clue. Many cooks are excellent spiralizer users.

You can use a spiralizer to cut vegetables, or fruits, so they look like noodles. It’s a wonderful substitute for pasta. I was told the best spiralizer is the Joseph Joseph Spiro, a 3-in-1 hand-held unit. It comes with three different blades to produce different shapes and sizes.

I know that many of you know about a spiralizer, but I bet the majority of DigiDame readers never heard of it, or forgot about this handy little gadget.

Eliot and I watched several demonstrations recently, and plan to use a spiralizer as often as possible.

Have fun.

Stand Up To Better Health

Every day I hear about another person, over 60, who has back pain. I am beginning to believe that back pain is inevitable for everyone in their senior years.

I just learned that some back pain is totally avoidable, if you just stand, or sit, with proper posture. It is as easy as that. The video explains why. It has something to do with lumbar support.

I hope that many more of us live to a ripe old age with Better Back. It’s a new device that will straighten us out. If we just do this for 15 minutes a day, we can be back pain free.

Fact it fiction? You tell me.

Andre Blay

The death of HWH PR client, Andre Blay, the creator of home video, was recently announced. Andre was the one who thought of putting movies on tape. Our PR agency pioneered the category with Andre’s company Magnetic Video. We reported to Jack Dryer and later Len White. Steve Roberts at Twentieth-Century Fox did the deal with Andre. They were all fabulous to work with. RIP to a very special human being.

Book Exchange

I’m looking for people to participate in a huge book exchange. My favorite librarian started it. You can be anywhere in the world to participate. All you have to do is buy your favorite book (just one) and send it to a stranger.

You’ll receive a maximum of 36 books. It’s going to be so much fun. If you are interested in participating, please let me know. Email me at I will send you the details. Thank you.

Paul McCartney To Play Live YouTube Concert Tonight

Be sure to catch Paul McCartney tonight on YouTube live concert to celebrate his new album, Egypt Station.

The 76-year-old rocker will play songs from his Beatles, Wings and solo days at a

secret venue in New York.

The gig will be streamed at 5 p.m. PT, 8 p.m. ET Friday. That’s 1 a.m. Saturday in the UK and 11 a.m. Saturday in Australia.

People Who Need People

I think someone was reading my mind. As we get older, I worry that many of us are going to need a lot more assistance in doing household chores, visiting doctors, and preparing meals.

Obviously, I was not alone in my thoughts. A start-up in Miami has dedicated itself to pairing up college students with seniors who need help. I think this is such a wonderful idea.

Go to if you need assistance. Encourage a college student that you know to get involved. Pricing is outlined on the website. I am told that every student goes through intense training and is completely vetted. I have included a phone number so you can call and ask all kinds of questions.