This Post Will Go Down In History

You heard it here first. Other than the magnificent John DeFaro, be sure to watch the career of artist Asad Faulwell. One day soon, Faulwell will be as famous as some of the biggest names in the art world.

How do I know?

He is 37 years old and tremendously accomplished. Read his resume below. He’s also gorgeous and very married.

I asked Asad why he is so successful. I really wanted to know what makes certain artists popular and fruitful, while other creative souls can’t get arrested. It was a question that holds true for writers, actors, singers, and comics. Asad said it’s mostly, “Luck, connections, a business sense, determination and dedication. Unless you are willing to put yourself out there all the time, nothing will happen.”

Born 1982 Caldwell, Idaho.

Lives and Works in Newport Beach, CA

MFA Claremont Graduate University, 2008

BA-Art UCSB, 2005

Select Public Collections



Columbus Museum of Art Pizzuti Collection

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Ulrich Museum of Art

UC- Santa Barbara Art, Design & Architecture Museum

The Rubell Family Collection

Franks-Suss Collection

University of Chicago Booth Collection

Solo and Two Person Shows

2019 Climbing a Disappearing Ladder, Lawrie/Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E.

2018 Phantom, Denk Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017 In the Heart of the Cosmos, Lawrie/Shabibi Gallery, Dubai U.A.E.

2016 Shapeless Shackles, Bill Brady Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2014 Obelisk Movements, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

Bed of Broken Mirrors, Lawrie/Shabibi Gallery, Dubai U.A.E.

2013 Pins and Needles, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

Asad Faulwell and Chris Johanson, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

2012 Empty Vessels, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

2011 Les Femmes D’Alger, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

2009 Recent Work, Link Contemporary, Claremont, CA

Living History w/Matt Lipps, Marc Selwyn Fis

Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade

Many people in the United States still believe my adopted hometown, Miami Beach, is “G-d’s waiting room.” That’s a slang term for the state of Florida. In other words, a place where people wait to die. In the 25 years I’ve been living here (five full time), the residents keep getting younger and younger. I think Eliot and I are among the oldest.

The Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade is a perfect example of the spirit and lifestyle of what exists down here. People want to enjoy life, and live together in peace and harmony. The sun is usually shining, the weather is warm and we are surrounded by water that constantly reminds us that life is filled with surprises.

The Gay community was instrumental in shaping Miami Beach into the Paradise it is today. We all should be eternally grateful.

Ringside seats at the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade. Larios on Ocean Drive so accommodating. Restaurant owned by Gloria & Emilio Estefan. (L) Eliot, Lois, Gail, Debbie (R) Richie, Marcia, Gary and Myra.

Photos by Eliot Hess

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gelber. He’s the Mayor of Miami Beach.

Superman Knew A Good Thing

The phone booth may be making a comeback. We all thought it was dead forever with the advent of the cell phone, but we forgot about one thing, privacy.

A company called JabbrrX is counting on business people, as well as the general public, to value their privacy.

They created a 4-foot square luxurious phone booth with sound absorbing walls, good lighting and an upholstered bench. It also has technology secure Wi-Fi, bluetooth connectivity, and a camera and monitor for videoconferencing. They thought of everything.

The JabbrrX phone booth is great for wide open workspaces and crowded public places. JFK International Airport has already installed two JabbrrX units in Terminal 4. More are on the way.

JabbrrX users pay $10 for 15 minutes to $60 for two hours. The company has sold phone booths to Fortune 500 companies. Audible has installed units in their offices, with hundreds more throughout the U.S. and a few in London, Berlin and Dublin.

The company was founded by Brian Hackathorn and Jeremy Jennings.


SPIN – A Spinning Flame In A Glass Tube

We have been living in our Miami condo for 17 years. It’s time for a refresh. While we are going to go slow on our upgrade journey, there are a few things I was thinking about to add that ever sensational “wow” factor.

One accessory is the Spin, a spinning flame in a glass tube. It’s a gadget that can add a very special mood factor indoors and out. Powered with bioethanol, SPIN creates a controlled (safe) tornado of dancing flames within its glass tube.

I first saw Spin on Kickstarter. The company says SPIN uses a thermal lift technology to accelerate air within its tube. “This chimney effect, created by SPIN’s unique shape, boosts flame flow and power up to 500% without any extra energy … it’s simply amazing to see!

SPIN is available in three different configurations and adds a perfect touch of ambiance indoors or outdoors.” Spin starts a $99 and works its way up to $1000 for more complicated designs.

I’ll let you know when the product goes on sale. Please watch the video to see what the Spin can do for you.

See the Kickstarter campaign at

A Surprise Podcast Find

#Photowalk Trader Joe’s

The following was written by Jefferson Graham of USA Today. He is a media machine creating daily stories for USA Today, as well as podcasts, newsletters, and videos. When I read about Trader Joe’s podcast in Jefferson’s recent newsletter, I knew I wanted to share it with you. Here it is.

Did you know there was a Trader Joe’s podcast?

(Everyone’s getting in on the act!)

I didn’t know this until I pulled up Tuesday morning to pick lunch for Michelle and I, and there was that crazy sign in front of the Westchester TJ’s. Check it out.

Turns out TJ’s Inside Trader Joe’s pod is up to episode 12, with professionally produced tales of new flavor discoveries, recipes and a little TJ history. Fans of the store, and they are legion (who doesn’t like lower prices?) would no doubt find this pretty entertaining.

Especially since TJ’s rarely, if ever, speaks to the press. (Go ahead, do a search, and find me a Trader Joe’s article that isn’t about a store opening.) There’s way more info in these podcasts than you’d ever find in print.

Checking out the podcast made me wonder—are there other brands out there doing something similar?

I couldn’t find a Kroger, Safeway, Ralph’s, Von’s or Piggy Wiggly podcast, ditto for McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s, but I did discover a Walmart podcast, where two Walmarters interview associates from within the store. I also found a short General Mills podcast talking cereal and yogurt.

As many of you no doubt know, I’m 2,000 episodes plus in on my daily podcast, Talking Tech, which has been running for over four years. Welcome to the club TJ’s. See you at episode 1000!

My favorite podcast is Slow Burn, the episodic look back at Watergate and the Clinton scandals. In Inside Trader Joe’s, I admire the effort put in and the polished approach to what is basically an infomercial without sounding like one. It’s worth a listen.

What’s your favorite podcast? Hit reply and let me know your choices. My friend Alex is always looking for something new to listen to on his morning bike ride. Help me recommend him something he doesn’t know!

Thanks for the morning read everyone.


The Houseboat Up Close And Personal

Several weeks ago I told you about the houseboat we spotted off the MacArthur Causeway on Star Island in Miami Beach. Today we actually got to see what was inside.

As luck would have it, we have a TV producer friend who was doing a story about the floating mansion. She needed some help with on camera reactions to the houseboat, so Eliot and I, and Ruth and Howard, were recruited. It was so much fun. We all took turns playing on-air personalities.

The inside of the 4,300 square foot structure is just spectacular. You feel like you are floating on the sea from every angle. You are completely free and relaxed. The water, which is just inches away, mesmerizes you with its constant movement,

The three bedroom houseboat, built by a company called Arkup, is selling for over $6 million. Arkup is a manufacturer of fully solar-electric, mobile and self-elevating livable yachts. They should be congratulated. This over-the-top houseboat is a total fantasy trip. Every modern convenience was included, so living on the water is a dream come true. It never tires.

If You Like To Read, This Is An Interesting Story With A Twist

The Chinese love to read. They must also love a good joke.

The relatively new five-story, 360,000-square-foot library in Tianjin, China, was designed by the Dutch architectural firm MVRDV to look like a giant eye. It contains 200,000 books.

One problem, you can’t can’t tell if the rows and rows of books in the library’s main hall are actually real, or decorated with printed images.

It turns out that the main hall is only for walking, sitting, reading, and discussions. It’s not meant for book storage. The real books are in rooms behind the atrium.

The new design is attracting people from all over the world. It seems people who love to read also appreciate leading edge architecture. Checkouts reportedly have quadrupled since the opening.

An average of 15,000 visitors flock to the library every weekend. We could use some of that enthusiasm for libraries in the United States.




Senior Cohousing Is Now Trending

I came across this article and thought of you. I cut and pasted this post from a friend, Alisa Steed, on Facebook. I found it super interesting. I love the concept of Senior cohousing.

My building neighbors in Miami Beach have often suggested that we grow old together. The plan was that we would all keep our condos and share hired help, caretakers, cooks, cleaners, etc. We were joking at the time, but a writer Karen Salmansohn, who is 58 years young, is taking it very seriously.

Karen Salmansohn is the founder of NotSalmon and Masters In Life – as well as a best selling author and award winning designer – with over 1 million books sold – and over 1 million fans on Facebook. She is committed to inspiring people to live a life they love – no matter how much “you gotta be freaking kidding me!” life throws at you! Below is the story of Karen’s personal journey – a zig-zagger of a path- with many obstacles to swerve around and peaks and valleys to travel up and through – which brought her to why she loves writing and designing inspirational books and products.

Karen says…..

“Senior cohousing is now trending – and for good reason. Below I share 5 reasons you might prefer senior cohousing with friends to nursing homes and assisted living.

It is estimated that by 2050, the number of people over 60 years old will triple from what it is now.

I love the idea of living in cohousing surrounded by friends – where I only need to walk a few feet to meet up with a someone for coffee or enjoy a walk in a shared garden.

If you’re seeking a more fun and rewarding way to spend your senior years, here are…

Senior Cohousing is when you live in an intentional neighborhood – surrounded by your friends – and you share in things like the same dining area, library, fitness center, garden, TV room etc.

Longevity research states that staying social with friends and family helps to keep you living longer.

5 reasons you might prefer senior cohousing:

1. A True Community

You get to enjoy having your friends close by so you can share time and activities. In contrast, seniors who live alone often feel loneliness.

2. Lots Of Privacy

In assisted living seniors live in very close quarters with one another. But with senior cohousing you get your own private apartment or house!

3. Less Money

Living in a nursing home or assisted living usually costs a lot more. But with senior cohousing, you’re sharing resources with friends, so you save money.

4. Lots of Mental & Emotional Wellbeing Perks

Let’s be real. Living in a Nursing home or in Assisted Living can feel a lot more depressing than living in a shared senior cohousing community.

5. Safety

In a cohousing neighborhood, you have neighbors around who expect to see you daily. They will notice if you’re not around. Hence if you fall,  then don’t show up for a meet up, your neighbors will check in on you.

Do YOU hope to sloooow down the aging process and protect yourself against age-related diseases and dementia? If so, check out my longevity book, ‘Life is Long: 50+ ways to live a little closer to forever‘ “

If you want to read this article in its entirety, click below.

Thank you Karen for spelling this out for all of us.

Thank you Alisa Steed for sharing.

View In My Room

I’m not sure how many of you know this, but Crate & Barrel has a new digital feature that allows you to see how furniture and rugs actually look like in your home.

Am I the only person who never knew that retailers were actually incorporating this major photography advancement on their sites?

I had so much fun picking out rugs and then letting the “View In My Room” feature show me how they actually look in my living room. “

I must have superimposed a dozen rugs to see what would look best. This was such a great way to shop. I’m sure other retailers offer similar online shopping techniques. If you know of any, let me know so I can share with others.