Meet Two Teenage Entrepreneurs

Say hello to two teenage brothers, Drew and Jamie Frank, from El Paso,Texas. I have been recently promoting them. They have been giving away designer sneakers and socks to thousands of less fortunate students in several cities around the world during the last few years. They are quite remarkable.


It all started with needy students near the Texas border in El Paso. Drew (16) and Jamie (15) Frank noticed a few years ago that too many teenagers had trouble walking to school because of holes in their shoes.


They decided to do something about it. They took their Bar Mitzvah gift money, $25,000, and bought sneakers and socks for hundreds of poverty-stricken kids in their hometown. When asked why they weren’t giving away the least expensive sneakers possible, the brothers said it was so important to present teenagers with something that would make them feel proud, confident, and motivated to achieve success. That is so insightful.


Drew and Jamie also founded a charity called the “Kickpin Foundation” to expand their efforts worldwide. At the same time, they created a pop-up store in El Paso so young people can come by to see the collection of sneakers. They have given away 5,000 sneakers so far and this holiday season will be a record breaker.

My goal is to get them national recognition. We will score high.

Could You Be A Mystery Writer?

This week’s “Lying on the Beach” podcast

Neil Plakcy is a professor at Broward College and the author of more than 30 published novels. He has also edited and contributed to many anthologies.

For the past 20+ years, Neil has been able to publish about four books a year, from a gay detective series to the very popular series of mysteries about a golden retriever.

His most recent series of books are Deadly Labors, a police procedural mystery set in Honolulu, and the latest in his golden retriever mystery series called Dog’s Green Earth.

“Lying on the Beach” podcast, by Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess, is thrilled to have the unbelievably productive author and professor Neil Plakcy join us. Click the link below.




The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, which is only a few blocks from where we live, was the talk of Art Basel. The museum wanted to explore and discuss Jews with tattoos.

In order to accomplish this, The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, showcased the photography work of Zachary Balber. As you entered the exhibit area, the following statement was on display.

“This photographic series is created through the lens of Zachary Balber, a noted, young, Florida Jewish photographer whose works are in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art , the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Art FIU and numerous private collections through the United States.

“The photos present images of men, all Jewish themselves, who whether disenfranchised, marginalized, tormented by hurt or simply for vanity, sought to change their outward appearance.

”Jewish law has prohibited bodily modifications, like tattoos and piercings for centuries. The ban has even weightier implications since the holocaust, when Jews were tattooed against their will in Auschwitz. Still, an ever increasing number of Jews are being tattooed as “inking” becomes more mainstream in both American and Israeli culture. Some young Jews see tattooing as a tool to connect to their past or to express their identities.

”Balber engaged the subjects of the photo series in addressing their own Jewish identities by including his personal Bar Mitzvah Kippah in all of the photos. Some of the photos in the series depict members of Balber’s family who influenced his search for his Jewish identity. Of note, Balber himself has no tattoos.

”We present Tamin to address this relevant topic and to encourage discussion of both the rules and the reality.”

Zachary Balber

Let Your Motobag Do The Walking

Modobag is the world’s first carry-on suitcase you can ride. No more running to the gate. Now you can get there in a much more efficient manner. This is great news for seniors who feel travel just requires too much exertion.

Modobag will be at CES in Las Vegas this January demonstrating its motorized, rideable capabilities. Modobag claims it will get you to your destination up to three times faster than walking.

The Modobag features dual USB charging ports, an LED display, and charger. It is powered by a patented, titanium Nanosafe™ battery system that complies to FAA, TSA and IATA.

To find out more about the Modobag go to:





Now get ready for the price. It’s quite expensive, but just remember the advantages.


BP-Lytic: A Novel Cuffless Blood Pressure Monitoring Device

If you ever had blood pressure issues you are going to be interested in a new product that is under development.

The product (patent pending) is a wearable device that can continuously and accurately monitor blood pressure using photoplethysmography.

Click here to find out what this is.

All this is done without a cuff and has the ability to continuously monitor blood pressure around the clock, yes even during your sleep. This is super important when trying to anticipate strokes and heart attacks.

Now comes the biggest surprise. This new innovative device is being developed by a 16 year old. Robin Raskin, founder of the “Young Innovators To Watch” program for CES, discovered Vardhan Agrawal for her scholarship program.


CATEGORIES 2020 CES Entries 
SCHOOL Cupertino High School 
LOCATION Cupertino, CA 
CREATOR/AGE Vardhan Agrawal, 16

Vardhan Agrawal’s website explains, “Hypertension affects over 75 million Americans today. The new device uses photoplethysmography, a technique that relies on the fact that blood absorbs green light. The device shines a green light into the user’s skin and measures the light reflected back by the blood. When the heart beats, more of the light is absorbed. At a sampling rate of 150 Hz, this outputs a PPG signal.

“The device converts the signal into a series of images using a continuous wavelet transform, which conveys important information (derivatives, scale, and rate of change) about a signal in the form of an image for further processing later.

“The device processes the images in a convolutional neural network to recognize characteristics of the waveform and produces a blood pressure reading.

“Not only does the product feature state-of-the art technology under-the-hood; it’s also been designed with the user experience and a sleek form factor in mind. The device can be comfortably worn throughout the day for “set-and-forget” blood pressure measurement.”

Right now the device is scheduled to be priced at $49, less than half the price of a traditional blood pressure cuff. I will let you know when the product becomes a reality.

How Would You Like To Be Remembered?

I may be unreasonable, but why do print and broadcast reporters ask an older, accomplished person “How would you like to be remembered?” I find it offensive and rude. I’m sure many of you may not agree, but I get so upset when I hear that question.

Why don’t writers ask that question to younger, famous people? The fact that it’s always used on senior people only makes me feel that they expect a person in their 70’s to die soon.

Not so fast. Older people in their 70’s and 80’s are not checking out anytime soon. In this day and age, we can last way into our 90’s. Don’t rush us. We have a lot of living to do.

To really understand what I am talking about, watch the interview Jackie Nespral, TV broadcaster, NBC 6, Miami, did with Jorge Perez, one of the most successful real estate developers in the United States. She didn’t mean any harm. However, it just seems like the end is near.

What You Need to Know About Miami’s Art Basel

A “Lying on the Beach” podcast

This is one of the most exciting weeks for art lovers in the United States. Artists, collectors, gallerists, writers, photographers, and so on, are all flocking to Miami for Art Basel, the most extensive art fair in the country with over 200 of the world’s leading international modern and contemporary art galleries displaying the works of over 4,000 artists. In addition to Art Basel, there are countless satellite exhibits all over Miami where you can find young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces.

We are very excited to have one of the major art forces in Miami, on ”Lying in the Beach,” who is going to tell us more about Miami Art Week. Kathryn Mikesell, and her husband Dan, are co-founders of Fountainhead Residency, an artistic home away from home in Miami where artists get the opportunity to create and connect with other artistic talent from around the world.

Fountainhead has hosted over 390 artists from more than 45 countries. After 12 years of existence, Fountainhead is thrilled that over 100 of its alumni are now exhibiting in Miami Art Week.

Welcome Kathryn to “Lying on the Beach.”

TikTok Is A Social Media Crowd Pleaser

I feel it’s my duty to make sure you know what “TikTok” is. It’s the biggest rage among social media users. You don’t want to tell others you are not in the know. It’s like saying you don’t know who Mr. Rogers is.

“TikTok” is a social media video app for creating and sharing short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos.

Top 10 Countries with the Largest TikTok Database

• India – 119.3 million users.

• USA – 39.6 million users.

• Turkey – 28.4 million users.

• Russia – 24.3 million users.

• Mexico – 19.7 million users.

• Brazil – 18.4 million users.

• Pakistan – 11.8 million users.

• Saudi Arabia – 9.7 million users.

“TikTok” was created by ByteDance, a Chinese software company. Many people in the United States are very concerned that the Chinese are spying on us because of the information they are collecting from U.S. users.

Shelly Palmer, an advertising, marketing and technology consultant, recently wrote an article about “TikTok” that explains why the app is insanely popular and details the security issues. Palmer warns that TikTok is wildly addictive.

“No matter your age, your stage, how jaded you are… resistance is futile. You will become addicted to ‘TikTok’ within minutes. Then, the app will begin its symbiotic relationship with your brain, and then… it’s over. You will become a full-fledged ‘TikTok’ addict and, as far as I know, there is no cure.”

Read more here:

Ron Abel’s Winning Formula For A Life Long Career In Entertainment

Ron Abel

Ron Abel is a multi-award winning composer, producer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor and musical director. His client list ranges from multi-million selling pop diva Taylor Dayne to opera diva and Kennedy Center Honoree, Jessye Norman.

He also had a recurring role on the Fran Drescher television series “Happily Divorced” playing, who else, but himself.

Ron is currently composing the scores for several new Broadway musicals: ROCKWELL, LIFE ON A PALETTE, a musical tour of the 20th century through the paintings of America’s most beloved artist, (book & lyrics by Eleanor Albano & Anthony Barnao) as well as BRICKTOP, QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, RE-INTRODUCING LAURETTE BISHOP and UNDRESSED with his long-time writing partner, the celebrated lyricist, Chuck Steffan.

A major sweep of every Los Angeles theatre award was won by Ron for his score of TWIST OF FATE, a musical written with Kleban award winning bookwriter/lyricist Lissa Levin.

Recently, Ron, Chuck & Lissa’s collaboration of their new musical HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA premiered at Chicago’s Drury Lane Theatre.

Ron has arranged, orchestrated and conducted world-wide for artists such as Liza Minnelli, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mandy Gonzales, Lucie Arnaz, Michele Lee, Bryce Pinkham and Shirley Jones among many others.

Ron joins TV personality Steve Greenberg and PR expert Lois Whitman-Hess on their podcast “Lying on the Beach.”

95 Percent Of What We Watched On Netflix 2018/2019

You can’t expect me to remember every show Eliot and I watched on Netflix. This is embarrassing enough, and this doesn’t include our Amazon list.

Of course, Eliot helped me put this together. It was rather simple. He googled “How to check your Netflix history” and quickly found out how to search our list.

It’s been my experience that most everyone over 50 often talks about their favorite shows on Netflix and Amazon. Eliot and I are always looking for recommendations. Here is our list of Netflix movies and series.

Please share yours.

Dead to Me


Breaking Bad


Wild Oats

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

House of Cards


The Politician

Happy Valley


The Kominsky Method

Grace and Frankie

House of Flowers


Last Tango in Halifax

Gaga: Five Foot Two

American Son



In The Shadow of the Moon


The Royal House of Windsor




The Family

The Last Czars

The Daughter


Stranger Things




The Center Will Not Hold

The Staircase

The Five

The Money Heist


The Honorable Woman

Sensitive Skin