Your Smartphone Should Have A Big Stick

A “Lying on the Beach” podcast

Allen Hirsch, a renowned New York City artist, has made every available smartphone much more user friendly and accommodating. No more dropping your phone and losing data.

The new HANDL Stick, from $10 to $20, (depending on the materials used), attaches to the back of your phone (or case) with an adhesive strip. The strip is stronger than Popeye and patented brace and elastic system makes your phone feel like it is floating in your hand. 


Why are we interviewing Allen? We love the HANDL Stick and want everyone to know about it. Allen is a close friend who deserves credit for connecting a painter’s artistic touch to the most advantageous way to hold your cell. HANDL Stick also allows you to use it in landscape or portrait mode. The Stick gives you a hands free option as well for desk use.

Steve Greenberg, a TV personality and Lois Whitman-Hess, a PR expert, interview Allen on their podcast, “Lying on the Beach,” because they got the exclusive information on this marvelous and affordable invention. 

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The Flamingo Costume Contest

We call ourselves the BBQ’s. That’s because we all come from Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens. Marcia and Richie Grand live in Whitestone, Queens in the summer months and Hallandale, FL during the winter.

They like to do a lot of outdoor activities, so we met them for an outing to Flamingo Gardens, Davie, FL. I always forget how much I love spending time with creatures who fly or hang out in water. Most of us do not spend a lot of time with other living things that need us to look after them. There is a large life out there that we barely think of each day. We need to change that.


People from all over Southern Florida dress up plastic flamingos each year so they can compete for their fashion and entertainment sense. You pick the winner.

Deering Estate, Take Two

Here are the photos Eliot Hess took at Alex Nunez birthday party. We celebrated at the Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay, Fl. Watch the flight of migratory birds (Cormorants, Anhingas, and Ospreys) at sunset to safe haven trees ( to protect themselves from predators).

Our Take On CES 2020

CES 2020 — It’s the largest tech conference in the world and “Lying on the Beach’s”  Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess were there checking out some of the latest high tech wonders. That was not an easy feat. In this case we should say “feet.” CES featured 15 miles of aisles with innovative products. It was like visiting a small city and touring every building. We tell you all about it.  

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Happy Birthday Alex

Eliot and I attended the most unusual birthday party ever. Our dear and talented friend, Alex Nunez, turned 36 today and invited friends and family to the Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay, Fl, to see the flight of migratory birds (Cormorants, Anhingas, and Ospreys) at sunset to safe haven trees ( to protect themselves from predators).

Alex is a painter, writer, photographer, videographer, musician, podcaster and DJ host ( I’m sure much more). She arranged for her guests to wear headsets so that she could narrate the journey of the birds while we listened to the mix of songs she created for the evening. It was totally awesome. 

Everyone got into the swing of things immediately and started singing and dancing. The event was one-of-a-kind that reminds us that sometimes nature can do the entertaining.

The birthday girl was the MC and DJ.

An Alex original

Another Alex original

Birthday girl

Alex and her sensational family.

Kathryn Mikesell, co-founder of the Fountainhead Residency

Dan Mikesell, co-founder of the Fountainhead Residency, got in the groove immediately.

Picture Perfect

This is a perfect kind of day. Ron and Andrea Hein and Lois and Eliot Hess visited the sculpture garden at the Raleigh Hotel today on South Beach. The hotel is being renovated but the exhibit is open till April.

The garden is an homage to late French husband-and-wife team Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, also known in the art world as Les Lalanne. Francois, who died in 2008, and Claude, who died earlier this year, were known for their whimsical sculptures and installations.

Last month, a Sotheby’s sale featuring various pieces from the pioneering couple’s personal collection raked in a jaw-dropping $53 million.

The tropical garden is a “gift” to the community from new Raleigh owner/developer Michael Shvo, who bought the 79-year-old beachside hotel from Tommy Hilfiger in February for $103 million.

The surreal garden, designed by renowned architects Peter Marino (of Barneys fame) and local design star Raymond Jungles, will connect all three properties. The Raleigh, South Seas and Richmond.

Dean Morton Of Cathedral Of St. John The Divine Was A Close Friend

I worked very closely with Dean Morton for over 10 years. Our client, the late Len Marks, one of best entertainment litigators (clients: Paul Mc Cartney, Billy Joel, Elton John) and Jim worked on interfaith religious programs together. I handled all the PR, and yes, I was on a first name basis with all the celebs, as well as Richard Gere who attended a lot of the meetings we had with the Dalai Lama.

Those were the best days of my PR career. A 14 year stretch. Rest in Peace Jim. You and Len were two of the most progressive human beings ever.

James Parks Morton, Dean Who Brought a Cathedral to Life, Dies at 89


If you want to find out how CES reacted to her speaking at this convention, Google it.

LG Refrigerator For The Farm To Table Crowd At CES

Let’s “Stick” Together

I’m going to ”stick” it to you. Introducing a better PopSocket. The “HandL stick.”

Just ”stick” it on your favorite phone case. Lays flat in your pocket. Another Allen Hirsch genius invention. $10 or get it free.

All you have to do is “like” the “Lying on the Beach” podcast by Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess on YouTube.

Be sure to also say hello to Allen at CES, the Argento SC booth in the South Hall #31134. Let’s “stick” together.

Samsung’s ‘The Wall’ TV Is The Biggest Screen You Have Ever Seen

David Katzmaier Of CNET Tells All

The Wall MicroLED TV is 292 inches, with an 8K model at 150 inches.

Commercial and residential versions of The Wall will be priced at hundreds of thousands of dollars installed.

Someone Sent Me A Love Letter At CES

Hi Lois,

Can’t cook / won’t cook / no time to cook? – For those that are culinary challenged or don’t have the time they’d like to devote to cooking, CookingPal has the answer. at CES.

“Julia” is an intelligent autonomous cooking system that makes delicious meals with minimal effort. You can see her in action here – and full press materials and assets are below.

The system is comprised of a Smart Kitchen Hub (a dedicated voice-enabled tablet) that suggests meals and provides step-by-step guides to following recipes and a Smart Kitchen Appliance that handles every tedious element of prepping a meal from chopping and kneading to stirring and steaming, and best of all: it cleans up after itself!

All you have to do is place ingredients into her bowl when instructed and sit back and let Julia do the rest!

As well as taking the work out of meal prep – the system also helps with the decision making process too. Using its built-in camera and AI food recognition capabilities, it can suggest recipes you can make based on what ingredients are currently in the home and even automatically order missing items to be delivered from your favorite retailers to make future meals.

Just under $1,000. Available later on in 2020.

Second Acts For Seniors

David Stern

I just finished Shelly Palmer’s tribute to David Stern, Commissioner of the National Basketball Association from 1984 to 2014.

I am totally choked up. I had to share it. I didn’t know David Stern, but there was something about him that always intrigued me.

Palmer is an advertising, marketing, technology and business consultant.




“My friend David Stern passed away yesterday. He was brilliant, insatiably curious, super fun to bang ideas around with, and one of the kindest people I have ever known.

“I met David right after he left the NBA. He was starting to invest in tech companies, and he was seeking advice. At the end of our first meeting, he handed me his business card. It said, “David Stern, Intern.” We laughed about it, but he was serious about his commitment to lifelong learning. Not surprisingly, I learned far more from David than he ever learned from me.

“When David heard that I was planning to do a new podcast with my friend Ross Martin, he was the very first person to reach out — not only to congratulate me, but to tell me he wanted to be the first guest we recorded. He said (in a classic David way), “You may not use it, but trust me, you need the practice.” He was the first guest we recorded and he was right (of course) — we definitely needed the practice.

“The episode is about second acts, and David talked about what he had been doing post-NBA and all about his plans for the future. He was so optimistic and full of life, so joyous and seemingly unstoppable. It is hard to describe how much I will miss him.

“David lived an extraordinary life, but somehow found time to share his experience and wisdom with so many. My heart goes out to his family and friends. May his name be for a blessing.” — Shelly Palmer

It’s wonderful to see a man get emotional about living and losing. — Lois Whitman -Hess

No More Phones and Other Tech Predictions for the Next Decade

Kara Swisher is a technology soothsayer. She has been successful over and over with her forecasts. Her Opinion editorials in the New York Times are not to be missed.

Swisher predicts that carrying around a device in our hand, and staring at it, will be a thing of the past by 2030. And like the electrical grid we rely on daily, most tech will become invisible.

Your Future 10-Minute Health Check-Up

I will be looking at the future of medicine when I attend CES next week. A French company, named BodyO, will be showing off the BodyO’s AI POD, a self-service one-stop full body digital scanner that features 19 measurements to track a wide range of vital health indicators in just 10 minutes.

I am not sure where these will be located. I imagine they will situated in high traffic areas like shopping malls, airports/train stations, and health clubs.

This is perfect for people on the go. After your analysis, you will be offered virtual coaching (over 1,000 fitness exercises) and over 20,000 easy to use, healthy and nutritious recipes.