This Podcast Will Upswing Your Career And Those You Share It With

Frank O’Connell

There is an important reason why you didn’t get that new job, project assignment, sales order, or recognition for your current efforts.

The man who has had probably one of the most successful careers any working professional can ever hope for, tells you why in the current episode of “Lying on the Beach” with TV personality Steve Greenberg and PR expert Lois Whitman.

Frank O’Connell, the man who was the top guy at HBO, Fox Video, Reebok and others, gives you the BEST business advice you will ever get in just 25 minutes. No jargon, no hype— just the facts.

A New App For Those Who Like Thrifting

There is a new online store that the younger folks are gravitating to that I bet you know nothing about. How can that be possible when 15 million young people under 26 years of age are visiting a site called Depop almost everyday?

It was started by 16 year old Luella Roche from Ulster County, New York. She discovered that young folks enjoy buying secondhand items from an app that serves as an international flea market.

Everyone can buy and sell. All you have to do is use your smartphone to take pictures of the treasures you want to sell. A lot of young users, like Luella, are making a lot of money. In an ironic way, they are taking over many of the traditional boutique stores. Luella says she hadn’t asked her parents for money in months. She is making more than they would possibly give her.

She claims that she has two closets, one for her personal clothes, the other for what she sells. Luella said people her age have a different mindset about thrift shopping. She recently found a “DKNY mini-backpack at Goodwill for $3 and sold it on Depop for $70. “It’s really easy”. she says. “Literally anybody can do this.”

Read more in New York Magazine:

You Can’t Give Up

There is new hope for people with rare illnesses. Netflix has a new series called “Diagnosis” which relies on crowdsourcing to “help solve medical mysteries.”

Crowdsourcing is the method used to obtain information on a particular topic by using the services of a large number of people on the Internet.

This should make us all very happy because someone, somewhere, may have the answer to cure a medical condition, or help improve it. That was my intent last week when I wrote about the child of a my friend who can’t swallow. We actually got a few leads that the family is pursuing.

The new TV series is based on Dr. Lisa Sanders’ column in the New York Times magazine, which features people who are searching for medical answers. Sanders, a Yale University professor, was the doctor who had inspired the hit show “House.”

CNET, a tech site, details exactly how Dr. Sanders, uses the Internet to help gather helpful medical information. It also mentions that TNT has a new show called “Chasing the Cure, hosted by Ann Curry, that helps people find answers to their medical problems.

Do Older People Smell Differently?

It may be a good idea to read the New York Times article below which asks the question “if older people smell differently?”

The article brings up the fact that most older folks take all kinds of meds that could give off an odor that is associated with seniors. Some older people just don’t groom themselves well enough.

It’s true. When I was younger I often noticed the musty odor every time I visited the home of an elderly person. My mother was fastidious about keeping her home clean and I hope I follow in her footsteps.

The New York Times says “the best advice for combating age-related odor is simply to take care of yourself and your home: exercise, stay healthy and hydrated, eat clean food, open windows, launder clothing and sheets.”

One would think seniors would know to do this already, but as we get older maybe some of us relax the rules a little bit.

Jonah Larson Has Some Hook

Beginner Friendly Baby Blanket With Jonah’s Hands! Crochet Tutorial

At 11 years old, Jonah Larson has 196,00 followers on Instagram. He is also one of the top draws on YouTube. He is not a rock star, an actor, or a comedian.

He is something far more unique and astonishing. Jonah crochets. He started when he was five and soon became one of the most admired crocheters in the country.

He is so good that he sells many of his items and donates the proceeds to the orphanage where he spent his early years. Jonah even created a GoFundMe Page in partnership with the non-profit, Roots Ethiopia, so that “other children and their families can find their passion and achieve their dreams.”

Jonah’s mother said her son “has tackled complex projects that many adults would struggle with. Jonah shares all of his creations, from colorful blankets to an amigurumi octopus, on his popular Instagram account called Jonah’s Hands”.

To purchase

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Picture Perfect

Miami Sunrise, Photo by Eliot Hess

Miami Sunset, Photo by Eliot Hess


This is just what I was looking for, a tiny iron that can do touchups. It’s so affordable. Amazon has it discounted at $25.99. It’s usually $50. I can travel with it everywhere and never again have to worry about straightening out a few wrinkles here and there. Don’t miss this opportunity to get one. It works so well. It reminds me of the flat iron I use for my hair. I wish they were interchangeable, but they’re not.

It also opens to iron a wider surface.

Great Hope For Issy Kwei

Mom and Dad with Issy and sister Lucia

I’m writing this blog post with every hope that somone can help find a cure for the eldest daughter, Issy, of my friend Jeena and her husband Frank Kwei. Issy can’t swallow and has to be fed through a feeding tube. It’s all explained below.

The following comes from their Go Fund Me page.

Fundraiser for Jeena Choi by Liz Grennan : Issy’s Health Care Fund

June 20, 2019

Dearest friends who love Issy and our family,

We are keeping this page up so that we can share Issy’s progress.

So… seasons have changed, school year has come and gone, countless medical appointments, consultations and therapy sessions were attended, and now, summer is here and we are approaching the 1st anniversary of Tumor Independence Day!

But here’s the thing: this update is a difficult one for us and it took me weeks to muster up the energy to write it.

Last update left us all full of hope that the myotomy surgery will help Issy swallow. Well, it didn’t. The swallow team is dumbfounded and no one at MGH nor Yale can give us an accurate prognosis when it comes to her dysphagia.

After the surgery on 3/20, and seeing there is no progress even with surgical intervention and continued therapies, we brought Issy home from Boston. She had been away for 18 weeks and our family set a record for the longest stay at Christopher’s Haven. It was time to come home.

Amidst the continuing challenges and heartaches, there has been good news too:

Back in Dec., Issy left on a wheelchair, but returned home in April without one! Her recent MRIs are clean and her hair… wow- grew back in full force in thick, WAVY (she had stick-straight hair prior to chemo) strands! She also got back in the saddle thanks to New Canaan Mounted Troop’s adaptive riding program, turned into a teen on May 4th, watched Hamilton in NYC (thank you, LivFree organization!) and one of her wishes came true: a Westy puppy to call her own!

What’s more, on June 17th, Issy went back to school (Middlebrook Middle School). It was the last day of school and it was just for an hour, but a monumental progress for Issy. She had a wonderful time cocooned in a favorite teacher’s room full of special friends who wiped away her anxieties about walking into school for the first time since cleaning out her locker last June. We are confident she will return this Fall as a 8th grader.

We’ve seen many specialists and added in psychologist and alternative therapies like hypnosis and cranial osteopath. But at this point, all of them agree that Issy needs to focus on healing… her brain was basically assaulted back-to-back-to-back with neurosurgery, chemo, radiation and more intervention. So now we watch her enjoy just being Issy as much as she can bear in her current situation, and let her do things she loves, like horseback riding, playing with her puppy, hanging out with sister Lucia and friends. Let her be a kid and not a patient. That is where we are and that is for once, all of the doctors’ ONLY orders.

We will be home all summer so stop by and say hello~

– Jeena + Frank

Red Flag Laws

The New York Times published my brother’s letter, print and online, last Thursday. We are very proud.

To the Editor


Regarding the proposed so-called “red flag” laws which, one may hope, will recover guns from unstable people thereby helping to prevent mass shootings.


While I support taking guns from perceived unstable people and gun regulations in general (no one, not in the military, needs an automatic weapon, for example), these “red flag” laws are “prospective facto” and probably will not survive constitutional testing. Who on earth can tell what is in a person’s mind and future intention? It’s a slippery slope.


And, if those proposed laws do survive, how does one calculate the effectiveness of mass shootings being prevented?


It’s a gun advocate’s mild sedative to those who want stronger gun control.


Steve Schneider

Do You Know Bill Hanley?

Introducing the true hero of Woodstock, the sound engineer. Bill Hanley is regarded as the “father of festival sound.” He was told he needed to prepare for 100,000. Five hundred thousand showed up and he didn’t disappoint. The Woodstock festival was located in Bethel, New York, in August, 1969. Does Hanley ever go to CES? Who in the industry knows him? Tell us more.