Shake, Rattle And Roll

We just spent nine fun-filled days in Los Angeles with my west coast family. I have been visiting LA since 1954. In all that time, I have only experienced three or four minor earthquakes. Most of the time, I never think about it. However, it would be nice to know if one was coming. 

My West Coast Cousins

Our Hotel Room At The Mondrian, West Hollywood

The View From Our Hotel Room

I  just found out that there is a new app from the seismologists at UC Berkeley, called MyShake, “that monitors for seismic activity, both watching for earthquakes and warning users if one is underway.” Almost 200,000 prople have downloaded the app in just a few short months.

The app can detect earth waves and is capable of recording magnitude 2.5 and larger. “MyShake also provides summaries of recent quakes all over the globe and shows you what historic ones would have looked like in your area.”

The basic idea behind the app is to prepare, survive and recover. Watch the video. The science used to develop the app is quite fascinating. Tech Crunch also covers the details. 

Rosa And Carlos de la Cruz

Today we visited the home of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz on Key Biscayne. They are two of the top art collectors in the U.S. Their home is one big art gallery. They also own a separate art museum to house their collections. You can read all about them here


The Exit Interview That  Speaks Volumes 

Image: Vanity Fair—Barak Obama and Doris Kearns Goodwin

I never remember reading a presidential exit interview like the one, Doris Kearns Goodwin, a  well-known presidential historian, just did with Barak Obama in the November issue of Vanity Fair. It was the last feature in the magazine  that month. 

I wish I could share the “Audible  link” to this interview with you because Obama really spells out what it’s like to be President of the United States. I wanted you to hear his voice. You’ll just have to read it in.print as he talks about “his ambitions, frustrations, and the decisions that still haunt him.”

Click here for this amazing piece.

I Can’t Explain Why……

I saw these posters on social media several times this week and wanted to share them with you because many seniors have trouble sleeping. Over the years, several friends told me they got a better night’s sleep if they felt like they had a security blanket on them. Check with your doctor. It works for me. 

These posters were captured off of a slide show. If I can find the source, I will let you know. Weighted blankets are sort of like chicken soup. It works wonders for some. 

Fashion Parade At Red Dot and Spectrum 

Art Basel of Miami, one of the largest art exhibitions in the world, brings out art lovers who enjoy dressing up to show off their creativity. We visited two satellite exhibitions tonight, Red Dot and Spectrum, to check out the art and the fashion. This is what we found.

Stabbings At Ohio State Hit Home  

My family is so grateful to my cousin Vicki Morman for notififying us on social media about the status of her nephew Justin Young who attends Ohio State University. By now, you all heard about the stabbings on the campus of Ohio State University. Thank goodness Justin was safe inside his frat house at the time of the incident. Amen! 

Did You Know This?


If you didn’t see 60 Minutes Sunday night, make sure you get a copy of it. There are a significant number of folks with Alzheimer’s (at an early age) in Medellin, Columbia. A certain mutation has been identified. Click here to read more about what 60 Minutes discovered.

 Buying A Ferrari On-The-Spot 

This epitomizes our week in Los Angeles. I just witnessed, a young guy, buying a Ferrari for cash, right from my hotel window at the Mondrian. I checked with valet. This was not a rental, but a cash transaction with witnesses to inspect the interior, exterior, and paper work. The staff says this is not uncommon here. Lucky girl friend sitting on ledge, swinging her dancing legs. DigiDame captured rare sighting.

Long Live 301

Our hotel room number was 301 at The Mondrian in Los Angeles. This is extremely significant since it was our address for 40 years in Manhattan. 301 East 62nd St. We loved it. Our lucky number.