Facebook For Kids

I know that many DigiDame readers have grandchildren under 10 years of age. That’s why I want to be sure you heard about Messenger Kids, a Facebook app, that was created to let children send friends or family a message, photos, videos, GIFs and stickers.

I’m sure many of you are cringing right now. The last thing you want is to have your precious ones on Facebook. I can’t say I blame you. The truth is that most of you have no control over it. A non-profit media group for children, called Common Sense, claims children eight years old and under, already spend at least 2 ¹/₂ hours on some sort of a screen.

Many of the young children I know are all texting. In my opinion, you can’t compare these youngsters to us when we were that age. They are growing up in the digital age. We did not. It’s a whole different world.

Facebook said that parents have to sign their children up for the app and they have to approve who they talk to. If it’s any consolation, children cannot delete messages. Parents will always be able to check entire conversations.

I guess that’s better than only being able to listen to one half of a telephone conversation.

Air Fair, 2017

Broadway Joe and DigiDame at Art Miami. We walked through the doors and there was joe Namath. He is as gorgeous as ever.

We also bumped into Anne Conaway and Sandy Gross of the audio industry

A Bernar Venet

Art Miami is on the site of where the Miami Herald once resided. Biscayne Bay is so beautiful.

The MacArthur causeway connects Miami Beach to downtown Miami.

The Venetian Causeway to the north.

One of the Knicks

Men in skirts were the talk of the fair.

Legs, legs, legs.

You figure it out

The wheels on the bus go round and round.

This belongs to friends of ours. Big bucks.

A Chuck Close

Serious buyers

Follow the leader

Making a statements.

Unique hairstyles.

The men were fancy dancy.

Showstopper

Made out of newspaper clippings.

The Invisible Man

Wood chips

Not real

Trying to strike up a conversation with a dead man.

The Odd Couple

He’s black

She’s white

He’s 22

She’s 80

He’s a Democrat 

She’s a Republican 

He lives in New York 

She lives in Florida 

Image: Mashable


Image: Mashable

Q-What could these two possibly have in common? 

A-Words With Friends, a Scrabble-type game. 

Three hundred games later, Spencer Sleyon finally met his opponent Rosalind last Friday. The online game often pairs up strangers because their scores are compatible. Spencer and Rosalind sometimes chatted online during the games but they knew very little about each other.

Spencer tweeted about their relationship and eventually received 17,000 likes. Their friendship is very inspirational and promising. 

Maybe the Internet isn’t as bad as a lot of people think. More details on Spencer and Rosalind in Mashable

Stress Has Been Given A Bad Rap

Image: New York Times

I knew it. There is nothing wrong with stress in your life. It can even be empowering. You just have to have the right attitude. I wanted to share a New York Times article on the subject because I believe it finally sets the record straight. 

For years, I had to listen to a number of folks tell me that my stressful job was going to ruin my health. I’m not a dope. I know that anyone can get sick, at any time, but the chance of “work stress” hurting me was just totally wrong. 

If you enjoy what you are doing, your body adjusts to stress. In fact, the New York Times article points out that stress from positive work makes you stronger. People who are unhappy, and make themselves victims in most aspects of their lives, are more likely to be the sick ones. 

A good dose of stress, because you are doing something worthwhile, can be euphoric, especially when you reach your goal. I wonder how many euphoric experiences those “stress warners” experienced in their lifetime?

Read the article.. Here is the New York Times article. I love it. 

  

Channeling Can Be A Solution

Dr. Peter Wisch and his former assistant.

I  know that you are going to think I’m crazy, but I tried “channeling” a few times to figure out some of life’s challenges. It worked. I am writing about this today because I believe it can be helpful to you too. 

Channeling is not what you think. It’s not voodoo. Through a series of questions, the channeler helps you look at your problems from a different perceptive. It helped me because I realized that my values on certain topics were out of whack. When I gave myself the chance to think differently, the problems subsided. I was suddenly free to be happy.

My channeler was my dermatologist. He was practicing eastern medicine on the side. He became so engrossed in the discipline of channeling, that he gave up his dermatology practice a few months ago to do healing full time.

He recently wrote his dermatology patients a letter which stated. “This field of healing is an ancient way of accessing knowledge, eternal truths, wisdom, guidance, well-being, enlightenment, and the deeper mysteries of the Universe. 

“I feel the channeling creates an authentic, pure, sacred, and honest connection between healer and client. What is paramount is that metaphysically we all possess abilities to heal ourselves, and channeling guides the way.  Make no mistake, it also avails us, when applicable, towards and from a gamut of other fine available healing disciplines.”

The channeling lasts approximately one hour. The session is recorded and sent to you via email. It’s important to listen to the sessions over and over, because each time you hear better clarity. 

If you are open to truly healing youself, and finding true happiness, give Dr. Peter Wisch a call, 212-879-1496. 

I can’t wait for you to free yourself from what makes you unhappy. 

David Diamond, A Lexophile      

Our friend David loves words. He recently sent me the best lexicographics for this year’s competition . 

When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.

The batteries were given out free of charge.
A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

A will is a dead giveaway.

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

When you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall.

Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He’s all right now.

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it’s just two tired.

When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.

He had a photographic memory, which was never developed.

When she saw her first strands of grey hair, she thought she’d dye.

Acupuncture is a jab well done. That’s the point of it.

And finally:

Those who get too big for their britches will be totally exposed in the end.

Here Comes Generation Z

Image: the New York Times

I just did a quick survey. 10 out of 10 seniors have no idea who Generation Z is. If you do know, consider yourself well-read/well informed.

Because I read so many digital-oriented sites, I knew about the new Generation Z, (also known as iGeneration, Centennials, Post-Millennials, Homeland Generation) the demographic group coming up after Millennials.

So far, no one has designated the exact dates of  Generation Z, but Internet influencers are guessing it starts in the mid-1990s to mid-2000s. 

Forbes magazine has disclosed some information about Generation Z:
1-This group is larger than the number of baby boomers.

2-Their parents are Generation X.

3-Very entrepreneurial and independent.

4-Most were not born when the 9/11 attacks took place.

5-They are loyal, compassionate, thoughtful, open-minded, responsible, and determined.

6-Many students use mobile technology more than anything else.

Want more details, click here.

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Meetup × WeWork

This is what I call a natural.  

WeWork, the real estate company which offers shared co-working offices in 17 countries, with 170 locations, across 58 cities, has purchased Meetup.com, a online social platform that brings people together for common interests like book clubs, tech seminars, and hobby groups. 

WeWork told the press “that 100,000 people have attended Meetups in WeWork locations this year. With the deal, WeWork will get access to Meetup’s 35 million members.”

WeWork, which launched in 2010, is worth an estimated $20 billion according to a Google search. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The reason why I am writing this blog post is because not many people our DigiDame age have engaged with both companies. I have. While I was mostly surrounded by much younger folks, I always took advantage of what they had to offer. 

Our lives would have been much different if we could have easily accessed like-minded people when we were just starting out. The networking facilities and programs provided by WeWork and Meetup nurture careers that lead to important contacts and brand new ideas that you  just can’t get anywhere else. 

I urge you to partake in a WeWork facility or Meetup gathering if you have a new idea for a business, or if you want to help a younger person in your family. It’s like entering a new  world. 

Don’t miss it. You will be amazed and slightly envious of what we missed. 
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An Evening With Michele Oka Doner

Me with Michele

The minute Eliot and I got a notice from the Perez Art Museum Miami, better known as PAMM, that artist and author Michele Oka Doner, was going to be interviewed by curator René Morales, we knew we had to attend. 

We did, and we just got home.

We wanted to meet her. Oka Doner was commissioned by our condo board, in South Beach, to redesign the massive floor in our lobby. She is internationally known for her numerous public art commissions, including the “Radiant Site”, at New York’s Herald Square Subway and “A Walk on the Beach” at the Miami International Airport.

Oka Doner’s work is inspired by her passion and appreciation of the natural world. Her new book, “Intuitive Alphabet,” is all about the insights into the way language has evolved over the years.. It’s really fascinating. The books are for adults, and for adults to share with children. 

How beautiful is that?  

Michele Oka Doner being interviewed by curator René Morales

Oka Doner signing books.

Some folks bought six copies each for holiday gifts.

Oka Donor was happy to see so many people loving art.

At 73, there are no signs of her stopping.

She has a formula that works.