The Teacher Wears Prada

I couldn’t believe my eyes today. I received an alert from Master Class, the online classroom, that Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, and the creative director of Condé Nast, was teaching a course on leadership and creativity.

What? How could that be? I never thought the woman, who has always been portrayed as a block of ice, was going to spend her time sharing information with the common man/woman.

I had to see what this was all about. I am a yearly member of Master Class, so I was able to access the course immediately.

I spent a few hours today listening to Anna Wintour talk about her life, family, career, aspirations, mentors, team members, new hires, the changes in the editorial world, designers, models, and celebrities.

She certainly didn’t act like the woman Meryl Streep portrayed in the “Devil Wears Prada.” Knowing many strong women in the business world, I’m sure Anna Wintour was demanding, but not anymore forceful than most successful bosses.

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for most young people to take this course. Just like the podcast I posted in DigiDame two weeks ago, when I interviewed Frank O’connell, Anna Wintour shared career tips that were invaluable for anyone who seriously wants to do well.

The only requirement is for the student to have an open mind and be willing to learn.

Good luck!

Click here to see a promo of Anna Wintour’s course.

Eliot Hess, September Photo Mailing

Munich and the Surrounding
Bavarian Countryside

Family and friends ask me why I travel as much as I do. There is a simple answer to that. “To see the world while I can.” I love to photograph the unexpected.

I love showing others that the world is filled with wonderful surprises that bring us all together in peace and harmony. I never expected that Munich and the Bavarian countryside would be so welcoming. I think we all now understand how a very few can destroy it all. Do something to protect what we all love and want.

Hurricane Hunters

If you live in Miami, you often hear TV meteorologists talk about the great work of hurricane hunters. I couldn’t believe these folks existed. It just seemed like science fiction. I wanted to understand more so I looked them up on Wikipedia. “Hurricanes hunters are able to measure the interior barometric pressure of a hurricane and then provide accurate wind speed information–data needed to accurately predict hurricane development and movement.

“Hurricane hunters are made up of aircrews that fly into tropical cyclones to gather weather data. In the United States, the organizations that fly these missions are the United States Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hurricane Hunters. Such missions have also been flown by Navy units and other Air Force and NOAA units.”

The whole process is quite remarkable. I recorded the NBC TV news explanation to show you how hurricane hunters work.

This is where Hurricane Dorian hit. This is 90 miles from Nassau. Nassau was spared.

Miami media reports all the airports and docks in the Bahamas were destroyed. Only helicopters can get through. No way to deliver all the goods being donated by private citizens all over the United States.

A smart family from Jacksonville, FL, parked their smart car in the kitchen of their home to keep it safe during Dorian. I call that safe at home.

A Gay Reporter With A Gay Beat “Made America Gay Again”

Steve Rothaus

Lying on the Beach podcast with Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess

It’s very possible that one day there is going to be a movie about Steve Rothaus. If we were smart we would buy the rights right now. He is a living legend. At the Miami Herald, he became (one of) the first dedicated LGBT mainstream journalists nearly 20 years ago.

He probably was the first, but Rothaus is too modest to allow us to proclaim that. Rothaus has been quoted as saying that he wanted “the Herald to be out front, ahead of all the other news organizations in South Florida in terms of how we covered the LGBT community and how we treated people.”

TV personality Steve Greenberg, and PR expert Lois Whitman-Hess, of the Lying on the Beach podcast, talked to Steve about his remarkable barrier breaking career

Click below

Preparing For Dorian

Local gas station out of gas

See baggie on pump. That means no gas.

A gas station without cars is just weird.

Tap Tap restaurant under construction. Hmmm.

Lobster Bar and Sea Grille boarded up

Shutters on all sides

The building looks so different.

Flood pumps all ready.

Pipes all laid out.

I hope the pumps work.

Cruise ship arrives before the sun comes up to make a quick turnaround.

So peaceful before the heavy winds.

Very few people are sticking around.

The Power of Words

The words of Rabbi Marc Philippe of Temple Emanu-El were so inspiring as we nervously waited for Hurricane Dorian. I wanted to share them with those now in the “cone of uncertainty.”

“This Shabbat is Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the new Hebrew month of Elul. This month , preceding the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time when the Master of the Universe, compared to a King, comes out in the field -out of the castle- to be accessible to everyone who wishes to get close. It is a time of intense closeness with our creator, it is also a time of G-d’s physical manifestation.

“Rain is often compared to a physical manifestation of the Divine. This year, for the new month of Elul, the Divine is being manifested with great force, reminding us that despite our resources and our advanced technology, we are ultimately not in control.

“However, this isn’t entirely true. We do have some control: the power of our prayer.

“I pray that you may be blessed (and may you bless the community as well) that G-d’s Shelter of Peace protect you and give you comfort.

This Shabbat, more than ever, I invite you to come to Shul, let us take advantage of this closeness with our Creator in order to pray for everyone’s safety.

“We are a community and a family, please let us know if you need any assistance.”

With love,

Shabbat Shalom.

Rabbi Marc Philippe

Don’t Fall For A Phone Scammer

It happens to all of us. We get a phone call from a phone scammer, and for just a few seconds, we believe it’s real. Before we know it, we are actually answering the questions from the scammer because it sounds so real.

Stop! No one calls you without a previous appointment, from a source that you have dealt with many times, to ask you personal or financial questions. Just make it a rule. You do not answer questions on the phone. There are no exceptions.

In fact, do not even engage in a conversation. Just hang up. This is not the time to start being polite. The folks on the other end of the call are trying to get information about you so they can make a sale.

Be safe, not sorry. You don’t need a major headache. Watch the video for a quick refresher on how the scammers operate.


The Fountainhead Residency and Studios Open House

Many people look at art as having these walls around it. That’s not the art world in which I live. It’s people of all ages, races and cultures from around the world, and that’s a beautiful thing. I want more people to be exposed to that.” — Kathryn Mikesell, Founder Of Fountainhead Residency

Random photos from tonight’s event.