Diving For Dirt

I have always wondered why someone would throw their garbage in a river, a lake, a bay, or an ocean? When Eliot and I took a cruise down the Siene last Spring, I was so disappointed to see how polluted the water was. I would lie in bed and stare out at the sides of the river that were filled with plastic bags stuck in the shrubs. There were thousands of them for miles and miles. I just couldn’t believe this was the same Siene that was portrayed in so many romantic movies.

Unfortunately, most of the waters around the world are filled with trash. I just don’t know how we allowed this to happen. Not everyone is going to let this continue. Kathryn Mikesell, the woman who owns Fountainhead, the artist residency Eliot and I belong to, is a member of The Dolphins and Rainbows swim club, that actually removes trash from Biscayne Bay in Miami everyday.

Their story is remarkable and one to be admired. The local NBC news did s story about how this group dives for trash and what they are willing to do to keep the waters clean. While the rest of us are reading the morning papers, and sipping our coffees, this swim club group is hard at work. Bless them.

Miami Is Not All Beach

The next time you visit us in Miami make sure we take you to the Frost Museum of Science. We had an awesome time with Ruth and Howard Greenberg today. Three hours of interactive fun.

It’s a prefect place for both adults and children because there is so much to learn at all age levels. There are so few places where people of all ages can find a common ground. Unlike most other museums, Frost Science is surrounded by the beauty of water and sky. We are very fortunate to have a performing arts theatre and opera house just across the way from a contemporary art museum which is next door to the science museum.

Next on the list is Jungle Island, formerly Parrot Jungle. It’s a newly relaunched eco-adventure park just on the other side of the causeway. We loved it before. We can’t wait to see the new version.

Writing To You From Miami 

I guess the photo above explains why I love Miami. I took it with my iPhone. The sun was setting tonight through two buildings across Biscayne Bay on Brickell, downtown Miami. 

While I have lived in this condo on Miami Beach for 15 years, I find it absolutely weird that this is now my only home. I wanted to see sky and water outside my window on a permanent basis. For the last 40 years, I looked at brick. I never really saw much sky but I really didn’t need it because I was a true New Yorker. The sounds of sirens from ambulances, police cars, and fire trucks were music to my ears. I loved every minute of it. I never thought it was too loud or an interference.

I am lucky in the sense that I can truly appreciate both places. Before I left NYC for Miami, people asked me if I was afraid of Zika, the rising tides, and the waste washing up on the beaches.

Today, I spoke to some die-hard New Yorkers who now say I got out just in time because of the recent bombings. I quickly reminded them that I lived through the Son of Sam roaming NYC streets, I was at my work desk on 12th Street and Fifth Avenue when the Weathermen blew up a townhouse a block away, and personally witnessed crowds of people, covered head-to-toe, in white powder as they walked uptown after the Twin Towers came tumbling down.

I never once thought that Manhattan was not the place for me. I loved every minute of it and  still do. We are not safe anywhere, anymore. I never thought a seaside area like Nice, France would ever come under attack like it did this summer. It’s such an innocent-looking place. 

We just have to pray for peace wherever we are  these days. I thank my lucky stars that I am living in the days of the Internet. There is no question that it has brought on a lot of evil, but it has certainly allowed us all to be connected in ways our parents and grandparents would have loved to experience.

It certainly has given me the ability to be upwardly mobile and appreciate the goodness every place has to offer. 


Sidewalk Sentiments 

I took these photos on my iPhone Saturday night when we were in Wynwood, Miami. These sayings are stenciled on the sidewalks of the famous art district. It’s interesting to see people stop and read the pavement signs.

It just proves that even in this world when most people are glued to their smartphones, you can get their attention if you just have something important to say.

We Met On The Internet

Scott Rodwin and I met on the Internet. He answered my new business pitch and the rest is history. We have been promoting his invention, The Loop, a novel earbud holder, for a few weeks now.

Earlier this week, I discovered that the Boulder, CO, businessman and his wife Marsha, were vacationing in South Beach. We arranged a meetup and ended up spending time together over a two day period. The pictures and videos below were taken in Wynwood, Miami.

Scott and Marsha own Rodwin Architecture and Radiance Power Yoga in Boulder. They also have other projects going on, but I will get into that in a few weeks. Eliot and I are the same age as Scott and Marsha’s parents, but somehow we have a lot in common. The love of the Internet makes you ageless.  



Marsha and Scott Rodwin


Yoga positions


Scott ‘s Strength


The Rodwin’s with Tony Goldman


Marsha’s move.

Unique Partners


Strong and beautiful positions


United Forever


Totally In Sync


More Computers, Less People 

I felt like I was in the land of automation this morning at the Miami International Airport. First, we were greeted with more check-in computer screens than ever before, then we got directions from a full motion information display and finally a Minion chased us around  until we agreed to enter the store the character was pitching. 

Was someone trying to tell us something? 


Comments when I posted this on Facebook.




Naming The Photo

Here are the suggestions that I received to name Eliot’s photo. Thank you everyone. It was lovely of you to help. The Miami Herald ran the photo in today’s print edition. Your creative titles will help me pitch others.

David Steven Simon—“Claudia Cloudinelli”

Adrian Rice—–“Lipstick Sunset”

Allan Caplan—“Simply,”Oh Shit”

Giselle Wolf—“Oops, My Kneiglech Are Flying”

Jeff Young—”Clouds Over Miami At Night By Hess”

Eric Schneider—“Puff Daddy”

Jonas Neilson—-“Miami Clouds Have Digestive Issues”

Milo Hess—“Head In The Cloud”

Audrey Sommer—“Miami Cloudburst”

Barbara Mark Ross—”New Yorkers Taking Over Miami”

Annette Nicoloff—“My Vortex”

Steven Ekstract—”Return Of The Dragon”

What Would You Call This?

Photo by Eliot Hess

We were just about to watch the tribute to Don Rickles on Spike TV that we DVR’d last night, when we thought we saw a tornado outside of our Miami condo window. It looked like a spiraling funnel.

Eliot ran for his camera. I wanted to run for the hills. We didn’t know what to expect. It may be difficult to identify in the photo above, but it looked like the formation was touching ground. Scary stuff.

After 15 minutes, it started to dissipate. Its 15 minutes of fame was exhilarating for us. The unknown made our hearts race and our imaginations run wild. Now looking at the photo, I see a woman.

I posted this on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I’m looking for a title for the photo in order to email it to online weather, travel, photo, environmental, and local Miami sites. If you think of something, let me know. Thank you.

The Most Innovative Kayak You’ve Ever Seen


I have only kayaked once. I really liked it even though Eliot did all the work. It’s a great way to get close to nature, just you and a body of water. Many of my friends in Miami kayak all the time, but they admit it’s always a schlep to tow their boats to the bay.

Tonight Oru Kayak presented a solution on Shark Tank. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Oru Kayak designs origami kayaks. They fold out of a compact case. The video above gives a great demonstration of what I am talking about. There is nothing like the Oru kayaks on the market.

The Oru Kayak is light and compact. It’s on display at the San Franscisco Museum of Modern Art. I want to buy one. The Oru website says “it’s stable enough for beginners and fast and sporty enough for expert kayakers. Oru Kayaks transform from a box to boat in just a few minutes.”

-Comfortable foam seat and fully-adjustable backrest
-Easy-to-close watertight seams
-2 rubber deck straps for extra gear
-Easy-to-adjust footrest
-Reinforced cockpit for easy entry
-Pair of bulkheads for extra rigidity
-Simple and intuitive strap and buckle closure system
-Fits standard spray skirts (size medium)

LENGTH: 12′ [3.7 M]
WIDTH: 25″ [63 CM]
WEIGHT: 26 LBS [12 KG]
BOX LENGTH: 32″ [81 CM]
BOX WIDTH: 13″ [33 CM]
BOX HEIGHT: 29″ [73 CM]

The Oru Kayak retails at $1,195.00. Pricey but convenient. I’ll let you know if we get a pair.



We’ve Been Grounded

We were supposed to fly out to Miami tomorrow morning. American Airlines just cancelled our flight because of Isaac, the tropical storm that may turn into a full-fledged hurricane. While Miami still has beautiful weather, AA doesn’t want to send too many airplanes there because they might have trouble getting them out. The winds are starting to act up.

We are so disappointed but are happy that AA had the good sense to give us fair warning. Friends of ours just called to ask if we wanted to take their private plane into Ft. Lauderdale. It was very sweet of them but I don’t take flights where I have to bend down when I stand up. They also never quite spelled out if we would have to pay the $7,000 needed for fuel.

Of course the offer prompted Eliot to once again ask why I am so scared of small planes. He considers them much safer. I consider them a toy. I don’t want to be in any aircraft where I see the pilot and what goes on in the cockpit. Eliot feels that if I did understand what makes the airplane function, then I might be more relaxed.

We decided to put it to the test. We will be going to Hammacher Schlemmer, the novelty store on East 57th Street, to try out the new Cockpit Flight Simulator which coincidentally has a price tag of $7,000. Boy, the dollar figure sounds familiar.

The flight simulator is installed into a cockpit that equips players with the same flight controls found in actual aircraft. The retailer claims the flight simulator is as close to the real thing as you can get, The fore/aft and left/right movement of the yoke controls pitch and roll just like real airplanes. Its toggles and buttons provide authentic control of navigation and radio options. Thrust levers and dual rudder pedals control realistic throttle and yaw.

The padded flight seat adjusts for optimal seat angle and distance to the rudder pedals while the sound system surrounds the player in realistic audio using five speakers and a subwoofer beneath the seat. Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X Gold, the world’s pre-eminent flight simulation software for PCs, comes on the included Dell Studio XPS computer with Windows 7. The software includes 23 flyable aircraft ranging from the ubiquitous Piper Cub to the daunting Boeing 747-800, challenging players to complete over 70 simulated flight missions, all geographically and topographically correct. The missions range from dropping bags of flour onto waterborne targets from an ultralight to taking off from an aircraft carrier aboard an F/A-18 Hornet. Realistic graphics are displayed by a 28″ wide-screen LCD monitor that provides 1080i high-definition resolution. A second 20″ LCD monitor sits below, providing instrument panels that simulate a faithful flight experience. Ages 14 and up. 57″ L x 32″ W x 53″ H. (110 lbs.)

I am getting dizzy already thinking about this mock flight. My heart is already skipping a beat from anxiety. I will let you know how well I do.