Saturday Evening Posts

Saturday Night Outdoor Movies Over Miami Beach. We had great seats



It’s coconut tree trimming time in Miami. Tree after tree look like pieces of art as the coconut palms and drooping fronds fall to the ground to form sculptures.



Notes To Share


A New Assignment


Christina Quarles

Eliot and I are so proud that one of the alumni artists of the Fountainhead Residency just sold a painting for $400,000 through Phillips Auction House. It’s so nice to know that Fountainhead plays a meaningful role in the creative lives of thousands of artists all over the world. I’m on the Board at Fountainhead. Here is the story of Christina Quarles.

Phillips Sale 



Hurricane Isaias

A friend’s story


Progress Report From Our Friends Who Live In Mallorca

A Pandemic Accessory

Eliot and I were told weeks ago to buy a pair of goggles for each of us if we were going to fly anywhere. The goggles are supposed to protect us from touching airborne droplets and then scratching our face. That act alone could cause someone to contract the virus.


A number of companies are already designing and manufacturing protection glasses.


I found one on Indiegogo. It’s called Stoggles : Stylish Protection For Your Eyes. Marketing copy says, “Protects from germy fingers and airborne droplets: blue light filter + light responsive + Rx friendly.”



Top Features

  •     Transparent Side + Top Shields

  •     Anti-Fog Coated Lenses

  •     Blue Light Blocking Lenses

  •     Light Responsive Lenses

  •     Rx Lens Options

  •     Impact Resistant Polycarbonate

  •     ANSI Z87.1 Certified (PENDING)

  •     All-day comfort


The Stoggles are not that expensive. They will be available very soon. Long before I saw Stoggles, we bought a regular pair of goggles as a safeguard. Now we will consider Stoggles.


Museum Layoffs

This week has brought bad news for East Coast museums, with three major ones—the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston—announcing layoffs. The Met laid off 79 employees and furloughed an additional 181, bringing its total layoffs since the pandemic began in March to 160, some 20 percent of museum staff. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has laid off 85 employees; an additional 42 having accepted voluntary separation agreements, the number of employees there is down by about 23 percent. And the MFA cut its staff by 57, with another 56 workers taking voluntary early retirement offers.


And things could get worse yet for museums across the country. A survey by the American Alliance of Museums in late July found that one-third of United States museums could shutter permanently in the financial fallout related to the pandemic. Stay tuned as we bring you the latest.


Antonio Canova Sculpture Damaged, Visitor Turns Himself In – ARTnews.com



Is Telemedicine Here to Stay?


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/03/health/covid-telemedicine-congress.html?referringSource=articleShare


Remote Work Isn’t Working? Maybe Your Company Is Doing It Wrong


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/upshot/remote-work-tips.html?referringSource=articleShare


The Rockettes’ ‘Christmas Spectacular’ Is Canceled



https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/04/theater/radio-city-rockettes-christmas-canceled.html?referringSource=articleShare


Four Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/arts/art-gallery-shows-to-see-now.html?referringSource=articleShare


I’ve Become A Bird Watcher

And so can you. When we went to the Galapagos in 2018, I watched a group from California, who were traveling with us, jump up and down when they spotted rare birds. I thought they were nuts. I have to admit, I enjoyed watching them get so excited.


Being a city kid, I never thought I would be interested in what flew by me when I walked down the street, or sat on a park bench. Somehow, somewhere, I read about the app “Picture Bird.” All you have to do is take a picture of a bird and post it on the app. Less than two seconds later, a full description of what you just saw appears on your screen.


I’m not saying I’m a full time bird watcher, but you can be sure I’m taking photos of most of the birds I see with my iPhone. I’m learning a lot, and all of a sudden, I am aware of these flying objects. I’m so sorry I ignored them for so long.


Eliot took the photos of the birds below when we were in the Galapagos in 2018.


Last Night’s Miami Sunset. Photo by Eliot Hess.



Last Sunday our girlfriend Katerina Cozias, along with her boyfriend Aristotle, climbed all the way to the top of Mount Bierstadt, 14,000 feet up. That’s the hikers way of quarantining. Congratulations!!!

You Can’t Stop Us | Nike 🏀⚾️🏒🏈🎱🏐⚽️🏓🏸⛳️🪁🥍

‪Nike’s New Ad Is an Editing Marvel, and Maybe the Best Covid Spot Yet http://musebycl.io/sports/nikes-new-ad-editing-marvel-and-maybe-best-covid-spot-yet‬




A Harlem Restaurant That’s Withstood Gentrification, a Pandemic and Time


Miami After The Storm


I just found out that these two gorgeous kids that I featured in a recent blog about the garden roof in our NYC building are the children of the couple who bought our apartment. It makes us so happy that our coop unit is being occupied by a family who appreciates it as much as we did.


American Museum of Natural History Announces September Reopening

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/arts/design/american-museum-of-natural-history-reopen-covid.html?referringSource=articleShare


Nello, Beloved by Rich New Yorkers, Is Dinged Over Illicit Indoor Dining


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/nyregion/nello-liquor-license-suspended.html?referringSource=articleShare


A Rockaway Life

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/realestate/a-rockaway-beach-queens-life.html?referringSource=articleShare


Right Outside Our Window

I wanted to share this with you. We often forget what is happening in the waters right below our windows. A friend posted this on Facebook and I copied it.



https://youtu.be/V8CODDAEUos

Hoping you are well. Eliot and I are waiting out the virus in the Murano. Everything is delivered to us, (food, pharmacy, supplies, liquor). We have to go out for doctor appointments but that is rare. We are concerned about making one wrong move. No one is safe, no one is a big shot.

The one big problem around here is that too many young, and even older folks, are not wearing masks. The news stations interview residents, and tourists, that simply don’t feel masks are important. Friends tell me the same thing exists in the Hamptons, LA, Manhattan, Chicago, Dallas, etc. 

Enjoy the video. And don’t get too relaxed.


Slimmed-down Adele is unrecognizable as she praises Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’

Seen wearing the same Marine Serre look as Bey,the fresh-faced, curly-haired diva points to her television while acknowledging the “Queen” in her Saturday afternoon Instagram post, writing “Thank you Queen for always making us all feel so loved through your art ♥️♥️.”


She was first seen post-weight loss transformation at Drake’s birthday party last October. She then attended a Christmas partyhung out on a beach in Anguilla in January and most recently modeled her 2016 Chloé dressfrom Glastonbury, highlighting just how much she’s lost — reportedly 98 lbs — over the last four years


Pete Geracimo, a personal trainer who worked with Adele for four years between 2012 and 2016, called for less judgment of the newly-lithe mom-of-one on his Instagram page, addressing those who may have felt “betrayed” by her fitness goals.


“My hope is that people appreciate the hard work that Adele has done to improve herself for the benefit to her and her family only,” he wrote. “She did not lose weight to make others feel bad about themselves.”


We Just Finished Our 6th Episode

https://youtu.be/icIe4gLlpgM


WHAT THE HECK IS THAT!?


We are so excited. We keep getting better and better. Just waiting for a producing partner.


Urban Secret Gardens


Photos by Marilyn Scher

I am so proud of my NYC neighbors. They have turned our rooftop into a social distance event space. Many folks gather there for birthday parties, different types of celebrations, and a safe space during the pandemic.

Then they really got smart and started growing vegetables and spices. They turned a very challenging time in our lives into an opportunity to explore and grow. I love watching them.