Hazel Tov 

Our baby is being born tonight. Eliot bought me flowers and poured himself a drink. We are so proud of the entire Hazel team. We will see you Monday in Chicago. Hazel Tov !!!!!!


Ron Abel and Chuck Steffan, the creators

‘Hazel,’ a musical made for a maid, hopes to sweep families off their feet – Chicago Tribune Click here for story.

Zaha Hadid

Photo by Eliot Hess

Miami mourns the loss of Zaha Hadid, one of the most brilliant architects in the world. Eliot took this photo as the sun set tonight near her latest Miami project, 1000 Museum. Click here for Miami Herald story.

Gunnar Esiason 

Image: Esiason.org

I knew about Gunnar Esiason more than 15 years ago because of my work with Samsung. His father, Boomer Esiason, one of the most famous football quarterbacks ever, was deeply involved in Samsung’s charity, The Four Seasons of Hope, which helped raise money for cystic fibrosis. 

Gunnar was diagnosed with CF when he was two years old. The year was 1993. The Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF) was formed almost immediately to find a cure for the disease. Gunnar, as well as Boomer, has played an active role in making the world understand CF, a disease of the respiratory and digestive systems.

From time to time, I read courageous stories about Gunnar in the press. Many of the stories talk about how he has managed to lead an active life despite the time he spends each day treating his disease. I recently received a mass email from Gunnar (I must be on the BEF mailing list) saying he decided to do a “Living with CF Go Pro Series” which will shed more light on his day-to-day experiences.

I really wanted to share it with you because it’s  a slice of life that you don’t see everyday. Please click on the video above to see Gunnar in action and scroll down to read his thoughts.

Gunnar’s words: “It seems like I get an email just about every week from a parent telling me that his or her child has just been diagnosed with the cystic fibrosis. The tone of each email is the exact same. There’s some mix of confusion, frustration, anger, sadness and determination. I sympathize with parents who find out that their son or daughter, the light of their lives, will be faced with an uphill journey through life. I also applaud these parents for taking a very brave step into the unknown. It takes a lot of strength to start asking questions about something as serious as cystic fibrosis.

“I can’t even imagine how vulnerable my parents must have felt when I was diagnosed, but I know the resources and friends available to them at the time helped to reassure my parents – so I try to pay it forward. 

“Since this past August, I have been capturing GoPro footage of my day-to-day life with CF, and today I am going to release the first part of my new series Living With Cystic Fibrosis.
I want to show people how active I can be despite undergoing hours of treatments each day; despite taking over 50 pills each day; despite occasionally having an IV placed for several weeks at a time. I want to show how being compliant with my medications allows me to have all of these great opportunities. I want to show the parents of a newborn who was recently diagnosed with cystic fibrosis that their child will grow up to live the life that I am capable of living.

“Enjoy my first foray into filmmaking.
***I do not own the rights to the music in the video. This specific video purely for non-profit educational use.”


Steve Jobs School



Maurice with Mari and Daphne when she was a few months old. The others are Maurice’s adult children

My long-time friend, Maurice de Hond, born and raised in Amsterdam, Holland, has started a completely new type of school, called The Steve Jobs School. I wrote about this before in DigiDame, but I am updating it because Maurice has made great progress. I just received an email from Maurice which explains more.  He knows I am sharing it with you. 

Side note: (The Steve Jobs School uses the iPad to allow children to create their own curriculum with the help of parents and teachers. Young students learn vital social skills by working with other children on projects and by presenting  informative facts to the group).

Dear Lois, 

As you know, I started a completely new school model in 2013-2014. As a tribute to Steve Jobs, we named the school after him.

You can learn more about it on our website,  www.stevejobsschool.world.

(You will also find several of my speeches about this topic).
I started the school for my daughter Daphne, born in 2009, because I didn’t want her educated for the future with programs that were prepared 30 years ago. 

I always say, “We prepare children for the future, but we keep them in school imprisoned in the past.” 

We really reinvented the elementary school. We are named one of the 13 most innovative schools in the world by Tech Insider.

We are getting online visitors, almost on a daily basis, from all over the world.

At the end of the year, we will have 40 elementary schools in the Netherlands, with around 8000 children, using our education model.  

There are schools in Johannesburg and Spain who are currently using our system and we are discussing this method with representatives in more than 10 countries including Dubai and Qatar.

I am invited to give keynote speeches all over the world. In the last couple of months, I was in Taipei, Stavanger (Norway), London, and Berlin. Next week I will be in Bulgaria (Sofia). And the coming months I will be in Aruba, San Diego, Germany, and Johannesburg.

A journalist recently wrote a book about us in Dutch called “Each Child Is Different,  how the Dutch Reinvented Primary Education.”

The printed English versiion will be available in two weeks. Digital copies will also be issued 

Here are our accomplishments:

– Children like to go to school. They even  want to go to school on a Saturday.

– Many children with ADHD and ADD are not showing any symptons in our  educational approach.  I am getting mails from parents saying that their child has really improved.

– Children with Dyslexia are doing much better too..

– Parents tell us that their children are expressing themselves more.
– Parents are more involved in our schools (we let them give workshops about their hobby or profession).

Talk soon, 

























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.

Wynwood Arts District

There is an area of Miami that is one of the most creative communities in the United States. Wynwood Arts District features more than 70 art galleries, retail stores, antique shops, bars, and fine restaurants. We took our 16 year old cousin, Hanna Young, to visit Wynwood on Saturday. She wanted to see the magnificent murals on many of the warehouses that grace this special place. Hanna is from Los Angeles and this was her first visit to Wynwood.  Here is her photo essay.





Snapchat Photos 


I’m having some fun. Look at the collection of some wild and crazy photos of me. They were created  by the filters on Snapchat.

Snapchat is an app that allows you to send self-destructing videos and pictures to other fans. It can only be viewed for a few seconds. The whole idea is that nothing gets stored. Once the receiver views the material, it’s gone.

Sounds a little wacko, but teenagers love it.

You can also add a caption or doodle over a photo on Snapchat. The app has all kinds of fun options. Many folks want to add a video or photo to their “story,” a 24-hour collection of your photos and videos, which they then can broadcast to the world or just your followers.

Maybe, you just have to be young to appreciate this.



Artists all over the world are sharing tributes to Belgium on Twitter with the hashtag #ArtistsForBelgium.

The image that is being used most  of the time is a “splatter-paint outline” of a Smurf in the colors of the Belgian flag. Others are using their own creativity.

According to Mashable, “The Smurfs are the creation of the late Belgian artist Peyo who debuted the small, blue creatures in the late 1950s and have since become a worldwide animation phenomenon.” 




Pillow Talk

Images from Woollip

If you have trouble sleeping on airplanes, the Woollip may be a great solution. Instead of leaning back, try going forward. All you have to do is put your face down into an inflatable pillow. It’s made to sit on top of the tray table. Now, that makes sense.

You can also turn Woollip on its side if you have a window seat. The ultimate convenience is that you can slip your smartphone in the middle of the pillow to watch a movie until you fall asleep. How cool is that? 

If you have ever had a  professional massage in a chair, you know how incredibly comfortable this position can be. That’s where the idea came from.

The Woollip requires about five breaths to inflate and it folds up to the size of a brick .

Woollip will be available in July after its Kickstarter campaign. It will retail at $30.

Watch the video and read about it in Tech Crunch.

Have a good zzzzzz.