We Just Finished Our 6th Episode



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.

Full Of Surprises

Today I watched one of the most incredible interviews between Gary Shapiro, CEO CTA and Corie Barry, CEO Best Buy. I was shocked to learn that the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company (Corie) is the daughter of two artists. She was brought up traveling the country with her parents helping to sell their art.

Gary asked the most informative questions that only tells me the new CES is going to advance us into a digital world we never thought possible. I did a terrible job recording the session because I was multitasking but all the content is there for your consumption. It’s cut up into seven short clips. Thank you CTA!

Corie Barry #1


Corie Barry 2


Corie Barry 3


Corie Barry 4


Corie Barry #5


Corie Barry #6


Corey Barry #7


Quotes From Famous Jews

My father never lived to see his dream come true of an all-Yiddish-speaking Canada.

–David Steinberg

I once wanted  to become an atheist but I gave up. They have no holidays.

–Henny Youngman

Look at Jewish history. Unrelieved lamenting would be intolerable. 

So, for every ten Jews beating their breasts, God designated one to be crazy and amuse the breast beaters. By the time I was five I knew I was that one.

–Mel Brooks

The time is at hand when the wearing of a prayer shawl and skullcap will not bar a man from the White House, unless, of course, the man is Jewish. 

–Jules Farber

Even if you are Catholic, if you live in New York, you’re Jewish. If you live in Butte, Montana, you are going to be Gentile even if you are Jewish.

–Lenny Bruce

God, I know we are your chosen people, but couldn’t you choose somebody else for a change? 

–Shalom Aleichem

The remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served us nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.

–Calvin Trillin

Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!

–Golda Meir

Even a secret agent can’t lie to a Jewish mother.

–Peter Malkin

Humility is no substitute for a good personality.

–Fran Lebowitz

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.

–Benjamin Disraeli

It’s so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don’t say it.

–Sam Levenson

Don’t be humble; you are not that great.

–Golda Meir

God will pardon me. It’s His business.

–Heinrich Heine

I went on a diet, swore off drinking and heavy eating, and in fourteen days I had lost exactly two weeks.

–Joe E. Lewis

Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding in which you put your money in your pants pocket and give your coat to your creditors.

–Sam Goldwyn

A spoken contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

–Sam Goldwyn

Everybody likes a kidder but nobody loans him money.

–Arthur Miller

I have enough money to last me the rest of my life unless I buy something.

–Jackie Mason

I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. 

— Woody Allen

Whoever called it necking was a poor judge of anatomy.

–Groucho Marx

A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it.

–Oscar Levant

Too bad that all  the people who know how to run this country are busy driving taxis and cutting hair.

–George Burns

Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they’ve stolen.

–Mort Sahl

I don’t want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth, even if it costs them their jobs.

–Sam Goldwyn

Ups And Downs

Diane von Furstenberg’s Brand Is Left Exposed by the Pandemic


Rock Bottom Remainders | Live Talks Los Angeles


Stephen Miller’s Grandmother Died of COVID-19. Her Son Blames the Trump Administration. – Mother Jones


Worried About Crowded Flights? Know Where Your Airline Stands – The New York Times


Research Suggests Machu Picchu Was Purposely Built on Top of Intersecting Fault Lines | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine


Before, After, The Tooth

My tooth ache started in February. It was subtle. That didn’t stop me from getting it checked out. The dentist said it was a very big cavity in my upper left wisdom tooth. It had to come out.

We made another appointment to remove it. I never went back because of Covid 19. I was able to maintain the pain by chewing on the opposite side.

An oral surgeon removed the tooth yesterday. Easy as can be. Didn’t feel a thing and no problems today. If you need a great dentist, or an oral surgeon in Miami, call me. Dr. Allen Ressler and Dr. Eduardo Nicolaievsky.(Nico) run two separate practices that are a step in to the future. Filling out the forms proved to be the most difficult part of the experience.

Can you, Would You, Do This?

Rodham and Bacharach

One of the smartest moves I have ever made was to subscribe, and listen, to Mitchell Kaplan’s podcasts. His interviews with daring authors has opened up a whole new world for me without ever leaving my condo.

Today I was thrilled to read in Variety that an author Mitchell Kaplan featured June 26th, is going to have her book made into a movie on Hulu. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m part of the in crowd learning all about her weeks ago. This is a very clever book. Author Curtis Sittenfeld provides an alternative life for Hillary as if she never married Bill Clinton. The story will surprise you. The Variety article also includes a Zoom interview that actress/comedian Amy Schumer conducted with Hillary.


Listen to Curtis Sittenfeld describe why she decided to write about Hillary Clinton. It’s all on The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan on Apple Podcasts.


Update On What 92 Year Old Burt Bacharach Is Doing These Days?



Itching For Answers

Why are so many experiencing a rash of skin problems? Is it from Covid or just staying at home?

LOBOC’s Lois Whitman-Hess and Steve Greenberg go to an expert in the field to find out why are we scratching so much.


Steve Mandy MD, is an internationally known dermatologist. As a photographer, painter, and sculptor, Steve Mandy’s approach to cosmetic dermatology is fortunately with an artist’s eye.

He completed his residencies at Johns Hopkins University and University of Miami and earned a medical degree at George Washington University. Dr. Mandy is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, a founding member and past president of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. He is also a Volunteer Professor of Dermatology at University of Miami.

Known as the “Dermatologist to the Stars” while in Aspen, Colorado, he continued to hone his skills and artist’s eye toward the current procedures in cosmetic dermatology.

Today, his Miami Beach dermatology office is one of the most respected and admired practices in the United States.


From The New Yorker

Lexicon for the Pandemic

Maskhole: An individual who wears a mask in a way that makes it completely ineffective—e.g., below the nose, under the chin, on the back of the head.

Face naked: The state of facial exposure that occurs when an individual declines to wear a mask in public. For example, “Pence went all face naked to the Mayo Clinic.”

Body mullet: What most people wear on Zoom calls: a nice top and, below the waist, underwear or less. (“Business up top, party down below.”)

The NOVID-19: The nineteen minutes after a too-close interaction with a maskless stranger during which you experience a thickness in your throat and a certainty that you’re dying. This sometimes lasts longer if frantic hand washing, antiseptic gargling, and estate planning are not readily available.

Overdistancing: When the guy in front of you in line has a metric understanding of the six in six feet, allowing twenty feet to open up between him and the next person in line, which then allows others to interpret that next person as the end of the line and to cut in front of you.

Domino distancing: When the person behind you in line stands too close, causing you to crowd the person in front of you, and on and on until everyone dies.

Emotional distancing: Deciding that now really isn’t the time to make big decisions about a relationship or, for that matter, to have a conversation about it.

Covideo: A short video featuring a quarantined individual’s child doing something adorable and/or profane, the public sharing of which falls somewhere between cute and a cry for help.

Stockholm syndrome: The assumption that everyone would be just fine without any government restrictions.

Someday, Noneday, Whoseday?, Whensday?, Blursday, Whyday?, Doesn’t matterday: Days of the week.

Parenting: The ability to figure out why the PlayStation isn’t working with the Wi-Fi.

Body Zoom-morphia: Finding your own image on a group video call so unappealing that you are unable to focus on anything else.

Quorumtine: The minimum number of family members necessary to decide what to watch on TV.

Pan-demic: A potentially dangerous increase in the baking of bread in a quarantined home.

COVID-30: Formerly COVID-15; the amount of weight gained by an average adult during quarantine. Sometimes related to a pandemic.

Helter shelter: That moment in the quarantine day when everything seems dirty and chaotic and you feel like saying, “Fuck it, let’s go outside. I don’t care if we die and a bunch of other people do, too.”

Flattening the curve: Trying to fit into your jeans after three months of sweatpants. (See COVID-30.)

Germophobe: Formerly, crazy people (e.g., Howard Hughes); now everyone except crazy people.

Going viral: No longer used.