Monday Memories

A Message from the Editor of Art News about “The Undoing”

The HBO miniseries The Undoing drew to what many reviewers on social media found to be a disappointing conclusion last night. So it’s as good a time as any to look back on the role the Frick Collection played in the series. In an early episode, the main character, Grace Fraser, played by Nicole Kidman, meets her father, Franklin Reinhardt (Donald Sutherland) at the Frick to discuss her predicament: her husband may have murdered a fellow parent at her son’s private school. They sit on one of those ornate benches in the collection’s vast West Gallery, across from a 15th-century painting of the deposition of Christ by Gerard David. The filmmakers are clever about what you see in the background, given Grace’s cheating husband and his possible crime: Paolo Veronese’s The Choice Between Virtue and Vice. But it’s one of Reinhardt’s lines that best coordinates with the Frick Collection itself: “This is bigger than you, Grace,” he says. “Hell, it’s bigger than me.” Like Frick before him, Reinhardt is a titan of some industry or other, with an enormous apartment on Fifth Avenue. And, like Frick, he ends up (this isn’t giving away too much) averting a disaster that is considerably bigger than he is: in 1912, Frick’s wife sprained her ankle, and he had to cancel their return passage from Europe—on the Titanic.
— Sarah Douglas, Editor-in-Chief


Why This Billionaire Will Never Leave New York



Have You Considered?

Several friends have used medical marijuana for some serious conditions. They felt it really helped them get through difficult times. When I saw this photo essay in WebMD, I knew I wanted to post it in DigiDame. Let’s know the facts as we get older. This could become an option for many seniors. Thank you!

I Can’t Believe My Eyes

Tony Hsieh, Founder Of Zappos, Dead At 46

Tony Hsieh was one of the biggest success stories of e-commerce with the introduction of Zappos. Because he was located in Las Vegas, he was a regular at CES every January. He made front page headlines for years in newspapers across the country. It’s difficult to believe he’s gone. Details of his death are not known. This is a developing story.



Happy Holidays From Lois And Eliot

Illustration credit: NY Times

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

We had what seemed like a normal Thanksgiving Dinner at Barton G. We had a table away from everyone else and they treated us royally. It’s good to be older. The food and the presentations were outstanding as usual.



My 10 year old nephew, Ari Schneider, organized and hosted the thanksgiving zoom family celebration. My brother, Steve Schneider, gave the blessing. Thank you to the Schneider’s, family and friends for this wonderful tribute. The gorgeous gal with the long red hair, and the movie star next to her, are my children.

What Books Mean To You


I wanted to remind you what a true President sounds like. Exclusive One-On-One With Joe Biden: Extended Interview | NBC Nightly News




Turn This Photo Upside Down To See The Shark



Oops, We Lost Another One

steam ship carrying car audio containers

I was amazed yesterday when I was reading “CE Outlook,” a car electronics newsletter, by long-time friend, Amy Gilroy. She actually had a lead story about how many car audio parts are not being delivered to customers in the United States because they were lost at sea. Container ships from China actually lost merchandise that fell into the ocean because of stormy weather.

When I read the post, I had to call Amy to confirm the news. Yes, containers on cargo ships sometimes flip over and fall into the ocean because of very bumpy rides. The reason why I found this so astonishing is because I have questioned the safety of these containers for the 20 years that I have lived next to the Port of Miami. I have witnessed ships with containers packed so high that I thought it was impossible for them to remain intact. Look below at the photos Eliot has snapped of the cargo ships that have passed our windows several times a day. The containers are packed so high you wonder how they can stay that way. When I asked neighbors, or people who work in the area, about the safety of the containers, I was told not to worry. They are tied down so securely that nothing could ever happen.

Thank you Amy Gilroy for telling us otherwise.

Amy’s Newsletter Below

In yet another 2020 setback, “severe weather” at sea has threatened shipping containers from at least two car audio companies.

One leading supplier, speaking anonymously, confirmed that it lost a full container of car audio products on a ship called the One Aquila, out of China due for Long Beach CA earlier this month.

A second supplier, PowerBass, had been notified that its 3 containers aboard the same ship were likely damaged or lost, but later found it was spared any loss.

In early November, the One Aquila hit “severe weather,” which caused many containers on the boat to knock into one another, damaging some and causing others to fall into the sea. PowerBass was originally told by its shipping agent that its containers were likely harmed because they were located at the top of the ship. The containers were filled with PowerBass’s “Black Friday Party Packs” that consist of a subwoofer enclosure with an amplifier and wiring kit.

Orders for the Black Friday special were the largest in PowerBass’s history and it had a total of 11 containers scheduled for shipment, including three on the One Aquila, and some expected to leave on the following boat from China.

“Since we were located at the top, our agent said it could have been ours, but it turns out it was not us that went into the water. Our containers were damaged and they were able to figure that nothing inside was damaged,” said PowerBass VP Product Development and Global Marketing, Erik Harbour.

MV Rena
In 2011, the MV Rena lost about 900 containers running aground in in New Zealand. Photo:  Maritime New Zealand via gCaptain

We PowerBass had went so far as to send out a notice to retailers indicating that half of its holiday promotion orders might have been lost or delayed in shipping. As of now, PowerBass expects to have full supplies of its Black Friday special for November 15. This is later than planned, but the company is grateful it has supplies in time for the holiday sales.

“It’s truly a case of ‘what can happen next this year.’ You know, you say it’s got to get better from here and then something like this happens. We were already behind the ball because of production delays and because of port congestion… The light at the end of the tunnel was our containers didn’t fall into the water. We’re going to be okay and it will get delivered. I’m just a little behind,” said Harbour.

As for the other supplier, an executive at the company chalked it up to another 2020 disaster.

About 1,400 containers are lost at sea each year. Only last year, the MS Zoe, one of the world’s largest container ships, lost a total of 270 containers in the North Sea.

Top Photo: One Aquila via Marine Traffic




Let’s Make This Happen!

Georgia Senate runoff candidates Raphael Warnock (D) vs. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) and Sen. David Perdue (R) vs. Jon Ossoff (D). (Thank you Bloomberg News and Washington Post for this copy).

“The state of play on the two Georgia runoffs that will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate is: It’s close.

Both sides know that whoever wins will have done so because they motivated more of their voters to turn out. Georgia may have just voted for a Democrat for president for the first time in decades, but Republicans running for Senate got more votes than the Democrats. (Let’s turn this around).”


My Emily In Paris smartphone case arrived this morning. I am tickled pink. Here I go prancing around. I’m wearing a beret.



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A Unique Gift Idea

The Home Shopping Network Features the Kodak’s 360 Degree Camera for the holidays. Steve Greenberg of the Today Show and Game Show, “What The Heck Is That!?,” was picked to showcase this innovative product.


Give Miami Day. If you want contribute let me know


For some reason I will remember this film forever. A good life lesson. Sophia Loren Makes Her Return to Film: ‘I’m a Perfectionist


I love the way some folks think Giuliani was an actor in “Borat.” We got to see the real him. Trump picks Giuliani to keep him in the White House. I wouldn’t let him water my plants.

Meet Maria Bakalova, the Breakout Star of the ‘Borat’ Sequel


Find The Panda

You Can Learn A Lot From A Mouse

See TV personality Steve Greenberg and Editorial Consultant Lois Whitman-Hess of zoom podcast, “Lying on the Beach,” interview David Chesky, an American pianist, composer, producer , arranger, and co-founder of the independent, audiophile label Chesky Records. He is also co-founder and CEO of HDtracks, an online music store that sells high-resolution digital music.

David Chesky has won Independent Music Awards and received Grammy Award nominations. He has written jazz tunes, orchestral and chamber music, opera, ballet, and a rap symphony.

We are talking to David today because he composed an opera for children that teaches about the absurdity of war and acceptance of cultural diversity while exposing them to classical music. It’s called “The Mice War.” David also turned the opera into an animated movie and a soon to be produced children’s book.

“The Mice War” is about industrious Blue Mice that live in the North and the passive Red Mice that live on an Island way in the south.

The Blue Mice need to make more money so they decide they need to have a war.

The reason for the war?

The Blue Mice eat blue cheese and the Red Mice eat yellow cheese.

What would happen if the Red Mice came and made the Blue Mice eat yellow Cheese?

Let’s find out.

Welcome David.