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.

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!!!

Before You Take That Pill

You must listen to the interview Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess did with author Gerald Posner about his new book, “Pharma” for their podcast “Lying on the Beach,” powered by the amazing HANDLstick.


Gerald Posner is an award-winning journalist who has written 12 books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Case Closed and multiple national bestsellers. Posner has written for many national magazines and papers, including the New York Times and The New Yorker.


In his new book, “PHARMA: GREED LIES AND THE POISONING OF AMERICA,” Gerald traces the heroes and villains of the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical industry and uncovers how corruption and reckless profiteering have led to deadly consequences.


Pharma also uncovers the real story of the Sacklers, the family that became one of America’s wealthiest, from the success of OxyContin.


Listen to the podcast here –


The Flamingo Costume Contest

We call ourselves the BBQ’s. That’s because we all come from Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens. Marcia and Richie Grand live in Whitestone, Queens in the summer months and Hallandale, FL during the winter.

They like to do a lot of outdoor activities, so we met them for an outing to Flamingo Gardens, Davie, FL. I always forget how much I love spending time with creatures who fly or hang out in water. Most of us do not spend a lot of time with other living things that need us to look after them. There is a large life out there that we barely think of each day. We need to change that.


People from all over Southern Florida dress up plastic flamingos each year so they can compete for their fashion and entertainment sense. You pick the winner.

Deering Estate, Take Two

Here are the photos Eliot Hess took at Alex Nunez birthday party. We celebrated at the Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay, Fl. Watch the flight of migratory birds (Cormorants, Anhingas, and Ospreys) at sunset to safe haven trees ( to protect themselves from predators).

Our Take On CES 2020

CES 2020 — It’s the largest tech conference in the world and “Lying on the Beach’s”  Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess were there checking out some of the latest high tech wonders. That was not an easy feat. In this case we should say “feet.” CES featured 15 miles of aisles with innovative products. It was like visiting a small city and touring every building. We tell you all about it.  

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Picture Perfect

This is a perfect kind of day. Ron and Andrea Hein and Lois and Eliot Hess visited the sculpture garden at the Raleigh Hotel today on South Beach. The hotel is being renovated but the exhibit is open till April.

The garden is an homage to late French husband-and-wife team Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, also known in the art world as Les Lalanne. Francois, who died in 2008, and Claude, who died earlier this year, were known for their whimsical sculptures and installations.

Last month, a Sotheby’s sale featuring various pieces from the pioneering couple’s personal collection raked in a jaw-dropping $53 million.

The tropical garden is a “gift” to the community from new Raleigh owner/developer Michael Shvo, who bought the 79-year-old beachside hotel from Tommy Hilfiger in February for $103 million.

The surreal garden, designed by renowned architects Peter Marino (of Barneys fame) and local design star Raymond Jungles, will connect all three properties. The Raleigh, South Seas and Richmond.

Dean Morton Of Cathedral Of St. John The Divine Was A Close Friend

I worked very closely with Dean Morton for over 10 years. Our client, the late Len Marks, one of best entertainment litigators (clients: Paul Mc Cartney, Billy Joel, Elton John) and Jim worked on interfaith religious programs together. I handled all the PR, and yes, I was on a first name basis with all the celebs, as well as Richard Gere who attended a lot of the meetings we had with the Dalai Lama.

Those were the best days of my PR career. A 14 year stretch. Rest in Peace Jim. You and Len were two of the most progressive human beings ever.

James Parks Morton, Dean Who Brought a Cathedral to Life, Dies at 89


If you want to find out how CES reacted to her speaking at this convention, Google it.

LG Refrigerator For The Farm To Table Crowd At CES

One Of The Best Things About Miami

When we first arrived in Miami about 25 years ago, new friends told us book stores couldn’t survive in this area of the country. Miamians said people who live in the land of sun and sand, just don’t read.

That may have been true then, but Miami native Mitchell Kaplan changed all that. For over 20 years, Kaplan has turned Miami into a reading town by establishing his book chain, Books & Books, as a cultural and entertainment center.

Eliot and I have built a social life around the main Books & Books in Coral Gables. We attend many of their hundreds of guest lectures a year, and often drop by for lunch or dinner in the cafe. It’s also a great place to spot all kinds of people from the creative world who rely on

Books & Books as a reliable destination to conduct research.

Watch the above video featuring Mitchell Kaplan as he gives a personal tour through his main branch. Kaplan is also the founder of the Miami Book Fair, the largest one in the country.

Extra Protection Is Needed When You Cross An International Border

Peter Greenberg, the leading worldwide travel writer, just did a video and an essay that you must read immediately. It could save your life.

Peter explains, “This year, more than 1.4 billion people will cross an international border and most of them will travel unprotected. They may think they’re covered if they lose a bag or if their flight is delayed, but we’re talking about real emergencies – a life threatening illness, accident, crime, political disturbance or natural disaster.”

It’s very easy, as we all know these days, to fly just about anywhere you want to go in the world. But when an emergency happens, then the question becomes: how, when, where and how fast you get out?”

You must read more.

Click here to take a look inside the brave new world of evacuation and repatriation, with the team at Global Rescue.