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31TH January 2023

Entertainment - Entrepreneur - Miles of Movies - Mobile - Movies - Parenting - Social - TV Picks - What to Watch

Pepsi Where’s My Jet? A movie idea from Miles of Movies on Reelay

Scott and I took a position in a company that solves a giant problem plaguing every household with a wide screen TV … what are we going to watch tonight. The app is named Reelay and this is what is does… Short, concise movie and TV reviews from your friends to build your watchlist for that moment when everyone needs just a few good ideas. Here’s my recent review of Pepsi, where’s my Jet?!

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27TH January 2023

Adventure - Family and Friends - Geopolitical - Havana Culture - Miles Spencer Art - Miles Spencer Painting - Miles Spencer Watercolor - Parenting - Uncategorized

Watercolor of TWA Terminal, Miles Spencer v06.22.22

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! My first world travel journey embarked from TWA four decades ago. When I saw my son wheeling down the ramp, I was reminded of this verse my Dad shared with me at the time. I hope you go on an adventure somewhere today. ~ Dr. Seuss Congratulations!Today is your day.You’re off to Great Places!You’re off and away! You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourselfany direction you choose.You’re on your own. And you know what you know.And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go. You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care.About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,you’re too […]

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19TH December 2022

Miles Spencer Art - Miles Spencer Painting - Miles Spencer Watercolor - Uncategorized

Miles Spencer Watercolor v07.15.22 Prison

Approaching La Guérite, Cannes Elton john (resident nearby, has a roomy boat) rolled up to this beach club last year and dropped « ColdCold Heart » with Dua Lipa, shocking the lunch patrons. He did it again this summer on « Hold me closer » with Britney Spears. La Guérite means prison, which is fitting as the adjacent prison is where Leo DeCaprio filmed Man in the Iron Mask. That’s all worth a watercolor I think. ~ Note; I began painting watercolors during lockdown, when a special friend gave me a set of Kai paints and I’ve painted nearly every day since. Recently someone else said they liked them because “it was like going to the south of France, for a moment”. We all need a little more of that, […]

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08TH October 2022

Business Tricks - Entrepreneur - Incubator - Legends and tales - Timeless - Uncategorized

Tapie est mort. Tant pis.

I was saddened by the passing of Bernard Tapie, a French businessman, sports club owner, and politician, who had a significant impact on the world of entrepreneurship. Despite his legal issues and time in jail, Tapie was an inspiration for generations of French people due to his ambition, energy, and enthusiasm. Yes, his personality overshadowed even his jail time. And personally, it was Tapie’s dynamism that pierced through my sophomore french at the time and inspired a genre of Pitch- TV shows such as MoneyHunt on PBS, Dragons Den on the BBC, and Shark Tank on ABC. The format of these shows, where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of investors, was inspired by Tapie’s life and his reputation as a mercurial figure in French entrepreneurship. Tapie’s interest […]

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15TH October 2021

Fatherhood - Leadership - Timeless - Uncategorized

The Curve of Fatherhood

I recently had the profound pleasure of an open water reef dive with my 10 year old son. It was his birthday request, and after he passed his pool cert, we were out on a reef in Key West together doing something I’ve long loved and he recently discovered. It was, along with perhaps birth, first words, first steps and potty training one of the best parenting days of the decade together. Which got me to thinking of my father and the adventures we shared. I looked up to him, until I didn’t. And then I did again. I call it the fatherhood curve. In the early days, my dad was larger than life. He was a car mechanic who flipped Model-As for profit when he won a drag race. […]

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15TH August 2021

Culture - Entrepreneur - Family and Friends - Geopolitical - Legends and tales - Uncategorized

Five Fantastic Qualities of Russell Kagan

A dear friend and confident passed awhile back named Russell Kagan. I always favored calling him Russ, but one walk down the Croissette in Cannes changed all that as people on every block yelled his name, in every accent known to man… “KAGAN!” It was 1998 and the dot.com boom was in full swing. Media properties began to realize content could go multiple places…. and be sold multiple times. This was manna for Russ, a consummate deal maker/salesman in TV distribution throughout Europe and Asia. Of course everyone flocked to the south of France twice a year to shop for media content and enjoy the lifestyle, but Russ was already there waiting. And that’s where the true magic of Russ’ investment in mankind payed off. He was Kind. Russ didn’t seem to […]

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23TH April 2020

Creative problem Solving - Entrepreneur - Family and Friends - Mobile - Parenting - Timely - Uncategorized

Hair, in the time of Corona.

We didn’t have a cure for Corona. But it sure had a cure for us. It’s like we were all swimming nicely in warm waters… when suddenly the tide went out, and all of humanity’s stark realities were there on display for most anyone to see. Startling. Hair; We like it more than we knew I probably didn’t think much about hair before Corona. My Dad and Grandfather passed a full head on to me, though Vitalis is no longer on the grooming essentials list. On a regular basis- monthly I’d say- most of us had some version of this routine (for men- women please add steps as you see fit). Call ahead to salon (or spa, or barber, whichever), to see how busy they are. Maybe book a time […]

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25TH July 2019

Family and Friends - Good Story - Legends and tales - Timeless - Uncategorized

Squaring the Curve – A Quality Life Right Through the Finish…

My father sold life insurance. Actually, people said they bought life insurance from Big Art. He didn’t so much sell it. He did this by asking questions and listening empathetically. How old are you today? Where do you work? Tell me about your family. Does your spouse work? How many kids? Where are they in school. What sports do they play? Do you play with them? What other activities interest you? How much does it cost you to live here? What do you want to be doing later in life? Do you want to retire someday? Where and how? What do you really love about life? And so on and so on. He insisted on doing it at the kitchen table, with life going on all around. That was the […]

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12TH July 2019

Culture - Good Story - Timeless - Uncategorized

You can take the boy out of the neighborhood, but never the neighborhood out of the boy…

My boyhood home recently came up for sale. That would be 113 Windy Ghoul Drive in Beaver, PA. Flipping through the pics- which show a house virtually untouched (!) since we sold it in 1974- I was reminded of how much an impact my neighborhood had on me. I could see my bedroom, and the front yard where I played endless baseball. I could see the pool where we swam until our fingers looked like raisins. The wall where my Mom’s lilacs framed the garden that provided us with so many fresh vegetables. The terraced lawns my dad loved and I despised, because half my allowance was dependent on mowing the eastern quarter. The roof where we climbed and played tag. The piano room where my sisters practiced endlessly (and […]

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10TH May 2019

Angel Investor - Culture - Entrepreneur - Family Office - Leadership - Uncategorized

Introducing Incredulous… a little show about cultural shifts, discomfort and opportunity.

Over the past few months, I’ve worked with the best PR firm in the nation, Gregory FCA, to develop something we talk about at the dinner table each night. Incredulous is about culture, emerging trends, generational conflict… and some damn silly stuff we get upset about. Sometimes it’s an opportunity. Other times, it’s just something to laugh about. In this flight… For Boomers, the party never ends! Jimmy Buffett opening a Retirement Home Erasing History at Washington & Lee. Is that really what we want to do? Sign of the Times; Giuliani Gets Booed at Yankee Stadium Duh! English Teacher Corrects White House Letter Trumped; Social Media more powerful than White House visit. Teach your parents well. Mom Fired For Kid’s Instagram Antics FOMO built this. Beanie Babies Empire won’t […]

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