Werner, A Beautiful Artist

©Joe DiMaggio

©Joe DiMaggio

Hi to all the ships at sea,

Growing up in New York City, when I heard the word orchid, I knew exactly what it meant.  Orchard Street, a Street in New York that my grandpa would take me shopping on Sundays.  I don’t know, while in college, that I learned much about orchids.  I sure had my street smarts.  Let’s fast forward a few years.  I had the privilege and pleasure of meeting the most beautiful man that God put on this planet, Werner Kabitzke.  Werner was born in Germany, but as a young man, moved to Maine.  He fell in love with Maine and all of the flora and fauna that came with it.  He became an expert horticulturist, and his expertise on all things flowers was truly amazing, but his favorite were orchids, and my God, did he grow some magnificent orchids in his green house.  With his green thumb and vision, he was able to breed varieties of different orchids together to create works of art.  A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending his 88th birthday with him.  Last Sunday, he prepared himself for the trip from this planet, to the orchid gardens of Heaven.  When you read this, go home and hug your bride, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, life is beautiful and fast.  Have an absolutely fabulous Day.

©Joe Di Maggio

Kathrin, Stefan, Suzzana, Werner Kabitzke, Werner Jr. ©Joe Di Maggio

 

 

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©Joe Di Maggio

©Joe Di Maggio

©Joe Di Maggio

Saint Patty’s vs. Chinese New Year

To all the ships at sea,

Everybody knows about Murphy, my god, yesterday was Saint Patty’s day, Murphy was all over the place.  When you combine Murphy with a senior moment (even though I’m an adolescent immature senior), you come up with Oh my God I forgot.  I wrote a beautiful note to Terri on the quality of her photographs but forgot to post them on the blog, consider them now posted.  Terri you have my apologies.

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Blog on Blog

I was in a pre-production meeting last week with an old client, a new creative director, and a young lady who was in charge of social media. You know what? They didn’t teach us this stuff in school. It’s downright amazing how fast things are moving. Trying to keep up is a full-time job. Actually, that’s not a bad idea. We need to get 2 or 3 interns- one for blogging, one for tweeting, and one for starting the car in case somebody puts a bomb in it. On that note, to all the ships at sea, we’ve got another blog! Here’s the link.

http://www.blogjoedimaggio.wordpress.com