Posts Tagged ‘Golf’

TOO BUSY TO BLOG

Friday, November 7th, 2014

I  was seduced into blogging by my wonderful publicist Antoinette Kuritz. She explained that all  twenty first century authors must blog; that it is the best way to create community around your books and eventually titus doris Gaylecommunity will lead to greater book sales. (I believe I am in the majority of authors in wanting to increase book sales.) We all write because we have ideas we want to share and book sales are the only way we know we are actually reaching people.  Of course, book sales also indicate that we are generating income from our writing, an essential from the perspective of the internal revenue service if we want to justify our tax write offs. Once in a while my books do sell sufficiently to create meaningful six figure income streams, but my primary motivation for writing has never been monetary rewards.

So now I am blogging but not regularly.  For more than six months I blogged three times a week.  I enjoyed  blogging  and was between books so it was not difficult.  Then, last march I  began writing “Dr. and Master Sha: Miracle Soul Healer” and it was obvious l that I could not meet the deadline of a 90 day schedule for the manuscript and keep blogging.  So I stopped.  I thought I would return to blogging as soon as I completed the manuscript but with editing and other activities I delayed until actual publication in September.  Since then I have returned to blogging but only weekly and even then have not blogged every week or every Monday as I had intended.  No doubt the number of  readers following my blog has dropped because of this.  Whether that is the case or not I shall continue to blog.  Not just because Antoinette thinks it a good idea, but because I actually enjoy blogging, especially when I have the time. (more…)

The Week that Was

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Today is Columbus Day, a unique holiday that most companies in America ignore.  Waterside focuses on our relationship with the bank and the US postal service so when they take a holiday, so do we. Of course we started this policy more than thirty years ago when it really mattered if the bank and post office were open for our basic operations. Today, in 2014, we could be just as productive with both the bank and the post office closed, but everyone at the main office looks forward to getting the day off so our tradition continues.

Gayle and I just spent the last week driving from Cardiff to Ashland Oregon and back. Along the way we had a wonderful meeting with Michael Beckwith of Agape and then Marilyn Tam and her husband Kevin in Santa Barbara. We had one of the most amazing vegan meals I have ever eaten. I am a real meat lover and rarely have vegan meals, but Marilyn cooked some form of squash that was out of this world. Having an excellent red wine with the meal helped, but I have to confess that the dish itself was enough to convince me—even meat loving me— that I might become a vegetarian someday.

The following morning I had a call with my newest client Pamela Anderson. This was a bit of a coincidence given the vegan meal as Pamela is passionate about her “non-animal” diet and her newest book will focus on that topic among other health tips for maintaining beauty and vitality. Pamela is working with John Pierre who is best known as popular TV host Ellen’s personal trainer. John Pierre is also a nutritional expert and assures me that the sooner I give up meat the better I will feel. I am sure he is correct, but I am just not ready. Pamela’s diet is based primarily on her love and respect for animals, but she is also now working closely with John Pierre who will be a co-author the book. They are focusing on the health benefits of a vegan diet.

After the call with Pamela I had a delightful Santa Barbra brunch with Barbara DeAngelis; we had the most amazing pancakes along with a scintillating conversation. Barbara has just completed the manuscript for “Soul Shifts,” which will be published by Hay House next March. This is going to be a book that will speak to everyone who is ready for true transformation in all aspects of their lives. From Santa Barbara we headed up to Boulder Creek and meetings with Deborah Rozman and “Doc,” the founder of HeartMath. Deborah is the CEO and a remarkable businesswoman. Doc is the visionary behind HeartMath and a unique and extraordinary individual. Doc has campfire meetings that start at 9pm and run until 1am or in the morning. Doc rarely meets with outsiders these days, but Gayle and I have become close friends and regulars. Someday I may write a book based just on the conversations I had with him recently, but until then Doc prefers we keep our campfire chats confidential. (more…)

Travels With Dr. and Master Sha

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Last week was a whirlwind. I was with Dr. and Master Sha and we filmed seven shows for PBS and one special pledgeOn the PBS Set Gayle Gladstone - Bill Gladstone - Dr.Ervin Laszlo - Dr.& Master Sha - Carita Laszlo - Dr. Rulin Xiu show. Topics included immortality; divine healing hands; overcoming spinal column challenges; infertility and saving the life of an unborn child. The shows were amazing and Dr. Sha provided a blessing that will benefit all viewers when the shows are aired next March. The pledge show will be aired in December. Guests this week included Erica Rimmer, two time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Dr. Ervin Laszlo, Sharon Lawrence and her entire family, and Dr. Rulin Xia. Guest hosts included Marilyn Tam the former CEO of Aveda and Michael Beckwith the founder of Agape Spiritual Center. We had a most enjoyable and stimulating week.

At the end of the week I had a two-day golf tournament and Dr. Sha honored me with a special golden light ball golf blessing. It only took about ten seconds and I did doubt if it would be effective since my golf game has been weak due to my extreme work schedule over the last several months, but, much to my surprise, for the first time ever I won the tournament in my category. Working with Dr. Sha is truly amazing and brings unexpected blessings.

 

Trick or Treat

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Last Thursday was Halloween. For my treat I took half the day off and drove up to Bel Aire country club to play a round of SONY DSCgolf with my good friends Adam Hall and Michael Palmer. The course was practically empty. We never saw any other golfers in front or behind us the entire afternoon. The day was as close to perfect as it could be, pure sunshine, mid seventies, gentle breezes. Bel aire is one of the best groomed golf courses in the world. The membership includes many A list celebrities and high level athletes not just from the world of golf but other sports such as the tennis great Pete Sampras. It is always a treat to play this course and hard not to feel a little bit special when you do. The course requires all players to walk and use caddies so the experience is much closer to old school golf and of course no cell phones or electronic devices allowed. Really forces you to be in nature and amazingly though the course is in Bel Aire with views of Los Angeles from the clubhouse when you are actually on the course you see only a few homes and the beautiful trees and flowers with no indication whatsoever that you are in the middle of one of the largest cities in the world. Yes, Bel Aire, a real treat.

So what was the trick? In part the trick was getting there. Fortunately Gayle decided she would visit with her son and decided to make the trip with me. This allowed us to use the diamond lane which is restricted to cars with two or more occupants. Good thing. Without Gayle joining me the trip would have taken more than two hours and I might have missed our starting time for golf. But the real trick was on my return to San Diego around nine pm when I stopped at the home of my son Cyrus. Cyrus is a very creative young man. He is in charge of conversion of 2D films to 3D and loves to tinker. When I arrived at his home he had rigged up ghosts and goblins in the tree in front of his house. When ringing the doorbell the goblins descended and even knowing they were there beforehand gave Gayle and I quite a trick.

Another part of the trick was having two hundred emails waiting for me when I returned that evening. I am getting ready for appearances at multiple conferences throughout the world in the next two weeks and with radio shows to promote The Power of Twelve and the release of several major titles through our agency ranging this month from Thom Hartmann’s The Crash of 2016 to Master and Dr. Sha’s Soul Healing Miracles, to Neale Donald Walsch’s What God Said and Greg Reid and the Napoleon Hill Foundation’s Stickability I am busier than ever. The trick when taking a day off is to balance the missed connections with clients and other obligations in such a way that I am not overwhelmed from my ‘day off.”

This coming Wednesday I am speaking at a conference in South Carolina for six hundred librarians on how regional libraries can become publishing centers for their communities. The technology is available now and this is a logical progression for libraries to ensure that they remain important cultural hubs for their communities. The conference organizer is a friend of mine who created what is now the Amazon owned company CreateSpace. I am not sure why but Mitch thought I should be the keynote speaker. I am looking forward to speaking but it will require some tricks up my sleeve to ensure I put on a show that is relevant for this audience of librarians which is slightly outside my comfort zone of authors and publishers.

From South Carolina I will be flying via new York to Berlin, Germany where I will be speaking on opportunities for German authors to become global authors. Along with conference organizer Michael Goerden Waterfront Digital Press has just launched the first ever german language ebook company based in the United States. The first novel to be translated to German to test the concept? You guessed it, the german translation of The Power of Twelve. Quite a treat.

Win or Lose

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

A lot of our time is spent worrying about winning or losing. In fact millions of people earn their living just exploring ways scoreboardto enhance the probability of winning whether it be at sports, in business, or in relationships. The fact that we even discuss relationships using the notion of winning is worth noting. Why do we need to talk about ‘win-win” relationships? Shouldn’t all relationships be positive?

There are certain areas of life, such as war, where clearly the notion of winning or losing is appropriate. However, much emphasis is placed on winning in even trivial endeavors such as soccer matches, football games, tennis, and even my own favorite sport, golf.  What are the origins of this fixation on winning and why are hundreds of millions of people so obsessed with their sports team winning or losing that the economic and psychological wellbeing of entire cities often seems determined by the fate of their sports franchise? (more…)

THE BEST OF THE WORST, THE WORST OF THE BEST, OR JUST PLAIN LUCKY?

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Saturday was the annual member guest golf tournament at the Encinitas ranch Golf Course. I enter every year and three Golfing_Ontarioyears in a row I have been able to convince my son Cyrus to play as my guest. Cyrus only plays golf two days a year. One of those days is the week before the tournament and the other is the tournament itself. Cyrus might be a good golfer if he played regularly but he doesn’t so he rarely breaks 100, which, with par being 72, is not a great average. He does however hit the ball far and is a streaky but good putter.

On the second hole of the tournament he hit his driver out of bounds so we decided he would only hit his five iron from the tee on the remaining holes. He could hit his driver closer to 300 yards but probably out of bounds fifty-percent or more of his drives.  Since he can hit his five iron 200 yards and generally can keep the ball in play, moving to the five iron is not a big sacrifice.

Anyway, Cyrus was having a pretty good day, getting some pars on the long par fives which are easier for him because of the distance he gets with his first and second five irons on those holes. Unfortunately, around our ninth hole of the day Cyrus pulled his five iron out of bounds. This was a team competition and I was not too concerned as I had hit one of my best drives of the day right down the middle with no more than a seven iron to the green. I was expecting to make par or even a birdie so Cyrus, who had to re-tee, was unlikely to matter even if he took a seven or an eight.  I hit a very poor second shot and landed in the rough just short and to the left of the green. I was disappointed and focused on hitting a really good pitch so that I could save par. I executed my shot perfectly with my sand wedge, and the ball landed softly and rolled to within five feet of the cup for what I was sure would be an easy par.  Then came disaster. I looked at the ball and realized I had hit the ball of our competitors. Although I was able to put his ball back exactly in place and then hit my ball, I was assessed a two-stroke penalty. I was somewhat rattled and did not hit nearly as good a pitch shot and left myself fifteen feet from the cup and missed the putt for a five that, with the penalty strokes, would have to be recorded as a seven. This is a triple bogey and two strokes worse than the worst score relative to par I would have all day. In a tournament two strokes is usually more than the margin of victory. I felt bad for Cyrus and just plain stupid since hitting the wrong ball is really just a lack of focus. (more…)

What Would Jefferson Do?

Monday, July 8th, 2013

My good friend and client, radio host Thom Hartmann, wrote a book entitled What Would Jefferson Do? For Thom 484px-Thomas_Jefferson_by_Mather_Brownand for me Thomas Jefferson embodies the true genius of American Democracy.  President John F. Kennedy was reputed to have remarked to a collection of noble laureates dining with him at the White House that the last time there was so much brainpower eating in that room was when Jefferson dined alone.

Jefferson was of course much more than just a politician. He founded the first public University, the University of Virginia; he planted the first vineyards in the United States; and his book collection, which he donated to the federal government, was the most important initial donation for what was to become our national library.  Jefferson was not without his faults, but his brilliance and visionary wisdom cannot be overstated. And yet there is no doubt that Jefferson could not possibly be elected to any public office in today’s pedestrian, petty, self-serving political environment.

I haven’t been overtly political in neither my blog nor in my life. To some extent I have given up on politics and politicians altogether. Not necessarily a trait of which I am proud or want to share with others but it does work for me on many levels. Fundamentally I believe in massive political change, which will rise from small groups of people with shared values protesting, when necessary, outrageous practices of our government and institutions. But those in power seem to have lost their center and their reason. Business as usual goes on and no one seems to notice that business as usual is approaching unsustainability if not insanity. (more…)

Work and Play

Friday, June 21st, 2013

In 1979 I wrote a book called Test Your Own Mental Health. In that book, I adopted a model created by a Harvard work and playUniversity professor and NASA psychologist that was a legitimate measure of mental health. The basic norm was the norm of adaptability. If you were adaptable to your environment you would survive.  And from a scientific perspective that was a good and useful measure for sound health. I especially liked that the measure of adaptability was culture free. Instead of stating that specific traits were signs of mental health and others were not, the measure was for traits that allowed adaptability to whatever culture and circumstances an individual was born into.

For our American culture the ability to enjoy both work and play seems a clear measure of adaptability. No one enjoys someone who only knows work and never makes time for leisure, family, culture, art, and the nobler pleasures of human existence. Equally worrisome are people who have no meaningful work. Work itself, if defined as the exchange of labor for money, may in and of itself not be necessary for a healthy life.  But if we define work as meaningful effort that helps others, then it seems quite clear that without work we are missing  a fundamental element in our pursuit of healthy living.

Older Americans are often relegated to retirement when they still have decades of energy and wisdom they could dedicate to work. Increasingly people with skills and energy (and who are actually in their prime work years) are becoming obsolete as industries change.  This forces valuable people to end their careers prematurely. The ability to adapt in this situation (either to stay working or to accept retirement) is crucial for both their mental and physical survival. (more…)

VICTORY

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Why is it we so love our victories, no matter how small?  Is it the recognition from others that we seek?  Or is it the sense of accomplishment that energizes us?  Whatever it is, we love to win, and we love even more to be recognized for a task well-done. 

This past weekend I participated in the Poinsettia Cup Golf Tournament at Encinitas Ranch. For our men’s golf club this is one of the two biggest events of the year. Only the club championship itself covers more rounds. As things turned out I actually won in my division. This is not as big a deal as it sounds.   The tournament has three divisions based on handicaps and my division represents the least skillful golfers, those golfers with handicaps of 15 or more. Most of us are well past our prime playing years or are new golfers just picking up the game. The new golfers have a big advantage  because they are just establishing handicaps and  every month  their game should be improving  and their handicaps shrinking giving them a slight advantage over  the regulars whose handicaps generally  are stable.  When I win one of these tournaments I like to consider myself “the best of the worst.” When I am playing really well I graduate to the second tier and then become the “worst of the middle.” Based on my stellar play this weekend this certainly seems the direction I am headed. (more…)

SPORTS

Monday, April 15th, 2013

America, and most of the modern world, is fascinated by sports. Professional sports are likely a multi-billion dollar a year industry. Billions of hours are spent watching sports on television by hundreds of millions of people. When we include the amount of money and time spent playing sports we are likely talking about hundreds of billions of hours and tens of trillions of dollars annually.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? And what does it indicate about modern culture?

I am personally fond of sports. I was captain of my high school baseball, wrestling and football teams. We were undefeated in several seasons in each sport and I tied the New York state wrestling champion my freshman year in high school. I cared deeply about winning and enjoyed the competition of team and individual sports.

Today my primary sports are tennis and golf. I still enjoy winning but winning is not quite as important as when I was a teenager. Our tennis group of writers is more concerned about mixing up the teams so that everyone gets a chance to be on a winning side every week. We have six to eight players show up twice a week and we play doubles so it is not that hard to create parity. I have been appointed the parity chairman and am in charge of choosing the teams. I was probably given this job because with  one exception I  still care more about winning than almost any of the other players and by making me the parity chairman it forces me to put myself on  the team  with the weaker player more frequently to ensure that matches are not lopsided. (more…)