Posts Tagged ‘San Diego’

The Culture of Entitlement

Friday, December 27th, 2013

So soon after Christmas I am hesitant to play the Grinch, but I have become increasingly disappointed by the growing sense of entitlement that our culture has created. It seems everyone thinks they should be permitted to have whatever they want whenever they want no matter what they actually contribute to society.  This is not the way our founding fathers ever envisioned what it means to be an American.

We can go back to the original Homestead Act for the first entitlements that were granted. Titles to land were granted to thousands of Americans willing to work the land. Back in those days working the land did not mean that you had tractors and trailers. You worked the land with your hands and had tools, with some mules if you were lucky, and you built your own home, your own fences and barn and everything else you might need to turn uncultivated land to crops or cattle-raising property. Basically your land grant entitled you to the opportunity to work sixteen hour days and create a legacy for your children and grandchildren.

Today the level of entitlement is out of control. I am not just talking about federal programs to help the poor.  A minimum level of food, housing, education, health care and freedom to create is a necessary entitlement for all members of society. What is concerning me is the level of entitlement our public servants feel they deserve.  Just a few days ago another case was discussed in our local San Diego newspaper of a former police officer who was requesting that her $200,000 plus annual retirement payment be considered in part disability payment and thus not subject to normal taxation.  She requested this because of disabilities she had developed while serving on the police force for thirty-plus years. In this case the police officer happens to be a woman. Because of the privacy act she does not want to have her specific disability revealed. (more…)

Life in the Fast Lane

Friday, October 25th, 2013

I like to drive fast, very fast. I have driven from Sun Valley, Idaho to San Diego in less than ten hours. That is almost images-2a one-thousand mile trip, meaning I averaged close to one hundred miles per hour for the entire trip.  That includes stopping for gas and even a quick bite. I actually drove closer to 120 miles an hour for most of the trip.

I should probably not blog about this. Clearly I was breaking the law. At the same time, the road was clear, and with the extra focus needed to drive that fast I felt safer than on a normal highway. It was a two lane road and even at that hyper speed I saw only ten to twenty cars in what was a  five hundred mile or longer stretch from the  Idaho / Nevada border to Las Vegas.  I lucked out when stopping for gas and was pointed to a short cut used by race car drivers about two hundred miles outside of Vegas.  I felt right at home in the fast lane.

Everyone has a different rhythm. My rhythm goes best with speed. I talk fast, I think fast, I deal fast, and I even play golf fast.  Lately I have been busier than usual. Today I participated in three radio shows. The first was with the Global Oneness International event that was live in fifty or more countries around the world. At least 35,000 people tuned in to our session on the Vision for New Global Leaders. Dr. Jean Huston and Dr. Ervin Laszlo were my co-panelists and Steve Farrell emceed the hour. It was a blast. I learned as much from listening to my co-panelists as I ever learned from my top professors at Harvard and Yale. (more…)

When is a Book Born?

Monday, September 30th, 2013

This past Saturday I gave a short reading  from my new novel The Power of  Twelve at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Sandad book singing Diego. I had never been to this independently owned bookstore. It is in the 7000 block of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in a mall next door to a Starbucks, a McDonald’s, and some interesting ethnic, mostly Asian, restaurants.  I had mistakenly given out the wrong address to many who had intended to be present. Turns out the address I gave was that of an adult bookstore on the same street but with the numbers reversed in the street address five blocks away. Those who found Mysterious Galaxy had had to make a little extra effort because of my error.

From the outside there is nothing special about Mysterious Galaxy and it is not a large bookstore. There was space for about twenty-five seats and a lectern where I could sit and read and talk. About fifty people showed up, so there was standing room only. The bookstore owner told me he sold about thirty books, and I signed perhaps another twenty for additional sales that are anticipated over the next week.

On the surface this hour long event was not all that significant. Selling fifty or so books in an hour is actually excellent for almost any author, but from a purely financial perspective does not justify spending the time and energy to coordinate such an event. So why as an author do I feel this was time well spent and, more importantly, an almost essential event for me as a writer? (more…)

Big Weekend for San Diego

Monday, August 26th, 2013

This was a big weekend for San Diego. On Friday Mayor Bob Filner resigned.  Although his resignation speech was one of sandiegothe most despicable, self-serving diatribes ever pawned off as an apology, at least he is gone effective Friday August 30th.

To the end Mr. Filner blamed others for his behavior and accused those who do not share his political views of being part of a lynch mob out to get him. Considering that the first accusations and calls for his resignation came from his own political allies, this was a bit of a stretch.

It remains to be seen how San Diego recovers from the reign of Mr. Filner, but at least once he departs healing can begin and progress made.  Although tax payers may be on the hook for part of Filner’s legal bills and compensation costs to victims, the negotiated settlement removing him as Mayor sooner rather than later was clearly  both the  pragmatic and  wise decision for  the  city of San Diego. (more…)

Pathological and Pathetic

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Today is a nearly perfect day here in Southern California. Gayle and I took a wonderful beach walk and saw more umbrellas with families and children than any day so far this year. The water was full of swimmers and surfers and there was an air of pure joy on the faces of the small children building their sand castles and playing with their friends and parents. The air itself was almost magical. The sun was shining and the water was warm. There were pleasant breezes blowing, birds flying and beautiful shells on the beach.

Yesterday I played golf with Gay Hendricks, best known for his successful book Conscious Loving. Gay has written more than thirty books and currently is writing mystery novels with spiritual themes for my good friend Reid Tracy, CEO of Hay House. Reid puts on a special Hay House golf tournament every year and was kind enough to invite me to play in his foursome. It was a perfect California day and all of our foursome played well with each of us sinking two birdie putts and making some good drives and approach shots.  We actually had the winning score but we disqualified ourselves since the prizes were intended for the employees and not for Reid and outside guests.

One of the best aspects of golf is that during the four hours it takes to play a round you get a chance for in depth conversation. I had known of Gay and his books, but he has always had other literary agents so I was not as aware of his accomplishments as I might have been.

All I can say is that Gay is truly inspiring.  He started his life as an English major but switched to psychology and became a professor of psychology at the University of Colorado.  He retired at fifty and his writing career really took off. In addition to writing books, many of which have been New York Times bestsellers, Gay created The Spiritual Cinema Circle in 2004. Spiritual Cinema was an almost immediate success, and in 2009 he sold the company to Gaaim, a large entertainment company focused on mind, body, spirit products and services. Currently Gay is creating a company that will be selling apps with affirmations and inspiration from bestselling authors and teachers. No doubt some Waterside clients will choose to work with Gay. He knows what he is doing and I am sure his new company will be successful.

None of these reflections have anything to do with the title of this blog. I was thinking of titling this blog A NEAR PERFECT DAY but then I read the San Diego Union newspaper and could not avoid the ongoing melodrama surrounding the embattled mayor of San Diego, Robert Filner.  I live just outside of San Diego city limits so did not vote in the mayoral election. I probably would not have voted for Mr. Filner.  Mr. Filner exhibited selfish and egotistical behavior from the very start of his term last November. From what I have read, he has been an arrogant and self-absorbed man for decades. He may be effective in achieving his party’s goals, but his behavior is shameful on many levels. Nine different professional women of good standing and integrity have come forth in the last several weeks documenting sexual harassment incidents.  Given what we are learning it is likely that Mr. Filner has been harassing women for decades and there could be dozens of victims. And yet rather than just admit to his wrong doing and resign gracefully, he resists even the advice of his closest supporter and seems intent on fighting a legal battle that will include a costly recall election. Mr. Filner is so arrogant and delusional that he is even suing the city of San Diego itself for not providing him with sexual harassment training. Talk about blaming your victims!!

I may be a dreamer, but I believe that public officials should aspire to comportment which inspires those who have elected them. Mr. Filner, in the few months he has been mayor, took a twenty thousand dollar security detail with him for a five-day trip to Paris. When confronted he agreed to pay back the ten thousand dollars plus of his own expenses, but the tax payers are still stuck with the twenty thousand dollar plus security expenses. No one in San Diego benefitted from Mr. Filner’s three minute speech which was his explanation for going to Paris. Mr. Filner is also under investigation for requiring a real estate developer to make a six figure payment to the city for their paperwork to be processed. Seems like a bribe to me, but what do I know. I still live in a delusion that goes back to the 1950s when political corruption was limited to the “bad guys” and not just accepted as business as usual.

We will see how this situation plays out with Mr. Filner, but whatever the outcome he is a pathological and pathetic individual. And however this plays out I will remain grateful that there are men of good will like Gay Hendricks who donates a large percentage of his profits to granting scholarships that help individuals and organizations create loving relationships. Too bad Mr. Filner is unlikely to experience this level of higher awareness.

Are You Wise?

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Innerwise is.  This weekend was the first major workshop to demonstrate the techniques of innerwise Energy Balancing innercont01-flux-04as developed by German medical doctor Uwe Albrecht. About thirty people attended the workshop and ten people were motivated to sign up to become mentors and perfect their use of the system. Even those who attended for only part of the workshop were given the basic instruction necessary to use the system for their own diagnosis and treatment of a variety of health and relationship issues.

One of the beauties of innerwise and the structure that Dr. Albrecht has created is that the system itself can be used by anyone, either directly or with their existing clients. Innerwise,as a company, requires extensive training before  certifying  mentors, but  anyone who is drawn to use the system can start using it immediately. The other rare and wonderful quality of the system is that though developed specifically to deal with health issues, the system can work in a number of fields ranging from business consulting to architecture to education. (more…)

HEALTH: A QUESTION OF BALANCE

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Good health is perhaps the single most important component for a happy life. With the cost of health insurance Vitacontinuing to rise and the uncertainty of the effectiveness or fairness of the Obamacare legislation, Americans are more concerned with health issues than ever before. The costs for hospital stays are astronomical and ninety percent of all health dollars are spent on medical interventions which prolong at most the last six months of life of those who receive primary hospitalization for life-threatening illnesses.

Something has gone wrong, seriously wrong with health care in America.  All Americans and all human beings should have access to basic medical care and treatment. The majority of medical care, if provided at early stages of diseases, can be cost effective and focus on preventative rather than late-stage emergency measures. Part of the problem is that our health care system functions as a profit focused business. This is true for all components of the system from individual doctors to the drug companies to hospital management companies and insurance companies. As a profit-focused business, certain health practices are encouraged whether or not they are the best ways of dealing with patients. A recent Sixty Minutes television program revealed that in many hospitals emergency room doctors were given quotas of the percentage of patients who, regardless of actual need, had to be admitted to the hospital to keep the hospital at maximum profitability. This is wrong on so many levels and ultimately unnecessary, but given our present economic system, perhaps impossible to stop or even control. (more…)