Posts Tagged ‘Santa Barbara’

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…)

MIRACLES

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Miracles are in the eyes of the beholders. Last Sunday Gayle and I were driving back from a wonderful event we had co-imageshosted in Santa Barbara at the home of Lalla and Rinaldo Brutoco honoring my wonderful friend and client, Master and Dr. Sha, author of the bestselling Soul Healing Miracles book series. There were many miracles that occurred at the Saturday party, but the miracle that caught my attention was  an amazing synchronicity of bumping into  my other good friend and author, Uwe Albrecht at a gas station in Santa Barbara.

I had invited Uwe and his daughters to the party and had seen him there, but Gayle and I ended up leaving early to accompany Dr. Sha back to his hotel. When we returned Uwe was gone. We had wanted to say goodbye to him, and especially to five year old Shanti and eight year old Gaia. We had bonded with these wonderful young girls and were not sure when would next see them since they live in Germany. We were disappointed not to have been able to have a proper good bye.

Sunday morning we had organized a breakfast to thank Lalla and Rinaldo. At the end of breakfast we went back to theirbeautiful home where Gayle was asked her opinion on the creation of an elegant tented area in their home that was being finalized for their next major party.  Knowing that Sunday traffic back to San Diego could be heavy, I was somewhat impatient.  But I overcame my impatience and gave Gayle the opportunity to finalize her suggestions.  We were now at least half an hour later than I had anticipated leaving, and as we headed out I realized that we would also have to stop for gas. (more…)

BE CHANGE: LEADERS ON THE FRONT LINE

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Today November 11, 2013 my father would have  had his  99th birthday were he still alive. Today is also veterans  in theabout-linda  United States. I am  in Berlin, Germany  keynoting a conference on how German authors can reach a global audience. I wrote the following publisher’s note for a new  booklet that  Waterfront Digital Press will be proudly  publishing later this year.  I hope this blog motivates you to learn more about Linda Cruse and motivates you to take action in her programs.

BE THE CHANGE: LEADERS ON THE FRONT LINE

This small ebook gives you the flavor of the important work that Linda Cruse has accomplished over the last fourteen years helping people in crisis throughout the world. Hot spots where Linda has intervened include: Thailand after the Tsunami, Pakistan after the earthquake and Burmese refugees flying from the military junta. Linda has helped tens of thousands of people with her helping “hand up” rather  than ”hand out” philosophy.  Linda’s focus is on bringing  in top business leaders  to  communities  that have been devastated or challenged with poverty and helping the individuals in these communities to create  businesses that will be self sustaining for  decades so that when humanitarian aid programs end the villagers  are thriving and not facing new crises brought about by dependence on others.

Linda is an ordinary person who made an extraordinary commitment to make a positive difference in the world. Linda does not come from  great wealth, was trained and served as a nurse and later  pharmaceutical saleswoman. She saw a need and learned  on site how a small group of people could  make huge differences throughout the world. This short booklet presents just the highlights of Linda’s philosophy and accomplishments.

The primary reason you are reading this book is because I told Linda she had to write it. Not enough people especially here in America (Linda is a Brit) know about her work and the opportunities to participate  or promote Be The Change: Leaders on The Frontline. Not everyone is suited for five days of immersion in a remote African village but everyone of us can contribute.  My hope is that you will share this short booklet with friends and family, business colleagues, business clients and customers and encourage them to share with their networks as well.

Linda has recently affiliated with the World Business Academy based in Santa Barbara, California.  The World Business Academy is a fully operational 501 c3 tax deductible approved organization that has focused  for the last ten plus years on how business leaders can make a positive difference in society. Upon meeting Linda, World Business Academy (WBA) founder Rinaldo Brutoco recognized the synergies that  will naturally evolve  from  Linda’s  Be The Change: Leaders On The Frontline projects being brought to the attention of his existing WBA members.  Part of this affiliation includes the ability for those interested in supporting Be The Change: Leaders On The Frontline to make donations through the World Business Academy. Any checks you send should include  a notation that  funds are to be used to promote and educate about the opportunities Linda is creating though her Be The Change: Leaders On The Frontline projects.

The address to send checks is World Business Academy, 308 East Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. After reading this booklet go to Linda’s web site www.lindacruse.com and also to the World Business Academy web site www.worldbusiness.org to learn more about how by making a donation you can be the change you want to see in the world.

Thank you for reading and thank you for taking action.

William Gladstone, Publisher, Waterfront Digital Press

Meetings with Remarkable Men and Women—Part One

Monday, September 9th, 2013

There was a book published several decades ago entitled Meetings With Remarkable Men. The book focused on meetings Dad with Barbarawith spiritual beings with extraordinary abilities. I was thinking about this book and the remarkable men and women with whom I met last week on my trip to Santa Barbara, Monterrey, and Boulder Creek.

We all work for a living.  But my work is so much more than that to me. In many ways it is a privilege. As I have written before, being a literary agent puts me in contact with any number of amazing, thought provoking, and inspirational people. It is probably a large part of why I have stayed in this line of work for so long.  I find that my ideas are constantly challenged, my energy renewed, my point of view expanded just by virtue of the people with whom I have the privilege to work.  And it is why so many of my vacations are spent in meetings with clients and potential clients; these are people with whom I truly enjoy spending time.

Gayle and I like to drive rather than fly on trips of five hundred miles or less, and this trip was no different. We had a long holiday weekend and took almost a full week to drive up to Boulder Creek though just one day to drive back. Five hundred miles is a lot to drive in a single day, but it was well worth it. The central coast of California is quite beautiful and the places we stayed in along the way were extraordinary, ranging from forests and beaches to tracts of farm land in between. Makes you want to sing the Woody Guthrie song “This land is Your Land.” (more…)