Once again, Marshall Mend is back, this time to talk about this making a home in Coeur d”Alene Idaho, how he got into real estate, how he got what he calls his double doctorate in motivational psychology and his triple doctorate in sales. Yes, the fellow who dropped out of high school. He needed that diploma to get his real estate license and… Oh, just listen to him tell it. Too good! His story is an education in what you can do if you put your mind to it, if you never take no for an answer, love to do the impossible and have the charm and cheek to put yourself front and center.
Brenda Knight, long ago farm-girl, now editor of Viva Editions, author, Medieval history scholar and gardener still has time for a daily spiritual practice
Gratitude is a wonderful feeling. It calms the spirit and makes the heart sing. Focusing on what is good chases the blues. But, how, in this busy world, do people find the time for a daily gratitude practice. The very phrase seems to take time out of a busy schedule. Brenda Knight, founding editor at Viva Editions and author of several books including Women of the Beat Generation knows what it is to be busy. She also knows what it means to stay grounded and how to do it.
Marshall Mend, an exceptional salesman who says there are no born salespeople, is back to talk about people he learned from. The great motivators. One of those people was Glenn W. Turner, born in a charity ward in North Carolina, destined to be a failure. No such thing as born to fail, according to Marshall, only born to win. To listen to Marshall talk about how he finally agreed to try various motivational tapes that changed his own life, and even made the LA freeways tolerable, is instructive, motivational itself, and, yes, because it is Marshall, no-holds-barred and funny.
Marshall Mend thought he should attend high school just when he felt like it. The principal thought he should attend Monday through Friday, so they parted ways. Marshall dropped out of high school to join his father in the butcher business and then start his own meat delivery company. How he ended up the steak and seafood salesman to television stars and police alike is a tribute to Marshall’s quick wit and ability to follow through. To hear Marshall recount the steps on his way to success is a lesson in knowing when opportunity is knocking at the door and then opening that door very wide to walk fearlessly through it. It is as much fun to listen to him tell the story as it was for him to have lived it. His love letter? One he requested from Loni Anderson while on the set selling her steaks.
Suzie Woodward Morris is a San Francisco based fashion consultant who, thanks to Skype, has no actual geographic limitations. That is understated. It seems she has no limits at all, able as she is to change direction at will. She is the oldest of 10 children and the one raven haired vision in a family of blondes, so she is no stranger to standing out among the crowd. Her fashion innovations started early in childhood, and because, in that childhood, her mother was almost always pregnant, she had some built in materials ready to use for her own style decisions. After she earned her nursing degree, she headed straight for a life in fashion. It happens it was at a fashion show in which she was modeling, she met the man who would become her husband. One 6 hour coffee date. The next morning he appeared at her front door with 100 yellow roses and a diamond ring. Her mother was horrified. Suzie was not. Hers is a life that is hard to believe until you hear her tell it. And, then it all makes perfect sense.
Two of the many things that stand out memorably about Pinesol are the lets-get-this-job-done-right scent and the sight of the let’s-get-this-job-done-right Pinesol Lady who appears just when you need her in the supermarket cleaning solutions corridor. Diane Amos, an actress of enormous talent and believability is that very lady you see in that aisle. She is also a woman you see in movies and on stage. To hear her talk about her life that was, from early childhood, headed for performance and success is not only a very good time but a teaching in encouraging children to blossom in what they do best. And, plans for a love letter? So many options. Her mother? Or perhaps the high school teacher who propelled her into an improv class that turned her life in an unexpected direction? And maybe even that little bottle of Pinesol that sits on a shelf in her home. Whatever her letter will be, it will be a valuable piece of personal, cultural and theater history documented in her own hand.
Noah Griffin, once an unenthusiastic lawyer, now a very enthusiastic singer, poet, writer and lecturer
Noah Griffin is a singer, writer, lecturer, and historian. And because he is also a husband who loves and appreciates his gorgeous wife for all that she is, he planned, created and delivered one of the best gifts possible for her in celebration of her 70th birthday. The gift? A love letter of course. The gift was multifaceted as great love letters are. Does Meredith mind that he has blared her age all over the internet and the Marin Independent Journal? Not at all. Not just because she looks half her age, but because she is a woman without pretense, wonderful values and is as real as can be. To listen to Noah talk about her, why he calls her a saint, and all she means to him is to learn something important about love. To hear him read his letter to her is to learn something the beauty of writing it down and sending it as a gift that lasts for generations.
Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon, author of Crafting Calm:: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation, is a woman of many talents and generous in her sharing them. Sharing she has been doing not only in her capacity as the Spiritual Director of Unity Spiritual Center of San Francisco but through her writing. She is the author of 6 books, all of which are geared to activating our spiritual potential. To listen to Maggie talk about her own journey is a teaching in just that, reaching potential.
David Mezzapelle’s book Contagious Optimism is a new book on his old and well established philosophy and practical way of life. He can’t help it. It has been a life-long way of functioning for him. He was the child who loved falling off his bicycle. To listen to him talk about the upside of the downside is instructive, delightful and a whale of a good time. His generosity is that he is passing on the joy of it to others. He gives tips about how to achieve it, and he gives permission to let yourself surrender to the optimism that will be good for you in so many ways.
Laura Athuil interior designer turned pastry chef will be offering her creme puffs to San Francisco soon
In the world of love letters, those to sweethearts of time past are something exceptional, emotionally generous and one of life’s great gifts. Even if you do not stay together for a lifetime as sweethearts, the qualities you loved are still there, so why not take a pen to paper and pay tribute to what you loved and always will. Laura Athuil, interior designer turned pastry chef (yes, her creme puffs will be coming soon) has recently moved to San Francisco from Paris. She knows something important about what remains of love even across time and distance. to hear her talk about what remains of love is a joy
Prepare to be moved, surprised, and inspired as host Janet Gallin helps guests from all walks of life express themselves in letters that support, thank, or set things straight. Always enlightening, often cathartic, these are conversations you won’t want to miss. More...