Category Archives: Getting to Know John

Katrina Remembrance Presentation

I will make a presentation at the 10th Annual New Orleans Commemorative Event—Katrina Artistically Revisited. This event is at The Theatres at Canal Place. My talk is scheduled from 3:30-4:00 with questions. It will include a description of my very recently published book, The Bipolar Millionaire. The book was ten years in the making and coincided with the 10-year remembrance. I will also tell my Katrina story, one of approximately 1,200,000 including the metro area and the coastal areas.

The book talk will anticipate questions, especially about the Operation. In preparing this portion of the speech, I will point out the government secret program at Tuskegee Institute which went on for a long period of time (1932-1972, forty years). In that program poor African Americans were not treated with available medications for syphilis and 399 died without the proper treatment. It was a moral outrage.

The Operation in my book was and is secret, but was benevolent in nature. It was long lasting from 1998 till the present. While at times it was tough in the short term, it benefited me in the long term with strong resilience. The major accomplishments from 1998 to the present were to cure me of bipolar disorder, guide me spiritually down to my own deeply held beliefs and to make me a force in the Republican Party.

Thank you, all involved with the Operation.

Launch of The Bipolar Millionaire At Garden District Book Shop

Launch of The Bipolar Millionaire

At

Garden District Book Shop

Cradled in the Rink and the Garden District

Presentation

By

The book’s author, John E. Wade II

 

As a CPA for 29 years, I didn’t get many opportunities for speeches or presentations. Actually I don’t remember any. So I did a speech for the Republican Women of Uptown as I endorsed and explained my support for Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin for president.

I had practiced that speech and it came off well, yet I was very nervous. So for the book speech I was fortunate to find a wonderful speech teacher/singer/actress who really helped me a lot. But I will take some of the credit—I practiced a lot, the well-known “secret” of good speeches.

The subject matter, my memoir, literally my life, made the event very important to me. I described the book by explaining each part of the title.

I noted the decades of travails and healing of my bipolar disorder, internalized stigma, and informed kindness. I explained that the suicide attempts, completed suicides and patients harmed by others far outnumber those mentally ill individuals who harm others, although this is what the news chooses to highlight.

I described the wealth in my family, tightly held by my father until his death. I told of my becoming a multimillionaire from inheritances from my mother and father, but mostly from my father who was on the Aflac board of directors from 1963 till 1975 and who accumulated his stock up until his death in 2002. At first I increased my net worth by good investing with the able help of my friend and full service broker. Then the calling of writing, producing television toward heaven on earth and other non-investment type ventures lowered my net worth—but I didn’t commit one of Gandhi’s deadly sins: wealth without work. And while I have a lower net worth than my inheritance, I still am a multimillionaire with no debt.

The Operation is difficult to describe due to its enormity and length of time—late 1998 till the present. The huge goals are the thing that make it somewhat comprehensible; to help cure my bipolar disorder, to guide me spiritually, and to make me a force in the Republican Party. Decades ago, a very credible gentleman told me of programs like this—when a program would find an absolutely incurable alcoholic and no matter how long it took or whatever it took, they would cure the person of that affliction. The person would have to have money. I was not told why, but you can see from above why this was necessary. If the Operation was going to extreme lengths over long periods of time, they wanted the subject of the Operation to be able to “pay back” their work voluntarily, yet fruitfully and substantially.

The methodology of the Operation was transactional analysis. We are each born with a mind, body and what I call a “little piece of God.” Freudian psychologists thought the first five years of a person’s life determined the rest of it. Modern psychologists and psychiatrists don’t agree. Things like marriages, job losses, awards, deaths, many things can have an effect in some manner. The Operation has—since late 1998—been sending me all sorts of “impressions,” thousands and thousands and thousands of them—and it has accomplished those three goals that I mentioned previously.

The Operation wasn’t entirely easy with me—at times it was and at times it wasn’t—but it created resilience. All and all, I now consider the Operation to have been a benevolent force.

I feel that in my 69 unusual years I have refused to be a victim. Not just the Operation, but my bipolar disorder, handling of my career and wealth, marriages and divorces, academic life—all my life—has earned me a meaningful degree of wisdom. Thank you, Dear God.

Launch Party for The Bipolar Millionaire

Yesterday, July 20th was the official publication date for my book, The Bipolar Millionaire, and it is available now at many locations. Thursday, July 30th will be the book launch party where I will present The Bipolar Millionaire in an honest and frank manner. As a CPA for 29 years, I had no real opportunities to speak publicly, but I have spoken in relation to some of my other books, and I am practicing—even taking speech lessons. Wine, soft drinks and light refreshments will be provided at the book launch.

The Presentation will be as follows:

The Garden District Book Shop

2727 Prytania Street, New Orleans

Thursday, July 30 from 6:00 till 7:30 PM

My other books will be available as well.

My Upcoming Book, The Bipolar Millionaire

I’m excited about the publication of my memoir on July 20th and the first event at the Garden District Book Shop on July 30th, 6:00 till 7:30 PM, a Thursday night. Light snacks, soft drinks, water and wine will be served.

I have been practicing my speech as I hope and pray that you will enjoy the presentation and the book—and take it to heart too. The talk is built around the title of the book.

The years of travail and healing from my first episode of bipolar disorder will be briefly described along with my family wealth and how I handled my inheritance.

The most difficult part to describe and to relate is the Operation which has been surrounding me since 1998. Before you attend, look up transactional analysis in your dictionary. That was the method used on a moment by moment basis to cure my bipolar disorder, guide me spiritually and make me a force in the Republican Party.

If you can, come out on July 30th!

romantic love

Keys to a Lasting Marriage

I ponder many aspects of life, including romantic love. We often think that romantic love can lead to marriage.  But in reality, the relationship must be much more than emotional if the union is to be stable and truly a loving marriage that last until parted by death. I believe that strong marriages require respect and admiration; it is also important to have similar values and spiritual beliefs (though respecting different believes can also yield a strong bond). Finally, a couple should be compatible and loving, showing kindness toward one another at all times. The formula may seem complicated in a way; yet I think it comes naturally when you have met someone with whom you are truly compatible.

It is important, however, to not just be guided by that feeling of “being in love.”  Love is certainly important, but admiration and respect are essential for a lasting marriage. So many of my married friends who have been married for decades tell me, “You have to work at it.”  To make marriage work, respect, admiration, and love have to engender practical day-by-day actions in marriage. That often means articulating and showing your partner these feelings. Do not take one another for granted, but rather, give freely of your respect, admiration, and love!

You, your loved ones, and the rest of humanity are in this together. We should strive on a daily basis to live life with joy—for ourselves and others.

New Orleans and Me

I grew up in small towns in Mississippi and Georgia, got my accounting degrees at the University of Georgia, lived in Atlanta for several years and Montgomery, Alabama for several months.

In 1977, at the age of 32, I moved to New Orleans for health reasons.  I remember my first taste.  I walked into Coliseum House, a mental hospital in a suit and tie.  I had been in Mississippi helping Daddy make a timber sale of well over a million dollars.  After that deal was consummated, I set about trying to organize the family timberland into a formal business.  A bipolar episode ensued and thus the trip to New Orleans.

Somewhat soon after I entered the hospital, a fellow “prisoner” remarked, “You’re not going to make any deals in here.”  And I thought to myself, “He’s absolutely right.”

While my introduction to New Orleans was less than awe inspiring, it actually turned out to be a pivotal point in my life, eventually…

After hospitalization I moved into an all-adult apartment in a suburb of New Orleans.  My brother, Paul, came to town to visit and stayed with me for several years—first in Metairie and then at his request, Uptown.

With Daddy putting up the cash we purchased a condominium on St. Charles Avenue on the traditional Mardi Gras parade route.

We moved in right before carnival season in 1980, and I’ve lived in Uptown ever since—this area simply shines in my mind and heart.  At 3201 St. Charles Avenue, all one had to do was walk out front during the Mardi Gras parades and they were there—forecast in the distance by the marching bands announcing their presence.

Later, I would court and marry my second wife who was a former New Orleans debutante.  She would introduce me to a social scene that lasted from 1982 till our separation in December, 1998.  Since then my social life has been a mere shadow of my years with her.  But slowly, New Orleans has taken on a new shine, one of spiritual awakening, one of purpose and meaning that I never had before at any time in my life.

New Orleans is a place.  But it is also an idea, an emotion and a wholly different and unique city, especially since Katrina.  We have our own words (such as “making groceries”), characters, music, architecture, food and love of the moment—all present in some way throughout its history.

We now have our charter schools, thanks to Katrina and concerned citizens.  We are trying to be better, and have even won a Super Bowl along the way since that devastating hurricane.  But Katrina was a defining event for our Crescent City.  We weren’t killed or vanquished—not all of us—and we came back stronger, not only in football, but in education, business, music and perhaps most important of all—our own concept of our city.

I now call New Orleans “home” because I have a deep connection with this place—everything from the symphony to the Saints—and a whole, whole, whole lot more.

The Ripples of the Radio Interviews Will Travel Far

I have been doing a number of radio interviews concerning my most recently published book, Glimpses of Heaven on Earth. Several years ago, while promoting How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth, I got nervous when doing such interviews, but now it is an enjoyable experience.  In fact, I find my efforts to try to motivate people to join me on the path toward Heaven on Earth, inlucding living the ten elements which I deeply believe will be present in that ultimate destiny, to be quite fulfilling and joyful.
The longer on-air or taped sessions are my favorites.  Then there is no concern that the most essential points might be left out and there is plenty of time to go back and forth with the host.
As I say during each of these interviews, my calling is calling, not to dwell on what “was” or “is,” but rather, what can be–Heaven on Earth.  It’s a spiritual calling to me and my hopes and prayers are that many, many others will take up this challenging, yet satisfying calling.  The theme of my calling runs through my books, but it is also wonderful to express it verbally on the air.  Somehow, I sense a little bit of momentum beginning to build.
These radio and television dialogues are not for vanity or celebrity at all, far from it.  They are part of the purpose of my life.  Perhaps it’s like a voice in the wilderness, but someway that ripple will travel far.  Why?  Because of God’s enduring, steadfast love and the predestination of Heaven on Earth for all humankind. If you’d like to listen in on one of these interviews, just follow this link, then select the yellow highlighted button, then check off my August 29th interview, scroll to the bottom and press play. I hope you enjoy it!

An Optimistic Future

I am an optimist at heart.  How else could I try to see the way toward heaven on earth – and do so persistently since year 2000?

But our nation is in jeopardy – with a President who doesn’t embody the traits of a capable, wise, and honest leader.  And right now the Democrats in the Senate make up the majority.  This allows the Democrat, Senator Harry Reid, to foster foolish statements and perverse policies.

This November – we Americans – in our stable and robust democracy – can allow responsible Republicans to take majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate.  This will help shield our nation from the harmful actions of President Obama.

Our economy is anemic in the long-term with the current leadership – at best.  President Obama, Democrats, and the Federal Reserve have followed unsound fiscal policies, to the great detriment of our country, all the time blaming others, especially the Republicans, for any failures.

As a Republican, I deeply believe that now is the time that American voters must take back our beloved nation from these inept, unwise and dishonest Democrats.  President Reagan provided the ideal leadership to remedy the disaster that He identified.  Now we must elect Bill Cassidy and others to take the majority of the Senate in 2014.

We must gain our independence from President Obama and the Democrats to salvage our democracy.  Don’t think these are ordinary elections – 2014 or 2016.

President Obama squandered a hard-fought democracy in the Middle East – Iraq.  His incoherent policy can only be “explained” by his personal history of being surrounded by anti-Americans.  Of course, that pertains to his domestic policies, too.

We now have a near-record number of Republican Governors – thirty.  They are joined by a number of state Republican Legislators.  But they are fighting an uphill battle against the tirade of regulations from Washington, D. C., not to mention the higher taxes enacted in a tepid economy; both of these actions just the opposite of what President Reagan did to foster 25 years of healthy economic growth.  And don’t forget the foreign policy triumphs in the Cold War fostered largely by the Great Communicator, our beloved President Regan.

I now believe that the 2012 elections were affected drastically by a President who wanted re-election at “any cost” – including corrupting the Executive Branch of government, something that has continued in his second term.

I support pro-choice and green solutions, as do many other Republicans.  Climate change is an issue that is quite legitimate.  The “anti-women” rhetoric that the President and Democrats fostered is completely a diversion from their poor record while in the majority in the House and Senate – particularly Obamacare.  According to Bill Cassidy, who I support heartily for the U. S. senate, there are now 40 million people uninsured under the Obamacare law.   We can do better!

Spend Some Time with Me in Cuba

This was written on May 7, 2014, while I was in Cuba, along with other members of my church, to assist with the installation of a water purification system.  This was my eighth such trip to Cuba.

I am at the convent under renovation in Pinar del Rio.  We are doing living waters installation primarily to serve the nuns once the convent goes back into operation.  The sister who called us was quite friendly, warm and informative.

A great deal of workmen are building a wall – mixing the concrete wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow.  This wall is necessary because the renovation was partly necessary because of the theft of so many parts of the convent.

The sister just told me that the mother of the architect to this renovation died this morning.  She calls all the workers together and they recite together a Catholic prayer.

I am sitting on the front “porch” looking out as the work has restarted.  This is hot, hard work.  Inside our two Cuban friends are busy installing the water filtration system and I’m staying out of the way not to impede any of this fine work being performed for this worthy cause.

I’ve never seen concrete mixed by hand in a wheelbarrow, probably for very low wages.

The worker has now pushed the wheelbarrow to the edge of the wall being built.

They had already built wooden molds at the top of the rather high wall.
Bucket by bucket they are raising the concrete mixed previously to the top of the wall, filling it by pouring the mix into the mold.

Just about all the other work – of about at least a dozen workers – is being accomplished manually.

A horse-drawn “carriage” passes – a frequent sight in Cuba.

The workers do have a few power tools as I can hear them even though they’re out of my sight.

We are on our way back to Havana because we finished the living waters purification system early.

The highways all the way from Veradera through bypass of Havana – to Pinar del Rio – are four to six lanes with a median.  I believe they were probably built with Soviet Union foreign aid.  Now in 2014 this highway system is bumpy and not up to modern standards.

Another oddity is that traffic is very light probably due to the low ownership of vehicles and lack of viable businesses.

There just isn’t much truck traffic, almost none compared to the United States.  And there isn’t much rail transit either.

Scooters and even bicycles are limited in rural areas, but nonetheless present.  A few horse riders go along the side as there is limited fencing of the system.

There are large groves of banana trees.

It’s 6:00 p.m., and I can’t see a car on our side of the median in the distance – although a few cars and a bus or two pass.

A “rural bus” passes – a truck with an enclosed back with eye level opening as people standing/peering out.

We pass a horse-drawn buggy pulling two men.

Bicycles are present from time to time.  The second small “modern” car passed us.  Here’s another horse-drawn buggy, a scooter and a bicycle and two pre-revolution cars for which Cuba is famous; and we pass another and another.

The modes of transportation perhaps vary more than other places at least to the degree I have noticed.

The drive is picturesque with attractive plants and hedges in the median, probably more WPA-type projects like we had during the Great Depression.

Now people are selling at the side of the road.  Making ends meet in Cuba can be difficult.

One striking thing on this trip through this rural area is that most of the land is completely undeveloped with no farms or houses visible.

I see power lines in the distance and we pass a tractor cutting grass on the median.

We pass over a railroad with two sets of tracks; we pass trucks carrying containers that may have come from China; we pass a goat pulling a cart.

Now we are into an inhabited outskirts of Havana.  There is some traffic and it is 7:15 p.m.

We are now passing through an attractive residential area – very light traffic.

We are in metro Havana.  It’s said that Havana leads the world in urban gardening.  The area that we have been going through would tend to support that accomplishment.

 

Motivation!

The future is all we have ahead of us.  We must take care that our young people receive balanced and factual educations.  Let me give you an example of the some of the text that I read in my American Government class textbook.  It calls – in equal fashion – for equal opportunities and equal outcomes.  The “Sage of Singapore” has stated that nowhere in history has there been a society of equal outcomes.  Quite simply, we have everything from unequal talents to unequal work habits and a host of other factors that lead to “unequal outcomes.”

That does not mean to say that we shouldn’t have “safety nets.”  But we must guard against that illusion that economic equality should and can be our goal.  And why shouldn’t hard work be compensated?

We Americans must guard our future, not only for ourselves, but to help engender that ultimate destiny of Heaven on Earth.  We can and we must.

We Americans each have a role in this journey through The Innovation Age toward The Spiritual Age or Heaven on Earth.  Values will be the key, not only for Americans, but all world citizens.  The importance of motivation! motivation! motivation! cannot be overemphasized.  But we must be motivated toward worthy, lasting, and high goals.  We can and we must.

Our goal must not be small.  Why?  Because it makes us small.  We each have a critical part in this world stage of clarity and vision.  It takes a certain trust in Almighty God and our own mind, body and “little piece of God” to rally toward love, love to within, receiving the love of others, love to and from God.

We are not alone.

The wonder and awe of God’s love is a force we must seek in ourselves and with others.  The majesty of the universe disperses God’s presence in a way that is simply beyond our scope of imagination.

Albert Einstein proclaimed that “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  I agree.