Category: Perspective

Enjoy Ron Culberson's insights on a variety of topics

Sensing Loss

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Sensing Loss

Well, after vaccinations, boosters, and two-and-a-half years of avoiding COVID, my wife Wendy and I finally succumbed to the WD-40 version—or whatever variant we’re currently on. I do take responsibility for catching it. Wendy and I attended a large conference where there was a lot of hugging, talking, and spewing of droplets. Without a mask, […]

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Abnormal or Just Unfamiliar?

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Abnormal or Just Unfamiliar?

As a young person growing up in rural Southwest Virginia, I was a bit more sheltered than those who spent their childhoods in urban environments. I had wonderful experiences, grew up with many good people, and honestly, I wouldn’t trade a minute of it. That being said, once I got into the “real” world, I […]

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Thinking Takes Us Places

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Thinking Takes Us Places

When I mow the yard, I think. And I think. And I think.  Between the repetitive movement across the grass and the loud noise from the mower, there is not much else to do. It’s not like I can call up a neighbor and engage in a pleasant conversation about how his grass is growing.  […]

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Where We Are and How We Got There

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Where We Are and How We Got There

Did you ever wake up in the morning and think, “How did I get here?” I’m not suggesting that you had too many fuzzy navels on spring break or that aliens abducted you in the middle of the night. I’m referring to that realization that occurs when we’re at a certain point in our lives […]

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Holiday Spirit…Every Day?

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Holiday Spirit…Every Day?

During December, the phrase “holiday spirit” comes up a lot. After a particularly challenging year, I’ve been thinking about how this phrase relates to the end of 2020 and the start of 2021. I mean, what is holiday spirit? And why is it limited to a few weeks between Thanksgiving and January 1st? I felt […]

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When the Going Gets Tough, There’s No Place Like Home

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When the Going Gets Tough, There’s No Place Like Home

As we enter the holiday season, are you feeling like a Bah Humbug? If so, it’s understandable. The past year has been quite a challenge. In fact, I’m pretty sure it will not win the Best Year Ever Award. I don’t even think it deserves a participation trophy. Between COVID, the economy, the elections, and […]

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We Are What We Hear?

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We Are What We Hear?

I love music. In fact, I imagine a day in the future when my wife and I travel around the country in our RV attending music festivals and concerts. And while I enjoy music, I’m not an aficionado. Oh sure, I played a wicked baritone horn in high school. But I have no idea what […]

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Our Behavior and Our Reputation

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Our Behavior and Our Reputation

Someone once said that we judge ourselves based on what we’re capable of doing but others judge us by what we’ve already done. This comment seems to address our reputation and unfortunately, our internal measure of reputation is not always in sync with the external evidence. I think of myself as a kind, witty, and […]

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