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Responding to the Cards We’re Dealt

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Responding to the Cards We’re Dealt

A couple of weeks ago, my wife Wendy and I were engrossed in a one-on-one game of Canasta. The two of us started playing last year and have even joined a monthly Canasta group in our community. I don’t really have a mind for card playing so these games can test my patience. Add to […]

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It’s All About the Story…Really, It Is

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It’s All About the Story…Really, It Is

My dad, Connie Culberson, was a semi-professional softball player who got his nickname from the professional baseball player Connie Mack. Coincidentally, they also shared their given first name of Cornelius. If you ever met my dad, you would have encountered a man who was respectful and dignified but who also had a great sense of […]

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What Do You Do?

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What Do You Do?

When people ask me what I do for a living, I’m never quite sure what to say. The easiest answer is to say that I’m a “motivational speaker,” because most people understand that label. “Motivational humorist” might be more accurate, though, because my typical delivery method is funny. My business card simply says that I […]

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Shopping for a Good Cause

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Shopping for a Good Cause

A few weeks before Christmas, my daughter Caitlin asked if I would go shopping with her. I must admit that I was a bit perplexed by this. First of all, my daughter is twenty-eight years old and is perfectly capable of going shopping on her own. Second, my wife usually goes shopping with my daughter. […]

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It’s the Season for Family

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It’s the Season for Family

Did you ever wish that you could skip the holiday season just to avoid all the family tension? Yeah, me neither (in case my family is reading this). Well, you’re not alone. A lot of research has been done about the family stress we experience during the holidays. It’s not that we don’t love our […]

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Life and Depth

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Life and Depth

If you’ve read my blogs or seen me speak, you know that my life and work were highly influenced by the time I spent as a home care social worker at Hospice of Northern Virginia. The opportunity to sit by the bedside of someone at the end of their life was extraordinary and because of […]

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Taken For Granted

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Taken For Granted

Have you ever considered how much we take for granted every day? Most of us don’t have to worry about basic necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. When we do, we become acutely aware of their value. However, if we look beyond these basics, there are many important conveniences that we may not even […]

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Sit Before You Leap

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Sit Before You Leap

I think I have a bit of a split personality. At times, I lean towards a stereotypical male approach of fixing things. If the faucet drips, I’m on edge until I de-drip it. If there is a squeak in a door hinge, the sound will drive me nuts until I oil it. And if my […]

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Oh, Now I Get It

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Oh, Now I Get It

I will admit that I may be not the sharpest tool in the shed. Yet, what I lack in intelligence, I make up for with common sense and good looks. But my stunning appearance is not the point of this blog. Instead, I’d like to discuss how my occasional thickheadedness can interfere with simple communication. […]

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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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