Tag: humor

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Waiting Room

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Waiting Room

As a child, Highlights magazine would keep me fully distracted for the hours that I spent waiting to see the doctor or dentist. The silly jokes, hidden picture puzzles, and short articles (for short attention spans) kept my mind off an impending vaccination or the always dreaded, “turn your head and cough.” While People magazine […]

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A Full Circle Moment

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A Full Circle Moment

In 1979, I was a high school senior and considered myself a pretty funny eighteen-year-old. One might see this as a lack of insight. But it was reinforced by my mother, who indiscriminately laughed at everything I said, and my high school principal who let me write funny announcements and deliver them over the intercom. […]

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It Doesn’t Ring a Bell

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It Doesn’t Ring a Bell

This story was adapted from Ron’s first book “Is Your Glass Laugh Full”. It is available as a free download, along with “My Kneecap Seems Too Loose” at https://ronculberson.com/store/) Growing up, my family was probably considered middle class by the socioeconomic standards in Emory, Virginia. We had more than we needed—decent clothes on our backs, […]

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Lessons for Little Ones (and Big Ones Too)

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Lessons for Little Ones (and Big Ones Too)

(Photo of Ron Culberson as a child, wanting to be a grown up!)   I’m in my second month of being a new grandfather. I don’t know if I’m any good at it but I do know that I’m more comfortable with a baby than I was when I was a new father. In fact, […]

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I Thought I Was Being Clever

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I Thought I Was Being Clever

When I was a teenager, I didn’t drink, didn’t smoke, and didn’t engage in other wayward behavior. I was basically a rule-following nerd. However, since I was a funny and somewhat clever rule-following nerd, I did occasionally harm others with painful wordplay. I probably should have received some sort of pun-ishment (see what I mean?). […]

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A Brush With Celebrity

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A Brush With Celebrity

One of the benefits of being a strikingly good looking, hilariously funny, and humble professional speaker is that I’ve gotten to learn from some pretty cool people over the years. Once, I got to spend time backstage chatting with Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People. I also had dinner […]

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Tumbling Into a Partnership

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Tumbling Into a Partnership

A few weeks ago, we gathered at the Georgetown University chapel for my son’s wedding. Georgetown is a Jesuit university. Our children grew up in the Presbyterian church but my son’s new wife is Catholic. So, he had to jump through a few holy hoops before finalizing the “I do’s.”  This is not unfamiliar to […]

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Are Siri and My Wife the Same Person?

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Are Siri and My Wife the Same Person?

One day, I was on a ladder washing our second-floor windows. My wife, Wendy, came outside, looked up at me and said, “I think you’re too old to be climbing on ladders.” The irony is that I regularly get on ladders for firefighter training and just recently hauled a hose up a ladder to help […]

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I Do Not Hunt or Peck

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I Do Not Hunt or Peck

At the risk of ruining my machismo image, I will openly admit that THE best class I ever took was Mrs. Showalter’s tenth grade typing class. It was head and shoulders above any other class I had including Clinical Psychology, Calculus II, and Human Sexuality (Although I did not miss one day of that class). […]

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A Curiously Funny Life

A Curiously Funny Life

In 2013, at the National Speakers Association Convention, Ron Culberson presented the Master of Influence Award to Robert “Bob” Orben for a lifetime of influencing others with his words. Bob died on February 2, 2023, at the age of ninety five. The following is an edited article Ron wrote in 2013 about Bob and his […]

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