HUGH CULVER

Goodbye 2023

Goodbye 2023

Like so many years recently, this one felt pretty messy.  Our news feeds were full of wars, surprisingly blatant criminal shenanigans of politicians, inflation resulting in a painful string of interest hikes, and AI now threatening the future of many jobs.  But,...

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Want to listen better? Stop thinking

Want to listen better? Stop thinking

“We have a lot of new leaders and I’m hoping you can inspire them to speak their minds.” my client said on the zoom call.  I feel my chest tighten, pupils dilate - I’m suddenly alert (my body loves the promise of a paycheck). “This sounds great!” I reply, having...

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Life is hard and that’s a good thing

Life is hard and that’s a good thing

I have a hard time with people who sugar-coat the truth.  I was on a webinar this week that promised to reveal the secret to becoming an author. Given that I published my book a decade ago I thought I needed a refresh. Instead of advice, or sharing actual steps a...

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5 Books that Taught me How to Age Better

5 Books that Taught me How to Age Better

“What is a normal goal for a young person becomes a neurotic hindrance in old age.” Carl Jung It was July, we were hiking up to the third floor of my favorite bookstore, Powell’s City of Books in the old Pearl district of Portland. Picture a labyrinth of wall-to-wall...

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Get on with it

Get on with it

Over the past month, I’ve been frustrated. More than usual. During dinner with a close friend, I patiently listened as he complained about his partner. We’d had this conversation before and it always ended the same way. Lots of talk - not much action. Over beers,...

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The big gunfight, in my mind

The big gunfight, in my mind

I woke up this morning from a dream. Poured a coffee and sat down at the keyboard. An hour later I had this. Enjoy. The sun was dropping low, boots kicked up dust and sage bush rolled slowly down the street. There were three of us, hats pulled low, hands at the ready....

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The bright side of my aging brain

The bright side of my aging brain

I am getting forgetful. I’ll be on a run listening to a tune I’ve heard dozens of times but can’t come up with the artist’s name (it was Joe Walsh). Or I’ll greet a friend I haven’t seen for a while with the wrong name (very embarrassing.) Maybe the most entertaining...

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