The evolution of memory

This past week I went to Chicago to spend time with my mother and stepfather. My mother is 80 and my stepfather is 93. About fifteen years ago they moved to a 100-unit apartment a block from the house where I grew up. …


Working out parenting issues in my dreams.

Last night I dreamed that I was on a beautiful island somewhere in Tahiti. I was down on the beach which somehow was a level below the area where the hotel was. I felt like it was odd but, like so many times in my life, I just accepted it…


As the world slowed down, life became more memorable.

It’s been almost two years since I sold my business, but it feels like two lifetimes. The timing of selling my yoga studio of almost two decades was uncanny. I completed the sale and transition just a few months before COVID…


How some friendships suck you dry

I was talking to an old friend this morning and she told me about a friend of hers who recently “broke up” with her. My friend said her friend, “treated her like a binky.”

In other words, my friend’s friend complained relentlessly about the woes of her life and when…


Accepting the body’s rearranging with age

My Nana was one of my favorite people. She spent most of her time reading and doing crossword puzzles. She suffered from back pain as long as I knew her. She rubbed many people the wrong way, coming off as snobby and judgemental. But she loved me and I loved…


Planting the seeds of wisdom for your children

Yesterday my sixteen-year-old daughter Lucia went surfing with her friends. She’s only surfed once before in Mexico and that was when she was ten or eleven years old. She went surfing with her cousin and two friends, all sixteen, to a beach two hours away.

We live in the Pacific…


By tapping into discovery

Yesterday I was talking to a friend in England about the feeling of joy. We only talk once a month but it’s always intentional and enlightening. I look forward to these monthly chats. She associated the feeling of joy with the experience of discovering. …


This time I’m not evacuating my life

Last weekend I held the second annual Mother-Daughter Clothing Swap in our backyard. We hosted the first one a year-and-a-half ago, just before the first wave of the COVID Pandemic.

In January we held it inside, taking for granted that this was normal and okay.

Then, in March of that…


The waters recede when the mind is quiet

Lately, I’ve been feeling identity fog. All my life I’ve been able to answer the question, “What do you do?” or “What are you doing these days?” with a sentence or two. …


Is this the new normal?

Last week, I went for a walk with a friend. We’re old friends and have gone in and out of seeing each other for the past thirty years. …

Laura Culberg- Welcoming Opposites

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