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It can be challenging to throw random information into the void, without knowing what random information you are interested in. If there’s something you want to know about me that isn’t here, let me know. Send an email to jule (at) julekucera (dot) com. Or use the contact form linked above. Here goes….

Three words to describe me: Pioneer. Freckled. Adaptable–which can be a weakness but our weaknesses are our strengths taken to extreme or used inappropriately.

Pizza: thin or thick? Thin! With mushrooms. My new favorite is Zoni’s coal-fired in Red Bank, New Jersey. Best. Pizza. Ever. Best pizza closer to home is Blaze Pizza. Theirs is the only gluten-free pizza where I don’t wish that the crust weren’t gluten-free with every bite. It is delicious.

Chocolate: milk or dark? The easy answer is dark. But the new answer is that I can’t eat this anymore. I have decided that I don’t have a rational relationship with chocolate. As much as I love it, I don’t like who I become when chocolate is within arm’s length. I become greedy, selfish, and my serving size becomes the package size. This needs to stop and I am stopping it now. Wish me luck. (Update: This has been so hard….)

Heroes: Eleanor Roosevelt. Abraham Lincoln. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yoda. My grandma. I’m not listing any living heroes (although there are many) because I’ll list some friends and mentors and then offend a friend or mentor whom I have inadvertently omitted. One more dead hero: Trent.

What’s on your iPod? Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. Christina Aguilera. Loreena McKennitt. Pink. Etta James. Florence and the Machine. Lyle Lovett. Louise Hay. And from my hometown, Quincy Mumford, whom I first heard at his dad’s most awesome restauant, Mumford’s.

Favorite color? Crayon: midnight blue. Acrylics: a nice mix of napthol crimson and cadmium yellow medium. Wall: Depends on where I’m living, since light changes color. My favorite most dependable white is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, OC-17.

Favorite outdoor activity: kayaking the Muskegon River, from Croton to Newaygo. Next favorite: hiking Queenstown Hill. Closer to home: taking Leda to the 6 acre dog park. Most esoteric: carp shooting.

Charitable donations: It was The Newaygo Area District Library. Then it shifted to Greyhounds Only and ArtsWave. It’s currently United Way. And as for income from the book links on this site, I haven’t been able to figure out how to do that and it hasn’t mattered because my site traffic is almost nothing. (My FeedBlitz monthly bill is $1.49, so that’s a big clue.)

Last words: Thanks for reading this far, I appreciate it. I am impressed with your fortitude. Now our relationship feels lopsided—you know a lot about me but I know nothing about you. I’d like to change that. What’s your favorite color? Who are your heroes? If you’re so inclined, write them in the comments below or send me an email about what makes you tick, what makes you smile on a Saturday morning, and do you prefer plain or banana pancakes?

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Becky Blanton January 30, 2010 at 4:50 am

Three words that describe me….. Curious, Opinionated, Authentic. My heroes are Irena Sendler, a 97-year-old Polish woman who saved 2,500 Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II, but lost the Nobel peace Prize to Al Gore, a “wealthy American liberal who made a movie containing egregious scientific falsehoods,” about global warming. I also admire Steven Speilburg; Thomas Jeffersonn; Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. Sleeping in two extra hours and then spending an extra hour at the gym makes me smile on Saturday mornings. I prefer buttermilk pancakes with real maple syrup and a side of bacon – limp, not crisp.

Jule Kucera February 5, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Becky, we have limp bacon in common! And Steven, Thomas, and Benjamin. I never heard of Irena Sendler–must go look her up!

Paul Calhoun February 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I just recharged my iPod so I can tell you that I’m listening to Andrew Bird, Wilco, John Prine, Brandi Carlile, and many others.

Darren Scott Monroe February 27, 2010 at 5:04 am

Do brilliant things Jule! I am glad to see you got your blog going! Now as Seth says MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN :)

Lia Scomazzon February 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm

“Our weaknesses are our strengths taken to extreme or used inappropriately” caused a wonderful flash of illumination in my mind.Thanks for that, Jule. Now I understand that my version of scattered is an aspect of my thirst for learning. Another two words (patient, centred) can turn into procrastinator and inhibited. The “extreme” version doesn’t have to be seen as some failure,though, just evidence that things need to be drawn back into balance, and that is liberating to realize.

Jule Kucera March 1, 2010 at 7:43 am

Lia, yes, yes, YES! I really like your idea of bringing things back into balance. Thank you.

Rita Johnson April 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Right now 3 words that describe me are: stress free, happy, anticipatory. I am 4 months into early retirement and am anticipating the next happy adventure. It is coming I know because I can feel stuff shifting inside in a really good way. And besides I’ve done just about all of the house arranging that I want to do!! I read only the beginning here Jule plus the #20 Blog post. But I will start at the beginning and share more thoughts.

Jule Kucera April 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm

oOOh! Rita, I love your word choices and I’m so happy for you. “Anticipatory” is such a luscious word. I can’t wait to hear about the path you choose and the adventures that unfold for you. How exciting!

Tammi Pinski September 21, 2014 at 1:47 am

Yes, I read all the way to the end! You may enjoy some of the artwork at http://www.sistergolden.com. My sister and niece own the business…but what makes me say that is my sister was just telling me that she wanted to name her hand dyed pillows like the names of crayons! And all of her water colors are inspired by the water, sky, trees, little houses, big barns, the sun & moon! And finally, it’s hard writing comments for a woman who is such a brilliant writer! Gads. :)

Jule Kucera September 21, 2014 at 9:34 am

Tammi, Gads! And I feel the pressure when I respond! So let’s just lay that all aside as it just gets in the way. I’m headed over to the link you shared–anything hand-dyed gets my attention, and named after crayons–wonderful!

Jule Kucera September 21, 2014 at 9:37 am

Tammi, Oh. My. Goodness. I love, love, love the artwork, jewelry, scarfs! And the website itself is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing this link. I have to confess, links have been shared before and it turns out the comment was made simply to share a link to a scummy site, so I had some trepidation. But this is a gift. Thank you so much for sharing. http://www.sistergolden.com.

Tammi September 21, 2014 at 10:24 am

I’m so glad you like it! My gut told me you would…well, after reading your book how could I not feel like I know you at least a little … ? The hand dyed pillows won’t be up for a couple weeks! They are being photographed next week and I am under strict orders not to leak any photos…if you “like” their FB page you will see the unveiling when it happens! They are stunning.

Jule Kucera September 21, 2014 at 10:33 am

Heading over to FB now, thanks for the tip!

Dee Destito September 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Jule…I am trying to get through Sweet Baby Lover but my eyes are swollen and I can’t seem to stop crying. You have brought back so many memories of my life both happy and sad, mostly sad. However, that’s OK. I LOVE your style of writing; it is so unique! I better get back to your book……..

Jule Kucera September 27, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Dee, I am so glad the book is resonating with you. Thank you for letting me know. I appreciate it.

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