Our stories matter.

This is the place where I explore stories, looking for wisdom about how to live, love, and leave with no regrets. 

I’m not an expert but I am curious. I’ve got a flashlight, spare batteries, and I’m using this place to leave a brave and honest map.

Jule Kucera

Want an honest window to the challenges of life?

This is the place where I explore stories, looking for wisdom about how to live, love, and leave with no regrets. 

I don’t have all the answers, but I’ve got a flashlight and I’m using this place to leave a brave and honest map.

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A Do-Over at Work

Most of the time, we do our jobs and learn as we go. It’s hard to make scientific experiments about what we can do differently …

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The Pressure on Adolescent Girls

The security settings on my devices are set to keep much about me private. Because of this, I receive ads that wouldn’t generally be targeted …

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Sports Fans & Resilience

When I used to fly to Cincinnati every other Sunday, I would get in at about 6PM. In the Fall, I would often see people …

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Hard Times & Hope Podcast

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Alex DiPalma: Caring when there isn’t much else you can do

Hard Times & Hope Podcast, episode 27 Alexandra DiPalma and her partner Kenya moved from New York City to Mexico City. But soon after they …

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Sana Fayyaz: A mother birthed by her daughter

Hard Times & Hope Podcast, episode 26 Sana Fayyaz grew up in Pakistan and then moved with her family to the United States as a …

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André: Clean, sober, and living on purpose

Hard Times & Hope Podcast, episode 25 When we sit in a stylist’s chair, especially if it’s a stylist we’ve seen many times, they get …

Do we have things in common?

To find out, how would you answer these questions?
(My answers are “Yes!”)

  • Are you curious?
  • Have people told you that you’re strong?
  • Have you loved… and have you lost?
  • Do you believe in getting better?

Our stories matter.

Stories help us safely see and virtually test various ways to navigate life.  

 I wrote a man I loved a story and hoped it would help him heal. We read and reread that story until the pages curled. If you’d like to read it too, sign up and it’s yours. I’ll keep your email safe, wrapped in a blanket, locked in a vault.

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