Want an honest window to the challenges of life?

This is the place where I write about the muckiness of life—the difficult questions, the tough choices, the unwelcome losses. 

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.

Jule Kucera

Want an honest window to the challenges of life?

This is the place where I write about the muckiness of life—the difficult questions, the tough choices, the unwelcome losses. 

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

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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?

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