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.

Latest Posts

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Doing the Dental Right Thing

My first career was as a dental hygienist, and the first job I got after graduating was in a ‘pedo mill,’ meaning a pediatric dental …

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First Job: Babysitting

When I was thirteen, it seemed that the only way to make money was a paper route or babysitting. Boys had paper routes, girls babysat. …

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Revising My Opinion

Last Friday, my friend Erin invited some friends to her house for drinks on her patio, because the weather was going to be warm (at …

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Hard Times & Hope Podcast

Elisa: a premonition and two dreams about a son’s illness

Hard Times & Hope podcast, episode 15 When Elisa’s son was four years old, she had an intuition that he would have a blood disorder. …

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Andrea: A burst pipe and the power of community

Hard Times & Hope podcast, episode 14 Andrea, her husband, and their two young children traveled to see family over the December holidays. But a …

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Stacy: Booties Never Worn

Hard Times & Hope podcast, episode 13 When Stacy was 21, she was excited to learn she was pregnant. At four months, she learned she …

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(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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