Want an honest window on the questions 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.

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.

Latest Blog Posts

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Creativity and a Controlled Study

Mike and I decided his engineers needed to know the rationale behind the organization’s structural change, and to apply that knowledge to handling building issues …

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“You’re HR. You don’t belong here.”

We’re back to winding down the series of things I’m proud of. With this one, I’m more proud of the other person than I am …

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Base Salary

Writing about my $26,000 salary triggered a memory. Or maybe I’m still not over it. At Andersen, we sat in cubicles, in pairs. It was …

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Hard Times & Hope Podcast

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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 …

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Interlude: Jule Q&A

Hard Times & Hope podcast, episode 21 In this episode, instead of an interview with someone about a hard time, I answer questions people have …

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Nadine: Becoming the doctor she always dreamed of being

Hard Times & Hope podcast, episode 20 Nadine Kelly pursued the path of high achievement, excelling in school, medical school, and pathology residency, followed by …

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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