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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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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No Regrets

I left Minnesota and the financial aid office behind when I accepted an internship, followed by a full-time position at Arthur Andersen in Chicagoland. The …

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“My Son Needs Your Help”

I loved May in the financial aid office, not just for the weather that didn’t yet require air conditioning the building didn’t have, but because …

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Hard Times & Hope Podcast

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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 …

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Robyn: It wasn’t her fault but it shaped her self-perception anyway

Hard Times & Hope podcast, episode 19. When Robyn Rose was ten or twelve years old, through no fault of her own, something happened that …

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 share my own stories in my Sunday notes, and my podcast guests share their stories every other Saturday. 

 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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