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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Enjoy. Tend. Ass. Heart.

…so that I may enjoy my life and home, tend to my field, and put my ass where my heart wants to be. It may …

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I am All These Things

“I am all these things so that I can fulfill my divine life intentions: To be a creative maker, A good friend and partner, With …

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I am Gritty

As I’ve been doing these posts on my morning meditations, I’ve made some changes. Changing ‘persevering’ to ‘gritty’ was one of them. Before ‘persevering’ the …

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Hard Times & Hope Podcast

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Jule: A fifteen-year-old considers suicide

Hard Times & Hope podcast, episode 11 Yep, this week the ‘guest’ is me! Taking a turn in the guest chair seemed like the right …

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Adam: Choosing a school, a breath, a tomorrow

Hard Times & Hope podcast, episode 10 Adam is a deep thinker. This episode focuses on pivotal moments (a car crash, the death of a …

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Katie: A daughter with a dad-shaped hole

Hard Times & Hope podcast, episode 9 Every daughter wants to love and be loved by her father. But Katie’s father left their family when …

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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