Want an honest window to the challenges of life?

This is the place where I write about the hard stuff 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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Nothing For Us Without Us

I started this series to counterweight how my brain tends to work, ruminating over failures and forgetting successes. Because last week’s post reminded me of …

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Everybody Has a Worry Bottle

The first year I worked at the University of Minnesota, I didn’t know what program I wanted to enroll in, but I did want to …

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In the Shadow of His Mother

Let’s go back to the clinic, back to the Accutane study, back to that sixteen-year-old standing in his mother’s shadow. Let’s call him Keith. (I …

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Hard Times & Hope Podcast

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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 …

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Linda: Cumulative Losses

Hard Times & Hope podcast, episode 18. Linda had recently suffered a major business loss followed by the death of her mother. Then her big …

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Linda: Deconstructing and reconstructing her life, without alcohol

Hard Times & Hope podcast, episode 17. Three deaths and the ravaging cancer of a friend were wake-up calls. What they said to Linda Mclachlan …

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?

Looking for an honest take on the stuff most people don't talk about?

Everybody has a story that matters and everybody needs love. I share my own stories in my Sunday notes, and my podcast guests share their stories every other Saturday. 

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