Our stories matter.

This is the place where I explore stories, looking for wisdom about how to live, love, and leave with no regrets. 

My hope is that my stories will help you explore your own stories, and that there’s benefit for both of us.

I’m not an expert but I am curious. I’ve got a flashlight, spare batteries, 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.

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Uncle Emil

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Who Is This Woman?

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Are You a Good Witch?

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Hard Times & Hope Podcast

A Year of Podcasting

A Year of Podcasting When I started podcasting, I committed to doing it for a year and then deciding if I wanted to continue or …

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Alex DiPalma: Caring when there isn’t much else you can do

Hard Times & Hope Podcast, episode 27 Alexandra DiPalma and her partner Kenya moved from New York City to Mexico City. But soon after they …

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Sana Fayyaz: A mother birthed by her daughter

Hard Times & Hope Podcast, episode 26 Sana Fayyaz grew up in Pakistan and then moved with her family to the United States as a …

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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