Framing a Life: Building the Space To Be Me

Framing a Life: Building the Space To Be Me

by Roberta S. Kuriloff
Framing a Life: Building the Space To Be Me

Framing a Life: Building the Space To Be Me

by Roberta S. Kuriloff


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On a blustery Maine day, thirty-nine-year-old Roberta Kuriloff found herself standing on a plot of land purchased with her former partner, holding a couple of wood stakes to mark off exactly where her new house would sit. No longer their land. No longer their dream. Now, just hers.

Immersed in a world of blueprints, materials, contractors, and critters, Roberta confronted the major losses she’d suffered in her life—in particular the deaths of her mother and aunt from cancer and her separation from her father and brother during her placement in an orphanage—and to try to understand how those losses had shaped the woman, lawyer, and activist she’d become. As she cleared land, hammered nails, lifted beams, and shivered in her rented mobile home, the answers began to come to her.

Roberta soon found love again, with a woman named Nancy . . . only to lose her abruptly just one year later in a car accident. Her grief over Nancy’s death, and the psychic and out-of-body events she experienced following that loss, led to an eight-year spiritual quest where she explored her Jewish roots, the Kabbalah, Buddhism, and reincarnation. As she healed, new love beckoned with Bernice—and at long last Roberta found that intrinsic sense of self, that unshakable foundation of heart and soul, that home, that she’d been searching for all along.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647424954
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 07/18/2023
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,157,628
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Roberta Kuriloff is a writer, author, speaker, community activist, and former attorney. She is the author of Everything Special, Living Joy: Poems and prose to inspire; the short story “Unearthing Home,” published in the Spring 2020 issue of Yellow Arrow Publishing Journal; and the essay “Musings on the Word Atonement,” in the anthology Art in the Time of Unbearable Crisis: Women Writers Respond to the Call, published June 2022. As an attorney, her legal work centered on families in emotional and financial crises. She is a founding member of an elderly services organization and two domestic violence projects, and she has also worked as a hospice patient-volunteer and bereavement workshop facilitator. In between her community work, she makes time to enjoy her passions for writing and dance. She lives in the home she built in the woods of Orland, Maine.
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