The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
Finding Growth in the Face of Great Loss with Roberta Kuriloff

A spiritual lesbian lawyer activist with Jewish roots, our guest, Roberta Kurlioff, tells the story of growing up in an orphanage and then building her home in the woods of Maine, creating a meaningful life even in the face of great losses. Her memoir is “Framing a Life: Building the Space to Be Me.”

Roberta describes her life (warning: spoilers!) and her many losses along the way, all of which lead her to want to live her life more fully including exploring her Jewish heritage, delving into the realms of spirituality, and fighting for women’s rights. She describes many dreams that helped her along the way including precognitive dreams, and she also describes her current battle with cancer.

Max asks Roberta about how dreams helped her reconcile her spirituality with her Jewish roots.

BIO: Roberta S. Kuriloff is a speaker, community activist, former attorney and the author of “Framing a Life: Building the Space to be Me” (She Writes Press, July 18, 2023). With humor and poignancy, her memoir takes readers along an inspiring journey of self-discovery as Roberta finds that home is less a physical place than an intrinsic sense of self, an unshakable foundation of the heart and soul. She also published “Everything Special, Living Joy, Prose and Poems to Inspire,” and a short story she wrote, “Unearthing Home,” was published in Yellow Arrow Publishing Journal. An essay called ‘Musings on the Word Atonement’ was published in “Art In The Time of Unbearable Crisis; Women Writers Respond to the Call” published by She Writes Press June 2022.

Find our guest at: and on FB @RobertaKuriloffAuthor

Show aired on August 19, 2023.

Intro music is Water over Stones and outro music is Everything both by Mood Science. Ambient music is created new every week by Rick Kleffel. The audio can be found at Many thanks to Rick Kleffel for also engineering the show, to Tony Russomano for answering the phones and to Ewa Malady for audio editing.


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