Roberta Kuriloff lives in the home she designed and helped build in the woods of Orland, Maine. She has been a practicing attorney in Connecticut and Maine since 1976. Among other commitments, she has been a hospice patient-volunteer, a founding member of two domestic violence projects, and presents public seminars to empower people to make informed estate planning and eldercare decisions. In between her lawyering and community involvement, she makes time to enjoy her passion for writing.
Her first published book, Everything Special, Living Joy, is a book of prose and poetry to inspire. It is about how we look at life: the glass half empty or half full. The name was inspired by Charlotte Joko Beck’s book, Nothing Special, Living Zen. The author had been reading Beck's book prior to experiencing her first eight-day silent meditation retreat. It was written in four of the eight days, in between meditation sittings and walking. The retreat was the culmination of the author's eight year soul-searching journey after the sudden death of someone very special to her. The experience opened her heart to understand the pain and love and connection we share with each other and with our greater selves, which is the essence of this book.