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The Shopping Trip: Showing Up Is Its Own Reward

Roberta Israeloff • 3/7/2019

Sometimes you learn your most important life lessons from the person who most frustrates and disappoints you.

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Past and Future

A Family Dinner Leads to Reflecting on a Legacy

Roberta Israeloff • 11/16/2018

By Roberta Israeloff - To my mother, who inherited the holiday after my grandmother's death, producing the seder was nothing short of a colossal chore—a feeling she'd communicate with every pot she slammed on the stove. Now, it's my turn.

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What Really Gets Handed Down in a Family?

A Personal Essay from our Family Matters Department

Roberta Israeloff • 10/17/2016

By Roberta Israeloff - Our son was 30, the new girlfriend just a few years younger. They continued to date. She was funny and smart. They moved in together. “Is there some kind of family ring?” my son finally asked. Soon after, my mother-in-law took a turn for the worse. She wouldn’t get out of bed in the rehab center, and she’d lie instead curled up like a fetus. When we’d call, all she’d want to talk about were her things: her dishes and cups, jewelry, and the gifts and mementos she’d accrued over her lifetime. “Every single one of them has a story,” she’d say.

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Family Matters

The Unassignables: What Really Gets Handed Down in a Family?

Roberta Israeloff • 8/30/2016

A son’s decision to get married is a rite of passage for the entire family.

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Family Matters

Reading the Lake: After 30 Years, a Sanctuary is Threatened

Roberta Israeloff • 3/7/2014

Our heads may tell us that we need to embrace inevitable changes as we grow older, but our hearts often tell a different story.

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Family Matters

Mozart Redux: Not All Families are Related by Blood

Roberta Israeloff • 7/1/2012

Not all families are related by blood.

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Family Matters

The Fundamental Things

Roberta Israeloff • 11/1/2011

The times and tides of 33 years of marriage

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Family Matters

Lost, and Found: Rediscovering a Subterranean Kington of Memories

Roberta Israeloff • 5/1/2011

Reconnecting with old memories in a father's special place.

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Family Matters

Swept Away: Discovering the world of the senses

Roberta Israeloff • 1/1/2010

A young woman discovers the world of the senses.

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Family Matters

Timelines: Rituals Bond the Past to the Future

Roberta Israeloff • 5/5/2009

From generation to generation, much about family rituals changes and much remains the same.

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Past and Future

A Family Dinner Leads to Reflecting on a Legacy

Roberta Israeloff • 11/16/2018

By Roberta Israeloff - To my mother, who inherited the holiday after my grandmother's death, producing the seder was nothing short of a colossal chore—a feeling she'd communicate with every pot she slammed on the stove. Now, it's my turn.

Daily Blog

What Really Gets Handed Down in a Family?

A Personal Essay from our Family Matters Department

Roberta Israeloff • 10/17/2016

By Roberta Israeloff - Our son was 30, the new girlfriend just a few years younger. They continued to date. She was funny and smart. They moved in together. “Is there some kind of family ring?” my son finally asked. Soon after, my mother-in-law took a turn for the worse. She wouldn’t get out of bed in the rehab center, and she’d lie instead curled up like a fetus. When we’d call, all she’d want to talk about were her things: her dishes and cups, jewelry, and the gifts and mementos she’d accrued over her lifetime. “Every single one of them has a story,” she’d say.

Daily Blog
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Family Matters

The Shopping Trip: Showing Up Is Its Own Reward

Roberta Israeloff • 3/7/2019

Sometimes you learn your most important life lessons from the person who most frustrates and disappoints you.

Magazine Article

Family Matters

The Unassignables: What Really Gets Handed Down in a Family?

Roberta Israeloff • 8/30/2016

A son’s decision to get married is a rite of passage for the entire family.

Magazine Article

Family Matters

Reading the Lake: After 30 Years, a Sanctuary is Threatened

Roberta Israeloff • 3/7/2014

Our heads may tell us that we need to embrace inevitable changes as we grow older, but our hearts often tell a different story.

Magazine Article

Family Matters

Mozart Redux: Not All Families are Related by Blood

Roberta Israeloff • 7/1/2012

Not all families are related by blood.

Magazine Article

Family Matters

The Fundamental Things

Roberta Israeloff • 11/1/2011

The times and tides of 33 years of marriage

Magazine Article

Family Matters

Lost, and Found: Rediscovering a Subterranean Kington of Memories

Roberta Israeloff • 5/1/2011

Reconnecting with old memories in a father's special place.

Magazine Article

Family Matters

Swept Away: Discovering the world of the senses

Roberta Israeloff • 1/1/2010

A young woman discovers the world of the senses.

Magazine Article

Family Matters

Timelines: Rituals Bond the Past to the Future

Roberta Israeloff • 5/5/2009

From generation to generation, much about family rituals changes and much remains the same.

Magazine Article
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Roberta Israeloff is a freelance writer who lives and teaches writing in East Northport, New York.