The author's mother in her Gold River house, sitting in an arm chair reading

Memento Mori

Pia Sieroty Spector is a 3rd generation Californian. At age 18, she abandoned the smoggy Los Angeles sprawl for Northern California where she studied architectural history at UC Santa Cruz. She then ventured to the humid and mysterious south where she studied, traveled abroad and received a Masters in Art History from Emory University. She […]

Picture of a journal on a woman's knees; her right hand is holding a pen; her left is holding the journal

The Power of Writing to Help People Heal

Just about seven years ago, as I was ending a bad marriage, helping my teenage girls find their way, trying to heal me and us and, simultaneously, dreading all the work I needed to do as a woman, a mom, a daughter, a partner and a professional, I fell into a writing group.

The author, Pia Spector on graduation day wearing her black robe with a white dress underneath. Her now deceased then boyfriend is shown in profile on the right

Bargaining With Grief

No one likes to grieve. Grief is like anxiety; it lingers in the gut, it increases and decreases rapidly, tears come at odd times — each hour is punctuated by not knowing when the tears, the fear or the desperation will rise again.

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