The Day I Ran Away From Home: Where the Journey Begins

(Memoir Excerpt #1) So, this is where my story actually began. The day I ran away from home. I was 17 years old, in my last year of high school, when I ran away from home and ended up traveling around the world for five years. I’ve been trying to understand why I ran away, […]

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Learning to Take the Power Back

I met Dover at orientation in the gymnasium of our Arts High School on the first day of ninth grade. She was a dance major and I was in theater. She had long dark brown Italian hair and perfect skin. She was fierce and brave and I liked her immediately. I like to think that we were […]

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Survival of the Fittest: Hide Your Weaknesses

I was 12 when my dad announced that he was retiring. He had made a bunch of money on a big real estate deal and decided he was taking the money and moving 1400 miles away to St. Petersburg, Florida. “You can call me whenever you want” he said as he handed me his business […]

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Why does daddy need a Prostitute?

“I want to live with daddy” I whined as I tearfully moped around the house for the first few months after my parents split. I walked room to room crying, following my mother as she picked up laundry, throwing myself on the bed she was trying to make. “Your father doesn’t want you!” she finally snapped […]

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How to be a good secret-keeper

I’ve always been an expert secret-keeper. I learned to keep secrets at a very young age. It was a family tradition. We were born and bred into it. The first time I remember being tested on my secret keeping abilities was when I was seven years old. At that time, we were living in a […]

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#SorryExhibit

The past few weeks putting this exhibit together has been an amazing experience. I was blown away at the response and the amount of people who participated in the anonymous apology submissions. Reading them all was thrilling, funny and at times, heartbreaking.  It was liberating and very scary to put my personal apologies out there, but many […]

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Starting with Sorry…

A Canadian born and bred, after living in the united states for years (and becoming an American Citizen) I missed being sorry. Yes, it’s true, we apologize for everything. I’m sorry even when I have no idea why. I’m sorry when I didn’t hear what you said, “Sorry?” I’m sorry when I’m coming out and […]

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Ruby Garnay, A Preface…

Hi, my name is Riva. The name ‘Ruby Garnay’ came to me in a dream one night. It reminds of a free-spirited European aristocrat, rebelliously bounding across a piazza and I just want to yell out to her, “GO Ruby Garnay, you got this!” She’s my inspiration. Maybe if I take some time to look […]

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