Richard T. Clancey Rivera was born in Manhattan, New York, to an Irish American father and a Puerto Rican mother. He moved to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico at a young age and has lived there since. This change and subsequent changing of schools throughout his younger years endowed him with a broad range of hobbies, tastes and talents. Growing up with a twin, four other siblings, and an extended family too large to count, has made family a central part of his life. Having achieved academic success, he was awarded a scholarship to study General Science at Ponce’s PUCPR, and plans on higher education to become a doctor. He enjoys writing haiku and short narratives, and draws inspiration from Puerto Rico’s rich Latin culture, its people and its natural wonders. Among his favorite authors are Gabriel García Márquez , Paulo Coelho, and C.S. Lewis. He will publish an Essay Anthology on May, 2009.
This essay anthology is titled “Her Healing Wounds”. My mother, having divorced when I was two years old, took on the tough task of raising her four children on her own. She eventually met Carlos, remarried and had two more children. Consequently, I was raised in a house with six women, and gained a deep respect for the female gender. In the essays I selected we see how these strong individuals struggle through life’s obstacles, and how they prove to be strong despite the ignorance and actions of some of the men that have been present in their lives.
August came around, and it was back to school for his sophomore year in college. He seemed fine and happy, looking forward to the challenges of the new semester. It was in October that my parents received a call from the Deacon at his dorm informing them that Tommy wasn’t feeling well and wanted to be picked up. He began having anxiety attacks again, like the ones he had had the year before. He asked to be taken to the same doctor that had met with him in November 2008. This time the doctor prescribed some antidepressants.