A wise friend of mine once said this. They suck the life out of you, but they can only survive in the darkness. Once they're exposed to the light, there's a moment of horror, of recognition, and then poof — they lose their power over you.
— Author and former gossip columnist for MSNBC.com Jeannette Walls in the November issue of Oprah magazine on how secrets are like vampires. Walls should know about telling secrets. Her searing memoir The Glass Castle revealed the harrowing childhood she endured being raised by two eccentrics who could barely keep food on the table. To hear Walls speaking about riding in a taxicab in New York City and seeing her homeless mother rooting around in trash cans, read more.