"When the first building fell, I was scared at first, people were running in all directions, people bumped into me, and someone even grabbed my backpack, that was really freaky. I just dropped it and kept running. But after that I felt like everything would be all right, everybody would be fine. I don't know, I didn't really panic. I guess I am more a thinker. I try to think things through rather than start panicking."


" I value honesty and creativity and there's something else I've been more aware of lately that I think is really important—it's this ability to pause and point out that something is beautiful, or that a moment is really wonderful. Because it is so easy to just keep going with something and not even stop and notice it. There are people that can bring that out in you, and you can bring it out in other people."


"There are times when I want to be a journalist. There are times when I think it would be cool to be someone in policy. There are times when I think I just want to be an artist. It changes everyday. I've no idea exactly what I want to be doing. I have no idea what I am going to be up to in ten years..."


"Coming out and then meeting the queer community is kind of like being reborn. Everyone who comes out of the closet has to relearn how to date, has to relearn how to navigate social situations because it is very, very different. I identify as a soft butch gender queer gay person who sleeps with women, dates women. It's all very complicated."


"Seeing eye to eye is not really what I am after. It's not necessarily possible and it's not necessarily all that interesting. Agreement is not a pre-requisite for gaining knowledge, or gaining ethical conviction. It's a question of being able to communicate effectively and respectfully."


" Talking with the people, that's the stuff I love. Monasteries are very interesting and all, but if you don't have a good talk with a monk while you're there, well, what were you doing? "


"Every night when I look up at the sky, there's nothing in my way. I can see very single star. There's no light pollution, there's no sound pollution, there's just every star. It's very spiritual, slash, inspirational. It doesn't matter what time of year it is. It can be winter, fall, I go out and stare at stars. I'll just go and stare into the space because that's where I feel ideas must come from, from that silence, that darkness, they just kind of fall, and they'll hit you."


"I have always felt a desire to prove myself to myself as much as anyone else, probably much more than anyone else."


"I was brought up Unitarian and one thing that my friends and I talk about a lot is that it is comprised of all these people who are older who are coming from more organized religions with really set creeds and they are all freaked out by the idea of anything that feels religious. Whereas you have this group of young people who've been brought up UU who have no problem with things that feel religious like you feel when you go to a black church and everyone is singing, rocking out, or if you go into a huge cathedral and everything's rising above you, and you can see all way up into heaven basically, those visceral reactions. I think that Unitarianism is pretty cerebral."


"It is hard to find the balance between loving to cook and being a nurturer, traditional womanly interests or qualities, and being a really strong woman. Why does this have to be a problem? Can I be a really strong woman and love to cook and nurture people? In the end, yes, absolutely, and men should be the same way: strong, but they can also be nurturing."


"Singing feels like being in a different world: it feels like, in a way, being home within oneself and being at home within the music. I feel like when I make music I can let go of everything else and I can engage with the music. I am still very fascinated—even though I have been singing some pieces at least 100 times—with what the composer wanted the audience and the musicians to feel and see. "


"I definitely saw myself going into politics for awhile because there are so many things that need changing, so I feel like instead of just getting frustrated or becoming cynical, or sitting around and complaining about it, it might make sense to actually put myself in a position where I could be doing something about it, but I also might be too shy."


"We have a movement like Occupy, which I was a part of and it was just the most amazing democratic movement. There were many problems with it and we can criticize it. We were trying to engage in processes which want to be the true processes of democracy. We're living in a world where people are willing to compromise their personal ambitions or safety for causes which are larger than themselves, and that is inspiring."


"There are so many ways to make a difference. Some of the things I think about are: who is making more of a difference, President Obama or my mom?"


" One thing that I always try to share is being independent. I see it a lot with most of my friends. Of course it is great to have your parents as a resource, but if you let your mum choose your classes for you, your mum should be in school not you. There's a lot that one can learn from being independent. You need to fail in life so that you know how to succeed."


"A lot of the work as a composer is done when you're not even sitting down to do it. Just walking around, you hear things, and you make connections, associations. You think of sounds you want to create. It's like you have all these different scenes and you have to organize them in the right order to make a cohesive story out of it.
Great artists have something to say. If you have nothing to say, get out."


"It is a fine line between fairness and unfairness. Justice is not fairness, but it is very close to it—close cousins. I like things to be fair. I think people should be responsible for their actions and have to deal with the consequences."


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