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ASHLEY REYNOLDS courtesy the author


WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOUR IDENTITY AND YOUR DESIRES?

"My identity is one that I continue to grow into, my desire is to never be limited by identity."


Paul Signorelli by Dennis L. Maness


WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON YOU'VE LEARNED? OR: WHAT WAS YOUR LAST MOMENT OF AWE?

"Most important life lesson: there never was and never is going to be enough time to do everything I want to do, so do something every day—Every. Day.—that provides some level of satisfaction, and take advantage of whatever time I do have."

PATRICK EARL RYAN courtesy the author


WHY DO YOU GET UP EVERY MORNING?

"For morning’s solitude. I get up at 4 a.m. every day for a few hours of solitude. I’ll meditate, practice tai chi, make coffee, and listen to what the world has to say to me. It seems important to me to be able to be in the world by yourself and be quiet without feeling lonely, abandoned, crowded, without explaining. It’s very energizing.”

A deaf old man who doesn't own a clock. A smoking couple with a baby monitor.
This piece was lovely—I couldn't tell whether to be sympathetic or sorry, self-conscious or awed.