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“Real World” or so it seemed. Not too many people want to remember or even entertain the thought of where they were on 9-11-2001 but for me it was a “Great and Terrible day.” It was great because it was a time of incredible creativity for me as I was working on “The Source” and hanging out in Peter Gabriel’s “Real World Studios.” It was terrible because I was in Peter Gabriel’s Studio at the moment the Twin Towers were destroyed in New York and the “Real World” as I knew it changed. It was my second time at Peter’s studio and my wife’s first as we stayed in Bath, England ten minutes away. It was no doubt a wonderful experience. However, we left the studio not even knowing what happened in New York and headed to London to stay for a few nights before we were off to Paris, France. We arrived in London later that evening only to find all the hotels booked up. Everywhere we went nothing was available and I couldn’t for the life of me understand why. I didn’t have that problem ever before. We drove around until two o’clock in the morning looking for a place to stay when I finally pulled into a gas station for suggestions on where to get a room. As I waited in line I saw a picture in the paper of the Twin Towers on fire. I was a little shocked but didn’t know the extent of what happened until we finally found a room and was able to watch the news. As we settled in we watched the news in disbelief and stayed up until six in the morning watching the video coverage over and over. Obviously it was questionable if we were going to be able to get back home anytime soon much less make it to Paris. So we decided to skip Paris and drove to Dover to hang for a few days in a very surreal psychological environment while everything settled down a bit. We were finally able to get a flight back home to the US only to later find out that my wife was pregnant with our twin daughters at the time all of this occurred. There were times she was not feeling well in England, which turned out to be morning sickness from being pregnant. The “Real World,” whatever that means, changed in one brief moment of space and time. The Twin Towers were destroyed, I was working on a Double CD, and my Twin daughters were born shortly afterward in 2002. It was a case of the “terrible twos” while in the same moment a time of blessing and wonder. Who knows what 2012 will bring or even 2020 but hopefully humanity will awaken, move past the ignorance, and stop the violence so we can live in a “Real World” of peace and love ushering in a “Great Day” to speak of instead of a great and terrible day. David H. Atwell www.consciousmind.com