My turn: Silence sounds good

Ah … the sound of silence. I cherish it. I've just spent some time on my front porch enjoying the silence of the morning. And in that silence I heard such a grand variety of birds singing. I heard a child in my neighborhood playing with her dog. There was another dog barking somewhere off in the distance. A neighbor was working in his yard, so there was the occasional sound of the trimmer. Farther off I knew vehicles were going down the road as people were headed here and there.

My day job takes place in my home office where I spend plenty of hours with spreadsheets. Most of my days are whiled away in silence, and I've become quite accustomed to peace and quiet.

I know this is bucking the system. Our world is crowded with noise. If you watch an older movie, you'll notice that there are long periods of silence … calm dialogue. Today's scenes must be loaded with action and sound to hold attention. News programs are filled with panels of speakers, all vying for the top spot, louder and louder.

I love this quote from poet Edith Sitwell. "My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music and silence."

We're fortunate in rural America to enjoy peaceful surroundings. Listen for it today.

Sandy Fields keeps an online journal at her website E-mail her at

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