Exploring, Vineyard, Xan & Bob

The Appreciation of Silence

Far too much time has passed since Bob and I have had a long walk in the vineyard together. We finally did so on Sunday.

The absolute silence that we encounter in some places is humbling.

I wonder if the critters feel the same way. I wonder if they stop in their tracks (so to speak) and just listen to the silence like we do. I wonder if they appreciate it like we do.

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“We listen too much to the telephone and we listen too little to nature. The wind is one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps, but soothing. Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for—sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive, or quiet and calm… As a matter of fact, one of the greatest sounds of them all—and to me it is a sound—is utter, complete silence.”

  ~André Kostelanetz

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