Just as the sun was setting last night, the power went off in my neighborhood. I was on the phone, which went dead….and suddenly the canyon was bathed in silence. It takes a moment to realize just how much noise the steady hum of electricity in the house and outside affects you. In the absence of all that miscellaneous power, there was a wonderful peaceful feeling. Without the computer, the phone, or anything else to distract me, I walked outside to a truly amazing pink sunset. My neighbors had the same idea, and I met someone new who had just moved into the area. For just a moment, I got that great feeling of being right here now and enjoying the comraderie of silence in a canyon full of people.