In her book, ‘Listening Below the Noise,’ author Anne LeClaire says that ‘silence holds two faces. To be silenced is not at all the same as choosing not to speak.’ And it was very clear to me, as I left my winter retreat, that this chosen silence that was my antidote to the year’s distractions and challenges, is the very antithesis of the silence that is suppression and oppression for many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people. Since then, I’ve been pondering the contranym that silence is and the distinctions among its meanings.

Lost Tree— Lisa Linsky, a listener and fan of the show forwarded her beautiful piece from the Huffington Post titled "And Now, a Moment of Silence."

Silence as a tool in civic life? Sounds good to us.

(photo: “Lost Tree” by H. Kopp-Delaney/Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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