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I happened upon this conversation this morning, and this was one of the most profound stories I've heard and listened to in a long long time. The author and this topic of silence is a new area of discovery for me so I will be listening and reading more very very soon. What touched me was the truth of Mr. Hempton's well-founded observations. As a former Benedictine monk, silence has remained important to me before my stay at the monastery, during and in the years since I've left that life. The opportunities for self-reflection, discovery and sharing with others has always been important for me personally in this crazy world with its overwhelming push for more noise, more distractions. Thank you for sharing this wonderful conversation with a very real prophet for our times. I'm looking forward to checking out the website, the books and audio tapes of this author and i thank you for such a marvelous hour this early Mother's Day morning.