The quiet of last weekend’s Silent Retreat again renewed me. It also set me reflecting on the importance of language, communication, and sound—for all species. As I now prepare for a writing residency at Friday Harbor Labs, the “40 hours of silence” got me thinking about whale communication through sounds. I don’t expect to see or hear any Southern Resident Killer Whales while I’m at the Whiteley Center, but I might break the silence of my solo retreat listening to some whale recordings.
Care to join me? http://listen.orcasound.net/?os-listen
*Afterthoughts are my blog version of a practice followed in some Quaker meetings. After meeting for worship ends, people continue in silence for a few more minutes during which they’re invited to share thoughts or reflect on the morning’s worship. I’ve adopted the form here for last-day-of-the-month brief reflections on headlines, quotes, books, previous posts, maybe even bumper stickers and refrigerator magnets.