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"Our Noise Lives With Us" © Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on December 12, 2013
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Welcome

Awesome news a Chinnok is passing through, and we are melting a little. The winter started early here. According to Environment Canada we have already broken some records this year for cold and snowfall. For those who may not understand the term Chinnok here is a link to explain it... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinook_wind, Interesting phenomena we see happen often, giving us a welcome break from winter.


Welcome as always to the sound of my hunting and pecking sounds at the keyboard. It is the way I type so no laughing, two fingers and a thumb, and I can tap out 20 words a minute on a good day. But welcome to my home, in the quiet hours of the morning with the fireplace shimmering. It is good to have you stop and say hello and rest awhile from the busy pace of life.


Hopefully you take some peace away with you and leave a little behind. Please enjoy your visit and above all know that you are dearly loved.

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How many of us can actually say we have heard the true and pure sound of complete silence. It os something I have found myself seeking more and more lately. It is a place where when we hear a sound we become alert, in tune with the world around us.
This picture even has the sound of complete silence. It was taken at 2 in the morning. A magical time, a time we called darkness. Just as the sun was setting it would reappear again. It happens in a place called the land of the Midnight Sun in the far north of Canada. Even here there is noise of sorts but a peaceful noise. Off in the far distance the sound of a Loon calling out, a mournful sound, you wait and anticipate an answer from the far end of the lake, and it comes.


You hear the buzz of mosquitoes and black flies who swarm in search of a victim. The cry of wolves across the valley, a splash of a fish, the sound of water running down the long nose of the moose who is feeding in the shallows nearby. The sound of the shutter of the camera as it took this picture.
On a cold winter night standing outside in the pitch black watching the Northern Lights as they dance across the sky. Did you know they make a sound as the swish to and fro? On those nights at 40 plus below the make a sound similar to tinkling glass as they travel. You are held in awe at the sound. Once experienced it is something which will stay with you for years.


All sounds you have tuned in and yet they are silent sounds in comparison to what we have around us today. Here in this picture the closet road was 7 miles away, from there it is nothing but a bush road, crossing many small creeks and having to use a winch to get there. No other person, other than the camera operator for miles, just you and your thoughts, thoughts of peace and quiet... Silence.

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Noise Pollution

It is with us, no matter where we go. Just sit here for a few minutes and you find it, keyboard sounds, soft instrumental music playing on my iPad, three large tropical fish tanks running, the fireplace, the small boiler running in the furnace room heating the in floor heat of the house and double garage. It is inescapable. This is the kind of noise we call white noise. Noise we have become used too.


I have this handy little device on my iPad for measuring sound. Noise is measured in Decibels, and this lists several levels and the dangers to extended exposure.
http://www.dangerousdecibels.org/education/information-center/decibel-exposure-time-guidelines/


You would be amazed at the levels of noise we expose ourselves to daily, and we only write it off as acceptable. I sat in a waiting room the other day listening for silence, and it could not be found. The young fellow three chairs down from me foot tapping and other forms of body movement as he listened to his music through his earbuds. It could be heard by most people in the room. The young lady filing her fingernails and snapping her gum caught up in her own world. The shrieking child who ran and screamed while the mother sat and talked to her friend on the cell phone. The well dressed business lady texting, the volume high and making an audible sound with each letter. The young man parked outside i his truck that had a sound system worth twice the value of the truck. He shared his music with everyone for a few blocks in either direction. Then the general noise of the staff, receptionist on the phone attempting to talk above the noise around her. Did you know that Mrs. Mary Jones, now has a bladder infection, and will be taking a stronger antibiotic. Then of course the mood music coming from the speakers. Not music of my choice, but it was there.


Out of curiosity I turned my iPad on and was amazed at what it was reading. 90-93 decibels constantly. According to the charts above we are not to be exposed to that level for more than a few hours

Cher

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I had the opportunity to attend one of her many performances, she is an amazing artist, dynamic and so full of life and energy. I think she has a way with connecting with people in a unique way through her music.


The concert was held in a huge stadium in Calgary called the Saddle Dome. It seats 20,000. The night of the concert the air was electric, and the sound of the people filled the area. It was not until the music started and Cher was lowered from the rafters did the place ignite. It stayed on fire for the next three hours.


The sound levels were close to sickening as the effects of the amplification went right through you to a point of feeling it in the chest. People were complaining days after. I love Cher and all, but I would need to ask myself what does this do to our inner being, our emotional and mental state.


If what we call average sound in our daily life is something we have become accustomed with is it any wonder when we get out into nature and stand in the quiet of the night, we ask the question...

"What is that sound?

I have been very blessed over the years to have been a part of total and complete silence in a place where a man can actually hear himself think.

Take the time to study the noise around you and maybe question what levels you are subjecting yourself too. On occasion seek the sound of silence and it enjoy it....

© Rolly A. Chabot

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true my friend. I did not realize it until I spent a year in the wilderness of Alaska.....the silence really is almost deafening and a bit disconcerting. As I sit here right now I can hear the cars on the freeway, which is three miles away, a constant drone in the background that you forget is there. Wonderful reflections.

      love from Oly

      bill

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      i always feel sooooo....relaxed...after reading you, R! I can almost hear those mosquitoes, the rustling, and the silence. Mmmmm....do we ever really LISTEN anymore?

      (20 wpm???? Even MORE impressed with the # of words you can turn out!!!)

      Enjoy your chinook - no such luck here...

      HUGSxx

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      David Warren 3 years ago from Nevada

      Thank you, reminded me of a recent trip to Death Valley. I was in the park before sunrise for photos' and was amazed at the complete lack of noise. Was an experience I'll cherish and never forget.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Hi, Rolly - I attended a lot of rock concerts in my youth, usually sitting too close to the amplifiers. I'm surprised I have any hearing left at all as a senior citizen! I didn't realize the dangers of too many decibels until I'd already experienced them (too many decibels).

      I live in a relatively quiet residential neighborhood on the edge of a city. The sounds I hear are comforting to me. I've lived in noisier environments, but they never bothered me. In fact, they made me feel more alive.

      I'm one of those unusual people who does NOT feel at home in a rural area. I do not want to live in the country. It's too dark and too quiet! When all you can hear are crickets chirping or tree frogs making their little sounds, that's too quiet for me! The heavy dark of a moonless, starless night is unsettling. Give me street lamps! Haha.

      I realize I'm in a small minority. Everyone else seems to adore rural areas, wide open spaces, even the wilderness. For me, very brief visits to these places were quite enough. I was more than ready to return to "civilization" after a day and night, thank you very much.

      Someone gave me a small ceramic plaque which reads, "Stop and listen to the sounds of silence." I still haven't decided whether the giver meant this in a sincere way or if it was a joke since my preference for noise is well known.

      Jaye

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the quiet times and the peaceful sounds of nature. There is so much noise in the daily lives of many people. I don't have very good hearing, so when I can hear the music that someone with earphones is listening to - as I often do - I know that the volume is turned way too high! Some people seem to need the company of loud sound. Thanks for sharing this interesting hub, Rolly.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      We get so used to the sounds Rolly we don't even hear them after a while. I have a cockatiel that is extremely noisy but I'm so used to it I don't hear it half the time. I wouldn't want to measure his noise level ;)

      Your gentle nature shows through in this hub. May the sounds of silence and nature always grace your doorstep.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      Silence is golden and an opportunity to slow down and reflect, meditate and be still, knowing He is God.

      Our house does not experience alot of silence and most of the time I love the hustle, bustle, laughter, stories, wrestling and sharing. But when I do get silence, first of all it takes a shift for me, then a realization that it is a sweet opportunity to enjoy the quietness.

      You do have a peaceful presence Buddy and you pass it on and communicate that in your writing. Thanks for an opportunity to think about the rarity of silence and the profuseness of noises that hit us everyday.

      Voted Up +++

      Blessings and Hugs!

      Mekenzie

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Rolly,

      So lovely to see you writing here again! Yes, oh how I love the peace and quiet of living out of the city. We are not totally out in the country, just in a small town, but the difference is huge. I have always loved complete silence. I am not one to have to have that "white" noise to go to sleep either!

      Enjoyed your photos and wise words as always. Hope you are well and glad you are having your winter break.

      Up and more and sharing

      Hug,

      Faith Reaper

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I watched the video. I love Cher but the noise was deafening. I think we are so used to all the noise around us naturally, we forget to seek solitude. I just listened to my house, the furnace running, the fan. the tv, the radio, usually i think nothing about it but your piece is a reminder, quiet is needed. Thank's Rolly. Good to see you back writing....

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Rolly, I don't think there's anything more soothing than the sounds of nature. I love having my morning coffee outside and listening to the sounds of birds awakening and calling to each other, the squirrels scampering in the trees, lizards whisking about through the brush.

      And then the rest of the world wakes up. Cars honk their horns, trains blare their way through traffic, rap bounces off the streets before you even see from where the sound originates. It's then I take a shower, fire up my computer and put on music of my choice.

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... Thanks for the visit and like you I suppose we just get used to it but once you have experienced complete solitude it is something you remember and miss... well I certainly do at least... lol

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi imkarn23 ... I wonder as well if we take the time or really enough time to listen. Do we even listen to ourselves, let alone listen to the cries of the world and all the hurting people.

      One sound I forgot to mention was that resounding smack when one of the raptures would land on me after buzzing and dive bombing for a meal. Thanks for the comment and you are always welcome at the Fireside...

      Hugs from over that way a few K away

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi David... a warm welcome to the Fireside and I do hope we see you often. I find the same when I first arrive in a pace, it is uplifting to know you are the first to stop and listen and appreciate.

      Blessings from Canada

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Ah, just admit it Rolly, we wanted to become one with the music when we were young and that meant loud and feeling it in our chest was OK, we weren't fighting high blood then. lol

      I know what you mean though. Luckily I live in the country away from highways and do enjoy the quiet. I heard about the Chinook years ago in the Little House books; so familiar with that.

      Hope you are well and don't have too harsh of a winter. GB

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Jaye... First and foremost welcome to the Fireside, we all love to meet new people here and explore their writing. Thank you for the comment and sharing your experience. What is important is to find ourselves comfortable and at peace where we are. You have found something we all seek and that is comfort.

      Places such as rock concerts are a thing of the past for me as like you I have reached the senior level of living, but I have to admit they were the good old days indeed.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Alicia... Thanks for the visit and sharing with us... I do love the sound of silence...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Mary... smiles to you sitting and writing and not hearing your partner in crime... they can be noisy but at the same time entertaining. Thank you for your kind comment....

      Hugs as always

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi McKenzie... smiles... we have known each other for going on 5 years now, I have come to know you and your family in a way that has blessed me dearly, at times feeling a part of what you share... smiles.

      You and Hubby have created and raised a wonderful family and they are such a blessing to have come to know as well... love each other at the gatherings and when that moment of silence comes along, well just languish in it knowing that you are loved by the Father and all those whom you touch...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Faith Reaper... good to be back, even though consistency is not in me... lol... maybe too many things happening and time to revisit some priorities again.

      Thank you for the kind words and sharing your part of the world with us... so blessed to know that you love the quiet...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I would choose the middle of the woods at any time, with preference for being alone. The sounds of nature thrill me.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Very interesting subject, Rolly, and you explored it most thoroughly. I believe we are so accustomed to the normal noise in our lives that we accept it and hardly notice it.

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always... Lol... Defending is a very good word, especially in live concert, but then you get caught up in her dynamic performance. To me nothing better can be found but to sit with your back to a tree near a lake or river and soak in the sounds all around you....

      Hugs and blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bravewarrior... Sounds to me as you have found your own little corner of the world and indeed very aware of your environment. It is important we all find what brings us to that place ...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Jackie... Thanks for the comment and yes the Chinnok is a wonderful thing to come along in the middle of winter... they are a welcome sight in the horizon as it forms and arch. You are blessed to have a place such as you have...

      Hugs and Many Blessings as always

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi aviannovice ... doing what you do capturing those images we have all come to know and love requires complete silence and you understand... keep up the great work... you have found a place where you belong...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi drjb.... I could not agree with you more. Years ago I would thrive during the work week on the fact I knew I would soon have the peace again... it was much like coming home for me...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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