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10 March 2005

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Cara

That quilt is just gorgeous! Really wonderful.

I spend the morning in quiet pretty much all the time. By lunchtime, I usually turn the TV on for some soaps, but a lot of times I go back to quiet. Life is noisy enough, or so the cliche goes.

Kim

I'm a music person. When I am working, whether it is in my office or on my craft, I like to have the music that speaks to me on. I find music to be inspiring and soothing all at the same time. Can I work with out it.......yes......am I afraid of the quiet......nope. Music motivates and speaks to my soul, but that is me. I guess that is what makes us all unique :-)

Annie

I'm the same way, Cassie. Can't stand the noise! I never have music or tv on during the day. And when I'm around too much noise, I crave quiet.
Weird?

Julie

I'm like you, Cassie. Once in awhile I click on a favorite radio station for a couple hours but generally it is quiet. Oh, and baseball. I listen to the radio when the Cubs play, but that's about it.

margene

Smith (and maybe many men?) likes lots of noise. I leave all music and tv's off when I'm alone. Silence is golden. It seems we have so much in common Cassie. I wonder if our monkey minds are so busy and full of thought that we create our own music. :-0

Julie

I forgot to mention that gorgeous quilt. Can we see more of it, please?

Norma

Those circles are stunning! And if that makes a Luddite, then I guess I am one too. I am in perfect quiet most of the time. I used to think it was because my work requires me to listen to voices all.day.long and that I needed quiet when I returned home at the end of the day, but now I realize it's my first choice, if given the choice.

julia fc

I'm with you on this. When I am listening to music while trying to get something done, it's classical or in a foreign language because the voice is reduced to an instrument if I can't understand what's being sung. But quiet, whenever possible in a house with three kids, is preferred.

Mary Beth

Gorgeous quilt! Quiet person here. Whenever my kids are around they are constantly making noise, so when they leave I just enjoy the silence!

Adelaide

The thing in this post that I find most interesting is that you say that sometimes you don't think at all. How do you do that? I know other people who say the same thing. I always think. I can't turn it off. And, boy, do I wish I could. Does anyone know how to stop thinking? The noise that's always with me is the one in my head, regardless of whether the tv or radio or stereo is on.

Lisa in Oregon

There is a "zone" I can attain in silence while creating...where the only thought is of the next stitch or next bead or next brushstroke...it is deeply meditative for me. I don't always get there...but it's the goal. Like others have commented, in a small house with three children silence is a rare commodity. Often, if the children are going somewhere one will comment to me "but mom, I don't want you to be lonely!" Rest assured, I am never lonely when alone. ;)

Colleen

When I'm focusing on my work, all hell could be breaking loose out their and I wouldn't only give it a passing glance.

Melanie

I tend to have the radio on as I putter around the house. Working out I must have music to distract me from the fact that I am doing something very boring. Knitting and sewing I tend to have books on tape going because neither of them use the upper part of my brain much and if I don't give it something else to listen to I'll get really, really bored. Oddly enough, embroidery is the opposite. Quilting, likewise. For those I prefer silence.
By and large I like silence a lot, just not when I'm trying to *do* something.

Deb

My mother has always had the radio on during the day--Lite FM, which at least is decent enough for background music. Both she and my dad automatically reach for the television remote when they walk into the room (or, in Dad's case, any room). I, on the other hand, like a certain amount of silence. I very much like to knit in front of the television in the evenings because it at least keeps my brain and fingers busy, but the rest of the day . . . there's nothing wrong with a little quiet! And I have a hard time blocking out music or audio with words--my ear automatically latches on to whatever's being said or sung, making it impossible for me to write with any lyric-ed music playing at all. (That said, of course, I'm sitting here at work with WQXR classical radio playing over the internet. The occasional quiet announcement, but otherwise, just good music.) (And of course, when I'm reading I can block out just about anything!)

Janice in GA

I envy you folks that don't need something going on in the background. I usually have the tv or radio (talk stations) going on in the background. That gives my mind something to do while my hands are busy. Audio books are another good source of mind-taming sound.

Watching tv while I'm knitting gives me a reason to change the point of focus of my eyes. If I don't make a conscious effort to look up/look away from what I'm doing, I'll stare in one place so long that I get horrible eye fatigue and headaches.

I have a ton of cds, but only listen to music occasionally. If I have to do anything like writing, though, I can't listen to music or watch tv. My restless brain gets pulled away from the task at hand to anything else that's on. There was one exception to this rule: when I was in college, I found that I could write *better* if I listened to Wagner operas at a very low volume. Apparently there was just enough going on there in a foreign language to occupy the chattering monkey part of my brain, and that let the thinking part get on about the business of writing papers.

Nancy

I listen to classical music through most of the day, regardless of what I am doing. I live in a condo with fairly noisy neighbors, so I would rather hear music than them. Whenever I go out, I often have tunes in my head. I think of it as a buffer between me and the noisy city. My two girls, aged 3 and 5, have benefited from all this classical..they often stop whatever they are playing and ask about the music! I am essentially a quiet person, but I find myself more peaceful in a rushed city environment when I generate my own "musical armor".

Emma.

Quiet.Please.

susan

Personally, I am one of those people that often likes something to listen to or background noise of some kind. When I am reading something dense, it helps me to have the TV on in the background--it's as if the task of tuning out the TV sound helps me to zero in on what I'm doing or something. I often like to watch TV or listen to music while I knit. With something like writing, it really depends. Sometimes I like some low noise in the background, but if I can hear music with lyrics or TV dialogue well I find it disruptive.

I don't know what this all means. Although it's a rather dramatic way of phrasing it, I think it wouldn't be unreasonable to say that I'm "afraid" of silence. Especially when there's no one else around. I definitely have a strong aversion to it, and if I force myself to sit in a quiet room when I'm alone in the house after dark I tend to get pretty uncomfortable.

rams

As to how to stop thinking, several of these postings hint at what Betty Edwards covers in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Get it from the library or buy it from your independent bookstore and be amazed (she includes "before" and "after" drawings to hearten you.) Language lives in the left brain (as do clocks.) Just do the exercises in the book and have the peculiar sensation of, after a few minutes, having your brain shut up. As it happens, you also learn to draw -- and to see-- but the quiet (and loss of time-sense) are particularly interesting.

erin

Unless I'm doing something terribly involved, I need noise. Otherwise, my mind wandeers, a lot. Then I'll rethink whatever I'm knitting eight different ways, frog it, go another route, come up with something I'd like to do different, frog it, start over. It's terribly inefficient.

Valerie

The center circle fabrics....are they really old fabrics? They have a different look to me.
Quiet can be hard to come by in many modern environments. IMO, it's a precious commodity, not to be squandered.

Beth

I love to work in the quiet of an empty house. By the end of the summer, with my kids home all the time, I am at the end of my rope. I need that quiet, alone time to stay on an even (sort of) keel.

GailV

Interesting that you should specify "mechanical noise". My mother sang constantly around the house, reduced to humming when she was deep in thought. I picked up the habit from her. Of course, for becoming completely lost in non-thought, there's nothing like a musical intrument....

Michelene

If I'm reading, absolutely nothing can penetrate the intense communion I feel with the printed word. I thought I learned how to do this as an escape mechanism, but strangely enough, all my children are the same way. We won't stop to eat, answer the phone, sleep, or talk. But when I'm knitting, I can't watch TV or listen to the radio, not even if I'm knitting a simple pattern.

Patti

I need quiet for working on things, too. Even instrumental music is too distracting.

How large are the center circles? Old kimono fabric? I haven't seen such a variety of bright patterns - maybe they are more rare here. The fabrics I find are more subdued.

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