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I'm reading a fascinating story right now called, "The Stranger in the Woods" by Michael Finkel.  It's the true story of a 20-year-old man who walks into the woods one day and disengages totally from society.  He lives without touching or speaking with another human being for 27 years (1986-2013) before he is discovered!  As an extrovert and a great believer in the importance of relationships, the idea of going without human contact for days, let alone years is disconcerting to me.

However, as the author explores the origins of hermits and the profound affect of solitary exploration on our psyche, it has surprised me how appetizing the word 'silence' sounds on my tongue.  As a young mother in the trenches, I'm almost salivating just imagining it.  What would it be like to wake up to your body's natural clock in the placid morning light to the methodic tick tock of your clock?  How would I spend my time if there were no demands of society upon it?  I c…

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