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  • My work involved driving between locations within the city. At the time, I had no air-conditioning in my car so, in the heat of the summer, I'd have my windows down as I drove on the freeways.

    The sounds of traffic...especially the 18-wheelers...was almost deafening. And stressful.

    One day I decided to put two small bells on my briefcase. They were two of the cluster of bell bells I wore on my backpack for hiking to warn the bears...

    After parking, I'd pull them out of my briefcase and let them tinkle as I walked. Once I got to the door of the building, I'd tuck them back into my briefcase.

    Just a small but helpful and joyful way to counterbalance an almost overwhelming dissonance.

    I think about that these days as well. In a metaphoric way, we are the bells on the briefcase counterbalancing the almost overwhelming dissonance of our large global systems.

    I still have those very bells. They are in the audio.

    [Freeway sounds from Soundsnap and Photo by Barbara, Minneapolis, Spring 2012]
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