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Shhh! You hear that?

No, of course you didn’t. In the modern world, blank paper is as close as you’re likely to come to the sound of silence. At best, the aural distractions in our lives are reduced to the hum of the dozens of appliances and devices sucking at PEPCO’s teat—a far cry from the transporting silence one experiences in nature. OK, so Bethesda isn’t exactly Tibet, but still, the Silent Retreat offered by the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church presents an opportunity to journey to the center of your mind in peace and quiet. Revisit resolutions now nearly a month old (and likely forgotten). Finish that book. Start that journal. Or simply take time to breathe a heavy sigh. There, didn’t that sound good? Start whispering at 7 p.m. at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. $20. (301) 493-8300. (Dave Nuttycombe)