Have you ever noticed how silent it is on a cold day or night? I first noticed that silence during the two winters I lived in Alaska. Most nights I would venture out to the skating rink located close to where I lived, sometimes alone and sometimes with a friend or two. Just to note, we lived on a base and it was perfectly acceptable for a 9 or 10 year old to go out at night. Many nights I would be the only skater on the rink and the northern sky and stars watched over me; occasionally the Northern Lights would dance for me, too. I remember the silence and the feeling of being so in touch with the universe.I experienced that silence this afternoon and had to marvel again at the wonder of it. After church I hurried home to get started on the Cowboys game, let the dogs out, and flipped on the TV. As is their habit when it is cold and wet the little darlings stood by the door, so I went out with them and mandated that go out into the yard. As I stood there waiting on them I was aware of the silence in the winter air. The sky was a light gray and the temperature still cold. There was no sound of traffic and no sound of planes taking off. Smoke from a fire place drifted by and birds were flying against the backdrop of leafless trees. Just total quiet surrounding me in the cold air.