It is another glorious Appalachian day. The sun is shining and a cold wind is blowing outside, while inside I sit at my desk writing with the blessing of heat and warmth. The dogs are barking incessantly as the mailman approaches our house. He is oblivious to the sound of chaos from inside as he walks with his headphones planted tightly in his ears. He is oblivious to the sounds of my barking dogs but he is also oblivious to the sounds of the singing birds he walks by along his route. What a shame to be out and about on a bright winter morning and not take in the sounds of nature all around you.