[caption id="attachment_1879" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Left: Cherene Snow. Right: Cherene Snow as Judy in Small Mouth Sounds, Photo by T. Charles Erickson[/caption] Judy, Cherene Snow’s character in Small Mouth Sounds, has a lot of trouble keeping quiet. Not so with Cherene. A few years back, Snow’s friend, a monk, invited her to spend New Year’s at a quiet retreat. It was a transformative weekend. Negotiating the politesse of everyday life was a challenge – the “thank yous” and “pleases” and “excuse mes” of polite discourse. But Snow found there is so much that can be said without words. “In the evening you were silent and I loved it,” she said. She’d always been comfortable with her own thoughts, but this retreat showed her that silence can be a valuable thing in her life. “I found the peace in it. I found that I didn’t have to talk, it was ok not to talk, that I enjoyed not talking,” Snow said. -Steve Scarpa