This time of the year may be the noisiest. All over the neighborhood you hear the sound of leaf blowers. Do you remember the good old days when people used "rakes"? The whole family would be out in the yard raking the leaves into nice piles. When my daughter was a toddler she loved to run and jump into my nice pile of leaves, with the dog following right behind. Now I see the neighbors wearing ear covers so they don't have to listen to the noise they are making. I think we should ban these machines. Maybe if we bring some quiet back into our lives we will figure out who we really are.