Each week, we’ll hear a new This I Believe essay - this time by Andrew Flewelling who grew up with mixed race parents outside of Boston. He faced bigotry both subtle and overt and it changed him. Turning down the noise that surrounds us in the modern world is not easy, but Flewelling has managed to find quiet sanctuaries at important points in life. He believes those silences have helped him reconnect with the inner voice that guides him. Flewelling moved to Vermont from Boston in 1997 after the death of his father, leaving behind a career in advertising to search for a quieter world in which to raise a family. He lives in the shadow of Mount Mansfield with his wife and two daughters, and works for the University of Vermont.