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Benita is, we think, 96 years old, and she is blind. She lives with her sister, Manuela, who is deaf, in a one-room, dirt-floor, hut in a small village in Guatemala. My younger brother, Mike Peck, translated the Christmas carol Silent Night into her own Q'eqchi' language, and commissioned a professional choir in Salt Lake City to sing and record it. Benita told us early on in our conversation that no one comes to sing to her any more, and she herself has forgotten how to sing.  We played this carol for her as she rocked herself in her hammock, and sang her more carols before we had to leave. It was one of the most tender and profound moments of my life. Wisdom Anthologies begins with Benita.