After years of trying for a few seconds at a time and giving up, I finally discovered something that works for me -- listening to music about breathing. By listening to music, my mind focuses on one thing, something relaxing, and I can breathe without the silence doing me in. It's still not easy, but it helps.
There has been a great deal of controversy lately about polling and sampling. So to take the most accurate temperature of the vox populi for tonight's presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, I went directly to my Twitter followers and asked them for their Debate Party Playlists.