Yesterday evening we went to see Mary Lou's Mass, A Jazz Mass for Peace written by Mary Lou Williams. Ligia, our current houseguest and resident ballet dancer and capoerista, gifted us with tickets. What an inspiring and uplifting performance! While I have many differences with organized religion, I grew up with religious music and lyrics and still find peace from listening to them though not necessarily from their literal meanings. As one who has--once again--put myself on a voluntary News Fast in order to maintain some equilibrium in my life, I welcomed the chance to immerse myself in jazz music, dance and a shared commitment to peace. I have attended many performances directed and choreographed by Dr.Cleo Parker Robinson and therefore trusted that this one would be as creative and inpiring as all the others. It was! I so needed to re-connect with the pride of peace-makers in our country. I am weary of feeling embarrassed and saddened at recent actions and inactions of our country's leadership. Last night was a welcomed respite from Iraq and the many other violent conflicts around our world.