Peace Players

As the drama and saga of my family history continues to unfold,in between phone calls, I found myself catching a snippet of the ESPY Awards tonight.

I had just gotten off the phone with one of my other aunts whom I had not spoken to for months. It turns out that her daughter, a cousin with whom I spent several years growing up together has been in a major depression and having a rough go of it. I learned more about the warped dynamics of the non-communication between and among each other and how we have been kept out of touch with each other by stories and lies. Hard hearts; torn emotions; missed dreams.

And then there was the footage about the Peace Players organization from Northern Ireland. This organization's founders, Dave Cullen and Trevor Ringland had just been given the ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award. This group found a way to bring children together to play basketball--children who would normally be enemies to one another. These men have found a way to turn hate into hope. I loved that phrase--hate into hope. It was also very inspiring to see hear these two men as they accepted their award, make a humble appeal to the VIP's in the audience to use their power and influence to do something good in the world; to make a difference. For further information, visit this URL:
http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=41448

Speaking of making a difference, Kristi Rickert Peterson who has made such a difference in the lives of so many people, gave her farewell party performance tonight as she and husband, Terry pack to move to Arkansas this month. Kristi has been the musical director for Pacific Church for mucho years; and also played at the Top of the Cove and other dinner clubs around San Diego. She is truly an amazing vocalist, musician and artist and I was blessed to know and work with her during my time at PCRS. I was fortunate to do two musical talent shows at church and tonight -- to add a touch of comedy with "Adelaide's Lament." It was the perfect song choice to match my sleepless, hoarse voice from my trip. I am so proud of her personal and professional accomplishments and how she has served and supported others with her music and her soul. I am happy that she and Terry have found a great new home in Arkansas and will be near Terry's family, too. It was grand to hear her sing and be serenaded in sweet appreciation of her talents. And she is a fabulous practitioner to boot.

Bon Voyage to Kristi, Terry, Mattie and Tiki.

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