Dear Readers, sometimes while in the middle of social justice issues it's refreshing to have a change of scene and thought. I'll be sharing some reactions to all I'm seeing. I spent my birthday in Russia at the Hermitage Museum and was told by the guide that if I stopped at each painting for less than a minute it would still take me three years to see all the artworks in its 1057 rooms. It's like Versailles but not as flashy. That evening I attended the ballet Cinderella brought up to the 1920s, with incorporated modern dance. It was stunning. The costumer selected for the dresses the same color in different intensities. The dancers, when in a line, shimmered like reflections on a lake. I was captivated. The streets were abustle with activity, the citizens looked happy or focused, the shops were inviting and the architecture preserved.