Monday, June 29, 2009

Job Search

I have sent out numerous resumes to local districts, both electronically and through the mail. I haven't received so much as a "thanks but no thanks" form letter. I often wonder if the districts are even getting my electronic applications that they INSIST we use instead of sending through the mail or inquiring over the phone.

I'm starting to think I have a better chance of winning the lottery than I do getting a teaching job here in the area. SOMEONE HIRE ME!!!

Tuesday begins my summer course as I continue working for my graduate degree, part time. Whoop-de-freakin-do.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

To all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Great-Grandfathers, and Reverend Fathers out there, I wish you all the happiest Father's Day! Your contributions to your families (or parishioners) is greatly appreciated. You have the duty to guide, protect, teach, inspire and love the children entrusted to your care.

As I celebrate with my Dad today, I also remember fondly my Grandfathers who are now in their eternal home. I fondly recall my Gramps, Vince, who did everything for my family and I. His simple sense of humor, quiet demeanor, and large heart are greatly missed, but his love and legacy can still be felt in my heart and mind.

To the Reverend Fathers across the globe: Thank you for your spiritual care and guidance!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Good Read

For those of you who think "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is a good policy, or think "sexuality isn't part of the military, it's about the group, not the individual", I have a book for you to read. Ask and Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out by Steve Estes. It chronicles the achievements of gay and lesbian veterans during their time in the military from WWII to present day service in Iraq.

So many, including many gays, are content with this idea of staying in the military closet.. after all, you were there to serve your country, not to have "relations". This book explores just how profoundly the military's homophobia has impacted countless men and women who have loyally served, and yet have been dishonorably discharged or harassed because of their sexual orientation. If the military was not the place for discussing sexuality, then hold EVERYONE accountable, not just homosexuals. All men and women, heterosexual included, should be banned from discussing any sort of relationship and or sexual activity. Imagine if heterosexuals were not allowed to discuss their families, spouses, or even have them live in military housing. There would be protesting in the streets, but for some reason.. we accept it as a fair compromise for gays and lesbians since the military is not about "sexuality".

This country has a long way to go before it finally grows up.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Pride Day (for Buffalo)

Because a powerful and influential portion of the majority try to deny us our basic rights, we celebrate our pride today. Because there are so many who try to ridicule us into obscurity, we celebrate our pride today. Because there are those who claim we are not really God's children and worthy of his love the way we are, we celebrate our pride today. EVERYONE deserves to be treated with dignity. Happy Pride Day! - M.V.L.