Showing posts from May, 2013

My Thoughts on the Boy Scouts of America

Today, on my way to work I was listening to my local NPR station, 90.5 WNPR  (a daily routine I love and live by) and heard a report on the outcome to the  Boy Scouts of America policy decision related to accepting LGBTQ members and leaders in the future. It was a 50/50 split and I'm not surprised by the organization's decision to accept LBGTQ youth but not leaders. About 60 percent of the membership voted for this change. While I was hoping gay leaders would also be welcomed into the fold, I still see this as a win for gay rights advocates and an illustration that America is slowly but surely evolving on the issue of homosexuality. It's not everything I wanted to see, but it s a step in the right direction. I'm glad to be ending this week with some good news that shows are nation is moving toward tolerance and acceptance. I realize that many folks aren't as happy as I am. Many Christian social conservatives have been outspoken about the vote and the policy

Another Semester Wrapped

The last two weeks have been pretty hectic for me. I was wrapping up work on a final paper for my Servant Leadership, Restorative Justice and Forgiveness course, gearing up for a mother's day dinner I hosted and cooked for and working on a few home renovation projects. I almost forgot to mention I also squeezed in two trips to Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus at the XL Center in Hartford on Saturday and Sunday. I'm happy to report that my cousins and Karim's little sister had a good time at the circus, Mother's Day went well, I received an A on my final paper (still don't have my final grade yet) and Karim and I are making progress on the home front, slowly but surely. I was tired and a little stressed last weekend. Allergies didn't help my cause either. Some how I managed to prevail. It feels good to have most of it behind me. Still tired, but at least the stress has been lifted. Not only did I get an A, but my professor gave me some encouraging