I don't know why this year it's getting to me. I went to the store this afternoon, and walking across the parking lot a guy made a cheerful remark to me..."Springtime in Montana, eh?" I forced a smile. It's been snow flurries all weekend, when I went to the truck this afternoon it looked like this:
The grass is green, but not growing. Emily's crocus are up an inch, some trees are budding out. It's been offical spring for a bit, it's just reluctant to commit here. It was 23 degrees when I got up this morning. I believe that global warming, whatever you want to call it, is real. It's just not poked it's head here yet.
So I suppose you've read about the 'teachers pledge' that the unlovely catholic church is making teachers sign around the US in order to work? In some places they are asking the teachers to pledge that they will not support gay marriage, abortion and other things like no sex outside marriage as a condition of employment. 24/7, in any fashion. No going to political rallies for a candidate that supports women's right to choose, no gay friends, no opinions that stray from catholic doctrine.
Isn't it interesting, this at a time when the new pope is giving lip service to a slightly more liberal view of social issues. One wonders just how far the catholic church can go in making themselves irrelevant to life. With the behaviour of priests and bishops that has been well-documented, on wonders how they can do this and keep a straight face. Maybe they don't, maybe they're snickering behind the diocese doors.
Geez, the weather report turned into a rant. Oh well.