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Hello. It is good to see you back. Do you have a moment to talk? I need your advice.
Today, as Boomers have been replaced by 'Gen X' our communities continue to evolve. The promises of 'leaders' promoting a dream have become tarnished. Faith has been challenged by corrupt clergy, whistleblowers and media that has moved faster than the censors pen.
Serious? Yes. Redefining? Yes. Confusion? Yes. In a world that at times seems to exploit trusting souls, is there hope for one organization that claims fidelity? Yes, it has always been there, in the shadows, a way of life, ignored by generations clamouring to just belong to an organization that might define them as something more than commonplace.
Some would say, that organization is going through a metamorphasis and I would be one to agree. Governments have put a price on the privacies and rights that once were so dear to people in uniform. Acquiencence hasn't worked as Wiki-leaks and Whistleblowers world-wide have demonstrated.
Ignorance is bliss where wisdom where tis folly to be wise. Can freemasonry turn away from the power of education? It can not. Join me as we discuss the issues and challenges we face to bring practical and theoretical education into the masonic classroom; architect and artificer, we do not build without ideas and craftsmen to make ideas into reality.
The picture is bigger than you or me or any one Master Mason. Can the 'Me Generation' learn to have confidence one to another? Those who discover the light can.
Trust is bought and sold like a commodity, except by a man who honours integrity- his and that of others. What else matters to a man of character? Becoming the bigger man is not for fools. Is the one wearing an apron prepared to pay the price?
Such confusion with the order.?.. and don't bother trying to deflect the issue by making it a personal attack on me because that just doesn't work.
If listening to Professor Sommers we learn Thomas Dunkeley was a man prone to self promotion; a bit of a charletan who for decades has received posthumous recognition underserved.
Whilmshurst? We can just ignore him because there is no compelling reason or expectation a Master Mason needs to undestand his writtens.
In Upper Canada, undestanding the development and evolution of the Craft is certainly no less or more than the work in Scotland, Ireland or England, Germany, Lithuania, Hungary, or post war Japan and Sweden. Our is a different history. Not that we can escape noticing how few antiquarians seem to float into our view. Ottawa Valley and Toronto have more than their share of students who put pen to paper and help define our foundations in this country.
Our charitable works are largely local and characterized with personality- hardly what one might want to use as an illustration of Craft masonry, but achieveable, compatible with expectations and manageable with a sprint across 12 months.
Christopher Wren would be fired long ago if he came around the Craft today. Though singlehandedly he convinces leaders he had a vision of the Cathedral.
I would never claim small acts of charity are insignificant because I believe they are. But I have a mind that thinks about the bigger picture. Are people getting better when so many children are put to bed hungry. Enforced idolence of a prolonged adolescents is of course blamed on our young men play computer games well into their 30's. Freemasonry feeds the mind, the heart and the soul. Where is your appetite? Step beyond the ritual and commeradery into the beliefs of Craft Masonry..the things that matter to a contemplative mason.
Hello my masonic Brother. Join me so we can carry out our committment to continue the conversation that began when the first masons sat down to talk . We each face our future alone- the great unknown. We remain connected to the ancients only when we adhere to the catechism, and practicing the Ancient Landmarks. Know them. Be them. Join me to share ideas, some history, pieces of philosophy, answers to questions; things masonic in the comfort of your own surroundin
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Legendary vocalist Gloria Lynne was born Gloria Alleyne November 23, in New York City, Gloria Lynne is an American vocalist on several rhythm and blues hits in the 1950s and 1960s. Lynne grew up in Harlem and won first prize at the "Amateur Night" at the Apollo Theater. She recorded as part of groups The Enchanters and The Dell-Tones in the 1950s. She recorded a a soloist under her birth name, though most of her work was released under her stage name on the Everest Records and Fontana Records labels.
In the 1960s, she had several hits including "June Night," "Love I Found You," and "I Wish You Love" (1964), which became her signature song. Lynne then toured with Ray Charles, Billy Eckstine and Ella Fitzgerald.
Lynne moved into jazz in her later career and performed with many of the jazz greats, including Quincy Jones, Bobby Timmons, Philly Joe Jones, and Harry "Sweets" Edison.
She was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1997.
...and the holy royal arch completes the 4th degree. Anthony Sayer or maybe it was Dr James Anderson who left us that gem in the first constitution. Easier to ignore that resolve, this short phrase provides a reminder. We may not need to understand in order to know something. From this point, like so many curiousities of life, a lot depends on a mans intellectual ability and desire for knowledge determining how to resolve this type of question. Ignorance is bliss when wisdom is folly; the company we keep either helps us explore or suppress.
Continental drift provided the Scottish Rite to take root in the new continent, on a vast scale that suited the social, political and cultural needs of North America. Just enough of Europe to be authentic, articulated in North America by north americans.
Capitular masonry is significant in Britain, to a greater extent than across North America. Is it then reasonable to speculate that Scottish Rite has became an erzatz masonic body without the distraction of Royal Arch Masonry because 3,000 miles of Atlantic ocean separated and isolated.
We are about to reach an interesting date in the development of freemasonry- St Johns Day 2017 marks 300 years since the declaration of a structured freemasonic organization.
On that date, we can pause and reflect on things that connect us to events out-of-mind. Each dedicated freemason, whether accomplished apprentice, student of the arts & sciences or a man whose feels he is more than himself.
Candidly, we know the goal of enlightenment has flickered. With rare exception, creating an atmosphere of learning and contemplation is a task that as yet, lies before us. The compression of history makes it seem freemasonry has been a steady association of brilliant thinkers as if they are our contempories. Some of us are lulled into a belief that freemasonry is a 6th Estate; an influence of determinance. Our strength is influence of thought, decision, conscience and expression. When you read a newspaper, I doubt your mind travels off the page to the historic processes that brought about 'freedom of the press?' As we should be, we live in the moment. If 'masonic' values do exist, they exist in our minds made tangible by our actions.
300 years of history has seemingly made us sheepish about the notion of Great Ideas. If James Anderson, Elias Ashmole or Christopher Wren were amongst us today, I dare say they were been suffocated in a faceless masonic bureacracy that did not exist in their day.
As we prepare our thoughts for 2017, we continue to adapt, strenghtened by a natural curiousity. When we look up from our work bench to share findings we owe it to ourselves and our Antients to do so with dignity, sophistication and humiliation. Whether we see it or not, the truth is within us. Freemasonry is the laboratory- let alchemy help you explore the mysteries- for goodness sake. I need your advice once again- join me.
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Today we explore how our Black Geeks would deal with some of the situations we have seen in our favorite shows. I'm not going to lie to you, some of the other questions are just random stuff because we're just curious folks.
We will also talk about the Legend of Korra and the premire of The Walking Dead.
As usual we have some Sithish News and other great conversation with the Black Geeks and Friends.