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We are freemasons. We are Everyman. We are men who choose to live a life of dedication and humility to express values from a time long past.
We quietly listen and observe in order to know others better. By knowing others and doing for others, we learn lessons about ourselves and live a more content life. Doing for others is an essential act of selflessness. We are the men who open our minds to new ideas while be wise enough to learn the lessons of history. In the Order of Freemasonry gnorance is not bliss. It is a stain.
I like to think Masonic Home Companion reflects those ideas. I hope, when you join me you feel connections with all of the rapidly growing group of listeners who return each week.
Kindest fraternal regards,
The way we communicate has changed. Masons are now visiting- making contact using the internet as a pathway to one another. Along the way, we are discovering novel ideas. Some of these treasures are shaking us out of our complacency. For a time, everything old here, will be new there. But that will quickly pass. What we need is focus. We need to search for valid information that adds constructively to the conversation between serious minded men of the Craft.
How we react with this change will set the tone of masonry for decades to come. The value of freemasonry is proven in the open mindedness of the man. We want hand that learning on, to masons not yet born. Encouraging such continuity suggests we accept the obligation to speak knowledgeably and sincerely about the great ideas that formed masonic philosophy.
The best preparation for our future is a thorough grounding in the history and philosophy of the Order. To do this, we must preserve our antient landmarks.
Tune in and relax. Tell a friend and if you have a brother who can get around, tell him about us. Many of you are doing just that. The audience just doubled so I need to thank you one and all for making Masonic Home Companion worthwhile.
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Until next week- fraternal regards,
On this episode of Ummahaatul Ummah Show we will break down the meaning of companion and answer the question. Is your companion a benefit to you or your demise.
Filled with chapter-by-chapter checklists that underscore the important questions every caregiver may face at various points in the process, as well as a concise “Cheat Sheet” and a guide to essential resources, THE CAREGIVER’S COMPANION is a must have for anyone facing the difficult, distressing, but at times rewarding experience of caring for elderly loved ones in the twilight of their lives.
Carolyn Brent is a nationally acclaimed author, speaker, and caregiver advocate who has dedicated her life to preparing the elderly and their caregivers to face end-of-life issues.
"Life is a Sacred Journey" airs every Thursday on Blog Talk Radio and celebrates the role, contribution and impact of elders and caregivers in America and beyond today. LISJ received Honorable Mention for 'Best Blog' in PR Daily's 2014 Non-Profit PR Awards.
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Does any organization bear its soul for the world? It does if it's Freemasonry. We are a pious bunch. "Piety" doesn't wear well anymore. We watch politicians jump ship, knowing the idealists have already jumped ahead of them. We barely tolerate manipulation of power, hubris and greed. We give men the resources to be free thinkers and present them with opportunity to rise above the clamour to find the bigger man
Forever we've recreated the external world in masonic values. We never stopped doing that; always hopeful using insight and reason to release potential. We've waited, generation after generation; stiff jawed protectors of 'the way" combating the bunk, junk and lizards.
Before the villagers rally and hunt us down here at Masonic Home Companion we really must talk. Are you noticing the glimmer of light too?
Each discovery, discussion and insight prepares the canvas on which we portray our lives. Today, when we build the cathedral, with pencil, protractor and ruler nearby, we work not in two dimension but three and even computer assisted. The WWW isn't not a new tool but it is renewed every time we use it. It brings the greatest libraries of the world to us. When we didn't have access, we went about our business perhaps less informed. But today we live a stones throw from the Tate Modern the Louve and the Hermitage and visit all in an afternoon. It is a testiment to the Craft to flow so much material to our students and reseachers. The geni is out of the bottle. Limits of imagination do not exist. The zeitgeist is about the fluid exchange of ideas. This exposes little of the practice of freemasonry which remains as shared experiences by small groups of men, a process of the intellect- achievement of awareness.
Pit Bulletin Legal News radio welcomes Kathy Pobloskie, Director of Wisconsin Voters for Companion Animals to discuss the state of the State of Wisconsin. We’ll talk about BSL trends, animal law and what is coming in 2015. Regular show episodes include:
Recap of last week's show
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The Companion Story to American Sniper
The movie version of “American Sniper” was adapted from Kyle’s New York Times #1 bestselling book, which was dedicated to Kyle’s NAVY Seal teammate and close friend Ryan “Biggles” Job (pronounced Jobe), a central character in both the book and film.
The real life Ryan Job lived, and tragically died, in Scottsdale Arizona.
Chris Kyle and Ryan Job were SEAL teammate on SEAL Team 3. The two were on a rooftop in Ramadi, Iraq when Job was shot in the face and gravely wounded by an enemy sniper. Job miraculously survived but was rendered permanently blind in the incident, captured in one of the movie’s most harrowing sequences.
Robert Vera is author of A Warrior's Faith: Navy SEAL Ryan Job, a Life-Changing Firefight, and the Belief That Transformed His Life.
Tags: American Sniper, Navy SEAL, Ryan Job, Biggles, Chris Kyle, Robert Vera, A Warrior’s Faith
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The facts of life are that we are all getting "older" and that includes our companimals (companion animals.) Some of us are buying into beliefs of what to expect with aging animals. Yet there is a way to reverse those beliefs and help our companimals avoid some "aging" pitfalls that we thought were unavoidable.
Are you worried about how to care for them and what may develop? Maybe you've been told that because your cat, dog, horse, etc., is "older" that you should expect certain issues. What if that doesn't have to be true?
Join Susanne Peach, Animaleze® founder, as she discusses her groundbreaking work in helping animals live longer, happier, healthier lives. She'll share success stories and offer suggestions and ideas that can change how we look at "aging" animals. She has an almost 14-year-old Australian Shepherd mix dog who's been helping her become a pioneer in living and working with more "mature" animals.
Susanne wants you to be a pioneer, as well. Changing how everyone views "mature" animals, breaking all limitations, and preconceived notions of what's expected when your hamster, llama, parrot, etc., reach a certain age.
If you have a younger companimal, tune in as you'll hear tips to help them, too.
(Some of the animals pictured here are 15 and 16.)
Susanne is also going to be announcing some big news on some upcoming, first-time-ever events catered to you, the animal lover.
Animaleze® is a registered trademark. All of the information in these radio shows and on this website are protected and cannot be reproduced or transmitted in any form or means without the expressed written consent of Susanne Peach and Animaleze®.
Masonic Ed was gracious enough to join us in the studio to talk about things masonic. Who could resist speaking about privacy and secrecy; if our production of antiquarians is meeting the need? Ed is an attentive fellow so of course he notices the culture of Canada is more cosmopolitan that it was when he was a boy. At times, when he is feeling tired, he feels on one hand, he is being displaced and on the other hand proud that Canada is coming of age.
It was obvious for us to speak about strengthening our membership by drawing on first and second generation Canadians from the pool who are here quietly appreciative of the opportunities this huge, friendly country has to offer. He worries out loud that the Order will need to tackle the legitimacy of dissenting opinions that brings us to talk about accountability vs blame. I questioned Masonic Ed on whether he thinks the Craft in Ontario has become defensive or reactionary? His answers may surprise you. What he said about the cultural transition of ideas and ethics plaguing masonry may not be what you expect.
Prepare for a lively discussion as Masonic Home Companion welcomes the very private, very interesting gentleman- Masonic Ed.
See you all soon.
Whether you can't get out to lodge or you enjoy this type of discussion your lodge doesn't offer- welcome to Masonic Home Companion. Here is a brain worm- if we are based on great ideas and if we haven't studied those ideas, how then can we pass on that knowledge to someone knocking at the door? As time has passed, we have been left with the stories and pictures of achievement. For generations, we have expected those stories are enough to replace the knowledge that inspired greatness. As if meeting in a hospital makes us doctors. As if visiting a gallery, dressing like an artist, with routine rituals would make us artists.
If I buy golf clubs, I'm a golfer but not Arnold Palmer. If I buy a boat, I'm a boater but not Joshua Slokum. Doesn't the transformative process of freemasonry have more qualifiers than that?
Ideas can be neglected but they do not die. Such possibility- if we think of it.
The story of freemasonry in not yet complete. It is still unfolding, being revealed in the minds of next generations. They are our horizon, assuming the torch of opportunity. So many references to some much history; the age of enlightenment, the rennaisance, and the reformation. Scholarship of the ancients; Chinese, Egyptian and Arabic seamlessly follow along time lines into our minds. Some ideas catch on. Some become a phenomena. One of them is masonry. A phenomena that reveals connections, between a form of study of intellectual and a good life. It satisfies and pleases at a deep level. It gratifies like the feeling one gets from seeing great art, or listening to poetry that expresses the emotion of life. It enlists the imagination in balance with rationalizm. It puts forthward questions that only the imagination can answer. It links the arts and sciences; past, present and future. It promotes acts of selflessness, generosity and authenticity. It admits it is not for everyone.
Enigmatic. Allegoric. Metaphor. Mystery. Secret.
It is a lifestyle derived from a way of thinking, produced by understanding lessons from history. Life is not a dress rehearsal and masonry is the 2nd Act.
When the human mind begins to search inwardly, it first plunges through a lot of froth. Some Bhuddists talk about insight being like cooking lentils. The scum floats up and must be removed. You might think we would speak about it often but we don't. Insight is hardly if at all worth a mention. If it were pink and ponderous I could do something with the metaphor but it's opaque, if even that; what a platonist would readily grasp.
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