St Louis Masonic Temple

The Going Rate of Losing a Landmark

Six Million dollars appears to be the answer, or best offer. It was sad to see this story in my inbox - St. Louis City Masonic Temple being sold. Here we have yet another Masonic lodge being sold off to make way for luxury condos or a shopping mall. Only this time, it happens to be the New Masonic Temple in Saint Louis, Missouri. Built in a Classical revival style in 1926, the temple on Lindell Boulevard has played  host to, then, Grand Master Harry Truman, and initiated the Spirit … [Read More...]

St Louis Masonic Temple

The Going Rate of Losing a Landmark

Six Million dollars appears to be the answer, or best offer. It was sad to see this story in my inbox - St. Louis City Masonic Temple being sold. Here we have yet another Masonic lodge being sold off to make way for luxury condos or a shopping mall. Only this time, it happens to be the New Masonic Temple in Saint Louis, Missouri. Built in a Classical revival style in 1926, the temple on Lindell Boulevard has played  host to, then, Grand Master Harry Truman, and initiated the Spirit … [Read More...]

Time Capsule Massachusetts State House

Time Capsule From Paul Revere, Sam Adams Uncovered

  http://youtu.be/qQQ-jmkoWlE A crew is at work in Boston unearthing a time capsule believed buried by patriots Samuel Adams and Paul Revere. CNN affiliate WBZ reports, the 18th-century capsule was left in a cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House. The capsule is believed to date from 1795, when construction started on the building. The cornerstone has been removed because of repair work to the historic building, and a worker from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston was chipping … [Read More...]

WORKING FOR GOONS

BRYCE ON SOCIETY - Making the work environment unbearable. (Click for AUDIO VERSION)To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. One of the reasons Scott Adams' cartoon, "Dilbert," is so successful is because it hits close to home in depicting office life. Corporate management is one of Adams' favorite targets in which they are shown as bumbling idiots. They are very determined in controlling all activities of the business. Their approach is predictably wrong, … [Read More...]

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Joseph James – Teller of Masonic Murder Mysteries on Freemasonry and the Cinema

Joseph James is an actor and filmmaker with a long list of projects with an eye towards the fraternity. Having already produced several films with overt Masonic tones including The Masonic Map and Templar Nation, James is on the cusp of his latest release with his film The Freemason, taking us again into the mysteries upon the silver screen. In this installment of Sojourners, James gives us an insider's look at the making of his latest Masonic feature, The Freemason, replete with all the tinsel … [Read More...]

Exceptional Care Odyssey

MEGA Brands partners with Shriners Hospitals for Children Canada

MEGA Brands has pledged to donate $500,000 for new Shriners hospital while launching a limited edition Mega Bloks® Fundraising Toy. Montreal - June 6, 2014 - MEGA Brands Inc., a member of the Mattel family of companies (NASDAQ: MAT), announced the start of a new partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada. The toy maker has pledged $500,000 to the hospital's Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign and will launch a custom-made and limited edition Mega Bloks™ First … [Read More...]

Sights, Sounds and Words

The new Bible called “the book”

There was an article on NPR's Marketplace a short while ago that talked about a new high gloss slick designed Holy Bible called Bible Illuminated: The Book coming from illuminatedworld.com, whose publisher Dag Soderberg released it in Sweden to a seemingly starving audience of believers to ashamed to carry and display the good book. Sales of the book were "unprecedented" because people no longer … [Read More...]

The Autobiography of Mark Twain aka Samuel Clemens

An 86 Year Old Book Review

Looking for something to read, I went back into my library and pulled out a copy of The Autobiography of Mark Twain which I have had since High School. I've always been an admirer of Samuel Clemens' work, but I have to admit I balked at taking his autobiography seriously years ago. This time though, I was in the proper frame of mind and wanted to know more about the renowned author and … [Read More...]

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Some Thoughts on Memorial Day

BRYCE ON THE MEANING OF THIS HOLIDAY - It's not about barbecues, auto racing, or the start of summer. (Click for AUDIO … [Read More...]

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The Golden Dawn

This is a subject I've explored on a few occasions, but upon finding these videos, I thought they could better illustrate the … [Read More...]

Building Boaz Uncommon Catechism for Uncommon Masonic Education Volume 2 by John Nagy

Building Boaz by Dr. John Nagy

I have come to find that modern Masonic literature can be compared to the preparation of food. Some Masonic literature is too … [Read More...]

Masonic Videos

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Ke$ha’s Die Young occult foray

Pop singer KeSha's new video Die Young, a track off her new album Warrior, is an interesting foray into the Masonic Nexus as it swirls in a mix of secret society symbolism. Certainly not the most interesting use of esoteric or occult symbolism in music, I'd give that prop to Jay-Z and his all … [Read More...]

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The Masonic Bible

Two interesting "non-Masonic" takes on the Masonic bible. I have to admit its amusing to me the degree that these are extolled as "satanic" or "evil" which I suppose just goes to show how little is known or understood about the fraternity today from these obviously very old Bibles. Enjoy I … [Read More...]

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Tools for Building Things Eternal in the Heavens

I was cleaning up some past posts on the site and happened onto one from 2009 about the 10 Year Anniversary of Phoenix Masonry.  In the post was a mention of Brother Henry O. Studley's tool box, which prompted me to do a quick search for it online. Wikipedia says of the chest that... When … [Read More...]

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The Bee Hive

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Emblems Of Innocence

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This Brother Makes Sense To Me

That Light (knowledge),  that all men are seeking is how to be happy and be at peace. That's the bottom line! To achieve these states of mind, it has to be attained through spiritual exercises. When someone achieves that level of living, it does manifest itself throughout their whole being, (this is … [Read More...]

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How To Make A Great Grand Lodge Publication

The first issue of The Texas Prince Hall Freemason is out and it is impressive.  Grand Editor Brother Burrell D. Parmer deserves much credit for putting together a great mix of wonderful pictures and great stories. The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas used to have a publication of the printed … [Read More...]

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Sojourners

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Gnostic Reflections in Freemasonry

By Timothy W. Hogan PM, KT, 32* KCCH, S.I.I., District Lecturer for the GL of Colorado Freemasonry is a system of initiation that draws its Masonic symbolism from a variety of sources and … [Read More...]

First International Competition of Masonic Essay – CIEM

The Iberian Center for Masonic Studies, in Madrid Spain, issues a call for papers to be presented at the First International Competition of Masonic Essay - CIEM Centro Ibérico de Estudios … [Read More...]

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Symposium on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism – CFP

CALL FOR PAPERS – Symposium on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism, deadline December 15, 2011. National Heritage Museum, Lexington, Massachusetts Perspectives on American Freemasonry and … [Read More...]

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Masonic Traveler

Hidden_Wisdom

Hidden Wisdom – Not So Hidden Anymore.

If Manly P. Hall's Secret Teachings had a companion book, I think that Richard Smoley and Jay Kinney's Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions would be it. Every bit as dense as Hall's Secret Teachings but much more down to earth and embedded in the "real" rather than the idealized … [Read More...]

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The Grand Lodge of California

The Grand Lodge of Grand Lodge of California is the next stop on the tour of American Grand Lodges. Grand Lodge of California Masonic membership: 68,714  - 2006 66,127  - 2007 gain/loss  -  -2,587 Data from MSANA State population: 36,756,666 as of 2008 (estimated) About the Grand … [Read More...]

After the shock and awe…

It's been a few days, and most of the e-Masons on the web have looked at, read, shared, cursed, praised, or generally grumbled about the despicable story unfolding in Georgia.   Upon reading the story, it made me question my own connection to the craft. No matter which way you try to approach … [Read More...]

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From the Edge – Tim Bryce

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What’s for Dinner?

When we eat with our Brothers, we digest more than the meal. - Bryce's Law Serving a meal either prior to or immediately following a Lodge meeting has been an inherent part of our Masonic culture for many years. Brothers attend such meals more for the camaraderie it offers than anything else. … [Read More...]

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“Mad” Management

Some management lessons from 1961. NOTE:  This is from my consulting practice, but also has bearing on the management of a Lodge. One of the reasons AMC’s “Mad Men” television show is so popular is that it tries to authentically depict American attitudes and moods of the early 1960′s, including … [Read More...]

The Elements of Leadership

BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT - Is it as easy as one, two, three? (Click for AUDIO VERSION)To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. I have always contended leadership is an essential trait to become an effective manager. Whenever I mention this, many people disagree and … [Read More...]

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Videos Media

The Gift of Irish Freemasonry from WEOFM

The latest video in the 2011 Worldwide Exemplification of Freemasonry is up at the weofm.org website, which is titled The Gift of Irish Freemasonry. The video is presented by the Right Worshipful Brother Bob Bashford, PM, Past Grand Master Standard Bearer, Provincial Grand Librarian, and Editor of … [Read More...]

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Knights Templar on Parade

Interesting video from the web. The heading on the YouTube page says the footage comes from a Danville, Illinois, Parade … [Read More...]

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The Grand Leveler

Not much I can say about this video, other than to comment that it seems to really come from the heart takes a serious and respectful approach to the fraternity in a very modern and contemporary way. It definitely belongs in the sphere of the Masonic nexus of the material culture. Even if you're … [Read More...]

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Most Talked About

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My Brother’s Keeper – Open Racism in Georgia Freemasonry

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?" The LORD said, "What have you … [Read More...]

Florida Masonic Scandal

The Other Half Of The Florida Masonic Scandal Tells All

The Beehive presents an interview with Duke Bass Fortesque. This is being presented as opinions of Fortesque and The Beehive, not as fact. Names of the Lodge and any other Florida Masons have been deliberately omitted. Freemason Information welcomes a rebuttal from either the Master of the Lodge or … [Read More...]

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Is CoMasonry the Antidote – Part 2

By: Carlos Antonio Martinez, Jr. Read  - Is CoMasonry the Antidote part 1 Read  - Is CoMasonry the Antidote part 3 SPECULATIVE ERA 1.  Alleged "Official Birth" in England: Symbolic or "Speculative Masonry" began to gradually develop during the XVI and XVII in Europe, particularly - … [Read More...]

Georgia Masonic Black Ball

Georgia Black Mainstream Mason Is Black Balled Again For The Second Time In His Masonic Journey

Sometimes lightening strikes twice – to the same spot. When it does you know that either God is in control or the fix is in. In the case of Gate City Lodge #2, Atlanta, Georgia it is definitely the latter. You might remember the articles The Beehive published in 2009 -   My Brother’s Keeper, Open … [Read More...]

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Mainstream Grand Master Of Florida Expels Wiccans And Others

The Grand Master of Florida's decision number 3 can be found on the Grand Lodge of Florida website.  The text of the document appears, as transcribed, below. The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Florida Jorge L. Aladro Grand Master  Contact info omitted November 28, … [Read More...]

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