NPR Highlights New Masons

Secret Of The Masons: It's Not So Secret

Rachel Martin of NPR files this story about contemporary Freemasonry. Similar in tone to the famous LA Times story of 2008, the story highlights the new generation of masons and show them in a favorable light.  Both stories emphasize new – that is 21st century – Masonry, where the Flintstone-esque attraction of Lodge Night replete […]

Always Been Good Enough – The Emblematical Instant Coffee of Refreshment

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A budget debate in Excelsior Lodge focused on memorial contributions for deceased brethren.  In the jurisdiction, it is customary for Lodges to remit a nominal amount as a memorial contribution to the state-wide Masonic charity, and I may reliably report that since time immemorial, that amount has been ten dollars.  I know this because several […]

Masonic Research and the Pig-Stealing Deserter


I’ve spent a lot of time in the last five years researching both Masonry and the American Civil War, as well as the intersection of those two subjects, and that is why my blog posts have been less frequent of late. Currently, I am in the middle of the final edit for my book on […]

Euna Stubbs’ Meatloaf

A typical masonic lodge dinner

Someone check the Old charges and see if they require us to use paper plates. I’m just back from looking at them and I don’t find any reference, so I thought perhaps I would draft my own. III. Of LODGES (Amended 2009). A LODGE is a place where Masons assemble and work: Hence that Assembly, […]

Upon Attaining Middle Age: Wilmhurst, Masonry and the Man-Boat

lincoln town car

In fact Masons love Lincolns – and none of this Navigator crap, either – I’m talking Lincoln Town Cars, and they love them for a number of very definite reasons.