I was coming home from work the other day and listening to the radio when the announcer said that the production of CDs was slowly being stopped. The era of the CD is over. Oh my, I wondered, what am I going to do now? And then I realized that I hadn't even gotten rid of all of my 8 track tapes … [Read more...] about Is Change A Dirty Masonic Word?
When new people join companies and nonprofit groups there is a natural tendency for them to try and change the culture to suit their work habits, attitudes, and customs. Such changes are sometimes welcomed by the culture, but more often than not, it is steadfastly resisted and the person is … [Read more...] about Cultural Assimilation
I was plugging in some numbers from the MSANA recently to update myself on the trend in membership from my original analysis in 2007, the results of which I published in the piece "So what? The Dynamic of Masonic Membership." In it you may, or may not want to, recollect the trend of membership … [Read more...] about The Great Canopy of the Heavens is falling.
The Derek Gordon saga continues. The Grand Lodge of Arkansas has rescheduled Gordon’s Masonic trial but demanded he bring a copy of his military orders as proof he was performing duty for his country on the originally scheduled day. It promised Gordon that he would receive a new letter in the mail … [Read more...] about Unjustly Accused
Shortly after I wrote the Masonic Manifesto last September, I happened to attend a local Masonic meeting. Afterwards, a group of Brothers stopped by a local watering hole to have a drink and shoot the breeze. One of the Brothers there caught me off guard when he asked me, "Why do you hate the … [Read more...] about Seeking Further Light
Dunedin Lodge No. 192 F.& A.M. is a Masonic craft lodge located in Dunedin, Florida, a town in the Tampa Bay area with a strong Scottish heritage. Currently we have about 200 members of which approximately thirty attend a stated or called communications; forty on a good night. Having been … [Read more...] about 100 Master Masons Night
By Stephen Dafoe Note: The following article originally ran in the pages of Masonic Magazine as an editorial. I am posting it for those not familiar with it, as it is referred to in the previous article, There's a hole in our bucket. So there is this restaurant chain with locations throughout … [Read more...] about The Restaurant at the End of the Masonic Universe
It's now time for all of us--those who supported the merger and those who opposed it--to pull together for the benefit of the company. Carly Fiorina, President of Hewlett-Packard Co. in 1999 Let me give you two little words that scares a lot of Masons: "consolidations" and "mergers." As the … [Read more...] about Two Dirty Words
If anything in life is constant, it is change. - Bryce's Law Like so many of you, I am often mystified as to why there is so much trouble in the middle East. We could easily blame it on religious fanaticism, be it Christian, Jewish, or Muslim. Perhaps. But I tend to believe it can primarily be … [Read more...] about Why we resist change
If there is anything constant in life, it is change. - Bryce's Law It is no secret that membership in Freemasonry is either stagnating or in decline in most jurisdictions. Some Grand Lodges pay attention to our membership numbers, others do not. But I contend there are other important … [Read more...] about Are We Reading the Signs?