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  • Franklins Little School and Masonic Education by Shawn M. Gorley

    April 18, 2014

    The majority of the population in colonial America lived along the coastline’s  for simple reasons being that it was where the chances for employment, social gatherings, churches and you guessed it, it was where most of the early Masonic Lodges where located. In this period, and as the populations moved westward the only chance a man or child had at an education was limited to mainly three things, 1) they took apprenticeship in a trade, 2) They were educated in biblical teachings through the church and 3) the Masonic Lodge. Unless you were from a wealthy family, these were the …

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  • Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy

    April 16, 2014

    Thomas Jefferson“The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.” Read more at Business Insider.

    This isn’t the first such study. John Ralston Saul made similar discoveries in his famous book Voltaire’s Bastards, first published in 1992. Then, in 2012, Chrstia Freeland published Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.

    “Even Alan Greenspan is worried about the troubling trend of income inequality. International financial …

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  • The Laudable Pursuit website

    April 9, 2014

    The Laudable PursuitThe Laudable Pursuit is a collaborative effort, which brings together numerous Masonic authors and thinkers into a single place, in order to create an easy to access hub for Masonic education from a variety of viewpoints. The contributing authors are Jason E. Marshall, Shawn M. Gorley, Jason Eddy, Charles M. Harper, Sr., Robert Herd, and Adam T. Osman.

    Visit The Laudable Pursuit website to learn more about the authors and their works. You can keep up to date with The Laudable Pursuit blog here on Freemasonry 101.…

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  • Masonic Matrix Lodge Locator

    April 8, 2014

    Masonic MatrixMasonic Matrix is an online Lodge locator designed to help both Masons and non-Masons. When you first visit the site it displays the mainstream state Grand Lodges across a map of the United States. Clicking on any Grand Lodge reveals contact information, and a button to view a listing of all Lodges within that jurisdiction.

    For non-Masons, the site contains general information about Freemasonry, and how to join.

    At this time the site isn’t fully functional. Only about 50% of the Grand Lodges have a list of Lodges to display. The developer assured me that he is working to get …

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  • Freemasons During the Civil War

    April 7, 2014

    Civil WarOne of the first acts of Masonic Charity to occur in the American Civil War occurred at the First Battle of Manassas or Bull Run on July 21st, 1861. This act was reported in the Boston Masonic Monthly which started publishing in November, 1863, and was edited by Edward L. Mitchell.

    Colonel W.H. Raynor of the 1st Ohio left his command and in the company of two sergeants went to fetch water at a nearby creek. Suddenly, as they neared the stream, they heard the yell that eventually became known as the Rebel Yell and the thundering hoofs of hundreds …

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Midnight Freemasons

by Midnight FreemasonSteven L. Harrison, PM, FMLR 33°From an article originally published inThe Working Tools Magazine November 2013Years ago I developed a membership management system for my home Lodge. It tracked the standard things you might expect: initiation dates, demographics, Masonic offices held, birth date and the like. When the secretary requested a new feature, I'd add it and test it out in a database that was a duplicate of the live information he used. On occasion I would refresh the test data I had from the live system the secretary had, so the information I had was nearly as [...]
Fri, Apr 18, 2014
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by Midnight Freemason ContributorBro. Aaron GardnerMany associate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with the military. It is understandable when they do too. A Soldier goes to combat, sees things that cannot be forgotten and does things that we are not proud to talk about. It is common to notice the distance a Soldier, Marine, Airmen, or Sailor appears to keep from the average person in society. They are constantly alert, watching every person to enter and leave the room. When entering a building their eyes clear every corner and find every escape route possible in the event of an emergency. It [...]
Wed, Apr 16, 2014
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by Midnight Freemason ContributorBro. Robert H. Johnson 32Memes with a Masonic twist. Some say they are disrespectful to the craft, well, what's your opinion? Are they? I personally can't get enough of them. I have known of and used them for quite some time and for those not familiar with the term, it is simply defined as the following:The word meme is a shortening (modeled on gene) of mimeme (from Ancient Greek μίμημα.A meme (/ˈmiːm/ meem)[1] is "an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture."[2] A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural [...]
Mon, Apr 14, 2014
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Freemason Information

Fred Milliken is a man who needs little introduction, least wise to anyone who has had an ear to hear the heartbeat of Masonry for more than the last 15 years. With a finger, hand, foot and toe in just about every corner of the digital space, Fred either knows what’s going on or someone who does.  Never afraid of tackling the wrongs in the craft, some might say that Brother Fred Milliken is Quixote-esque in his championing of what many see to be the status quo of an immovable force.  But unlike Quixote, Fred see’s the challenges before him [...]
Thu, Apr 17, 2014
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We don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note. Only notes that are different can harmonize. The same is true with people. ― Steve GoodierLife’s like the piano and the violin, it’s about how smart you could play the melodies to make a good harmony. ― Lucy ‘AisyGrand Master Cleveland WilsonThe lessons of life often come hard. It takes years and a lot of hurt sometimes to “get it.” And it takes a giant of a human being to “let go.”Such a man is Arkansas Prince Hall Grand Master Cleveland Wilson.I know. I have talked with him face to [...]
Sat, Apr 05, 2014
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BRYCE ON SOCIETY- Try it. You might even enjoy the reaction you receive.In my travels around town, I’ve noticed a lot of sour expressions on people’s faces. Maybe it’s just the snowbirds from up north. There just seems to be a lot of unhappy people walking around these days wearing a sourpuss. In a local restaurant I frequent for lunch, people come in with blank looks on their faces, and exit with the same expression. One would think consuming a good meal would change a person’s disposition, but not so from what I have observed.Then again, maybe it was the [...]
Mon, Mar 31, 2014
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Chris Hodapp

A foreclosure auction has been scheduled for the Prince Hall Grand Lodge building in Dorchester, Massachusetts on Thursday, April 17, according to a legal noticeFrom the Boston Business Journal:The 30,000-square-foot building is located on about one acre at 18-24 Washington St. The auction will be held on siteThe nonprofit organization took out a $300,000 mortgage in 2006 from Sovereign Bank, now Santander Bank. The note was recently sold to Northborough Capital Partners when the group failed to make payments.Shectman Halperin Savage LLP, the law firm representing the lender,and Lodge officials did not return calls seeking comment.On its website, the Prince [...]
Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Source: Chris Hodapp
Alice and I were interviewed last April for onscreen segments of a show that is finally airing this next week. Even the title hadn't been picked at the time. Well, it finally airs this Sunday on the American Heroes Channel (formerly the Military Channel) at 10:00 PM. "Codes and Conspiracies: Freemasons" is a title only a mother could love.For our parts, we were called in to discuss the role of Freemasonry during the American Revolution. They had me walk the procession route from Gatsby's Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia, down to Jones Point where the Masons laid the first cornerstone of [...]
Wed, Apr 09, 2014
Source: Chris Hodapp
For those of you who have not yet joined The Masonic Society, the promotion in which you receive the beautiful TMS 5th Anniversary commemorative jewel free of charge just for becoming a member will end on April 30. All membership applications sent by mail must be postmarked no later than April 30. If you register online, you must do so prior to midnight on April 30. The jewel will remain available in the TMS store for $12 (including shipping) for members who have not joined during this promotion period.To join, go to www.themasonicsociety.com [...]
Sun, Apr 06, 2014
Source: Chris Hodapp