Saturday, September 26, 2009

Secrets of D.C.'s Masonic Wives Revealed

Brethren all,

This amusing article from the Washington Post does a great job of sympathizing with Masonic Widows (more along the lines of "Golf Widows") and deflating the self-importance of most of us Masons. Its a fun read.

By the way, Heather Calloway is the delightful, Director of Special Programs for the House of the Temple in D.C. Our Scottish Rite brethren can often find interesting, historical articles in the Rite's magazine.


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Monday, September 14, 2009

New, Free E-Book Available!

Some know him as "Masonictraveler", tyrannical webmaster and Twitterer. Others know him as Bro. Greg Stewart. Now you can get to know him as an author. Bro. Greg has just published a new e-book on Freemasonry.

According to his site, he wrote the book partly in response to Dan Brown's The Lost Code. In his words, "Many books have been written about what Brown’s new novel may include such as: Masonry’s “occult” symbolism, the assertion of its quasi religious practice, the connections between Freemasonry and the founding fathers, and the bizarre layout of Washington D.C. Each of these texts offer a glimpse into the present tense fraternity, as they ask the same questions that many masons themselves ask. But those books fall short of answering questions put forth by those without any prior knowledge of the craft. That is why this book is a must read for anyone asking the question “What is Freemasonry?”
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Download your FREE copy NOW!

As the fraternity enters into the 21st century digital age, there needed to be an answer to that question. There needed to be an easier way to communicate the particulars of what Freemasonry is today, right now, which is at the heart of this free e-book.

I like Greg's writing and the cut of his jib. I also like the fact that this book is free. Download this book! Read this book! Share it with your friends and neighbors.

And if you feel guilty about downloading the fruit of Greg's blood, sweat and tears for free, then I encourage you to donate something to your lodge charity in Greg's name.

Best regards,

Jim.:


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Scottish Rite Videos

Brethren all,

I actually stumbled across this on Facebook. Apparently the Scottish Rite (or someone working on their behalf) have created an account on the video server Vimeo. There, you may find several legitimate videos posted by the AASR SJ on various Masonic and Scottish Rite topics.

Enjoy!


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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Phnom Penh Square & Compass Club

Brethren all,

Word has just reached me that a few hearty brethren living in Cambodia would like to start a Square and Compass Club there. As you may well know, Cambodia has been dark since Lodge Lane Xang was closed in 1976 after the revolution. The situation has greatly improved and perhaps the time to resume labor in Cambodia is at hand.

Brethren who live there or who regularly travel there should contact me. I'll forward your information to the brother heading up this exciting idea.

Best regards,

Jim.:


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The Lost Symbol and Freemasonry

Brethren all,

This just in from the Masonic Services Association ...

The Masonic Society, the Masonic Service Association and the George Washington Masonic Memorial have collaborated on a new website that will address the references to Freemasonry found in Dan Brown's new novel, "The Lost Symbol."

http://www.freemasonlostsymbol.com

The website is being provided for the use of lodges and grand lodges to provide factual information to the public and the press, and as a central location for common questions and answers that will arise once the book is officially released on September 13th. The desire of TMS, MSA and the GWMM is to inform the public and Freemasons themselves about the references to the fraternity in the book.

Currently the site provides basic information on the genesis of Brown's book as well as overviews of Craft Freemasonry and the Scottish Rite. Perhaps best of all is the list of recommended reading material at the bottom of the page. That's worth a click in itself.


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Friday, September 11, 2009

Australian Freemasons Dispel Myths

Brethren all,

Our friends from the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and ACT in Australia have taken a proactive stance against the upcoming release of the new novel by Dan Brown. Aware of the negative impact brown's previous books had on the Catholic Church, Opus Dei and Christianity in general, the Grand Lodge are promoting Freemasonry in interviews and tours at their Masonic Centre in Sydney.

They seem to be taking a positive view of the upcoming novel, even planning to sell it in their gift shop!


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Brown Blitz Begins

Brethren all,

This week starts the public relations blitz ahead of Dan Brown's new novel, The Lost Symbol. The novel apparently deals with Freemasonry and is centered in Washington D.C. Anyone with an internet connection and a search engine knows there are numerous Masonic connections to D.C. , some real, some imagined. No doubt Brown will stretch imagination further with his new book.

In celebration of the book, The Washington Post offers an article on the book and a photo tour of Masonic D.C. The photos feature shots of the Washington Masonic Memorial and shots of the House of the Temple. Very nice indeed.

Masons in D.C. are gearing up for a huge spike in tourism similar to that seen in France after Brown's previous book, The DaVinci Code. The House of the Temple are getting ready to double their number of tour guides to cope with the expected surge of tourists.
The book is released in the US on 15th September. You can go to the author's web site and see an animated swirl of nonsensical symbols, but nothing at all about the book. Enjoy!


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