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Grand Master Cleveland Wilson

Arkansas Prince Hall Grand Master Cleveland Wilson Takes The High Road

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 Goodier Life's like the piano and the violin, it's about how smart you could play the melodies to make a good harmony. ― Lucy 'Aisy The 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 … [Read More...]

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Mozart and The Magic Flute

The topic of Masonic Music came up recently in a sub reddit forum with the posting of the Grand Leveler video from up and coming artist Apathy. The gist of the discussion came down to what was art, and more particularly, what elevated Masonry in its art. In one of the exchanges, Mozart's Magic Flute was used as an exemplary example of the ideas of Masonry elevated in an artistic endeavor. The argument aside, it made me wonder "How many of today's Masons have actively sought out the Masonic … [Read More...]

Grand Master Cleveland Wilson

Arkansas Prince Hall Grand Master Cleveland Wilson Takes The High Road

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 Goodier Life's like the piano and the violin, it's about how smart you could play the melodies to make a good harmony. ― Lucy 'Aisy The 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 … [Read More...]

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Greeting a Stranger

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, … [Read More...]

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International Masonic Workshop

For those with an international interest in Freemasonry the organizers of the Summer 2014 International Masonic Workshop have planned a host of panels, debates and round tables inviting several distinguished speakers to deliver papers and lectures. August 27-31, 2014, in Athens, Greece From their release: The first Summer International Masonic Workshop will be held in Athens, Greece, between Wednesday August 27th and Sunday August 31st, 2014. The event is a unique opportunity for … [Read More...]

Sights, Sounds and Words

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 light to satisfy the appetite and too bland to excite the senses. Other works on the subject of the fraternity are too rich and overpowering to the palate and leave the reader with a case of indigestion as he struggles to comprehend the knowledge contained within them. It … [Read More...]

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Haunted Chambers

I can assure you that Haunted Chambers: The Lives of Early Women Freemasons by Karen Kidd is not a ghastly ghost tale. No litany of eerie sounds or flying objects or vaporous apparitions will be found in this book. Rather you will find a clear cut case made that female Freemasonry has been with us for many centuries in spite of the male dominated fraternity that has operated with blinders on … [Read More...]

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Dan Brown’s New Book is Coming Out-So What?

On Tuesday, September 15th, Dan Brown's new book entitled The Lost Symbol will hit shelves at bookstores throughout the U.S. and … [Read More...]

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The new age of Masonic Expression and the continued excellence of David Naughton-Shires

When I first started expressing myself in Freemasonry the medium that I used was the one which all the great old Masters of … [Read More...]

Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism

Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism

Registration is now open for the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library symposium Perspectives on American Freemasonry and … [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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Smashing The Pyramid

I'm constantly amazed at the new discovery by some of the things in plain sight for centuries.  I can't say for certain about Canada, but American Masonic lodges have been pretty open in recent years, some open across an entire state. Maybe this video troupe is part of the gotcha media, the one … [Read More...]

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Hip Hop Freemasons

I stumbled across this by accident, but its amusing how many views and comments videos like these pick up in their linking of Hip Hop and Freemasonry. Its like the whole genre of conspiracy and secret societies has filtered down from the mass media culture of TV and movies and into the urban hip hop … [Read More...]

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The Bee Hive

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PHA Conference Of Grandmasters Website

One of the interesting items that Grand Master Wilbert M. Curtis introduced us to at our summer Grand Session of PHA Texas was the new Conference of Grand Masters PHA website.  It is really quite well done. There are two interactive maps where you can slide your cursor over a state and it will … [Read More...]

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What Is Killing Freemasonry

Freemasonry cannot serve two masters, the world and itself. The biggest mistake it has made is to listen to the whining attacks made by its detractors.  Freemasonry just benefits Freemasons they say as if they had some claim on what we are, what we do and what we say. Our critics have embarrassed … [Read More...]

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Meet Red Mitchell of The MWPHGL of Massachusetts

Brother Red Mitchell of Norton Massachusetts was a prime mover on the committee to erect the monument to Prince Hall on the Cambridge common. His hard work and perseverance to see the project completed was noticed by the Sun Chronicle who wrote this article titled,  "Rediscovering A Hero",  about … [Read More...]

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Sojourners

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A Young Mason’s Journey To Find, The Making Of A Good Man Better

Today’s guest writer, Canadian Brother Mark Kapitan, comes to us by way of Canadian Brother Wayne Anderson’s weekly Masonic newsletter. Anderson publishes a new or old-from-the-Masters article each … [Read More...]

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History in the making

An Historic event took place on September 11, 2010 with the cornerstone laid at the new Judicial Center in Lancaster County Virginia. This is the first time that both The Grand Lodge of Ancient, … [Read More...]

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A Short(er) History of Early Women Freemasons

By Karen Kidd Author of  "Haunted Chambers: the Lives of Early Women Freemasons" Controversial American author Robert Temple observed "Technology is forbidden when it is not allowed to exist." "It … [Read More...]

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Masonic Traveler

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Lindsay Lohan and the Freemason post on Twitter is old news now, and even older as the barely coherent tweet was removed shortly after it was posted.  If you missed the bit of excitement, give the breaking old news from TMZ. For those who might of missed it, the post went like this: “This is the … [Read More...]

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Fraternal Oddities

An interesting find is the turn of phrase that introduces each new visitor to the New York Obscura Antiques shop captured in the now three season program Oddities on the Science Channel. Shop owners Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson are joined by buyer Ryan Matthew who together bring to this slice of … [Read More...]

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100 years and going strong

A short article in the Almonte/Clareton Place EMC, a local news service out of Ontario Canada published this story today: Masonic Temple in Carleton Place turns 100 years, St. John's Lodge No. 63 hosts Friend to Friend Night. Besides wanting to echo the congratulatory comments, its nice to see … [Read More...]

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From the Edge – Tim Bryce

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Three Types of Masons

The best things in life come in threes, like friends, dreams, and memories.  Anonymous I've always believed in the concept of threes and the power of the triangle. Being a management consultant specializing in Information Technology, I've encountered this phenomenon too many times to consider it … [Read More...]

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Performing a Job You Hate

Things to consider before tackling that ugly job you despise. - BRYCE ON WORK Years ago, my grandmother made the observation, "In everyone's life, you must eat a teaspoon of dirt." There is a lot of wisdom in this comment. Throughout our lives there are little jobs we are called upon to perform, … [Read More...]

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Naysayers

Those who believe the glass is half empty. BRYCE ON NEGATIVITY It is one thing to offer wise counsel, it's quite another to try and screw things up for others simply by being negative. I remember when I was a kid, there would be classmates who advised me that I shouldn't take a particular class, … [Read More...]

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Videos Media

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The Coaches Coach – Building Builders

The Coaches Coach by Dr. John S. Nagy from WEOFM Br. John Nagy has been a friend of FmI for a while. You may remember his from his past appearances on the Masonic Central pod cast. He is the author of the Building... series of books, and his blog Building Builders. This video below comes … [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...]

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Want to be a Member?

Found this on Vigilant Citizen. Want to be a member? Want to be a member? If all initiations ended like this one, I bet most fraternities would be teeming with members. It reminds me of the pranks in the Demoulin catalog of Fraternal Supplies from the 30's.  I wonder if it was the … [Read More...]

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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...]

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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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