‘Why To’ over ‘How To’ – Building a Habit of Freemasonry

In this world of life hacks and shortcuts, 'how to' articles are a dime a dozen. "How to hack your finances", "How to increase your popularity", "How to buy a suit", "How to be the most amazing person anyone has ever met". What is most lacking from these 'how to' articles is the 'why'. Why... Continue Reading →

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Why Not?

When I took on the job of Worshipful Master 7 months ago, I had a lot of pie-in-the-sky ideas for Freemasonry in general and my lodge in particular. A lot of things that, frankly, scared me to think about accomplishing.  The mountain is the most frightening from the bottom. But when I started to break... Continue Reading →

Tolerance

Tolerance, how do we live it, how do we teach it? I have promised to remind him in the most tender manner of his failings and aid his reformation. This is in the closing charge that we hear at every stated meaning. Do we live this in our everyday lives outside of the Lodge?  What... Continue Reading →

Ah-Ha Moments

A general statement that all Masons seem to make to their newly raised Brothers is: "You get out of Freemasonry what you put into it." This statement is so cliche and over used because it is easy to throw out there as words of wisdom. I am personally not a huge fan of this over... Continue Reading →

Training the Leadership Workshops

It's Leadership Training Workshop season in Pennsylvania, and with that, all Worshipful Masters, Wardens and perspective lodge leaders flock to a central meeting place within their Region to learn how to navigate the trials and tribulations that come with assuming an elective office within their lodge. It's a yearly obligation that Masters and Wardens must... Continue Reading →

The Assumption

I just did it again. I took my contacts out without verifying my glasses were in the immediate vicinity. I'm blind without my glasses. The irony of looking for your means of sight while utterly blind makes you kick yourself in the rear every time you're fumbling around your nightstand for your thick-lensed spectacles. My... Continue Reading →

So Much More…

Every where we go and everything that happens to us we take something away from. Sometimes it's a little thing and sometimes it's a life changing revaluation. The latter of the two happened to me on the dates of October 18th-20th. As some of you know, my Father, Ronald S. Townsend, Sr. was a Mason,... Continue Reading →

The Parking Lot

It's 11:33 PM. The parking lot asphalt is unforgiving. My feet hurt. I pull my phone out of my pocket and see 4 missed calls and 3 text messages from my better half. She hasn't heard from me since 7 PM, and I'm usually home by now. My phone has been on silent since the... Continue Reading →

Independence Day

As I sit here on this, the Birthday of our country, the most important holiday in our Nation, I can't help but think about our Brothers of the mid to late 1700's. When I joined Freemasonry it was mostly about the historical intrigue surrounding the impact members of this great fraternity had on the birth... Continue Reading →

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