UPDATED: 31st March 2017
I hope all readers of this blog and food for Thought pages have had a happy and enjoyable holiday season.
I have updated the Masonic blog items on the above date. Food for Thought pages will follow in a few days.
This update has new links in the following sections
The items uploaded will have a heading in coloured text
BLACK headings indicate latest items
GREY headings are previous month's items
BLUE headings indicate New Zealand material uploaded
RED headings are Christmas time items
However, all things are in a state of continual evolution, and "Practice makes perfect", though in my case it may just be "better".
PDF ARCHIVE FILES OF PAST BLOG LINKS ARE ON LINE
The blog archive pages established on the Food for Thought pages now links to nine PDF files. These are condensed lists of the Blogs with direct links to the page items. They go from 2014 to the current day, and they will continue to be added after one or two Blog Updates.
The link to the Blog Archive page is at the bottom of the first page of Food for Thought which features the index, and to the right of the date above.
The Secret of Masonic Handshakes
Judge bans freemasonry emblem from gravestone of senior mason
Freemasons in the Military - Afghanistan Lodges
Pro-Christian MP seeks major probe into Russian Freemason groups
A COLLECTION OF GRAND LODGE OF ARKANSAS STORY BLOGS
GL Arkansas Lawsuit Dismissed
Alabama Lodge Breaks State's Masonic Color Barrier
Grand Lodge of Alabama Drops Progressive Line
Alabama Governor, Grand Lodge under Scrutiny
GL of Florida Restores Relations With GL of Cuba: GM Visits
Historic Occasion Between Two Texas Grand Lodges
RECOGNITION OF GRAND LODGE OF ARKANSAS – A PROBLEM FOR OUR GRAND LODGE?
A quick look through many of the entries of news on the Grand Lodge of Arkansas provides thought to whether they can continue to be recognised by other Grand Lodges including our own Grand Lodge. These reports point to behaviour contrary to that dictated by our own Book of Constitution. I list some of the links I have found that may prove of assistance in Wellington's deliberations on the matter. The latest news includes the formation of a new Grand Lodge to follow the principles of international Freemasonry. (Click on title to follow link)
Grand Lodge of Arkansas Bans the Shrine (Again)
In a flurry of executive leadership activity over the past week, the Grand Lodge of Arkansas has suspended or expelled every member of the Grand Lodge with the exception of Stella Campbell, the Grand Lodge receptionist.
(2016 October 31)
(2017 January 24)
GL Arkansas Lawsuit Dismissed
(2017 February 7)
OTHER GENERAL CONTINUED
Ask Geoffrey: The History of Freemasonry in Chicago
Postmodern vs. Masonic Ethics- If It’s Not Illegal, Unethical or Immoral Just Do It!
I wasn't expecting the Spanish inquisition
Older freemasons told to smile and stop criticising in bid to attract millennials
Freemasons initiate new member
Obituary in Sunday Star times - The man and his community Community
'We're not a secret organisation', stress Musselburgh Freemasons ahead of 250th anniversary of Masonic Lodge St John Fisherrow
A Tale of a Temple
Piece of Freemason history returned to South Tyneside masonic lodge
Masonic march celebrates 300th anniversary
Masonic Hall restored
100 Years of Freemasonry
Third Degree On The Blue Ghost
Freemasons establish Spinnaker Lodge – the UK’s first boating lodge
Clever Kiwi conversion: Masonic Lodge becomes an arty retreat
Black Member Tests Message of Masons in Georgia Lodges
MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia Settles With Shriners
Grand Lodge Of Massachusetts
Recognizes Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Of Texas
UGLE Masonic Festival Jewels
Around the mid 1800s, the United Grand Lodge of England decided to instigate Festival Stewards Jewels for the three main Masonic Charities.
Thai Freemason News & Events
Widows - Hamish Fletcher of the NZ Herald provides an interesting story.
Freemasons stage play to dispel myths, rumours
Brother to Speak on Freemasonry in the Modern Middle East
another in a series of Catechism Primer formats that Nagy has published for increasing Light in Freemasons.
The question is, are we doing enough to promote morality in this country?
Plan for Make a Difference Month
This October, lodges and Masonic youth orders will work side by side on service projects for their communities. With just two months to go, here’s how to prepare for an impactful Make a Difference Month event.
Freemasons: Your questions answered
An Excellent 2012 news item of Nigel Brown answering readers' questions about being a Freemason
For anyone who has driven by Salt Lake City's Masonic Temple and wondered what's behind the majestic stone staircase, towering columns and mysterious sphinx statues, the annual public tour Saturday should satisfy your curiosity.
St John’s Care Centre receives perfectly timed donation from Freemason Charity
LOCAL FREEMASON’S LODGE SPONSORS UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN.
Freemasons donate £1,000 to Kings House in Honiton
Charities receive share of £75,000 from Wiltshire Freemasons
Masonic Charity raises $80K for disadvantaged students
Canterbury Cathedral To Host Service For Freemasons After Receiving £300,000 Donation
Freemasons donate three bikes to South London Blood Bikers follows on from above
Follows on from above link
22,000 Leighton Hospital children boosted by charity’s cuddly toys
Lifelites raffling the ultimate library of 100 signed books to raise money for children in hospices
Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons visit Lifelites headquarters
The philanthropy and tea empire of Freemason Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton
Giving a voice
Otago and Lakes District Freemasons help keep rescue helicopter in air
Teddies for Loving Care
Devon Air Ambulance presented with £4,000 by local Freemasons
£500,000 to be donated to Cheshire charities to mark Freemasons tercentenary
Devonshire Freemasons donation of £5,000 to MACMILLAN Cancer Support
Shropshire Freemasons gave Midlands Air Ambulance £1,100,000 in 25 years.
Unveiling of Yorkshire Air Ambulance's new helicopter
Grand Charity awards £100,000 to Cancer Genetics team
I'M THE GUY
I'm the guy who asked to join your organization. I'm the guy who paid his dues to join.
I'm the guy who stood up in front of all of you and promised to be faithful and loyal.
I'm the guy who came to your meetings and no one paid any attention to. I tried several times to be friendly to some of the fellows, but they all had their own buddies they talk to and sat next to.
I sat down several times but no one paid any attention to me. I hoped very much that somebody would have asked me to take part in a fund raising project or something, but no one saw my efforts when I volunteered.
I missed a few meetings after joining because I was sick and couldn't be there. No one asked me at the next meeting where I had been. I guess it didn't matter very much to the others whether I was there or not. The next meeting I decided to stay home and watch TV. The following meeting I attended, no one asked me where I was when the last meeting was held.
You might say I'm a good guy, a good family man who holds a responsible job, loves his community, and his country.
You know who else I am? I'm the guy who never came back!
It amuses me when I think back on how the heads of the organization and the members were discussing why the organization was losing members.
It amuses me now to think that they spent so much time looking for new members when I was there all the time.
All they needed to do was make me feel needed, wanted and welcome!
THE CLOCK OF LIFE
The clock of life is wound but once
And no man has the power
To know just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour
Now is the only time you have
Live, love and toil with a will
Put no faith in tomorrow
For the clock may then be still
The Secret Freemason History of Some of Jakarta’s Oldest Sites
Marshall Kern's book explains emblem used by Masonic Lodge
Italian dentist and Freemason who founded the Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth
Living Stones Magazine available to all
Lore of the Ring - 33rd degree ring
The title deeds of the Craft
Albert Pike's Immortal Lessons
The Lost History of the Freemasons
The Symbolic Lodge
A collective term for the first three degrees of Craft (or blue Lodge)
The prince and the fugitive
How did an escaped prisoner become a close associate of the Grand Master
Did the Templars Hide the Ark of the Covenant?
Ancient legal papyri bring lost world to life
Did humans create the Sahara desert?
Stone Age tools and animal bones in Tunisia provide new clues on a 72,000-year-old 'early human corridor' across Africa
How a 400,000-year-old skull fragment hints at ancient 'unified humanity'
Mystery of the 'pyramid of China': Archaeologists discover strange tomb under a construction site
Common Tools or Ancient Advanced Technology? How Did the Egyptians Bore Through Granite?
Ancient technique can dramatically improve memory, research suggests
The Great Wall of India: 80km (diwaal) is an ancient mystery no one knew about
ASU scientist finds advanced geometry no secret to prehistoric architects in US Southwest
Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich
Archaeologists discover man whose tongue was replaced by a stone
Treasures from 2,600-year-old grave of Celtic princess in Germany reveal their secrets
James Cameron links find of bronze-age anchors to lost city of Atlantis
Ancient Mayan Superhighways Found in the Guatemala Jungle
Humans May Have Arrived in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than We Thought
How King Arthur became one of the most pervasive legends of all time
Egypt unearths 7,000-year-old lost city
Steep commute gave ancient Egyptian workers osteoarthritis
Does This Ancient Egyptian Dish Demolish Everything We Know about the Origins of Greek Astronomy?
New discoveries that rewrite Stonehenge landscape
How to climb the social ladder in ancient Rome
Australia’s oldest ornament found in kimberley region
Glassmaking may have begun in Egypt, not Mesopotamia
Clay figurine is Bronze Age ancestor of Rodin’s ‘Thinker’
Archeologists Have a Huge New Stonehenge to Figure Out
The Great Salt Lake Enigma: Science Shows Anomalies – Evidence of a Global Flood?
Ancient Royal Boat Tomb Uncovered in Egypt
Dogs detect breast cancer from bandage: researchers
Scientists unveil a giant leap for anti-aging
Kaikoura quake may prompt rethink of earthquake hazard models internationally
How our species got smarter: through a rush of blood to the head
Physicist develops drip-free wine bottle
Managing bushfires for safety and biodiversity
We May Have Finally Found the Foundations Upon Which Life Evolved
Researchers create self-sustaining bacteria-fueled power cell
Solar-powered skin for prosthetic limbs
Towards a lip-reading computer
Long Before Trees Overtook the Land, Earth Was Covered by Giant Mushrooms
New Zealand declares a river a person
Satnavs 'switch off' parts of the brain
Buzzing the brain with electricity can boost working memory
Why all-nighters don't work: How sleep, memory go hand-in-hand
A hot bath has benefits similar to exercise
Is there a link between climate change and diabetes?
Viruses created to selectively attack tumor cells
Brain activity appears to continue after people are dead, according to new study
Researchers confirm the existence of a 'lost continent' under Mauritius
Save The Monkeys, Save The Trees, Sell The Chocolate
Some Scientists Say the Only Way to Save Species May be to Privatize Them
Priceless Ancient Seed Bank Saved from Destruction in Syria
Groundbreaking system allows locked-in syndrome patients to communicate
Scientists Are Reversing the Symptoms of Alzheimer's
Pictures Reveal One of the Last Unexplored Places on Earth
Cost of electricity from offshore windfarms drops by a third in just four years
Gene editing has saved the lives of two children with leukaemia
Plants smell different when attacked by exotic herbivores
Too much sitting, too little exercise may accelerate biological aging
Why the Earth's magnetic poles could be about to swap places and how it would affect us
Scientists discover even wasps make trade deals
Animals are way smarter than we give them credit for
Horses Aren't Shy When Asking Humans For Help
The Mind of an Octopus (and they are smart, Ed.)
Firms push hydrogen as top green energy source
Ancient Andes glaciers have lost half their ice in just 40 years
Climate change could push risk of ‘megadrought’ to 99% in American southwest
First farm to grow veg in a desert using only sun and seawater
Grow veggies, not grass, to cut greenhouse gas
Planet at its hottest in 115,000 years thanks to climate change, experts say
Acidity in atmosphere minimised to preindustrial levels
Colonizing the moon? Frequent meteor impacts may get in the way
Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it's more likely than not