Category: From the West

From the West – May 2018

Greetings Brethren, Membership is a prevailing theme across masonry. I have read several articles at both the local and national levels addressing the anecdote, symptom, origination, and truth arising from declining membership. To narrow scope, I attempt an ethos of virtue but clarify using Tom Wolfe’s The Painted Word (Picador, 2008) which says, “To lack …

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From the West – April 2018

Greetings Brethren from the Station of Strength, While brushing up on my financial literacy, I recently found equilibrium in Howard Marks’ The Most Important Thing Illuminated (Columbia University Press, 2013). In it, Marks expands upon an epiphany concerning contrarianism, “skepticism and pessimism aren’t synonymous. Skepticism calls for pessimism when optimism is excessive. But it also …

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From the West – February

Greetings Brethren from the Station of Strength Now that January is over and our new year’s resolutions are in jeopardy, I reflect on a semi-phase used by one of the Masonic bodies during their installation, “Tyranny of the non-essential.” The application of this phase I find truly universal but I’ll attempt to focus an idea …

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