Author Archives: Lone Star Mason

Why you shouldn’t become a Freemason.

Originally posted on Braden 168:
Freemasonry  is shrouded in a pop-culture mystique of danger and intrigue. Now I won’t comment on if any of those intrigues are true (hint), but one thing is for sure,  Freemasonry has gotten a reputation as…

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The Lesson of The Garden Club

Let’s pretend, for a moment, that there exists a very old and well-respected gardening club that you’ve taken an interest in joining. This club tells potential members that it helps to make good gardeners better and they can become ‘master … Continue reading

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Masonic Improvement: Creating A Vision and Goals

In my previous post, I laid the groundwork for my series on lodge improvement. I wrote about what continuous improvement is and why it’s important but I never got into the details of implementation. Let’s dive in, shall we? A … Continue reading

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Best Practice For Masonic Improvement

Introduction According to Wikipedia, A best practice is a method or technique that has been generally accepted as superior to any alternatives because it produces results that are superior to those achieved by other means or because it has become … Continue reading

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Getting Freemasonry Noticed

As a fraternity we do a lot of things hoping somebody will notice us. The majority of the time we seek attention hoping that some men will approach us and ask for a petition. Bigger has to mean better, after … Continue reading

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How Freemasonry Is (Or Used To Be) An Honor Group

I’m a huge fan of Brother Brett McKay’s website, The Art of Manliness. I have followed his website for several years and I can tell you, with no uncertainty, that I would not be the father, the man, or the … Continue reading

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Putting Quantity Before Quality:The Open West Gate

The West Gate is a term many masons may be unfamiliar with. I know here in Texas I have never heard of it until I began actively researching and collaborating with other masons  from various jurisdictions online. In the physical sense, … Continue reading

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