I was pleasantly surprised to discover the mailbox was jam packed with all sorts of Masonic stuff this afternoon. The new copy of Freemasonry Today came, with a two-pager about the International Conference on the History of Freemasonry in Edinburgh last month. There were books (there are ALWAYS books coming in around here). And a package arrived with several copies of the new issue of the Scottish Rite Journal, with my article, Boring Our Members To Death. It was accompanied by a very kind note from Ill:. Bro:. Ronald A. Seale 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander of the AASR-Southern Jurisdiction.
The article first appeared on Worshipful Bro:. Stephen Dafoe's Masonic Dictionary website, along with essays from my fellow Knights of the North. Many thanks to Ill:. Bro:. S. Brent Morris for finding it there and considering it worthy for publication in the Scottish Rite Journal. Whether he put my stuff in or not, Brent's tireless efforts have helped to make the Scottish Rite Journal one of the very best Masonic publications available. And in case you hadn't heard, among his many other formidable accomplishments, Brent has written a pretty darned good introductory book to Freemasonry.
An added treat was to be nestled between two other authors I greatly respect, both of whom I was honored to meet at the conference in Scotland. One was John Belton's article on the "packaging" of Masonry. John was a founder of UGLE's Internet Lodge No. 9659. The other article was by Professor William Moore about the building of Masonic Temples in America between 1870 and 1930. I highly recommend his book on the same topic, Masonic Temples.