Saturday, August 25, 2007

A Wonderful World

Bunnies. Swans. Satchmo crooning.

I bet you never expected to see this much warm fuzziness on The Burning Taper.

Gather the kids around. This is one they won't want to miss.

Watch it here or on YouTube.

Image: Jazz improviser Louis Armstrong, who claimed to be a member of Montgomery Masonic Lodge No. 18 of New York City, a lodge that doesn't appear to have ever existed

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  1. who claimed to be a member of Montgomery Masonic Lodge No. 18 of New York City, a lodge that doesn't appear to have ever existed

    Hmm. Got any more information on that?

  2. That was great! Love the song its one of my favorites.

  3. The greatest travisty in Masonry is that Masons love to feed off each other. Slander, attack, slander, attack. For an organization who proudly states that they help each other and are there for each other "friend to friend" men of a common brotherhood etc, etc. Masons have created many divisions causing so much pain, chaos, disorder, irregular, clandestine, unrecognized and generally un-Masonic behavior towards each other I wonder why try to remain one?

    The very fabric that Masonry is suppose to detest we see promoted DAILY. I refuse to drink the kool-aid!

  4. I refuse to drink the kool-aid!

    Umm, yeah. That's stuff's just pure sugar, anyway.

    Look, I'm really sorry to hear that things haven't worked out well for you and your lodge. But try to remember that some of us are working hard in those quarries, smoothing ashlars, and helping each other as friends and brothers.

    Think globally, act locally, my brothers.

  5. I am more happy right now about Masonry than I have ever been. I actucally see good things happening now that we do not dwell within a negative Grand Lodge. I have seen change and I have been actively laying the foundation here in my area. The Light is shining through positive works.

  6. No one is really sure of the source of the "Montgomery Lodge" claim. Armstrong mentioned in his autobiography that he was a member of an unnamed Knights of Pythias lodge, and he listed the Masons as one of many popular and active social groups in his New Orleans (not NY) neighborhood. But he did not say he was a Mason.

    The late Wbro. Joseph Walkes of the Phylaxis Society tried to pinpoint Montgomery Lodge No. 18 in New York. There was never a mainstream or PHA lodge of that name (there was a Hiram Lodge #18 PHA in the City), but he speculated that it may have been a lodge from one of the other six or more non-PHA, predominantly black Grand Lodges working in NYC at that time.

    Great video. All I could ever make was a penguin with a square head.


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