Thursday, December 20, 2007

We all shine on

Lately there's usually a Beatles (as a band or individually) song playing on my stereo or in my head. (Perhaps that will give you an indication of what I was thinking while writing the last few paragraphs of a previous oddly-titled article.)

Today the song stuck in my head is John Lennon's Instant Karma, which is kind of apt considering how quickly things spun out of control here a few days ago.

A line from that song prompted me to add the "We all shine on" subtitle under the masthead. How long I keep it there is anyone's guess.

There are many of you who regularly post here, and judging from my statistics program, thousands who regularly read this blog.

Who are you?

For a while, I'd like to turn this blog into a sort of face book, and post your articles about yourself.

Are you a Mason? Where are you from? Are you active in your lodge, your church, your community, in clubs, online? What are your interests, your passions, your likes and dislikes? What kind of work do you do? What kind of things do you do for fun? What are your goals and your dreams?

Every man and woman is a star, as Aleister Crowley wrote. And we all shine on and on and on and on, as John Lennon sang.

Email me a "This is Who I Am" essay. Talk about yourself, not someone else. Please don't use this opportunity as a soapbox to denigrate another person, or an organization, but instead let us get to know you. Share as much or as little as you like. You can give your real name, or use your screen name. Send me a photo of yourself, or use an avatar. Let us know the You that you want us to know.

Pitch your or your lodge's projects. Include links to non-commercial sites you're involved with or that you've found useful. Tell us about your own blogs or websites.

We're all brothers and sisters here, whether you're a Mason or not. Some people call this an "online community." So come on, neighbor, introduce yourself.

I'll post your essays and photos/avatars here as articles as soon as I start receiving them. Who knows? I might even post my real name here one day.

You don't have to be a Mason to join in on this project. Come one, come all. Shine on. This is a great time for those of you who've never posted comments here before to show us your Light and tell us about your Point within the Circle.

[I suppose a disclaimer is necessary. By submitting your essay, on your honor as a human being, and of your own free will and accord, you avow, promise and pinky-swear that the information you give is about yourself and not another, that you have the right to use the avatar or photo you send, that you agree that the material may be published on this blog, and that you will hold faultless and blameless The Widow's Son and The Burning Taper for anything and everything forever and ever that may arise out of you having voluntarily submitted it.]

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  1. Get right on that. A little bit of the 'ol two right hands. Fidelity and fellowship followed by forthright friendliness, fantastic. Forgive the frivolity just having fun.

  2. Remember when you were young,
    You shone like the sun.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    Now there's a look in your eyes,
    Like black holes in the sky.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    You were caught on the crossfire
    Of childhood and stardom,
    Blown on the steel breeze.
    Come on you target for faraway laughter,
    Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!

    You reached for the secret too soon,
    You cried for the moon.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    Threatened by shadows at night,
    And exposed in the light.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    Well you wore out your welcome
    With random precision,
    Rode on the steel breeze.
    Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
    Come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!

  3. Nobody knows where you are,
    How near or how far.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    Pile on many more layers
    And I'll be joining you there.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    And we'll bask in the shadow
    Of yesterday's triumph,
    And sail on the steel breeze.
    Come on you boy child,
    You winner and loser,
    Come on you miner for truth and delusion, and shine!


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