Sunday, April 15, 2012

Will Somebody Please Press The 'Reboot' Button?

This is my second attempt at writing a blog. My first attempt never got anywhere, but after talking to my good friend, W.B. Nick Johnson, who has been blogging succesfully for a few years now at, he encouraged me to give it another try, especially since I am now the Lodge Education Officer for Red Wing Lodge #8 (,) in Red Wing, MN.

I know that there are probabay hundreds, if not thousands, of blogs out there dedicated to Freemasonry, and probably just as many of them dedicated to spreading anti-Masonic ideas and views. While I profess that I am a 'rookie' when it comes to blogging, I am going to do my best to share ideas, links, topics, etc., that will, hopefully, make the reader think and generate discussion here and in your local Lodges.

I have been a Mason since I was 19. I petitioned Star in the East Lodge #33 in Owatonna, MN., while I was a senior at Owatonna Senior High School. Two of my teachers were Masons and were my first-line signers. Freemasonry existed in my family, but had skipped a few generations. While I was going through the Degrees, unbeknowst to me, my older brother Steven was also going through the Degrees in a Lodge in Maine. I ended up becoming Master when I was at the tender young age of 21. I enjoyed my stint, but I will be the first to admit I was not very good. Mad Jack from Grizzly Adams would have called me a 'greenhorn.' But after taking a few years off from Masonry due to getting married, moving, and finding a new job, I was able to find a new home in Red Wing Lodge #8, where I served a back-to-back term as Master a few years ago. This time I was more mature and ready for the responsibilities of the Master's Station.

I have always found the historical connection to Freemasonry to be fascinating, and while I do not have a huge interest in esoterics, I am finding myself liking the Ritual, more and more, each time I hear it done or participate in the Ritual myself. The beautiful thing about Freemasonry is that it provides a lot of different interests for everyone!

I promise to do my best to provide topics that we all will find interesting, and if we do tackle one that may be controversial, that we please keep it civil. I am not a huge believer in the gratuitous use of profanities and I hope that you all will respect that. As I always tell juvenile inmates where I work, "There are thousands of words in the English language to describe things. Why limit yourself to just two or three!"

Thanks again for signing on and I hope to be able to spread a little more of the Light that Freemasonry provides for the world!


  1. Welcome to the Masonic blogosphere, Worshipful Sir! Enjoy.


  2. Thanks, Jay! I am looking forward to it!

  3. Howdy WBro. Gary, welcome to the blogging community. As my friend, you prove yourself a Mason by every conversation we have and I'm honored to call you brother. Gary's lodge, Red Wing No. 8, AF&AM, is one of the premier lodges in the state of Minnesota due in no small part to Gary's efforts. In fact, it was awarded the Mark Twain Award for excellence when less than a decade earlier, it was teetering on the brink of collapse.


  4. Hello W. Bro. Nick,
    Thank you for your kind words and I am really exicted to finally blog!
    I have always enjoyed our time together in and out of lodge. Not only do we enjoy Masonry so much, but we also enjoy discussing a certain show that features a time machine that is 'bigger on the inside than it is on the outside!'
    Thanks again and always remember...For Gallifrey!

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  6. Welcome to the world of blogging my fellow Worshipful Brother. Glad to have you on board. From what W.Bro. Nick says, you'll bring a lot of good to the blogosphere. Can't wait to read through your posts.