...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert Kennedy, South Africa 1966.
Friday, January 18, 2008
A Promise and the Reality
I didn't go out of the house yesterday until I had to go to Lodge. We had a Fellowcraft Degree for Trevor and it was very well done. He was impressed. I pick up Rollen and bring him to Lodge now as his family doesn't want him driving at night and I love to do it. He is such a mainstay in our Lodge. He is a DL and knows the entire ritual and fills in where ever needed. I never tire of hearing him give the "G" lecture in the Fellowcraft Degree. His wife has a rule which I call "Betty's rule" - the car doesn't move until the seat belts are fastened. It is a good rule.
After Lodge I took him home and went to the grocery store because I was running low on dog food and other vital necessities. Then it was to Sopranos for afterglow with some of the Brothers. That is a good place to go and the conversation is always good. Everyone is congenial and it is a good place to be. The bartender is a former student of mine and the owner is a Mason so I enjoy going there for those reasons also. It is fun to run into former students. Some of them try to call me Mr. Simser but I tell them it is Jay now that they are out of High School. (I made that rule when some of them tried to call me Jay when they were in my class.)
Dave as a good entry about the degree last night.
I had over 100 hits yesterday. And thee were 146 page views. I am afraid that today will be boring for blogging as I don't feel very inspired and it may be because it is so darn cold out there that the blood is slowed down and I'm not getting enough nutrients to the brain. (Not that there is much brain for the blood to get to because it seems to be frozen and shriveled today.
When the "boys" go outside to do their business Max runs out to his "spot" Bailey stands at the top of the ramp and pees right there and then wants right back in. If I don't stay there and watch him he has problems and starts limping. The cold and the snow is hard on him. Last year he tried going out to the corner and once or twice I had to go out to get him and carry him in. Poor little guy. He gets up by me as soon as possible to warm up.
Thanks for reading.
You are loved. Hugs from j