"Brad thank you besides a fire department service that was the second hardest service to make it through. I can not help to tear up when they do a firefighters last call and then amazing grace on the bag pipes there is no stoping tears on this mans…"
"Thank you, and thank you again. There was some argument if I could attend only being raised, and not having done my degree work. So I "cramed" and did it to hush all the arguments and now completed. But hated to have to doit in such a…"
"As of 09/15/2014 I'am now official and passed my MM Exam. However, it also come with a sad heart; tomorrow is my first Masonic funeral and of a very close friend of my family. He had been sick for years and in the last two years only made 5…"
"Man I wish I would have paid attention and known that Aug. 13 was international sinister's (left handed in Latin) day. But anyway being left handed I have been trying hard to write with the dip style fountain pen but can not get it. I write…"
"Man I did not mean to delete my post. So here it goes again.
On 08/07/2014 I was initiated/Raised to the sublime degree of MM. It was an amazing evening, and I can not believe it is over. It is a once in a lifetime life changing experience that a…"
Thank you I hope you don't think I was complaining. I am glad. One it shows their devotion to the craft and then to me. Many of my to be brothers,were brothers and brothers that are on or were on the fire department with me (I am sort of…"
"Well I can tell you this joining the masons has been a bucket list item for many years it was very important to me, and thus the lodge I chose is also. I did not just choose it out of practicality. It was because of the people that would be teaching…"
"Well I passed my EA, now on to the FC. I was so nervous but all of the officers applauded as no one at my lodge does the long form much at all anymore. They either do the one days or short form. I want the most out of this commitment and will…"
"It is official April 7, I will be taking my EA examination (long form), and directly after my FC initiation. I am excited I am moving along but terrified my mind will go blank at the same time. I had brain surgery a year ago exactly the night of the…"
Faith, family, and fun! It is hard to find a moral place to hang out at these days. It is even harder to find a role model for our children, like we had. Things have changed, they are fundamentally different then when we were kids. I am a retired/disabled father after 13 years active fire and EMS service. Now I stay home with the kids and homeschool.
However, I am into reading, writing, firearms safety, Ohio CCW, the outdoors, Leave No Trace (LNT), emergency medicine, and freemasonry.
Many... The Torah, The Bible, Dan Brown writings, medical journals, Firearms safety manuals, Lt. Col. Grossman writings.
Sherlock Holmes, the Bourne series historical fiction and nonfiction, A Clockwork Orange, The Gangs of New York, and many others.
Nirvana (Yes I know Kurt is Dead), Beethoven, Mendelson, Mozart, John Cash, Johny Horton, Burl Ives, Flats and Scruggs, The Gentleman Gypsies, Dylan, Willie Nelson, Micky Hart, Rusted Root, The Shantee, The Grateful Dead (Yes I know Jerry is Dead), The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, beethoven, and many others. This list could become exhaustive.
"There is a tendency to think that we are a very sophisticated modern society and disasters shouldn't be this inconvenient for those of us not directly impacted. The reality is no nation is that well immune to catastrophic disaster."
— W. Craig Fugate
When placed in command -do what is right- take charge.
"One point I've seen raised a couple of places is the need for ongoing drugs and/or hormones. Given the austere nature of the battle field that is a concern - just as it is for other conditions that require ongoing medical attention.
"I think a lot of it does come down to what people consider part of their identity. It is one reason religion can be such a sensitive topic.
When you have embraced something in such a way that anything that does not support that thing is…"
"Just to play devil's advocate - is it possible, that pervasive social stigma's which allow for bans against them (in various capacities, including this one) to pass political muster, could be a major contributor to that suicide rate? "
"Odd, I was talking about this today twice, two different venues and instances. Sorry man, it sucks. Sometimes it doesn't matter how polite you are. It's what happens when someone gets too wrapped up in identity politics, which isn't…"