Wor. Phillip S. Garrett
It was recently brought to my attention that my monthly ‘from the east’ almost always made mention of the weather or some other climatic reference albeit snow, sunshine, or spring showers. My first response to this judgment was a defensive one; clearly, that individual has no idea how challenging a narrative like this presents a writer on a monthly basis. Timely, enthusiastic, and inspiring are not easily done within a two to three paragraph commentary. After I recovered from a bruised ego, I remembered we as Masons are lovers of the seven liberal arts and sciences; of the seven, geometry may command more attention grammar and rhetoric are important nonetheless. Under that premise, I realized that I have in part become complacent and have come to rely on what was easy. The individual questioning my prose was in fact doing me a favor. At this point I am sure you are wondering; what does this tangent mean Phil?
As men and Masons we need to challenge ourselves. We need to deviate from our routines and what is easy and look for areas of improvement. For me, something as simple as comprising an original ‘from the east’ is a start. With that, I challenge all my brothers to identify one small thing to improve upon.
Unfortunately I will not be in attendance at our next regular communication due to a conflict I have with my pending nuptials. My soon to be wife found it appropriate to book our honeymoon without first consulting my Masonic schedule. It is my hope that you all can understand the predicament that I am in. Rest assured that you are in good hands, Brother Baxter has introduced a twist and I think you all will be pleased with the results.
Phillip S. Garrett
P.S. - Candidates, candidates, candidates! At Old Colony we have been fortunate with an influx of quality men with a genuine interest in the Craft. It is the intention of your line of officers to begin a new class of candidates in January. More details to follow…