The first post is always the hardest. The one that will hopefully set the tone for what is to come, put forward what you hope will be, and maybe, just maybe, get others to join you for the journey.
It’s been an interesting journey to get here. I started the thought process of creating a blog where I could share my thoughts on Freemasonry over two years ago and while it always rolling around in the back of my head I never really moved forward on it until now. I’m not sure what the exact catalyst was but I’m sure part of it was this comment made by my wife.
“You take your Masonry way too seriously.”
She’s right. I do take my Masonry seriously and I think it’s because I’ve seen firsthand the good it can do. I’ve seen the improvements Freemasons have wrought in themselves and in the community that surrounds them by being the type of man others wish to be.
My hope is that by sharing what I’ve learned and am still learning, either through experience or research, you’ll be able to get to know something of the fraternity that’s been a part of my family for four generations (makes you wonder if it’s in the DNA now), that you’ll ask questions and bring your own thoughts and experience to the conversation.
I want to close out this post by bringing attention to the date. I’m sure many will question the date, why not wait another week until the first of September? Why not pick a date of more Masonic significance?
I chose today to launch this site to remember a man who was both friend and Masonic Mentor, my father, Peter Newbury. We lost dad four years ago to cancer and I could not think of a better way to mark the occasion of the inaugural post of this blog than to honor his memory. Dad was a Freemason to his core, not just within the walls of the Lodge but without, volunteering his time and giving back to the community around him.