MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Jun 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Jun 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - Jun 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

June is named after Juno the queen of the Roman gods. In Roman mythology Juno was the protectress of women and marriage. In modern times June is often referred to as the bridal month.

 

Brethren: The month of May has been quite a mixed bag of weather. It is not unlike the COVID situation with a lot of lows and highs. Let ‘s hope June will bring warm showers to give some relief to the crops, grass and trees. We are in a drought for most of Saskatchewan, and Prince Albert is dealing with a major fire as I write this Musings. Snow flurries are forecasted for this weekend, but we will take it. Any moisture is good moisture.

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - May 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - May 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - May 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

May is named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants. Also from the Latin word maiores, “elders,” who were celebrated during this month. Maia was considered a nurturer and an earth goddess, which may ex-plain the connection with this spring-month. May Day is celebrated on May 1 to mark the return of spring.

 

Brethren: March went out like a lion, and we hope that April showers/snow will bring us flowers in May. This has been quite the roller coaster ride this past year. I thought I could start relaxing the guidelines for meetings and ritual work but the third wave with variants has hit us. We can see the finish line but we cannot be tempted to try and take a shortcut. I sure hope that everyone will be able to be vaccinated by June and maybe we can return to activities as normal this fall. Be patient and please remember that Freemasonry begins in your heart. Fellowship and Brotherly Love are first lessons of the Craft. We do not need to be in a tiled lodge to practice fellowship or express brotherly love.

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - April 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - April 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - April  2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

April is the second month of spring season and the fourth month of the year. In this month, the winter snow melts and spring rains nourish the earth, which warms and opens up to give new life to grass , trees and flowers. The name April comes from the Latin word meaning “to open.”

 

Brethren: Spring is here! The geese and songbirds have made their way back. The sun is getting stronger, warming the soil, bringing new life to plants, trees and animals. Spring is a season of change, not knowing what future nature brings and will provide for us. It is a season of faith and hope. We have faith that the rains and sunshine will start the cycle of life again as it has done for thousands of years and hope that we have a bountiful year of health and prosperity.

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - February 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - February 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - February 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

February received its name for the Latin word which means “to purify," for in this month people purified their homes and offered sacrifices to the gods, who loved order and cleanliness.

 

 Brethren:
January will soon be in the books even as I write this month’s musings. This is usually the time of year when we meet together to celebrate Robbie Burns’ birthday, feasting on neeps, tatties and, of course, haggis. I miss the opportunity of celebrating the “Bard” and his contribution to the brotherhood of man.January will soon be in the books even as I write this month’s musings. This is usually the time of year when we meet together to celebrate Robbie Burns’ birthday, feasting on neeps, tatties and, of course, haggis. I miss the opportunity of celebrating the “Bard” and his contribution to the brotherhood of man.February is the month we take time to celebrate and cherish our significant others on Valentines Day. February 14th is the day where we can show appreciation to the ones we love. I would encourage you to reach out and show yourindebtedness and love to your wife, partner, mother, daughter and do not forget to reach out to the widows of our Brother Masons. In recent years our Lodge has hosted a tea around Valentine’s Day and invited widows of Brother Masons. This year, a phone call or a Valentine card sent to the widows would make their day, especially in these times of isolation.

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - March 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - March 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - March 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

March, which was the first month of the year, is now the third. To this month,March, which was the first month of the year, is now the third. To this month,the first of spring, the name of the famous Mars, god of war was given. Mars wasfond of storm and strife, and the name was very appropriate for this windystormy month.

 

Brethren: March 14, 2021 marks the one year anniversary of the pandemic lockdown for Masonic activities in Saskatchewan. The last lodge meeting I attended with no required COVID protocols was Biggar Lodge No. 100 on March 10, 2020. We enjoyed a fantastic meal prior to the meeting and a great festive board after. MW Bro. Montague presented RW Bro. Don Tokaryk with an honorary life membership. This was a pleasurable evening with goodfellowship, food and drink enjoyed by all. It seems like a lifetime ago.

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - January 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - January 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - January 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

January was named after Janus, a two-headed Roman god. The temple of Janus was situated at the city gate of Rome, where his statue had one face looking towards the city, and one beyond the gate. January stands at the gateway of the year, with one face looking towards the past and one towards the future.

 

 Brethren:
This is the time of year that we look forward to what the new year will bring us. It is also the time of year to reflect on the year that has just passed. The year 2020 was unprecedented to say the least. It brought about new challenges to all of us as individuals and challenged governments around the world with balancing the social and economic well being of society while trying to curb the spread of COVID 19 with lockdowns. What we considered normal practices had to be changed and a new way of life developed. It was a year when we were unable to celebrate weddings, graduations, birthdays face to face. We as Freemasons were unable to meet in the usual manner: no handshakes, festive boards or social gatherings. Yet, although there are many negatives about 2020, we should reflect on the positives. It taught us to look at life through a different lens and to overcome the challenges of working from home with kids and pets. The year taught us not to take things for granted and to appreciate the small things in life. It taught us to look inward to our souls and to reach out to our families and friends.

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