MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Aug 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Aug 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - Aug 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

August was named in honour of Octavius Caesar, the nephew of Julius Caesar, who became master of Rome and was named Emperor of the Senate. He ruled wisely and received the title of Augustus , which means “worthy of reverence.” From which the month of August receives its name.

 

Brethren: I hope everyone is having a great summer. It is a good feeling to be able to get back to some sort of normal, to see smiles on people’s faces when you meet them, and to know that most people are protected from getting seriously ill or suffering death. This does not mean that the COVID virus has disappeared. COVID still poses a threat to those who are not fully vaccinated or immune compromised. I believe we will be having to deal with the virus for some time well into the future, not unlike the common cold. Please continue to practice good health hygiene, and remember that not everyone is comfortable with all restrictions being lifted. Please be aware of and respect everyone’s comfort zone.Brethren: I hope everyone is having a great summer. It is a good feeling to be able to get back to some sort of normal, to see smiles on people’s faces when you meet them, and to know that most people are protected from getting seriously ill or suffering death. This does not mean that the COVID virus has disappeared. COVID still poses a threat to those who are not fully vaccinated or immune compromised. I believe we will be having to deal with the virus for some time well into the future, not unlike the common cold. Please continue to practice good health hygiene, and remember that not everyone is comfortable with all restrictions being lifted. Please be aware of and respect everyone’s comfort zone.

 

The Grand Line will resume visitations of Lodges in September, and I will accept invitations to visit or assist in degree work, whenever I am available.

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Jul 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Jul 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - Jul 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

July was originally the fifth month, Quintilis. After Caesar’s death the month was renamed July in honour of Julius Caesar in 44 BC, it being the month of Caesar's birth.

 

Brethren: The solstice has come and gone and summer officially starts. I want to thank everyone for your support, patience and for adhering to practices throughout this pandemic, to help keep everyone safe this past year. I have agreed to stay on as your Grand Master for another year and I am hoping that the year will be more predictable. We should be back to normal this fall and able to resume all lodge activities. The Saskatchewan Health Authority’s re-opening plan is dependent on the percentage of residents getting vaccinated. Please get vaccinated if you are able. I have had both my shots and I am looking forward to resuming activities without restrictions. My highest priority when we re-open will be to work with lodges. The Grand Line will be available for visitations and/or assistance with degree work and education.

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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

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