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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Ordo ab Chao – The end of the beginning

And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.
Genesis 1:3-4

This is the last post on this blog.

It’s not because of any problems, or edicts dictating its existence, nothing so nefarious.

Simply, it is the formation of order out of chaos.

When I started this blog nearly 5 years ago I began it as an adjunct of another site that I started at about the same time, Like an appendant body, this blog served as my personal voice in a sea of anti-Masonic websites. Sure the Grand lodges had sites, and there were several excellent sites up including Paul Bessel’s, Gary L. Dryfoo’s, and Ed Kings’s, as well as others. In fact, was one of my early inspirations to create in the first place, where MI was a clearing house of all things Masonic, I envisioned a site to reach the general public, a digital “first step” in a Masonic Exploration.

So, the two sites existed side by side, FmI and Masonic Traveler. Then, late last year in 2008, with a new friend and brother Dean Kennedy, we launched Masonic Central, and it became another vehicle to explore and share Masonry with others both Mason and non. It was a monumental undertaking with a lot of time, energy, and effort, but all for the purpose of broadening the reach of Masonry.

Since the launch of, I’ve had a chance to interact and explore what Masonry means to me and to a wide range of people, from Masons of many years, new Masons, Prince hall Masons, Co-Masons, and Feminine Masons, and other groups at the edges of the Masonic continuum. It has been a fantastic experience of growth, new knowledge, and of being a Mason. But, like all good things, it has come time to bring order from chaos and refocus the lens by which all of this light is filtered. Its time to bring them all home.

That journey home means it has come time to end this chapter and this blog. But as the aphorism goes, the journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step, this is the second step in that trip. With the closure of this chapter, we open a new one and from the chaos reemerge as a part of a new whole. The window that closes here is instead becoming a door of opportunity on

Starting in the month of March, 2009, Masonic Traveler will become one of several contributors to the NEW website.

Joining me in this journey is my good friend and brother Dean and Masonic Central, my other very close friend Br. Fred Milliken of the Bee Hive. Also joining us are Br. Stephen Dafoe of Masonic Magazine, Br. Michael Halleran of Aude Vide Tace, as well as new comer Terence Satchell, in his column “The Banks of the Euphrates”. Additionally there will be regular guest contributors and authors to bring you a steady supply of Masonic thought, wisdom, opinion, and flavor. Our goal is to bring more light to you, your lodge, and your Masonic experience.

It’s a tall order but one that will without a doubt be a fun and exciting adventure.

If you’ve bookmarked this site, or subscribed to its feed in the past, I encourage you to move over to FmI, to the new order from the chaos. I know you will be glad you did.

See you on the other side.

Image: M.C. Escher - Order and Chaos, Lithograph, 1950