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Masonic News & Views -- Bad hair day
November 08, 2010
Greetings Brother,

The watchword around the CowChows is frugality, not necessarily out of necessity but just because we enjoy being thrifty. We grow our own when practical; we buy in bulk when feasible; we do it ourselves when capable; we comparison shop; and we cut each other's hair. Late this afternoon the Lady BG announced that she was in need of a trim and so we repaired to the back porch with scissors and comb.

Over the years it has become quite a pleasant ritual for us. For about a half hour we step away from our daily grind and enjoy fresh air, sunshine, birdsong, and pleasant conversation while focusing entirely on nothing more than doing something nice for one another. In fact, I sometimes become so focused on combing and clipping and chatting that I am unaware of the world around me, which is where I was today when a small curious voice said, "What ya doin'?"

I turned to find Mason, the little brother of the little blond haired girl from next door. He had somehow managed to slip up on both of us and was standing at the top of the porch steps. "I'm giving the Lady BG a haircut," I replied holding up the scissors and comb for him to see.

"Why?" he asked cocking his head to one side.

"Well," I said, "because I enjoy doing it and it saves us some money."


"Just because it's a nice thing to do," I said. "It makes Lady BG feel good, and I get to spend time with her, and we save money by not going to the beauty salon or barber shop."

He considered this for a long moment. His gaze fell to the porch floor. His hand reached up and pulled gently at his own long blond locks. Finally he looked up and asked, "How much money?"

"I'm not really sure," I said. "The last time I went to the barber shop it was eight dollars, but that was a long time ago. It probably cost even more now."

His eyes grew wide in astonishment. "Eight dollars," he exclaimed. "I gotta go. See ya later," and with a wave he bounded off the porch and was gone.

We were just sitting down to supper when the doorbell rang. I opened the door and there stood the little blond haired girl from next door. Her hair looked like she'd been attacked by the Tasmanian Devil with a weed whacker. She looked up at me imploringly, tears in her eyes, and uttered one tiny little sound, "Why?"

"What happened to you," I asked.

She shook her head and I saw tiny blond hairs float away on the breeze. "I just laid down for a nap and when I woke up......" She reached up and clenched double fistfuls of the wild strands.

I bent down and gave her a hug, told her she was still beautiful, and handed her a ten dollar bill. What else could I do?

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

Now, on with the news........................

Wednesday, November 10, 2010: Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Two candidates will be presented for the sublime degree of Master Mason. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM and there will be nourishment following the work. All Master Masons are invited in.

Friday, November 12, 2010: You are cordially invited to Forsyth Lodge No. 453 for their annual stew and chili fundraising dinner. Dinner will be served from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM and a contribution of $6 will be greatly appreciated. Children under six years of age eat for no cost.

Saturday, November 13, 2010: Friendship Assembly No. 15, IORG will meet at Friend Lodge No. 352 located at 307 S. 2nd Avenue in Ozark, MO for the purpose of initiating one to possibly three girls into the Assembly. All Master Masons, and ladies who are members of the OES, Amaranth, and White Shrine, are invited to attend. Breakfast will be ready at 9:00 and the meeting will convene at 10:00 AM.

There's lots of degree work going on in Missouri. See the links below to keep up with the latest or to submit information for your upcoming meeting.

For more news of upcoming events and special communications visit the Upcoming Masonic Events page on

For a calendar of Stated meetings for many of the Lodges and Masonic bodies visit the Masonic Calendar page on

For help locating a lodge building visit the Missouri Masonic Lodge Map page on

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