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Masonic News & Views -- Birdbrain at the CowChows
May 15, 2011
Greetings Brother,

Over the last few weeks the CowChows has been visited by a strange being. He doesn't appear strange, at first. He looks like just a regular Robin, but he acts more like a Dodo bird.

Early one morning we heard a thump, followed by the rustle of wings and scratching noises at the window. Occasionally, a bird will mistake the reflected scene for clear sailing and fly headlong into the glass pane. Fortunately, most recover fairly quickly; they shake it off and go on their way. But, this morning it happened again, and then again. Finally, I went to the window to see what was going on.

A Robin was perched on the branch of the Maple tree just outside the window, and while I watched he once more hurled himself against the glass and then thrashed his wings against it while scratching at it with his claws. I opened the window, told him what a birdbrain he was, and shooed him away. But, a short while later and several times every day since we have heard the familiar thump followed by rustling wings and scratching claws.

We've tried several times to shoo him off, but he just turns up again. I've tried explaining the reality of reflective glass to him, but he just sits in the tree and looks at me until I close the window and then it's...thump, rustle, scratch.

After a while the sound of him attacking the window became so familiar that I hardly noticed it, until this morning when I noticed it had stopped. I stepped out onto the back porch and there he lay, crumpled in a heap below the window.

I went down the steps to get a closer look at this weird bird. I picked him up and gently folded his wings into place, and then I realized he was still breathing. He had apparently only knocked himself unconscious, rather than breaking his fool neck. I decided this was an opportunity for further research so I took him up onto the porch and slipped him inside the antique birdcage the Lady BG uses for decorative purposes only. And then I waited.

After a while he began to rouse and eventually he propped himself up on one wing and shook his head. "What happened," he asked groggily.

"You knocked yourself silly when you flew into that window," I told him.

"Really? What's a window," he asked as he pushed himself over and rested on his belly.

"Never mind," I said. "Now, you have got to tell me why you keep attacking the side of my house day after day."

He shifted and got his feet under him, and staggered only a little as he stood. He looked around and then said, "I don't know what you're talking about. Hey, why am I locked up in here?"

"I'll let you out as soon as you explain this fascination or compulsion you seem to have with attacking my window," I told him.

"What's it to you," he wanted to know.

"I just need to understand. Is it because you see your reflection and think you're defending your territory against an intruder? Or, do you think your reflection in the glass is a possible mate and you're trying to reach her? Or, do you think your reflection is another Robin trapped inside and you're trying to rescue her? Or, what? What is it that drives you day after day to attack that window? I need to know why!"

"Eh," he said, "the ladies think it's cool. Go figure." He looked around slyly and then added, "All I know is, it works. Ya know what I mean?" And then he winked.

I opened the cage door and watched him fly back up into the Maple tree.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch


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

Monday, May 16, 2011: Branson Lodge No. 587 will have work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their regular communication. Kenneth Goodman will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of the Craft. Business will be conducted following the Degree work. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.
Attending meetings and degree work is a great way to learn more about the Masonic Fraternity and support you local lodge. Members who have received their 1st or 2nd degree are welcome to attend the meeting.

Friday, May 20, 2011: Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 and Solomon Lodge No. 271 will jointly confer several 1st Degrees at the York Rite Temple located at 1930 West Catalpa Street in Springfield, MO. A minimum of two lodge rooms will be utilized as we are estimating 12-14 candidates that evening.
Refreshments will be served during and after the ritualistic work. Lodge will be duly Opened at 5:30 PM to get a jump on the night's labors.
The more help the better as it is going to be a busy night. All attendance and assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Saturday, May 21, 2011: There will be a Chance-to-Advance (C2A) today at the Gate of the Temple Lodge building located at 1700 North Boonville in Springfield, MO. This C2A will be hosted by Solomon Lodge No. 271. This is a great opportunity for Masonic education and all Master Masons are encouraged to attend and participate in bringing our younger Brethren to more Light.

Saturday, May 21, 2011: Branson Lodge No. 587 will hold their 39th Semi-Annual Charity Breakfast to support the Christmas Baskets program they conduct every year. The menu will be Biscuits & Gravy, Bacon, Sausage & Eggs, Juice, Milk and Coffee. ALL YOU CAT EAT FOR $6:00.
Brethren, come out and bring a friend or neighbor and support your local lodge fundraiser, and enjoy some great fellowship.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011: Friend Lodge No. 352 in Ozark, MO will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Sean Haling and Brian Morgan will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:15 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, June 11, 2011: The 8th Annual Pickin in the Park Bluegrass and Country Music Festival hosted by O'Sullivan Lodge No. 7. Come join us at the Walnut Grove City Park in Walnut Grove, MO from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. All proceeds go to charity.

The Scottish Rite Valley of Joplin needs your help in preserving our beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral. And, in helping preserve this piece of American history you could win a brand new Chevy Camaro. Tickets are just $50 each and only two thousand tickets will be offered. There will be cash prizes awarded, as well. For all the details on how you can help us preserve this beautiful building please go to WWW.WIN-CAMARO.COM. or visit and "LIKE" the page at Facebook.com/Win-a-new-Camaro. While you're at it be sure and tell your friends. Thank you very much.

As you can see there's lots of Masonry 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 Masonsmart.com

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

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

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