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December 06, 2010
Greetings Brother,

Life at the CowChows ain't always easy. I was a little under the weather last week, as I picked up a bug somewhere along my travels. Not one to complain, I took to the sofa and suffered as silently as possible. At least that's the way I remember it. The Lady BG may have a completely different version of events, but she's not the one telling this story.

I was at the very lowest ebb of my ordeal, that point at which your only wish is to feel well enough to die, when through the fog of medications I heard the doorbell ring. I moaned and crept lower beneath the covers. A moment later came the sound of the Lady BG padding to the front door, the latch of the door as she opened it, and the irritatingly cheerful voice of the little blond haired girl from next door saying, "Can Tim come out to play?"

"I'm afraid not," said the Lady BG. "He's not feeling well today."

"Is he sick," I heard the little blond haired girl ask.

"Yes, he's sick."

Then I heard the voice of the little girl down the hill, "What's wrong with him?"

"Does he have a fever?" asked yet a third and unfamiliar little voice.

"Does his tummy hurt?"

"Did he throw up?"

"Does he have dia-rear-ea?"

"Is he going to die?"

And then, a little boys voice, "My grandpa died, and he was old like Tim."

"Does he have cancer? Is he going to die?"

"No," the Lady BG assured them. "He doesn't have cancer and he's not going to die."

"Our dog was sick and Daddy put medicine on him, and he licked off all the medicine, and all his hair fell out, and then he died."

A horrified little voice cried, "Oh my gosh! Did Tim lick his medicine off?"

And then, there was a chorus of high pitched shrieks and screams, and the sound of several small sized feet jumping up and down on the porch.

The Lady BG finally got them settled down. "He is going to be fine," she told them. "He just needs some rest and some chicken soup and he will be fine in a couple of days. I promise." And, with that, she closed the door.

Some time later I was awakened from my doze by the doorbell again, and again I pulled the covers over my head with a groan. I heard the pad of the Lady BG's slippers, the latch of the door, and then she said, "You're going to have to come see this."

I moaned and whined, but eventually managed to pull myself from my sickbed. I made my way over to the door and there on the front porch, propped up against the post, was a folded sheet of paper and a can of chicken soup. I retrieved the two items from the porch and opened the sheet of paper. Among the drawings of flowers, and hearts, and shining sun, and smiling stick-figured children and dogs and cats, and birds in flight were the words, "Get well soon!" and Rest in peace" and "p.s. Don't lick off your medicine," and it was signed by Hunter and Mason and Emily and Laney.

And, I've felt better ever since. It was probably the soup.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

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

Monday, December 6, 2010: Monett Lodge No. 129 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Monett Lodge is located at 501 13th Street in Monettt, MO. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM and all Freemasons are invited in.

Saturday, December 11, 2010: Bob Lockmiller's 80th Birthday Celebration! You are cordially invited to a celebration of WB Bob Lockmiller's birthday. The festivities will be held at the Springfield Fire Station located at 1405 S Scenic Avenue in Springfield, MO from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Bring your family and friends and join us in wishing a very happy birthday to one of Missouri Masonry's finest.

Saturday, December 11, 2010: The Brethren of Sparta Lodge No. 296, located at 7702 State Hwy 14 E, Sparta, MO, will host a Chili & Soup Supper for the purpose of collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to those in need. We will begin serving supper at 3:00 PM and price of admission is at least three non-perishable food items. Thank you in advance for your generous contribution.

There's always 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

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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