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Masonic News & Views -- Take off runnin'
July 26, 2010
Greetings Brother,

It's been an interesting week here at the CowChows. I have learned a valuable lesson. Sometimes it's not a good idea to try and relive those fond childhood memories.

When I was a kid we had a little game we liked to play. It didn't really have a name but we came to call it the, "Take off runnin' game." My Uncle Billy started it, and it became a family tradition for a very short time. See, Uncle Billy watched a lot of Western movies and TV shows, but there weren't a lot of wild injuns or cattle rustlers where we grew up so that left me and my brothers. I still remember the first time we played the game.

We were out in the yard at Grandma's house and Uncle Billy was plinking tin cans with his BB gun. He was a very good shot, and fast too. In a gun fight between my Uncle Billy and the Rifleman, Lucas McCain would have gone home crying. But, when you're as good a shot as he was tin cans can't hold your attention for very long. After a while he turned to me and said, "Take off runnin'."

Naturally, I said, "Huh?"

"Take off runnin'" he repeated as he cocked the gun and nodded in the direction he wanted me to run.

Slowly it dawned on me what he had in mind and I adamantly declared, "Unh-uh!"

"Go on," he said. "I won't hurt you. I'll only aim for your ear, and I'll probably miss. Just take off runnin'."

"Nooooo, Uncle Billy. I don't want tooo," I pleaded.

He turned to me. His eyes narrowed and I saw the hard-set jaw of Marshal Matt Dillon. "Take off runnin' or I'll shoot ya where ya stand."

So, I did. I ran for all my short little legs were worth. I zigged and I zagged, and I ran like the wind. I had almost made it to the safety of the house when my left ear exploded in pain. I dropped to the ground wailing and clutching my ear, and Uncle Billy was immediately at my side. He pulled my hands away from my throbbing ear and after a brief inspection he said, "See, you're fine. No blood. I told you I wouldn't hurt you. Now, come on; does it really hurt that bad?" And suddenly it really didn't.

Some time later I played the game with my older brother. He was a good shot, too. Maybe even better than Uncle Billy because he shot me in the mouth as I was running away from him. The thing is, I never got to play the sheriff, until today that is.

We had a truckload of gravel delivered for CowChows Road, and a fresh pile of gravel is like kid-nip; they can't resist it. All the neighborhood kids were out playing on it when a tall thin shadow fell across the pile. They looked up to where I stood. They saw the cowboy hat and cowboy boots and Bermuda shorts and t-shirt, and they began to laugh. But, they stopped laughing when I raised and cocked the BB gun.

"Take off runnin' or I'll shoot ya where..." I didn't even get to finish saying it. They took off in every direction like screaming fireworks. I never even got a shot off. After all those years of wanting to play the sheriff, I couldn't do it.

I did get to meet a real sheriff, though. I don't think they're going to press charges.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

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

The Masonic Education Study Group will meet July 27th at 7:00 pm at the Neosho Masonic Lodge. We will start with corn, wine and oil, and what a sheaf of corn is, and continue with a round-table discussion on what is Masonic Light. Please bring your ideas and opinions for these discussions. We look forward to seeing everyone. There will be refreshments.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010: Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Two Fellow Craft Masons will be presented as candidates for the sublime degree of Master Mason. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM and there will be nourishment following the work.

Thursday, July 29, 2010: Galena Lodge No. 515 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Two regularly initiated Brothers will be presented as candidates for the degree of Fellow Craft. Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:30 PM. All regular Fellow Craft Masons are invited, and all assistance and attendance will be greatly appreciated.

Friday, July 30, 2010: You are cordially invited to participate the 1st Annual Solomon Lodge No. 271 A.F. & A.M. Golf Tournament. This historic four-person-team scramble tournament will take place at the Deer Lake Golf and Country Club and will begin at 1:00 Friday afternoon. For more information and to download a registration form just click here. Please ignore the date on the form.

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