By James C. “Chris” Williams IV, Staff Writer The noise was so loud that it felt like my head was going to explode. I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. Suddenly something hit me in the back…..hard…….that’s when I woke up from a sound sleep. It was the phone ringing and the blow to the middle of my back came from Pam followed by an order to “ANSWER THE PHONE”!!! There wasn’t time enough to focus and read the caller ID so I when my hand finally found the handset I just pressed the button. That was my ...
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 By James C. “Chris” Williams IV – Staff Writer I knew I was taking a chance sending him a text when I did it. John is self admittedly an electronically challenged person. In fact, he is one of the few people I have ever been around who, if every cell phone, fax machine, and computer, suddenly disappeared, he would be back on an equal level with most of the population……and a very happy man. Nevertheless, I had kind of a goofy plan….half thought out, I admit, but the half that was thought out sounded pretty good to me, partly because ...
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By James C. “Chris” Williams IV – Staff Writer You know how sometimes you are working or doing chores or, whatever and something or someone will pop into your mind and shortly thereafter that person will come walking in the door? Well it’s happened to me before and in fact it happened last week. I was at work and all of a sudden John popped into my mind. I tried real hard to put him out of my mind but he wouldn’t leave …… Ha! Kinda like him being here in person. Anyway I was wondering about what had happened ...
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By James C. “Chris” Williams IV – Staff Writer This last month was strange and bizarre in many ways and it is a little painful to relive…but in some weird way I needed to tell the story. And, if you are reading this you are one of the ones that get to hear the whole story. I sent John and a few of those closest to him a slightly different version ….because ….well…you will understand after you get done reading it. As most of you know, Davy Crockett Lodge conferred our 8th annual “Widows’ Degree” last month and it was ...
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Blood is a Gift of Life The Gift of Life Program is one of the most exciting and beneficial programs sponsored by the Masons of Texas. Masons are focused on providing the one resource essential to patient-care in the fraternal hospitals and in all health care facilities – and for which there is no substitute. It is human blood. Every 90 seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion. Blood transfusions are never given without a prescription from a doctor; and without volunteer blood donors, patients cannot receive life-saving transfusions. Volunteer blood donors are the essential link between the ordering physician and ...
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Waterloo Ice House and Let the Lodge Die Rather Than Change By James C. “Chris” Williams IV I almost didn’t get to talk to him this month. He called and said that he was not going to be coming through San Antonio this month and of course I panicked and asked, “Well, how close are you going to come?” “I will be staying in Austin tonight,” he said, “And then heading towards Dallas tomorrow.” “Heck,” I answered, “That is just an hour away from me. Why don’t I drive up there and meet you for breakfast.” “ Ok, as long ...
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By James C. “Chris” Williams IV Those of you who have been regular readers of this column know that I do not believe in luck or coincidence.  I now know that things happen ….because they are supposed to happen.  And, that knowledge has been such a great awakening because of all I have realized and experienced.  What I don’t understand is how my Big Brother John Deacon seems to know where I am every month.  It’s almost as if he has some kind of a tracking device on my truck or something…… hummmmm.  I might ought to check that out……well ...
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“Brother Chris, I am so hungry I could eat the South end out of a North bound mule,” he said. I responded with a sick look on my face, “John I am going to act like you never said that to me.” My day had been going pretty good until I looked up and saw a giant coming in the door. It was John all right and of course he was hungry… when is he not? I told him that I didn’t know he was coming and I had to run an errand downtown. Predictably, he wanted to go with ...
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The Grand Lodge Library and Museum Board is honored to announce that Billy Hamilton has joined our organization in the position of on-site General Manager for the Masonic Grand Lodge Library and Museum of Texas, effective today. Brother Hamilton brings over 20 years of management experience leading teams at major corporations such as Verizon and AT&T, as well as a distinguished history of volunteer service to the Masonic fraternity. Billy also brings unique skills in technology and innovation that enhance the purpose and vision of the Library and Museum. As the General Manager, he will be responsible for all decisions ...
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Historic Evidence Found in Ancient Egypt and Throughout The Old World Texas Freemason - September 1920 Editor's Note: There are many practical-minded brethren in the modem Craft who, though good and active Masons, are little interested in questions of antiquity relating to the order. However, the antiquity of Masonry is one of the supports that has given it appeal to the greatest minds and the finest types of men of past generations as well as the present. It is proof of the great truth embodied in Masonry that endures like the truth of nature itself. Some of the so-called evidence ...
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