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What kind of complete idiot would pass this up?

Pity Dr. S. Brent Morris.

A few years ago I walked into a meeting all excited. “I’ve been exchanging emails with Brent Morris all week! He reads some of my stuff, too!”

The reaction was a bit deflating. “Who?”

After I explained that he was a noted Masonic author, and editor of the SR Journal, the reaction was still less than I’d expected. “Oh, so he’s some Scottish Rite guy, then?”

Never mind.

At our Grand Lodge session in March, I met somebody who said, “Hey, I was in Washington D.C. a while ago and I ran into somebody who knows you. He said to say ‘Hi’.”

I was curious. “Who was that?”

The brother couldn’t remember. Some famous guy, or something like that, he thought.

I tossed out a few hints.  Grand Lodge officer? Agent Scully? Author?

“Yeah, I think he’s an author.”

“Where were you in DC when you met him?”

“Oh, I was in the Scottish Rite building. It’s really nice.”

By now everyone around us was curious. “Wait, was it Brent Morris?” I asked.

“Yeah, Brian Morris, that’s him!”

The rest of the crowd looked blank.

“Come on, you know, Brent Morris.” I said. “Freemasonry in Context? Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry? The Scottish Rite Journal?”

Blank stares.

“A Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry?”

One guy looked up. “Is he the guy who came to New Britain last year?”


For those of you who do know who Bro. Morris is, or those of you who are curious and want to meet him in person so he can sign your big  yellow orange book, he’s going to be visiting Connecticut at the end of the month. The Masonic Lodge of Research in New Haven will host Dr. Morris on Wednesday, May 27 at the Masonic Temple on 285 Whitney Ave.

A buffet dinner ($20 per person) will be at 6:15 pm, after which Bro. Morris will be delivering a research paper that will be suitable for non-Masons. I assume that this means it would be less dull than those papers which are suited for Masons-only, but the upshot is that you can bring a friend, or even your wife.

A handful of copies of Bro. Morris’ book A Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry for Dummies will be available for sale. Anyone interested in should make reservations with RW Carl G. Ek by calling 203-469-0746 (leave a message) or by e-mail at ekscla-masons@sbcglobal.net.

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