12/24/2016

Episode 021 - Brought To Lite Holiday Special

The guys from Brought To Light podcast from Australia invited us to participate in a joint show. A brief explanation followed by the joint show.

12/19/2016

Episode 020 - We're Still Here

Episode 020 - We're Still Here. Lots of laughing and not much accomplished, but good times.

11/21/2016

Episode 018 - GL of PA Grand Almoner Russel Baker 33'

Brother Russ Baker is in studio to discuss the Grand Almoner job in Pennsylvania and other nonsense.


11/16/2016

Episode 017 - One Day Class Post Mortum, Grotto, more shenanigans

In this episode we continue our discussion on the 1-day classes. Ok, truth? We didn't have a guest so we just talked to each other. But it's a good listen.

10/31/2016

Episode 016 - Academy of Masonic Knowledge and 1-Day Class

Four hosts and a microphone... Pete, Jason, Larry and Jack discuss the recent Academy of Masonic Knowledge and the one day class in Pennsylvania.

10/20/2016

Episode 015 - Bro Jack Aqualina from Australia

Bro. Jack is the host of the Brought to Light podcast and founder of Australia's Blue Lounge Social Club. Hear us chat about some subtle differences in Freemasonry down-under.

9/22/2016

Now Hiring! Zero Pay!

Hey there M.L.P. fans. We'd like to reach out to our fan base of knowledgeable Freemasons to solicit
content for our show. Do you have a 5-minute talk on a topic? It could be a brief history of your lodge, a famous Mason, or maybe a Masonic Book Review? Well, if you can put your voice on a quality digital recording - we'd love to include it in one of our episodes.

Our vision is to include one or more during every show and eventually have a library of them available on our site.

No fancy production needed, just a .wav or mp3 of your presentation along with your name and lodge. We'll add in some intro music and work it into our show. Even the voice recorder program on your smartphone works great for this, you just might want to use an external microphone and/or sit somewhere really quiet to eliminate background noise.


9/19/2016

Episode 013 - JP Meyer

Episode 013 - JP Meyer, music and Freemasonry. - Pete's off to see Weird Al Yankovic in Hershey and leaves Jason & Larry to fend for themselves.

8/14/2016

Recollections of a Tall Cedars Initiation - by Larry Merris

Dick Kenna, Larry Merris, Pete Ruggieri
I’ll admit that for the forty-two years I’ve been a member of the Masonic fraternity, I knew little to nothing about Tall Cedars. What I did know was their penchant for wearing the worst hats of any appendant body in Freemasonry: the pointy green hat, or pyramid, as they call it. Like any appendant body, Tall Cedars presents a play in three parts that go on and on. Following this is the capping-of-the-hat ceremony, presented by guys with pointy hats of various colors. It can get confusing. Oh, and the tassel colors are all over the place, with each color meaning something different.

It gets better. Initiations are usually held in conjunction with a ceremonial, which in Tall Cedars means a long, tedious night. And to further add to the festivities they invite your wife! Engaging in fun, frolic, and fellowship (the Tall Cedars motto) with your wife watching dutifully on the sidelines, makes for a weirdly defensive, if not embarrassing conversation, on that ride home in the car.
 

In 1951, when I was a seven-year-old watching Howdy Doody on TV, Tall Cedars became the first organization to align with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and has been a partner with it ever since. I’m sure millions of dollars have been raised over these sixty-five years, though I can find no accurate records to substantiate that claim. Pancake breakfasts and hoagie sales are means to fund other local projects. Family is of primary importance to Cedars, which is one of the few Masonic appendants that encourage family members to participate in projects. Remember that initial ride home in the car? Cedars had to come up with something to get back in good graces.

While I may take some liberties in poking fun at Tall Cedars and will probably continue to do so, I am absolutely proud to be a member. Pointy green hats, multi-colored tassels, goofy handshakes, and names like “Grand Tall” and “Forests” have only added more humor and purpose to my life.

8/11/2016

Episode 011 - Jona Hoover Green

Episode 011 - Jona Hoover-Green. Jona has grown up in a Masonic family and gives us an insight into everything from Job's Daughters, DeMolay, Eastern Star and Amaranth.


8/09/2016

Episode 010 - Back in the Saddle is up! Back from our retirement. Pete pulled out his credit card and purchased new Podcast equipment, Jason learns how to work it, and Larry just shows up.

8/02/2016

New Shows Coming Soon!

Sorry for the hiatus. Our podcast studio did not renew their lease so we've been without professional equipment --- UNTIL TODAY. Bro. Jason Lewis picked up our new board, mics, and assorted electronic crap today and we hope to have our weekly episodes start in the next week.

7/10/2016

Episode 009 - Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Rodkey

Brother Rodkey of Lebanon Lodge is the pastor at the Dallastown UCC. Chris holds 2 doctorate degrees and is a very active Freemason. Great show. 

6/20/2016

Episode 008 - The Jack Harley Experience

Bro. Jack Harley, PM
of Ephrata Lodge No. 665 in Ephrata, Pennsylvania stops by. Larry talks about injuries he received on a boat in Europe, Jason adds a new game, and Pete is ready to stroke-out over Larry's microphone techniques.


6/06/2016

Give Us A Call!

Give us a call at our new phone Google Voice number and leave us a message. Tell us your name, lodge name/number, where you are listening from and we'll play it on an upcoming episode. We secured a new phone number for Masonic Lite. (315) 596-2766. Yes it's a New York number but it ends in MASON so I took it. (315)59-MASON. 

Episode 007 - Jeff Moyer, PM

Episode 007 - Brother Jeff Moyer

5/23/2016

Episode 006 - Joey Dougherty, Jason Lewis, Dick Kenna

Episode 006 is up. Larry is on vacation so we're totally off script. He's probably on his cruise having a panic attack.

5/16/2016

Episode 005 - Guest Bro. Richard Kenna

On today's show Richard "Dick" Kenna sits in on our podcast, Jason Lewis makes a surprise pop-in while we discuss fund-raising, Grotto, forming a social club and Larry's riveting newscast (sigh).


5/09/2016

Episode 004 - What the **** are you talking about?

With Special Guest Jason Lewis of Lodge 43. Topics include Freemasonry and younger men, Where not to stay in Georgia, and rare diseases.

5/01/2016

Episode 003 - Larry Wants To Take A Break

Special Guest Seth Anthony, Worshipful Master of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge discusses Grotto, Fezes, DeMolay and more Fezes.

3/25/2016

Podcast Archives

Episode 001 - April 3 2016 - Welcome to Masonic Lite
Episode 002 - April 17 2016 - TBD

First Episode Sunday April 3rd 2016

We've signed a 6-month contract and booked studio time at Lancaster Podcast Studios, contracted out some voice-over work, and found some royalty free theme music. We're pretty much set for our first podcast. During each show we plan on having discussions of Masonic events that make their way into our news feeds, anything we've learned lately, and a special guest. Stay tuned for our guest for week one!

3/24/2016

The Beginnings...

As of Feburary 2016 I had never listened to a Podcast before. None. I didn't get it, I didn't understand who would want to listen to 40-yr old virgins ramble on from crappy microphones in their mom's basement. However a friend convinced me to change my opinion and to start a Podcast for a satire/news/comedy page I run called People of Lancaster. Once I heard the final produced product I was hooked and immediately thought "Hey, a Masonic Podcast would be really cool."

I immediately thought of my friend Larry Merris as my co-host. Larry is a few years my senior, I'm in my mid 40s and he's in his 70s, and has been a mentor for me since we met in the early 2000s. Larry and I worked together at Beelzebub's Call Center, aka Verizon. We soon realized that we were both Freemasons, he from South Carolina and me from Pennsylvania, and in between customer calls we'd continually chat about Freemasonry.

Enough ancient history, what to talk about in our Podcast? What would be our focus? I like to think I'm a chameleon in the Masonic world where I equally enjoy the dry and stoic personalities in the Allied Masonic Degrees, the mouth-to-ear learned ritual of Pennsylvania, or running the complete shit-show that is Ubar Grotto with 3 cocktails at the Monarch's station. I didn't want this podcast to only focus on the high-brow, lofty Masonic interpretations. I wanted this podcast to be a conversation about things like we do during our Thursday morning breakfast meetups.

Our weekly breakfast meetings have been happening for about 10 years now. It started out as a few retired masons and non-masons discussing everything from Ensure to Social Security. On rare occasions my schedule allowed me, the employed guy, to join them. As my career path evolved I started having every Thursday off and became a regular. Over time all of the non-masons slowly acquiesced and joined The Craft. The breakfast kept growing to the point now where we have brothers from 7 different Blue Lodges rotating in and out as their schedule allows. We have members of most every official Masonic organization and even some of the lesser known invite only bodies.

Our discussions range from grumpy Past Masters bitching about things not being the way they were to serious discussions on Lodge membership and finances. And seeing as it is a table full of men, occasionally (read: usually) the topics will devolve into the exploits of the single members and solving the problems of the world from politics to religion... everything we can't talk about in Lodge, by wise-regulation.

Our group is diverse. Black, white and Hispanic. (Larry H. is 1/2 African American and 1/2 Filipino, so not sure I can count that as Asian. I'll get back to you on that.) Straight and gay folks. Christians, Jews, and a few guys that kinda-sorta believe in a higher-power enough to gain them admission to Freemasonry. We have Uber drivers, rock guitarists, retired teachers, painters of all different education levels - and different experiences. Our discussions are real and heartfelt. Everyone is relaxed and isn't there to out-Mason and one-up each other, and the conversations are always great.

We aim to bring this type of discussion to our Podcast. Since February Larry and I have listened to some of the Masonic Podcasts out there like The Winding Stairs and Masonic Roundtable. We've even recently met those men last weekend at Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge. Their shows are excellent and the hosts are good Masons all. Well don't worry, our show isn't going to be like those.

We do not profess to be experts in anything. We haven't read every Masonic book out there. We aren't going to quote Albert Pike or Manley Hall. We're just some regular guys and our aim is to have our discussions on the same level as our breakfasts, unpolished and real. Hopefully our flaws and honesty will even give you a few laughs along the way.

SMIB

Pete Ruggieri, PM



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