We want you!
by Midnight Freemason Contributor
WB Darin A. Lahners
Visiting is pretty
Visiting is good
Seems that all they ever wanted was a brother
This can be a secret
We can keep it good
Even all they ever wanted had a problem
The above lyrics are from the Foo Fighters debut single release, entitled "This is a Call", and I never pondered how Masonic the first verse is. When thinking about writing this article, it popped into my head, maybe because this article is also a call, a call to action. Over the past thirteen years, The Midnight Freemasons blog has brought Masonic Light to brethren all over the world. It was created by Todd E. Creason, who served as its editor until Robert Johnson came along and slowly Todd handed those duties over to RJ. I started as a co-managing editor a few years ago in order to help RJ out, and now I'm the managing editor. Over this time, we've seen our regular contributors come and go, become Emeritus, and unfortunately some have passed away.
I'm looking for the next batch of regular contributors for the blog, to help take it into the late 2020's and hopefully beyond. It's really not that hard to write. Heck, If I can do it, then anyone can. Honestly, I never saw myself as a writer. Five years ago, I started down this path. You want to know what keeps me going? It's you. It's knowing that the readers of this blog look forward to that next article to perhaps use as Lodge Education. You've been seeing me curate a bunch of older articles from the archives recently. You're going to see this trend continue through December and perhaps into January 2023.
My apologies for this, but I moved homes on November 30, and I have to get my old home ready to sell. I also have Gall Stones which means that my Gall Bladder is going to need to be removed. I had been getting some weird random chest pains and they were discovered, unfortunately while investigating the chest pains, I had an irregular EKG, so I can't have surgery until my cardiologist gives the okay for me to do so. I'm scheduled for a CT scan of my heart on Dec. 7, after which time, I will see what's going on with my heart, and I will hopefully have my surgery. Normally I would not share this personal information with you, but as most of you readers are my brothers, I do so in the spirit of Brotherly Love and Truth.
If you are interested in writing for the blog, email me at the email address below. The only commitment is that you try to write an article every month. Ideally, my hope is that we can get enough contributors so that we have fresh material every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for you to consume.
In any case, you've probably noticed the blog looks different. I thought that it was time for a change, to look more like "Midnight" and less like "Mid-Day". I think it helps the blog look a little more modern. I hope you like the new look. I hope all of you have a happy and safe Holiday season. Until then, I hope you enjoy the holiday themed articles I have curated for the rest of December, as well as the reprints of WB Hosler's 50 Year Mason series.
WB Darin A. Lahners is our Managing Editor. He is a host and producer of the "Meet, Act and Part" podcast. He is currently serving the Grand Lodge of Illinois Ancient Free and Accepted Masons as the Area Education Officer for the Eastern Masonic Area. He is a Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge No.970 in St. Joseph. He is also a plural member of Homer Lodge No. 199 (IL), where he is also a Past Master. He’s also a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville, a charter member of Illinois Royal Arch Chapter, Admiration Chapter No. 282, Salt Fork Shrine Club under the Ansar Shrine, and a grade one (Zelator) in the S.C.R.I.F. Prairieland College in Illinois. He is also a Fellow of the Illinois Lodge of Research. He was presented with the Torok Award from the Illinois Lodge of Research in 2021. You can reach him by email at email@example.com.