Exactly when do we stop saying “Happy New Year”?

I was asked this question very recently and came up with the answer, “On the Ides of January.” Already Christmas and the New Year are long behind us and 2021 is well under way. In the last few days, my daughter Caroline graduated Master of Laws from City, University of London, and I was veryContinue reading “Exactly when do we stop saying “Happy New Year”?”

From the Members’ Pathway to my garden (via South Africa and Women’s Freemasonry)

I had two great – although very different audiences – for my Masonic talks this last week.  On Tuesday I ran an online Members’ Pathway session for West Lancashire’s Secretaries and Scribe Es, with an audience that peaked at 240.  On Thursday I did my talk “Is belief in a Supreme Being really essential?” onlineContinue reading “From the Members’ Pathway to my garden (via South Africa and Women’s Freemasonry)”

2012 Prestonian Lecture charities chosen

I have chosen two charities to be supported from the proceeds of the 2012 Prestonian Lecture.  One is a Masonic charity and the other a Scouting one.  Both are worthy causes, much deserving of our support.  The Masonic charity is the Masonic Samaritan Fund, which provides grants for medical, dental and respite care and supportContinue reading “2012 Prestonian Lecture charities chosen”