Monday, September 21, 2009

Mary Travers, 1936 - 2009

When a loved one dies, the world seems to stop. We know that is not true - life does go on - but for the friends and families of the deceased, it just doesn't matter.

That is true at this time for the friends and families of Brothers Duane Barnes (Cataract Lodge), Jack Lundquist (Lake Harriet Lodge), Ray Johnson (of Golden Valley) and Wayne Roal Sr. (Wayzata) as reported in the Sunday edition of the Star Tribune, and of Roger Howard of West St Paul as reported today.

On the way home from the Grand Lodge of Iowa, I learned of the death of Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary. While my world didn't stop, there was a discernable wobble in the diurnal rotation of the earth round its own axis.

I grew up listening to the music of Peter, Paul and Mary. I enjoyed the folk style, their wonderful voices, individually and in harmony, and the message of most of their music.

Back in the days before portable DVD players and Gameboys, the McCarthy family would find other ways to occupy the time in the car. We would often sing, and when we did, Puff the Magic Dragon was always in the repetoire.

Masonry confronts death in its ritual and in its teachings. We are heartened by the knowledge that there is a Supreme Being and a life after death.

The Heavenly Choir just added a great alto .....