|THE CHRONICLES OF FURTHERMORE, THE MASONIC
Being, for the most part, adventures in pet care, bartending and brotherhood with
a boy and his bird, recounted by the late Wor. Bro. Skip Boyer, P.M. Paradise Valley
Silver Trowel Lodge No. 29, Free and Accepted Masons of Arizona, who passed away on
May 27, 2006. These are his words:
The ancient and honorable fraternity of Freemasons has attracted the best and
brightest men of every generation to its philosophy and teachings. Kings, princes,
potentates and leading thinkers, teachers and philosophers have all worn the Square
and Compasses of Freemasonry with honor, dignity and humility.
It was only a matter of time, then, before something like this would happen.
I have a pet raven named Nevermore. He lives in a great cavern below my home
and I've been chronicling his adventures for a select group of friends for many years.
Well, it turns out that Nevermore has a cousin, Furthermore, who, through a strange
quirk of fate, was initiated into the ancient Craft of Freemasonry. I know how careful
we are to guard the West Gate. This was a freak occurrence, which is explained in more
detail than you probably want later on.
Since then, Furthermore has taken up residence in the great caverns with Nevermore,
a nine-headed hydra I employ to guard the bridge over the underground river, several
Things that show up when needed and I don't know what all else. And because Furthermore
is now my Masonic-pet-raven-brother (All right. You figure out the relationship!), I'm
happy to have him. Oh. There is also a bat named Everafter. We don't see a lot of him.
Anyway, these are the tales of Furthermore and the crowd that lives below my home in
the ancient stone caverns. There's not much Light down there, but we do have a good deal
of fun - all in the spirit of brotherhood. Welcome, Brothers! Get a grip on your aprons.
Here we go!
Skip Boyer, MPS
Past Master, Paradise Valley Silver Trowel #29, F&AM