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The Craft Meets the Carafe for a Coffee-Expert Mason

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A member of multiple Bay Area Masonic lodges shows of his serious coffee skills and explains his connection to the craft.

Donor Profile: Reuben Zari

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How a family’s love of Masonry inspired Reuben Zari of Atwater Larchmont Tila Pass No. 614 to give back to the California Masonic Foundation.

Member Profile: The Man Behind the Mark

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Meet Rene Ceniceros, a Los Angeles tattoo artist specializing in Masonic ink.

Donor Profile: William Lavoie

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A Southern California Mason reflects on his approach to philanthropy, and why giving back can help create the world you want.

A Masonic Charity Bike Ride Turns into a Voyage to the East

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On a cross-country Masonic charity bike ride, a California Freemason leans on his fraternal support network.

The Conversation Starter: Meet a Masonic Podcast Host

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Meet Michael Quintal, the voice behind the Masonic podcast Keepers of the Word.

Donor Profile: Ernest Salcido Jr.

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A driver at the Masonic Homes talks about joining the fraternity and giving back.

Donor Profile: Dennis Yen

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A sometimes-magician with Ye Olde Cup & Ball Lodge No. 880 on the thrill of performing and the joy of giving back.

A Tree-Climbing Mason on Branching Out

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Meet Greg McKenna, an arborist and California Mason with Mt. Jackson No. 295 with a bird’s-eye view of the fraternity.

Donor Profile: Hercules Valdez

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A former priest on what his world travels have taught him and how Masonic relief ties it all together.

Meet Shinji Hara: Masonic Lowrider Artist

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Shinji Hara, a member of Anaheim Masonic Lodge No. 207, is one of the most in-demand lowrider artists in the state.

Donor Profile: Mike Tagulao

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How a Filipino culture of generosity has transformed California Mason Mike Tagulao’s approach to philanthropy and relief.

In Yucca Valley, an Art-Making, Skateboarding Mason

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A skateboarding Mason and installation artist at Yucca Valley No. 802 is shredding perceptions about Freemasonry.

A Party-Starting Mason on Getting Them on Their Feet

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Meet Zahid Peoples, a party-starting Bay Area Mason who hypes up crowds from sports games to music festivals.

Donor Profile: CMMT Board Chairman Mark Pressey

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California Masonic Memorial Temple chairman Mark Pressey has a special connection with the home of California Masonry.

The Latin America-to-California Masonic Connection

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Meet a group of California Masons who also belong to Masonic lodges in their home countries in Latin America.

For a Latin Folk Singer, a Masonic Message Behind the Lyrics

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A Latin folk musician and Freemason, Alejandro Laborde goes behind the Masonic meaning of some of his favorite lyrics.

Donor Profile: Patrick Muldoon

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A bridge-building Bay Area Mason reflects on the importance of charity, giving back, and offering Masonic relief.

These Morticians Are the Last Masons You’ll Ever Meet

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It takes a special temperament to succeed as a mortician—and one, it turns out, that Freemasons are well suited to.

Three Masons Working as Death’s Doormen

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Meet three Masons with an intimate familiarity with death—and the other side.

For Masonic Artifact Collectors, They’re Another Man’s Treasure

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To some, collecting Masonic artifacts, rings, aprons, and jewelry isn’t just a hobby. It’s a craze.

Member Profile: Eric de Jesus

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Get to know California Freemason Eric de Jesus, a Master Mason and master of taekwondo.

Donor Profile: Antonio Cimarra

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An aviation expert, this SoCal Mason has seen Masonic relief up close. That’s why now, he makes a point of giving back.

For Community, For Family

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One Northern California father put his Masonic values into action to unite his community around special-needs kids.

Member Profile: Austin Davis

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A Mason and conductor putting Native American music on the map.

Donor Profile: Scott Spiegel

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A Southern California Mason explains why giving back is part of his family tradition.

Member Profile: Aziz Yousef

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Meet a San Francisco café owner giving back through Freemasonry.

The Toastmasters: The Dive Master

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A SoCal Mason shares a beloved family tradition: a good drink.

The Toastmasters: The Harmonizer

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Winemaker Karl Lehmann on seeking life’s perfect blend.

The Toastmasters: The Salonnier

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At Club 50, Phillipe Milgrom gathers Masons for a taste of the good life.

The Toastmasters: The Spirit Guide

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Whiskey expert and priest Steve Beal on communing with the divine.

Member Profile: George Fernandez Jr.

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A wine-loving Mason mixes business with pleasure.

Member Profile: Alberto Castillo

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Meet a San Diego Freemason staying in touch from a world away.

The Mystery House

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When a tiny apartment with a big-time literary past came up for rent, William Arney found himself walking in Sam Spade’s footsteps.

The All-Seeing Private Eye

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A Master Mason gumshoe taps into his inner Philip Marlowe to hunt down the truth.

The Perfect Crime

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Mystery writer James Lincoln Warren is an expert author of the hardboiled crime story.