April 2019 Trestleboard

Wausau Trestleboard
April 2019

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Knowledge and wisdom, the two are equal yet wholly different qualities. It comes to light every time I listen to day-to-day banter around my house and I’m still not sure if I can differentiate the two, but I think I can see some differences.

Example 1: “Son, in a life or death fight, know that a quick hit to the Adams Apple will cause it to collapse, making the victim suffocate. Use with Caution.” “JOSEPH! That’s not ‘The Talk’ with Frank I was referring too!”…Granted that’s some sage knowledge Frank’s groovy old man was dropping on him but perhaps not the wisest to interpret what’s-her-faces request at that particular moment. At this point I whispered to Frank “Wouldn’t life be great if we could treat it like a radio show call in? I’d ask your mom, ‘Hey honey, how was your day? I’ll hang up and listen’.” ~ “JOSEPH!”

Example 2: Perhaps knowledge is more scientific. Take your run-of-the-mill handshake. There’s actually a scientifically proven perfect handshake:

PH = (e² + ve²) (d²) + (cg + dr) ² + π {(4< s >2) (4< p >2)} ² + (vi + t + te) ² + {(4< c >2) (4< du 2)} ²


    • (e) is eye contact (1=none; 5=direct): 5
    • (ve) is verbal greeting (1=totally inappropriate 5=totally appropriate): 5
    • (d) is Duchenne smile – smiling in eyes and mouth, plus symmetry on both sides of face, and slower offset (1=totally non-Duchenne smile [false smile] 5=totally Duchenne): 5
    • (cg) completeness of grip (1=very incomplete; 5=full): 5
    • (dr) is dryness of hand (1=damp; 5=dry): 4
    • (s) is strength (1= weak; 5=strong): 3
    • (p) is position of hand (1=back towards own body; 5=other person’s bodily zone): 3
    • (vi) is vigor (1=too low/too high; 5=mid): 3
    • (t) is temperature of hands (1=too cold/too hot; 5=mid): 3
    • (te) is texture of hands (5=mid; 1=too rough/too smooth): 3 *
    • (c) is control (1=low; 5=high): 3
    • (du) is duration (1= brief; 5=long): 3

There have been studies. It’s fact Jack. You can make book on it.

Example#3: “Girls go to college to get more knowledge, boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider” as told to my sons by some 5-year-old girl that lives with us. Not sure if there have been studies so I’m not sure I’m buying it yet.

Example#4: This may explain it best. The difference between knowledge and wisdom is knowing that tomatoes are a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it into fruit salad. No need to do studies. We all know it to be true. My point to this month’s incessant rambling is that both can be found and even attained. Wisdom is something I believe to be documented in the Proverbs of King Solomon but also in the example of a well spent life which brings me to my final example.

Example 5: Brothers Bob Maguire and Don Weinkauf who both have left us this past month but have lived lives well-spent and just by example those around them gained both in knowledge and wisdom. They will be truly missed. Please come to Lodge. Sit and fellowship with your Brothers and enrich your lives in their knowledge and wisdom just as they will from you. Who knows when their time is gone, and those opportunities are no more? When you do come to lodge know that when you shake my hand with a certain brotherly grip, I will indeed be using my cheat sheet above to grade you.

Cordially and Fraternally, ~Frank Barlow’s groovy old man who’s like smart and stuff~

“Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.” Bro. Jack Benny, Waukegan Lodge No. 78 A.F.& A.M., Waukegan, IL

Note the electronic Trestleboard is published monthly. Changes in dates and or times are reflected on our Calendar Page, which is updated as needed.

Forest Lodge No. 130, F & A.M.
April 3rd —  7:00 PM Stated Communication
April 10th — 7:00 PM Scottish Rite Appreciation Night and Service Awards Presentation. Scottish Rite hats may be worn.
April 13th — Scottish Rite Spring Reunion
April 17th – 7:00 PM PM Stated Communication
April 24th – Quarterly Dinner – Richards Supper Club 6:30 for 7:00 P.M.
April 27th — Scottish Rite Spring Reunion

**Note Forest Lodge 130 now meets at the Merrill Masonic Center, 916-1/2 E. Main St. Merrill, WI 54452**

Wisconsin Valley Shrine Club
Wisconsin Valley Shrine Club meets every Friday for a noon luncheon at the Wausau Elks Club.

Wausau York Rite
April 9th — 7:00 PM. Stated Commandery.
April 18th — 7:00 PM. Stated Meeting, Chapter and Council.

Scottish Rite Club
Log Cabin Restaurant at 7:00 A.M. on the first, third, and fifth Wednesdays each month.

Wisconsin Valley Auxiliary
Notice is given that our meeting will be held at Papillions, in the Shopko Mall on April 12, 2019 from 11:30 – 1:30. Our guest speaker will be Brenda, Women’s Community – Human Trafficking. Any questions you may have, please contact Gayle Tesch (7150573-6063) or Sally Stober (715-359-8494).

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