Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2014

Grinning Halloween lantern vector illustration.

At this time every year, many of us have acquired our stash of candy and anxiously await the arrival of all those children seeking treats, including my grandsons Evan and Noah (from last year). I don’t know about you, but I never gave much more thought to Halloween, until I watched a program on The History Channel about the history of this day. And that prompted me to do some research about Halloween and its traditions. For example, in the 8th Century, Pope Gregory III declared November 1 as All Hallows (Saints) Day, and the evening before became known as All Hallows Evening, later shortened to Halloween (actually Hallowe’en). And I also learned the history of some of the other traditions associated with the holiday:

Trick or Treating. The Celts left food and sweets around for the evil spirits to take and leave. Years later, in medieval times, poor people would go from door to door, begging for food in return for offering prayers for the dead on All Souls Day, November 2.

The Jack-o’-Lantern. Years ago, many Irish and Scottish people would carve a face into a turnip and place a lighted candle inside to honor the dead on All Souls Day. There is also the legend of Irishman Stingy Jack who tricked the devil into climbing a tree. To avenge this, the devil placed a curse on Jack – he was forced to wander the earth with the only light he had: a candle inside of a hollowed turnip. Thus the name.

The Wearing of Costumes. The Celts also believed that at summer’s end (the same time as Halloween), spirits passed by. Of course, the spirits of ancestors were invited into the home, while evil spirits needed to be warded off. To do this, the Celts wore costumes and masks to disguise themselves as evil spirits, thus escaping harm. And of course, today, we see the full range, from the simple to the elaborate and bizarre.

So enjoy the day, but remember the traditions…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (being published now!)

Nathan Hale

Tavern on the Green is Back!

October 25, 2014

Tavern on the Green 2014

I’ve mentioned Central Park’s Tavern on the Green many times during the past 5 years, until its closing in 2010, only to open as a Visitors Center shortly after its doors wer closed.

New owners have renovated and reopened the Tavern on the Green, with an updated menu that has a wide variety of reasonably-priced (for NYC, that is) appetizers, entrees, and desserts as well as a reasonable bar menu. It’s worth a visit; check it out at http://tavernonthegreen.com.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (being published now!)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

October 19, 2014

Broadway

One of the categories on Jeopardy! recently was “Nights on Broadway.”   Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each. I’ll give the questions in a future post:

  1. This play was about Helen Keller and her teacher.
  2. Jessie Mueller won a 2014 Tony for her portrayal of this “Tapestry” singer in the musical “Beautiful.”
  3. Mandy Patinkin was the first to play Georges Seurat when this musical opened in 1984.
  4. This musical that returned to NYC in 2013 tells of Charlemagne’s son, on a quest to find his true calling in life.
  5. A con man claims to be the son of Sidney Poitier in this play that opened on Broadway in 1990.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (being published now!)

Nathan Hale

Matthew Hogan is Alive and Well!

October 13, 2014

Covers

Okay…not really. He’s the central character in my Matthew Hogan Mystery series. But his Facebook Page is alive and well!

On that Page, we’ll be having some fun with facts and history of New York City, and maybe we’ll all learn some new things. You can join in the fun – and have chances to win a digital copy of one of my mysteries – by Liking the Page at www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries.

Thanks – and enjoy!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (being published now!)

Nathan Hale

You Can Now Walk the Full High Line!

October 7, 2014

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The High Line is a park on the West Side of Manhattan, built on a deserted elevated freight rail line from the 1930s. The original freight line was built to remove the then-dangerous freight trains from the streets below. In fact, the last train ran on the line in 1980.

The first section of the High Line – between Gansevoort and 20th Streets – opened in the summer of 2009, and the extension to 34th Street is now complete! The landscaping is designed to complement the natural growth that appeared after that final train passed, and includes many of the rails. Even some of the benches have wheels that are mounted on the rails.

Get more information at http://www.thehighline.org/; the High Line is certainly worth a visit!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (being published now!)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

October 1, 2014

Broadway

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers about shows in the category “Broadway Shows by Character” that I posted a couple of weeks ago:

  1. Tacky director Roger De Bris, Nazi sympathizer & author Franz Liebkind. – What is “The Producers?”
  2. Missionaries Elder Cunningham & Elder Price, from Salt Lake City. – What is “The Book of Mormon?”
  3. Cockney chimney sweep Bert, Winifred Banks. – What is “Mary Poppins?”
  4. Hefty teen Tracy Turnblad, the conniving Velma Von Tussle. – What is “Hairspray?”
  5. Window washer J. Pierrepont Finch, company president J.B. Biggley. – What is “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying?”

I surprised myself by getting all of them correct; how did you do?

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (coming very soon!)

Nathan Hale

Look Who’s Five!

September 25, 2014

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Five years ago last night, my wife and I were in a race against time, driving from New York to Virginia. Our daughter Jen had gone into labor with her first child (our first grandchild), and we wanted to get there before they took her into delivery. Thanks to heavy traffic in central Pennsylvania, we arrived at the hospital a little after midnight, shortly after Jen had been taken in to delivery. But we were there to welcome our new grandson Evan into the world.

Evan Swinging

Fast forward to today, and our little grandson is now an active 5-year-old with a passion for baseball. Here’s a picture of Evan batting in a game just hours before his birthday party last weekend. Happy birthday, Evan, and many more swings to come…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (coming very soon!)

Nathan Hale

Everyday Life in New York City

September 19, 2014

Life in New York City

The Metropolitan Diary of the New York Times continues to offer humorous real-life stories and experiences of natives and visitors to New York City that often show the human side of New Yorkers.  When I read most of them, I can’t help but laugh, sometimes very loudly and sometimes, depending on my surroundings, attracting a little too much attention.  Others just make me feel good about being a New Yorker. A recent edition includes an understanding cabbie, an expensive pedicab ride, and time out for a child on the bus. So, try it for therapy, stress relief, or to assure yourself that there still is a good side to people – just don’t laugh or cry too loudly:  http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/category/metropolitan-diary/.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (coming very soon!)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

September 13, 2014

Broadway

One of the categories on Jeopardy! recently was “Broadway Shows by Character.”   Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each. I’ll give the questions in a future post:

  1. Tacky director Roger De Bris, Nazi sympathizer & author Franz Liebkind.
  2. Missionaries Elder Cunningham & Elder Price, from Salt Lake City.
  3. Cockney chimney sweep Bert, Winifred Banks.
  4. Hefty teen Tracy Turnblad, the conniving Velma Von Tussle.
  5. Window washer J. Pierrepont Finch, company president J.B. Biggley.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (coming very soon!)

Nathan Hale

Half Price Broadway Shows!

September 7, 2014

Broadway

That’s no misprint, folks – and for one more week, until September 14 – Broadway Week is being celebrated, and you can buy 2-for-1 tickets to some of the best shows in the City, including Aladdin, Chicago, Cinderella, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Once, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked! Good deals – you can find full details at http://www.nycgo.com/broadwayweek. And while you’re at that site, enter the sweepstakes to win dinner and a show for you and five friends…break a leg!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (coming very soon!)

Nathan Hale


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