How Well Do You Know Broadway?

November 21, 2014

Broadway

One of the categories on Jeopardy! recently was “Broadway Musicals by Song.”   Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each (I caught only four of them this time). I’ll give the questions in a future post:

  1. George, Winifred, Jane & Michael Banks: “Cherry Tree Lane (Reprise).”
  2. Elphaba: “I’m Not That Girl.”
  3. Reuben & Brothers: “Those Canaan Days.”
  4. Lola, Pat, George & Ensemble: “Sex is in the Heel.”

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!

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (being published now!)

Nathan Hale

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Arrives!

November 16, 2014

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Is Hoisted Into Place For The Holiday Season

As most of you may know, the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center each year is selected from somewhere in the New York area. This year, the tree comes from Bloomsburg, in central Pennsylvania. An 85-foot Norway Spruce – 13 tons and 90 years old – was transported the 155 miles to Rockefeller Center. It was then put in place with a crane, and will be decorated with 45,000 multi-colored LED lights, topped with a 9½ foot Swarovski star, and then lit on December 3.

So what does this mean? Head for Rockefeller Center on December 3, or at least watch the tree lighting festivities on television. Either way, 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

Celebrate Veterans Day!

November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

Most of us know that today is Veterans Day. And some of us (but not me) have a valued day off from work. But how many of us have ever given thought to the history of this day or, more importantly, what it means?

The history goes back to World War I, which officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, fighting had actually ceased seven months earlier when the Allies and Germany agreed to a temporary cessation of hostilities, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month; in other words, 11:00 am on November 11. One year later, President Wilson declared the first Armistice Day. It became a legal holiday in 1938, honoring those who had fought in World War I. In 1954, after many Americans had lost their lives in World War II and the Korean War, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day, honoring American veterans of all wars. There’s a very good video explanation and tribute at http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/.

The Veterans Day National Ceremony was held today at 11:00 am, with a color guard honoring American veterans at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Let us all remember them, including those who are currently in hostile action. I’ll quote the dedication of my book Nathan Hale: “To all those who have risked their lives to protect the freedom of our great nation.”

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?

November 6, 2014

Broadway

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

  1. This play was about Helen Keller and her teacher. – What is “The Miracle Worker?”
  2. Jessie Mueller won a 2014 Tony for her portrayal of this “Tapestry” singer in the musical “Beautiful.” – Who is Carole King?
  3. Mandy Patinkin was the first to play Georges Seurat when this musical opened in 1984. – What is “Sunday in the Park with George?”
  4. This musical that returned to NYC in 2013 tells of Charlemagne’s son, on a quest to find his true calling in life. – What is “Pippin?”
  5. A con man claims to be the son of Sidney Poitier in this play that opened on Broadway in 1990. – What is “Six Degrees of Separation?”

       I didn’t do so well this time; I knew only the first two. 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 (being published now!)

Nathan Hale

The Day of the Dead

November 1, 2014

Tomorrow is yet another holiday…in Mexico this time.

In the past few years, I’ve learned a lot about Halloween. I also learned a lot about November 2, known in some cultures as All Souls Day. In Mexico, it’s a holiday called The Day of the Dead. According to a friend of mine in Mexico City, the day celebrates our relatives that have passed away, so that we do remember them. In fact, it’s part of the Mexican culture to laugh in front of Death today, and the photo above is one of an office decoration that my friend sent to me. He said the most famous celebration in Mexico today is in Michoacán State, at Janitzio and nearby Patzcuaro Lake, with many people attending the ceremony at night. You can read more about it, and see more photos, at http://www.mexicoinsmallbytes.com/november.html.

However you do it, it’s very worthwhile to remember and celebrate our ancestors…

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

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


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