Hanukkah Begins

December 16, 2014

Menorah

As you may know, Hanukkah (Chanukah) is an eight-day Jewish festival of light that celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, purity over adulteration (I have no further comments about that right now), and spirituality over materiality. The festival began more than 20 centuries ago when a small band of faithful Jews drove the Greek army from the Holy Land and reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. They could find only a little olive oil to light the menorah in the temple, and it miraculously lasted for eight days. Today, the eight candles are lit on successive days, the first on December 11 and the last today. Other Hanukkah customs include fried foods such as latkes and sufganiot; playing with the dreidel, a spinning top; and giving gifts of money to children. Whether you celebrate and observe it or not, Happy Hanukkah!

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

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 (just published!)

Nathan Hale

Oh, Those Holiday Window Displays!

December 10, 2014

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One of my favorite things to do in New York City during the holiday season is viewing the holiday window displays at major stores in the city, including Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, and Barney’s, among others. It’s just a great way to spend a late afternoon in December. And while you’re at it, stop by FAO Schwartz and Toys”R”Us to see their indoor displays – but expect to be in a huge crowd.

But if you can’t make it to New York – or if you just prefer to enjoy the displays from the warmth of your home – go to http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/11/25/nyc-holiday-windows/19481973/. USA Today has prepared a great video display of the tours for you. 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 (just published!)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

December 4, 2014

Broadway

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers about shows in the category “Broadway Musicals by Song” that I posted before Thanksgiving:

  1. George, Winifred, Jane & Michael Banks: “Cherry Tree Lane (Reprise).” – What is “Mary Poppins?”
  2. Elphaba: “I’m Not That Girl.” – What is “Wicked?
  3. Reuben & Brothers: “Those Canaan Days.” – What is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat?”
  4. Lola, Pat, George & Ensemble: “Sex is in the Heel.” – What is “Kinky Boots?”

I didn’t do so well again; I knew only 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 (just published!)

Nathan Hale

It’s Black Friday Again

November 28, 2014

Black Friday

We’re in Virginia again for this holiday, and Black Friday brings back a memory from several years ago when I got up before 4 am (you read it right, and normally that’s something I’ll do only to play golf or go on vacation) to scoop up some buys at a local store. Although I got what I wanted, I left with the conviction that I’d never do that again.

And I’m sticking with that. Maybe I’ll head to Starbucks for breakfast, and then to Total Wine to get some good wine at great prices. Then I think I’ll just enjoy some of that wine and work on my novels…

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 (just published!)

Nathan Hale

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

The history of this holiday in the United States is uncertain at best. Some claim it started with Spanish settlers in St. Augustine, Florida an 1565; others look to the English in Virginia in 1619; still others claim it originated in 1621 with the settlers of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Whatever the actual origin, Thanksgiving became a legal holiday here in the United States when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the bill making it such in December of 1941.

Today, of course, it goes beyond giving thanks for the harvest and all that we have; it’s a time for families, travel, shopping, and parades. And New York City is one of the leaders there, with its annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which began at 9 this morning, follows a new route because of the closing of Broadway for the new pedestrian mall. It will still begin at 77th Street and travel south on Central Park West (Eighth Avenue) to 59th Street. Then it will turn onto Seventh Avenue and continue to Macy’s at Herald Square (Sixth Avenue and 34th Street). Although the 3-mile route is different, the floats and balloons and bands and performers are just as good as they always are, so enjoy the holiday!

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?

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!

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 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


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