Central Park – There’s an App for That!

June 26, 2015

Central Park and Manhattan

Several years ago, I attended an information session at which the speaker was predicting the state of the workplace in 2020. One of the things she mentioned was apps that will be available by thay year, and one of my favorites was the “Where’s My Boss?” app, which one could use to locate your boss if you had to ask him or her a question. Or maybe for some other purpose.

Anyway, now there’s an app for Central Park. With the app, you can view a map of Central Park, explore the Park including arches, fountains, and photo opp spots, and even listen to audio narration about points of interest. So download the Central Park Conservancy app you’re your app store and head to Central Park for a day of fun!

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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 (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Today is Juneteenth!

June 18, 2015

Juneteenth

You may be cocking your head and asking, “What?” And you’ve got a lot of company. I had never heard the term until I read about it in a local newspaper article. So here’s the scoop.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army landed with his troops at Galveston, Texas, and shared the news that the Civil War had ended and that the slaves were now free.

One of the first things Granger did is read General Order Number 3 to the people of Texas:

       “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”

Today, celebrations are held across the country, with many states having legislation that proclaims Juneteenth as a special day of recognition. You can find more information about Juneteenth at http://juneteenth.com.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – 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!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

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http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

June 10, 2015

Broadway

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

  1. This “popular” show is the untold story of the witches of Oz.
  2. It’s set in the Jewish village of Anatevka in 1905.
  3. Songs from this musical include “Opening Night” and “Springtime for Hitler?”
  4. Her name was Lola, and she’s the showgirl (or guy) who helps save a failing shoe factory in this high-heeled hit.
  5. It’s based on a 1933 movie musical and it’s title song says, “Come & meet those dancing feet, on the avenue I’m taking you to.”

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – 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!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Toys R Us to Close FAO Schwarz Store

June 2, 2015

FAO Schwarz

When I saw that headline in the newspaper last week, I almost freaked. “It can’t be – that’s a NYC institution!” However, as often happens, things are not always what they appear to be. Upon reading the article, I discovered that Toys R Us, the parent company, is merely closing the current store due to high rents on Fifth Avenue, and is looking for another location in midtown Manhattan. So don’t panic; FAO Schwarz will still be with us. But if you want to see the current location which has been its home since 1986, hurry, as it closes July 15!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – 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!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

It’s Memorial Day – A Time to Remember Our Veterans

May 25, 2015

Jeff Jones Funeral

Most of us think of Memorial Day as another Monday holiday, another day off from work, and baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie. But the real purpose, as the name implies, is in memory of our men and women who died while in the military service.

I had an experience that reinforced this purpose for me. Several years ago I attended the burial of a classmate from West Point who died of brain cancer after serving 30 years in the Army. Although I had visited Arlington National Cemetery before, I had never attended a funeral service and burial there. It was a somber but rewarding experience.

It started with a memorial service in the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer adjacent to the cemetery, with probably more than 300 people in attendance, including many of our classmates.

Following that, we walked to the gravesite; as it turns out, it was about a mile. The clear sky, moderate temperature, and soft breeze made it more bearable (although the uphill return walk was a challenge). What made the entire event more memorable were two things: the casket was transported on a horse-drawn wagon, and at the gravesite, 12 white doves were released into the air, flying in unison for several minutes.

So even though I’d prefer not to have to attend another similar funeral, it did make me pause to remember those who have given their lives for their country. Colonel Jeff Jones, rest in peace…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – 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!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

May 17, 2015

Broadway

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

  1. 2003 was a great year for this boy from Oz: he debuted in “The Boy from Oz” & hosted the Tony Awards. – Who is Hugh Jackman?
  2. She made her Broadway debut in “The Boy Friend” in 1954; starring roles in “My Fair Lady” & “Camelot” were soon to come. – Who is Julie Andrews?
  3. “I don’t even like the theater!” said the 67-year-old sourpuss comedian about his 2015 bow in his own play “Fish in the Dark.” – Who is Larry David?
  4. Before “Wicked,” she won a Theater World Award for her role in the 1997 musical “Steel Pier.” – Who is Kristin Chenoweth?
  5. Diane Keaton debuted in the original 1968 run of this musical as an understudy to a member of “The Tribe.” .– What is “Hair?”

I didn’t do well – only one right! How did you do?

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – 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!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Hmmm…Bacon!

May 11, 2015

Bacon

If you’re a bacon lover, there’s an event for you coming up in Brooklyn. This weekend, you should attend the Great Big Bacon Picnic at the Old Pfizer Factory on Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg. Sessions will be held 12:00-2:30 and 6:30-9:00 on Saturday and 1:00-3:30 on Sunday, and offers unlimited bacon, spirits and local brews, and entertainment; and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to City Harvest! It’ssure to sell out, so get your tickets soon at www.greatbigbacon.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!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Enjoy Cinco de Mayo!

May 5, 2015

Cinco de Mayo

I think we’ve all heard of Cinco de Mayo, and probably associate it with Margaritas and dinner specials at Don Pablo, and that it means “5th of May.” But you may not know the origin of the holiday (which, by the way, is apparently a minor holiday in Mexico, but celebrated widely in the U.S.), so I did some research.

The day actually commemorates the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. France had sent troops to Mexico over a defaulted loan, and the two armies clashed at Puebla, with the French finally retreating after the day-long battle. Although it was more of a symbolic than strategic victory for Mexico, it did bolster the resistance, resulting in France’s departure 6 years later.

So enjoy your Margaritas, but remember the origin of 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!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Celebrating May Day

May 1, 2015

Lei Day

When I was growing up, I never thought there was anything special about May 1, other than we had less than 2 months until summer vacation. But in many cultures, particularly those in the Northern Hemisphere, do in fact celebrate it, and the day is a declared holiday in many of those cultures. Many pre-Christian cultures regarded February 1 as the beginning of Spring, and May 1 then became the beginning of Summer, with cause to celebrate. In other cultures, it was regarded as the end of the unfarmable winter season, another cause for celebration.

What it seems to have become now is a celebration of culture. Here in the United States, it’s known as Lei Day in Hawaii, where it is now a celebration of the island culture and Spring.

Whether it’s a holiday or not where you are, enjoy Spring!

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!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

April 23, 2015

Broadway

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

  1. 2003 was a great year for this boy from Oz: he debuted in “The Boy from Oz” & hosted the Tony Awards.
  2. She made her Broadway debut in “The Boy Friend” in 1954; starring roles in “My Fair Lady” & “Camelot” were soon to come.
  3. “I don’t even like the theater!” said the 67-year-old sourpuss comedian about his 2015 bow in his own play “Fish in the Dark.”
  4. Before “Wicked,” she won a Theater World Award for her role in the 1997 musical “Steel Pier.”
  5. Diane Keaton debuted in the original 1968 run of this musical as an understudy to a member of “The Tribe.”

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!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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