Let’s Remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2021

Since today is the celebration of Dr. King’s birthday (he was actually born on January 15, and would have been 91 years old this year), it only seems fitting that I share a few words about Dr. King.  In case you don’t know, he was a leader of the movement to end segregation and discrimination in the 1950s and 1960s, leading to his receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, as well as posthumous awards of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.  His life was tragically cut short in 1968, at the young age of 39.  His most memorable and inspiring speech was likely was “I Have A Dream,” delivered at the Washington Mall in August of 1963.  If you’ve never heard it, I strongly suggest that you watch the March on Washington and Dr. King’s speech here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs.

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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

A Time to Weep, and a Time to Laugh

January 12, 2021

You may recognize those words from the song Turn, Turn, Turn by The Byrds (and written by Pete Seeger), and earlier from the Book of Ecclesiastes in The Bible; in fact, I spoke those words at the memorial service for my father in 1998.  And it’s so true at this time of year, when the list of celebrities who passed away during the year is published.  Among those in 2020 were Edd Byrnes, Kobe Bryant, Mary Higgins Clark, Kirk Douglas, Orson Bean, Robert Conrad, Max von Sydow, Kenny Rogers, Honor Blackman, James Drury, Brian Dennehy, Little Richard, Jerry Stiller, Fred Willard, Ian Holm, Carl Reiner, Kelly Preston, Regis Philbin, Olivia de Havilland, Trini Lopez, Kevin Dobson, Diana Rigg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, Eddie Van Halen, Conchata Ferrell, Rhonda Fleming, Sean Connery, Alex Trebek, Charley Pride, John le Carré, Pierre Cardin, and Dawn Wells.  And let us never forget the US Service Members, Police, and Firefighters killed in the line of duty, protecting us.  And this year, special recognition of front-line healthcare workers and first responders who risked their lives to help those stricken by Covid.  For me, the ones I don’t have around any more include my parents Lyman and Alice, my father-in-law Ray, my brother-in-law Jim and his wife Edna, my brother-in-law Mike, my sister-in-law Dottie, and our Aunt Joan, Uncle Joe, and Aunt Rita.

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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

January 5, 2021

One of the categories on a recent Jeopardy! episode was “21st Century Broadway.”  Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each.  I’ll give those questions in a future post:

  1. Time Out New York called “The Lightning Thief,” a musical about this son of Poseidon, “worthy of the gods.”
  2. When this show opened, Hank Azaria played several roles including Sir Lancelot & a knight of Ni.
  3. Jessie Mueller took piano lesson to play this singer-songwriter in “Beautiful.”
  4. Kathleen Turner played cougar Mrs. Robinson to Jason Biggs’ Benjamin Braddock in 5the Broadway adaption of this film.
  5. In 2014 this Lorraine Hansberry drama won the Tony Award for the Best Revival of a Play.

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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2020

2020 is almost over! It has been a terrible and forgettable year for millions of people around the world, through loss of a loved one, loss of a job or business, or extreme financial hardship.  I consider myself lucky to not be included in this group: our family members and close friends are still in good health, our goddaughter Lindsey was married, we welcomed great niece Emelia Mase into the world, and my latest mystery was an Amazon best-seller.  So while I’m not giving 2020 an Easy Rider salute as it leaves, I do look forward to a year of health and prosperity for all.

Now for the New Years Ball Drop in Times Square.  It will happen this year, but closed to the public.  The ball is 12 feet in diameter and weighs almost 6 tons.  It’s covered with almost 3,000 Waterford crystal triangles, with the new patterns representing a sunburst of bright colors for this year’s theme of Gifts of Happiness, Goodwill, Harmony, Serenity, Kindness, Wonder, Fortitude, and Imagination, and the lighting is provided by more than 32,000 LEDs in red, blue, green, and white.  Just for comparison, the first ball in 1907 was made of iron and wood, was lighted by one hundred 25-watt light bulbs, had a diameter of 5 feet, and weighed less than half a ton…quite a difference!  You can enjoy the drop from the comfort of your home; information is at NYE Live Webcast | Times Square NYC.

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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Kwanzaa Begins

December 26, 2020

I’ve learned a lot doing research for this blog, and the latest thing I’ve learned is about Kwanzaa.  Most of you have probably heard of it, but I’d guess that most of you don’t really know what it’s all about (as was the case with me).

The official Kwanzaa website describes it as a “Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture.”  Further words from the site add a little more meaning to that: “Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.”

It’s a seven-day celebration (December 26 through January 1) created by Maulana Karnga in 1966, and today is observed by up to 28 million people around the world.  Kwanzaa is based on seven principles:

  1. Unity – to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race
  2. Self-Determination – to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves
  3. Collective Work and Responsibility – to build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together
  4. Cooperative Economics – to build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together
  5. Purpose – to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  6. Creativity – to do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it
  7. Faith – to believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Not bad principles to live by, are they?  You can learn more about Kwanzaa at Kwanzaa – HISTORY.

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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2020

Typically my Christmas post is about the origin of Christmas traditions and symbols.  However, since just about everything else has changed in this unusual year, I’ll change my post as well.

Many years ago, the only payment option we had at toll booths was cash.  On a whim one day I decided to pay for the car behind me.  It wasn’t much – fifty cents or so – and I did it mostly to freak him out.  But I never knew the effect of my action.

Fast forward to two days ago.  I was in the drive-thru line at Starbucks and when I got to the window I told the employee that I wanted to pay for the car behind me.  She smiled – at least I think she did; she was wearing a mask, of course – and said that I was “very nice.”  I asked her to tell the driver “Merry Christmas.”  Again, I don’t know the effect of my action, but I do know two things.  First, it felt good, as I might have helped someone in a difficult situation.  Second, there was a child (I’d guess about six or seven) in the car behind me, and I like to think that my action was a positive lesson in generosity for him.  If you’ve never done something like this, I urge you to try it; it’s a good feeling.  Whether you observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or even Festivus, remember the spirit of giving!

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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

It’s Christmas Eve…

December 24, 2020

…and what would be more fitting than quoting the poem The Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore or Henry Livingston (I never knew this, but evidently there’s quite a controversy about who actually wrote it.) My grandsons Evan and Noah loved me to read this to him, so I’ll do exactly that today.  Enjoy the holidays!

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

‘Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!’

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound,

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.

A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

and filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

and laying his finger aside of his nose,

and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

and away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,

‘Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.’

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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

December 19, 2020

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “Playbill” I posted a few days ago:

  1. Playbill exposed the way this show’s final scene is tastefully lit during those last few seconds when 6 guys bare all. – What is “The Full Monty?’
  2. What a record! Emanuel Azenberg has produced all of this writer’s plays since 1972’s “The Sunshine Boys.”. – Who is Neil Simon?
  3. Ellen Burstyn told Playbill she just wanted to wear “sequins like Betty Grable” till this method guru changed her life..  – Who is Lee Strasberg?
  4. This musical’s “American Dream” ended on B’way after 4,097 performances & a lot of helicopter flights.. – What is “Miss Saigon?”
  5. This playwright said that he’s “testing the limits of tolerance” with his new play about 4 people & a goat.  – Who is Edward Albee?

Typical of my Broadway knowledge, I got three correct; 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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

December 14, 2020

One of the categories on an old Jeopardy! episode which was replayed recently was “Playbill.”  Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each.  I’ll give those questions in a future post:

  1. Playbill exposed the way this show’s final scene is tastefully lit during those last few seconds when 6 guys bare all.
  2. What a record! Emanuel Azenberg has produced all of this writer’s plays since 1972’s “The Sunshine Boys.”.
  3. Ellen Burstyn told Playbill she just wanted to wear “sequins like Betty Grable” till this method guru changed her life..
  4. This musical’s “American Dream” ended on B’way after 4,097 performances & a lot of helicopter flights..
  5. This playwright said that he’s “testing the limits of tolerance” with his new play about 4 people & a goat.

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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Hanukkah Begins

December 10, 2020

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 today and the last on December 17.  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!

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

https://www.amazon.com/author/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

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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