Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 17, 2022

Since today is the celebration of Dr. King’s birthday (he was actually born on January 15, and would have been 93 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

How Well Do You Know New York Fiction?

January 10, 2022

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

  1. From this novella: “Holly Golightly had been a tenant in the old brownstone; she’d occupied the apartment below mine.”
  2. Chaim Potok’s classic “The Chosen” tells of 2 Jewish young men growing up in the Williamsburg area of this borough.
  3. There are sinister goings on at the Bramford apartment building, including Mrs. Woodhouse’s pregnancy, in this Ira Levin classic.
  4. This “Sex and the City” author also gave us “Lipstick Jungle” & “One Fifth Avenue.”
  5. Edith Wharton wrote of upper-class New York society during the Gilded Age in this Pulitzer Prize winner.

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, 2021

2021 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, we welcomed great nephew Carter Mase into the world, and my next mystery is almost ready for publication.  So while I’m not giving 2021 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 modified once again.  The area opens at 3:00 pm, and you can enter only from Sixth Avenue or Eighth Avenue, you must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask.

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 Wisdom, 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, 2021

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, 2021

Typically my Christmas post is about the origin of Christmas traditions and symbols.  However, since just about everything else has changed in the last two years, 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 last week.  I was in the drive-thru line at Starbucks and my order was taking a long time. In fact, the woman in the car behind me got out of her car and came to my passenger window.  I opened the window and she asked if everything was okay.  Not nasty, she said something about getting to work.  When I got to the Starbucks 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.”  Once more I don’t know the effect of my action, but hopefully made the waiting woman feel a little better.  If you’ve never done something like this, I urge you to try it; it’s a good feeling.  Whether you observe Christmas, Hannukah, 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, 2021

…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 grandson Evan (and I’m sure his little brother Noah will also enjoy it soon) loves me to read this to him, so I’ll do exactly that tonight.  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 20, 2021

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “Broadway is Back” I posted last week:

  1. As Broadway reopened in 2021, he returned to the role of Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” – Who is Jeff Daniels?
  2. Kristin Chenoweth welcomed the audience at the reopening of “Wicked” with these 5 words, a line from “The Wizard of Oz.”  – What are “There’s no place like home?”
  3. The musical “Six” features a modern take on Henry VIII’s 6 wives, including this first wife who was born in Spain.  – Who is Catherine of Aragon?
  4. “American Utopia” features songs from this man’s days in Talking Heads & & from his solo career. – Who is David Byrne?
  5. This musical brought its razzle-dazzle back to Broadway in 2021, just in time for the 25th anniversary of its renewal.  – What is “Chicago?”

I got two correct this time; I haven’t kept up with Broadway very well since it reopened; 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 Much Do You Know About Broadway?

December 15, 2021

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

  1. As Broadway reopened in 2021, he returned to the role of Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
  2. Kristin Chenoweth welcomed the audience at the reopening of “Wicked” with these 5 words, a line from “The Wizard of Oz.”
  3. The musical “Six” features a modern take on Henry VIII’s 6 wives, including this first wife who was born in Spain.
  4. “American Utopia” features songs from this man’s days in Talking Heads & & from his solo career.
  5. This musical brought its razzle-dazzle back to Broadway in 2021, just in time for the 25th anniversary of its renewal.

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

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Will Be Lighted Tonight!

December 1, 2021

The annual celebration surrounding the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center will indeed happen tonight.  A little about the tree first: it’s a 79-foot high, 12-ton Norway spruce that had been growing in Elkton, MD.  It’s been decorated with more than five miles of lights (50,000 bulbs) which with the Swarovski Crystal star on top (that contains 3 million crystals and weighs 900 pounds!) are the only decorations.  After the holidays, the tree is recycled and provided to Habitat for Humanity to build homes for the needy.

Like many other events, this year’s lighting will be different, with no public access to the lighting.  The lighting will broadcast from 8-10 tonight on NBC and be hosted by Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Craig Melvin, with special performances on many NBC affiliates for an hour before the broadcast.  So sit back and enjoy!

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 Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2021

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.  In fact, my good friend Jack sent me this interesting history of Thanksgiving:

https://www.umnews.org/en/news/the-making-of-thanksgiving-in-the-us?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWm1WbVpqUTBNR0ZqTTJZeSIsInQiOiJtREJBeVQ5eWVPWGp1WmFZVHZNMENPOVFVY0hMdGloSEN2WHlEbDFqRFdGeGJwNWxsWmZPUEtQQnQ1UXIrS09NeVl6NmRDcVFQdUx5R2xMZ3BreUQ5TDZGR2RkS043ZlVoWGs2WVc4RDhCUXpMclZcL056bnN6NEdTYmxaWDJXS1UifQ%3D%3D

 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.  And the parade will happen this year, returning to pre-Pandemic status.  The famous giant balloons will again be handled by Macy’s employees and invited guests; observers are encouraged to wear masks.  There will again be entertainment at Herald Square.  If you can’t be there in person, you’ll be able to watch the entire event from the comfort and warmth of your home, from 9 am to noon on NBC on Thanksgiving Day.  Enjoy!

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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