Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2017

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 its 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 – 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

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

 

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Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

November 17, 2017

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “Broadway Musicals by Songs” I posted a few weeks ago:

  1. In 2017 Grizabella and Rum Tum Tugger prowled the Great White Way once more in this musical. – What is “Cats?”
  2. In 2016 the circus came to town; specifically, this circus that made its Broadway debut in “Paramour.” – What is “Cirque du Soleil?”
  3. Let me paint the picture; Jake Gyllenhaal worked Sundays on Broadway in this revival. – What is “Sunday in the Park with George?”
  4. “The Glass Menagerie” rebroke on Broadway & this Oscar winner hoped fans would really like her as Amanda Wingfield. – Who is Sally Field?
  5. In the revival of “The Little Foxes,” Laura Linney alternated roles with this actress. – Who is Cynthia Nixon?

I still don’t know musicals very well, so three correct for me is pretty good!  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 

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Celebrate Veterans Day!

November 11, 2017

Most of us know that today is Veterans Day.  And some of us 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 all American veterans.  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 – 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 

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2017

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.  And here I am as Obi-Won, protecting my beautiful spider.  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 also remember the traditions…

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 

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Thanks a Lot, Rachael Ray

October 24, 2017

I’m not much of a Rachael Ray fan, but my wife Kathy is, and she watches and/or records most episodes of her show.  Over the past ten years, Kathy’s made many of Rachael’s recipes, and most of them were very good, which I attribute to the recipes and my wife’s cooking skills.  But post-meal cleanup is another matter.  If you’re preparing the meal in a TV studio with a staff of employees to clean up, it’s not a problem (on one recent show, I counted 3 pots on the stove and another on the counter, three bowls on the counter, along with a food processor and many cooking utensils).  But I don’t have that luxury; on several occasions, it took me almost an hour to wash the pots, pans, and cooking utensils, including a couple of breaks to dry ones to make more room in the drain rack.

So on behalf of those of us who love to spend much of our lives washing dishes:  thanks a lot, Rachael Ray.

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 

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

October 17, 2017

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

  1. In 2017 Grizabella and Rum Tum Tugger prowled the Great White Way once more in this musical.
  2. In 2016 the circus came to town; specifically, this circus that made its Broadway debut in “Paramour.”
  3. Let me paint the picture; Jake Gyllenhaal worked Sundays on Broadway in this revival.
  4. “The Glass Menagerie” rebroke on Broadway & this Oscar winner hoped fans would really like her as Amanda Wingfield.
  5. In the revival of “The Little Foxes,” Laura Linney alternated roles with this actress.  (NOTE: This was a video answer, so I’ve included photos of both actresses above.)

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 

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

It’s Columbus Day!

October 9, 2017

It’s interesting that when I was going to school or working, I viewed holidays simply as another day off.  Now that I’m doing neither, I find myself trying to learn more about each holiday.  Take today – Columbus Day – as an example.  Before it was moved to the second Monday in October, Columbus Day was always celebrated on October 12.  I always assumed that it marked the birth of Christopher Columbus, but it actually marks the date when he arrived in the Americas.  It’s not only a US holiday, but is celebrated throughout Latin America and even in some European nations.

On this day and other holidays, take the time to discover more about the meaning of the day.  It’s interesting stuff!

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 

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

October 2, 2017

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “Broadway Musicals by Songs” I posted a couple of weeks ago:

  1. “The Jellicle Ball” and “Memory.” – What is “Cats?”
  2. “Arabian Nights” and “Friend Like Me.” – What is “Aladdin?”
  3. “Knights of the Round Table” and “Find Your Grail.’” – What is “Spamalot?”
  4. “Making Things Up Again” and “Baptize Me.” – What is “The Book of Mormon?”
  5. “La Vie Boheme” and “Seasons of Love.” – What is “Rent?”

I don’t know musicals very well, so four correct for me is pretty good!  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 

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

And Now He’s 8!

September 25, 2017

I know I’ve shared this story with you before, but eight years ago last night, my wife and I were in a race against time, driving from New York to Virginia.  Our daughter Jen had gone into labor with her first child (our first grandchild), and we wanted to get there before they took her into delivery.  Thanks to heavy traffic in central Pennsylvania, we arrived at the hospital a little after midnight, shortly after Jen had been taken in to delivery.  But we were there to welcome our new grandson Evan into the world.

Fast forward to today, and our first grandson is now a second grader.  Evan has a passion for baseball, as this photo of his pitching motion shows.  May you have many more pitches, Evan, and Happy Birthday!

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 

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

September 16, 2017

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

  1. “The Jellicle Ball” and “Memory.”
  2. “Arabian Nights” and “Friend Like Me.”
  3. “Knights of the Round Table” and “Find Your Grail.’”
  4. “Making Things Up Again” and “Baptize Me.”
  5. “La Vie Boheme” and “Seasons of Love.”

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 

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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