A Time to Weep, and a Time to Laugh

       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 2011 are Duke Snider, Ferlin Husky, Warren Christopher, Elizabeth Taylor (whom my mother often said was the most beautiful woman in the world), Geraldine Ferraro, Farley Granger, Sidney Lumet, Michael Sarrazin, Jackie Cooper, Dana Wynter, Ron Springs, Harmon  Killebrew, Randy Savage, Jeff Conaway, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, James Arness, Lilian Jackson Braun, Clarence Clemons, Peter Falk (above, in two of my favorite movies), Betty Ford,  Amy Winehouse, Bubba Smith, Cliff Robertson, Dolores Hope, Arthur C. Neilsen Jr., Steve Jobs, Al Davis, Roger Williams, Andy Rooney, Joe Frazier, and Harry Morgan.  For me, the ones I don’t have around any more include my parents Lyman and Alice, my father-in-law Ray, and my brother-in-law Jim and his wife Edna.  But we did get a blessing two years ago with our grandson Evan, who is doing great – he’s walking, talking nonstop, and he smiles every time I talk with him…or maybe that says something about me.  And another grandchild is on the way!  So, remember to be thankful for those we do have close to us…  

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  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!  

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer



My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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