You Can Accomplish Anything, If You Put Your Mind To It

       I’ve said that to my kids many times over the years, and I’ll probably say it many times to my grandchildren, and I still believe it.  Evidently, so does a recent graduate from Columbia University. 

       Gac Filipaj escaped from war-ravaged Yugoslavia when he was in his 30s, in 1992, and settled in the Bronx.  Speaking no English, he took English classes at a local high school and a custodial job at Columbia.  He worked there for several years, and then began taking degree classes at Columbia in the morning, being a custodian in the afternoon and evening, and then studying at home at night.  12 years later, he’s now graduated from Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree with honors.  And what’s next for him?  He plans to take a semester off to focus on his job, and then return to school for a Master’s degree, perhaps even a PhD. 

       As I said, you can accomplish anything, if you put your mind to it… 

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,  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!  

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Randolph Mase, 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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