A Time to Weep, and a Time to Laugh

Charles Durning 

      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 2012 are Etta James, Joe Paterno, James Farentino, Robert Hegyes, Don Cornelius, Ben Gazzara, Whitney Houston, Davy Jones, Mike Wallace, Jonathan Frid, Dick Clark, Junior Seau, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb,  Don Grady, Richard Dawson, Ray Bradbury, LeRoy Neiman, Andy Griffith, Ernest Borgnine, Celeste Holm, Stephen Covey, Sherman Hemsley, Chad Everett, Gore Vidal, Marvin Hamlisch, Helen Gurley Brown, Ron Palillo, William Windom, Phyllis Diller, Neil Armstrong, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dorothy McGuire, Herbert Lom, Andy Williams, Alex Karras, George McGovern, Larry Hagman, Zig Ziglar, Dave Brubeck, Ravi Shankar, Jack Klugman, and Charles Durning (above, and who I had envisioned as Sergeant Kovetsky in my novel Death on Broadway).  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, and our dear Aunt Joan.  But we did get a blessing three years ago with our grandson Evan, and again 7 months ago with our grandson Noah, who is doing great – he smiles every time I talk with him…or maybe that says something about me.  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! 

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://alphainventions.com or http://kadency.com – they’re both great sites! 

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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