A Time to Weep, and a Time to Laugh

Jonathan Winters

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 2013 are Patti Page, Conrad Bain, Abigail Van Buren, Earl Weaver, Patty Andrews, Stan Musial, Ed Koch, Mindy McCready, C. Everett Coop, Dale Robertson, Van Cliburn, Bonnie Franklin, Rise Stevens, Richard Griffiths, Roger Ebert,  Margaret Thatcher, Annette Funicello, Jonathan Winters, Pat Summerall, Richard LeParmentier, George Jones, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Jean Stapleton, Frank Lautenberg, Esther Williams, Slim Whitman, James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Helen Thomas, Dennis Farina, Karen Black, Eydie Gorme, Julie Harris, David Frost, Ken Norton, Tom Clancy, Scott Carpenter, Ed Lauter, Tom Foley, Bum Phillips, Marcia Wallace, Lou Reed, Paul Walker, Nelson Mandela, Peter O’Toole, and Joan Fontaine.  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 and Uncle Joe.  But we did get a blessing four years ago with our grandson Evan, and again 20 months ago with our grandson Noah, who is doing great, on the brink of talking nonstop.  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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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (coming soon!)

Nathan Hale

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