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 2019 were Doris Day, Peter Fonda, Cokie Roberts, Tim Conway, Bart Starr, Elijah Cummings, Peter Mayhew, Carol Channing, Ross Perot, Lee Iacocca, Georgia Engel, Gloria Vanderbilt, Toni Morrison, Peter Tork, Diahann Carroll, Luke Perry, Robert Forster, Valerie Harper, Kristoff St. John, Albert Finney, Katherine Helmond, Peggy Lipton, Rip Torn, Eddie Money, Rip Taylor, Ric Okasek, Ron Leibman, Carroll Spinney, Danny Aiello, Mel Stottlemyre, Frank Robinson, John Havlicek, Nick Buoniconti, Richard Lugar, and Birch Bayh. And let us never forget the US Service Members, Police, and Firefighters killed in the line of duty, protecting us. 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, my brother-in-law Mike, my sister-in-law Dottie, and our Aunt Joan, Uncle Joe, and Aunt Rita. But we did get one blessing ten years ago with our grandson Evan, and another 7½ years ago with our grandson Noah. So, remember to be thankful for those we do have close to us…

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




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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