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 2022 were (in no particular order) Sidney Poitier, Angela Lansbury, Loretta Lynn, Queen Elizabeth II, Pope Benedict XVI, Bill Russell, Meat Loaf, Kirstie Alley, Nichelle Nichols, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ray Liotta, Pelé, Barbara Walters, Len Dawson, Bob Lanier, Bernard Shaw, Tom Weiskopf, Orrin Hatch, Ivana Trump, Ken Starr, Franco Harris, Vin Scully, Naomi Judd, Louie Anderson, Gilbert Gottfried, Gallagher, Anne Heche, William Hurt, James Caan, Bobby Rydell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Saget, Madeleine Albright, Olivia Newton-John, Tony Dow, Dwayne Hickman, and Christine McVie.  And let us never forget the US Service Members, Police, and Firefighters killed in the line of duty, protecting us.  And these past few  years, special recognition of front-line healthcare workers and first responders who risked their lives to help those stricken by Covid.  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 Dotsie, and our Aunt Joan, Uncle Joe, and Aunt Rita.

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

Death Under Jones Beach (now available!)

Nathan Hale


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