Kathy Blasi http://www.kmblasi.com Mon, 30 Sep 2019 20:14:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 http://www.kmblasi.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/cropped-Site-Icon-32x32.png Kathy Blasi http://www.kmblasi.com 32 32 Gratitude & Empowerment http://www.kmblasi.com/equal-rights/gratitude-empowerment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gratitude-empowerment http://www.kmblasi.com/equal-rights/gratitude-empowerment/#respond Mon, 26 Aug 2019 14:10:41 +0000 http://www.kmblasi.com/?p=580 On August 26, 1920, Congress adopted the 19th Amendment (also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment) to the U.S. Constitution—prohibiting denying the right to vote on the basis of sex. Working from the July 1848 first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls – that’s 72 years in the making! From the time I attended […]

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On August 26, 1920, Congress adopted the 19th Amendment (also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment) to the U.S. Constitution—prohibiting denying the right to vote on the basis of sex. Working from the July 1848 first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls – that’s 72 years in the making! From the time I attended the 2017 Seneca Falls Women’s March, I’ve come to appreciate what this truly means. I decided to go to the March in response to the 2016 Presidential Election. My goal was to put in perspective the Election’s outcome; the result was that I discovered a part of who I am.

As I listened to one inspiring speaker after another, I thought about what brought me to that moment. I glanced down at my nine-year-old niece, brimming with promise, also drawn to the same moment. Here she was, a child, riding a wave of energy and positivity, surrounded by passionate women. Vocal women. Women like her mom, whom she could (and does!) emulate. And she got it. My niece was exposed to empowerment, living a moment of history. I didn’t come to such a moment until I was an adult, as my generation’s education on the Suffrage Movement was cursory, at best.

There is so much to learn. Go for it!

In the meantime Happy 99th Anniversary, 19th Amendment. And Happy Women’s Equality Day!

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Connections http://www.kmblasi.com/on-writing/here-is-another-blog/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=here-is-another-blog http://www.kmblasi.com/on-writing/here-is-another-blog/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 18:55:43 +0000 http://www.kmblasi.com/newsite2019/?p=405 Connection. It’s the thing that draws me to a particular story. It has to be there, in order for me to spend the time with an idea required to develop it into a story. I have to care about what I’m writing about. One of the projects on which I’m working has introduced me to […]

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Connection.
It’s the thing that draws me to a particular story. It has to be there, in order for me to spend the time with an idea required to develop it into a story. I have to care about what I’m writing about.
One of the projects on which I’m working has introduced me to a whole new level of connection with my subject. It changed my life. Mary, pictured above, changed my life. Fifty years separated us, and more than ninety years separated her and my niece, also in the above photo. And yet, here we are, literally connected via our linked arms. Mary passed away last month at 103 years old. A couple of years ago, she was open to meeting with me. She shared her story, her wit, her knowledge, her love of life. And mine has never been the name. Thank you, Mary. I’m plugging way on our book. Don’t you worry.

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The Start of My Journey http://www.kmblasi.com/on-writing/start-journey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=start-journey http://www.kmblasi.com/on-writing/start-journey/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 18:52:59 +0000 http://www.kmblasi.com/newsite2019/?p=402 My journey of seeing myself as a writer began when I was in 4th grade, thanks to an encouraging teacher. My journey as a professional writer began with this great lady—the last person on Earth who would ever think anyone would want to know her story. I called her “Grandma.” If you read A Name […]

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My journey of seeing myself as a writer began when I was in 4th grade, thanks to an encouraging teacher. My journey as a professional writer began with this great lady—the last person on Earth who would ever think anyone would want to know her story. I called her “Grandma.” If you read A Name of Honor, you will come to as Gaetana Curatolo. She liveda hard life in Sicily, and that hard life helped her appreciate and embrace the life, opportunity, and family she had here in America.

I loved going to her house, where she spoiled her grandchildren. Candy before dinner. A quarter to buy a treat at the corner store. Hours spent looking at old photos of the people who meant so much to her. And could that lady cook! She taught me to make sauce, and every time I make it, I think of her. In fact, I treasure her sauce pot.

Ask the questions. The treasures that are your family have very interesting, inspiring things to say! Don’t wait—the time is right. Now.

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Poignant Places http://www.kmblasi.com/on-writing/poignant-places/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=poignant-places http://www.kmblasi.com/on-writing/poignant-places/#respond Mon, 01 Jul 2019 16:46:02 +0000 http://www.kmblasi.com/newsite2019/?p=1 The setting for my upcoming picture book, Hosea Plays On, is the City of Rochester Public Market. The Market has been a part of my life since I was a child. I used to ride the bus with my grandmother (Gaetana!) and witness her barter with vendors, as she collected fresh fruits and vegetables for […]

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The setting for my upcoming picture book, Hosea Plays On, is the City of Rochester Public Market. The Market has been a part of my life since I was a child. I used to ride the bus with my grandmother (Gaetana!) and witness her barter with vendors, as she collected fresh fruits and vegetables for the wonderful dishes she created. Once I discovered a story that took place there, I was already grounded. What I affirmed through my research for Hosea is that the Market remains a place where folks meet, conducting their weekly routines of buying and selling, chatting and laughing, enjoying a cup of coffee. Feeling connected to their community. It’s a beautiful place, and I’m honored to have a book centered on a person and place in “little old” Rochester, New York. My home town.

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