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A Siciliano in the New World

Welcome to the memories and musings of Ken Cosentino, our resident Siciliano who hails from upstate New York – but who’s soul is rooted in the traditions of his parents’ fatherland, Sicily. In his occasional postings, he takes us on a tour of what it’s like to grow up with one foot in the United States and the other in the Old Country.

My Nana: “Cento per Cento” Siciliana Grandmother

As an Italian-American living in New York, I’ve come to find that, though I may not be “right off the boat”, I still have deep-rooted Italian traditions that serve as a basis for my everyday life. In actuality, I’m completely Sicilian and not Italian at all (that I know of). However, if you know your history, then you know that the Kingdom of Sicily is ruled by Italy, so I guess you could call me Italian. I don’t mind it, though some Sicilians do.

My Uncle Benny: Tough Fighter, Bigger Eater

My grandfather had four brothers, of which he was the youngest. The brother who is the center of most family tales is not the oldest; but is definitely the most feared. His name was Blaze…or Benny for short.

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