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Justin Cascio

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in Smithtown, New York, The United States
September 16, 1974

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Justin Cascio is a lifestyle writer, editor, and educator. His areas of expertise include sex education, gender, food, and the family.

In the early Aughties, he was a founding editor of Trans-Health.com, the first health and fitness 'zine for the trans community. He was the managing editor of The Good Men Project, where he created a lifestyle section called The Good Life, with a broad focus on men and wellness.

Justin blogs at One in Six Trans Men and Mafia Genealogy. His latest project is a history of the Sicilian Mafia.

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Justin Cascio The only thing that has ever worked for me is to get grounded. Writer's block is a kind of panic. Panic is a part of my life. Luckily, this skill is…moreThe only thing that has ever worked for me is to get grounded. Writer's block is a kind of panic. Panic is a part of my life. Luckily, this skill is transferable.

I have a few orientation exercises I use for getting back to the present: tapping my knees a few times, alternating left and right, is one. Noticing objects in the room, and coming up with three words to describe each, is another.

Sometimes, there's just something else wrong: I'm in pain, for example, and that is keeping me from getting back into my body, because it hurts in there. So then I have to work on that, instead. I know when I'm starting to feel better, because I'll start writing, automatically.(less)
Justin Cascio I'm writing a historical novel about a mafia family in 1860s Sicily. The story, which I discovered while researching my genealogy, turns on a…moreI'm writing a historical novel about a mafia family in 1860s Sicily. The story, which I discovered while researching my genealogy, turns on a paternity case that the archbishop of the Catholic Church investigated---which is why there is even a record of such a scandal among the notably secretive Sicilians---and how I learned of it. The people involved are all my relatives: fourth-great grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins of mine, who lived in Corleone.(less)
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[image error]In 1999, I was also a “hidden figure” in the struggle for civil rights in this country.


Laverne Cox talked about the parallels between the real-life NASA “computers” from the movie, “Hidden Figures,” on Stephen Colbert’s talk show recently, and the case of the young Supreme Court plaintiff, Gavin Grimm, who is suing for the right to use the boy’s bathrooms at his public high schoo...

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The subject matter is exactly what I was seeking. I began this book, willing to tolerate a lot of bad writing and BS to get to plausible insights on the Springfield, Massachusetts arm of the Genovese Crime Family. The author is a product of the famil ...more
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Not exactly a riveting read... often there are details that read like foreshadowing, but they come to nothing. The book ends abruptly before the action has ended. However, the essential subject matter is a timely read in the era of the human Dumpster ...more
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“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”
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Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
“Zaphod did not want to tangle with them and, deciding that just as discretion is the better part of valor, so was cowardice is the better part of discretion, he valiantly hid himself in a closet.”
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George Bernard Shaw
“Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.”
George Bernard Shaw

Chuck Palahniuk
“It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

Mahatma Gandhi
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Niccolò Machiavelli
“A man who is used to acting in one way never changes; he must come to ruin when the times, in changing, no longer are in harmony with his ways.”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

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