Blossom passed on November 5, just saw it on Facebook.
She was a writer, scholar, translator from Italian, New York girl, single mother, fierce critic and kind friend.
She had been sick, did not want to talk about it, walked everywhere and whenever I saw her had attitude. She was active in SWAP– ‘Stop Wasting Abandoned Properties’ and there are probably houses standing because of her efforts. She told me which houses on her street were empty during this latest real estate crash.
We were in a writing group together. She could be overwhelming, but she was a fine writer. Her short stories are a snapshot of a time on the cusp of great change, when bright women tried to balance love, work and family and succeeded or failed on a tilted field. I don’t see her fiction on the net, her children might get it into print in a collection that would stand up well with others of her contemporaries, including her friend, Grace Paley.
And, speaking of children, the one Providence School Board meeting I attended was livened by Blossom speaking up for the gifted program. Maybe a gifted girl who grew up in an immigrant/working neighborhood had some life experience to bring.
Blossom told me that once Norman Mailer came to speak and she asked, ‘What about the women?’ which really ticked him off.
For that I thank you Blossom, and for all the love you gave to your city and your friends.