From the Editor

“El País Que No Existé

The Nation That No Longer Is”

 

It is hard to believe August is upon us, and we are still basically trapped in the same world of covid-19.

This should be the month we are celebrating the height of summer; instead it so much feels like July and June felt, as well as May and even April.

I have long since given up the idea of a summer in Florida, which was my consolation prize, after spring in Florida fell through.  Dare I hope for autumn?

I am certainly missing my old life.  Last year, at this time, we were driving across country; enjoying the road, one of our most favorite activities.

Now the road seems scary.   It is odd to feel afraid to go, we do going well.  But it is not the increase in crime and political instability, which is holding us back; rather it is wondering if those beloved rest stops have been properly sanitized.  I do not want to have to wonder about a foe we cannot see, without a microscope.

But like many of you, the pandemic and its requirements, has stirred me to take care of some of those items on the “to do list”.  I still have a closet which cries out for help, and I do plan to get to it sooner than later; but my “biggest” pandemic accomplishment, has to be finishing a book, which I have been not so diligently, working on, since my father died.

It is not the book I started thirty plus years ago, and it is not the book, which I thought I would write.  It has surprised me more than I could have imagined, and finishing it has been more difficult that perhaps it should have been.

It is a story about what was, as well as about what no longer is, and a little bit about what could have been.

For many reasons, and against very wise council about agent’s, publishers, and publicist, from my sister, Caroline, I am making it available to be read right now.

Caroline said many wonderful things, which all make sense, but I do not want this book to be edited or the title changed, just to make it more marketable.

I have painstakingly selected the material covered; and likewise left out stories with the same due diligence.

My hope is to honor my parents, who lived life on their own terms, and made an impact on their world.  Ultimately, this is their story, or at least a part of their story.

The older I get, the more grateful I am, for the faith my parents gave me; I am so glad I do not have to wonder, in this area.  When I was younger, I most appreciated that they gave me a desire and love for the road; a need to explore, learn, and see.  I have tried to pay homage to them, and their mutual love for a country, which is only in our dreams, though it still occupies a place on the UN roll call sheet.

I definitely believe that Sylvia and Marigold will enjoy the read; because you knew my parents.  Everyone else, I have no idea; but here it is!  This is what I finally finished during the pandemic of 2020; that is all for now.

 

The link below will take you to Barnes and Nobel, where the electronic version of the book is available.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/el-pais-que-no-excite-cristina-jill-mosqueda/1137449816?ean=2940162785088

 

Poet’s Corner

I Miss You

I miss the laughter.

I miss the sound of the children running down the hall

 and jumping into the pool.

I miss the serving dishes being utilized

and the vases filled with flowers.

I miss anticipating your arrival.

I miss adorning the teacart with berries and delicacies,

which I think you will enjoy.

I miss the moment dinner and dessert have been served,

and I am free to enjoy you being here.

I miss the conversations.

I miss making happy memories,

and all of those hugs and kisses.

These are days with so much to be missed,

but mostly I miss seeing you.

~ Cristina Jill Mosqueda ~

A View from the Road

Goodnight!

The setting sun; in the Nevada desert.  Can you believe those colors?  I so love the gifts, which the road unexpectedly brings into our lives.

Film’s Recommended by Marcial


 

“This is a trading world and men, women and children, who cannot live on gravity alone, need something to satisfy their gayer, lighter moods and hours, and he who ministers to this want is in a business established by the Author of our nature.  If he worthily fulfills his mission and amuses without corrupting, he need not feel that he has lived in vain.”

 
~ Phineas T. Barnum ~
 
Shine, Australia, 1996, 106 minutes, biographical
 
Legends of the Fall, US, 1994, 132 minutes, romantic drama
 
Road to Perdition, US, 2002, 117 minutes, crime drama
 
L.A. Confidential, US, 1997, 138 minutes, crime thriller
 
Capote, US, 2005, 114 minutes, crime drama
 
The Jacket, US, 2005, 103 minutes, Science fiction thriller
 
Hugo, UK, 2011, 127 minutes, family drama
 
Source Code, US, 2011, 93 minutes, Science fiction thriller
 
It’s a Wonderful Life, US, 1946, 132 minutes, classic drama
 
Casablanca, US, 1942, 102 minutes, drama/romance
 
How to Steal a Million, US, 1966, 127 minutes, classic comedy
 
Beginners, US, 2010, 105 minutes, comedy/drama
 
The Debt, US, 2010, 114 minutes, espionage thriller
 
Larry Crowne, US, 2011, 99 minutes, romantic comedy
 
Ed Wood, US, 1994, 127 minutes, comedy
 
Keeping Mum, UK, 2005, 136 minutes, black comedy
 
The Mouse That Roared, UK, 1959, 83 minutes, comedy
 
The Party, UK, 1968, 99 minutes, classic comedy
 
Fair Game, US, 2010, 108 minutes, political thriller
 
The Right Stuff, US, 192 minutes, Drama
 
The Black Balloon US, 97 minutes, Drama
 
Shopgirl, US, 2005, 106 minutes, Romantic Comedy
 
The Tree of Life, US, 2011, 139 minutes, Drama

Connected

Defend Forward

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The cybersecurity community has had a Defense in Depth strategy for well over a decade.  What does that mean?

From a practical home application, Defense in Depth, would start with a fence around your property as an example, then a lock on all points of entry into the house, such as doors and windows, an alarm system, and even a safe for your valuables from not only a threat of being stolen, but for the threat of fire or water.  Defense in depth, basically puts up many defenses around what you value.  From a digital perspective, Defense in Depth, would include a firewall on your router and an antivirus on all you digital devices, as just another example.

However, in the past couple of years, there has been a new cybersecurity strategy, from the Department of Defense called Defend Forward.  The Defend Forward cybersecurity strategy was also included in “The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which created the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, CSC, to develop a consensus on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber attacks of significant consequences”.  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5515/text

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission CSC, co-chairman Senator Agnus King, released in March of 2020, a 182 page report that first provides a reality check to not only our nations cybersecurity weakness, but to us as individuals.  The report discusses the heavy reliance on networks and digital devices and the fact that our country has “lost hundreds of billions of dollars  to nation-state sponsored intellectual property theft using cyber espionage”. The report also provides an outline and makes over 80 recommendations to help our nation to become more secure including the defend forward cybersecurity strategy. https://www.solarium.gov

The defend forward strategy started with misconceptions that the strategy was just a really good cybersecurity defense.  But that is not the case, defend forward includes disrupting cybersecurity campaigns and defeat advance persistent threats.  In addition, the United States government will “actively observe, pursue, and counter adversaries”.  The United States government will now respond consistent within international law, which will include monetary fines.

For me, it is exciting to see how our government is embracing the need to address cybersecurity.  We want to stay Connected safely.


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“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”~ Jeremiah 33: 3 ~

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