Cristina Jill

Late Ripeness “Not soon, as late as the approach of my ninetieth year, I felt a door opening in me and I entered the clarity of early morning. One after another my former lives were departing, like ships, together with their sorrow. And the countries, cities, gardens, the bays of seas assigned to my brush came closer, ready now to be described better than they were before. I was not separated from people, grief and pity joined us. We forget - I kept saying - that we are all children of the King. For where we come from there is no division into Yes and No, into is, was, and will be. We were miserable, we used no more than a hundredth part of the gift we received for our long journey. Moments from yesterday and from centuries ago - a sword blow, the painting of eyelashes before a mirror of polished metal, a lethal musket shot, a caravel staving its hull against a reef - they dwell in us, waiting for a fulfillment. I knew, always, that I would be a worker in the vineyard, as are all men and women living at the same time, whether they are aware of it or not.” ~ Czeslaw Milosz ~ My name is Cristina Jill Mosqueda Cooper. I pause looking at my name, and think about how much there is to explain with those words alone. My mother gave me a name to use in each of my worlds, Cristina for my Cuban life, and Jill for the American life. I suppose it is there were the paradoxes of my life began. I have been many things in my life, from a housekeeper to a high school history teacher; but no matter what else I did, I was always a writer. I love words and the power and passion which they can be used to create. I love reading words, writing words, speaking words, and listening to words – especially words from people that I love and respect. It is my desire to live life on my own terms, and willingly or not, I have paid the price demanded, by the world, to be myself. I share my life with Kate, with whom I have lived for the last 23 years, and Miss Merry Margaret, our little mutt who really is the world’s most perfect dog. I also travel, cook, garden, sculpt, and make large messes doing all of the above. Welcome to my world, that is all for now.

Web Site: http://thatisallfornow.com


Because I Can

September 18, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Tonight Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away.  I do not want to address the politics involved in her dying, at this moment in time, and I am not qualified to eulogize her life.  But I have held on to this cover, of the Los Angeles Times, since October 2, 1993, when she...
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Holiday’s

September 18, 2020

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur “Le shanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim” Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown on September 18th and ends at nightfall on September 20th, 2020.  The New Year is ushered in according to Leviticus 23, with the sounding of the Shofar, calling Jews to seek God’s forgiveness, reflecting on...
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Poet’s Corner

September 15, 2020

Summer is Almost Over It is not the calendar which alerts me that summer is almost over; nor has an anxious neighbor put out an autumn display of scarecrows, bales of hay, and deep orange pumpkins; I do not think they would dare quite yet. Rather it is the laughing children on bicycles, the...
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Remembering Nine-Eleven

September 11, 2020

South Carolina’s First Responder Memorial Remembering the Heros of 9-11     On our journey’s we have made it a point to visit 9-11 Memorials. We continue to find communities, across the nation, who have chosen to remember and to ensure by their efforts, that we will all remember. Between 2010 and 2016 over...
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A View from the Road

September 7, 2020

Can you imagine his strength?
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From the Editor

September 1, 2020

Civility There is so much to miss these days, from getting together with people to being able to make plans; I believe that regardless of how long this virus last, it will come to an end and I will once again be able to go shopping or on vacation.  But I am also missing...
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Food

September 1, 2020

Comfort Food I write about things which I care about, impact my life and that I enjoy sharing with the people I love.  How could food not fit in that category?  Yet, the pandemic has made this column, along with others, more challenging. It is not only that sharing a recipe feels a bit...
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The ThatIsAllForNow Family Photo Album Part III

August 31, 2020

My heart is overflowing with happiness!  Of the many things which I love about That Is All For Now, the Family (not just the biological family, but all of the people that I write about) Photo Albums are one of my favorite features.  While not included in the Mobile site, it is still accessible...
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Public Square

August 18, 2020

Susan B. Anthony Square Marking 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage     “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” ~ 19th Amendment...
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Art

August 12, 2020

To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~   Little Miss Hone  by Samuel Finley Breese Morse   Yes, the artist is the inventor of the Morse code and telegraph.  The painting, which is at the Boston Museum of Fine Art, is...
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Art


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