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


From the Editor

August 9, 2021

Hopeful! “You have been hit by lightning; but you will be okay.” ~ The Neurologist ~ Those have become my most oft quoted words, of late.  I have not been enjoying the freedom, which I thought the vaccine would bring.  Instead, I had an ear infection in March, which turned into the most challenging...
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A View From the Road

July 10, 2021

In-N-Out To Go, Otherwise Known as Eating In     I do not know how this moment could be more perfect! California owns “car culture” in my humble opinion. There are few other places, in this great nation, that provide a more inviting drive than California. The state’s highways and byways really do inspire...
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Nature

March 21, 2021

Lady Bugs! Though I am sadly allergic to my plants; my “happy place” is my indoor garden. During this challenging pandemic, I have found myself spending more time in that room than ever before. But many of my most beloved plants have aphides.  I have tried various products, cleaning each infected leaf, and finally...
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Public Square

March 12, 2021

Umbrella Sky Coral Gables, Florida   Yes, this particular installation is long gone; and all I have to offer you are a few photographs.  I should have shared this when it was still up, but the good news is that it is an ongoing / traveling exhibit, which continues to pop up around the...
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Art

March 10, 2021

To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~    Tiberias by Nicola Kovach, (Covach) I long to stroll these shores; even more so now that I know where they are, it is not a stop I made during my long ago...
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From the Editor

March 1, 2021

The Earrings   I know I have been thinking about how this month we mark the year anniversary, of our lives being impacted by the pandemic.  But even though there is a lot to say, I do not want to focus on covid-19 anymore.  I know we cannot truly avoid thinking about it, and...
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Poet’s Corner

March 1, 2021

Do You Remember     Do you remember the day we met? Everything seemed so ordinary, I could not have imagined what that encounter would mean. It was your earrings which drew me to you. They did not match. I figured it was with intent; But was not sufficiently sophisticated to know that was...
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A View from the Road

March 1, 2021

Bears Indeed!     Driving through Lake Tahoe, California, I spotted this View, and had to stop to snap a picture.  I am sorry I cannot adequately credit the business; but I so appreciate their whimsy! Whimsy will return one day soon.
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Holiday’s

February 14, 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day     I know the cynical amongst us are convinced that this is a holiday created to promote the greeting cards and chocolate industry; and I do not believe there is anything which I could say that will change your mind. But my memories of Valentine’s Day go back to being...
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Nature

February 9, 2021

Not So Fast     I tend to wait a rather long time before giving up on a plant, even a weed.  I often think a plant in distress is just going through a rough period, and will get better, or at least might get better.  That might is usually enough of an incentive...
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