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


In the Wild!

November 17, 2019

If it is November, it must be Turkey Time!     I do like that they gather around the birdfeeder!   I cannot imagine ever not being just the tiniest bit thrilled to see the turkeys, strolling the grounds; regardless of how often they come for a visit and a bite to eat.  ...
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Nature

November 14, 2019

The Great Salt Lake   The road should be immune from the clock, but unfortunately, there are times, as when the sun will soon be setting, and you must indeed surrender to the race. A return visit to The Great Salt Lake was one such time for us. The Great Salt Lake and Salt...
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Public Square

November 11, 2019

The Unites States Navy Memorial     “Any man who may be asked . . . what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.” ~ President John F. Kennedy ~   As we stop to...
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Holiday’s

November 11, 2019

Veterans Day   “America’s Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.” ~ John Doolittle ~ Today we remember all who have valiantly served; and we thank them for ensuring our freedom. May God bless and keep our nation always.   “In...
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A View From the Road

November 9, 2019

Thirty Years Ago The Berlin Wall Came Down “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” ~ President Ronald Reagan ~ June 12, 1987   History never happens in isolation; it was a moment that took on a life of its own, but it had not had a solitary birth. I will never forget the day...
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Art

November 6, 2019

To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~   Ginevra de’ Benci  by Leonardo da Vinci  I will admit, it was the master and the not the subject, responsible for my detour, to photograph this piece; how could I forgo the...
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From the Editor

November 1, 2019

Thankful     In Maine, I am a Facebook “fan” and I follow the police department, from the town I live in. We have had some interaction with the police here, who have always been kind, courteous and helpful; most specifically when Kate fell from that evil tree, which is now a table and...
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Food

November 1, 2019

Sharing with Patty And all Connoisseurs Of Great Food   I love food and cooking and entertaining and sharing my love of food, cooking and entertaining. I have often said that I relate everything to food; and time and again it proves to be true. There is little which matches the joy of preparing...
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Poet’s Corner

November 1, 2019

Fleeting   Why do I find this tree more beautiful now Than when it bloomed in the spring And was then covered by leaves Bursting with life In the summer sun Is it simply because I know That the rain drenched berries will soon surrender to the night’s frost And be forever gone As...
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Nature

October 28, 2019

A Stroll Through the Backyard   “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” ~ Emily Bronte ~     “Why is it that so many of us persist in thinking that autumn is a sad season? Nature has merely fallen asleep, and her dreams must be beautiful if we are...
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