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!

July 15, 2019

The Space Deer   He is not really a deer from space; rather he is the deer I saw while I was trying to take this picture:     Of all of the places in the world, one might expect to encounter wildlife, I cannot say the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, even remotely...
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A View from the Road

July 12, 2019

The Hollywood Walk of Fame   I will never forget the first time my Father took us to Hollywood, shortly after we had moved to California, in the 1970’s.  Always the perfect tour guide, even without funds, he knew exactly what would wow us; and Hollywood did not disappoint, in any way! We did...
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Art

July 7, 2019

To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~ Place des Batignolles by Albert André One of the things that I most enjoy about my work is the pleasure I receive, from researching my post. I remember my freshman year in college,...
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Holiday’s

July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July   The Star Spangled Banner By Francis Scott Key “Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the...
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From the Editor

July 1, 2019

A Moment Worth Celebrating   “The least of us is improved by the things done by the best of us, because if we are not able to land at least we are able to follow.” ~ Walter Cronkite ~ July 20, 1969 CBS Moon Landing Coverage When Kate’s grandmother, Tessie, passed away, Kate inherited...
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Poet’s Corner

July 1, 2019

Besitos y Abrazos   I keep checking the door Looking through the peephole Joyful in anticipation It is not Christmas morning Or my birthday Nor is a long lost friend landing soon Yet I run around the house Making sure everything is exactly as it should be Fresh strawberries and grapes Chocolate chip cookies...
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Because I Can

June 30, 2019

The Joy of Wonder!     It began innocently enough; Kate was talking to Annaka, Thaddaeus, and Enoch about artificial intlligence and computer coding, when Annaka said she would like to build a robot. Annaka went over to the chalk board and drew her robot:     Kate of course said we can do...
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Nature

June 25, 2019

Market Square Park     This was my initial view of Market Square Park; and what drew me to take a closer look.  I was not intrigued by overflowing flower beds or well groomed trees, rather the benches and table!  I wanted to take a closer look; and I was not disappointed.    ...
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Public Square

June 22, 2019

How Much Longer Will they Stand?     I will forever love the open road; those endless stretches of highways with uninterrupted vistas of the horizon and if you are lucky a road side attraction worth a detour. While I will agree that what we think of as abandoned buildings can be bitter sweet;...
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Food

June 20, 2019

Vanilla Extract     I love making and using my own vanilla extract! It is also a gift I enjoying sharing, one which is always well received. I do not now remember where I first heard that I could make my own vanilla, but I do know I was quite intrigued by the idea...
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