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.

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A View from the Road

February 22, 2018

Follow The Pagoda City of Redding     Somehow one does not exactly expect to see such a full size Pagoda in Redding, Pennsylvania; yet if you venture up to the Mount Penn Reserve, you will find this seven story building, which was built in 1908. The Pagoda, which is listed...
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In Nature

February 21, 2018

Follow We Garden for Hope     Gardening can break your heart. Having to pull out the shell of a plant that did not grow or thrive, for whatever reason, can be a very sad experience; and when some unknown, unwanted, or uncontrollable element impacts your garden, and runs wild, well...
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Favorite Books

February 20, 2018

Follow Sitting By My Bedside     “One sure window into a person’s soul is his reading list.” ~ Mary B. W. Tabor ~   What are you reading?  Are you looking for your next great read?  Here is a look at what is sitting by my bedside, and which I...
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February 19, 2018

Follow President’s Day “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.” ~ President George Washington ~ Our first President, General George Washington, was born on February 22, 1732; while Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is February 12, 1809. The two men have long been considered our...
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February 12, 2018

Follow To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~      The Confab by Eastman Johnson Okay, how did they get up so high? Where did that tiny bouquet of flowers come from, it seems rather chilly for...
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Perfect Post Cards – Picture and a Thousand Words

February 8, 2018

Follow Good Lucky Olympians!     As the world prepares for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, to be held February 9 to the 25, of 2018, in PyeongChang, South Korea; we would like to stop and wish those competing a safe and successful Olympic experience. This month we share with you...
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The ThatIsAllForNow Family Photo Album Part II

February 5, 2018

Follow Our first ThatIsAllForNow Family Photo Album is bulging!   We are adding a second Album, which like the first, is dedicated to offering our readers a look at the people mentioned on these pages – enjoy!     My Dear Fran with Milton, on their honeymoon — they look so perfect!...
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From the Editor

February 1, 2018

Follow Gratitude and Baked Alaska     “The most common claim about the name baked Alaska is that it was coined at Antoine’s, a restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana, US, by its chef de cuisine Antoine Alciatore in 1867 to honor the acquisition by the United States of Alaska from the Russian Empire on...
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January 27, 2018

Follow The International Holocaust Remembrance Day     Holocaust Memorial By Ofra Friedland   There are various days, around the world, which are set aside to remember the six million Jewish people who were murdered in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day, as designated by the...
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Because I Can

January 24, 2018

Follow Imperfect Pictures Some With Words and Others Without     There are many reasons I snap a photograph. I have previous written about the sheer joy of volume that digital photography provides us with; for me, the opportunity to get the “perfect picture” because I can take a dozen shots, in the moment, and...
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