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


The “Smiley Jesus”

December 16, 2017

Follow   Smile Jesus Loves You     “Do you ever feel like nobody really cares? Well, God cares! He knows all about you and He sends you this message. What is a Christian? Are you a Christian? After you have answered this question, read the next four Bible verses. Then...
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The Dialogue

December 16, 2017

Follow Smiley Jesus     “God moves in mysteries ways.” That is what a man told me tonight, as I handed him and his two friends a: Little Bag of Hope.” They had been standing on the corner of 3rd and Pacific discussing where they could get something to eat tonight. ~ Transcribed from...
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In the Wild!

December 15, 2017

Follow   Parrots       At the moment, our world is covered with snow, and I do not think it will be melting anytime soon, in case you find yourself in the same predicament, I thought I would whirl us away, at least on these pages, to some beautifully vibrant...
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Holiday’s

December 12, 2017

Follow Happy Hanukkah! “We light these lights for the miracles and the wonders, for the redemption and the battles that you made for our forefathers, in those days at this season, through your holy priests. During all eight days of Hanukkah these lights are sacred, and we are not permitted to...
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Art

December 10, 2017

Follow To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~      Lighting the Menorah  by Gretty Rubenstien Rotman “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you;...
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Action

December 6, 2017

Follow Jerusalem!   Today, on December 6, 2017, President Donald J. Trump, on behalf of the people of the United States, officially recognized Jerusalem, as the capital of the nation of Israel! May God bless America and may God bless Israel – we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, join us!...
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A View From the Road

December 5, 2017

Follow Albert Einstein     “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein ~   There is much to love about Washington D.C., including its endless unexpected offerings – like coming...
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From the Editor

December 1, 2017

Follow “Embarrassed and Ashamed”   ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton ~ “Embarrassed and ashamed” apparently, the new catch phrase for public figures and perhaps a few private ones as well. Is anyone else wondering why none of these men were not embarrassed and ashamed when they were busy behaving so appallingly? I have been thinking...
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Food

December 1, 2017

Follow Kate’s Pizzelles   Kate makes pizzelles every year, at Christmas, and they are always a hit. They are a very thin and almost understated cookie; I assure you they are highly addictive! Our first Christmas in Maine, after everyone had moved out, from California, Kate spent the 24th making dozens...
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Words Worth Thinking About

December 1, 2017

Follow “The essay differs from the article in at least one important point: it is the work of an individual, a man, a person, while the article may be the product of any man, or combination of men, or even a whole editorial staff. The author of an essay is significant in his own...
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