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


Public Square

September 15, 2010

Follow Two for One! Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams Birthplaces A visit made before I began these pages, but never-the-less, worth sharing with you, as it is an opportunity to learn about two Presidents but three houses, all with one stop! Part of the National Parks, the John Adams...
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A View from the Road

September 13, 2010

Follow  Looking Out From the Iron Horse A view from the Southwest Chief, traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago, momentarily slowing down in New Mexico.
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In the Garden

September 10, 2010

Follow Anthuriums     When I was eleven years old, we moved to Hawaii, at the time, the entire island felt like a garden, my garden – the bounty was endless, thus I could dig up taro plants and make poi, string plumeria’s together, creating my very own leis, and pick endless bouquets of...
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Free Museum Day!

September 8, 2010
Free Museum Day!

Follow The Ybor City Museum State Park, One of the Free Museums You Can Visit This Month! Once again The Smithsonian is offering free admission to a museum near you!  Simply go to this website http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ and click on Find A Museum Near You, to see which museums in your area...
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From the Editor

September 8, 2010
From the Editor

Follow Ground Zero Mosque “With all of the above taken into account, the original three-year timetable for getting the mosque open that was first publicized in May seems quite conservative at best. At that point, construction was expected to begin on Sept. 11, 2011 (the 10-year anniversary of the terror attacks...
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The ThatIsAllForNow Family Photo Album

September 8, 2010
The ThatIsAllForNow Family Photo Album

Follow Welcome to our Family Photo Album.  As we progress, below you will find photographs of many of the people which have been included in these pages, over the years.  I hope that you will enjoy further getting to know the ThatIsAllForNow family of friends.                               Joy and...
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Did You Know?

September 8, 2010

Follow Mercedes O. Cubria was the first female United States military officer who was born in Cuba.  She was born in 1903 in Guantanamo, Cuba, and immigrated to the United States, with her family.  In 1943, during World War II she enlisted in the Woman’s Army Corp, WAC’s, and was sent...
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Art

September 2, 2010

Follow  To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~    Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed. ~William Blake ~   Eh quoi! Tu es jaloux? Aren’t You Jealous?  Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin, the French Post Impressionist is...
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A View from the Road

August 30, 2010

Follow I Do Not Know Her Name!     Do you have pictures like this? I met this woman, at the hotel we were staying, well more like a rooming house in Chelsea, where only female guest were permitted.  She was on her way to India, if I recall, having settled a law suit,...
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Favorite Books

August 29, 2010
Favorite Books

Follow The Conquerors, Roosevelt, Truman the Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1941 – 1945 By Michael Beschloss   “So this is the fellow who changed my life.” ~ Henry Morgenthau Jr. addressing Gerhart Riegner ~ The Conquerors has been a page turner and an eye opener.  I will admit that may not...
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