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

July 11, 2010

Follow Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum   We were on a historical sites roll, thus I decided to take a detour to Springfield, Illinois, and visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, though I was not quite sure it should be grouped with say President Richard Nixon’s or President...
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Action

July 8, 2010

Follow Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtianior One of my first friends in colleges was a woman from Iran.  She was a few years ahead of me, and lived in my dorm.  I do not know why we became friends, but we did.  She looked exotic, but not because she was Iranian, rather because...
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Did You Know?

July 7, 2010

Follow Do you remember vacuum tubes?  No, not something to help you sweep the floor, but rather the large, bulky, glass tubes which were housed inside of television sets, that were anything but flat!  They were the electronic amplifiers which allowed the world the wonder of radio, television, and the first...
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Oil

July 6, 2010
Oil

Follow 78 Days Later One of Florida’s perks is that you really can swim year around, as the water is almost always warm; and in general Floridians love the beach.  We live on a peninsula, surrounded by a truly breathtaking vista of sea and sand.  Having lived in California and Hawaii,...
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From the Editor

July 6, 2010
From the Editor

Follow October 13, 1958   Our family has few heirlooms, most of which no one else would consider of value.  I have just packed away a photo of my father, standing in front of one of his paintings.  I am sending it to Caroline, my younger sister.  Her name is written...
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Did You Know?

July 6, 2010

Follow With the exception of the Bible, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s Man of La Mancha has been translated into more languages than any other book!  It is undoubtedly, the finest piece of Spanish fiction ever written, credited as the first modern novel, in any language, and considered by many to be...
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Archived Post

June 26, 2010
Archived Post

Follow     “Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all:  the conscientious historian will correct these defects.”   ~ Herodotus ~ (The Father of History)   “A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable.”   ...
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Favorite Books

June 26, 2010
Favorite Books

Follow   Lead Like Ike I have just finished Lead Like Ike, Ten business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day, by Geoff Loftus.  I was initially intrigued by the author’s title; the concept of this book was brilliant; the execution, however, was innocuous with writing that is very casual and unfortunately...
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From the Editor

June 24, 2010
From the Editor

Follow The General and The President “I am closing my 52 years of military service. When I joined the Army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all of my boyish hopes and dreams. The world has turned over many times since I took the oath...
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The Poet’s Corner

June 24, 2010
The Poet’s Corner

Follow Love Passes So Quickly   I know what is, but there is a part of me                   that shall never believe that I have lost you. How can you not want to try again? I would never have believed           you would deny me anything you could grant me. I...
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