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 Garden

June 19, 2010

Follow Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Home and Garden       Driving in Cross Creek, Florida, I spotted an orange, on a tree – I had to stop! So much of our citrus, in South Florida was forciably removed, trying to stem some invassive bug or detrimental disease, that it is rare to...
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Art

June 17, 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 ~   This is a twenty-five foot tall sculpture entitled Unconditional Surrender, created by Seward Johnson.  It...
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From the Editor

June 9, 2010
From the Editor

Follow           Legacy   “But in the Lord all the descendants of Israel will be found righteous and will exult.” ~ Isaiah 45:25 ~   “Israel is the only UN member not permitted to stand for election to the full range of UN bodies. So while membership of the UN Human...
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Oil

June 9, 2010

Follow   “When asked why BP did not have containment systems on standby in case of a leak, BP spokesman Robert Wine said there was no reason to think an accident on this scale was likely.” “It’s unprecedented,” he said. “That’s why these caps weren’t there before.” http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/09/bp-changes-oil-containment-time-prediction/             Fifty-one days...
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A View from the Road

June 7, 2010

Follow   The Everglades Ablaze This shot was taken as we crossed Alligator Alley, the highway which connects the east coast and west coast of southern Florida – and yes, alligators do abound, as does other wildlife, including a vast array of majestic birds, from flamingos to herons, normally a lovely drive.  The fires...
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Public Square

June 5, 2010

Follow William J. Clinton Presidential Center     The President Clinton Library was much maligned, before opening, because of its architecture. It was said, by critics, that it looked like a double-wide house-trailer, on the river.  The design is very utilitarian.  The three story structure is easy to navigate and includes...
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Music and Musings

June 3, 2010
Music and Musings

Follow       “The artist is the creator of beautiful things.  To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim.”   ~ Oscar Wilde ~     Mr. Bojangles   “Bojangles is special because I hated the song.  Because I was afraid to do it.  Because that was my...
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The Poet’s Corner

May 31, 2010
The Poet’s Corner

Follow Do Not Call My Name The shower chain clinks and clangs against the fence, dancing with the wind. The birds bathe in the pool, fluttering their wings in the sparkling water The sun glistens in the bright blue sky, with a single dark cloud its only blemish. I do not...
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A View from the Road

May 31, 2010

Follow   The USS Missouri As we recall the sacrifice of so many, on Memorial day, I offer you a view of the Might Mo – the USS Missouri, retired from active service; but now permanently docked in Hawaii, near the USS Arizona.  It was on the USS Missouri that the Japanese surrendered, finally putting...
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Public Square

May 31, 2010
Public Square

Follow     “A man who never lost himself in a cause bigger than himself has missed one of life’s mountaintop experiences.   Only in losing himself does he find himself.” ~ Richard Milhouse Nixon ~   Battleship Missouri Memorial As we recall the sacrifice of so many, on Memorial day,...
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