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

May 29, 2010

Follow Cuba Nostalgia 2010 Marcial and Adriana invited us Cuba Nostalgia 2010, and I am so glad that they did!  Held in Miami, this exposition highlights the Cuba I have only heard about.  However, for at least one afternoon, I was able to visit!    Carlos Manuel de Céspedes On October...
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In the Garden

May 26, 2010
In the Garden

Follow     “Just living is not enough, said the butterfly.  One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”  ~ Hans Christian Andersen ~   I left home in the midst of winter, and returned to find spring. Our mid-afternoon rains have returned.  For some reason my wild ducks come...
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Music and Musings

May 26, 2010

Follow       “The artist is the creator of beautiful things.  To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim.”   ~ Oscar Wilde ~     While we wait for the muses, which I understand; I want to sing the praises of YouTube.   The website was created by...
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Travel

May 25, 2010

Follow         Three, two, one, zero, and lift off for the Space shuttle Atlantis!   “If we die, we want people to accept it.  We are in a risky business . . . conquest of space is worth the risk of life.” ~ Gus Grissom ~    ...
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Public Square

May 25, 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 ~   “Kiva – Loans that Change Lives”               I do not know if you...
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Travel Tips

May 25, 2010
Travel Tips

Coffee! I have always enjoyed a good cup of coffee; though I was not a regular morning coffee person until the last few years. I will confess that when I think of coffee, I am speaking of espresso – otherwise known to me as Cuban coffee. I like...
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Art

May 24, 2010
Art

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 ~   These photographs are from an art display at Cuban Nostalgia, 2010.  The first place winner, marked...
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The Poet’s Corner

May 23, 2010
The Poet’s Corner

Follow My Love for You Has Passed   My love for you has passed It was only a momentary passion I am sorry It should have lasted longer I should have loved stronger But my love was lonely You never loved me back You could not I know But still My...
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From the Editor

May 20, 2010
From the Editor

Follow           Books and  Violence              When I was a child, I always felt intellectually inferior to my sisters.  My sisters both read a great deal, they were especially fond of Little Women and Gone with the Wind, neither of which I had any interest in reading.  (Though oddly, I...
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Art

May 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 ~   Painted by Allison F. Marquez Parker, in Seattle, Washington.  It hangs in the artist home...
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