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


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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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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