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.

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The Poet’s Corner

March 26, 2010

A Secret Life We say our prayers, kiss goodnight, and off you go to sleep tight. I run away into my words. Not just my words, but all of the words. I read them, I write them, and recite them. I find comfort Someone has come before me, and already felt what I now...
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Public Square

March 25, 2010
Public Square

    “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 ~     In Public Square we seek to share information about non profit organizations and worthy causes, which our...
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From the Editor

March 25, 2010
From the Editor

        “The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.”   ~John Steinbeck~   Of the many paradox’s, which mark my life, none is stronger than change.  Little...
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Art

March 25, 2010

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 one of my favorite paintings, “After the Bath,”  and I am fortunate that it hangs in my home.  The artist is...
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March 24, 2010

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Manasseh Press

March 24, 2010
Manasseh Press

To hold a pen is to be at war. ~ Voltaire ~ Our Mission Statement Manasseh Press, publishers of ThatIsAllForNow.Com, is committed to promoting free thought, conversation, and action by exposing and exploring words and ideas through poetry, prose, history, politics, art, technology and religion.  It is our desire to share knowledge and information...
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A View from the Road

March 9, 2010

Teachers Do Inspire     If you have been to Athens, Greece in the last couple of decades, this is not the View From The Road, which you see, rather the Acropolis, including the Parthenon and Athena’s Temple, are surrounded by scaffolding, but this was what I saw in 1980. I remember Miss Lawrence,...
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Archived Post March 2010

March 7, 2010

 March 2010 Lagniappe           Recently, we went to Avery Island, home to Tabasco pepper sauce.  For all of one dollar, per car, you may take a mini tour of the factory, visit the museum, see a video, and enjoy more free samples than I have ever before been offered.  I will say that we...
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Archived Post February 2010

February 1, 2010

 February 2010 Tia We are driving through the Everglades.  On this clear, chilly morning the sun is shinning brightly, and the trees are dressed with the widest array of birds that I have ever seen.  It is impossible to identify them all or take in the vast landscape rolling by, as we cross Alligator...
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Archived Post January 2010

January 3, 2010

January 2010 Surviving Matters “But in the field the man finds the girl who is engaged, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lies with her shall die.  But you shall do nothing to the girl; there is no sin in the girl worthy of death.  For...
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