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


Poet’s Corner

November 17, 2018

Follow I Do not want to Forget to be Thankful     do you forget to be thankful I know it happens unintentionally I am certain but somehow thankful gets overwhelmed by sorrow or desire or even need real or imagined is inconsequential when overlooking thankfulness   our focus changes instead...
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Food – Cooking With Children

November 15, 2018

Follow Cooking with Children     I am sure I have already shared with you my fond memories of cooking with my Mother; in the kitchen she was perhaps more easy going than anywhere else, I can think of, truly never saying no. My Mother would let me experiment, providing me,...
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Art

November 12, 2018
Art

Follow To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~ Grapes, Lemons, Pears, and Apples by Vincent Van Gogh  Oddly, this is not a painting that I love. Rather I am sharing it with you because it was new...
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Holiday’s

November 11, 2018

Follow Veterans Day     “In the most solemn, purposeful procession to thread the canyon of Broadway in a generation, 15,000 veterans of the World war yesterday marched, with their auxiliaries, in the 23rd annual Armistice Day parade. Solemn, for the truce that was signed in the Forest of Compiegne 23...
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In the Wild!

November 8, 2018

Follow Yes, Turkeys in November, Again   On a rainy, dreary day, the turkeys came looking for a bite to eat, that they appear to need.  As they wandered around the yard, they lifted my spirits; as nature does.  They changed my focus from the overcast skies to the still colored...
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Because I Can

November 7, 2018

Follow The Compass Rose     Portland Headlight, Cape Elizabeth Maine     Aloha Clock Tower, Hawaii     United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland     In front of the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania     Fairchild Gardens, Miami, Florida   Welcome Center off of the I95, Florida    
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From the Editor

November 1, 2018

Follow Are You Not Weary of the Hate? “Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the...
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In the Wild!

October 25, 2018

Follow Baby Peafowl     It is easy to become jaded in the world today; however there are still those moments that fill us with wonder, if we are willing to run around someone’s else’s neighborhood and try to coax a mom and her baby’s to pose for a picture.  ...
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Food

October 18, 2018

Follow Arroz con Gandules Rice with Pigeon Peas Vegan Option Pictured Having lived in Puerto Rico for three years, as a child, among other things, I grew to love Puerto Rican food, which is truly delicious. Since childhood, I have been back, spending time with my Father there, the year before...
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The Dialogue

October 16, 2018

Follow Correcting an Oversight “However, there must be joy in the sorrow if we are to go forward.  My Christmas joy came in the form of a photograph, of my Mother.  Below, is the printout from eBay, no less, which Kate purchased for me – yes, this is my favorite Christmas gift!  I cannot...
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