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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June 17, 2019

Croquembouche A Gallic Wedding Treat     “A croquembouche or croque-en-bouche is a French dessert consisting of choux pastry puffs piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel. In Italy and France, it is often served at weddings, baptisms and first communions.” ~Wikipedia ~ Have you ever been brave enough to attempt...
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A View From the Road

June 15, 2019

A View On the Road     For better or worse, this is not an unusual view for us, in our car, when we are on the road; especially when traveling between Florida and Maine. If I have a pretty bouquet of flowers, in good enough condition, I will usually walk them across the...
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In the Wild!

June 12, 2019

Sharing the Back Stoop     This sweet little orange cat began coming around the house, looking for food; so we of course bought him cat food, how could we not.  I do not know if he is a stray or simply someone’s pet that likes to go explore. Apparently, word got out in...
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The Dialogue

June 10, 2019

Los Dones Espirituales   I have so little written by my Father, verses my Mother.  On this little piece of paper, he wrote out the gifts of the Spirit.  I so wish I had a tape of him preaching.  
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June 7, 2019

To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~   A Day in June by George Bellows I love this painting, but to fully appreciate what I so admire, you need to get up close; or perhaps have a better photographer capturing...
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From the Editor

June 3, 2019

Milestones   “Milestones (Latin: Miliarium) were originally stone obelisks – made from granite, marble, or whatever local stone was available – and later concrete posts. They were widely used by Roman Empire road builders and were an important part of any Roman road network: the distance travelled per day was only a few miles...
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A View from the Road

May 28, 2019

Ransom Eli Olds     Have you heard of Ransom Olds? I had not; but I must say I love his name. Yes, familiar with his car, the Oldsmobile, but did not know the man’s name, until I pulled over to check out the brown historical marker – I so love these signs –...
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May 27, 2019

Memorial Day     “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” ~ General...
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Public Square

May 24, 2019

The Globe at “The Daily News Building”     It was raining, we were staying next door, on 42nd Street, and I was on a mission to find a View From the Road, which I never located; but this moment is why I love the road. I was drawn to the stone mural on...
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Perfect Post Cards – Picture and a Thousand Words

May 20, 2019

Perfect Cuban Post Cards     These were not sent to me or anyone else, for that matter; I purchased them new, having fallen a bit in love with both images.  Happy Cuban Independence Day, still hoping for true Independence one day.       The Back of both post cards:  
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