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


Perfect Post Cards – Picture and a Thousand Words

December 15, 2018

Follow Portland Head Light Cape Elizabeth, Maine     If you come to Maine, inevitably, you will see Portland Head Light; especially if you come as my guest.   President George Washington directed that this lighthouse be built in 1787; it is the oldest lighthouse in the state of Maine.  The...
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A View from the Road

December 12, 2018

Follow Straight to the Point During this time of year when it feels like it all about light, whether  trying to bring light to the darkness of winter, in the northern hemisphere, or celebrate the holidays with lights, I found this display quite simple yet affective, as it is straight to...
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Nature

December 7, 2018
Nature

Follow Chenille     As winter sweeps through New England, my thoughts are on warmer weather and nature’s vibrance.  Though not exactly a Christmas plant, this beautiful Chenille is certainly dressed for the holiday! I love this plant; and just because it is easy to grow, rather it is that flower! ...
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Holiday’s

December 2, 2018

Follow Happy Hanukkah! “We light these lights for the miracles and the wonders, for the redemption and the battles that you made for our forefathers, in those days at this season, through your holy priests. During all eight days of Hanukkah these lights are sacred, and we are not permitted to...
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Public Square

December 1, 2018

Follow President George Herbert Walker Bush   I have been to every presidential library in this nation, but I have only been thanked once, for my visit. I am truly saddened to learn of the passing of President George Hebert Walker Bush; may God give comfort and peace to his family...
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From the Editor

December 1, 2018

Follow My Thoughts But Mostly His Words On Waiting for Snow in Havana Confession of a Cuban Boy By Carlos Eire “Looking the teacher straight in the eye, Miguel answered: ‘Columbus said, ‘This is the most beautiful land ever seen by human eyes.’” “Excellent, I’m glad to see not only that...
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The Dialogue

November 30, 2018

Follow McGuffey’s New Third Eclectic Reader     Don’t Quit When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest...
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Holiday’s

November 26, 2018

Follow Annaka’s Vision Fall Village 2.0     There are many reasons why people create miniature worlds; there is a marvel to the activity that truly thrills the soul. As I have already written about, on these pages, the Christmas Village began during Kate and my first Christmas together, in 1987,...
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A View from the Road

November 24, 2018

Follow The Delacorte Clock   I love Central Park, in New York City; and I love that despite growing up in the age of horror stories about Central Park, I now very much feel like it is one of those wonderful  places in the world, that I own, at least, just...
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Nature

November 21, 2018

Follow Too Soon for Snow     We are not supposed to be having this type of snow storms or temperatures for Thanksgiving; it is too soon for snow!     Nevertheless, and regardless of how I might feel about the chilly weather, with yes, record breaking cold predicated for Thanksgiving...
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