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


In the Wild!

February 2, 2019

Ground Hog   We have German immigrants to thank for Ground Hog Day, when the hope that winter will end early rest with whether or not a ground hog sees his shadow. Oddly, one wants a cloud day, when the ground hog does not see his shadow, and we are all spared another six...
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From the Editor

February 1, 2019

Bittersweet   “The Lord moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to behold.” I am waiting for the delivery of my new refrigerator, by Sears.  My first new appliance was a Kenmore, and I hope this will not be my last purchase from Sears; nevertheless, the delivery men should be here any moment. We had...
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Public Square

January 28, 2019

The Zimmerman House At Least the Exterior   I love touring historic homes, there is always something of interest, whether the home is historic because of its occupants or architect matters not all to me. Last month, we took Christine, who is an outstanding student of architecture, to see the Zimmerman House. I must...
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Nature

January 25, 2019

The Sun Rising in Maine     I love the ocean.  I do not know why I do not feature it more often, on these pages, or why I do not spend more time on the beach.  This is a series of photographs inspired by Christine’s desire to see the sunrise in Maine.  ...
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In the Wild!

January 20, 2019

Taking Advantage of the Sun   Kate spotted this turtle sitting on a rock, warming up a bit; and then noticed that he was not alone.  Sure enough, there was a lizard, sitting on the bank of the canal, also sunbathing, as well!        
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Poet’s Corner

January 17, 2019

It Cannot All Be Relative Can It Is there any point In seeking perfect order In life or love Should we simply embrace the chaos Preached by those with the loudest voices And pretend to be at peace Do we go with the proclaimed flow Even if it appears stagnant In our sight I...
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Food

January 15, 2019

Everyday Garbanzos     I love garbanzos (chickpeas), they are extremely versatile, and of course delicious. For a fast meal, with little fuss, these can be whipped up in the time it takes to prepare a pot of rice, in the rice cooker. Ingredients: 1 large can of Chickpeas – drained and rinsed 3...
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Art

January 11, 2019

To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~    White Rose with Larkspur No. 2 by Georgia O’Keefe “I have a white rose to tend In July as in January; I give it to the true friend Who offers his frank...
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A View From the Road

January 5, 2019

Mayberry, North Carolina (Mount Airy)     One of the things, which I most love about the road, is the opportunity to step into other worlds, often long gone.  There is something about Main Street, USA, that will always draw me in, coaxing me to pull over and walk the streets of towns that...
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From the Editor

January 1, 2019

Successful Failure “The mission of Apollo 13 was called ‘A Successful Failure.’   That means we made it back safely, but never made it to the moon.” ~ Jim Lovell ~     We started the New Year by watching a documentary on the Apollo 13 mission; a mission perhaps known to most people...
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