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


Holiday’s

October 14, 2018

Follow An Addition from Lithuania     Last year, I added a small piece to the autumn village, which I called a solarium; along with the tea house.  I had found it at a second hand store, been intrigued; as it was not like anything I had seen before, deciding it...
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Art

October 12, 2018

Follow To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~      Peasants Crossing Stream by Jan Siberechts I am not sure why this painting appeals to me as much as it does, as its pallet is much darker than I would...
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Nature

October 7, 2018

Follow Contrasting Color, One Leaf at a Time     Autumn is the last burst of color that New England will be visited by until spring arrives.  The season is cherished for many reasons, not the least of which is the vibrant colors that decorate our world, at least for a...
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A View from the Road

October 5, 2018

Follow Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial “They that go down to the sea in ships.” 1623-1923 By chance, we stopped in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where we happened to spot this very familiar View from the Road:  The Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial. The memorial includes bronze plaques that list the names and dates of people who...
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From the Editor

October 1, 2018

Follow “Sears is Now a Penny Stock” I saw the above headline, regarding Sears, and decided I needed to read the story.  “In the latest indignity for a once-grand retailer, the share price fell below $1 on Friday for the first time in the company’s history, dropping as much as 15%...
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Poet’s Corner

October 1, 2018

Follow Standing Watch   The once bright canvas is fading fast. Soon only the brown curled up leaves will remain as they await a gusty wind or the weight of the first snow to plummet them to the ground where they will be crumbled into little pieces to be reclaimed by...
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Food

September 27, 2018

Follow One Skillet Supper   This has become one of our most favorite meals; yes, it is tasty, but I also really appreciate how easy it is to throw this dinner together. In my home, I am infamous for finding ways to add vegetables to our diet, inconspicuously!  Thus, things like...
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Nature

September 24, 2018

Follow The Fenway Victory Garden – Boston     “The Fenway Victory Gardens are the only remaining, continuously operating World War II Victory Gardens in the United States. Founded in 1942 by the Roosevelt Administration, it was one of over 20 million victory gardens responsible for nearly half of all the...
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The Dialogue

September 22, 2018

Follow A Birthday Greeting   I miss her always, but never more than this time of year.  I have no idea when she gave me this card – date everything!      
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In the Wild!

September 20, 2018

Follow A Doe and Her Two Fawns When you live in the forest, yes, I can hear my neighbor’s shuddering at that description, you expect to see wild life.  We have seen quite a bit, though the moose and bear we are waiting for, has so far eluded us; nonetheless, when...
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Art


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