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


The Dialogue

December 18, 2019

Merry Christmas to Kate, from Mother     Mother sent this note to Kate in a Christmas card: “Maybe one of these will be valuable. Merry Christmas, Love, Stella “This one came from your grandmother. I found it when I was sweeping where her sewing machine was sitting.”     It is no secret...
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Food

December 16, 2019

Eggnog Cake with a Twist This is the time of year when the kitchen is humming with activity, much of the baking being done is to be sent to others; nevertheless, we cannot ignore nurturing the home front! I wanted to make us a treat, plus use some extra eggnog, that was not drunk...
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Art

December 15, 2019

To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~     Flight into Egypt  by  Henry Ossawa Tanner   This painting captures the isolation and sorrow, I would imagine Mary and Joseph must have felt, as they fled their home, escaping Herod’s...
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Public Square

December 12, 2019

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baily Circus The Great Britain Bandwagon Circa 1902     I loved the circus, I love trains, and am mad about creating tiny worlds; thus, when I happened upon this display, at the Portland, Maine, mall, I of course fell madly in love! It was an unexpected find, and...
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Reflections

December 7, 2019

Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor Day of Infamy Speech Delivered By President Franklyn Delano Roosevelt “Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives: Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked...
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The ThatIsAllForNow Family Photo Album Part III

December 4, 2019

My heart is overflowing with happiness!  Of the many things which I love about That Is All For Now, the Family (not just the biological family, but all of the people that I write about) Photo Albums are one of my favorite features.  While not included in the Mobile site, it is still accessible...
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Nature

December 3, 2019

First Snow     The first snow announces that winter has begun, regardless of what the calendar may say. There have been a few days of flurries this autumn, but this is our first snow of the season; and it has been a multiple day event. My forest is covered in white fluffy snow,...
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From the Editor

December 1, 2019

Paula     The snow storm, already impacting a large portion of the United States, will arrive on my doorstep tomorrow evening. It will be our first snow of the season; we have had a few flurries, but not enough to be inconvenienced by, or to color our world bright and pristine. Today we...
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Ephemera

November 28, 2019

Place Cards “Jilly”     I did not grow up with place cards. I think, as my sister, Joy, has said about me, my proclivity toward them may be due to me using old movies, as my guide to how life should be. Nevertheless, when serving a sit down dinner, of a more formal...
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Food

November 27, 2019

Biscuits and Gravy     Rightly so, you might be expecting a recipe, for a dish to add to your Thanksgiving feast; instead I am offering you comfort food, in the best possible way! Whether you are looking for a special Thanksgiving breakfast or a dish to use the left over Thanksgiving biscuits, if...
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