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


Food

December 1, 2017

Follow Kate’s Pizzelles   Kate makes pizzelles every year, at Christmas, and they are always a hit. They are a very thin and almost understated cookie; I assure you they are highly addictive! Our first Christmas in Maine, after everyone had moved out, from California, Kate spent the 24th making dozens...
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Words Worth Thinking About

December 1, 2017

Follow “The essay differs from the article in at least one important point: it is the work of an individual, a man, a person, while the article may be the product of any man, or combination of men, or even a whole editorial staff. The author of an essay is significant in his own...
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In Nature

November 29, 2017

Follow You’ve Got Mail The 91st Street Garden     At Riverside Park New York, New York   Let me start by confessing that despite more than a bit of grief from all of the tech people, in my life, I still use AOL, though its latest version may be the...
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Poet’s Corner

November 28, 2017

Follow God’s World By Edna St. Vincent Millay     “O world, I cannot hold thee close enough! Thy winds, they wide gray skies! Thy mists, that roll and rise! They woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag And all but cry with color! That gaunt crag To crush! To...
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Art

November 27, 2017

Follow To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~      The Portland by Antonio Jacobson   U.S.S. Portland, S. S. Packet Company Daily line between Portland and Boston Art does so many different things, from enriching us...
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In the Wild!

November 22, 2017

Follow Baby Turkey’s   Though we have a flock of turkey’s that live across the river, and often come over for a bite to eat, they never bring their children for a visit. Thus, the first time I saw a baby turkey, In Nature, was driving home from the Ogunquit Theater,...
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The Dialogue

November 19, 2017

Follow Giving Thanks and Stuffing       When I was in eighth grade, we were living in Hawaii, and I came home from school, inspired by my Home Economics teacher: I asked my Mother if I could cook Thanksgiving and if we could have duck, instead of turkey.  My Mother, God bless her,...
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Public Square

November 16, 2017

Follow Fort Pitt Museum at Point State Park     “Courage on Trail” Nat H. Youngblood   “The Fort Pitt Museum, located in historic Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh, is a two-floor, 12,000-square-foot museum that presents the story of Western Pennsylvania’s essential role during the French & Indian War, the...
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Food

November 13, 2017

Follow Spicy Cranberry – Orange Relish     So many of the foods that we gather to enjoy together, on Thanksgiving, must be prepared either the day of our dinner or the night before, to be at their optimal; however, that is not true with this delicious spicy cranberry-orange relish, which...
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Because I Can

November 11, 2017

Follow Pictures Some With Words and Others Without     There are many reasons I snap a photograph. I have previous written about the sheer joy of volume that digital photography provides us with; for me, the opportunity to get the “perfect picture” because I can take a dozen shots, in the moment, and later...
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