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Cristina Jill Mosqueda

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.  I also travel, cook, garden, sculpt, and make large messes doing all of the above.  Welcome to my world, that is all for now.

 
 

Kate Scarcella

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My name is Kate Scarcella and for the last eighteen years I have worked for IBM; I am a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. I received my Master of Science in Information Security, from Nova Southeastern University, with a curriculum developed by the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense, dealing specifically with reducing vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research. I am passionate about security, and my hope is to help the average user understand how they can be instrumental in protecting not only their personal identifying information, but by performing some simple task, that can also help in protecting the internet.

For us there is only now.
Yesterday was blemished in its less than perfect state,
And unto no one is tomorrow given.
 
So if not now, when?
 
Now is the day of dreams fulfilled and of love reborn.
Now is the day of ideal grace and forgotten transgressions
remembered no more.
Now is the day of endless summer suns on teal and emerald beaches.
 
So if not now, when?
 
Hand in hand we celebrate this moment.
Hand in hand we are inseparable in our unity, and indestructible in our love.
Hand in hand our strength is doubled and our weakness made void.
 
So if not now, when?
 
Now we best ourselves as we reach for the unimaginable.
Now we conquer the impossible, as we accept divine mercy.
Now we live the desires of our heart.
 
So if not now, when?
 
~ Cristina Jill Mosqueda ~
 
 

Marcial Barros

You may not remember my name, but you have already heard of me and my family through Jill’s articles.  I live in Miami with my wife Adriana and my children Patricia and Marcial.  Adriana and I met in Havana when studying at the university and we have been married since September 1987.  Patricia is a freshman now at some college far from home and Marcial is a middle school student.  I am an Electronic Engineer (like Adriana is) but I appreciate all forms of art.

I will be recommending some movies I have enjoyed.  My plan is to include everything, from just Hollywood entertainment to classic and foreign movies.  I don’t expect you to like every movie I have chosen, but most of them will make you have a good time or leave you thinking about different aspects of our lives.  Enjoy! 

What mark will I leave behind?
I have watched
The final touch
Of death
I have played the rules
Set by the master
Though often I didn’t
Understand the game
I have worn
More masks than
I remember
I have been
A face without
A name
And when
Like you
I ask
The final question
Who on earth
Am I supposed
To be?
I always
Come full circle
To the answer
Me
Only me
Always me. . .   
                                                      
~ Leonard Nimoy ~
 

Anthony Ruiz

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I am a twenty-three year old artist born and bred in Queens, NY. I began writing poetry when I was just 8 years old and was set to be published in the “Anthology for Young American Poets”, but due to miscommunication, the necessary paper work was never filled out and I was out of a phenomenal opportunity.  Currently, I still reside in Queens, and perform my work throughout New York City.

 

For Those Who Search for Shangri-La

I long for something which has no name

I long to feel what I cannot explain

I long to know what I have never known

My heart is troubled

But not by what is around me

Rather by what I cannot yet see

In the wind, I hear a distant land calling my name

A place where I have yet to go

A place without a name, without a face

Yet it has a spirit I know

I feel separate from who I am

As if my body occupies this space in time

While my soul search out its destiny

I cannot find comfort tonight

 

~ Cristina Jill Mosqueda ~

 

 

Paul R. Amador

 

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Hello, my name is Paul Amador (aka The Gecko) and for most of my adult life I have lived in the metropolitan Phoenix area braving blistering summer after summer and then enjoying our seven months of beautiful weather. That’s our little secret, of course, otherwise there’d be 10 Million people living here. Currently I live in Scottsdale (granted the title of “the West’s most Western town by none other than the residents of Scottsdale itself) with my wife Alycia, two sons, two cats, three birds and my pug, the Great and Mighty Rasputin or Razz, for short. Originally I’m from Albuquerque, NM and hail from a very tight knit and rather large Hispanic family. I’ve worked the majority of my life in the Technology sector but at one time, many years ago was an apprentice baker, played guitar professionally in touring bands and was also a Technical Trainer.

What are my passions? Family first as you might guess. Closely followed by a love of cooking, woodworking and jewelry making, writing young adult fiction, recording my own music, baseball and last but not least an occasional dram of fine Scotch and a good cigar.

I’ll be writing about my personal insights to a wide array of topics from social issues, music, cooking and whatever else pops in my head. I find that in almost all cases laughter can make just about anything better, so there’ll be a lot of that too!

 

“All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given us.”

~ Gandalf ~

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Marika Curiale

 

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Hi, my name is Marika Curiale. I was born in Italy, but always felt I belonged to the US (it might be that my grandfather was a serviceman in Italy during the Second World War).

I have always had a passion for travel and distant places because it was a way to refresh my creative thirst.

I have also been a very visually oriented and highly creative person since as long as I can remember, but I thought the inspiration had abandon me when an 8th grade teacher told me I had some gift as draughtsman but colors were ‘just not your thing’.

I joined the masses in the corporate world for over 17 years and have a very satisfying career in IT Security.

Only, my creative self was always there to nag a bit in the shadows, reminding me of how beautiful forms and colors are and how much I loved to play with them.

So one day, while injured for a prolonged period of time and unable to work, I picked up brushes and colors and taught myself watercolor.

Five years have passed since then and I have had the privilege to be influenced by world renowned artists like Charles Reid and David Pollox.

I will be writing about art and not just as a masterpiece hung in a stuffy museum, but art as a force that is always evolving and has the power to move, inspire and heal the viewer’s heart.

 

Invictus

‘Out of the night that covers me,

      Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

      For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

      I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

      Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

      How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

      I am the captain of my soul. ‘

 ~ William Ernest Henley ~

www.marikacuriale.com

 

 


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