Cristina Jill Mosqueda

Food

Game Night Cake “A Party without cake is just a meeting.” ~ Julia Child~ Cake matters! In the television show Friends, when one of the characters, Monica, meets her infant nephew, she promises him that she will always have gum. I share my great appreciation for that show with my niece, Beth, whose children happen…

The Dialogue

Happy Birthday Mother My plans for March 9th are to visit an orchid show, my Mother’s favorite flowers, which I love; and yes, eat fried chicken, that I do not so much care about, but that she loved. One of the things I decided a few years ago, was that instead of spending my Mother’s…

From the Editor

“The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating” Have you notice that it does not matter which words are spoken if they are unaccompanied by actions? If you are told that you have won a million dollars, but never receive a dime, the words are meaningless, it is the same with being told that…

Poet’s Corner

Record, Remember, and Relive Write it downYesThe good and the not so goodThe moments you believe you will want to treasureAnd those you wish had not been as they wereOne dayMaybe sooner than you might imagineIt will matter that you are the one that recorded your storyYou will want to rememberYesThe good and the not…

Public Square

Eloise I must admit that I felt more than a little bit mischievous, the first time I decided to go into the Plaza Hotel, in New York City, in search of Eloise. Eloise is the central character of a children’s book written by Kay Thomspson and illustrated by Hilary Knight. The initial story is set…

Art

To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~ Love of Winter by George Wesley Bellows Okay, I am never going to love winter, but I do love this painting by George Wesley Bellows, who was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. I…

Nature

Broken Beauty Can there be beauty in brokenness? I believe there can be and is; and I also believe that beauty is not just in the eye of the beholder. When I bought this orchid, the stem was not bent; though a bent stem would not have been enough of an issue to disqualify the…

A Very Different View of Time Square

While driving into New York City, I noticed how lite the traffic was, for no apparent reason; nevertheless, I was not prepared to see this View, of Time Square, from our hotel window. I cannot remember ever having seen the City’s streets so empty. Thankfully, by morning, she was awake and back to brimming with…

Poet’s Corner

Family Values As a child I was never read fairy tales Or Little Golden Books The stories I heard Were mostly illustrated with flannelgraphs In Sunday school classrooms And to this day I believe every word to be true Yet Despite that belief I keep expecting something other than Cain and Able Why I do…