Cristina Jill Mosqueda

Art

To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~ The Field Hospital by Eastman Johnson Created in 1867, the painting captures a woman, a volunteer of The Sanitary Commission, comforting a Union soldier, by helping him to write a letter. The idea of…

A View From the Road

Ms. Magazine Way   I was walking down 3rd Avenue, in New York City, in the rain, when I looked up and noticed Ms. Magazine Way. I did not take out my camera, but used my phone to snap this photograph, and truly wished I had someone there with me, to share the moment. So…

Public Square

9/11 Memorial of Maryland When I was a child, I remember adults talking about where they were on December 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, and on November 22, 1963, the day President Kennedy was killed. I am honestly a bit embarrassed to say so, but I also remembering wondering what my generations,…

Nature

My Container Garden’s Visit to the Sunshine     We decided to take the container garden outside this summer; the plants which live around the indoor pool.     There were plans of doing some painting in the pool room and we most definitely wanted to give it a good cleaning; but it was also…

Action

The American Character I saw a story about a man in Florida, who had just spent 50,000 dollars on hurricane relief supplies, for the Bahamas. CNN tried to interview him, and he said no thank you; he apparently was not looking for publicity. I always say that it was my Father, who was born in…

Food

Beef Stroganoff     I do not remember my Mother making beef stroganoff, when I was growing up; I cannot actually imagine it might have been a dish that my Father would have eaten. What I do remember is my Russian language professor, taking our class on a field trip to Los Angeles, which included…

Free this Month

National Public Lands Day And Smithsonian Free Museum Day I love September for many reasons, it is the start of a favorite time of year, and it is also the month when we are presented with two wonderful opportunities to explore for free – and you know how much I love free! This year Free…

From the Editor

Resilience   No Man is an Island “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of…

Ephemera

Roney Plaza Cabana Sun Club And Café de la Paix I do not know why I have not framed these menus; I love them! No, that is not true. I have not framed them because I do not want to lose access to three out of the four pages, by simply framing the cover, which…

In Nature

Petrified Wood   The first road trip souvenir Kate and I bought was a piece of petrified wood, which to this day, hangs in the house.       At the time, we were quite broke, and thrilled to have a little sliver of this fascinating material. When I was a child, I lived in…