Cristina Jill Mosqueda

From the Editor

Evil is not the Answer I would like to write about the bittersweet moment this morning, of going to my container garden, and harvesting Cuban oregano, and tomatoes, to complete the Johnny Marzetti, I am making for dinner. Yes, it was wonderful to reap such abundance; but it made me sad to pick the tomatoes,…

A View From the Road

A Pick-Me-Up From Wyoming     Driving west on the I 70, we are cautioned to buckle up, as we accelerate our speed to 80 miles an hour!  Of course, this is a speed limit mandated to bring a smile to Kate’s face; and oddly, a sit back and enjoy the view, look to mine. …

Nature

Gardening Through Quarantine (My first keiki {baby orchid} in Maine, and it bloomed!) There is so much in our lives, which at the moment can feel frivolous; but I do not think gardening falls into that category. I garden for many reasons, including because I enjoy the process of planting seeds or cuttings, and watching…

Holiday’s

Memorial Day “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”~ General John A. Logan ~Proclaimed…

Food

Quarantine Coffee I am sure this is already a known coffee, but it is a new creation, in my kitchen. Often in the past, a mid-day, second cup of coffee has been welcomed; we have now made it a “tradition” of sorts; this is a treat, almost like a dessert. Initially, we were just splitting,…

Public Square

Key West Memorial to José Martí José Martí, el Apóstol, the apostle, is considered to be the father of a free Cuba; something not yet achieved, in my humble opinion. Today, May 20, is one of the days celebrated as the Cuban Independence Day, and thus I offer you a look at this memorial, in…

Art

To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice.~ Andre Malraux ~ Bank of Oise at Auvers, 1890byVincent Van Gogh The colors in this painting are truly extraordinary; but what I most love is how Van Gogh has used the color and paint strokes to create movement.…

A View From the Road

Vacancy We pulled over, in Pennsylvania, drawn by a sign advertising sheep skin coats; alas the coat was not to be, but this sign, in front of an old small motel, caught my interest. I wondered how long it had been since the “No” had been lit up; the small courtyard like establishment appeared to…

Poet’s Corner

Pandemic Dare I say the word?It still seems surreal.But here we are,in the middle of a pandemic.Some horrible virus has spread throughout world;now whether we want to admit it or not,our lives have been redefined.This day should be about something else.We should all be snapping hundreds of photos,as we nudge each other to get closer…

From the Editor

How Are You? I have asked that question a lot lately. People usually say something along the lines of fine or okay. I am never quite sure they are telling me the complete truth, but I assume they are at least fifty percent fine or okay, and are willing to settle for that being their…