Dear 2017,

Well, hello there 2017! We’ve barely begun to get acquainted. I don’t have a feel for you yet. You still hold that thrilling newness and I can not peek inside of you. But I know that right now, you are magical. At this moment you are twelve months of possibility. And I long to dwell…
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Marigolds, Sacred Flowers for the Dead

Our Halloween revelry is over and now we honor our ancestors with the Day of the Dead.  Throughout Mexico and the Southwestern U.S.,  this is Dia de los Muertos, a special event that focuses on togetherness of family and friends and honoring those who have passed on.  It is a beautiful way to honor the…
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Pan, Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Above is a detail from Arthur Rackham’s illustration of Pan from The Wind in the Willows. I first became enchanted by Pan when, as a little girl, I read The Wind in the Willows. I was in love with that book from the moment Mole became fed up with his spring-cleaning, left his hole, and met…
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Art is a Mirror

When I was fifteen years old, my father taught me how to drive.  I was eager yet scared; I couldn’t believe that I had actually passed the test to get my learner’s permit. Dad wanted to give me ample opportunity to practice before beginning Driver’s Ed at school so we drove together often.  He’d pick…
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The Significance of Three

I have an obsessive/compulsive relationship with the number three that has been in place for most of my life. For many years, it was so subtle that neither I or loved ones noticed.  It existed in childhood but was overlooked.  I have now been a parent for nineteen years, and it is something my children…
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Dear 2014,

Well, hello there 2014! We’ve barely begun to get acquainted. I don’t have a feel for you yet. You still hold that thrilling newness and I can not peek inside of you. But I know that right now, you are magical. At this moment you are twelve months of possibility. And I long to dwell…
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Damsel, Fallen Woman, Goddess

Pre-Raphaelite art includes many beautiful yet different types of women. On one end of the spectrum, we have damsels in distress that need to be rescued. Or fallen women in need of forgiveness for having fallen (as if they fell by themselves). On the other end, we have goddesses and mythological women who need no…
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Summer Beauty

I seem to be bombarded by advertisements that insist there is still time to get my body “bikini ready”.  If I can’t sculpt, shape or melt away areas of my body, I can visit one of the many tanning salons that seem to be popping up on every corner.  Or I could take a safer…
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Undine

I’ve recently read Undine by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué. Written in the early 1800s, it is a classic fairy tale in which Undine, an elemental water spirit, marries a human in order to gain a soul. It may be derived from the tale of Melusina. (I prefer Melusina, who seems to have a strength…
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I am Wonder Woman

My husband is in the hospital again.  Still dealing with the repercussions from his accident last May.  It’s more serious this time.  An infection has spread to the bone.  Let me use the technical term, just so I can feel the weight of it:  Osteomyelitis. It’s serious and scary, but we are remaining hopeful and…
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New Year, New Project

I am exhausted. On a whim, I decided to paint my living area and kitchen red. I’ve always wanted red walls. I think they are bold and artistic and for me it represents a creative outlook that I’m trying to indulge in my life. But, good grief does my back ache right now. I am…
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Happy 2012!

There is a wealth of possibility in beginnings, especially the beginning of a new year.  Since I see beginnings as positive, I think it’s dreadful if we add anything negative to that. I never form New Year’s Resolutions that have anything to do with subtraction.  No eating less, no shedding pounds, no pining or wishing…
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A Simple Answer

This blog generates a lot of email.  I try my best, but I can’t always answer it all.  Often I will receive an email that I don’t have time to answer that very moment, but as I continue with my day I will mentally compose a reply, usually a great reply.  Later I will embarrassingly realize…
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But in her web she still delights

I’m lucky enough to have regular readers here at Pre-raphaelite Sisterhood and several lovely followers on the accompanying Facebook page. The Facebook page has been convenient for me, especially since my daily schedule has been different over the summer and I haven’t posted as much here as I would have liked. Plus, the facebook page…
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Thank you

I want to thank you all.  I rarely post anything personal here since I don’t want to deviate from the subject of this site. Anything not related to Pre-Raphaelite art will clutter things and it’s very important to me that this blog is interesting and useful to you.  However, I have to tell you how…
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Buy the Lady of Shalott DVD for a special cause!

First, a personal update: I mentioned in my last post that my husband was involved in a motorcycle accident.  Unfortunately his injuries are more serious than previously thought.  He’s crushed most of the bones in his foot and ankle, requires multiple surgeries, and will lose some motion.  All of this happened while our son (age…
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Immersed in Sidonia

I’m still reading Sidonia the Sorceress and am actually surprised at how much I’m enjoying it.  I spent most of the weekend reading and jotting down a few notes for a future blog post. And then the unthinkable happened. Sunday night, my husband had a horrible wreck on his motorcycle.  I’m grateful for the neighbors…
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I Lock My Door Upon Myself

  Fernand Khnopff was not a Pre-Raphaelite painter, but I wanted to share his 1891 painting I Lock My Door Upon Myself which draws inspiration from Christina Rossetti’s poem Who Shall Deliver Me? Khnopff’s title comes specifically from this stanza: I lock my door upon myself, And bar them out; but who shall wall Self…
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