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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Embracing Autumn

It is the first of November and we have followed All Hallow’s Eve into All Soul’s Day.  Autumn is a season that excites all the senses: the red and orange hues, the crisp breeze, and the general thrill that seems to accompany even the most mundane of tasks.  I think I prefer Autumn the most…
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Winter Reading

The weather has been unusually cold and yesterday’s snow made my little neighborhood look like a different and more enchanting place.   I loved yesterday.  It was a day filled with exhilarating romping in the snow with my children until night fell and we literally tumbled indoors feeling exhausted and content.   Then the night became one…
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The Mirror!

In this previous post, I mentioned a mirror seen in Fair Rosamund and Queen Eleanor by Burne-Jones and also in The Return of Tibullus to Delia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. This seemingly mundane object has captured my attention, mainly because I have this nagging feeling that I’ve also seen it elsewhere, but can’t remember where….
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Happy 2010!

I am looking forward to a new year!  I send you all good wishes as we begin this new decade.  I do not usually make New Year’s Resolutions, but this holiday season I’ve been haunted by the realization that I need to spend more time here at Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood and at LizzieSiddal.com.  I intend to…
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In which we discuss multi-faceted mirrors

Tonight I was browsing through images and happened upon The Return of Tibullus to Delia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  This painting interests for many reasons, mainly because it marks the early period of Rossetti’s relationship with Elizabeth Siddal.   It has been written that when Rossetti was sketching his study for Delia, that he fell in…
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