Category Archives: Conditions of Possibility

The Sacredness of Everyday Life

Every morning I sit on our terrace and just look at the plants and the bees and the butterflies that visit them. Save for the purrs of Volver, our cat, there is silence. The crisp air on my skin feels … Continue reading

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A Feminist Madonna

It came as a surprise to learn that, for some early feminists, the Virgin Mary was a symbol of the feminine ideal. In Our Lady of Victorian Feminism: the Madonna in the work of Anna Jameson, Margaret Fuller, and George … Continue reading

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Shadow Decor

“Another good reason that we ought to leave blank, unvexed, and unencumbered with paper patterns the ceiling and the walls of a simple house is that the plain surface may be visited by the unique designs of shadows” writes Alice … Continue reading

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Two Plants in a Pot

If you water one, you water the other. As part of my research regarding women involved in the arts neglected by history, I continue to ready essays by Alice Meynell (1847-1922). However, reading Alice, I realize that the past is … Continue reading

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En plein air, Paris 1875

Have you ever tried climbing the stairs of Montmartre wearing a long skirt? It’s so very stressful dragging meters and meters of fabric around wherever I go. For years I believed that skirts had no aesthetic merit as they impaired … Continue reading

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