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Antinous from the Altes Museum Berlin

This glorious marble from the Altes Museum in Berlin shows Antinous in all his glory. This is the first, fully intact, full body sculpture of Hadrian’s renown lover I’ve personally seen. Is it any wonder that Isis, in her many incarnations in my trilogy – The Red Mirror, The Emerald Tablet and The Black Scroll – finds solace in his arms?

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September 28, 2017 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas…

There are few things I enjoy more than decorating for the holidays. Any holiday, actually. But there’s something about Christmas that truly sets me free to be as extravagant and outrageous as I desire.

The heart and soul of Christmas is my mantel. I never know what will evolve. Last year I craved purity and focused on white. This year I went “Borgia” with over-the-top opulence. The mood is quite changed from day to night, yet always lush.

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Christmas 2015 mantel nighte

Antinous must be adorned as all gods demand of us. He’s sporting a gold necklace of stars this year to go with his Dionysus hair wreath.

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The Ghost of Christmas Present from A Christmas Carol is a favorite.

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My grand piano with glitter and shine in mirror mosaics accented by golden angels.

We gave up on big trees and now recycle a lovely little fake tree that I picked up at Marshalls. I change the lights, use different ornaments – or none at all – and wrap the base in leopard or silver or gold. For the first time in ever so long, I strung garland. I’d forgotten how hard it is to hang just right.

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The end product turned out to be one of those old-fashioned trees you might see on a Christmas card.

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Wrapping the base is a bit of an art form itself.

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Apollo Belvedere regards the room from the golden glow of a Greek god.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season filled with warmth, joy, peace and love. “Gods bless us everyone.”

 

 

December 6, 2015 at 1:37 am Leave a comment

Best Wishes for a wonderful 2015

S.L. Gore sends you wishes for the best year ever. Happy 2015!

Antinous, Jesper and S.L. Gore sends you wishes for the best year ever. Happy 2015!

December 30, 2014 at 10:58 pm 1 comment

Antinous as Dionysus or the Ghost of Christmas Present?

Antinous, beloved of Hadrian, cherished by me, festooned as Dionysus or the Ghost of Christmas Present?

Antinous, beloved of Hadrian, cherished by me, festooned as Dionysus – or the Ghost of Christmas Present?

Inspired by my recent real life odyssey to the ancient Roman world:
Ephesus (Turkey),
Herculaneum,
Pompeii,
Oplanti,
the Villas of Stabia,
Tiberius’s Villa in Capri,
Hadrian’s Tivoli Compound,
and glorious Ostia Antica,
my dear Antinous is festooned this Christmas in ivy and gold.

Is he Dionysus? Or the Ghost of Christmas Present from my all-time favorite classic film, A Christmas Carol?

Either way, he is still history’s most beautiful man. At least, he gets my vote.

December 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm 2 comments

The Red Mirror, Red Sofa and Antinous from the Red Mirror Series

E-books have the advantage of placing links for readers who want to jump to more in-depth information, so I’ve linked these photos of the Red Mirror, Red Sofa, red-shaded lamp and the glorious Antinous taken from my book Sex and the Zen of Shopping.

BTW – I have used the Roman spelling of Antinous instead of the ancient Greek Antinoos, as the former is the most familiar. If you’re wondering how to pronounce this real-life (or rather, now deceased) beauty, you can try the Greek way of  ‘an TEE no os’ which is four syllables. My feeling is that even the Greeks sped it up by saying ‘an TEE noos’ – just 3 syllables.

The Red Mirror with Antinous

The Red Sofa that hurts Barb’s back

The red-shaded lamp that burns outside the bedroom

Antinous of Isis (The Red Mirror), Athena (The Emerald Tablet) and Elektra (The Black Scroll).

September 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

December 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm 1 comment

The Red Mirror

Here it is – the real thing – the Red Mirror.  And that gorgeous guy waiting for you in the looking glass is none other than Antinous. Is he not as beautiful as a marble statue – just like I promised!

The Red Mirror

August 17, 2010 at 1:19 am 2 comments

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