I Missed The Pre-Raphaelite Show

I am sick to my stomach that I missed this show. This is what happens when no family member is on my side, and instead, they put more obstacles in my way. This is why I am enraged with my daughter and her family. They are jealous of Christine and I so they take children hostage, the most primitive way for primates to get the goat of another tribe.

In 1971 I showed Christine my painting of Rena, done in the style of the Pre-Raphaelites. She took up art and became the world famous artist ‘Rosamond’ which is a name associated with these artists. Our grandfather was the writer Royal Rosamond who camped with Black Mask authors on Anacapa.

Christine Rosamond Benton gave me credit for her success, as her teacher, and offered to teach me her style so I could be rich and famous too. I turned this offer down, not knowing Rosamond imitators were coming out of the woodwork, Sara Moon, being one of them. Outsiders wrested control of Christine’s legacy from her adult daughter, Shannon Rosamond, who did not contribute to Tom Snyder’s libelous biography. He is a ghost writer for hire, who never met any member of my family. Neither had Patrice and Heather Hanson, who favored Snyder over me. Snyder anticipated my book and divulged family secrets and published rumors that were injurious to Shannon. Snyder says my niece lost her virginity when she was ten, and was raped by my father. This does not come from Shannon, but a total stranger. Why isn’t my daughter declaring Tom mentally ill? This louse did lure my daughter and her mother into the camp of the outsiders, and thus Patrice and her sister are doing everything to cover up this fact – by making me out to be insane!


Snyder wrote about the recovery of my Sister in AA and how it was complicated by her being on Prozac. Snyder has never been in a AA meeting, nor is he a Doctor. He tried in vain to get my niece, Drew Benton, to contribute to his Child Abuse Exploitation book, but she refused. That my daughter exploits the miscarriage of my grandchild, in North Bay Woman magazine is par for the course of The Outisders. That Heather Hanson employs an iage of my unborn grandchild to vilify – and even demonize – me is par for the course. This is Stalking! Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor is a cousin in my family tree. That this women’s magazine employs the word “Taboo” to advertise MY family secrets in order to promote wine – is an outrage! Christine drowned on the day she was to celebrate her first sober birthday.

At her funeral, three of MY sisters in AA, invited me to attend Christine’s homegroup meeting. They wanted to share with me my sister’s sobriety, and, they wanted to hear from her kin. I wish I had gone. Instead I spend time with my relatives who are plotting, who have hatched a scheme to get around Shannon, and, make a movie, the proceeds there of – not going to Christine’s daughters. This is Conspiracy.

My daughter was put right in the middle of a Criminal Conspiracy. Rosemond’s Fans were appalled! They did not want to read about Rosamond’s sordid secrets. They wanted to see her art compared to Gabriel Rossetti, and other Pre-Raphaelites who made a point to put religious themes back into British Art. To employ a unborn child as a tool, or weapon, to shatter religious customs – has to be dealt with. AA and the Twelve Steps are based upon religious principles. My minor daughter wanted to be in my autobiography as the example of the rewards a sober program can be, such as being reunited with your family. Heather’s other suggested I contribute to Snyder’s bio, and publish mine after his. I told this Stage Mother Snyder sent e a NDA, that I refused to sign, which got me disowned by my family. Christine and my sobriety was a threat. Why a total stranger is allowed to write about us, is a study in itself. It has much to do with dysfunctional family dynamics.

In the Rosamond Gallery my three sisters and embraced in a huddle and said a prayer for our sober sister. I had asked if Christine had found God, and completed our Third Step. They said; No. If Christine had lived, I could have helped her. Due to the parasites that hover above us, the two extremely creative siblings that got into Recovery, I have not been able to share the spirituality that already existed between Christine and I, lest it be taken to more outsiders – to exploit. That Heather is titled a “professional woman” by North Bay Woman magazine, begs this question to be asked…….Does my daughter expect to make money divulging secrets? I have given so much information away for free. This blog contributes to the restoration I am doing, after Snyder’s book utterly destroyed the Rosamond Brand.

John Presco


a social or religious custom prohibiting or forbidding discussion of a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing.







AA philosophy, its literature and program of recovery, are strongly influenced by Christian principles and ideas that were inherited from the evangelical Oxford Group. Bill W and other founder members of AA, first got sober through this Christian organisation and practised its tenets and then later split from the Oxford Group to form their own meetings that were specifically for alcoholics. Bill W in consultation with the other early members of AA, developed Oxford Group principles and beliefs into the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”

Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”

Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”

Gandalf and the Pre-Raphaelites

Joaquin Miller had dinner with the Pre-Raphaelites and was my grandmother’s friend. This history is being compiled for the grant I am applying for. The history of the Pre-Raphaelites has not been discarded. I will prepare a home in Springfield.

Above is a photograph of my ancestors taken in the Oakland Hills no far from where Miller lived in his Bohemian enclave called ‘The Hights”. These are Turners and Forty-eighters who helped found the Abolitionist Republican Party and elected our Kin, John Fremont, to be the first Presidential candidate. I am going to send this photo to the Smithsonian. There is a rifle and a black wreath hanging in the tree. The wreath may have something to do with the Odd Fellows who allowed Ken Kesey’s mural to be rendered on their wall.

“As a token of her confidence, she told him he need no longer call
her, “Auntie.” The previous year, Bilbo had suggested that Frodo no
longer address him as, “Uncle,” if he wished. Plain, “Bilbo,” would
do. Frodo still called Bilbo, “Uncle,” now and then; it had become
too ingrained a habit. But, following suit, Rosamunda suggested Frodo
might call her, “Rosa,” or, “Rosamunda.” Frodo forgot, and called
her, “Auntie,” many times, but, within the space of an afternoon
tea, “Rosa,” she became.”

Rosamunda Bolger (née Took) was the mother of Fredegar “Fatty” Bolger
and Estella Brandybuck. She was married to Odovacar Bolger and was
known as Rosamunda Took prior to the marriage. They lived in
Budgeford in Bridgefields in the Eastfarthing of the Shire. Rosamunda
and Odovacar both attended the Bilbo’s Farewell Party in 3001 along
with their children.






William_MorrisChristine Rosamond Benton and I were drawn into Tolkien’s Trilogy. The artist known as ‘Rosamond’ could not put these books down, nor could I. This caused our mutual friend, Keith Purvis, a British subject, to comment;

“She doesn’t know these books are real.”

We three were original hippies who took the Lord of the Rings to heart as we modified the modern world, made it over more to our liking, we oblivious to what normal folk were about. This is exactly what William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelite Brother and Sisterhood did. They – returned!

I discovered the Pre-Raphaelites in 1969 and let my hair grow long for the first time. I gave up drugs in 1967 and was looking for a spiritual format. I came under the spell of the Rossetti family who were friendly with Joaquin Miller. We Presco children knew Miller’s daughter as ‘The White Witch’ and we would call her for advice. Miller’s home ‘The Abbye’ was above our home in the Oakland Hills. Our kindred were friends of Miller, who was also a friend of Swineburn, who wrote ‘The Queen-Mother and Rosamund’ and ‘Rosamund Queen of Lombards. Tolkien was inspired by the Lombards.

Filed away in Rosamond’s probate is my plea to the executor to allow me to be my sister’s historian. I mention Miller and Rossetti. I saw myself in the role of Michael Rossetti who had his own publishing company. He published Miller and other famous poets. When I was twelve, my mother read evidence I might become a famous poet.

All my imput has been ruthlessly ignored, because petty un-creative minds have forced our families creative legacy down the tiny holes of their hidden agendas, into the mouths of worms and parasites, because these ignorant people sensed I and the real Art World, did not let them in the door – would never admit them into our circle, our ring of genius!

Jon Presco


Copyright 2011






Yesterday I received in the mail a book I ordered on E-Bay. I quickly scanned it to see if their were any illustrations or photographs. Then, I found it, what amounts to my personal Holy Grail. Joaquin Miller dedicated his book of poems ‘Songs of The Sun-Land’ to the Rossetti family that includes Gariel, Michael, and, Christine. Gabriel was a artist and poet, Michael, a publisher, and Christine, a poet.


There is controversy over this dedication. Michael is against it. He is critical of Miller’s poems that takes the reader to the Holy Land. Joaquin is describing a personal relationship with the Savior that reminds me of how Bohemians and Hippies would view Jesus, he a Nature Boy of sorts.

Gabriel, who had Joaquin over to his house for dinner, where he met several members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood seems to address his brother’s objections in a letter, and gives a tentative go ahead. He talks about Miller sending him a photograph of himself and bids him to say a word or two at the bottom of it, that does not exist. This photo may be the famous one taken by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who is better known as Lewis Carrol the author of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. If Joaquin had glued this portrait to a piece of paper, then we might have seen it on the dedication page.

What is going on here is extremely profound. Miller has exported his vision and lifestyle to the England, where he wrote Song of the Sierras, and now he is importing to America a cultural brand that contains Grail and Arthurian subject matter that was at the epicenter of the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

The Rossettis may not have been too happy with Miller attaching himself to their star because the British are very protective of their culture. I wish I could say the same thing about the University of Oregon that is about to tear down homes that were once in the city limits of Fairmount, the city founded by Joaquin’s brother, George Miller.

The homes the Miller brothers lived in are registered and protected as Monuments. There is a Joaquin Miller State Park near Florence that was founded by George who also promoted the Winnemucca to the Sea Highway. There needs to be a Monument for George. I suggest the homes on Columbia Terrace be spared, and this city block declared a National Monument. I have suggested these homes be used to house homeless Vets going to college, but now I see a Free College on this site due to the student loan crisis.

This college will teach alternatives to prospective students of the UofO, such as having parents of students purchase a home in Eugene. In many cases a mortgage is cheaper than rent. Teaching your children how to get a job rather then attend college, will produce more home ownership that the UofO who promises jobs – that don’t exist!

The Miller Brothers were born on a farm near Coburg. They went into the world and achieved much. They are a cultural icon too Oregon and California. On page ten of the prelude, we read;

“By unnamed rivers of the Oregon north’
That roll dark-heaved into turbulent hills,
I have made my home….The Wild heart thrills
With memories fierce, and world storms forth.”

I once read that many college students didn’t know there was a Oregon, and if they did, they didn’t know where it is. The Rossettis more than likely read these words. Did they go to a globe to see where Joaquin and George live?
How many students at the UofO know who the Miller brothers were, and the Brotherhood.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2014

“When Joaquin Miller left DC, most sources agree that he gave his cabin to a friend, who in turn gave it to the Sierra Club. Then in 1913 the cabin was carefully disassembled at the urging of the California State Association and moved to its current location in Rock Creek Park, near the intersection of Beach Drive and Military Road, where it is now the property of the National Park Service. By and by, another Miller found inspiration in the cabin. From 1931 through the 1950’s, Pherne Miller, Joaquin’s niece, leased the cabin from the Parks Department, and there she gave art classes and sold soft drinks and candy.”

rts—many never before exhibited outside of the United Kingdom. See vibrant works by the major figures associated with the subversive Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the later Arts & Crafts Movement.

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