A Picture and a Poem

This column, A Picture and a Poem, that the NY Times publishes is one of my favorites.  Sometimes it inspires me, or calls out to something I’ve done that’s just sitting around, as this one did:

From NY Times:

Spring, a coy temptress in the Pulitzer Prizewinning poet Charles Simic’s ode to winter’s end, is imagined as a fallen Roman beauty by Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli.


Will you please hurry with your preparations?
We are freezing up north as you procrastinate
Like a rich lady with too many gorgeous outfits
To choose from, spending hours in front of
A mirror, trying them on and unable to decide,

While we trudge to the mailbox through wind
And snow, extract our unwilling fingers
From a glove to check if there’s a letter
From you, or just a bitty postcard, saying:
I’m leaving Carolina today, hurrying your way
With my new wardrobe of flowers and birds.

The tease! I bet she starts and forgets one of her
Hand-painted silk fans and has to go back,
While we stamp our feet and wipe our noses here,
Worrying the wood for the stove is running out,
The snow on the roof will bring the house down.


A version of this article appears in print on 03/09/2014, on page M2100 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Blossoms in the Snow.
And my imagining of spring, as inspired by all of the above – just for fun -IMG_0458

Been Sometime

The book I’m working on

Brain Pickings


Danielle La Porte

Robert Reiche “Inequality for All”

Guns, gun shops, gun laws

Banning books not bullets

Family dynamics – loving complicated messy discouraging dividing


Marital stuff

Big imaginings for where my work could go, what it could become… with no fathomable idea how to make it happen.


Saturday, December 14, 2013 “Best of the Best” Sullivan’s Island

Come on out for the 6th annual Sullivan’s Island’s

“Best of the Best” Artisans Fair.

And be prepared to go home with some

of the most talented art and crafts for miles around!

2pm – 7ish

Sullivan’s Island’s Island Club

Station 15

Admission Fee:  FREE!

Making it in Mustique

I’m over the moon!    Yesterday my Holiday Sparkle Collection got picked up by a shop on the island of Mustique.  Part of the Grenadine islands, Wikipedia describes it as being a hideaway island for “aristocrats, princesses, and rock stars.”   I can hardly believe it!

For more examples of my work, or to purchase: www.TejThompson.com (click there)

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E-commerce website now Live!

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I invite you to visit my beautiful new site to easily view galleries of my work.

It’s super organized, concise, easy to navigate, and has a shopping cart.

Click here: www.tejthompson.com

And it would really help me out if you would share it with your social networks.

Thank you so much for your interest in my work.

Love & peace,


Higher Powers

the perfect transparency

of my beautifully

lived life available

to all with free

wi-fi and a working currency

the goddess of exchange

the goddess justice

they are weighing

the immaterial

there are no more souls

to balance and damn

no heaven to acquit

no purgatory to rectify

debt and I have derived

myself from my parents

and all I took

unwitting in

my skin “alive

with mouths”

I fed for years

on bad air and lotions

modern potions

for capturing

what I wanted

o slave o me

self-traded along the oceans

of I want I want

but not to desire

is to die

or to reach


as the eastern

as they used to call them

sages said

~Maureen N. McLane, as found in NY Times Magazine: A Picture and a Poem