As someone who has been blogging on and off since 2003, and more seriously since 2008, I have read quite a few beautiful posts over the years. But, in July 2020, I came across perhaps one of the most stunning pieces I’ve ever come across in my decades on the internet. A good woman by the name of Thomas W.P. Slatin offered a link to a favorite pieces of hers, called “A Little Ghost for the Offering.”
The piece talked about Thomas and her favorite tree from childhood. It was her safe place, source of inspiration, and sadly, now only the stump remains. My first thought was that it sounded reminiscent of Allen Ginsberg, which is interesting as Thomas was actually mentored by the famous writer and poet! Speaking of Thomas’ mentorship with Ginsberg, you can read all about that in “It’s Been Awhile Since I’ve Dreamed This Much.”
After reading perhaps the most beautiful thing I’ve ever read in my life, I struck up a conversation with Ms. Slatin. Since then, she and I have become best friends, all because of something posted on her website and on my Twitter #writerslift thread. Blogging really can take you places! You never know what you’ll write that will attract some awesome people!
Thomas Slatin’s website has been live since 1998. So, there’s over 20 years of writing and her professional photography on there. Each post features photography taken by Thomas Slatin herself, too! Content is being regularly posted, too. If you’re ever looking for a site to visit everyday, you should subscribe to her site, TomSlatin.com, via WordPress Reader or email.
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P.S. Thomas also has a book of her photography available through Barnes and Noble, as well as an autobiographical book entitled “Only the Moon Understands the Beauty of Love.”