It’s always a pleasure to be contacted by a publisher to review a tea-related book.  Delphinium Books, which has a unique distribution relationship with Harper Collins, sent me a sweet little series of three books: Morning Coffee, Afternoon Tea, and Evening Wine. All three are comprised of sketches of people (and accompanying quotes) captured by Glen Greenwalt, which grew out of his “observations of people who come together to swap stories with friends, laugh, debate politics, interview for a job, read the paper or a book, or simply stare out the window … These books are a celebration of shared moments in our lives through my pen and ink – accompanied by the words of wiser people than I.”

Glen had been a university religion and philosophy teacher for many years before turning to drawing.  He became fascinated with drawing people in motion and created this series by capturing the shared and solitary moments in people’s lives.

The quotes next to the drawings range from those we’re familiar with, from authors such as Henry James or Lewis Carroll, to those from unknown souls.  As I started to read through the little book, Afternoon Tea, I found one appealing quote after another – every few pages, my favorite quote would change.  Here are three to contemplate over your cup of tea this morning:

“Strange how a cup of tea can represent at the same time, the comforts of solitude, and the pleasures of company.”  Author Unknown

“Tea … is a religion of the art of life.”  Kakuzo Okakura

“May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all your heart might desire.”  Irish Blessing