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T Ching’s Opinion and Editorial section – read about tea thoughts, dreams, life, ideas, and everything in between

Omotenashi in the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Omotenashi in the Japanese Tea Ceremony

When you enter any place as a customer or guest in Japan, you’ll quickly notice that everyone seems to be at your service. It almost makes you feel that you have done them a favor just by visiting!

The History of Tea in Taiwan

The History of Tea in Taiwan

If tea drinkers were asked to list their favorite teas and then told afterward that their tea choices provided a peek into their personalities, many would concede that there are plausible connections.

Tea for Romance

Tea for Romance

there are many different categories of substances named after the Greek Goddess of love, Aphrodite.

The Benefits of Buying Organic Tea

The Benefits of Buying Organic Tea

When you buy organic tea you support the organic tea movement. Full stop. What is it that you’re supporting? Your purchase supports organic farmers who have the integrity of the earth in mind.

Tea Blending; History and Advice from 1894

Tea Blending; History and Advice from 1894

Tea blends come about for love or money. Some blends are classic creations shared across millennia, while others are the secret formulas of tea growers and merchants hoping to capture the affections of tea drinkers with their exclusive blends.

Why do Translations of Chinese Tea Names Differ so Much?

Why do Translations of Chinese Tea Names Differ so Much?

Iron Buddha, Iron Goddess of Mercy, Iron Bodhisattva, Tik Goon Yam, Tieguanyin, Tie Guan Yin, Tit Kwon Yin. These are different spellings of the same tea. Of course this same tea can have a huge spectrum in terms of grade, taste and quality but that is a story for another post.

Tiguanyin; A Cup of Compassion

Tiguanyin; A Cup of Compassion

In the face of what on some days seems like a crumbling world, a planet in total chaos, we find ourselves retracting and hiding rather than...

Best Teas for Joint Pain Management

Best Teas for Joint Pain Management

Joint pain is quick to hinder our mobility as well as decrease our fervor in life. It manifests as inflammation, which is usually characterized by swollen joints, redness, loss of joint function and stiffness.

What’s Your Rocky Mountain High?

What’s Your Rocky Mountain High?

The media’s exploding with news tidbits surrounding the progressive marijuana legislation in our mile-high state of Colorado. Food pairings, cooking with weed, herbal infusion blends – are all topics which you see in the headlines in our local papers.

Funko Pop!

Funko Pop!

If Funko Pop! designers could think outside the box, they would create limited editions featuring notable tea masters.

Tea Blogging Life Cycle

Tea Blogging Life Cycle

Over the last year I’ve questioned why I keep writing. It just gets old, writing similar thoughts over and over…

Is the Tea Ceremony Romantic?

Is the Tea Ceremony Romantic?

One member of my Tea Dharma Club asked me: “Is the tea ceremony romantic?” I was surprised by this question, so I checked an English dictionary to find what the word “romantic” means.

A Very Brief History of Iranian Tea

A Very Brief History of Iranian Tea

In recent months I came across two Iranian films: “A Separation”, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, and a film entitled, “This Is Not a Film.”

Life With Father

Life With Father

Despite my best efforts I have not turned Dad into a tea drinker. Then Dad made an unfavorable comparison…

Tea Transition

Tea Transition

In less than a second, one can access dozens of articles and websites regarding the health benefits of green tea.

K-Cup Confession

K-Cup Confession

Somehow, grief reduced me to feeling like I did not deserve to be good to myself: My husband’s passing made me hesitate a bit in my tea ritual.

Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

If you live in Southern California and have never seen the SoCal Honda Dealers’ “Random Acts Of Helpfulness” commercials, then you are not watching...

Online Tea With a Friend

Online Tea With a Friend

As life during a pandemic continues (or, as I like to call it, “plague times”) we’ve all had to make adjustments. Everything has had to stop,...

The Creamer Quest

The Creamer Quest

Two years ago, I found my daily-use creamer for my morning tea in -- of all places -- my then-husband’s barn. It was dainty and cute, printed with...

Lovely Silent Tea

Lovely Silent Tea

The cacophony of urban life has steadily diminished over the last six and a half decades.  My hearing loss, severe and progressive, has been a...