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

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...

Tea is a Complete Thought

Tea is a Complete Thought

Tea is certainly one of my favorite nouns - right up there with tomato, chocolate, sleep, and book.  With its 5,000-year history impacting cultures...

Matcha From Morning ‘Til Night

Matcha From Morning ‘Til Night

It is possible to consume matcha-flavored, matcha-infused, supplemented-by-matcha products from morning til night.  I know because I tried.One might...

Taking Dad’s Teaginity

Taking Dad’s Teaginity

“I am not,” Dad declared as he pulled his mug from under the Keurig spout, “a tea connoisseur. I drink iced tea in the summer.”  Soon we’re  sitting...

The teapot knew this

The teapot knew this

Among the more than ten collections of the celebrated author’s work, in display and available for purchase at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Solvang, California, none includes the story entitled “Theepotten.”

Tea Hoarder

Tea Hoarder

Return to T Ching Classics: Tea Storage What is a Tea Hoarder? If you have ever moved or reorganized, you have noticed that the number of boxes,...

“Real” Tea?

“Real” Tea?

"I need a cup of tea," my friend Roy sighed, "a cup of REAL tea!" Perhaps it was the emphasis on the word real that piqued his companion's...