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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...

Tea-Inspired Treasures

Tea-Inspired Treasures

The other day my husband and I were enjoying a quiet evening in companionable silence. I was working on a sewing project while he played a video...

Pairing With Durian Desserts

Pairing With Durian Desserts

Yet another list specifying more than 150 dishes in tiny print, all on a piece of 8 X 11 glossy paper! This time it is the menu of the newly opened...

Happy New Year One And All

Happy New Year One And All

I find myself looking back over the last year. Boy, has it been a doozie! It's easy to feel disillusioned by our current state of affairs: Our...

Post-Holiday Tea

Post-Holiday Tea

The holidays can be a difficult time for many people, with the stresses and the pressures; not to mention all the varying experiences that we’ve had...

Five Years of Blogging About Tea

Five Years of Blogging About Tea

It’s been five years that I’ve been writing a blog about tea–the time flies.  I wrote about how tea culture seems to be changing last year so I’ll go into how my own perspective and experience of tea has changed instead.

Thanksgiving Blessings

Thanksgiving Blessings

Return to T Ching Classics: Thanksgiving Blessings Thanksgiving has always been my family's favorite holiday. We have a tradition of going around...

Tea For Comfort

Tea For Comfort

Once, a number of years ago, I dated a man who liked a television series called “The Big Bang Theory.” In it, there is a character with zero social...

Ochazuke

Ochazuke

Three of the recurring characters in the Japanese drama Midnight Diner, also known as ShinYa ShoKuDou, are nicknamed Ochazuke Sisters - friends who...

Tea Rainbow?

Tea Rainbow?

Life on the 45th parallel has its advantages.  Summer days are almost sixteen hours. Every berry - black, blue, rasp- and straw- grow here as well...

Tea Rituals

Tea Rituals

How do you take your tea? Seems simple enough, doesn't it? If dropping a teabag into a mug of boiling water is your morning or afternoon routine,...

What Does July 4th Mean To You?

What Does July 4th Mean To You?

Most of us tea lovers associate the Boston Tea Party with the 4th of July.  The day of American Independence. Decorations abound with Red, White,...

Magazine Covers

Magazine Covers

The first issue of the weekly magazine The New Yorker was published on February 21, 1925, in New York City of course. The cover features a dandy...

Moving Tips for Tea Drinkers

Moving Tips for Tea Drinkers

Return to T Ching Classics: Tea Storage Moving is tough, especially if you’re a tea drinker. Tea drinkers are likely to have a wide assortment of...