A Close Encounter of the Tea Kind

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During a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, I found myself in the tea aisle, perusing the varieties of organic teas this particular chain carries. Mind you, I have over 75 different kinds of tea in a cabinet, with the overflow crowding my kitchen counter. I need another box of tea in the same way that Imelda Marcos needed another pair of shoes.

 

I stood next to a woman in her twenties who was studying one of the teas. When she saw me doing the same, she asked if I had ever tried the one she was considering. I hadn’t, but told her about others on the shelves I had tried, mentioning the kind of tea they were and how to brew them to get the best taste.

 

She asked me question after question. There are few things I enjoy more than introducing someone to the delights and benefits of tea. After settling on the one for this shopping trip, she thanked me and told me which tea she would be trying next.

 

Tea plays a major role in my life–and has since I was young. Because of my love of tea and all the studying of it I’ve done, I forget that not everyone who drinks tea knows as much about it as I do. This young lady reminded me that there are plenty of people out there who are just beginning their tea journey. They welcome a little help and guidance when faced with all the tea choices available today, both in stores and online.

 

In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be introducing you to tea and how it rocks my world. I find that even when talking with fellow tea fanatics, revisiting the basics is like sitting down with an old friend and remembering how we met. Feel free to leave a comment, letting me know what your favorite kind of tea is and what you would like to know about tea. So, put on the kettle and we’ll all have tea.

 

By the way, I left the store with two new kinds of tea–mango black and ginger pear white.

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Beginnings

Embarking on a new endeavor brings both excitement and trepidation. Having to deal with a learning curve usually produces some anxiety. Excitement spurs us on to new experiences. Each day is filled with beginnings, whether we realize it or not. Sometimes it will be a big event like a wedding, birthday party, or get-together with friends and family. Most days our beginnings consist of the simple things in life, things that have never happened before in this particular time and space. It may be fixing the next meal, taking a walk, or diving into that new book you’ve been dying to read.

All beginnings have one thing in common–they give us HOPE! Beginnings by nature imply forward movement. No matter what our endeavor, hope prompts us to look ahead, to anticipate the process and the end result.

My life has been full of twists and turns, something with which I’m sure you can identify. As I begin this blog, I hope you’ll join me for the ride as I mull over the past and look toward the future, and that my musings will strike a chord in you. Find a comfy spot, wrap your hands around a hot mug of tea or coffee, relax, and let’s begin!

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