Thankful for Tea

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is almost here. I love all holidays, but Thanksgiving’s particularly high on my list, and it’s not just because of  the pumpkin pie. I love the way families come together to share a meal, and unlike all the meals we scrape together during the rest of the year, this …

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Last Taste of Summer

Fall is in the air, coming in on a cool breeze under a cliched blue sky with light puffs of clouds. So, this afternoon we hung up our hammock. The end of summer may not seem like the typical time for such an activity, yet it was the allure of the cooler weather that made …

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Time Travel and a Garden Party

Time travel is possible, or at least the feeling of time travel.This weekend I went to the Virginia Scottish Games. If you have never been to a Scottish Games, make the effort. Lots of men in kilts throwing heavy objects, an abundance of deep-fried anything, endless variations of meat and pastry, Celtic kitsch, and some …

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Harvest Season

Typically, we think of harvest time being closer to Halloween or Thanksgiving. Harvest festivals have sprung up as alternatives to Halloween celebrations, and Thanksgiving celebrates the bounties of the harvest. Yet, the harvest season actually begins a bit earlier. A Celtic holiday, Lughnasadh (Lu-na-sa), celebrates the beginning of the harvest on August 1st. We may …

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My Thoughts on The Republic of Tea

At George Mason University, where I was an undergrad and am now a grad student, there are several coffeeshops. They serve either Tazo or Republic of Tea, and so, over the years I've spent there, I've consumed quite a bit Republic of Tea. In addition, when Teavana discontinued their Rose Congo, I switched to Republic …

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A Washington of Tea

Here in northern Virginia, we are happy to have the home of America's first president, General George Washington himself. His estate, Mount Vernon, sits on a hill overlooking the Potomac River. He grew many things on his estate, largely wheat, but also tobacco, cotton, and many food products. He did not, however, grow tea. Nor …

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Boston Tea Parties: Not What You Think

During college, I had many opportunities to visit the beautiful city of Boston. Being a history major in love with early American history, I enjoyed wandering the streets of this old town, stopping in for a cup of tea along Newbury Street. I paid many visits to the Museum of Fine Arts, and even enjoyed …

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The Three Rs of Tea

With summer fully settled in, most people's thoughts are far from the schoolroom. Yet, my thoughts can never quite go completely on summer vacation, and I'm always trying to think of unique ways to make learning a bit more exciting. This summer, I have been taking a class on how to teach science. We've designed …

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Book Review — “Tea Travels” by Ellen Easton

I have three passions in life: food, tea, and books. When all of these can be combined, I'm in seventh heaven. They often meet in the form of cookbooks, and when I find a new cookbook, sometimes I am hard pressed to resist. The cookbook shelf in our kitchen overflows, and still, I just can't …

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Book Review — “Time for Tea” by Michele Rivers

When an American hears the phrase "afternoon tea," it conjures up images of fancy tea rooms, lace tablecloths, and silver tea services. For the English, afternoon tea is far simpler. Sometimes, having afternoon tea just means sitting down in the afternoon for a relaxing cup of tea. No fancy accessories required. My dearest friend, Liza, …

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