Tea Moments — Reading Fortune Cookie Fortunes

By A.C. Cargill Smoky Oolong tea isn’t the only thing I relish at a Chinese restaurant. At the end of the meal come the fortune cookies. They used to have actual fortunes like “Your present plans will succeed.” You know, the sort of standard positives that fortune tellers tell you while hunched over the crystal …

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The Weather Outside Is Frightful

By Stephanie Hanson Here in Northern Virginia, the snow is coming down like we haven't seen in at least a decade, at least in my uneducated opinion. The snow is well over my knees, and well, we just aren't used to that here. That might be the way things go up north, but here, we …

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Tea Moments — Watching Raindrops on the Window

By A.C. Cargill Not everyone sees the tea moments in a rainy day. For some people, gray skies that dump their drops of rain across the landscape are just a dreary sight. Certainly, those who live in areas that have frequent rain know what I mean. Cities in the U.S. such as Seattle, Washington, and …

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Tea for Your Teeth

By William I. Lengeman III An apple a day might help keep the doctor at bay but when it comes to cutting back on visits to the dentist you might want to reach for a cup of tea. Don’t go rushing out to replace your toothbrush with a tea cup just yet, but there is …

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The Myths and Legends of Tea and Caffeine

One of the benefits of tea drinking, at least for many of us, is that tea contains caffeine. When consumed in moderation, caffeine is considered to be a safe way to get a quick boost. Of course, for those who are sensitive to this substance, caffeine’s presence in tea might not be so welcome. What …

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How Tea Can Help Your Garden

After savoring the aroma and flavor of your cup of tea, did you know that the used tea leaves can continue to benefit you and your garden? Tea is a powerful fertilizer, so powerful in fact that recently Harvard University switched to an organic fertilizer comprised partially of green tea.  There are many ways you …

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Oolong, Oh My!

India has its black teas, Japan has its green teas, and China has them all.  But China and Taiwan have Oolong teas which are actually some of the most prized, or at least most well respected in China and the rest of the world. Often when you hear of a Chinese tea ceremony, they are …

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