A woman is like a tea bag. you never know how strong she is, until she gets in hot water.  -Eleanor Roosevelt.

Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.  -Catherine Douzel

Is there no Latin word for Tea?  Upon my soul, if I had known that I would have let the vulgar stuff alone.  -Hilaire Belloc*

Tea is a cup of life.  -Unknown

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.  -Japanese Proverb

Tea is liquid wisdom.  -Anonymous

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.  -C.S. Lewis

A good cup of tea makes the world seem like a brighter place.  I feel rejuvenated and inspired.  I find that tea goes well with any kind of reading and writing, and helps to calm whatever anxieties I may be feeling.  There’s something infinitely appealing about wrapping my hands around a cup of tea when I’m figuring out the word order of a sentence or choosing a quotation for a paper.  It doesn’t hurt that burying myself in my study sweater and sipping tea seems wonderfully British, either…

You can tell a lot about a person by the kind of tea they have.  First, there are endless possibilities for the texture of tea, the temperature, the type of leaf, the method of brewing, and (my favorite) the tea cup.  I personally have three favorites for my cup: my clear glass mug, my handmade moss-colored mug, and my colored tea service cups.  I tend to prefer mugs without handles, except for my clear mug.  I also like the Teavana maker, which I’ve mentioned before.  There aren’t tea dregs left, and the tea seems to have a better flavor.  I like the water just before it hits boiling because I can drink it more quickly after it’s brewed.  Yes, I can be picky, but making tea is a very simple thing I can do for myself each day, and I’ve gotten it down to a science!

Before bed tonight, I wanted to mention how lovely tea is and to acknowledge how much cheer really is in each cup.  Cheers, tea!  You make the world a better place!  Here’s to you green, maté, oolong, white, herbal, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, loose, bagged, powder, citrus, caffeinated, decaffeinated, sweetened, hot, cold, potted, thermosed, cupped, mugged, past, present, and future.

tea leaves
tea loves
loves tea
lives tea
leaves tea?
never.
-Uniek Swain

*  I assume she’s talking about Latin.  It did kill the Romans, as the saying goes…

Friends

I am thankful for so many things in my life.  After recently going through my Netflix queue and looking at my bookshelf, I see the lives of people who are not so fortunate in those films and those pages.  To commemorate Thanksgiving, I wanted to briefly state what I’m thankful for.  Not why or any other explanation, but just a mention on this blog to show appreciation.  In no particular order, except for perhaps the first several:

family

friends

life / health

education

Gustavus

rain

animals

films

music

flowers

kindness

travel

other cultures and religions

e-mail and Skype to connect with those far away

random jokes

laughter

coffee

tea

chocolate

fresh berries

Shakespeare

photographs

learning

a bright, shiny future (*crosses fingers*)

grass

trees

the GAC Shakespeare pit

Latin

mountains

snow

scarves

Kiehl’s

vanilla

candles

color

slippers

mittens

umbrellas

outside plays

picnics

architecture from antiquity to the Renaissance

democracy

love

morals

support

forgiveness

hugs

smiles

cheesecake

trains

Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study.  Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.  ~Henry L. Doherty

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.  ~Epictetus

A gentleman need not know Latin, but he should at least have forgotten it.  ~Brander Matthews

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If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found time to conquer the world.  ~Heinrich Heine