Category: Tea

Steps to Planning Your First Tea Event

If you and your friends frequent tea rooms why not go one step further and plan your own tea event? You may wait for a special occasion like a marriage, anniversary, retirement, birthday, holiday, but a “just because” gathering with friends is reason enough.

Follow the steps below for planning a memorable tea experience:

Preplan a budget

Although the friends you invite and the congenial social setting you encourage are priceless you do need to think about how much you will spend.

One way you might figure a reasonable budget is to fold a piece of notebook paper in half and list everything you need and want on one side of the paper with matching costs on the other. Then you can go back and circle the musts, cross out the unnecessary, and keep the few items that you think are worth the extra dollars. Play with the items and …

The Different Varieties of Tea

You’re probably already quite familiar with black tea. Your grandmother might have made you a glass of sweet iced tea when you were a child or your father might have taken his hot tea in the morning with a little bit of creamer.

Within the last decade, there has been a huge influx of healthy, green tea alternatives to the black tea that most Americans had long been consuming.

The Alternatives to Black Tea

There are four main types of actual teas. These are: black, green, white, and oolong. There are also a myriad of herbal tea products that aren’t actually teas at all. Actual teas are all processed from the plant Camellia sinensis, commonly known as the tea plant or tea tree.

While herbal teas may contain infusions from the tea plant, they are not considered true teas and the majority of their ingredients tend to come from …

Madison Tea Party Protest, Thousands Rally For and Against Walker

The birthplace of progressivism, Madison, Wisconsin, is the crucial battleground in a fight that has ramifications from coast to coast. Some 60,000 to 70,000 people descended upon Wisconsin's capitol Saturday in the fifth day of protest, both for and against a plan to break up the state's public workers unions, all while the war over budget cuts simmers across the United States.

Gov. Scott Walker (R) is touting a proposal that would require government workers to contribute more to their health care and pension costs and essentially do away with public worker collective bargaining powers. Walker is promoting a plan to parity a $3.6 billion budget deficit in part by demanding labor concessions and stripping certain labor privileges.

The Capitol grounds became the hot spot for feuding rallies, as buses brought in Tea Party followers to express support for these proposed union pay cuts. At the same time, throngs of …

In Kenya, Tea Time is any Time

Tea time in some parts of the world is 4 pm, while in others, tea is simply not a part of the daily schedule. In Kenya, however, any time is a great time for a cup of tea. Most Kenyans will admit to drinking no less than three cups of tea a day.

Tea in the Kenyan Tradition

According to Kenyan tradition, strong friendship ties are forged over a cup of tea. Any visitor to a Kenyan home will be offered a cup of tea, at any time and in any weather. “Any time is tea time,” is a common saying in Kenya. Be warned that refusing the offer can be viewed as an insult to the host, in the absence of an excellent excuse.

Generally the tea offered will be prepared in the traditional style, mixed with plenty of milk and a mix of spices locally known as tea …

The Republican Party Should Be Renamed The Tea Party

The Tea Partiers, a small percentage of the Republican Party, is running the show.

The Republican Party was created in 1860 when its first presidential candidate was Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Lincoln won that election and from then until 1932, the Republican Party dominated American politics. The Republican Party tended to be a relatively conservative party during this period. The one noteworthy exception was the administration of President Theodore Roosevelt which was quite progressive. He was the first president to advocate national health insurance. (like several of his successors, he failed to obtain that goal.) Historians rate him as “near great”.

In 1932, as a result of the Great Depression and Franklin Roosevelt’s highly effective campaigning style, the nation’s political alignment changed dramatically. For the next 20 years, the Democratic Party controlled the presidency and usually the Congress. The electorate shifted from heavily Republican to predominately Democratic. In 1952, the nation’s …