The snowfall record was smashed in Ann Arbor. This past Monday. Forty days before winter officially begins. Before some of us had raked the leaves. Or cleaned the gutters, cleared the garden, taken in yard furniture, even removed the jack o'lanterns. This unprecedented 11 inches of snow in early November yet again demonstrates current climate unpredictability. … Continue reading Tea’s Low Carbon Footprint—Until You Heat the Water
Assumptions drive our lives. Some have little bearing on our day-to-day lives, Neanderthals were dumb. whereas others can have a huge, potentially life-altering, impact, The water from our taps is safe. while yet others might actually shape history in odd ways. These are teapots. But Neanderthals were NOT dumb, the water from our taps may … Continue reading When a Teapot Is Not a Teapot
Guest post by Alissa, of Lettered Madness Following up on her previous look into tea superstitions, Alissa brings us a few death-by-tea accounts. Sadly, aside from the yōkai, these are true stories, demonstrating that tea—lauded for its health benefits—can sometimes be the vehicle for poison and treachery. Murder and Demons and Tea, Oh My! You’re … Continue reading Murder and Demons and Tea, Oh My!
Paying Attention to What's in Front of Me When you grow up with something in your parents' house, you often don't see it anymore. Sometimes it takes your own grown-up kid exclaiming "I love Grandma's china set; it's mid-century modern!!" for you to realize that not only is that china set old enough to have … Continue reading Mid-century Modern Teapot Still Appeals
Guest post by Alissa, of Lettered Madness Having been called away this week for pressing family matters, my lovely daughter kindly stepped in for me, sharing some tea superstitions that she dug up—perfect for October when we begin fashioning costumes and picking up our favorite Halloween candy! Tea — warm, comforting, calming. Or is it? … Continue reading The Perils of Incorrectly Having Tea!
Increasingly exciting results are coming out of research into tea as a beverage and/or medicine—even as tea as a plant is becoming embattled in many regions of the world. First the Good News: Tea Is Great! Against antibiotic-resistant bacteria— Current headlines tout the efficacy of tea's main flavanol, epigallocatechin gallate or ECGC, in working synergistically with the … Continue reading TEA: New Benefits Being Discovered, Yet the Plant’s Sustainability Is in Question in Some Regions of the World
It's well known that blueberries—loaded with antioxidants and nutrients—are particularly good for you. But what about their leaves? One study indicates that blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry leaves contain more antioxidants than the berries! Granted, I don't know if this would be true outside a lab setting, or if you'd have to eat the leaves rather … Continue reading Blueberry Leaves Abound with Flavor and Antioxidants