Grief, Tea, and the Disruption of Ritual

Back about a lifetime ago, in February, I bemoaned that my year had begun badly. Understatement of the year.  As 2020 winds down amid global tragedy, my own year brought not only the pandemic, but personal loss. I've written about bereavement in years past, but this time it's different. The social structures that help cushion … Continue reading Grief, Tea, and the Disruption of Ritual

Learning Tea Ceremony Impacts Lives, Including Children’s

There's nothing in the world like a newborn. Each baby attests to the astounding miracle of life! And reminds us how this most vulnerable of beings is yet tenacious—and infinitely precious. Which means that when I read about left-behind children awhile ago, I found the account both incredibly sad and beautifully encouraging. Left-behind children—children left with … Continue reading Learning Tea Ceremony Impacts Lives, Including Children’s