Indian Culture and Traditions

by Sangeeta “If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is INDIA”. This was said by a French Scholar, Romain Rolland. India, the name...

Illegal Coffee Parties

by Marja Illegal coffee parties were exploited by women as a method of non-violent civil disobedience and underground resistance against the Tsarist regime in the first years of the 1900s when the Grand Duchy of Finland was an autonomous part of the Russian...

The Tea Snob

by Shirley Hello, my name is Shirley and I’m a tea snob! I would like to believe that this confession would come as a surprise to people, but I have a strong feeling that my friends have already guessed that about me. Of course, I wasn’t born a snob, my mother raised...

High tea in England – at least in my home

by Jennie B This is a short story about my family’s high tea on Sundays.  Sunday lunch was always huge in my home.   It was a time for the whole family to gather for a big roast including meat, roast potatoes, and all sorts of vegetables, followed by a delicious...

Any Hot Beverage May Be Tea (Cocoa, Coffee, Tree Leaves)

by Lana When I first reviewed the offerings for this month’s article theme, I thought I did not have anything to contribute and to leave it alone, but then I remembered my historical relationship with tea. Let me first state that when I was growing up, almost any hot...

Happy Memories of Founding Mother Shirley Axon

by Robyn and the Ann Arbor Hills Tea Group When I think of Shirley, I remember last January’s Tea Group. Shirley was hosting and had her daughter’s house ready with fine tea and china – and then slipped and fell on the ice outside. So typical of Shirley were her...

Feeling Lonely, Lost, or Out of Place?

By Marja One of the themes Zilka Joseph is conveying in her anthology is dealing with experiences of living abroad.  According to my understanding, she describes the challenges of being different and feeling alien in a strange country.  Here I refer to the following...

TAKE YOUR TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES

By Shirley M Happy New Year! It is a brand New Year again, full of possibilities and hopes. Around this time of the year, one thing that unites us all, independent of our culture or background, is the belief that the New Year brings new hope, will and energy to...

Summertime in England

By Jennie Here’s hoping you had a wonderful holiday season with friends and family.  Poetry about living in different places reminded me that it’s not just culture, people, and landscapes that let you know you are living somewhere different, but also the presence of...

SNOW DAYS

By Shirley, Marja, Lana, and Martha B January around here brings the promise of snow and very cold days. It is easy for your family to end up cooped up inside your home in front of a screen. Instead, we, from the Newsletter team, would like to share some ideas on how...