Thursday, April 24, 2008

Film Screening of the documentary "All In This Tea".


On Saturday, 04/26/2008 at 7pm Central, I will be hosting a screening of "All In This Tea" at the Green Leaf Coffee House.

What: Film Screening of the documentary "All In This Tea".

When: Saturday, April 26th, at 7pm CDT

Cost: Free, but call ahead to reserve seating as capacity is limited to just under 40 persons.


Green Leaf Coffee House(located in Sun Plaza)
2400 S. Eola Road, Suite G
Aurora, IL 60504

Contact: Jillmarie or Shannon


It's A Tea-cup Universe...

An ancient bush reigns,
Upon the misted hills of China,
Stone trails nearly forgotten,
Walking a way of antiquity.

Can you taste the world or the sky?

Ten days of weather in a basket of leaves and buds,
How high a bush sits on the hill,
What lies far beneath our feet,
How did hands move - long or fast or gentle?

A family art as fine as butterfly wing breezes.

Everything modern can move mountains,
Dead dirt and dull uniforms,
Machine-printed cheap art for the masses,
Careless rush of rough touch.

Stubborn - the seeker of ancient heart.

Masterworks revived from the crush,
Uniqueness in a land of conformity,
Living tradition tied to nature,
Poetry in cupped hands and scent.

Taste it - it's a tea-cup universe that awaits.


By: Daniel A. Stafford
© 03/31/2008

Upon watching the documentary film "
All In This Tea," I was touched by the sheer poetic beauty of the ancient hills of China, covered in fields of tea bushes. For centuries, master tea makers have captured the nuances of location, weather, tradition, soil, and water in small cups, allowing the pass one's lips as liquid art. Every detail of environment is captured in each cup, every scrap of a bundle of tea's history blends with the water that makes it, and tells an intricate story in flavor to those who may listen.

Nearly overpowered and under threat of extinction by vast commercialization in the form of mass tea exporters, this was feared a dying art. Through the efforts of a man from the West who knew the true flavor of honestly authentic hand-made teas, a hole was pushed through the wall. A new way opened up for the art to survive, and thrive.

>From the factories to history to the smallest hand-crafted details and most ornate ceremonies, this is the visual poetry of tea's truth, and how it is both coming home to China and appearing in America. As a cup of tea warms the hands, "
All In This Tea" warms the heart, with knowledge and hope.

See it on the
Sundance Channel Tuesday, April 29th at 9:35 pm Eastern and Pacific.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Due To Excessive SPAM on the Yahoo Group...

I have changed the membership settings to require my approval for new members to join. Hopefully, that will keep our discussion list free of hot porn dates and trojaneers.