Friday, August 10, 2007

Wisdom from Tea

What is it with some tea companies? They smartly impart snippets of wisdom, or just darn good quotes or thoughts on tea bag labels (Yogi Tea) and underneath bottle caps. It always gives me something to ponder and sometimes makes me smile which is probably the point. In the last two weeks, thanks to Honest Tea, I've enjoyed the refreshing Sublime Mate (pronounced mah' tay). It is organic yerba mate flavored with organic lime juice and organic ginger syrup. As the label says it's just "a tad sweet". It tastes oh, so good on an oh, so hot day. Recent quotes gleaned from the bottle caps:

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

"He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder." - M.C. Escher

"The only thing worse than watching a bad movie is being in one." - Elvis Presley

Honest Tea comes in several delightful flavors, and is sure to please while giving you something to consider. An added bonus, the company is committed to social responsibility and is Fair Trade Certified. Nice. Sure beats Lipton, owned by "multi-local multinational" Unilever. I'm sure Unilever does some good in this day and age where it's "PC" to do so, but they also have a page on their site that addresses chemicals found in everyday products. No thanks.

[Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.]

Thursday, August 09, 2007

On a hot day...'s good to think about snow for a couple minutes, but this isn't a meditation exercise. This was taken just down the road from our farm in Floyd County on Sunday, April 15. The day was crisp and innocent (although it was usually "Tax Day", so not entirely easy on the mind), and none us knew then what would happen the next day. But on this one day, we celebrated what was most likely the last snowfall since we were then knee-deep into Spring.

[Emerson took the picture of the cows, I took the top one.]