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How to Learn Generosity From a Simple Cup of Courtesy Tea

Some thoughts over a cup of courtesy tea after living almost a year in Myanmar.

This is a guest post by Kristen Palana, aka: Michael’s wife, “Ms. Tea.”

It has been nearly a year now since I first moved to Yangon, Myanmar with my family. Initially I wondered if I would hate, like, or even love my new home. It’s one of the few places in my life that I moved to without having had the opportunity to visit first. (The other two were Edinburgh, Scotland and Los Angeles, CA. respectively.)

Inya Lake in Yangon

Inya Lake in Yangon

So over ten months in I can say with profound certainty that it is indeed love.  Yangon, Myanmar is the most happening city in all of Myanmar and yet it doesn’t suffer (yet) from choking smog or that boxed-in feeling you might get from Bangkok, Hong Kong, or New York City from an over abundance of giant skyscrapers blocking out the sun. Continue reading

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Wondrous Medicinal Benefits of Green Tea

Elizabeth Heck is an herbalist, writer and educator. She is the founding spirit behind Botanical Home Remedies which offers herbal home remedies courses and educational articles.


The value of drinking green tea goes far beyond flavor alone. I absolutely enjoy the soothing comfort of a tasty warm cup of tea, but green tea is so much more than an enjoyable drink.

As an herbalist and cancer survivor, I have long respected and relied on this plant beverage for its exceptional healing properties. After all, green tea’s recognition for valuable heath benefits has been known throughout history.

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My Funny Valentine: This Tea Blog

Kristen and Michael with mugs

That’s gluhwein in our mugs, but this blog is ALL about tea.

This is guest-blogger Kristen Palana here. I’m “Ms. Tea,” Michael’s wife.

Michael’s Valentine’s Day present tomorrow is this new tea blog, Man With a Mug, and a few social media pages to go with it.

He is too modest to tell you, but he is a Tea Guru and I know you are going to love his posts about tea varieties, tea culture, and everything in between. You can also ask him questions and join/start a discussion. If you or someone you love is a Tea Lover, tell them about this site, like our Facebook Page, and (Shhhhhh! Don’t tell Michael about it…yet.) Thanks!