Discovering the Allure of Black Tea

Piles of different types of black tea leaves

When I tried my first cup of loose-leaf black tea, my first reaction was, “Oh, it tastes like black tea.” Hardly a culinary epiphany of gastronomical proportions. I was disheartened and worried my journey into the world of the camellia sinensis plant…

World Mental Health Day and Me

Profile of a head with a tree trunk in the neck and leaves for the brain. World Mental Health Day.

Today is World Mental Health Day, and it’s a day I’ll admit I’m always conflicted about. I sometimes worry that some of the messaging on mental health and mental illness makes it sound like a meme: “An affirmation a day keeps the shrink…