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One Step Closer


Today Chicago came one step closer to hosting the 2016 Olympic Games by beating Los Angeles to become the US candidate city. Now we’re up against Rio, Tokyo, Madrid and Rome (among others). Winner to be announced in October 2009. There’s a raging debate on in Chicago about whether hosting an event of this magnitude […]

Snow in Chicago


It’s only October 12, and winter has begun in Chicago. This was the view from my deck this morning. No, those aren’t pretty white flowers. It’s snow. Time for a hot cup of tea. Incidentally, the odds of this happening are pretty slim. “In 136 years of Chicago weather records, temperatures have failed to climb […]

Did you know that there are over 38,000 tea estates in India and over 50,000 in China? Not to mention the rest of the tea-producing world, including Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Kenya, Zimbabwe, et. al. Believe it or not, all of them don’t produce high quality teas. A lot of this stuff […]