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Pay Tea Forward

Amanda Schwarz

Teashop owner gives to all away and pays it forward. Catherine Ryan Hyde created the concept in her book of the same name. The idea is simple - someone does someone else a favor, and rather than requesting a favor in return, they request that a favor be done for someone else. This idea inspired Lisa Campbell to give her teashop away.

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Enjoyment Enviga

The Best and Worst of 2006

Amanda Schwarz

The end of a year is a good time to reflect on the events of 365 days prior. Many a pundit will compile a list of what was best and worst in 2006. Not to be left out, I present my own take on the high and low points of the year that's drawing to close, a period replete with departures and deception as well as ingenuity and promise.

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Enjoyment Will the plants like it?

Tea Leaf Experiments

Amanda Schwarz

Is there life after infusion for the beloved tealeaf? At my place of work, in an attempt to avoid clogged drains and moldy garbage pails, used tealeaves are flushed down the toilet. Although my rational self is fine with this, the insane tea lady inside feels it is a bit of an insult to the lovely leaf that flavors my hot water. But what other fate can a used tealeaf meet?

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Enjoyment Chris Cason

10 Discoveries in 10 Days

Amanda Schwarz

The first few days at a new job are always a bit harrowing, but usually due to getting to know your coworkers, filling out forms and battling the office copy machine. I am completely overwhelmed with how much there is to learn here at this, my new job -- both about the company and about tea.

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