me me me and tea

October 25, 2008|Posted in: appreciation, green, tea

I have this thing about loose leaf tea lately. Like, it never occurred to me to drink it because it’s just a pain in the patoot to measure the leaves and they get all wet and stick to everything and then you have to scrape them out of the strainer and blah blah blah.

But, for some reason, lately I’ve been drinking loose leaf tea and using my tea strainer (I have a couple of cute ones — shaped like a house or a tea cup, but I like the round one best). And it feels rather nice to be enjoying a beverage that does not produce much waste and is good for you. Not even a tea bag. Loose tea comes in a tin, which is reusable or recyclable, and there’s no paper waste. I like that. So, although on occasion I will gladly use a tea bag if that’s what is available, these days I’m paring it down to essentials. Just the tea and the strainer, and a cup of hot water.


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Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning journalist, author, and blogger. She is the author of six books: three novels, one poetry collection, and two women's history. She was the Poet Laureate of Alameda, California, in 2014-17. She's also the conservatrix of The Doris Diaries, the diaries of her great-aunt Doris Bailey Murphy. She has a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University, and MA in Early 20th C. British Literature from Cal State Hayward. Julia's articles have appeared on Salon, Thrillist, Paste, Scary Mommy, Narratively, Yahoo News, Your Tango, and Sweatpants & Coffee. Her articles have also run in Redbook, Woman's Day, Country Living, House Beautiful, Town & Country, the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Magazine, Quill, and MadeLocal. She was the founding editor of weekly Alameda Sun and literary zine Red Hills Review. Her poetry has been in The East Bay Literary review, Postcard Poems, Americus Review, Cicada, Tiferet Review, and many others. Julia has been recognized several times by the San Francisco, East Bay and Peninsula Press Clubs as well as the California Newspaper Association for her blogging since 2003.

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