Citizens Ununited is a work that I think many people would like if only they knew about it. Citizens Ununited is Billings author P.R. Oliver’s first novel. In the genre of mystery thrillers, it is an action story with lots of gun battles and chases.
I love Indian tea, particularly fully oxidized tea made from the camellia sinensis var assamica plant. I adore the rich tastes and brisk mouth-feel of teas grown in Assam and Darjeeling. However, now I am experimenting with pu-ehr teas from the Yunnan Province of China.
I had a chance to take a closer look at Jack Ballard's book on photographing wildlife. This is really a good book on the subject.
Some things are great luxuries in life. Great wine, for example. It is wonderful, but it takes years to learn to appreciate and it is very expensive. Gaining the experience to appreciate a truly great wine is an enormous investment.
Tea, on the other hand, is inexpensive. It is, arguably, the most affordable luxury item. Even great tea is within reach of most everyone.
I was not able to imagine how it would work to host a panel of two outstanding wildlife photographers but it worked really, really well. Although their work has much in common, there are crucial differences. Dave Shumway produces photographs to hang on the wall as fine art; Jack Ballard creates photographs to appear in books or magazines. In both cases, wildlife photography demands exceptionally high quality from a technical and artistic perspective.
Tea tasting can be simple. When you are deciding which tea to buy, there are just a few things to consider.
- Does the tea smell good?
- Does the tea look good?
- Does the tea taste good?
- Does the tea feel good in your mouth?
On the simplest level, do you like it? If you like it, it is good.
We have several pages on making and evaluating tea. Here is their logical order:
Many people promote teas and tisanes for their health benefits. They are often used in traditional medicines. This is a very complex topic, requiring considerable expertise, because while many popular tisanes are known to be safe, there are many that are dangerous to drink, such as foxglove or comfrey. This House of Books carries a variety of common tisanes known to be safe, but does not promote their use medicinally. We recognize that many teas and tisanes have properties that may be beneficial to health.