I don't quite remember when I fell in love with tea but I do remember the most special moments of me drinking tea. I was eighteen years old and I went to live with my biological mother for four months. I had just met her months earlier and it was awkward for both of us. She and her ex-husband lived a very quiet life in Boulder, Colorado. He was a professor at one of the universities and she was a housewife. After years of drug addiction and being in and out of jail, she deserved the break. I was homeless so she and her husband agreed to let me come live with them. Each evening my mother and I would find a spot in the living room with a cup of tea and a book.

Now, years later, I'm a self proclaimed tea expert. I start each day with a wonderful English Breakfast tea to get me going. As the day progresses, who knows what wonderful tea I will crown queen. But for sure, I have at least three cups of tea a day. And yes, when I can, I have tea everyday at about 3:00 P. M. I love to invite my friends over for tea and cupcakes and so far everyone thinks it’s a delightful experience. I am always in search of the best blend of tea. Yes, I’m a tea snob, I prefer loose tea but I do like some bags also. I have learned not to judge a book by it’s cover. Some bags can be quite nice. And yes again, any Diva knows, what you drink your tea out of is very important.

Tea for me is a way of life. It's wellness for the mind body and spirit. Here, I will explore every expect of tea possible, with a high concentration on wellness. I will review the best teas, the best places to have tea, the best ways to brew tea, the best tea accessories, what tea goes best with what foods, and the list goes on and on. I plan to share my passion for tea with you. And I've been told, nothing I do is ever boring so be prepared to go on this tea journey with me.

RLT Collection Tea Ball Frosted Clear Beads!

Mint Medley by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

About This Tea:

Until recently I had never drank Peppermint Tea made with loose leaves. And Honestly, I will probably never go back. The freshness of loose Peppermint Tea cannot be denied. When I open the can of Mint Medley, From The Persimmon Tree Tea Company, I feel as if I stepped into a garden of peppermint leaves. It is a perfect blend of organic peppermint and spearmint leaves grown in the US.

Mint Medley has become a favorite and I find myself reaching for this tea tin almost everyday. It is great for on-going nausea. The health benefits and endless. It relieves muscle aches, headaches, migraines, stress. And now that it feels like someone is sitting on my chest and I have a mean cough, I'm sure it will help to relieve some of this congestion in my chest. Mint Medley has been in my tea cup more than any tea as of late. It has really helped with my winter cough, congestion related to this bout of pneumonia. You can read my full review on The Persimmon Tree Tea Company Mint Teas.

RLT Collection AIDS Awareness Tea Ball!

Welcome to my world of books! As an pre-teen books changed my world. I fell in love with the writers of the Harlem Renaissance period and the more I read the more I wanted to read. The fiction of this period was powerful and empowering all at the same time. It spoke to my own degradation and gave me hope for a better tomorrow. It gave me purpose for my own life and the courage to fight the good fight and never surrender.

I love to read! Inside a book I escape into someone else's life. There is something wonderful about turning to the next page of a wonderful story. Something intoxicating about the smell of the book and the story it brings to life. Reading brings me joy, and these days with my health in the balance, I find solace in my books.

I spent hours in my bedroom sequestered with the door closed reading the classics from the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes, Larsen, Hurston, Wright and Baldwin. Books became my escape and my salvation. The fiction of this period was powerful and empowering all at the same time. It gave me purpose for my own life and the courage to fight the good fight and never surrender.

Reading is the one thing that the pain of my life could never take away from me. It was the thing that helped to make it better. And even today, living with AIDS, books continue to be the safest place for me. It’s the one thing that belongs to me that AIDS cannot take away from me.The RLTReads book club will be books that I choose. It’s me sharing a part of me with you that has nothing to do with AIDS. It’s actually in spite of AIDS.

The RLTReads book club will be books that I choose. It’s me sharing a part of me with you that has nothing to do with AIDS. It’s actually in spite of AIDS. I have read hundreds of books from many different genres and I will pick the best of my reads over the years. I warn you, it will not be exclusively white or black, male or female, fiction or non fiction, it will be all of them.

I’m so excited and I’m grateful to everyone who wants to be a part of this venture. We already have 110 Book Club Members. You can email me @ RLTReads@raelewisthornton.com. The Twitter hashtag is #RLTReads. We can make this book club as wonderful as we want to make it. Who says that Oprah has to have the only ownership to a wonderful book club?

This Month We are Reading In My Fathers House by E Lynn Harris

Read along and join our discussion July 19th at 7 pm CST

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday Reflection: It Will Always Be The Blessing You Need

I’ve been on emotional overload these last few months. AIDS had me by the balls, so to speak: multiple infections, 11 different medications at 39 pills a day and a 5 hour IV drip once a week. And to make matters worse, the doctors seem to not have answers to all of my problems. I took hit after hit and I needed a break like yesterday. I was trying hard to be strong but honestly, I was at an all time emotional low. I kept looking up to God, but it seemed like He was silent. I know that God’s time is not always our time, but when you are in the midst of misery, you want God to hurry up.

But He didn’t hurry up and when He showed up, it was in the most unexpected way. My best friend Luke had originally planned to come to Chicago for the AIDS Walk, but work changed those plans and I was so disappointed. But he promised to make it up and that he did. He came to Chicago to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with me. And boy it was just what I needed. We went grocery shopping. I cooked and he watched and ate. I will admit, he did help me clean, but I promise you he has no idea how to cut celery. LOL!

We spent lazy mornings sipping tea, eating cinnamon crisps and watching TV. He introduced me to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and I introduced him to Law and Order SVU. And when we weren't watching one of those shows, we argued about what we should be watching.

Saturday morning we went to get a Christmas tree. That was fun, rolling a 7 ft tree down my Gold Coast street in a shopping cart. We both tweeted our drama play by play, our followers laughed at us and we laughed at them laughing. It was #Funtimes! I think the serotonin in my brain increased triple fold.

Saturday evening Luke interviewed me for a story for BET. I love it! We are so close, but when it comes to work, he becomes Luke, the producer/news manager, and I become Rae Lewis-Thornton, the AIDS activist. I can’t wait to see how he shaped my life in these news briefs for World AIDS Day this Wednesday.

And to make the weekend complete, on Saturday evening I had a tree trimming gathering so Luke could meet some of my Blogger/Twitter friends and those who support me in my daily struggle with AIDS. I was grateful that they all agreed to allow Luke to shoot footage of the gathering and some even interviewed about the impact of my use of Twitter in the fight against HIV/AIDS. But mostly we laughed and laughed and ate and ate, and that was just what I needed. I sent everyone home with a goodie bag of cookies, cake and pie because I love to cook and love to feed people equally as much.

Cee Cee Coming to Twitter Soon!

It’s true that God may not come when you think you need Him, but He is always on time. It may not always be the blessing you request, but it will always be the blessing that you need. I was reminded this Thanksgiving to be grateful for what you do have and not worry about what you want to have. God never sleeps or slumbers. All you have to do is hold on, your tomorrow will come just in time.

@JustJay45 and Shoeluvadotcom and hubby Cratediggahash
Raijean and Luke


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