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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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Facing The Ugly....

It occurred to me yesterday that I've given more energy to people talking shit about me on my blog over and above people lifting me up. I will e-mail Markeeda some dumb shit someone says about me in a heartbeat, but I can't remember not one time I've e-mailed her a positive thing.

Now let me be honest, for a moment I had stopped looking at my blog comments, my friend Peter suggested that I take a week off. He said, "Every time someone comes to your blog and tell you, "You ain't shit, it's just like your mama has been reincarnated." And he's right, to an extent, there are some women who has the spirit of my mama in this world; and my mother bless her soul is dead and gone, there is no need to keep that spirit around me. Then I got this comment the other day and it got me to thinking that been I've been throwing the baby out with the bath water.

"I am 58 years old and and while I was reading your blog, I had my 'Aha moment'.  I had an epiphany, an awakening, a heavy weight lifted.  Let me tell you something about yourself.  You are a burden-buster.  You are Jesus-like and comforting to the broken spirit.  You are helping to heal the broken-hearted.  Now, that is inspired by God, because Satan don't care how hard we hurt, he ain't backin' off.  
Use your holy gifts as inspired by Jehovah!!!I would like to thank you for opening my eyes about something and and now I don't have to carry that s _ _ t to my grave."

This was a wonderful comment. It's why I do what I do!!! So what's the problem in me? Why have I allowed people with small minds run my life and my blog? It's a fact, everything ain't for everybody. I can't  really explain why people who say they hate my life so much keep coming to my blog, other than misery loves company, or God keeps leading them back until they get their Aha Moment.

But this blog isn't about them, it's about me. I understand on one level that people will always have opinions of you, based on how they see life and that doesn't really bother me. What has bothered me is the hate people throw out of  their mouths and often time in the name of Christianity, when Jesus was all about love. I understand that I can't do a thing about that. I can only do something about me.

ABOUT ME! I've come to realize that you can't run from mean spirited people. They are everywhere; at your job, in the grocery line and even in your home. You cannot avoid them, but you can determine their importance in your life.  You can't always control how much of your physical space they take up, but your spirit and your mind belongs to you. Stop letting people take up space in your head and heart and they ain't paying rent.

You can't avoid them. First off, you won't even know the energy people bring to the table if you avoid everyone. You have to interact to know. You cannot live in a bubble.  You can't be afraid to live because you may miss out on the wonderful that will come your way. That's what I had been doing with my blog comments, missing the wonderful trying to avoid the horrible.  Last week I did a whole lot of reflecting, no provocative sex and dating blogs, just forward thinking about my life.

Fifty is doing something to me. I feel like I've been reborn again. I'm living out loud more than I ever have and I'm loving it. This Aha Moment hit me like a ton of bricks; don't throw out the good with the bad. The bad will help you be a better person too. There is a lesson in EVERYTHING!

Actually what it's done for me, all the nasty ass comments that is, it makes me more tolerant of others. They say in AA that judgments kill and they do, so now I take a second and look at everything before I draw a conclusion and sometimes I say, you just don't know. That's the truth,  you never know what someone's journey might be and how it affects them from what they wear to how that think and act.  I'm not trying to break someone's spirit, not on purpose. I see that enough on my blog.

So you can't avoid the ugly and if you face it head on, something good may actually come out of it. The ugly has a useful place in our lives, it helps us to be better people. It should show us, what we don't want to be, or do. Take them for what they add, and leave the rest right where you found it. That's what I mean about control "it" in your space.  You can't internalize it, nor should you! You know the truth about you and you can't let someone waltz into your life and try to get you straight on what you already know. But don't run from it, take it for what it is and not a tad more.  When you run from it you might miss a lesson in it or you just miss that thing that you should have stumbled upon. It's like every time I go for my morning walk, I see a new flower blooming, but if I had never taken the walk, I would have missed it. Something wonderful is always around the corner. Life is taking the good with the bad and doing the most out of them both.

Posted on my Facebook Page this week!

"Wow! I just been sitting here for the last 4hrs watching and listening to your story I have been cry not just for your situation but just you are a phenomenal woman I'm happy for you being able to still be around to tell your story and I love your attitude lol!!! If you ever come to Detroit, MI I would love to meet you in person you are a hero to so many Thank You!"
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