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, July 12, 2012

Thank you!!! #IcanntdoitAlone

Yesterday I was blue. This life is hard! From the medication to the daily health issues, pooping on yourself is not cute nor is waking up after 10 hours of sleep feeling like you have never been to sleep.  And Lawd knows, the money is tighter than it has ever been for me and sometimes I just want to holler at the top of my lungs. LORD! That is human! #ForReal lamenting is nothing new, just read the Bible and see for yourself.

Somedays, I have a pity party all by my freaking self and it is pathetic. LOL.. Yep! Yesterday was one of those days. I was sitting on my sofa saying Lord how am I going to make it? When am I going to get a break? When is it going to get better? I do what you have asked of me, so why is life so hard for me? Why? Why? Why?
Then late yesterday evening I got a bracelet sale from one of my Facebook Friends, who also ordered a book mark from me and my book on Kindle earlier. I sent her a thank you this morning and she responded by saying this is what Christians are supposed to do.

She writes, ".... as Christians we are called to help one another.  It matters not to me that I don't know you personally. Our bond with God is enough for me!"

That touched me even more and she is soooo on point! But I understand that everyone don't feel this way and I also understand that people don't have to do a thing for you. I get it! But I love how God shows up in the form of unexpected blessings.

I'm not even gonna tell you what is in my bank account. No point, but ummm it was a dark space with no light anywhere to be found. I spoke at a church a couple of weeks ago and I'm still waiting on them to give me that little love offering after two emails.  Needless to say,  it is hard for me right now, just hard.

Every bracelet and book sale I get goes straight to my day to day these days. So I'm grateful for those who sow into my life and work.

No one has to support you, on this I am very clear! I'm honored and even humbled that people do support me and the work that I do. My heart is so very very touched.

 My words to you, just keep living through it all. God will show up when you least expect. No, it may not be a windfall, but who cares, I'm learning to be grateful for the small things in my life. They are all blessings from God. A book sale here or there adds up as do a bracelet sale. Don't ever begrudge the small blessings waiting on the big ones, everything belongs and comes from God! #Fact

I just wanted to say THANK YOU! Thank you for every bracelet purchase. Thank you for every book purchase. Thank you for reading my blog. That you for sharing my blog with others. Thank you for your ReTweets and Facebook Post. Thank you! It's true #IcannotdoitAlone

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