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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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

At The Hospital Today...

I'm at the hospital today getting the mediport placed. It is a same day surgical procedure. While I will not have to go under anesthesia, I will have to be heavily sedated. As I've been explaining, ( You can back track on the last few blogs...  Naked Before God is a good one...

 I've had so many picc lines and that has caused so much damage to the veins on my left side that getting a more permeant method to receive IV medication just makes clinically sense; but honestly, it's very scary getting this permanent line.

And while I'm trying to be a trooper, I am very sad that this must be done. I wish there was another way, but it is what it is... Some things can't be undone. I tell young people every day, make sure that you know what you are doing because this shit is real!

I wish I could really explain how hard living with AIDS is. I smile through it. I keep moving through it, but I wish I could really explain how my heart hurts.

AIDS has caused so much ugly in my life, it's a wonder that I haven't lost my mind. I'm thankful for all the people in my life that are trying to keep me together during this difficult period. I'm even grateful for all the encouragement that I get through Social Media... Thank you...

Having no family is a real aloneness for me. Over the years I've had so many people make promises and commitments to support me who just left. I can only conclude that whoever suppose to be in my life is.... So thank you for every word of encouragement, every tweet and every prayer and to everyone who stay...  We try to justify lack of supporting people.. But in reality, we should support people because of who we say we are and who God has called us to be, not because of them. And if there's no threat to your person, everything else is just an excuse.

This is a dark period for me and I'm trying to hold onto some light in the midst of this darkness. I am thankful to be alive no matter how hard this living is, but don't be confused, I'm fighting for my spirit right now.

While it should be a pretty routine procedure, I do need to have the port place through interventional medicine because of the scaring I have in my veins.

If all goes well, I will probably begin IV medication to treat the drug resistant herpes on tomorrow. Please keep me in your prayers today.

Post Script:  For more background on the drug resistant herpes and why I have to keep going back on IV medication and it's relationship to AIDS just search herpes in my blog; there are many blogs on it. You can start HERE with the Blog Overcoming Shame.

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