I have recently begun okeiko again with Bonnie Mitchell-sensei via Zoom. I am so grateful for the time and energy that she invests in every lesson. It has been more than 18 years since I attended weekly okeiko. After so many years on the teaching side, being a student again is humbling. Yet every …
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For the long haul
The dictionary defines the long haul as a prolonged and difficult effort or task. It also brings to mind carrying something for a long distance or time.
I am great at starting things: projects, cleaning, research, study. When I started my Chado studies, I was hungry for lessons. I wanted to know everything. I …
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As the world begins to open up again after Covid, activities that we used to enjoy can be intimidating to start again. As I contemplate starting tea lessons in person again, I am thinking how can I ease the way for students who may be hesitant to come to class. I will do my best …
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Guest Post by Andrew Nguy. Andrew was in China on a Fulbright scholarship when Covid broke out. Andrew studied with me online through the Covid pandemic. He is now off to Yale for East Asian graduate studies.
One wintry morning as I roamed the halls of a temple in China’s historical southern capital, I received …
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This glamorous and beautiful tea life
I am reminded almost daily, that not everything associated with Chado is glamorous or beautiful. The other day I was sifting damp ash for the ro and making a mess of it. While making damp ash occurs in heat of summer, by the time November comes around, my ash has dried somewhat and clumped together. …
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