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December 6, 2005
If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again

It's 3am in the morning, and I can not get back to sleep.

At 2 o'clock the alarm had to be set to give my baby an antibiotic. The sound of alarm shook me to the core. And now I am awake. This usually happens if I've gotten at least two hours of sleep.

After tossing and turning for nearly an hour, I decided to go downstairs and put on a pot of tea. I looked in the pantry and found exactly what I was searching for:

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime

There are three tea bags left.

On the back of the box is a quote by Diane Loomans, author of The Laughing Classroom: Everyone's Guide to Teaching With Humor and Play from another one of her books, Full Esteem Ahead. Looman says:

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October 19, 2005
What Do Starbucks Coffee, God & Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Life" Have In Common?

Ten-times-out-of-ten I go to Rugged Elegance Select Establishment, Peet's Coffee & Tea in the a.m., after taking the girls to school and then working out. However this morning, I happened to be at KGO-TV where Emmy Award-winning tv and radio reporter and Consumer Confidential author, Michael Finney was giving a personal tour of ABC's studio to a group of San Francisco 2nd Graders. Michael's wife, Brenda was gracious enough to provide coffee and Noah's bagels for the chaperones. The coffee she served was from Starbucks.

Until today, die-hard Peets fans like me called Starbucks, "The Evil Empire." However, this morning I must change my tune.

The coffeemaker, which calls itself the premier purveyor of the finest java in the world, may have cornered the coffee market in nearly every major city -- save perhaps Israel.

Yes, they've now got airport stores, music bars, urban coffee shops, and drive-through-windows.

What they also now have is soul.

And I'm not just talking about the fabulous Hear Music CDs you can buy at Starbucks. (I think I have every one.)

Or the Starbucks store located in Seoul, Korea.

I'm talking about God-inspired messages printed on coffee cups.

Of course, these are in addition to quotes already being printed from new age authors, rap artists, jazz geniuses and other inspirational types.

As I finished my cup of Kenyan coffee at KGO, I couldn't help but look for the message on my cup, after learning that the company is printing sixty-three quotes from writers, scientists, musicians, athletes, politicians and cultural icons, including scriptural messages by one of America's preeminent Christian thought-leaders, Reverend Rick Warren.

I was hoping to discover a reflection from Warren, the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Warren is also the author of wildly successful, New York Times best-selling book called The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?, which twelve of us from San Francisco's City Church studied last spring.

However, like the Bazooka Gum wrappers I'd look forward to reading as a kid, my adult "siren song" indulgence from Starbucks would not be by Warren, at least not today.

However, on Tuesday, October 18th 2005, Starbucks spokeswoman Sanja Gould did confirm that Reverend Warren's inspirational quotes would be printed on their cups of java and other drinks in the future.


The mermaid cup I got today had a message written on it by James Brown, the Emmy-winning sports broadcaster and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday.

Quote #58

Brown's Quote #58 of sixty-three said:

I have faith. Faith in our wondrous capacity for hope and good, love and trust, healing and forgiveness. Faith in the blessing of our infinite ability to wonder, question, pray, feel, think, and learn. I have faith. Faith in the infinite possibilities of the human spirit.
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October 26, 2004
Green & Black Tea Boost Memory, May Help Treat Alzheimer's Says Newcastle University

Looking to boost your memory? Follow what the Brits have been doing for over 350 years, the Japanese for 1,200 years and the Chinese for over 5,000 years. Drink tea. A team from the Medicinal Plant Research Centre at Newcastle University in northeast England makes this recommendation about both green and black tea. Their research found that tea inhibits the activity of key enzymes in the brain associated with memory. The researchers hope their findings, published in the Phytotherapy... more

October 1, 2003
Drinking Tea May Lower Bad Cholesterol

Yahoo! News: Black tea consumption may lower bad cholesterol levels and could one day be used to help reduce the chance of heart disease for those at risk, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said they found consumers who drank black tea for three weeks experienced a decrease of between 7 percent and 11 percent in their low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or so-called bad cholesterol. Exactly what caused the LDL cholesterol level to drop... more

June 19, 2003
Ancient Chinese Secret: White Tea Everywhere

Orange Country Register: White is the new green. We are talking about tea, not T-shirts. The mythical fountain of youth is now filled with white tea. The pale minimally processed Chinese tea is being pitched as the next great thing for drinking and as a cosmetics ingredient. It's even said to eclipse green tea's benefits. Researchers are finding white tea has more disease-fighting antioxidants than green tea. The white elixir has joined green tea as a possible preventative for... more

May 21, 2003
Can Tea Bag Bad Breath?

HealthScout News Service: If you're worried your bad breath will put a damper on a date, you might consider substituting tea for wine with that candlelight dinner. Two new studies suggest that regular tea drinking can stave off unsociable mouth odors. Both were presented May 20 at the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.... more

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