Warning: Steep Risk

I mix my own tea blends and use tea filters from a local tea shop. To the left is a Jasmine Dragon Green Tea & a Roobios. To the right a Green & an Earl Grey.

Sun Tea is not the nation’s number one summer killer, but you must be aware and take care.

Warm water + organic material (tea)  + time = a jar full of bacteria. And that—to use a technical term— is icky.

And yes, I know, sun tea is a summertime tradition and it is just plain good. But there is a safer alternative: Refrigerator Tea.

And even if you aren’t frightened of a little bacteria (I’ve survived worse) think of it this way: Sun tea typically takes 3 to 4 hours to brew, then you have to cool it. Refrigerator tea is made in about 6 hours and it ready to drink when it’s done!

“If you look at every human being as a Divine mirror, you will know yourself and understand life.” —Sherif Baba

This morning I am going to the East Lewis County Relay for Life event in Morton. I’m on assignment for The Chronicle. I’m a little anxious about it.

I don’t know anything about cancer. Don’t know anyone with cancer, I only know of people with cancer. But not knowing anything about the subject I’m writing about hasn’t stopped me before. It won’t stop me now.

What has me anxious is the fact that I know I will see some really Divine human faces — and, well, while I do see Divine faces everywhere, everyday, I have a feeling that this will be different. These faces will have brightly colored labels of “Survivor” emblazoned across their chests. These faces will have mothers and daughters and fathers and sons, aunts, uncles and grandparents who have not survived or who are still in the midst of a Great Struggle.

These faces, I know, will be heartbreakingly Divine and beautiful.


~ by Kimberly Mason on July 10, 2010.

3 Responses to “Warning: Steep Risk”

  1. May I suggest a twist? You know, like lemon in the tea. No, not really. Not that kind of twist. The twist I have in mind is in regard to the story ahead of you.

    Be the story. There are lots of people out there who, like you, have not been touched by cancer and don’t know about cancer. The stories of the people you meet today will be important, but I think you will touch even more hearts by sharing how YOUR heart is touched. You write of such things so well, it just seems natural.

    That is all.

    • You’re so right, Anne, thank you! Not knowing is okay. It is not wanting to understand or not reaching out that isn’t okay. I can do this! (Reporter awaaaaaay!) 😀

  2. Wow, never thought about it. The tea, I mean. Then again, I don’t drink tea. The cancer story sounds like it could be very eye-opening for you. When you are interviewing and observing, just remember the bravery that you are witnessing. ~karen

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