MALCHA

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MALCHA

Yesterday, I went to a tea festival in Daegu. There were many booths, and inside each of them Korean ladies dressed in their traditional dress called hanbok served tea. I tasted malcha for the first time. It is a kind of tea made of green tea powder. The lady in the picture made it by using a special tool and then offered it to the visitors.

In other booths they served other kinds of tea, including a very fragrant tea with lotus flowers.

Beside the special flavor of many teas, I appreciated the refinement and elegance of the ladies to make and serve tea in the booths.

Making and serving tea is an art, so as cooking, painting, writing, playing a musical instrument and even living is an art. Don’t you think that human relations would be smoother and more beautiful if we applied a bit of art to our behavior?

Ettore Grillo, author of these books:

– A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

THE BROKEN DANDELION

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Dandelion is a medicinal herb widespread throughout the world. It is indicated to cure liver diseases and has diuretic properties as well.

A few days ago I picked a fair amount of dandelion herb. Once at home, I started cleaning it and put the buds whose stem was too long and hard to eat into a flower vase and poured some water. While selecting the buds I was on the brink of throwing away one of them whose stem was broken. Its shape was not attractive but finally I decided to put it into the flower vase along with the others.

The next morning almost all buds opened and to my surprise the most beautiful flower was the broken dandelion, as you can see in the picture.

Sometimes people are like broken dandelions. We tend to assess them by their outward appearance, but we don’t know what kind of flower they have in their heart.

Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
– Travels of the Mind
http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo