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Year End Reflections

I love December for the advent calendars. We should have them every month! Today’s advent calendar reveal came with the cutest trinket, along with a lovely question. What have you learnt this year?  Let me think about that over a cup of…

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Destination: …where?

“How do you know when the tea is ready?” This question is always on my mind as I shadow tea master, Fu Chen. Everything she does, I mirror. She observes the freshly picked leaves and I look and look. She…

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The Eggplant Parable

I get this feeling that I am wandering through life, picking up things – some of which are quite wonderful – like diplomas, knowledge, experience, and then not doing much with it. The first time I heard that phrase, “jack…

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Handmade

Everyday, we are sculpting our handmade lives. Whether we are making spreadsheets or dinner, our hands are busy making something. Here are some photos of how the people in Yilan, Taiwan use their hands daily. Staying here and living amongst…

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Kung Fu and Cultivation

Some things come to us in a flash, but most things take time and effort before great results are revealed.  In Chinese, they use the word “kung fu” to refer to this slow dedicated practice. For example, if you’ve been…