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with Evelyn Reid

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Evelyn Reid

Masala Chai: How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

Masala Chai: How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

Masala chai is a spicy Indian tea boiled with spices and milk on a stove top to produce the perfect cup. But who has the time to monitor a boiling pot and stir constantly to prevent the milk from clotting? Here’s an easier way to get the same amazing flavor, complete with homemade froth.

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The Wind and the Banner

The Wind and the Banner

This is the story of two monks who argued about everything, right down to whether the day would turn out good, or bad, and whether the wind moved the banner—or is it the banner moving the wind? An exasperated Zen master got fed up. And chimed in.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: Beat Winter Blues the Scandinavian Way

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Beat Winter Blues the Scandinavian Way

Seasonal affective disorder can be brutal. Some think a lack of sunlight is behind the winter blues. Yet people in and around the Arctic circle living months on end with no visible sun along the horizon are less depressed than those living through milder winters with more daylight. What’s their secret?

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The Empty Boat and the Angry Man

The Empty Boat and the Angry Man

The empty boat and the angry man describes a 2000+-year-old parable found in the Book of Chuang Tzu. How many of us would react the same way if faced with identical circumstances?

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The Ego Is a Monkey

The Ego Is a Monkey

According to Hua Hu Ching (or Huahujing), an ancient Chinese text, the ego is the equivalent of a monkey catapulting through the jungle. Threaten it, and things get a little wild.

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What Is Soft Is Strong

What Is Soft Is Strong

What is soft is strong, one of life’s great paradoxes according to Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese sage who allegedly authored these words 2,500 years ago. But what does he mean?

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The Best Earl Grey Decaf I’ve Ever Tasted

The Best Earl Grey Decaf I’ve Ever Tasted

The best Earl Grey decaf tea I’ve ever tasted also happens to be the best decaf I’ve ever tried. And tried decafs I have. I call them attempts to turn an otherwise obsessive tea habit limited to a short daytime window into a magical 24-hour realm of possibility.

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The Mind Is Like a Knife

The Mind Is Like a Knife

“The tiny particles which form the vast universe are not tiny at all. Neither is the vast universe vast. These are notions of the mind, which is like a knife.” Or so claims the Hua Hu Ching, aka Huahujing, an ancient text believed by some to have been authored by Tao sage Lao Tzu.

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The Usefulness of Uselessness

The Usefulness of Uselessness

A craftsman going to the state of Ch’i came to a certain mountain and saw an enormous tree at a shrine there. Yet, to the puzzlement of his apprentice, the craftsman paid it no mind and went on his way without stopping. So his apprentice asked him why.

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Ouija Board Researchers Stunned by Revelation

Ouija Board Researchers Stunned by Revelation

Who is doing the talking, exactly? Ethereal spirits guiding human hands on the planchette? Or mere mortals unaware of their own movements? Researchers looking to settle the debate had no idea they were about to answer a completely different question.

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The Tao of Death

The Tao of Death

When Chuang Tzu was about to die, his disciples expressed a wish to give him a splendid funeral. But Chuang Tzu was baffled by their logic.

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This Nepali Black Tea Tastes Like Honey

This Nepali Black Tea Tastes Like Honey

Nestled in the Himalayas an 11-hour drive from Kathmandu is Jun Chiyabari, an organic Nepali tea garden reaching elevations nearing 7,000 feet above sea level, whose plots feature a unique blend of Darjeeling, Chinese, Japanese, and Taiwanese cultivars.

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Feeding the Belly Brain

Feeding the Belly Brain

You have a second brain. It’s in your gut. And non-human organisms squatting in your body are calling the shots. Stressed out? Depressed? Anxiety-ridden? You might want to get on their good side.

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Why Tao?

Why Tao?

There’s a lot more to Tao than Pooh Bear and yin yang symbols. Not that there’s anything wrong with Pooh Bear and yin yang symbols. Both are quite delightful, actually.

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Rare Winter Frost Tea From the Blue Mountains

Rare Winter Frost Tea From the Blue Mountains

Tea in India, like in other tea-producing countries, is typically picked in spring, summer, and autumn. But one region in the country waits for a chilly window in January and February when frost hits to pluck its prized leaves, producing a sweetening effect similar to what happens with ice wine grapes.

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The Transformation of Things

The Transformation of Things

“Once I, Chuang Tzu, dreamed I was a butterfly and was happy as a butterfly.” One of the ancient sage’s most famous utterances might be his most profound.

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Why Tea?

Why Tea?

To be a fly on the wall when the first cave folk discovered the glory of leaf-soaked water. Little did he or she know the humble beverage would become the most popular tonic on the planet.

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The Tiger in the City

The Tiger in the City

“Sir,” said the sage. “Suppose you were eating your dinner and a man rushed up and told you that there was a tiger in the middle of the city. Would you believe him?”

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