Welcome to Tea Olive Tree! I have started this blog to share my life and writing with you. You’ll find recipes, stories, lesson plans, musings on parenthood, and much more here. I hope you take a look around and drop a comment to say hello. Why Tea Olive Tree? Great question! The tea olive tree is a fragrant tree that […]
I happen to be the type of teacher who deeply values aesthetic and organization in preparing for a new school year. Once school starts, I totally embrace the beautiful production of organized chaos which follows. I primarily teach 12th grade English and there are many moving parts in my weekly routine. One way I keep the “organized” in “organized chaos” […]
This week Vern, my good friend and fellow teacher, and I tried out a Paint Nite class for the first time. We had been discussing going for awhile and came across a Groupon for an Asheville Paint Nite class at 44% off ($45 tickets marked down to $25). I had not used the website in at least a year or […]
Today after running some errands, Layal and I dropped by The Hop for some ice cream (1/2 Salted Caramel + 1/2 Mocha Oreo, I know you were wondering). If you are reading this from out of town, just note that this is a must try on your next visit to Asheville. After Layal (literally) shed a few tears when there was […]
I wrote a draft of this poem in 2015, but now it has transformed with more purpose. To baby Layal at 8 months: lid to lid, nose to nose When she lifts her lily lashes, iridescent irises and dark pupils in constant subtle motion, I’m breathless falling softly, slowly, into a window to her worries and her wisdom. Words of […]
Today I want to give a big shout out to comfort companions. Comfort companions are food/drinks/activities that we turn to on rough days (or even every day) for reassurance and love. Mine include listening to This American Life on NPR, the smell of frying onion and garlic, and aimlessly browsing the shelves of our local used bookstore Mr. K's.
And tea. Lots and lots of tea.