Tea performing arts, tea terminology and translation, promote tea studies and innovations. *Contact ,icetea8@gmail.com, Trad. and Simp. Chinese used. Blog since 6/23/2005
Name: Steven R. Jones; Link: http://teaarts.blogspot.com/
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名字:瓊斯史迪芬Steven R. Jones, 網址: http://teaarts.blogspot.com/

7/22/2010

Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony Demonstration 無我茶會示範( 聖地亞哥 ) 2010

For the 2011 Tea Apprecitions events in San Diego here:
Tea Appreciation Day (2011)

For information and tea tips:

Below is the Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony class 2010:
Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony Demonstration 無我茶會示範( 聖地亞哥 )8/2010

Dianna Harbin has been busy promoting tea culture and preparing for Tea Appreciation Day next year 2011.
Dianna Harbin ✆ to SanDiegoTea-an. Announcing a new Meetup for San Diego Tea!
What: Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony
When: Saturday, August 7, 2010 1:00 PM
Where: Cristiano Spa & Wellness/Numero Water Boutique
http://www.cristianospa.com/
1660 India Street
San Diego , CA 92101
(619) 236-0300

Details:
Water is over 99% of liquid tea content.  In order to enjoy quality tea, we must start with pure water.  Come brew tea, serve tea, drink tea the Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony way! Everyone participates in this great way to make tea on the go, indoors or outdoors, for just a few or for hundreds of participants! Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony is a modern, easy version of Gongfu Tea and we will make tea at least four times.
Demonstration by Steven R. Jones and Lee Shang Jones, with tea brewers Dianna Harbin, Dharlene Fahl, and Namie Heins.

Schedule
- Intro
- Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony history
- Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony intro
- Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony demo
- Complete Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony including tea tasting and appreciation
- Q&A, and feedback
- Workshop, hands on brewing, practice tea ceremony
- Finish
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(updated Aug 7, 2010)
participants: 10
Today's ceremony and workshop teas were:  Ali Alpine(high mountain) Oolong, Green Spiral Tea, Aged Brick Dark Puer, and Pouchong Tea.  We are looking foreward to next year May 2011 Tea Appreciation Day in San Diego and June will have the International Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony in Taipei.  Thanks to "Cristiano Spa & Wellness/Numero Water Boutique" we were extented and extra hour, this gave eveyone a chance to brew tea.

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7/20/2010

Tea Culture and Gongfu Tea Ceremony Lecture and Demo

Tea Culture and Gongfu Tea Ceremony

Tea Masters :  Lee and Steven Jones
Pfizer,  La Jolla

Date: May 27th, 2010
Time: 12:00~2:00pm
Topic: Tea Culture and Gongfu Tea Ceremony
Schedule including: Introduction, Lecture and slideshow,

Contemporary Gongfu tea ware and tea ceremony site,
Tea tasting for entire group, Q&A and serving tea.

7/12/2010

茶文化

我親愛的好友:
唯一兩岸三地同步發行、全球華人追求和平發展的精品月刊《Look Taiwan》美麗寶島雜誌,本期(2010年7月號)刊出一篇由名電視製作人周在台撰寫、專訪阿亮的報導〈進入吳德亮詩書茶畫的迷人世界〉,特別摘錄於下與您分享:

進入吳德亮詩書茶畫的迷人世界◎周在台
是畫家,也是詩人;能寫歌,還懂譜曲;不只主持節目,更能做節目企劃;收拾行囊,背起相機,搖身一變又活脫是個大冒險家,踏遍千山萬水,譜出篇篇詳實而深具內涵的旅遊與茶藝文學。他就是集詩、書、畫、攝影、茶道於一身的吳德亮,被台灣文藝界朋友封為「全方位藝術家」,堪稱一位才華洋溢,又充滿熱情與活力的詩人藝術家,交談中很難不被他渾身散發的熱力所感染,人稱「阿亮大師」是也。

「阿亮大師」解說茶文化

出生於台灣花蓮的吳德亮,年輕時對文學、藝術就有很深的情感,尤其對茶文化更有獨到精闢的見解。他以詩人的心、畫家的眼、作家的筆,深入的觀察與分析,多年來出版了《風起雲湧普洱茶》、《台北找茶》、《珍珠奶茶完全攻略》、《台灣找茶》、《普洱找茶》、《普洱藏茶》、《客鄉找茶》《兩岸烏龍名茶》等多本叫好的茶書;內容深入淺出、鉅細靡遺,配上生動的文學敘述,與繽紛的影像,把茶文化之美昇華於照片與文字中。

在《普洱找茶》一書中,他以一首「夜飲百年普洱」作為序詩,傳神地表達普洱茶的陳韻與迷人丰姿:
我們沸水為媒 天目為器
紅濃明亮的茶湯
在舌尖舞動輕轉
喚醒油膩滿覆的味蕾
漱去腦滿腸肥的貪婪
盪氣直入丹田,幻化
醇厚回甘的驚豔不斷

他怎麼會喜歡上茶,他的茶書又有什麼特色呢?

吳德亮說「飲食文化是一切文化的基礎,我喜歡茶,所以找茶、寫茶,並且希望更多人了解茶、喜歡茶。我的茶書是平實的、消費者取向的,教人如何找茶、辨別茶,並且像藝術品一樣要使人感動;為了紀實,我時常與茶農、茶廠接觸,與他們生活在一起。可以說我是去「找」茶的,從採收到完成,一對一採訪,像是報導文學,但還加上一點「品味」。所有消費文化或飲食文化都涉及品味問題,必須引導消費者喝茶,並且教育他們喝什麼茶需要什麼樣的心情,這樣讀者就會開始講究茶具,惜茶、品茶,慢慢進入茶文化的世界,進而提升文明,這是茶最引人的地方」。

獨特的詩畫視角

曾在《新新聞》、《新觀念》、《飲食雜誌》等各大報刊撰寫專欄,近幾年更以旺盛的創作力出版了近30本書,包括旅遊、報導文學、詩集、散文集、攝影集、畫集,可說「著作等身」。卻始終不曾停下畫筆,更曾在國立台灣藝術館等地舉辦油畫或水彩個展多次,名作家履彊,對他的畫作有著最直接的評價:

「德亮,詩人的名字,一個『出色』的畫家,說他『出色』,緣於他對色彩的敏銳,緣於他以詩人的心靈來經營一幅幅油彩或水彩,寫實或是超現實,也緣於他的詩畫交融」。「德亮的畫有著『水色抒情』的溫柔與壯闊之美。詩人的心靈、畫家的筆,敏銳而充實的一步一腳印的生活,生命的歷程建構的圖像,飽滿的色彩,揮灑出古樸的或者現代的台灣之美」。
深入觀賞吳德亮的畫作,可以發現他喜歡運用具象的敘述性表現手法,將地域及其周圍環境作強烈對比的批判,豐富多樣的技巧融入大膽繽紛的色彩,再透過詩的多重語彙的運用,整個畫面總能予人流暢與親切的善感,尤其他在不受學院畫派的羈絆下,真正能夠在以人為本位的心靈世界裡,捕捉到一種深沈的情愫。

茗、詩、畫的築夢空間

走進德亮的工作室,一屋子盡是他的創作與收藏,濃濃的藝術氣息,介於都市與鄉村、傳統與現代、夢想與生活之間,一點也不虛無縹緲的心靈角落;是一個勤奮踏實的都會男子,品茗、寫詩、畫畫的築夢空間。

吳德亮還擅長DIY式的加工改造,如一件從中國雲南攜回的少數民族婦女服裝,即被他以木刻等綜合媒材「架」上客廳沙發後方成為作品,並在衣領開口處塞入一塊固定的木片,題詩曰:「解開傳統的束縛,需要五千年的勇氣。」令人過目莞爾。

而在一系列的畫作外,德亮更以綜合媒材創作出許多具有現實感的作品,無論是砧板上的魚、原住民的圖騰、洗衣板等,結合上恰如其份的詩句,都讓這些看似平凡無奇的材料,展現出令人驚奇的意義,在這個打破通俗與精緻、古典與現代、庶民與菁英的後現代情境中,德亮以強大的實踐力,表現出多媒材創作的生命力。

您永遠的好友 德亮敬上德亮的繁體部落格:http://blog.yam.com/teliang
德亮的簡體博客:http://blog.sina.com.cn/teliang

7/03/2010

Gulf Oil Spill, No need(too late) for apologies

No need(too late) for apologies -April 20

They did it
“It ain’t my fault”, many articles have been so eloquently written on, finger pointing and shift blaming from “us” to “them”, in order to make us sleep well at night. And aren’t we the greatest Monday morning quarterbacks. The “who did it” problem was created by a demand for oil. Yet just like drugs if you didn’t have a buyer you wouldn’t have a seller.

The hard facts
“Hello, my name is Man and I am an oilaholic.”, to change, one must first come to terms with reality.  Man is Earth’s worst enemy. We all are in some way responsible for the oil spill. Humans are intelligent social animals that are destructive to nature’s balance and overpopulate.  Humans have out-witted their natural enemies, Nature attempts to keep man in check through various microbe and viral diseases.

Boy are we special
There’s much written on the greatness of human endeavor. Yet most of the merits have been to better the human race or fix problems we have caused. As far as the other side of the coin, so far humans continue to overpopulate Earth, and armed with intelligence as well as survival and reproduction instincts, man is also his own enemy capable of self-destruction. Humans are driven by instinct which manifests in some degree as: extravagance, lust, gluttony, greed, acedia, despair, sloth, wrath, envy, pride, vainglory. Different from other creatures, humans experience great highs and lows making for a variety of unpredictable actions.

To use lots of oil or not use lots of oil
Due to the improvements in oil use efficiency, the air in many cities is cleaner, and that’s a good thing. If we focus on our individual imprint and use less oil and oil related products like plastic, we will make a difference regardless of how small it is. Obviously if consumers use less oil companies will extract less oil. A small yet immediate impact would be if we used bicycles for some transportation, we would be healthier and use less oil. An extra bonus, we will have cuter and smaller bodies and use less fabric for clothing.

Help
Dear Gods, God, Buddha, Allah, Jesus, BP, Tao, the Dutch boy with his finger in the leak, Lucky Charm, or anyone of YOU, we all hope that there is a way to fix this leak in the ocean. Let’s all be humbled and feel some guilt, and WE (human race) have a responsibility before a claim to blame.

~Just a guy, Jul 2010
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The Taiwanese vessel dubbed "鯨魚號A Whale," which is describe as the largest oil skimmer in the world, will assist with cleanup of the oil spill.
英國石油公司 BP, British Petroleum
清除墨西哥灣Gulf of Mexico
台灣海陸運輸公司Taiwan Marine Transport, TMT
除油船小檔案



What can we do?     
It might seem that the only way to go more than a few hundred feet is by automobile, we can walk, jog, or bike.
We should also state any of the above are dangerous and great caution must be used it is a mater of life and death.
What can we do about expensive polluting emissions? First think out of the box, there are many people in the world without cars, you don't have to stay where you live or you can change jobs cutting the distance can save all kinds of money and time(yet changing jobs  might not be possible due to the economy).  Use less transportation gas/oil, less wear and tear on the car, and use more body calories, we all have lots of calories and maybe we might lose a few of those unwanted pounds at the same time, how? If your area is safe with sidewalks or paths and again I say if safe(also crime-wise) and if the air is not smoggy polluted. Step one re-learn walking, kids do it all the time.  You don't have to be a long distance runner, just walk or jog.  You don't have to be an indoor calorie burner, if you find that boring, but for the incarcerated they don't have a choice.  Something happened back in the 1950s in new communities, the one problem was wide spreadout suburb living do to lowering cars prices and oil and increase in wages, also an American culture of driving a car, which meant everything was segregated into live here, shop there, and drive through traffic to work. Save a gallon take a a new hobby ride a bike if you live in an area where bike lanes are provided, wear a helmet, bring a lock, and you don't have to buy an expensive bike. Important, if you have any hills in your area, BUY A BIKE WITH at least 18 GEARS, and if you have bumpy roads buy a bike with shocks and proper tires and use those legs   Go to the local store if you have one not too far and park up front, i mean up front no more circling for a parking spot, and have you noticed that car parking spots have shrunk, anyway when shopping  don't buy any watermelons or cases of drinks remember you got to lug it back or eat it first, ride around the neighborhood and discover you have neighbors, you will be noticed too, but no one is going to laugh, they might actually start thinking about their pants are getting tight and just maybe other people will join in.  This would give the neighborhood watch program a whole new perspective.  You might even stealthy sneak up on bad doers, well at least, you might finally find out, which neighbor has been letting their dog fertilize on your lawn and i don't mean pee.  Did you know that there are part of the world where the majority of the community does not have a car, they have public transportation, and a car is actually a pain, just ask a New Yorker.  And you don't need to buy a le tour de france bike either, they are great race bikes and the price tag will never allow you to leave it unattended so no trips to the store, or restrooms,  and they are for after you been riding you get involved riding real real seriously if ever.  I recommend buy a bike for a few hundred dollars from a local bike shop, this way you will get service, like simple free adjustments and they will want to keep you business because you live near by, and they need to keep their reputation.  You might even get a flat and be lucky enough to walk the bike right to the store and get it fixed.  Also some stores can direct you to clubs and bike activities too.