Flowering tea consist each of a bundle of dried tea leaves wrapped around one or more dried flowers. When steeped, the bundle expands and unfurls in a process that emulates a blooming flower.Typically they are sourced from the Yunnan province of China. Flowers commonly used in flowering teas include globe amaranth, chrysanthemum, jasmine, lily, hibiscus, and osmanthus.
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'To The Young Who Want To Die,' a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks, read by RM.
Sit down. Inhale. Exhale.
Jackie Kashian’s The Dork Forest allows guests to discuss whatever subjects they are passionate about. In this episode comedian and author Moshe Kasher joins Kashian to chat about Judaism, it’s history, and his background with it.
Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss (1907-1908) and Egon Schiele’s Cardinal and Nun (1912)
In 1907, Egon Schiele sought out Gustav Klimt, who generously mentored younger artists, and he took a particular interest in the gifted young Schiele, buying his drawings, offering to exchange them for some of his own, arranging models for him and introducing him to potential patrons. Klimt invited Schiele to exhibit some of his work at the 1909 Vienna Kunstschau, where he encountered the work of Edvard Munch, Jan Toorop, and Vincent van Gogh among others. Schiele began to explore not only the human form, but also human sexuality. At the time, many found the explicitness of his works disturbing.
performed live at WHYY’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons, March 30, 2013
Dan Gottlieb holds a therapy session with Shakespeare’s Iago, played by J Hernandez.
King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, and Henry IV
King Lear and Romeo and Juliet
Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night
Mercutio, Beatrice, Benedict, Aaron, Edmund, Harry Percy, Lady Kate Percy, Feste, Emilia, Pistol, Puck, and Richard III
These fellows of infinite tongue, that can rhyme themselves into ladies’ favours, they do always reason themselves out again.
King Henry V. Act 5 scene 2
This is a really hard question to answer, but for the sake of haunting coolness it comes down to:
Well, say there is no kingdom then for Richard;
What other pleasure can the world afford?
I’ll make my heaven in a lady’s lap,
And deck my body in gay ornaments,
And witch sweet ladies with my words and looks.
O miserable thought! and more unlikely
Than to accomplish twenty golden crowns!
Why, love forswore me in my mother’s womb:
And, for I should not deal in her soft laws,
She did corrupt frail nature with some bribe,
To shrink mine arm up like a wither’d shrub;
To make an envious mountain on my back,
Where sits deformity to mock my body;
To shape my legs of an unequal size;
To disproportion me in every part,
Like to a chaos, or an unlick’d bear-whelp
That carries no impression like the dam.
And am I then a man to be beloved?
O monstrous fault, to harbour such a thought!
Then, since this earth affords no joy to me,
But to command, to cheque, to o’erbear such
As are of better person than myself,
I’ll make my heaven to dream upon the crown,
And, whiles I live, to account this world but hell,
Until my mis-shaped trunk that bears this head
Be round impaled with a glorious crown.
And yet I know not how to get the crown,
For many lives stand between me and home:
And I,—like one lost in a thorny wood,
That rends the thorns and is rent with the thorns,
Seeking a way and straying from the way;
Not knowing how to find the open air,
But toiling desperately to find it out,—
Torment myself to catch the English crown:
And from that torment I will free myself,
Or hew my way out with a bloody axe.
Why, I can smile, and murder whiles I smile,
And cry ‘Content’ to that which grieves my heart,
And wet my cheeks with artificial tears,
And frame my face to all occasions.
I’ll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall;
I’ll slay more gazers than the basilisk;
I’ll play the orator as well as Nestor,
Deceive more slily than Ulysses could,
And, like a Sinon, take another Troy.
I can add colours to the chameleon,
Change shapes with Proteus for advantages,
And set the murderous Machiavel to school.
Can I do this, and cannot get a crown?
Tut, were it farther off, I’ll pluck it down.
- Gloster / Richard III Henry VI part iii. Act 3 scene 2
Edmund’s Nature (Lear. 1.1), Angelo’s Virtue (Measure for Measure 2.4), Falstaff’s Honor (Henry IV part ii. 5.1), and Richard III’s (again) Lancaster (Henry IV part iii. 5.6) speeches are also favourites.
LEAST Favourite Play:
NA. It all depends on the way it’s done.
Last year I saw a The Taming of the Shrew parody where Act 2: scene 1 actually had Kate comically giving birth. Petruchio delivered the line O, be thou Dian as though he were naming the baby “Dian,” and with the line then let Kate be chaste, and Dian sportful he placed a tiny football beside the baby. It was one of the funniest, most inventive things I have ever seen in my life. If that can be done, then in my opinion there is no text that cannot be saved with a creative director and talented actors.
LEAST Favourite Character:
NA. See above ^^
Lo, as a careful housewife runs to catch
One of her feathered creatures broke away,
Sets down her babe and makes all swift dispatch
In púrsuit of the thing she would have stay;
Whilst her neglected child holds her in chase,
Cries to catch her whose busy care is bent
To follow that which flies before her face,
Not prizing her poor infant’s discontent:
So run’st thou after that which flies from thee,
Whilst I, thy babe, chase thee afar behind.
But if thou catch thy hope, turn back to me,
And play the mother’s part, kiss me, be kind.
So will I pray that thou mayst have thy Will,
If thou turn back and my loud crying still.
Sonnets 30 sessions of sweet silent thought and 130 my mistress’ eyes are other favourites, but come on, the simile of 143 is chasing a chicken and it’s still amazing.
Favourite Shakespearean Movie Adaptation:
Titus (1999), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), The Merchant of Venice (2004), and The Hollow Crown (2012).
Favourite Shakespeare Influenced/Plot Based Movie, Musical or Play:
Looking for Richard (1996), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (1987), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1966), Shakespeare in Love (1998), and The Tempest (1998)— a made-for-television re-imagining set during the American Civil War in a bayou. It received terrible reviews, but I have not seen it since it premiered and it stuck.
First Shakespearean play you saw (theater):
Comedy of Errors (in high school). Henry IV part i at a community college was the first I made a real effort to go see.
If you could be in a play which one and which character:
Lady Percy (Henry IV) would be an amazing opportunity, but I would rather just be involved in the productions through set design or stage management than act. I’m happy as long as I can have little readings occasionally with friends.
Which Play is Next on Your List to Watch:
I’m not sure what is up next, but once again, there is a list:Simon Russell Beale, Jonathan Pryce, and James Earl Jones’ portrayals of King Lear; Romeo and Juliet (2013); Hamlet at Elsinor (1964); and Hamlet (1996). (I found out about Branagh’s Hamlet over six years ago, and I’m still pacing myself.)