Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mahamosa Gourmet Teas: Being in the World

Mahamosa: Gourmet Teas, Spices & Herbs

When we discovered Mahamosa Gourmet Teas, we found there was more to their epicurean teas, spices and herbs, than meets the eye. Non only were we impressed by the wide variety of quality teas they offer, but we were quite intrigued by their Being in the World(R) Mission. Being in the World is their charitable brand and an expression of their business model and philosophy. Mahamosa chose this phrase because it encapsulates not only their individual corporate existence, but also expresses that they are connected to, continuous with, and inseparable from the world around us. The company explores, thinks about, appreciates and embraces international diversity and culture. 

Gifts & Wares, Mahamosa Gourmet Teas
The derivation of the company's name is from the Sanskrit term "MAHA" which means "Great", and "MOSA" from "Formosa" the former name of Taiwan, which is often used in the tea industry. Mahamosa delivers high quality teas, spices, herbs and gifts and wares from around the world sourcing our products directly from the most experienced and recognized tea sources, including, but not limited to, independent estates, farms, importers and blenders.

Mahamosa contributes 50% of its annual net profits after taxes to support charitable causes including hunger, poverty, education, environment, clean water, animal/natural life welfare and other causes. They view their company as a “For ‘Non-Profit’” (versus a “For Profit” or a “Non-Profit”), with a mission not only to operate profitably, but also to contribute fifty percent (50%) of their annual net profits after taxes to worthy non-profit organizations and causes.

Learn more about Mahamosa and their charitable causes by going to Also connect with the company through their social media channels to get the latest updates, promotions and news about Mahamosa Gourmet Teas, Spices & Herbs. Now relax and enjoy your cup of tea with your favorite poems!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

New Downton Abbey Teas from The Republic of Tea

Downton Abbey Teas, The Republic of Tea, Tea & Poetry

The Republic of Tea, the leading purveyor of premium teas introduces their new Downton Abbey Upstairs and Downstairs Teas. The Upstairs teas are perfect for the sophisticated tea drinker. The Downstairs teas bring the smooth, homemade flavors of the Abbey's bustling kitchens straight to your teacup!

Click here to find out more about these tantalizing teas and limited-time FREE shipping from The Republic of Tea.

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Cup of Blue Tea?

The Tea Farm, Blue Tea, Mountain Blue Tea, Ooyee, Wuyi tea, Cup of Tea

The Tea Farm is offering one of their four famous Ooyee (Wuyi) mountain blue teas called Tie Luo Han. This tea has a delicate taste and soothing aroma. It is called blue tea because the mountain is made from blue-gray color rocks which consist of many minerals. 

Check out Tie Luo Han, along with a wide variety of teas from The Tea Farm. One of the best things about buying your tea now, is that they have an awesome sale going on. But hurry, this sale ends on September 10, 2014!

Oh by the way, be sure to serve up a slice of your favorite mountain themed poem with your cup of blue tea! Cheers!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bettendorf Library calls for poetry contest entries

Bettendorf Library calls for poetry contest entries: The Bettendorf Public Library is seeking entrants in its poetry contest.

In commemoration of Banned Books Week, the Great Endings poetry contest at the library challenges poets to use the last line from a banned book somewhere in a poem. A list of possibilities can be found on the website or in hard copy at the Bettendorf Public Library.

There are two contest levels: youth (middle school through high school) and adult (beyond high school). Poets must live within a 50-mile radius of the Quad-Cities. Up to two poems may be submitted, each no longer than one page. The final judge will be author Chris Crutcher.

Submissions must be postmarked no later than Sept. 5 and should include name, contact information, level and where the “great ending” you used came from. Read more

The Bettendorf Public Library is located at 2950 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf, IA 52722You can also go to Bettendorf Public Library for more information

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hot Poetry Fun during ITCAC Summer Breeze Open Mic

What an amazing night at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, on Saturday August 9, 2014. The “Summer Breeze” Open Mic Poetry readings were impeccably done by some wonderful and talented poets attending the event. This hot evening of poetry featured the center’s veteran and new poets who came together for a spectacular fellowship.

 Michael Faulkenberry, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Michael Faulkenberry
Christian George, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Christian George
Michael Faulkenberry kicked off open mic night with a very touching and heart-felt tribute he wrote entitled My Grandmother. His poem really left the audience a little choked up, because everyone could relate to the emotion he felt due to the recent loss of his grandmother, whom he loved dearly.

Christian George, one of the new featured poets, read four poems he wrote: Question, Oceans and Dreams, Never Gone and Human Fortunes of Love. Christian gets his inspiration from a myriad of places and is known to create a poem during his lunch break, while at work.

 Dwight Roth, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Dwight Roth
Ruth Roth, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Ruth Roth

Dwight Roth, who is one of our monthly poetry club poets and a resident artist, read his poem, Call Me Superficial. His wife Ruth Roth, who is also one of our monthly club poets, read a poem written by Mary Oliver called Flair. This dynamic couple began their community poetic journey at the Cultural Arts Center, since it launched in September, 2013.

Dr. James Wooten, who recited some of his poetry during the center’s National Poetry Month event in April, read four poems from his book of poetry and prose. He read the following poems: Losing a Good ThingDrinking SpreeMaster Jim and When Death Fell.

Dr. James Wooten, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Dr. James Wooten
Erin Penland, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Erin Penland

Multi-media artist Erin Penland, who drew sketches of what she was interpreting from the poems the poets read during the evening, recited a poem by Jenny Lindthurst called Consequences of Silence. She felt personally connected to this particular poem, which was published in Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine by UNC-Charlotte.

Monique McKenzie, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Monique McKenzie
Tyler McKenzie, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Tyler McKenzie

Monique McKenzie, who co-authored a children’s book, My God is Awesome, with her daughter Kyla read two of her poems, A Lost Child and Changes during the reading. Her 10-year old son Tyler read a poem that she wrote entitled Mirror and recited a poem that he wrote called The Bag. Tyler noted that his poem reflected how individuals should not judge people by their outward appearance, because everyone metaphorically speaking is a bag, and they contain the good along with the bad. Quite powerful!

Ryan Petty, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Ryan Petty

Ryan Petty read two poems from his chapbook Ambience of Dusk, entitled Changing Shifts and Kindred Points. Ryan’s universal essence depicted in his poetry shares both creative common samples and examples of his experimental projects.

Mark Hassler, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, Comic Book Artist
Comic Book Artist, Mark Hassler

Comic Book artist Mark Hassler, joined us with his interpretation of the poetry being read during the evening’s festivities. He noted that when he began painting during the recitals, his art was leaning more towards a happier tone, but suddenly when the poetic atmosphere shifted towards more sentimental and deeper stanzas and verses, his painting took on a darker turn. Many pieces of Mark's artwork is on display at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Cener and he also teaches crash courses in his medium.

Susan Didier, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Susan Didier
This was indeed a HOT night of Summer Breeze poetry that was a delight for everyone. Next month, Moderator and N.C. Poet Kym Gordon Moore will celebrate 1 year of open mic poetry readings and conversations at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center with Susan Didier, the center’s Community Development Specialist. If you live in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg vicinity, be sure to stay tuned for our special anniversary announcement for September. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this end-of-the-summer poetry celebration. 

If you have any questions about participating in our monthly open mic poetry events, contact Susan Didier, CDS for the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, at