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Tree of Life

Tree of Life and awesome myst'ry,
In your death we are reborn,
Though you die in all of hist'ry,
Still you rise with ev'ry morn,
Still you rise with ev'ry morn.

"Tree of Life" by Marty Haugen

Elrond's words to Arwen

If Aragorn survives this war, you will still be parted. If Sauron is defeated, and Aragorn made king and all that you hope for comes true, you will still have to taste the bitterness of mortality. Whether by the sword or the slow decay of time, Aragorn will die. And there will be no comfort for you. No comfort to ease the pain of his passing. He will come to death, an image of the splendor of the kings of men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world. But you, my daughter, you will linger on in darkness and in doubt, as nightfall in winter that comes without a star. Here you will dwell, bound to your grief, under the fading trees, until all the world is changed and the long years of your life are utterly spent.


There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream, people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice and somewhere else the tea is getting cold...

Doctor Who

"I could do with a little bit of the fine detail, I think," she said.
"I think I'll get some tea brewed."

~ Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

Yet gin and ale were not considered to be the only addictive and dangerous liquids. There was also tea.

~London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd

The Elves seemed to feel that every moment, good or bad, called for a cup of tea.

~The Outstretched Shadow by Lackey and Mallory

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me"

~ C.S. Lewis

Computer: Warning. Power drain increasing. Ten minutes to total life support failure.
Picard: Tea, Earl Grey, hot.

Tea, of course, made the problem seem smaller, as it always does.

~Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith~

Tea was a religion to these monks, a holy charge, and tending tea was a form of meditation.

Cooling tea, according to the Chinese, is perfection. Cold tea, however, is a sin.

~For All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose~

My favorite part of that entire day was wandering into the Dr. Who room party and finding it nearly filled with soldiers quietly drinking tea.

~UnConventional forums, .com

"Do you realize, man, that she might get up from there a bloodthirsty vampire?"
"Oh. Good idea to face her with a cup of tea inside you, then," he said.

~Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

For the Granting of Gold

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Books I've read in 2015

too busy reading to remember and update this list
Pegasus Staracras
Sir Osis of Liver
Silver Nox

Study the past if
you would divine the future.


Strength enough to build a home,
Time enough to hold a child,
Love enough to break a heart

~Child's rhyme, Wintersmith by Pratchett

'Death is as powerful a weapon
as it is an easy escape.
Heroes can pass into legend
Legends into myths,
Myths fuel new heroes.'
~Mouse Guard

Be gentle with yourself.

Crisis or no, nothing must interfere with tea.

"...if you can't handle me at my worst,
then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."
- Marilyn Monroe