Miki Agrawal On The Three-Pronged System

On her YouTube interview series, Kiki L’Italien often chats with innovators, industry leaders, and generally creative professionals. L’Italien often broaches topics of inspiration and innovation, and chats about ways to change the world. Recently, L’Italien sat down with serial entrepreneur Miki Agrawal, the founder of companies like Wild, Thinx, and Tushy. Often described as an industry disruptor and innovator, Miki Agrawal has created her companies with visionary insight, awareness, and desire to innovate traditionally antiquated sectors. Through her work, Miki Agrawal has become a revered public speaker, often lending her insights and experiences to interviews such as this one. Read excerpts from the conversation here:

Miki Agrawal On Association

Kiki L’Italien: Okay, association chat, people! The thing that people say over and over about whatever industry that you’re in or whatever practice that you’re in for marketing, is challenging that, right. And what that looks like and the fact that you have people who continue to push back even though rationally, logically, it’s all there. That’s it.

Miki Agrawal: I mean and also like when you think about you know, even from yeah, let’s talk about the associations, right. Like, what can associations keep doing to innovate, to bring in more young people to freshen up that blood to get people more excited about joining, I think it’s really about thinking about is a new disruptive way of thinking about it? What is it? What can I do to get people from thinking about associations as this to this? And for me, I have a very simple thesis around how to get people to shift their behavior from this.

Kiki L’Italien: I love this. I was talking with my husband before I came here saying this is actually the question. This is a question I wanted you to answer.

Miki Agrawal: So, amazing. Well, great. Well, so for me, it’s three-pronged, right.

Kiki L’Italien: Okay.

Miki Agrawal: It’s a three-pronged system to really shift culture and to challenge societal norms.

Kiki L’Italien: Okay.

The Three-Pronged System

Miki Agrawal: The first, and how to do it through a product. As a product or a service, right.

Kiki L’Italien: Okay.

Miki Agrawal: So number one it has to be a one of one innovation. One of one best in class product, right. So period-proof underwear or a bidet or coming up with a new way of thinking about an association, right. Like it has to be a one of one steps of creating that like the product right.

Kiki L’Italien: Yeah.

Miki Agrawal: So what is that product? Is it a one of one product or is it a one of many product?

Kiki L’Italien: Okay.

Miki Agrawal: It has to be a one of one product. So best class product. That that’s kind of a basic obvious thing. The second thing is it has to have considered design across every touch point of the brand.

Kiki L’Italien: Okay.

Miki Agrawal: If someone is going to like look at something new and different that they’ve never seen before or find to be gross or weird or old school or just not relevant. All of a sudden they’re looking at art. Looking at something beautiful and artful and creative. They can then be like, wow, that’s so refreshing. That’s beautiful. Oh, they’re talking about period. They’re talking about who they’re talking about this old school. Visually aesthetically every touch point of your brand you have to consider from an artful visual perspective.

Kiki L’Italien: Right.

Miki Agrawal: And not like I’m just going to throw something on paper and blah. I’m to put it out. My favorite two words when it comes to visual design is breathing room. Breathing room.

Kiki L’Italien: Yeah.

Miki Agrawal: There has to be space to breathe, always breath.

Kiki L’Italien: Making notes.

Miki Agrawal: Because if it’s so much clutter with so much information in one place you’re just like I can’t think and then you’re just you’re out of there. You’re like it’s too much.

Kiki L’Italien: Yeah.

Miki Agrawal: What are the most like the 5 words or the 1 word or the 3 words that can boom pop your idea for people who poop.

Kiki L’Italien: For people who poop.

Miki Agrawal: And just like I poop.

Kiki L’Italien: I poop.

Thinking About Aesthetics

Miki Agrawal: I click on that. And so it’s and you have to really think about the aesthetics across every touch point of your brand or website what it looks like and is it busy? Is it clutter? Get too many dropped up. Is it just too much or what is the 3 most important things you want to achieve from your website? You want to acquire email addresses. You have to have a really strong email capture kind of value proposition. A beautiful image at the top with one word that describes what you’re doing. For your one sentence that describes what you’re doing and that’s it and the rest is an image and you scroll down, you have space to breathe every time when on the whole website and when you have space to breathe on the website, you can make an interpretation for yourself. Oh, this is what this means to me. You have now, you’re going to have a say in the experience. Instead of it just being thrown at you.

Kiki L’Italien: I so wish that I had the crowd around me right now that I could see what all of you guys are writing in or typing in. Because I can imagine that there’s some processing Happening right now. So we’ve talked about one of one innovation and then we’re talking about considering the design.

Miki Agrawal: Yes.

Kiki L’Italien: Okay so those are the two.

The Power of Relatable Language

Miki Agrawal: Yes and then the third is accessible relatable language across every touch point of your brand. And so what that means is you can’t be too technical, too academic, too clinical. We’re also like cerebral in our own ideas and what we’re doing what we’re creating and we think we all we think that everyone knows what we’re talking about.

Kiki L’Italien: Yeah.

Miki Agrawal: But nobody knows what we’re talking about. Nobody has any clue.

Kiki L’Italien: And so that’s so true. I was just voice first. Anybody who’s really into like when you say voice first does anybody know what that means? Like nobody knows.

Miki Agrawal: And it’s like one of my biggest test is if I tell you what I do. Can you repeat it back to me?

Kiki L’Italien: Right.

Miki Agrawal: And a lot of people are like oh what do you do? I be blah blah blah blah blah blah and they’re like, huh. And then they don’t remember anything. They walk away. They don’t remember your name. Remember what you do. But the minute they remember like one about you because they can repeat back what you say, boom, it’s done. Oh, she created a product that helped people poop better. You know what I mean?

Miki Agrawal is also the best-selling author of “Do Cool Sh*t” and “Disrupt-Her”, two inspirational tomes. To hear these books, head over to the Miki Agrawal Audible author page.

Travis Scott Opens Up About Astroworld Tragedy in an Exclusive Interview with Charlamagne Tha God

Travis Scott spoke out for the first time since the Astroworld tragedy in an exclusive interview with media mogul Charlamagne Tha God. Scott took the opportunity to break the silence over the incident with Charlamagne on his YouTube channel in an interview that aired on Dec 9.  

The interview showed Scott and Charlamagne discussing the tragedy at the Astroworld festival when a crowd rush during Travis’ performance led to the deaths of 10 individuals and the injury of several others that attended the event. The discussion reveals how the weeks following the event were an emotional roller coaster for Scott and all the affected families. Scott, who had a serious expression throughout the interview, spent nearly an hour going over the events that led to the tragic night as Charlamagne listened carefully and displayed a deep sensitivity towards the topic. A seasoned interviewer and veteran of the entertainment industry known for his honesty, Charlamagne asked the questions on everyone’s minds and gave Scott the opportunity to speak openly about what transpired. 

Charlamagne opened the floor with a question we were all eager to hear. “Let’s talk about that night, man. When did you find out things got as bad as they did? That’s the question everyone wants to know.” 

“Yeah, it wasn’t really until like minutes until the press conference until I figured out like exactly what happened,” Scott began. “You know, even after the show, you’re just kinda hearing things… but I didn’t hear the exact details until minutes before the press conference, but even at that moment, you kinda just like… ‘what?’ Like, you know, you just went through something and it’s just like ‘Wait? What? Hold on…”

Travis went on to add how he was unaware that anything had gone wrong during the concert. Recreating his own perspective for Charlamagne, he spoke about how everything amalgamates into one single stream on stage. You have lights, sounds, pyro, and in-ears alongside music, as well as the band playing. It becomes increasingly difficult to differentiate between an excited crowd and one that may be calling for help. 

Charlamagne also questioned Travis about the raging culture prevalent at his concerts. 

“You know, raging…Raging has been a part of the culture for your shows. You didn’t on this night, but in the past, you’ve encouraged the type of energy that led to something like this happening,” he said. “Do you think that contributed to the energy of this night?”

Travis, after much thought, replied, saying, “Yeah, nah, I think…you know…it’s something I been working on for a while, of creating these experiences and trying to show experiences happening in a safe environment. As an artist, we trust professionals to make sure that you know, things happen and people leave safely, you know what I’m saying?”

He went on to say: “Raging is just a textbook definition, but in concerts, we’ve grown it to be just the experience of having fun. It’s not about just…‘Oh! Harm!’ It’s about letting go and having fun. Y’know, help others…y’know, love each other. It’s not about, just, y’know, harm…That’s not what it’s all about. The show isn’t just rambunctious for an hour, that’s not what it is.”

Charlamagne also asked the rapper about responsibility for the tragic occurrence at the concert. Although Travis refrained from mentioning anyone by name, he spoke about how an artist’s job was restricted to the creative process. This includes bringing other artists together and creatively producing the show. For the rest of the planning, he said, “You know, we just trust in the professionals to make sure people are taken care of and, you know, leaving safely. I can control what I can on the stage, and the professionals control what they can in the crowd.”

Scott’s facial expression wore a look of pensive mournfulness throughout Charlamagne’s line of questioning. His answers came after long purposeful pauses, especially when he was asked whether he believed he had done everything possible to help in the situation.

“Yes. Everything I physically can, I’m sure, yes,” he replied. 

Many people have called out Scott over the Astroworld incident and claimed that the tragedies were preventable. To assist their theories, they have cited Houston police chief Troy Finner’s concerns over the “energy” of the crowd. Upon Charlamagne’s questioning on the matter, Travis was adamant that this was merely an angle brought up by the media. 

“Well, I think that’s what the media said, but I think it read more so that [Finner] knew that our crowd was the type of crowd that comes with a heavy crowd, so to communicate with him if we were doing anything outside of the week’s itinerary, you know? That week we were doing a lot of charity stuff before the festival, so you know there’s security at most of the events, you know, but in that statement, I think he was just saying ‘If (you’re) doing anything outside of the itinerary, let me know,’ but it didn’t get to that point.”

The two also spoke about the devastating impact of the incident and the collective grief of the victims’ families. Healing from a tragedy of this scale is a lifelong battle, and people are still hurting from the loss. “You’re a father, you know. God forbid your kids are of age, they’re in a situation like this. Put yourself in those parents’ shoes right now. What would you wanna see come of this situation?” asked Charlamagne. 

“I would wanna see people put their heads together. I wanna see people… really figure this out. Not take this lightly, you know, and really act on it, because, you know, that’s one of the main things that’s important. They gotta just act on it, you can’t just be like something that happens and… just roll over. It’s gotta be something that’s taken seriously and addressed seriously and things formed around it… Time and a lotta time and a lotta… You know, thinking power spent on this you know and really fixing you know whatever system it is that needs to be fixed.”

Looking forward, Scott spoke about how he aimed to double up on all kinds of security at events and also use innovative technology solutions to provide a safer environment at concerts. “People come into these festivals with these bands that only scan you in. You have all types of tech now that can track your heart, track your oxygen levels if you feel sick,” he explained. “You can put these things on now if you get lost. There’s all types of ways that the band that only gives you access to entry to the line or to food trucks can save lives… I feel like there is a way.”

The interview ended gracefully by Charlamagne giving Scott a chance to reach out to his fans and send a message to them. 

Following the interview, it is clear that Charlamagne is a vital presence in the entertainment space. His ability to bring honesty and compassion to his conversation with Scott is one of the most recent examples of his versatility and integrity as an interviewer. Charlamagne has earned his place in the pantheon of the world’s most influential tv personalities, and rightfully so. For those of you less acquainted with Charlamagne Tha God, aka Lenard McKelvey; the Breakfast Club host has been at the forefront of addressing issues that carry weight for ordinary Americans.  His latest venture on Comedy Central, “Tha God’s Honest Truth,” is another attempt at delivering hard truths using deep dives, sketches, and social experiments. 

What You Drive Reveals A Lot About Your Personality

Can a car reflect its owner? There’s an idea that the type of vehicle you drive (and the condition you keep it in) can reveal important facets of your personality. There are exceptions, of course (if you bought a car that keeps breaking down, for instance, that just means you need to find the best lemon law lawyer in town), but by-and-large, your vehicle choices mean something. 

Today, we’re going to take a look at what some of those supposed connections between automobiles and their owners’ personalities might be (you may want to keep your fingers crossed in hopes that yours doesn’t reveal anything awful about your character).

If You Drive A “Beater”…

Let’s say you drive a beatdown, less-than-modern vehicle. It might not have the freshest coat of paint, and it might even be a little junky on the inside. Don’t worry, though, because this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve got some crazy personality flaw, no. It just means that you’re a free spirit! You aren’t fettered by the need to show off material wealth through what you drive. You’re content letting your ride be a plain one, and that’s not a bad way to live!

If You Like Your Cars Red And Sporty…

You probably already know that we, as a society, associate the red automobile with driving fast. What you may not have realized, however, was that choosing a fast, red car for yourself might also mean that you enjoy risks. Going fast, after all, is a risky action, and it’s quite possible that you are similarly comfortable rolling the dice in other areas of life.

Even if you aren’t prone to speeding, though, red cars give the impression of such, are more likely to be targeted by the police for traffic stops, and more likely to be a mark for thieves if they are going to steal a vehicle for joyriding purposes. Even if you aren’t a speedster, your red car certainly tells others that you’re reveling in all the attention you’ll be getting!

If You Hit The Road In A Minivan…

Now, the obvious assumption, if you drive a minivan, is that you have children and need a practical ride to ferry them all around town. While this certainly could be the case, it’s not the only prominent interpretation of all the minivan mavens out there. 

It could also mean that you like to travel in groups with your friends, and to accommodate them all drive a large and comfortable vehicle. Alternatively, your love of the minivan might mean you indulge in a hobby that requires you to carry a lot of gear from one location to another (like a musician), and, instead of an overpriced pickup truck, you opt for the simpler solution.

If You Put A Sticker On Your Car…

Stickers on vehicles can be a hot-button issue for certain segments of the population. We’ll just put it like this: if you’ve got the courage to put what you’re thinking on display like that, you’re most likely outspoken and have deeply-held convictions about what you’re putting out there. On the flipside, though, you might just know that stickers can get under people’s skin, and you revel in stirring up a bit of mischief!

Favorite Pizza Places in Berkeley

Favorite Pizza Places in Berkeley

With many people quarantining or simply staying in because of the shutdown, the Pandemic of 2020 made food delivery more popular than ever. So, one can only imagine what the Pandemic did for the already popular pizza delivery. It probably skyrocketed into another atmosphere especially pizzerias in Berkeley California where there are some of the most popular places to get pizza according to Jonathan Osler. Yes, Berkeley, although it may not be the first place one would think of when pizza is on the brain, but the West Coast’s Bay Area has numerous restaurants that have mastered California Pizza. It has been stated that pizzas in this area have a Californian Twist added to traditional pizza along with new creative options. Let’s take a look at some of the favorite Pizza Places in Berkeley.

First, Cheese Board Pizza or The Cheese Board Collective started in 1967 as a small cheese shop. Then, employees began to check out pizza recipes and experiment using their cheese and sourdough bread along with different veggies (no sauce), there, a revolution of pizza started in Berkeley. Before the pandemic, it was not unusual to see long lines every night winding around the building and block. It is one of the best as the long lines speak for itself.

Next, Sliver Pizzeria is similar to Cheese Board Pizza as it too uses a sourdough crust and veggies (no sauce). This has been called the student’s pizza because it is located on the campus of the University of California Berkeley and is so very popular among the students.

Third, Little Star Pizza is also considered one of the favorite pizza places in Berkeley. Although technically it is on the border and actually in Albany, it is considered a popular place in Berkeley with its deep dish and regular style pizza. However, it has been stated that the crispy cornbread-like crust is the true gem of Little Star as many enjoy having pizza with this kind of a twist.

Fourth on this list is Zachary’s Chicago Pizza. Often referred to as deep dish heaven because of its Chicago style deep dish pizza, Zachary’s Chicago Pizza had remained popular in Berkeley for over 30 years. It has flakey dough that is homemade and layered twice with cheese to add its own twist. This is another that is a must try as it has been awarded the Best Pizza award over 170 times in the Bay Area.

And last on this list of favorite pizza places in Berkeley is Gioia Pizzeria. For some, Gioia Pizzeria is credited for introducing the Bay Area to New York style pizza. It is fairly new being only 10 years in the area but has become popular as it works with and uses local farmers’ vegetables for their recipes. And, Gioia Pizza covers both sides of the Bay, having a location in San Francisco, too.
There are others that could be listed as this is a “starter” list of favorites in the Bay Area as Jonathan Osler would agree.

The Value of Family Traditions

Shalom Lamm is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist who has been in the business world for over three decades. He is currently the CEO of the nonprofit organization Operation Benjamin . His family traditions are very important to him and he shares them here with us. He was raised Jewish and celebrates all festivals, such as Passover or Hanukkah, which are also traditional holidays throughout the year.

Besides being a successful entrepreneur, he is also a philanthropist. He was born to a family that practiced The grand traditions of celebrating Passover or Hanukkah as well as other traditions like lighting candles on Friday nights to commemorate Shabbat (a sacred day) became very sentimental and precious to him. He lights candles on Friday nights to commemorate Shabbat. He’s a very religious man and he has strong family values. He celebrates all of the holidays that come with being part of this faith. The traditions he shares with his family are something that should be shared with everyone because they’re so special!

Mr. Lamm has shared some family traditions that are very sentimental and precious, such as taking walks in nature together every Sunday morning before breakfast while listening to music from Israel – his homeland-or reading books about Jews who have made great contributions to humanity throughout history. The memories created through these simple yet meaningful activities last long after they’re over because they were done intentionally and consciously by him. He makes every effort to keep the traditions alive since he knows they will have a long-lasting and unforgettable influence on his family’s life. Every family has its own set of traditions that are passed down from generation to generation. The holidays are the perfect time for reflection and reminiscing about all those precious moments with loved ones. The story of the Hanukkah family traditions is a reminder to all that it takes time and effort for children to remember something, but when they do-it becomes unforgettable. Lamm believes that familys from every aspect of life will enjoy the sentimental value of traditions. It brings people closer together and creates unforgettable memories. In addition, it helps build quality and long lasting relationships with the people you share them with. Shalom Lamm strongly encourages people who do not already celebrate family traditions to do so if they can because it really is an amazing part of life and family. 

In conclusion, there are many reasons why traditions can be important to families, such as they are to Shalom Lamm. First and foremost they provide a sense of belonging which is so essential in the development of a child’s identity. Secondly, it provides a means for family members to bond with one another through shared memories. Also, having these rituals helps us feel grounded when our lives may otherwise seem out-of-control or chaotic. Lastly, traditions give us something that we look forward to all year long because they’re always happening during specific times each year–they help make life more valuable and predictable!

Should You go to Graduate School?

Should one go to graduate school? This educational pursuit is a question many have asked at some point in their lives. The answer may surprise one. A graduate degree can significantly increase their earning potential, but only if one pursues their chosen interests in depth.

Judge Napolitano, a former law professor, agrees that a degree from a traditional four-year university or one of the many online institutions will guarantee an income and increase their opportunities for advancement in their field. While this is undoubtedly the case for many, not all will be satisfied with their results. The difference in pay and what it takes to get a decent job, especially in today’s marketplace, is vast. The difference in potential advancement between people with an associate’s and bachelor’s degree is enormous as well. Therefore, the decision of whether to go to graduate school makes a great deal of sense.

If a graduate degree is required for a desired career, it is wise to pursue their educational goals. If a graduate degree is not required for their career goal, why pay thousands of dollars more? Many career-oriented graduate programs do not require a’s through the program. They require a bachelor’s degree to start, and then a’s can be obtained through various community colleges. These graduate programs are more affordable than most higher education institutions, and one can complete the requirements at their own pace.

If their goal is to get a higher salary in their chosen field, one will want to attend a graduate degree program accredited by the higher education board of public interest. This certification will assure potential employers that their degree is from an accredited institution. In addition to tuition, there are other costs associated with attending graduate school. Some schools will require one to pay for textbooks, which can be a costly expense. If one is looking to earn a higher salary in the field of study of their choice, this expense will have to be factored into their financial plan.

There are also graduate programs available for those who wish to advance their careers. If one is currently employed, one may be eligible for a higher salary in their position. One may want to consider a higher degree if the job one currently holds does not require a higher degree or desire more compensation.

When one takes graduate programs to improve their education and increase their salary, one will find the best jobs, and the highest pay deals are found at schools that offer these types of degrees. These schools are often the same ones that offer professional development courses. This development means that if one already holds a bachelor’s degree, one will continue their education and obtain a master’s or doctorate. If one currently holds a high school diploma, one can use their GED to upgrade their educational status to become eligible for these advanced degree programs. Their chosen graduate school may even be able to give one a certificate in this field upon completing their studies. Judge Napolitano believes in the value of a graduate degree.

Does Social Media Violate Our Privacy?

Of the many current topics of national concern is personal safety on social media platforms. Social media is used for many purposes, such as marketing, politicking, family connections, and opinion sharing. There are more ways social media is used, yet this provides a good sample of some of the main uses of social media. The giants in the industry such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter are now part of this nation’s culture and daily utilization. Do users of these platforms understand what personal data is gathered by social media and do users understand what the personal data is used for? 

Legal expert and former New Jersey Supreme Court justice, Judge Napolitano, has written and spoken about the complete lack of personal privacy on social media. He has written how social media is used to obtain data on where someone is from or where a person is located at the moment. For example, Napolitano informs readers concerning the National Security Agency, or NSA, a federal agency of 60,000, which monitors every text, email, and cell phone call within, entering or leaving the United States. This domestic capture of personal information is not generally known yet it continues on a daily basis. In this same line of thought, social media platforms collect an enormous amount of information on Americans. Every post, every tweet, every picture posted, and everything searched for on the internet is collected by social media companies. This data is then used in many different ways. The most transparent and recognizable use of personal data is in marketing and advertising. Social platform companies take what users talk about, post, or search for and use that data to send focused, targeted, individual advertisements to users. This data is especially pertinent since the onset of the COVID pandemic.
 

Users shop more online, post their most recent purchases online, and ask online friends for shopping advice, thus giving social media platforms additional data to send advertisements based on the user’s purchases. Additional use of personal data is regarding the business of politics. Social media platforms share and sell user’s data with polling companies and political organizations to perform statistical analysis on voters. Demographic data is like gold to political planners and strategists. Political campaigns then use the data to focus political messages to voters most likely to agree with a particular point of view. Judge Napolitano believes all personal data is now a commodity to be bought and sold and then be analyzed by anyone with the money to purchase the data. Of course, there also exists the ever-present danger of hackers breaking into a database of social media users. Hackers want users’ information not for marketing or analysis. Hackers use the user information in attempts to obtain financial data, which they can use to steal users’ money and assets. This is the reason for user awareness when using social media. Everything that is posted is analyzed to determine how the data can be used and turned into a commodity.

3 Branches of Government

The United States Government is divided into three distinct chambers. The three compose the basic functions that allow us to have the liberty and freedoms we enjoy on an everyday basis. Composed of the Judicial, Legislative, and Executive branches, Judge Napolitano knows the American Government manages and facilitates an active role in managing all the process under the heads of congressional order, the president, and the Supreme Court.

Judicial Branch

The Judicial Branch of Government in the United States interprets acts of law passed by the Legislative Branch of Government. This acts as a means of checks and balances to passed laws, which are evaluated by the 9 Supreme Court Justices that serve for their entire lifetime.

As a brief history recap, it was the Articles of Confederation that outlined the basic format of our current Judicial System in a vague sense of originality. That is to say, they failed to show the necessity of powers dedicated to the Supreme Court and thus, it was left open to interpretation to the Judiciary body. The Judiciary Act of 1789 started the foundation of the Judiciary Branch with one Chief Justice and five associate Justices. Throughout time the Judiciary Branch has settled countless scores including Plessy v. Ferguson, Miranda v. Arizona, and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. This was a former person, Judge Napolitano who sat between the years of 1987 to 1995 on the Supreme Court.

Legislative Branch

This portion of the American government is composed of the House of Representatives and the Senate. With its establishment of Article 1 of the United States Constitution, congress was form from the ashes of the Revolutionary War. Congress is the sole authority in the system of checks and balances to be able to declare war as well as enact newly formulated legislation, restrict or confirm presidential appointments and even the act of substantial investigation of powers.

The House of Representatives is made up of 435 seats in proportion to their populace of their particular state of representation, with the added factor of 6 non-voting members who represent the District of Columbia, CommonWealth of Puerto Rico, and four other United States territories. The Senate is composed of 100 total seats and is not based on population but an equal state basis.

Executive Branch

This branch of government carries out the law, or in other words enforces it on the citizens of the United States. This includes the president, vice president, Cabinet, and other federal agencies that serve the American people. The Cabinet is composed of high ranking government officials, the vice president, and other heads of executive departments. In order to sit on the Cabinet of the President you must receive a total of 51 out of 100 votes from the 100 Senators.

Tea Ceremonies Beginner’s Guide (History & Tips)

The History of Tea Ceremony

The tea ceremony has evolved over many years when first a zen Buddhist brought tea seeds to Japan and produced trees producing the finest tea in Japan. Buddhist rituals began to include the tea, later starting tea ceremonies with a spiritual purpose.

The ceremony involved spiritual meanings of purity, tranquility, and harmony. Those qualities are the reason Helen Schifter encourages others to enjoy the present tea ceremonies, to bring harmony and peace to their lives. Fine sencha tea is ground into a powder for the tea ceremony. This is the tea used today.

The Two Tea Ceremonies

There are two types of tea ceremony, a formal and a light tea. The light tea includes confections, light tea, and a meal.

A formal tea can last four hours and includes a thin tea, a thick tea, a formal meal, and confections. The purpose is to bring an imperfect life to purity and harmony, to learn charity above his own imperfections.

The tea ceremony can be held in any room where the correct utensils can be held and the mixing and preparations can occur in the presence of others. The tea ceremony can be held outdoors. During the tea ceremony, silence reigns and it is time to feel and think. A spiritual time to grow.

Tea Preparation

Thick tea requires three times more powdered tea than thin tea. The tea is mixed in a bowl with hot water using a whisk. Thin tea is served to each guest in a separate bowl. Thick tea is served in one bowl and passed around to each person who turns the bowl a quarter around before sipping.

Helen Schifter wanted to include list the items needed for preparation:

• a small white cloth for cleaning

• a tea bowl to mix tea, possibly hand thrown.

• A tea caddy, a lidded container to hold tea.

• A tea scoop, usually carved of bamboo.

• A tea whisk to mix the tea powder and hot water.

These utensils may be old and valuable so deserve reverence.

The Tea Ceremony

The host lights the charcoal fire to heat the water. The host meticulously cleans each utensil in a prescribed way before the guests in exact motions. The utensils are set in a prescribed manner. Thick tea is prepared. The tea host and one guest talk minimally. The other guests remain quiet.

The bowl is given to a guest who sips before handing wiping the rim of the bowl with a slight bow to the next guest and praises the host on the tea. When everyone has drunk the tea the host leaves the room.

When finished the host next restarts the charcoal fire to start the next phase of the lesser formal ceremony. Here confections and thin tea are served. Guests can now talk after formalities are observed. Each guest gets his own bowl with the thin tea. The host cleans the utensils and the guests inspect them. This is done to show respect to the host.

Diego Ruiz Duran Associates Texas Snowstorm with Climate Change

Texas is considered a warm environment and it is unlikely to see frigid weather conditions or snowstorms. However, winter storm Uri of 2021 left Texas unprepared resulting in fatalities, destruction of property and significant power outages. Many have wondered why the south has experienced such colder weather over the years especially this year with Tuesday December 16th being the coldest day at -2 degrees F in Texas in over 72 years.

Scientists have theorized that the warming of the Arctic is the cause of the colder weather spilling into the southern states. As the Arctic continues to thaw, the polar air will travel resulting in colder periods. The wind in the polar zone continues to circle and move as between 5 and 9 miles per hour but the winds reach up to 250mph, in something called a jet stream. This jet stream eventually causes a polar vortex bringing the colder air to the south. This has caught many southern states such as Texas off guard by the cold as they are not familiar in how to handle the demand for electricity and fuel to heat homes and commercial properties.

As global warming continues in the world, it will change how much colder periods occur and how drastic these effects can be on the country. It is similar to extreme heat during the winter and an increase of electricity and fuel to cool homes and commercial buildings. A rapid change in temperature can put strain on any system no matter how well it is put together. A cold snap threshold in the south is going to be a lot different than a cold snap in Alaska or the North East. Since warming is occurring, these extreme cold spells will be less likely but it is important for the government to take into consideration these changes and make the necessary changes to protect the community. Average temperatures are rising around the world due to greenhouse gas and this is causing more heat in a global climate system. An example would be how much someone is using these emissions.

Diego Ruiz Duran is a criminal defense attorney located in Mexico City, Mexico. He not only specializes in criminal defense but in environmental crimes, international crimes and other areas. He is the founding partner of the law firm BRD and has been practicing law since 2007. It is important for Attorney Duran to help practice environmental law to make the necessary changes in Mexico in the event the polar vortex reaches the Mexican environment. If he is successful in making these changes, he can work with the government and other agencies that are prone to the polar vortex on how to make the necessary changes to protect the cities, homes and businesses. He is a firm believer of getting as many experiences as possible as this is valuable to becoming successful. Creating a schedule will help guide you in what you need to get done and keep you grounded as people tend to procrastinate. He also puts his clients first and always treats them with respect and understanding.

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