Tea with Colleen

Colleen Riley
a bi-weekly reflection on harmonizing the relationship with our daily lives
Created 16 Feb 2021
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  • Symbols in stone
    18 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 7 0
    Two beady eyes of an owl looked up at me. The last package for my birthday was small and dense. Rolling around the forest green stone in my hand I asked curiously, “A paperweight?” “Whatever you want ...
  • Old Mr. Tree Circa 1800
    04 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 5 0
    There was this tree… A few weeks ago I attended a wedding near San Juan Capistrano. The city is the birthplace of Orange County and holds one of the 21 Spanish Catholic missionaries built in the late ...
  • On fall walks
    21 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 6 0
    I started Tea with Colleen in February. I had a funny quote about Lent from my mom, and I wanted to publish the story around that time. The logo, two Victorian ladies with a picture of myself cropped ...
  • Towards inspo
    07 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 7 0
    Mr. McClusky was my favorite math teacher in high school. He had a ruddy complexion, wore wire rims, and his reddish-blonde crew cut gave off almost a gold halo. He had the body of a retired linebacke...
  • A natural order
    23 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 0
    I’m in California for the week and spending my days prioritizing the sunrise and sunset. Witnessing the natural order of the day. Undulating waves pulling pebbles. Mussels clinging to a soaked rock. T...
  • Storytelling
    09 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 5 0
    I’m going to tell you a little story, about stories. A few weeks ago, I sat at my desk working on a piece of content— a short video poem for Instagram. These experimental bits are fun to make, and thi...
  • Summer notes
    26 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 4 1
    The last time I wrote I talked about how recording brief notes or fragments can pull you into the present to create a more defined, lasting memory. I mentioned how these lists, texts, and fragments wh...
  • Working with time
    12 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 3 2
    Hard to believe we are in the middle of August and just a few weeks away from Labor Day weekend - the bookend of summer. Coworkers of mine, before we were remote, listened to a similar statement as I ...
  • Creation is...
    29 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 9 5
    I’ve had some conversations recently that made me think about what creation means, this act of bringing something into existence. I’ve been thinking about how life expresses itself through our creatio...
  • Love is...
    15 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 12 19
    COLLEEN: As I journeyed through my 20s, my sister Claire became my go-to for life’s transitions. Three years younger than me, we continued to get closer as we grew up, but there was a piece of her tha...
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