Tea ceremony

In Beijing, after we visited the Temple of Heaven,


we went to an official tea house where we enjoyed a remarkable and pleasant experience.



I don’t remember the details, but I do remember that there were a lot of them (details).



Incredible flowers were involved.



Look what this one does when you pour boiling water on it.



May your weekend include ritual and friendship.


A prediction for publishing, and The Temple of Heaven, Beijing

I don’t make many predictions, I really don’t have any idea, I just kind of go along, but I have this one thought to share. And that is that once print on demand (POD) books come down in price to match mass market, things will change. I don’t know how exactly, but mass market prices for POD books would seem to have many repercussions. Independently published authors like myself for now (meaning independent of the big publishing houses) get their books into print by using POD.

My 2015 prediction is that prices of POD will start to come down in 2015.

What do you think? How do you think it would impact traditional publishing if you could make any book equivalent in price to a paperback on a rack in the grocery-store line?

The panorama picture below shows people enjoying the very long covered walkway in The Temple of Heaven park in Beijing. People were out in droves playing games with their friends. I loved the idea of getting together with friends and playing games like this. What a wonderful lifestyle. Very healthy for the mind, body and spirit. And such a peaceful scene.

Temple of Heaven park
Temple of Heaven park

Have a peaceful weekend with your friends and family.