Category: A Message from Mary Alice

Words of inspiration and wisdom from our founder and owner Mary Alice Higbie in her pursuit of Grace, Civility, Beauty, Gentility, and Excellence.

A Father’s Influence

We LOVE daddies! And we have more than our share of the very best ones! John and his youngest daughter Daniela have made St. James tea a tradition; it’s their special time together. When they come, they bring carefully selected poetry to read during tea. In the beginning, this father specifically sought out the Tearoom […]

Searching the Deeps

“A soul must search with blinded eyes For that which can’t be seen. It senses yearnings deep within, Yet knows not what they mean.” * We have a tendency to skim along the surface of life, never reflecting on its deeper meanings. Our culture is not in the habit of ‘mining the deeps’ and so […]

Butterflies and Tea

This guest blog is by New Mexico writer Patrice Greenwood, a long-time guest who has become a very special, personal friend. You will see her love of beauty here, and will understand afresh the joys of taking time to appreciate those ephemeral marvels that exist right alongside us, whether we notice and appreciate them or not. […]

Come into my courtyard…

Come Into My Courtyard; Meet Ginger Syllabub Morning is peeking over my garden gate. Come in; I’d like to introduce you to someone special. I have been nurturing Ginger Syllabub since she was a baby – five years! I planted her roots in good soil in the certain knowledge that she had a great struggle ahead […]

Simple Joys of Autumn

Rustling of Leaves Our wants can become so mighty, so insistent and demanding. Our desires to achieve or obtain have a way of growing and multiplying at a pace that far outstrips contentment. Frantic and Famished is no way to live. I tell myself, “Be still!  Cease striving!  Rest, and be content.”  I say, “There […]