Community Tea Party Sunday, November 9

by | Nov 8, 2014 | Chemical Sensitivity News, Electrical Sensitivity News, Featured, NEWS | 2 comments


Tea PartyYou are invited to a virtual community tea party tomorrow, Sunday, November 9 at 11am CST. The idea is to have tea (or any other beverage of choice) together — though separate. The act of having tea with the knowledge that, at the same time, under pre-determined conditions, someone else in another location is also having tea. The unifying gesture is done solo (or with a friend), but through action, is done together.

Here is a brief description:

On Sunday we will make tea and enjoy this tea in a place/location in which we haven’t had tea before, or some place new that we’d like to enjoy tea in. If you will be joining us for tea, please email Julie Laffin with your address so she can add you/your location to a Google map being created in an effort to track everyone who is joining in.

The purpose is to create a sense of community in spite of the difficulty for so many with environmental illness (EI) to meet in person and interact socially or even meet online because of electromagnetic sensitivity (EHS) issues.

It would be great if you would join the tea party!

The idea came about during Trevor Martin’s Social Practice class at the School of the Art Institute-Chicago. The desire behind the project is to create a “unifying gesture” conceptual, performance art piece in an effort to bring the students and the EI community together in some way. The students are learning about socially aware art-making and working with a variety of artists including, Julie Laffin, an EI who spends summers in the chemically sensitive community of Snowflake, Arizona.

The tea project was initiated by Jeremiah Ray, Trevor Martin’s teaching assistant and a graduate student at SAIC. Jeremiah’s team of student collaborators includes Ellie O’Hallaron and Anna Liza Evangelista.

Unable to make the virtual community tea party tomorrow? Please join us in the Planet Thrive community where we’ve been sharing our favorite brews and the books we are currently reading!


  • Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.

2 Comments

  1. Mokihana

    A wonderful concept. Know I’ll be there with my Lemon Ginger tea. I was unable to email Julie Laffin, but I’m here on Whidbey Island, Washington joining you for a Tea Party. How incredibly ironic to read this post, and the other, about the USN plans to increase their electronic warfare madness to include much of the Pacific Northwest. Where is the Mad Hatter, Alice?

  2. Julie

    Thank you for joining the Tea Party Mokihana! I hesitate to post about toxicity issues because I like to stay focused on uplifting issues that support recovery. But when we have the opportunity to make a difference by using our voice, I feel it’s important to share about these depressing things. So sorry that it is planned for your neck of the woods. Hopefully we can stop this!

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