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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: MatsuBonsai on May 05, 2012, 09:22 AM

Title: Support Peter Tea
Post by: MatsuBonsai on May 05, 2012, 09:22 AM
I've enjoyed reading Peter Tea's bonsai blog.  Peter has now setup a way to help support him while he is in Japan.

http://peterteabonsai.wordpress.com/donations/ (http://peterteabonsai.wordpress.com/donations/)
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: Yenling83 on May 10, 2012, 03:24 PM
Peter Tea is the man!  Very cool of him for spending all that time posting on his blog.  His posts are top notch and I feel like i've learned a ton!  I believe that supporting Peter and people like Peter is a way to support  the future of American Bonsai.  Owen R should create one of the pay pal accounts too. 
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: nathanbs on May 10, 2012, 03:28 PM
I love these guys but nobody paid for my education? America, land of the handouts. I'm trying to save up for my own trip to Japan. Sorry
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: MatsuBonsai on May 10, 2012, 03:29 PM
Owen R should create one of the pay pal accounts too. 

... and a blog, too. ;)
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: John Kirby on May 10, 2012, 06:13 PM
I fly out to Tokyo-Narita in the morning, staying down by Ueno Park, nice area. Work trip.

I don't consider putting a little cash out Peter's way to be a handout, more of a gift to a good friend. Besides, in a perfectly mercenary way, I want him to come back to the US in top spirits and ready to work.

Oh, and I paid my way through school as well, a few times. Cheers.
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: Yenling83 on May 10, 2012, 06:55 PM
Owen R should create one of the pay pal accounts too. 

... and a blog, too. ;)

I second that!
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: Owen Reich on May 10, 2012, 08:45 PM
Ok ok.  Someone help me through wordpress setup and I will  ;D.
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: MatsuBonsai on May 10, 2012, 08:47 PM
http://www.webhostingbuzz.com/web-hosting.php (http://www.webhostingbuzz.com/web-hosting.php)

- cheap
- good
- easy

Control panel install of Wordpress (among other things).

Find a theme you like - http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ (http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/)

Done.

(pm or email with any questions)
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: bwaynef on May 10, 2012, 09:30 PM
I'd imagine the time difference might be prohibitive, but for immediate assistance, you might catch one of us in chat sometime.
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: Adair M on May 11, 2012, 07:32 AM
Wayne, the chat on this forum?  Whenever I've clicked on that, it just displays a blank screen.  Am I doing something wrong?
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: bwaynef on May 11, 2012, 08:28 AM
It requires some plugins, mainly flash I believe.  It sounds like your browser isn't configured properly (with the appropriate plugins).
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: 0soyoung on May 11, 2012, 01:24 PM
Anyone can have a 'free' wordpress blog - just go to http://wordpress.com/ (http://wordpress.com/). Instructions there will walk you though the process. If you don't like the ads that WordPress will place on your 'free' blog (look at the bottom of one of Peter's pages for example), you can pay something like $30 a year to eliminate them. You can also download and install WordPress on your own server if you have a server, or install the free software package on any server whose provider allows it.

Alternatively, a 'free' blog can be run on Google Blogger. Walter Pall, for one, uses Blogger. It is just as easy to use as WordPress and open to anyone with a Google account. Google, of course, will place ads on your 'free' site.

There are other blogging tools, but these two are easy to use, well supported, and offer photo galleries and similar features that are well suited to bonsai blogging. One only needs to be able to follow step-by-step instructions to get started.
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: MatsuBonsai on May 11, 2012, 02:50 PM
I've not had good experiences with the free services. I find them very limiting, and you often get what you pay for. Of course your mileage may vary.

Depending on your requirements and necessary features I think the most bang for the buck is the cheap hosting option.
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: jtucker on May 12, 2012, 11:35 PM
Our club is in the process of supporting a member for a Japan trip. It's going to be great because she's in the situation to be able to do it and learn from it and bring knowledge back to us. When I first heard of the club's intention to raise money for her, I fully admit I was a little jealous, but in a half second I thought, "This is one of the most wonderful people you've ever met, and you have a 10-month old and a job you can't take a vacation from to hang out in Japan... why not support her?"

Nathanbs... I think you didn't need to say that you WON'T pitch in. Why not just NOT pitch in? I've heard several times from a GSBF board member that there is a good chunk of free money for young, ambitious folks available, but no one has even petitioned for the money. Check them out. They may be able to help you with your trip.

I know that Peter and Owen will teach people regardless of who supported them or didn't support them... that's the whole idea of this. Those who can get to Japan and learn will come back and teach. We who can't get to Japan will just learn from those that can. If  people can give a little monetary support, then fine. If not, then be very thankful for the transmission of knowledge and tell Peter and Owen how much you appreciate them if you're lucky enough to meet them in person.
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: Owen Reich on May 13, 2012, 08:06 AM
If anyone want to support me, book me in 2013  :)  I'll be back likely mid-December when my Visa expires for a while to deal with some responsabilites I have in America and teach. 
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: MatsuBonsai on May 13, 2012, 08:35 AM
Owen, I'm sure a trip to Louisville can be worked out.  Either a one-on-one, study group, or club meeting.  Be sure to bring more pots!
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: bigDave on May 13, 2012, 11:14 AM
Our club is in the process of supporting a member for a Japan trip. .. I fully admit I was a little jealous, but in a half second I thought, "This is one of the most wonderful people you've ever met... why not support her?"

 
Super attitude JTucker, Very exciting for her.  Hopefully this will start a huge trend of clubs putting there resources behind someone for one of these short term apprenticeship programs.

It could really transform our bonsai quality back home... don't you think?

Owen,
Will you be swinging down into So-Cal on your Hiatus ?  Are you importing pots as well?

--Big D
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: nathanbs on May 13, 2012, 12:11 PM
If anyone want to support me, book me in 2013  :)  I'll be back likely mid-December when my Visa expires for a while to deal with some responsabilites I have in America and teach. 

Done and done! Let me know if/when you are willing to do a So Cal. trip, can line up a few stops for you. Theres one week out of every month where there is a different club meeting 3-4 out of the 7 days in that week. 
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: nathanbs on May 13, 2012, 04:21 PM
Our club is in the process of supporting a member for a Japan trip. It's going to be great because she's in the situation to be able to do it and learn from it and bring knowledge back to us. When I first heard of the club's intention to raise money for her, I fully admit I was a little jealous, but in a half second I thought, "This is one of the most wonderful people you've ever met, and you have a 10-month old and a job you can't take a vacation from to hang out in Japan... why not support her?"

Nathanbs... I think you didn't need to say that you WON'T pitch in. Why not just NOT pitch in? I've heard several times from a GSBF board member that there is a good chunk of free money for young, ambitious folks available, but no one has even petitioned for the money. Check them out. They may be able to help you with your trip.

I know that Peter and Owen will teach people regardless of who supported them or didn't support them... that's the whole idea of this. Those who can get to Japan and learn will come back and teach. We who can't get to Japan will just learn from those that can. If  people can give a little monetary support, then fine. If not, then be very thankful for the transmission of knowledge and tell Peter and Owen how much you appreciate them if you're lucky enough to meet them in person.

These guys will teach people regardless of who supported them or not because they will get paid to?? Just like the doctor and the lawyer that went to Med school and law school without donations. I think someone that has chosen Bonsai as their career path differs from the local club member that is going for the experience and will come home and share what he or she learned for free. I respect those who will charge as their information is valuable to me and they made serious sacrificies to learn what they learned. And yes GSBF will give i think $500 to those who apply and qualify.
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: Owen Reich on May 13, 2012, 11:42 PM
Big D, I would love to teach in Southern California.  I have some friends over here who are talented pot makers.  I will buy from them annually.  I'm working on importing a container of higher quality "aged" pots at some point.  Rodney Clemons in Atlanta is holding the remainder of the Shohin, mame, and kusamono pots I brought back last December.

Nat, I would love to come to teach and see first-hand the bonsai there.  A multi-stop trip would be ideal.  I will be in America from December 2012 until likely September 2013.  Not 100% sure on my "return" date.  Thanks.

I support Peter Tea too  ;D.  He's not pretentious and is very talented.
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: nathanbs on May 14, 2012, 12:24 AM
I too will support Peter by helping him stay busy once he returns home. Im sure we will be chomping at the bit to get him for a GSBF convention or two.
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: bigDave on May 14, 2012, 07:19 PM
Big D, I would love to teach in Southern California. 

I can make one stop happen for you, that would be awesome.  May I suggest  Jan- Feb, it is our spring with elms popping mid Jan, with deciduous repotting and...

 great weather.

 Ask J-tucker he hasn't had a frost at his place since the last ice age

Just thinking with my fingers

D

Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: John Kirby on May 15, 2012, 06:29 PM
I hear folks talk about how tough the weather in Tokyo is, it has been lows 70's moderate humidity and pleasant evenings. Must all be a big hype, I have been here 4 days, that makes me expert right? ;<}
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: 0soyoung on May 16, 2012, 12:34 AM
Be there in August and you'll know what it is that people talk about.
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: John Kirby on May 16, 2012, 10:54 AM
Young-Oso- No Kidding?

 ;)
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: Chrisl on May 16, 2012, 12:22 PM
Sounds like Chicago too lol

Hope you're having a great time John!
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: 0soyoung on May 16, 2012, 08:26 PM
Quote
Young-Oso- No Kidding?

For real - 0 everybody gets it, however. In fact, John, you're the first.

Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: Elliott on May 20, 2012, 04:19 PM
JTucker and Big Dave:
 Who is the girl you guys are sending to Japan? I bet It's Michelle Dougherty. She totally deserves to go and is such a sweet heart. I remember I had a chat with her a while back and we were both drooling at the thought of going to japan to study. Michelle seems very devoted and would repay the favor back a million times. She has been trying to go for a long time. Plus she makes awesome pots. I hope its her you guys are talking about!
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: Owen Reich on May 25, 2012, 09:34 AM
I've given some thought to the idea of accepting donations.  The little money I have is spent on visiting gardens, bonsai shows, etc then sharing photos on Facebook, writing articles, and now blog posts.  www.bonsaiunearthed.com (http://www.bonsaiunearthed.com)

So, if you choose to donate, great, I will continue doing what I'm doing without donations.  If there is ever a specific topic you'd like a post on, I'll see what I can do.

Peter Tea's blog is my favorite  ;D
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: Treebeard55 on May 25, 2012, 11:28 PM
Addressing the side issue: Blogger will put ads on your blog page too, but only if you enable Adsense. And that's up to you. Walter doesn't allow them, I do. The blog owner also has veto over specific ads, or any "adult content" (which I don't allow.)

The draw is that every time a viewer (except the blog owner) clicks on an ad -- even if they close the ad two seconds later -- a happy advertiser pays Google, and the blog owner, a little bit. Not enough to pay the bills, but maybe enough to pay for fertilizer and some wire!  :)
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: bigDave on May 29, 2012, 09:34 PM
JTucker and Big Dave:
 Who is the girl you guys are sending to Japan? 

Hey Elliot,
whazup... thanks for asking.  Her name is Martha Choy.  We are not sending her exactly.  She has a year, to get ready.  the idea is we use our quite large club to help her raise funds.  Her family has the the means to just write a check for her japan trip. But we all decided it would be a fun communal project to do it this way...

1)Members can and have donated trees for her to style, then when established we will auction/raffle them to our members.
2)members can have her work for them,She is will to do anything(super attitlude), weed wire, whatever... and folks donate what they believe her help has been worth to her.
3)She will find potensai to get ready to sell in our plant sales
 
The idea is a win win.  She increases her abilities, works hard to get ready, build stamina, we in turn get to teach her and get good bonsai products at a decent price, and the people have a pride in helping and she has commited to teaching what she learns over there.

What is unique about Martha, she is a Mexican.  She travels to America many times a month to study with teachers.  she has multiple clubs and two countries behind her. !!  It is exciting for us.

As to our good friend Michelle Dougherty, she has expressed her interest as to being next to go if this is successful. You are right she is very deserving, Elliot.

Owen,
Cool blog, you are doing great !

--Big Dave
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: M on May 31, 2012, 02:41 AM
Since my name popped up here I will chime in, to clarify. I think it is great that Martha wants to go to Japan to study. I do not know her personally. I am a member of the San Diego Board and expressed some logistical concerns when Dave original presented his idea to launch this as a "club project." Dave offered at that time to make me the 'second one to go, if it works out for Martha." I have never expressed interest in participating in this project, while I wish Dave great luck with it.

Yorozu-en was kind enough to extend an open-ended invitation to me, to again study there when I decide to return to Japan, the timing of which I have been considering for awhile. I would prefer to make that my own affair and not involve the San Diego Club in any way in that decision.

I support anyone's decision to further their bonsai knowledge any way they see fit. I also believe in rewarding valuable contributions to bonsai, where they are being made. I read Peter's blog, and about 10 other great blogs, and if someone in a position to financially contribute to these efforts does so, it is a noble deed indeed.

Michelle Dougherty
Title: Re: Support Peter Tea
Post by: bigDave on June 09, 2012, 01:10 AM
... I have never expressed interest in participating in this project, while I wish Dave great luck with it.
 

Michelle Dougherty

Hey Michelle,

Super sorry for misunderstanding.  You are a great bonsai talent and of course can make your way to Japan probably better than anyone I know.

Always have been your biggest supporter !

Now Return to "Support Peter Tea"...

big  D

photo of Michelle designing olive with chainsaw at big Dave's... fun stuff !
 ;D