Uncertainty can be happiness

"Security is a false god," or running around the world as an FSO

Conflict and Coffee….

Posted by quirksalight on June 15, 2007

….was the title of my 5-minute teaching audition for Kaplan.

It went very well, actually. I guess the title and the subject matter was odd enough that I was able to easily grab the attention of my audience.

Personally, I like reading about the history of a certain item and its role in historical event. Recently, there have been several books on food items’ role in world events. Salt, cod fish, sugar, coffee, tea, all had were pretty important roles in the shaping of modern events. Boston Tea party, anyone? And the coffeehouses of Europe brewing revolutions with the dark liquid favored by millions worldwide.

Some interesting books on the subject:
Salt: A World History
Cod: A Biography of the Fish that changed the World
Spice: A history of a temptation
Uncommon Grounds
The Devil’s Cup


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