Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Looking at the World Through Cups, Mugs, and Glasses

My kids know me so well. I had a birthday recently, and one of my presents was Tom Standage's A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 6 GLASSES.

Just as food is sometimes more than just food, what we drink can shape our world. Beer was used as currency, as were spirits (Molasses to Rum to Slaves). Wine was exported from ancient Greece, along with Greek culture. Tea brought about the British Raj and was symbolically integral to the American Revolution. Coffee houses have always been centers of creativity, business dealings, and social change. As for the sixth drink, where can one go to escape Coca-Cola?

So let us say, along with Jerome K. Jerome, author of THREE MEN IN A BOAT (TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG),
Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.
 Marian Allen
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