Coffee Spills

What I hear and see and think about at the coffee shops I patronize.
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Exciting course at OSU

"What's your best course this quarter?" I asked an Ohio State student at the coffee shop.

"Hands down, it's the Sociology of Terrorism."

Seems to be a fairly new course, and I may be paraphrasing the title. I remember right after 9/11 a new program was set up that was cross disciplinary through several colleges drawing on a lot of expertise.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Dads and their kids at the coffee shop

This week I saw some great bonding going on with dads and their kids over breakfast--lessons being taught. One dad was teaching his daughter fractions by writing them on the napkin and then drilling her. She looked old enough to have been taught this some time ago in school, but was having a struggle. Probably Chicago Math.

I also overheard a British dad instructing his kids in proper use of English and why it's important to wash hands. "You're doing well, not good," he reminded the younger one who spoke American English. "Go wash your hands so you don't catch colds." That may be the first time I've heard someone tell kids to wash after they've eaten.

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Coffee is a health food