Twenty Days of Thankful #9

Day #9:  The Love of my Life

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You might have thought I already covered this, but let’s make one thing clear: coffee stole my heart long before anyone else.

More than one person has asked me if my tattoo of a teapot was the result of a drunken escapade. Not so – as a matter of fact I have a deep affinity for hot beverages. But it’s not just how coffee tastes – the thing that I’m really drawn to is the gathering of people together that accompanies a pot of joe. Communing this way is a quality of nearly every culture of the world, and many of our differences could perhaps be worked on by sharing a cup.

Visiting a coffee roaster in Pluma Hidalgo, Mexico
Visiting a coffee roaster in Pluma Hidalgo, Mexico

More than just a caffeine fix, coffee is something that reminds me to slow down and connect with people, share ideas, and explore our differences.

Contemplation over coffee
Contemplation over coffee

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Lauren Warnecke is a freelance writer and editor, focused on dance and cultural criticism in Chicago and across the Midwest. Lauren is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, editor of See Chicago Dance, and founder/editor of Art Intercepts, with bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is an instructor of dance and exercise science at Loyola University Chicago.