Take Comfort In Rituals. That’s what it says on the front door at Starbucks. Of course it’s a wise marketing campaign. Who doesn’t love a comforting ritual? I drove several hundred miles a few days ago, using Starbucks as a convenient stop and stretch place. Nearing home, I wouldn’t dare count how many caffeinated drinks I consumed due to all these “comforting” stops.
When I left home on this latest trip, there was no sign of the new campaign, but back in my nest the next day, making the rounds of daily errands, I stopped at the Starbucks next door to my grocery store and those words were now prominent on the front door.
A glance to the left and in front of the market, there’s an artful display of hay bales and stacks of pumpkins. A not-at-all discreet pile of Halloween candy waits just inside.
A glance to the right shows a gaggle of middle school kids making tons of noise while they drink something cinnamon and spice flavored that they purchased inside.
This week a rare harvest moon is in the sky. Before I begin my work again, I need a little Neil Young, “Harvest Moon.”
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