Pumpkin spice wasn’t a thing before Starbucks

I try to eat healthy. But I’m a sucker for certain comfort foods. The list includes breakfast sandwiches and the annual Fall tradition of pumpkin spice lattes. I had my first of the latter this season in the morning before a drive up north. The leaves are changing colors, so it’s fitting. Pumpkin spice is […]

Why we can’t stop people from buying our kids birthday presents (even though we try)

My two kids celebrated birthdays this week. They used to get dozens of birthday gifts each from friends and family. These were often interesting for a few days. Then they joined the donation pile. My wife and I said gifts weren’t necessary. We try to be conscious consumers. We want people’s company at birthday parties, […]