Books Last Longer Than PSLs

Aromatic cinnamon meets earthy nutmeg meets the subtle tang of clove finishing in warm, creamy goodness. Pumpkin spice lattes are returning shortly to a Starbucks near you. But are they worth it?

I love the flavor but 420 calories for a drink?! Also… I’d have to order mine decaf with almond milk and triple check the ingredients for no allergens. I love pumpkin more than might be reasonable and even once did a “pumpkin pie diet”*.

What I really want to suggest is that you buy a book instead. Books have less calories, and offer more utility, more enjoyment. A latte offers maybe ten minutes of enjoyment versus hours of savoring a novel.

It’s that time of year where we start to feel nostalgic and want to indulge ourselves. Buy that book (or borrow it from a friend or the library). Books transport us to another place, another time.

So often I have read or heard authors complain that they pour hours of their life into this piece of paper and cardboard and ink. Consumers will readily hand over money for pumpkin spice lattes that take about two minutes for a barista to whip up but have a hard time spending that same amount of money on a book.

My advice is buy a book: it’ll last longer.

If you really need a pumpkin fix, I totally understand. Here are two of my favorite non-PSL recipes:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Vegan Pumpkin Cream Pasta Sauce

It’s early, but…


*Woman’s Day had an article in 2009 (I remember because an article convinced me to watch The Vampire Diaries) about the “Pumpkin Spice Diet”. It touted the immune boosting properties of clove. The “pies” were ramekins of pumpkin with pumpkin spice, eggs, and splenda. The diet had you eat these in combination with reducing sugar, etc. It was a low carb way to get the sweet on without the extra holiday pounds adding up. I don’t remember if I lost any weight, but I did eventually feel food fatigue.

The Fleeting Beauty of Rocks

One of the interesting conversations I had on a past Thanksgiving (way back when) with a practicing Buddhist was about the fleeting beauty of rock sculptures.  He builds rock sculptures that fall away with the wind and gravity.

I saw a similar concept — Buddha Boards. Boards that one “paints” on with water.  The water evaporates and the painting fades.

Nothing lasts in this life. We need little to remind us of the brevity of our mortality. Life is like sand in an hour glass that just slips by.  The more we hold onto it the faster it seems to slip by us.

I never thought of myself as an optimist, but after taking my economics class a while back , I suppose I am.

In “Fight Club” – the book, not the movie- Marla talks about how she loves the objects loved fleeting by others only to be discarded like prom dresses and Christmas trees. If we wait long enough most things are discarded. Even with recycling there are only so many times before plastic degrades beyond reuse.

Some things get better with age or have new life breathed into them. Other things have a fleeting beauty that can only be appreciated in a brief moment, like a photographer catching a picture of a sunrise.