Do you want to be happy? Part I

[caption id="attachment_1677" align="alignnone" width="224" caption="This is one of my definitions for a small burst of happiness: Starbucks with my coffee, Ipad and journal!! Seizing little moments of happiness makes us happier overall."][/caption] I will confess: I'm a  "happiness" junkie. It's not entirely my fault, being born with my own particular DNA which makes it impossible for me to live in a depressed state for long. There have been times, however, when I've slumped into that "I don't really care about…

The Third Place and Home

? I got home this week. It's odd, really, because I've also been home all month. I've been home in our condo in Lexington, or on the lake in New Hampshire where I've spent nearly every summer of my life. I breathe in the fresh air of those places and my inner sense of being profoundly at home is magnified. And then I arrive back in Palm Beach Gardens, my own home, my real home. I love the process of…

Strangers in the coffee shop and lurking at Disney World

Walking down Main Street in Disney World is an interesting phenomenon. The quaint old street feels like every hometown I've ever dreamed about in my "place to call home" daydreams. Designed by masters at evoking emotion, Main Street is supposed to make you long to belong. And looking around at the other "residents" of Main Street, they seem to be at home. The laugh and talk and eat their ice cream cones. And somehow, I often feel like an impostor.…

If necessary, use words

[caption id="attachment_1508" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="This is a Wordle.net cloud based on the words found in Coffee Shop Journal."][/caption] Words have always defined who I am. I read them, I write them, I learn through them. Lately I seem to want to decorate with them. I love words. So the St. Augustine quote "Preach the gospel always. If necessary use words." never really resonated with me. Of course you use words! But a few days ago I walked into my regular…

Why I breakfast at Starbucks

I LOVE to have breakfast at my fave Starbucks, and do so nearly every morning. And here's the reason why: you just can't beat the company! In my house you will only find, at the breakfast hour, me. And David if he isn't in his office. And Jillian if she's not already full-steam ahead in schoolwork. OK, and Melissa if she's working with Jillian that day, and Laurie if she isn't off working. And yes, sometimes Kylie if she's home…

Life happens at the Coffee Shop

The kid was a 20-something surfer dude with flip-flops and tank top. In South Florida he's a pretty common sight. He was tan and fit and thoroughly enjoying his Sunday morning coffee with his companion. And he was obviously deeply head-over-heels for his coffee buddy. The Kid's face lit up at every word. We watched them for maybe twenty minutes while we sipped our pre-church Starbucks at City Place. What made this kid engrossing was his companion: a very elderly,…

Starbucks North American President and Rick Cone

Congratulations to our friend Rick Cone on his visit with Cliff Burrows, president of Starbucks North America!!! Rick not only is a great Starbucks barista and manager (obviously!), but he also attended Christ Fellowship and hung out in general Saturday night "cool guys" area until he and his family moved to Nashville last year. Now managing one of my favorite stores in the Cool Springs/Franklin area, Rick has obviously continued to use his amazing people and leadership skills. Recently Cliff…

Starbucks Via: how does it stack up so far?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFvaXXFrg-E I'm curious to hear what everyone is thinking about the new Starbucks Via packets. David and I have used them for quite some time, and won't leave home without them anymore! Below you will find a list of my own posts about Via if you want to read about our experiences. For those of you already sold, I just have to get this brewed coffee mug. It has slots around the base to hold the Via packets! Now if…

Starbucks Via Road Trip: yes, it is finally coming to you!

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This barista brews up community: Starbucks Palm Beach Gardens will miss you!

[caption id="attachment_1273" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Jeremy and David before a coffee cupping!"][/caption] Today the inevitable happened. We walked into our favorite Starbucks and Jeremy wasn't there. He's been there, in one way or another, for the last year and a half. But today was the first day our little band of coffee lovers had to realize Jeremy really is moving. Or trying to, as he and Maria are in the throes of packing madness. After commiserating and chatting for awhile, I…

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