suburban living

Picking up Sticks

The calendar says it’s Spring these days, even though the weather apparently hasn’t heard the news. And though I had to put a coat on to do so, I finally made it outside to start picking up sticks in my yard. As a child, picking up sticks was one of my least favorite chores. I […] Read more

Something to Share

When I was growing up in rural Indiana, a trip to the grocery store or to my grandparents house nearly always included a rehearsal of the history of our area. Heading from our house in any direction inevitably meant passing numerous friends’ homes, sites of teenage antics by one parent or the other, graves of […] Read more

The Bus

A few weeks ago, in our discussion of chapter three of Al Hsu’s The Suburban Christian, we discussed transportation as a suburban idol. Even the thought of giving up my car for a week (one of the challenges in the book), almost sent me into a panic attack. But it did start me thinking . […] Read more

Created to Consume?

In the disconnected worlds of suburban living, we often assume different identities based on which end of our commute we happen to be on. At work, we are employee or boss. At home, we are mom or dad. We interact as friend or activist in public places, and at church, we become the congregrate. But […] Read more

Car Talk

A couple of days ago, a coworker came back from lunch in an uproar. “Do you know how much gas is now?” she asked, referring to the skyrocketing prices. “$3.45?” I said, highballing it for effect. “Oh, I guess you’ve seen.” “No, really,” I protested. “I just guessed. How much is it really?” “$3.38,” she […] Read more

Dandelion Whine

Dandelions have become a great source of consternation for me over the past few weeks. As I am adapting to my first Spring as a home owner, dandelions in my yard mean more frequent mowing, more rigorous hoeing in the flower beds as the dandelions sneak through the mulch, and more serious deliberation as I […] Read more

Me Casa, Me Casa

In chapter two of The Suburban Christian, Al Hsu discusses home ownership as both a surburban ideal and the perpetuater of individualism. In other words, people who move to the suburbs are looking for a place of their own where they can do their own thing. It’s the American Dream, really. “In this notion of […] Read more


LL (over at Seedlings in Stone) and I have decided to real Al Hsu’s The Suburban Christian together, and discuss it on our respective blogs. She has posted her initial thoughts in “Subfused.” These are a few of my thoughts about the intro and chapter 1. The book starts out with some broad definitions of […] Read more

The New Poor

You’d never know it by the junker I drive around, but statistically speaking, I’m rich. Having any car that can get them to their jobs and allow them to run errands is all some people really want, considering that lack of transportation is one of the biggest problems for America’s “new” poor. According to the […] Read more