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...

Branded

In The Contented Soul, Lisa Graham McMinn tells the story of entering graduate school as a mother of three young children and deciding to identify herself by buying a certain brand of shoes.”The prior decade I had been in maternity clothes or the casual clothes...
The Bus

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...
Created to Consume?

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,...
Car Talk

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...