Welcome to my Lawn

I’m tickled by the grumpy grandpa phrase “get off my lawn!” It says, yes this is social space, but it’s MY space and I tend it. So I decide who gets to frolic on it. Social media can structure this private-public balance a bit ineptly. A Facebook friend may say something that feels intrusive on your timeline, simply because your view of your lawn is different from theirs. This blog defines its space more clearly. It does not invite mansplaining or beckery, but friendly engagement. Welcome! 

Once Upon A Time

In 2008, I discovered a blog called Stuff White People Like. I enjoyed reading it, as a longtime resident of the American coasts seeking insight into that mystical thing called mainstream American culture. I imagined this culture was born in the heartland – though there were certainly glimpses of it in my coastal cities too. To my outsider eye, Americans were ‘different’ in such patterned ways. Gradually, I learned more about the race and class politics of acceptable difference. SWPL helped to clarify the patterns I had glimpsed: the style markers of the Quirky Girl (bangs, glasses, combat boots), the cultural love of camping and canines. The evolving performance of American edginess continues to fascinate me in the Midwest, where I now live, and where everyone seems to participate in it. This site is for my cynical or affectionate musings on the place I’ve come to call home.