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“A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule”*…


The American house is growing. These days, the average new home encompasses 2,500 square feet, about 50 percent more area than the average house in the late 1970s, according to Census data. Compared to the typical house of 40 years ago, today’s likely has another bathroom and an extra bedroom, making it about the same size as the Brady Bunch house, which famously fit two families.

This expansion has come at a cost: the American lawn…

As houses have gotten bigger, yard sizes have receded. What gives? “The Shrinking of the American Lawn.”

(Compare and contrast: “Who is the Tiny House revolution for?“)

* Michael Pollan


As we eulogize our edgers, we might recall that it was on this date in 1894 that the first issue of The American Lawn Tennis Bulletin, the official organ of the American Lawn Tennis Association, was published.  Its name was subsequently changed to American Lawn Tennis Magazine, then to USTA Magazine, after its sponsoring organization– the sanctioning body for amateur tennis in the U.S. and host of the U.S. Open tournament–  dropped “Lawn” from its name.

1894 advertisement



Written by LW

July 11, 2016 at 1:01 am


Your correspondent is among the estimated 5.9 Billion people around the globe (roughly 80% of the world’s population) watching at least part of the World Cup.  He has wondered, as he knows that readers have, what all of this time spent goggling goals has done to productivity in the global economy.  Well, thanks to Mashable, the results are in:

Click the image above– or here— to see the full infographic.  Spoiler alert:  as readers will see, like some of more melodramatic players on the pitch, sales and productivity have taken a dive (e.g., 26% of workers surveyed recently reported taking time off work to watch…).

(TotH to Presurfer)

As we struggle to quell our emotions in the wake of the epic injustice to Ghana, we might recall that it was on this date in 1957 that Althea Gibson became the first African-American to win at Wimbledon.  The finest female tennis player of her time, she won six Grand Slam singles titles and six more Doubles titles between 1956 and 1958.

Althea Gibson

Written by LW

July 6, 2010 at 12:01 am

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