catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Autumn, and Then Winter

vol. 6, num. 18 :: 2007.10.05 — 2007.10.19

The weather may not be showing it yet, but the northern hemisphere is moving into the fall season and then into winter.  This issue will include perspectives from a range of life stages on watching others grow older, growing older ourselves and being caregivers to those in the winter of life.



Funerals in Egypt

Exploring the contrast between Egyptian and North American funerals.

Christian funerals

A collection of ideas on the structure and purposes of funeral services.


A thousand years

An autumn evening prompts reflection on numbering our days.



A eulogy for Ferrari Mundy (Winter 1989-Summer 2007).

I was born in a small town

A reflection on the passing away of an autumn tradition.

Mother to mother

Thoughts on shifting roles in the latter years of a parent’s life.

Organic Fuji

Comfort is in the particulars when you care for someone who’s ill.



In a new series, a *cino co-founder offers short reviews of worthwhile art and media, This edition looks at the films God Grew Tired of Us and Into Great Silence, music from Kanye West and Common, and Last Train to Memphis, a book about Elvis.

Loving enough

A review of the film Away from Her by Sarah Polley.

Do not go gentle into that good night

An analysis of the film In the Valley of Elah.


In case you missed it the first time

The death of a marriage

Divorce is never God's intention for marriage, but there is still grace.

A good death

Reflections of a Hospice chaplain a few days later.

Weaving the web

Simply stay

Valerie Weaver-Zercher explores caring for aging parents through Caring for Mother, a sobering book by Virginia Stem Owens.


Remembering Madeleine L’Engle

Professor Don Hettinga shares memories and an essay about the prolific author who passed away in September.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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