catapult magazine

catapult magazine


Society & Institutions


Take an object of negligible value and attach a great-great-grandparent to it and you have an article of infinite value -- in some cases.  On the things we hold dear, and the things that lose their luster between generations.


Sometimes they’re no fun and they hurt someone, but other times they protect us from things that might wound us.  A secret spilled can be a relief or it can be a tragedy.  On secrets kept and shared.


From the latest trend in crafting to the great cathedrals, from hobbies to professional skills—making things with our hands from the stuff of earth is an impulse we humans can’t ignore.  Stories of learning to appreciate our own handiwork and that of others.


In some parts of the U.S., Mother’s Day is used as a marker for the last frost and then it’s safe to put plants in the ground outdoors, but gardening is much more than just putting a plant in the soil, both before and after the last frost date.  On the lessons we learn from growing things.

I Love My Place

For some, the relationship to the places where they live is characterized by fidelity, not unlike a marriage relationship.  What does it mean to love our places in sickness and in health, for better or worse, ‘til death do us part?


Learning happens everywhere all the time, but schools provide spaces specifically committed to education.  Learning might be the only constant, however, as schools vary widely in terms of size, location, philosophy, pedagogy and more.  On our experiences with schools, from Sunday school to university.

News to Me

An increasing number of people are getting their news from parody shows like those hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and yet an abundance of news sources persist, from public radio to gossip, the Internet to the local newspaper.  Where do you get your news and why?


Some have examined the life of Jesus and noticed the ways in which he offered belonging before belief.  What does it mean to belong to something -- or not to belong?  What institutions are doing belonging well?

Making Art

It’s a common story: a student graduates from college with a degree in the arts and quickly realizes how difficult it is to carve out time and money to continue making art.  In fact, this challenge is common for artists of all ages, in all media.  On the challenges and strategies related to cultivating a creative life. 


Privacy has become more and more of a public conversation with the creeping influence of technology in our lives, but it has always been an issue that communities have had to negotiate.  On how we approach privacy, from digital to analog.