catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Keeping House

vol. 7, num. 8 :: 2008.04.18 — 2008.05.02

According to Wendell Berry, home economics is defined as “the ways of human housekeeping, the ways by which the human household is situated within the household of nature.”  From the time we’re children, we act out our instinct for keeping house and as we do, our decisions can affirm or betray what we confess to be our deepest values.



The sacrament of laundry

Within the folds of clean clothes, a mother discovers something about her own mother.


Piles of ideas

Experiences and conversations converge on questions of keeping.


Practicing Resurrection at Russet House Farm

A report on a community gathering to explore the role of sustainability in a life of Christian faithfulness.

Piled up

How our housekeeping tendencies can shape our identities in relation to others.

Dorm daze in the animal house

On the unique lifestyle of a family that lives in the dorms.

Homing instinct

The transitions of college years provide a canvas on which to create, re-create and discover our identities.

Feels like home

How art became a way to feel at home in many different homes.

The Overflow Room

The room in the corner becomes a multi-faceted symbol.


A beautifully woven tale

A review of Auralia’s Colors, a fantasy novel by Jeffrey Overstreet.


In case you missed it the first time

A question before pitching

Though they take more work, there are many alternatives to sending something to the landfill.

Cleanliness and cruelty

On discovering God in the shower.

Security for sale

On quieting one’s own fears and keeping a house safe for two kids.

Weaving the web

Houses of Ill-Repute

Stories about the home of an elderly man that gets converted into a crack house brothel, an attempt to find a good apartment and the blame game in the House of Representatives.


Home Economics

Wendell Berry analyzes U.S. agricultural policy through the lenses of sound home economics thinking.


Make Affluence History

A practical guide for ending poverty by taking action to end affluence.




Cleanliness is adjacent to godliness

On finding God in the dish water, vacuum cleaner and toilet.

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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