catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Living on Less

vol. 11, num. 2 :: 2012.01.20 — 2012.02.02

Throughout much of the world, winter strips away many signs of life and calls us to remember that summer’s abundance does not exist all the time, everywhere, for all people.  By choice or by circumstance, some live on less all year round.  What does simplicity look like in your life?



Clutter, control and the freedom of simplicity

The confession of a modest hoarder.

The freedom of less

Taking a simple lifestyle for granted -- and occasionally, as an idol.



On making changes to live closer to our place on a smaller version of “enough.”


The good life

A call to creativity, grace and the correspondence of action and belief.

A resolution

An invitation to downsize in the new year.

Simply simplicity

Jesus offers an example for all classes.

The spirituality of the Chemex

A morning ritual offers lessons in complex simplicity.


Lessons from a history of accidentally going without.

Bigger barns

Examining the source and nature of one’s treasure.


In case you missed it the first time

Beware of toilet envy

The Jones family can haunt us even in a well-intentioned quest to live simply.

Woods treasures

Ideas for celebrating the beauty of nature by creating simple, found-object gifts.

How are you?

On cultivating a new attitude toward the busier-than-thou game.

Small life

On the complexity of simplicity and giving up the closet.

Weaving the web

Twenty simple years

An interview with Jim Merkel, the $5,000 man.


Accessible asceticism

Aiden Enns proposes a 12-fold rule of life for the twenty-first century.


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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