catapult magazine

catapult magazine

vol. 12, num. 23 :: 2013.12.13 — 2013.12.26

Stories, art, traditions, transitions, family, friends, enemies -- many things in our lives provoke strong feelings, for better or worse.  What’s good and what’s complicated about being creatures who experience emotions?



Emotional wreck

Your kids were supposed to have perfect parents.  You were supposed to have perfect kids.  You’re all plain out of luck.


What’s wrong?

A complicated history of tears.


Logic? I’ll take football.

Why I keep the season tickets.

Deep acting in the checkout line

What happens when we routinely swallow negative emotions?

Finding God in the silence

Meeting the Spirit again after a tragedy.

Why I Sundance

Hint: it’s about more than just stalking celebrities (with a little of that, too).


In case you missed it the first time

Understanding emotional sickness

A window into the mental lanscape of the emotionally unwell.

The shame for which I weep

When churches fail to offer acceptance and healing for gay and lesbian believers.

Weaving the web


Sam Van Eman shares a story of being moved by music as a 12-year-old.


I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself

Laurel Snyder on the reasons we lie to our kids about Santa.


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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