catapult magazine

catapult magazine
My Hometown

vol. 3, num. 18 :: 2004.11.05 — 2004.11.18

It?s where we spent our formative years, where we put down roots as young adults, where we claim our identity in connection with place. Reflections on towns and cities as ?home.?



Our towns

*cino community members respond to questions about their hometowns.


Having a ball in my hometown

A local celebration provides an opportunity to reflect on love of place.


An e-mail address for the guy who took our photo at the place around the corner where we went for coffee

The merging of two cultures yields a lesson in experiencing community.

Re-inventing the well

Even as big boxes multiply, "neighborhood values" are becoming an important part of the national conversation.


Re-visiting an old friend

A review of Chaim Potok?s The Chosen.

In case you missed it the first time

Some say the Midwest is dying

A young couple mourns and celebrates the passing of time as they visit the small town of Hospers, Iowa.

Commuting to Africa

A North American woman finds home on a vast and colorful continent that inspires both incredible joy and difficult questions.

Home on the road

On the complex search for an earthly home.

Weaving the web

Compromise, hell!

Wendell Berry, the notable advocate of loving our land, explores how corporate greed is eroding hometown values.


Receiving Community: The Church and the Future of the New Urbanist Movement

Presbyterian minister Eric O. Jacobsen examines a new movement to reclaim neighborhood values from a Christian perspective. NOTE: Links directly to a PDF download.




My faith story

On the stages that occur between the beginning and the present.


The gift of laughter

Is laughter even appropriate in a world with so much suffering?

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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