catapult magazine

catapult magazine

vol. 10, num. 18 :: 2011.10.14 — 2011.10.27

At some point in our development, we become aware that there are insiders and outsiders when it comes to various social contexts -- politics to playgrounds, workplaces to Sunday school.  How we respond to this awareness varies greatly from one person to another.  Where do you stand?



Sacredness in the margins

On the characters who teach us how to accept life around the edges of a big story.

Speaking with strangers

From St. Francis to Shakespeare, an endorsement for radical hospitality.


Outside in

Moving from transplanted strangers to homemaking exiles.



On a mother’s decision to keep a family secret...for now.

Insider outed

On the secrets we all keep.

The integration issue

Is it possible to truly belong in a new culture?

Starting over

Remembering the challenges and triumphs of the teen years.

Cool girls and the chip mix

A mother remembers the longings and cruelties of junior high girls. 

Lessons for a season as an outsider

Learning to cope with unemployment.

Suspicious skin

First hand experience with Alabama’s new immigration law.


In case you missed it the first time

Death by ice or fire

Life is a complicated game of Would You Rather? for a those who find pieces of home in two very different worlds.

Outside looking in

Remembering Simone Weil and a middle school band of misfits.

Weaving the web

Ghosts in the Mirrors

Greg Bottoms on the making of a Santeros artist as an old man. 


First Day

On the first day, any first day, we're expected to live by the rules and customs of the culture we're entering, but we don't know those rules and customs just yet.


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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