catapult magazine

catapult magazine

vol. 8, num. 9 :: 2009.04.24 — 2009.05.08

Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree embodies a human characteristic that must have been present since the creation of the world: that of assigning human qualities to trees and attributing deep meaning to their shapes, qualities and uses. A collection of reflections on the trees that are characters in our histories and symbols of critical times, places and ideas.



Arbor awe

A tale of pilgrimage to the Montezuma Cypress known as El Àrbol del Tule.


Waiting, on the lake

Lessons from a venerable pair of birch trees on Pleasant Lake.


The tree of sacrifice, the tree of communication

A tour of images, holidays, uses, poems and ideas related to trees.

“These trees are prayers”

On one particular created tree as an image of self-expression.

See! There is a new creation!

Why not?  After all, trees aren't just for kids.

No un-growth

On the power of formative experience to set growth in motion.

Modeling the mango

Lessons from one of Africa's hardiest trees.

Conversation: “Trees”

Your opportunity to contribute your own reflections on the trees.


Taking us back

A review of the film Adventureland, directed by Greg Mottola.


In case you missed it the first time


A neighborhood full of trees inspires reflection.

Top Ten re: nature

Memories travel over all kinds of terrain.

Weaving the web

Keeping it real in the market for Christmas trees

An off-season environmental reflection from Rusty Pritchard for Restoring Eden.


Structural Poetry

Images and a statement from artist Zsuzsanna Szegedi.




Christians and torture

A response to current debates about justifiable tactics for U.S. national security.

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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