catapult magazine

catapult magazine
With my own two hands

vol. 6, num. 3 :: 2007.02.09 — 2007.02.23

Hobbies can be so much more than entertainment—the mind and the body fuse to help us paint, work with wood, sculpt, garden, run, knit, play the guitar, fix cars and more.  On the activities that have captured our leisurely imaginations and the things that promise to in the future.



Navigating family history

A tradition of boating finds its current home in longing.


The Thing

Confessions of a chronic dabbler.


More than passing

On one particular hobby that flourishes in all conditions.

When your hobbies must be something more

A year of job searching gives a new perspective on "free time" activities.

Practice makes perfect

How acts of creativity become holy, become prayer.

Dig in

An interesting hobby yields financial, culinary and environmental benefits.

God's love made edible

The journey of a skill from a hobby to a spiritual discipline.

Spinning a yarn

A family tradition of "making things" leads to a very rewarding waste of time.


Can Christianity be the new "punk"?

A reflection on the purposefulness of reviews in catapult.


In case you missed it the first time

Lift up my eyes to the mountains

A banner artist displays her process via photos.

Experiments in photography

How books of ?perfect? photos from special events gave way to reveling in the beauty of the ordinary.

Motherhood and?

A stay-at-home mom finds comfort in her secret identity.

Seeking boredom

What happens when a child-like boredom meets adult busyness.

Weaving the web

Charlotte's Webpage

Lowell Monke writes about why children shouldn't have the world at their fingertips.

An online marketplace for handmade items from artists around the world.



A program created to perpetuate relationships between old and young, as well as traditional Appalachian crafts and knowledge.


A farm grows in Brooklyn

Tom Philpott writes about a neglected neighborhood where kids are growing produce and raising a community.


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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