catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Your Own Back Yard

vol. 6, num. 10 :: 2007.05.18 — 2007.06.01

For several climate zones in the northern hemisphere, May is a time of cleaning out and digging in around the yard.  How can the design, practices and contents within a property boundary reflect our deepest values?  On the yards of our childhoods, the yards we currently maintain and the yards we wish we had.



Gardening lessons

A series of columns travels through the seasons of nature and of life.


Here on earth

The memory of yards captured in photographs recalls a journey of inherited wonder.


Outdoor heart

Deconstructing garden admiration reveals a longing for self expression.

Black gold

The discipline of composting makes a garden grow.

Unwinding under the weeping willow

On cultivating a space to relax with family and friends.


How much is that doggie in the window (arf, arf)

A review of Mike White’s film Year of the Dog.


In case you missed it the first time


Sometimes our neighbor really is the person right across the lane.

The delusions of a "single-family dwelling"

A morning in the back yard with Squirt the cat reveals the community of nature.

Holy drinking

On learning by observation how to defeat death with a cold beer.

More than passing

On one particular hobby that flourishes in all conditions.

Weaving the web

Yards for Kids

The resourceful web site of an organization committed to making yards safer for children through reduction in the use of pesticides and herbicides.


Tilling Word and Land

Wendell Berry on the relationship between his farming work and his writing.


Rx for Excess

Andy Crouch presents some good news on the Church’s efforts to go green.


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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