catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Half an Acre

vol. 8, num. 14 :: 2009.07.02 — 2009.07.16

Sometimes it’s a seller’s market, and then other times it’s a buyer’s market.  And in all times there’s an urge to purchase property, to invest in a plot of land for both practical and symbolic reasons.  What’s good and not-so-good about ownership?

 

Feature

Promised land gone

Warning: asking long-time neighbors about family history might surprise you.

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Editorial

Singing still

A musical tour of sentiments about ownership.

Articles

Small life

On the complexity of simplicity and giving up the closet.

Dwelling places

A reflection on the complicated consideration of where to live.

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Dreams for sale

Tracing a family's history and values through home spaces.

The story of our home

On reinforcing a sense of identity through loss.

Conversation: “Half an Acre”

Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about home, land and ownership.

Gallery

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In case you missed it the first time

Ain't nothin' noble about it

A family finds a perfect home in a "changing" neighborhood.

Taking a deep breath

Creating a home that is right respite for yourself and others.

On home-building

Building your own home can be a rewarding adventure when you apply your values.

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Weaving the web

The giant pool of money

A surprisingly entertaining account in layman’s terms of how the U.S. got itself into the current housing crisis.

 
 

daily asterisk

Learning versus playing. That dichotomy seems natural to people…. Learning, according to that almost automatic view, is what children do in school and, maybe, in other adult-directed activities. Playing is, at best, a refreshing break from learning. From that view, summer vacation is just a long recess, perhaps longer than necessary. But here’s an alternative view, which should be obvious but apparently is not: playing is learning. At play, children learn the most important of life’s lessons, the ones that cannot be taught in school. To learn these lessons well, children need lots of play — lots and lots of it, without interference from adults.

Peter Gray
“The play deficit” in Aeon Magazine

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