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

My own experience has shown me that it is possible to live in and attentively study the same small place decade after decade, and find that it ceaselessly evades and exceeds comprehension. There is nothing that it can be reduced to, because “it” is always, and not predictably, changing. It is never the same two days running, and the better one pays attention the more aware one becomes of these differences. Living and working in the place day by day, one is continuously revising one’s knowledge of it, continuously being surprised by it and in error about it. And even if the place stayed the same, one would be getting older and growing in memory and experience, and would need for that reason alone to work from revision to revision. One knows one’s place, that is to say, only within limits, and the limits are in one’s mind, not in the place. This is a description of life in time in the world. A place, apart form our now always possible destruction of it, is inexhaustible. It cannot be altogether known, seen, understood, or appreciated.

Wendell Berry
Life is a Miracle


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