catapult magazine

catapult magazine
In Those Days

vol. 5, num. 2 :: 2006.01.27 — 2006.02.09

Meditations on how times have changed and on the skills that we may be in the process of losing.



The Little House life

On skills, creativity and dependence.

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be clueless

On passing down skills in community.


Getting away

Experiencing other cultures can offer a window into what may be lacking in our own.


Thrift store philosophy

Sorting through donated books raises questions about acquisition.

Locks and keys

A meditation on key chains as a barometer of local and internal culture.

The memory palaces of Joseph Cornell

Exploring the philosophy of an artist whose collage work is suggestive about the nature of time and memory.


New poems from an old friend

A review of Wendell Berry's Given: New Poems.

The search for hope

Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom and Pop points in the right direction.


In case you missed it the first time

From Smurfs to Sponge Bob

The author interviews a local mediaphile in order to better understand how cartoons have changed over the last twenty years, what we should look for in good cartoons, and how cartoons affect viewers.

Historical Jesus

N.T. Wright continues to explore important questions in Christian Origins and the Question of God series.

Waiting for the rising

A few life lessons from the ghosts of my ancestors.

Weaving the web

Canning instructions for beginners and recipes for the more advanced.


North House Folk School

Located in beautiful Grand Marais, Minnesota, this is one place to learn those forgotten skills you're craving.


Renewing husbandry

The time of mechanization in agriculture is fast coming to an end, but can we recover what has been lost? An article by Wendell Berry.



An education program based on the Southern Appalachian tradition of community-based learning that "promotes a sense of place and appreciation of local people, community, and culture as essential educational tool."


Stir fried noodles with weeds and seeds

Up for a little foraging? Try this recipe that integrates on-hand ingredients from the kitchen, forest and field.



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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