catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Just Say No

vol. 12, num. 21 :: 2013.11.15 — 2013.11.28

The things we decline might indeed be illegal or bad for our health, as the War on Drugs has attempted to teach every child in the U.S.  But sometimes, we need to say “no” to good things -- for the sake of health, for the sake of simplicity, for the necessity of making a choice.  On learning to say no, and letting our minds wander a while down roads not taken.



The tug of “yes” and “no”

On the joys and challenges of being a caregiver.

Humans being

Life lessons from a friend newly retired.


Why play?

Just say “no” to working too much.


Left behind

The existential crisis of the summer camp altar call.

Saying “no” as a filmmaker

Seeking an artistic identity in relationship to Hollywood.

When need meets grace

The long, hard journey out of people-pleasing.

Saying “yes” to a simpler life

How priorities can shift after having children.

Just say no! But: why?

Questioning our lists of prohibitions.

“No” can make all the difference

The stories of three heroes who refused to give in.

In case you missed it the first time

Time is my enemy

On the difficulty of internalizing the gift of a twenty-four hour day

Vegetarian discipleship

Gleanings from nearly 25 years of eating everything -- except meat.

Weaving the web

Things left undone

Laura Lynn Brown reflects on the unfinished seams of life.


The dramatic simplicity of Michael Schwab

Justin Ahrens reviews Schwab’s stark style of graphic design.


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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