catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Measuring Cups

vol. 5, num. 20 :: 2006.11.03 — 2006.11.17

Andrew Bird's song "Measuring Cups" explores the horrors of failing to conform in elementary and middle school.  This issue will look at our own stories and approaches of forming identity in "hostile" environments.



I am a nerd

On the freedom of claiming an identity that's not cool.


A graceful childhood

A mental journey through the school years prompts gratitude for intangible gifts.


An un-quiet existence

What a quiet kid learned about identity and parenting from her own small town upbringing.


The emotional and spiritual education of gym class.


Classic noir goes to high school

A review of the film Brick.


In case you missed it the first time

Setting the feet on the pathway

A parent chooses a unique form of education to help her sons develop a sense of "self."

Himalayan idyll

A meditation on the serious business of being a child.

The other side of the bridge, or ?2 Good 2 Be 4 Gotten?

A high school reunion inspires reflection about change and growing up.

Weaving the web

Andrew Bird's <i>The Mysterious Production of Eggs</i>

Listen to the entire album, including this issue's inspiration, "Measuring Cups".


Crooked little faith

Kimberly Burge writes about the questions, insecurities and certainties of writer Anne Lammott.


I love you just the way you are

An article by Walt Mueller on the importance of loving insecure teens.


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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