catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Outsider

vol. 10, num. 18 :: 2011.10.14 — 2011.10.27

At some point in our development, we become aware that there are insiders and outsiders when it comes to various social contexts -- politics to playgrounds, workplaces to Sunday school.  How we respond to this awareness varies greatly from one person to another.  Where do you stand?

 

Feature

Sacredness in the margins

On the characters who teach us how to accept life around the edges of a big story.

Speaking with strangers

From St. Francis to Shakespeare, an endorsement for radical hospitality.

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Editorial

Outside in

Moving from transplanted strangers to homemaking exiles.

Articles

Stigma

On a mother’s decision to keep a family secret...for now.

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Insider outed

On the secrets we all keep.

The integration issue

Is it possible to truly belong in a new culture?

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Starting over

Remembering the challenges and triumphs of the teen years.

Cool girls and the chip mix

A mother remembers the longings and cruelties of junior high girls. 

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Lessons for a season as an outsider

Learning to cope with unemployment.

Suspicious skin

First hand experience with Alabama’s new immigration law.

Gallery

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In case you missed it the first time

Death by ice or fire

Life is a complicated game of Would You Rather? for a those who find pieces of home in two very different worlds.

Outside looking in

Remembering Simone Weil and a middle school band of misfits.

Weaving the web

Ghosts in the Mirrors

Greg Bottoms on the making of a Santeros artist as an old man. 

 

First Day

On the first day, any first day, we're expected to live by the rules and customs of the culture we're entering, but we don't know those rules and customs just yet.

 
 

daily asterisk

It is useless to try to adjudicate a long-standing animosity by asking who started it or who is the most wrong. The only sufficient answer is to give up the animosity and try forgiveness, to try to love our enemies and to talk to them and (if we pray) to pray for them. If we can’t do any of that, then we must begin again by trying to imagine our enemies’ children, who, like our children, are in mortal danger because of enmity that they did not cause. We can no longer afford to confuse peaceability with passivity. Authentic peace is no more passive than war. Like war, it calls for discipline and intelligence and strength of character, though it calls also for higher principles and aims. If we are serious about peace, then we must work for it as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we have ever prepared for war.

Wendell Berry
“A Citizen’s Response” in Citizenship Papers

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