catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Spring Cleaning

vol. 10, num. 6 :: 2011.03.25 — 2011.04.07

Snow melts and the leaves that piled up in the corners reveal themselves.  Eagerness for summer boils over into a closet cleansing.  Is a clean house a prerequisite for or an impediment to hospitality?  To peace of mind?  On the ways in which cleaning leaves us weary or satisfied, annoyed or at ease.    



Disinfected mind

When does cleaning become more than a healthy habit?


Sweeping, not swept up

On scrubbing consumerism's stain out of our cleaning rituals.


Clean green

A beginner's guide from the shopkeeper of Love Your Mother earth-friendly goods.

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Deep cleaning

Attempting to invoke patience one closet at a time.

With a spring in my step and a mop in my hand

Of sanity and hospitality in a home that's dirty enough to be happy.

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In case you missed it the first time

The sacrament of laundry

Within the folds of clean clothes, a mother discovers something about her own mother.

Cleanliness is adjacent to godliness

On finding God in the dish water, vacuum cleaner and toilet.

Weaving the web

Getting Clean

What is the sound of one hand washing again and again and again?



Caroline Langston on keeping the house mindfully.


daily asterisk

Often, educators and politicians speak and are not understood because their language is not attuned to the concrete situation of the people they address. Accordingly, their talk is just alienated and alienating rhetoric. The language of the educator or the politician (and it seems more and more clear that the latter must also become an educator, in the broadest sense of the word), like the language of the people, cannot exist without thought; and neither language nor thought can exist without a structure to which they refer. In order to communicate effectively, educator and politician must understand the structural conditions in which the thought and language of the people are dialectically framed.

Paulo Freire
Pedagogy of the Oppressed

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