catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Babies Everywhere

vol. 10, num. 7 :: 2011.04.08 — 2011.04.21

Have you ever had a moment when you realize that about five or six people you know just announced that they’re having babies?  Depending on your own circumstances, such news might be pure joy or pure heartache.  On having—or not having—babies.    



The longest shortest time

Reflections on the dark days of early parenthood with Hillary Frank.



A reflection on the direction of the world, with reference to poets.


A hand-me-down life

How a young parent learned by example to trust providence.

Journey to grace

Lessons from accepting the gift of a late pregnancy.

Surprised by grief

On embracing the mourning of parents who have lost a child to a miscarriage.

The extended family

Getting involved with adoption and foster care.


Following an unconventional path to parenthood.

Letter to my son

A mother's reflection on the birth of her extraordinary, completely ordinary child.


What’s the big deal about Bebe Gloton?

A review of a controversial toy that asks us to wrestle with what's "natural."


In case you missed it the first time

Surviving your baby’s first year

A book list by the mother of a toddler explores experiences from birthing to sleeping.

Best laid plans

A reflection on the reality of our limitations in family planning.

Weaving the web

My Big Fat Jewish Pregnancy

One woman’s navel-gazing over the meaning of Jewish life.


Martha, Mary, and the Baby

Gretchen Schoon Tanis on learning to enjoy her child’s early days.


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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