catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Good Gifts

vol. 6, num. 21 :: 2007.11.16 — 2007.11.30

It’s something most of us think about this time of year—if we haven’t been pondering already for weeks.  Though tangible and intangible gifts surround us all year round, autumn seems like a good time to give some special consideration as we prepare to give thanks and express our gratitude through the exchange of presents.



Around town

A bike ride prompts gratitude for the gift of community.


High on security

A call to acknowledge suffering even as we celebrate good gifts.


Open hands

A meditation on the idea that we who have freely received should freely give.

How to give great gifts

A practical guide for the dazed and confused…as well as the overly confident.


Holiday memories serve as reminders of the best gifts.

The gift of life

A moment of near tragedy becomes a moment of grace in the journey toward God.


The gift that keeps on giving

A review of Noah Baumbach’s Margot and the Wedding.

Grant’s recommendations 11.16.07

From Pieces of April and an album of 69 love songs by its music director to the dark alienation of Nick Cave and Grinderman.

Kirstin’s recommendations 11.16.07

Musical performance art with Tim Fite and re-visiting a classic with Hitchcock’s Rear Window.


In case you missed it the first time

Gifts of music

A brief tour through the last few centuries reveals many theories about music that are, in and of themselves, gifts to our experience and understanding of the art form.

Given with love

Shopping for Christmas gifts can be an opportunity to practice our deepest values.

Butternut Squash Soup

A simple recipe for autumn and winter.

Weaving the web

Green Living 101: Fashion Fundamentals

A gift to the recipient, a gift to the earth—Janna Leyde writes about green fashion.


Notes on an Empty Church

Blake Lambert writes about President Felix Houphouet-Boigny’s gift to the Ivory Coast.


The Territory of Tint

Robert Michael Pyle explores the gift of color and, by association, sight.


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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