catapult magazine

catapult magazine


April to July 2007

In Sickness

Often, the question of why bad things happen to good people is prompted by illness.  A physical force we cannot control conspires against a body to interfere with daily activities and life plans.  Every day, people find ways to manage these forces, if not heal completely—and every day, bodies surrender to death.  On our attempts to negotiate times of physical and mental illness in ourselves and others.

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In a 2005 New York Times article, Stephanie Rosenberg writes about the history of the "girl crush", exploring the potential of talking openly about such attractions for helping us understand how women mature emotionally.  Topics like "girl crushes" drop in and out of cultural taboo and vary from culture to culture, from era to era, from family to family.  This issue will contain reflection on subjects that certain individuals, communities and the Church would rather not discuss.

Ethnic Flair

The degree to which each of us feels connected to our ethnic heritage varies extremely widely from one person to the next.  Additionally, we can feel inexplicably drawn to an ethnic culture that has not even the smallest twig on our family tree.  This issue will explore the intersection of identity and ethnicity in all of its usual and unusual manifestations.

Your Own Back Yard

For several climate zones in the northern hemisphere, May is a time of cleaning out and digging in around the yard.  How can the design, practices and contents within a property boundary reflect our deepest values?  On the yards of our childhoods, the yards we currently maintain and the yards we wish we had.

Charged Up

Planes and trains, people and places—various kinds of fuels feed their motion and existence.  The coal-fired power plant keeps the lights on in the corner coffee shop where pop music propels a student toward the concluding paragraph.  What principles guide our choices for what fuels our transportation and places?  Beyond energizing our physical bodies, what powers our minds and spirits?

Eating Out

Patrons flock to establishments that gain a good reputation for serving a great meal.  Taking into account the food, the cost, the craft and the spirit of the atmosphere, what makes a restaurant good?  What compels people in our cities and neighborhoods to open restaurants?

Good Things

In his Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, Bruce Mau asserts in statement #19 that "every object has the capacity to stand for something other than what is apparent. Work on what it stands for."  The things that surround us are much more than purely functional objects—they are items that reflect our deepest values, our stories and to which we attach meaning.  A collection of reflections on the objects that find special places in our offices, kitchens, living rooms and hearts.