catapult magazine

catapult magazine


April to July 2014


Language is a complicated thing.  It can clarify and obfuscate, it can heal and wound, it can educate and confuse.  This collection explores the words that have stuck with us, for whatever reason.


Trees play an important role in many of our most formative human tales, whether personal or communal, literal or symbolic, and they stand silently bearing witness to our present lives.  Where has your story intersected with a tree in a meaningful way?


From the latest trend in crafting to the great cathedrals, from hobbies to professional skills—making things with our hands from the stuff of earth is an impulse we humans can’t ignore.  Stories of learning to appreciate our own handiwork and that of others.


In some parts of the U.S., Mother’s Day is used as a marker for the last frost and then it’s safe to put plants in the ground outdoors, but gardening is much more than just putting a plant in the soil, both before and after the last frost date.  On the lessons we learn from growing things.

I Love My Place

For some, the relationship to the places where they live is characterized by fidelity, not unlike a marriage relationship.  What does it mean to love our places in sickness and in health, for better or worse, ‘til death do us part?


Learning happens everywhere all the time, but schools provide spaces specifically committed to education.  Learning might be the only constant, however, as schools vary widely in terms of size, location, philosophy, pedagogy and more.  On our experiences with schools, from Sunday school to university.

News to Me

An increasing number of people are getting their news from parody shows like those hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and yet an abundance of news sources persist, from public radio to gossip, the Internet to the local newspaper.  Where do you get your news and why?