catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Ten Things

vol. 7, num. 1 :: 2008.01.11 — 2008.01.25

A conglomeration of lists on a wide range of topics, spanning the past year, the past ten years or a lifetime of learning and being.



Top ten New Year’s predictions

A report on a family and friend tradition to mark the turning of the year.


Trying softer

Ten things I have unsuccessfully willed myself to do (or not do).


Top ten new experiences of 2007, my 49th year

Documenting a year’s list of notable milestones.

My ten favorite things

A list that spans a range of human gratitude.

Top ten signs you’re a backpacker

A list composed from experiential observations.

Ten dichotomies I don’t fit into

A list of categories that can’t confine the author…to the dismay of those around him.

Ten things to do before I die

A list of experiences to savor after fifty.

Ten epiphanies for year 2008

From television to the Bible, reflections for the celebration of Epiphany.

Top ten surprises on my 13-year-old daughter’s iPod

A vigilant mother wonders at her progeny.


Sentimental filth

Exploring the current influence of Judd Apatow in popular film.

Grant’s recommendations 1.11.08

The Bored-Again Christian podcast is saving Christian music and Steve Reich’s looping is influencing generations of musicians.

Move over, Sweet Valley High

A top ten list of young adult fiction books for grown-ups.


In case you missed it the first time

Top ten things I learned from my father-in-law about how to be a Christian for real

A list honoring Vern Boerman, who passed away on December 21, 2006.

Top ten meals in recent memory

On the moments when the ritual of gathering for food transcends the elements themselves.

A baker's dozen of the top ten rules for parenting

In no particular order, the most important things one father has learned about raising children.

Weaving the web

2007 Year-End Zeitgeist

Statistics on search terms for 2007—you decide what it all means.


The PETA Files

PETA blog details the top ten most vegetarian friendly prisons in the U.S. Take a look before you decide in which state to commit your crime.


Top 10 Discoveries of 2007

For those who dig history, some recent interesting archeological finds.


Our Favorites

For those new to TAL, a perfect place to start. For veterans, the place to make sure you’ve heard Ira’s classics.


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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