catapult magazine

catapult magazine
When I Grow Up

vol. 7, num. 19 :: 2008.10.24 — 2008.11.07

Some people know what they want to do with their lives at an early age and that desire never changes.  Others search their whole lives for vocation and identity.  Stories about the certainties, pressures, questions, opportunities, wisdom and mystery encountered on this path.



Tale of two children

What folk tales and the biblical narrative have to offer about the process of growing up.


When you grow up

Hopes and reflections for an un-conceived idea.


The Halloween Bunny

A tale of disillusionment, for better or worse.

On being a loser at 30

An older self and a younger self in dialogue about (dis)contentment.

Becoming a Matriarch

On the paradox of aspirations within a family.

Identity and vocation

On the search for purpose, via the story of playwright Horton Foote.

Growing up hopeful

A unique community combines generations who need one another.

Conversation: “When I Grow Up”

Contribute your stories comparing your childhood ideals with the reality of growing up.


In case you missed it the first time

Career anarchy

On discovering that the question isn?t really what you want to be when you grow up?

Gainful unemployment

A resigned nurse learns to be still and value a new kind of productivity.

A song in my home

How making a first home can be a re-discovery of self.

Weaving the web

The temple door

The daughter of a damaged Vietnam vet returns to the scene of the crime.


A little bit of knowledge

Stories about the pitfalls of knowing just a little bit too little.


Seeing deer

Craig Childs writes an autumnal elegy about the migration and habits of deer.




These things remain

Reflections on the occasion of a not-so-pivotal birthday.

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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