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Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook

It hasn’t been as bad as you might think.

By Greta Belanger deJong

The boiler in this big ol' house that is home to CATALYST, and to me, too, heaved its last sigh in late fall. Why the new one hasn't been installed yet is a boring story I won't tell. Suffice it to say the old behemoth finally got dismantled and carted away yesterday, and my radiators should be gurgling again by December 1 if the shipping company can figure out where the heck my new boiler went.

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Legends of Everyday Life

Legends of Everyday Life

Tales From the Hive premieres in SLC December 18.

By Francesca Sternfeld

Picture yourself around a fire with friends. The stars shine above as the sounds of your voices mingle with the crickets, the light flickers across faces of those you hold dear. What happens in these settings? We tell stories.

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Your Brain on Altitude

Your Brain on Altitude

Utah Brain Institute neuroscientists find promise in natural supplements for treating altitude-related depression and suicide risk.

By Alice Toler

Depression and suicide are serious problems in Utah. In 2012, 545 Utahns took their own lives—more than the number of people who died in auto fatalities. We aren't alone in this disturbing ranking; in fact, Utah is squarely in the middle of the USA's "suicide belt"—a geographical area which encompasses the Intermountain West. Suicide rates are similarly high in Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada.

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The Latest News in Local Brews and Booze

The Latest News in Local Brews and Booze

Check out this list to find what’s new, tasty and worth trying this season.

By Katherine Pioli

With the close of another year, CATALYST surveys the state of locally produced adult beverages in Utah. It's been a good year here, despite the persistent presence of the Zion Curtain. From a new locally produced gin to innovative holiday ales on tap across the valley, check out this list to find what's new, tasty and worth trying this season.

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Plan-B Theatre Re-imagines the Holiday Seasons

Plan-B Theatre Re-imagines the Holiday Seasons

Julie Jensen’s Christmas With Misfits, directed by Cheryl Ann Cluff, runs December 11-21.

By Elaine Jarvik & Julie Jensen

The world premieres of Christmas With Misfits, Julie Jensen's darkly comic quartet of short plays, and Marry Christmas, Elaine Jarvik's celebration of the first anniversary of marriage equality, may just be the region's most unique stage offerings this holiday season.

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Catalyst Blogs

  • Dec 18, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: Dec. 17-23
    Written by

    Try not to let the days and nights of this week evaporate in a rush of 10,000 details. We're still in the midst of significant passages that mark endings and beginnings, and it wouldn't do to hurry across these thresholds. The most important turning point is the winter solstice on Sunday, December 21, at 6:03 EST. In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice delineates the return of the light. "Solstice" means the Sun's standstill, and if you were to mark the position of the Sun as it rises in the east and sets in the west, as our ancient ancestors did for as many years as it took to observe a pattern, you would notice that for approximately four days in a row, the Sun's position on the horizon is the same. The solstice point marks the moment it comes to a "halt" before it retraces its path for another year.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Dec 12, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: Dec. 10-16
    Written by

    We're in liminal space for the next several weeks, as astral alignments form a series of thresholds, creating the in-between dimension necessary to move from one reality to another. And although regular routines still underpin the structure of daily life, those routines unfold through irregular rhythms, and the erratic pace could contribute to a loss of continuity. Managing this sense of dislocation requires a strong determination to stay present.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Dec 04, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: Dec. 3-9
    Written by

    'Tis not the season to be jolly, although all festivities and celebrations with the power to lighten the psychic mood and lift a heavy heart are welcome. 'Tis the season to be conscious and thoughtful —very, very thoughtful—about these extraordinary times and the role each of us plays in the ongoing process of individual and collective transformation. We're less than two weeks away from the sixth Uranus/Pluto square that occurs just past midnight U.S. Eastern time on December 15.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Nov 27, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: Nov. 26 - Dec. 2
    Written by

    Planetary congestion along the celestial superhighway could result in terrestrial gridlock over the coming weeks. It isn't really possible to avoid, dismiss, or deny these "traffic jams"—they are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—and they are certain to manifest in ordinary as well as extraordinary ways. Given that this time of year is already supercharged with a wide range of needs, expectations, and disappointments, handling this astral clog is going to take extreme patience. Of course, it would be wise to remember that this is the season of goodwill and good cheer, and with that knowledge, to practice, whenever possible, as much kindness as you can muster. Compassion is always a good antidote to overwhelm.

    Posted in Aquarium Age

Regulars and Shorts

  • Don't Get Me Started

    So, Anyway... by John Cleese.
    by John deJong

  • Shall We Dance?

    Some dance books to put under the tree.
    by Amy Brunvand

  • Yoga Pose of the Month

    Instant Maui—your 20-minute vacation.
    by Charlotte Bell

  • Environews

    Environmental news from around the state and the West.
    by Amy Brunvand

  • On the Cover: Phil Lewis

    You'll remember Phil as our October cover artist "Electric Fox". When we saw "Forest King" we couldn't resist inviting him back for our December issue and Phil graciously agreed. His images are so vivid, graphic, colorful and happy that we can not get enough of them.

  • Metaphors for the Month

    Let go of the mind as it tries to figure it all out. Life always unfolds in its proper order.
    by Suzanne Wagner

  • Comings & Goings

    What's new around town.

  • Slightly Off Center

    The five kinds of non-Mormons.
    by Dennis Hinkamp