The Kratom Chronicles

The Kratom Chronicles

A traditional jungle herb used for pain and anxiety relief stirs up controversy in the United States.

By Alice Toler

What if I told you there was an herb used by thousands to self treat chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and to wean off dangerous opioid medications, and that a controversy over legality was currently playing out state by state in the USA? You’d think I was talking about marijuana, right? But you’d be wrong. It’s kratom.

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Aging at Home

Aging at Home

How cohousing communities can ease the transition into later life.

By Katherine Pioli

When old age, a stroke and an accident resulting in two broken femurs left Cindy Turnquist’s father-in-law unable to complete even modest personal tasks, Turnquist and her family made the decision that many American families end up making, to re-situate their aging loved one in a care facility where, they expected, trained staff would be able to give necessary and immediate attention, medical and otherwise. But while housed at the facility, Turnquist’s father-in-law suffered a second stroke, one the family believed went unnoticed for some time by the over burdened staff, and they decided a facility was not the best option.

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Garden Like a Boss

Garden Like a Boss

Better rainwater collection with a First Flush diverter—buy the kit or make your own.

By James Loomis

We live in a desert. (Well, technically, we live in a steppe). It’s easy to forget that sometimes, especially when we live in a city lush with trees, lawns and golf courses. It’s even easier to forget in spring, the season filled with green possibilities, although this spring has been remarkably dry. Reality check time: Utahns are among the highest per capita water users in the U.S., and a large portion of this water goes to irrigate landscapes. As gardeners, we rely on irrigation to grow the majority of our vegetables and flowers in our high desert climate, and by using municipal water for irrigation we are jacking up our per person water tally dramatically. However, cutting our reli­ance on this water is simple, inexpensive and completely practical for anyone with a roof.

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Memoirs of a Lucky Man

Memoirs of a Lucky Man

Requiem for the Living by Jeff Metcalf.

By Mike Place

In the one of the classics of the Hindu religion, the Katha Upani­shad, written some 3,000 years ago, a little boy named Nachiketa meets the Indian deity of Death who is called Yama. Along the way the boy and Death bargain with each other, discuss the foundations of how we know ourselves, our soul, our place in time and the idea of moksha—the sense of true liberation. Ultimately what’s told in the story of the Katha is that knowing ourselves and a faith and belief in our own story is the highest bliss. It’s a lesson of what can be learned from death if we sit with it for a while and think.

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  • May 05, 2016
    The Aquarium Age: May 4-10
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    It’s a complex week, with no specific guidelines nor hard and fast rules to manage the ins and outs of daily life. Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all retrograde, and the regular routines that normally dictate the ebb and flow of activities all seem to be a little leaky with detours, delays, distractions, and an overabundance of obstacles that make staying on track a challenge. The tried and true advice about this retrograde aggregation, especially when it comes to Mercury and Mars, is to steer clear of new endeavors and to concentrate instead on refining what’s already in motion. Clear, although standard guidance.

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  • May 05, 2016
    The Novice’s Grimoire: May 5–12
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    Garnet is a crystal with a grand, though somewhat disputed reputation. Garnet is essentially a mineral group comprised of many, and near entirely varied, representatives. The dispute among certain individuals working in science and magic stems from whether or not some of the representatives should even be considered garnet; yet, due mainly to similarities in formation, often the variations are lumped together.

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  • Apr 28, 2016
    The Novice’s Grimoire: Apr 28 – Mar 5
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    Hello again! This week we are taking a brief look at the mystery and misunderstandings surrounding the art of palmistry. Palm reading, palmistry, Chiromancy, all synonymous, are a practice by which one can tell an individual’s future, simply by observing the lines on one’s hands. But palmistry as a true art encompasses so much more.

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  • Apr 28, 2016
    The Aquarium Age: Apr. 27 - May 3
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    Mercury begins its second retrograde phase of the year early tomorrow morning, and as it “turns around” and joins a several other retrograde planets, it turns the next several weeks into a frustrating but nonetheless powerful review. Be prepared to spend more than a moment reviewing, reflecting and reconsidering plans and projects already in motion. Just be aware, this retrograde phase includes revisiting recent strategies as well as decisions made during 2015. This Mercury Retrograde joins Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, all retrograde, and the combined effect of this aggregation, particularly the Mars Retrograde, is sure to inhibit and interfere with the routines of daily life. Nothing is moving quickly—and even if you think it is, it isn’t moving as fast as it could. So keep those patience pills handy—you’re going to need them to handle the slog.

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