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Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?

Dancing goddesses on the San Juan River.

By Amy Brunvand

In June I spent a week floating down the San Juan River in Southern Utah with a bunch of dancing goddesses. Well, strictly speaking they were seven little girls ranging in age from four to 12, but the Girl Power they generated was palpable. Richard Louv who wrote Last Child in the Woods is on to something with his idea of nature deficit disorder. On the river kids inclined to slouch in front of the TV and complain about being bored glow with energy and laughter.

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Editor's Notebook: Congratulations CATALYST Winners!

Editor's Notebook: Congratulations CATALYST Winners!

Congratulations CATALYST Winners

By Greta Belanger deJong

On June 26, the Utah chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists had their awards ceremony. It's been maybe 10 years since we participated. This year we decided to step up to the plate again. It was a rewarding endeavor! Out of several hundred submissions, CATALYST took home eight awards. We are honored to be acknowledged by our cohorts.

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When Mormon Patriarchs Tremble

When Mormon Patriarchs Tremble

Church leaders are insecure about the faith of their members—Is Mormonism so fragile it can bear no scrutiny?

By Troy Williams

Patriarchal Panic (pey-tree-ahr-kuhl pan-ik): noun; the phenomenon of male religious leaders loosing their shit every time a woman gently advocates for ecclesiastical equality. To my knowledge, the term was first coined by Mormon heretic, Sonja Johnson. She was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in December of 1979. Her crime? Organizing Mormons for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

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Passive by Design

Passive by Design

Before investing in solar panels, see what you can accomplish using passive solar principles

By Katherine Pioli

Smart design is nothing new. For Millennia, before our fancy furnaces and air-conditioners, people stayed comfortable by using the principles of passive solar heating and cooling.

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Cosmic Aeroplane: A Love Story

Cosmic Aeroplane: A Love Story

One man’s memories of the rise and demise of a game-changing establishment in downtown Salt Lake and the era that spawned it.

By James Taylor

Salt Lake's Cosmic Aeroplane (1967-1991) was a major nexus of cultural changes that were rippling through the youth culture in America in the mid- to late '60s. The Civil Rights Movement—an insane war that still had the support of the country at large—the birth of the modern day environmental movement—the call of psychedelics and the mind-opening possibilities they presented—a growing interest in Eastern philosophies—and an abiding interest in the new music of the day: These concerns coalesced in a little store that expanded the minds of many people who walked through its doors.

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  • Jul 25, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: July 23-29
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    I think there should be a Mars ritual, this week, so we can clearly mark the end of its eight-month-plus transit through Libra, a trek that began on December 7, 2013 and finally ends on Friday, July 25, as well as delineate the beginning of its seven-week transit through Scorpio, a journey that begins on July 25 and ends on September 13. I'm not sure what a "Bye-Bye Mars In Libra" ritual would look like, although I'm certain just about every Libra would (without a moment's hesitation) create an interpretative dance expressing both grief and relief.

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  • Jul 18, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: July 15-22
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    Jupiter enters Leo today, and as the planet of great good fortune starts a new chapter, we begin a twelve-month-plus phase that promises to be full of optimistic attitudes, enthusiastic risk-takings, strong urges to just have fun, and an ever-expanding potential for a broad and inclusive perspective. Oh...and I almost forgot...creative and romantic inspiration explorations, too. So take a deep breath, allow yourself to stretch, and then, aim your hopes and aspirations high and wide.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Jul 11, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: July 9-15
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    Welcome to 2014: Part 2, the retro-free second half the year, when all the planets that drive the day-to-day mechanics of daily life—Mercury, Venus, and Mars— are in forward gear, unimpeded by a cosmic impulse to reflect on the past, as well as absolutely free to move at their own pace. If you haven't already experienced the "direct effect" on attitudes and activities, yours or others', don't worry. Some transitions take more than a moment to facilitate. But if you have noticed the change of air, you could find yourself relishing the change of pace, happily making plans or simply enjoying the almost hassle-free ride. And while there are a couple of planetary bumps over the course of the next several weeks, it will be fairly easy to fold those obstacles into regular routines without too much disruption. So if you haven't already, take a deep breath, and allow yourself to relax.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Jun 14, 2014

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