Thanksgiving is the penultimate holiday for food-lovers, with some of the most lovingly prepared and thoughtful food you’ll eat all year. We shop and plan and prepare to make Thanksgiving special each year, to share a sacred meal and create lasting memories with friends and family. This year, why not find make it even more special by having a 100-Mile Thanksgiving and locally sourcing as many holiday table foods as possible?More...
On September 15, I welcomed my new grandchild into the world. As I gazed into his eyes, which seemed to focus on some other mysterious plane, the last vestiges of my denial about the future of our world, the world he had just entered, shattered. In spite of the noble efforts of many wonderful caring individuals, humanity is not coming close to making the fundamental changes necessary to save Earth from rising temperatures, melting glaciers, dying forests, rampaging wildfires, extreme weather events and the extinction of countless species.More...
From the transgender actress Laverne Cox on Orange Is The New Black to the famed transformation of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn, the spotlight is on gender identity and transgender issues right now. This is no fabrication of the popular media; transgender people really are everywhere. And the culture is scrambling to play catch-up.More...
As the traditional season of thanks and giving nears, we may consider approaching it with the same heart as was demonstrated for us by our brothers and sisters from the Sikh faith at the Parliament of World Religions, held last month in Salt Lake City. For the Parliament, 70 Sikhs from England along with 100 volunteers from Utah and California hosted and served Langar, a sacred institution of sharing food.More...
We’re in the final six weeks of an extraordinary year, a year that stretched boundaries so far that the minds of even the most imaginative visionaries had to struggle to keep a hold on reality. And while it is great to be surprised, the bombardment of violence, coupled with the constant barrage of startling plot twists, has left many fatigued, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Yes...there are plenty of people benefitting from reversals of fortune, but even the fortunate need time to integrate all that has changed.
Last week, before the attacks in Paris, I was speaking with a friend about what the Uranus/Pluto squares had put in motion in my personal life, as well as how the series of seven squares has affected how we live as a collective. (For those new to this column: From Spring 2012 until Spring 2015 there were seven exact Uranus/Pluto squares. A delineation of each can be found in the Archives on this site.) I quoted Dickens to my friend, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
It’s a week of contrasts: The sky is relatively quiet, but daily life continues to be busy. Feelings run deep but emotional resolution stays just out of reach. New endeavors encourage excitement, but old efforts require additional attention. And even though these comparisons suggest polarized positions, nothing in the astrological picture suggests mean-spirited conflict. (For those who thrive on a fight, opportunities for battle are coming around again in a few weeks. But just for the record, there’s already enough conflict in the world to last an eternity.) Use the relative calm of the week as another chance to take stock and sort through any number of issues still in need of clarity.
We’re entering the season of reflection, when the days grow shorter and darker, attention turns inward instead of outward, and preparations for hibernation begin (at least here in the northern hemisphere). 2015 was a year of massive shifts, personal as well as collective, physical as well as psychic, social as well as spiritual, and because of that constant barrage of change, looking back is likely to be a deeply emotional, almost Herculean, labor.
The federal government has recommended denial of a permit for a 109-ft.-tall hydroelectric dam on the Bear River in Idaho.
--by Amy Brunvand
Adelaide Ryder is an artist based in Salt Lake City. She uses photography as a medium of honesty and record. Her artistic work involves the study of place and memory and how people and space affect each other.
The little dog that saved the day.
—by Dennis Hinkamp
Climate justice activist Tim DeChristopher, who famously went to prison for protesting oil and gas leasing in Utah in December 2008, has become the public face of a coalition of activists who are calling on President Obama to end all new fossil fuel leasing on public lands.
-- by Amy Brunvand
Construction is underway to turn 600 East through Liberty Park into a “Neighborhood Byway,” also known as a bicycle boulevards.
--by Amy Brunvand
Fossil fuel—keep it in the ground.
—by Paul Wickelson
This fall, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a landmark decision not to put sage grouse on the Endangered Species List because collaborative conservation efforts by federal and state agencies and private landowners seem to be working. The success of these efforts should be something to celebrate.
-- by Amy Brunvand
Environmental news from around the state and the West.
—by Amy Brunvand
Ski Utah, the marketing arm of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association, is getting worried about the effects of climate change.
--by Amy Brunvand
Why can't we all just get along?
—by Charlotte Bell
It's not just "you."
—by Suzanne Wagner
A different kind of holiday.
—by Robert Tennant