Greetings, Mirthlings! Welcome to the State of the Universe—which is, of course, everchanging, same as always. Here we are, once again, in the here and now, just like last year at this time. So ... are you finally ready to live in the now? Good. We have been waiting for you. What took you so long?More...
The Biocentric Brothers, Chase and Kyle England, are by now familiar faces in the Salt Lake food and farm scene. Natives of Layton, Utah, they began selling locally grown medicinal and culinary mushrooms at the Salt Lake Downtown Farmers Market in 2012. Recently Chase England stopped by CATALYST to share some exciting news. After three great years in business, Bio Brothers is expanding their operations.More...
Over the last few years, permaculture has emerged from the obscurity of the ecological underground to become the buzzword of the times. This is welcome news, as this design philosophy has the potential to change the trajectory of our global civilization. This could mean a switch away from our current habit of squandering resources, and a move towards what my crew likes to call regenerative hedonism.More...
Long before Jesus turned water into wine, perhaps as far back as 9000 BP, humans were making and drinking beer, or at least something similar. The brew has seen changes. Crack open a beer from 10th century England or 12th century Germany, for example, and most drinkers would immediately notice something missing. Hops. The rhizome first sprung up in central Asia over 10,000 years ago. By piecing together ancient folklore, we can trace human cultivation of the crop as it left Asia and moved into the area now known as Romania, where is was considered a delicacy and eaten much like we eat asparagus today.More...
This planting guide reflects some of the changes occurring in the city garden. With the rise of raised beds, intensive planting, vertical gardening and no-till methods, planting charts of yesteryear are less useful.More...
This week, next week, and for quite a distance into the future, you're likely to define success and stability by how skillfully you work your way through a multitude of shadows. Don't misunderstand—I'm not suggesting that the future is only dark and murky. But I am going to be honest about our current situation, which is clouded by a vast number of issues that will continue to insinuate themselves into our personal lives as well as into our collective experience until we find a way to transform and resolve those concerns through consciousness and creativity.
Despite a below-average snowpack and a dry March thus far, Spring is coming in like a lion, as evidenced by the acid-yellow forsythia, the soft pinks of the flowering plums, and all the other buds ready to burst forth. It seems that this dry winter has not yet had an adverse effect on our landscapes—are we conflicted if we want to use less water in the landscape and still have astonishingly fabulous gardens? We may cringe at the very notion of sprinklers running this early, and yet, is it wrong, given how dry it is? Well, the answer is both "yes" and "no."
The planets align in complex patterns this week, and working through the astral intricacies requires an expansive perspective. Expect to be confounded by the challenge of figuring out not only where to stand on a variety of issues, but also how to stand in relation to this mashugana world. So many significant transitions are occurring simultaneously that it's simply impossible to track the shifts. From political nervous breakdowns to the realization of just how deeply the fault lines of bigotry penetrate societal structures to the widening economic and educational chasms that exacerbate divisions in an already too divided world to religious fanaticism based on literalism, it's a mind-boggling mess. How to walk through the collective upheaval and still find meaning and purpose in the routines of daily life is the trial of the times. And while it is not an easy one, answering the call of this challenge is soul forging.
Nervous systems are likely to grow increasingly twitchy this week, as Uranus and Pluto form their seventh and final square on March 16, turning up the heat on the caldron of change—personal and collective—and bringing it to a roiling boil. We've been in the unrelenting grip of this fractious interaction since spring 2012, and so much has shifted during the last three years that it's impossible to deem any one event as emblematic of the entire cycle or to deem this last contact as the most significant.
--by Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy
--by Dennis Hinkamp
The mortification of almost dying.
--by Greta Belanger deJong
Poses to practice in the dirt
--by Charlotte Bell
Why drive an electric or hybrid vehicle?
--by Alan Boyer
A philosophical play on modern Mormon polygamy.
Church vs. State at UMOCA
--reviewed By Alexandra Karl
Environmental news from around the state and the West.
--by Amy Brunvand
Earthday Book Reviews
There are times to be safe. Now is not that time.
--by Suzanne Wagner
Steampunk Cinderella: A ballet and an opera, too, at the Universtiy of Utah
--by Amy Brunvand