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Swami's State of the Universe: 2015

Swami's State of the Universe: 2015

Cosmic comic pundit Swami Beyondananda calls for evolutionary upwising.

By Steve Bhaerman

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?

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Pimp Your Plot with Permaculture

Pimp Your Plot with Permaculture

The 12 Principles of Permaculture Design.

By James Loomis

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.

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Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook

The mortification of almost dying.

By Greta Belanger deJong

I wrote text for this column last night. Then, with one thoughtless keystroke, it was gone. I wrote a note to the production manager: "I lost everything." Then I crumpled up the note, tossed it in recycling and went to bed. I'm a bit more philosophical about loss, after a recent swim with mortality.

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The Biocentric Brothers

The Biocentric Brothers

Chase and Kyle England have made a business of growing‚ and teaching others to grow, mushrooms.

By Katherine Pioli

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.

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Don't Get Me Started

Don't Get Me Started

When low-level nuclear waste is not low-level nuclear waste.

By John deJong

Sixty-five years ago, the Ameri­can Southwest was at the beginning of a uranium boom that left lasting scars on the landscape and the population—men lost to deadly jobs in the uranium mines and mills. Today, the byproducts of that boom, 700,000 tons of waste depleted uranium, are in search of a final resting place.

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Planting Guide for 2015

Planting Guide for 2015

This planting guide reflects some of the changes occurring in the city garden.

By CATALYST Magazine

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.

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From Asia to Your Backyard

From Asia to Your Backyard

Hops, the rhizome that took over the world.

By Katherine Pioli

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.

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  • Apr 22, 2015
    The Aquarium Age: Apr. 22-28
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    The planets continue to align in dynamic, industrious formations this week, and the routines of daily life continue to reflect their celestial resolve. Anticipate plenty of planetary support for accomplishing your goals or all your tireless work helping others to accomplish theirs. The good news is that you can also expect tangible results for your efforts. But don't worry that the week is all-work-and-no-play. Flirtatious interactions spice up what might otherwise be deemed a highly ambitious atmosphere.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Apr 22, 2015
    Bounce: This is not a freestyle movie
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    Bounce, which plays at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival tour in Salt Lake and Park City on April 22 and 23, is only about three minutes long, but in that time it takes you on a journey of a couple thousand miles.

    Posted in Sophie Says
  • Apr 17, 2015
    Sophie Says: What if planet Earth had a Facebook profile?
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    German short film about earth's social media page, Earthbook, premiers in SLC, April 22 at the Tower Theater.

    Posted in Sophie Says
  • Apr 17, 2015
    The Aquarium Age: April 15-21
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    The planets are realigning in new patterns this week, and their dynamic interactions signal another week of powerful transitions here on Earth. In the Northern Hemisphere, spring takes hold and hibernation becomes a thing of the past. In the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite may be true, but that change of season also inspires action, even if the activity is geared toward contraction rather than expansion. Change is in the air—everywhere. But please don't jump to the conclusion that we're out of the reach of the Uranus/Pluto squares—we are well within their range.

    Posted in Aquarium Age

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