Gardening Trends

Gardening Trends

Syncing with nature.

CATALYST isn’t big on rehashing materials from marketing and publicity firms. But once a year, one organization produces a press release that makes us, well, swoon. It’s the Garden Media Group, and they define annual trends regarding garden, landscape design and green living, based on worldwide re­search and just the kind of wishful thinking we appreciate.

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Garden Like A Boss

Garden Like A Boss

How to prune for bumper fruit.

By James Loomis

Every year, without fail, I’m ready to declare “SPRING!” months before the calendar gives consent. Sometime in February, when a 48-degree day feels like T-shirt weather, the soil peeks its dark little face out of the melting snow and immediately begins talking dirty to me. It might only be February, but this guy can no longer tolerate clean hands and confinement.

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

The origins of Valentine’s day and insights to fertility and successful copulation.

By Nicole deVaney

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate the 14th of Feb­ruary? Why more than 58 million lbs of chocolate are sold during Vale­n­tine's week? It's the most important holiday for florists, accounting for 32% of annual sales. What’s up with yet another corporate-sponsored holiday? We’re still pulling the pine needles from the carpet & sweating off the love handles of Christmas! If you were to Google the origins of Valentine’s Day, you might find stories filled with blood and gore surrounding the death of two different saints by the name of Valentine. The stories are shrouded in mystery, as neither legend as to what truly happened can be confirmed.

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Bright Future

Bright Future

CATALYST converses with Sonita (pron. So nee TA), Afghani rapper-turned-Utah school girl.

By Katherine Pioli

A slight girl, her smooth black hair half revealed by a slipping head scarf, holds a spoon to her lips like a microphone and stands above a crowd of school girls as she belts out a rap in Farsi that they gleefully chant back to her. Fortune cards! Buy your fortune from me! My future is bright. Don’t worry about me. The girl is Sonita (pronounced with the accent on the “a”) Alizadeh, a brave young Afghani refugee in Iran (now a resident of Utah) and the subject of the film Sonita, by Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami. The film won the Audience Award at the 2015 International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam last fall, and was a selection at last month’s 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

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Dancing with the Dead

Dancing with the Dead

Get clear, free, creative and emotionally present...in the cemetery.

By Stephanee Grosscup

I go walking, almost daily. I like to walk uphill. It’s great exercise and the view of Salt Lake Valley (from what I call the Top Of The World) is fantastic. Here’s my routine: A familiar play list of music and a consistent path. This path leads me to the City Cemetery. This is where I go for my daily dose of dancing with the dead.

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  • Feb 05, 2016
    The Aquarium Age: Feb. 3-9
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    The pace of regular routines accelerates this week—the planets are forming potent combinations that not only support ambitious endeavors but also provide the potential for powerful insights that add depth perception to what might otherwise be seen as mundane events. This astral acceleration is likely to be a bit bumpy, and emotional bodies (yours or others’) might be upset by the surprising developments and unexpected outcomes that are part of the planetary package. But there’s no need to anticipate that those unanticipated twists and turns will be negative—they are simply unforeseen, a condition of these transformational times that’s becoming increasingly commonplace. As always, the best way through uncertainty is to stay confident in your ability to stay centered within. Then, do you best to integrate your principles into action.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Feb 02, 2016
    Sundance Film Festival Review: Holy Hell
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    Will Allen is a family man: he believes that unity, honesty, and love are invaluable virtues to the family unit; honesty being the most important. So, when Allen found out that his “father” had been lying to his sisters and hurting his brothers, he left, and made a documentary about his family life. Will’s family just so happens to be a cult. Yes—Waco, Jonestown, and a rather more famous “family”—a cult.

    Posted in Sundance
  • Jan 28, 2016
    The Aquarium Age: Jan. 27 - Feb. 2
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    This week, it’s a “start your engines but don’t go too fast” frequency that seems to be a mixed message because it is. Mercury Direct began on Monday, January 25, and that “forward” motion freed-up a whole lot of plans and projects that have been on hold since the beginning of the New Year. But pushing ahead recklessly is never a good idea, if only because it may take a moment to gather the necessary components and participants to make positive progress. The best way through the next several days is to find and maintain your balance and, when possible, to avoid extremes.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Jan 21, 2016
    The Aquarium Age: Jan. 20-26
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    Since the start of the New Year—and really since the start of Mercury Retrograde on January 6—the rhythms and routines of daily life have been a little more than slightly wacky, and this week, the madness continues to take its toll, even though the retrograde is almost over. Mercury goes direct on January 25, at 1:49 PST. Unfortunately, these final five days are likely to be the worst. Mercury is currently in a square to Uranus, and because Uranus signifies computers—and every other form of technology used to keep the digital universe spinning in cyberspace—meltdowns, mechanical or human, are probable. Keep breathing—it’s the only way through—and continue to keep it real by acknowledging just how hard it is for most to get through these retrograde snafus, and especially how difficult it is for those who don’t know they have Mercury Retrograde to blame.

    Posted in Aquarium Age

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