The boiler in this big ol' house that is home to CATALYST, and to me, too, heaved its last sigh in late fall. Why the new one hasn't been installed yet is a boring story I won't tell. Suffice it to say the old behemoth finally got dismantled and carted away yesterday, and my radiators should be gurgling again by December 1 if the shipping company can figure out where the heck my new boiler went.More...
With the close of another year, CATALYST surveys the state of locally produced adult beverages in Utah. It's been a good year here, despite the persistent presence of the Zion Curtain. From a new locally produced gin to innovative holiday ales on tap across the valley, check out this list to find what's new, tasty and worth trying this season.More...
The world premieres of Christmas With Misfits, Julie Jensen's darkly comic quartet of short plays, and Marry Christmas, Elaine Jarvik's celebration of the first anniversary of marriage equality, may just be the region's most unique stage offerings this holiday season.More...
Picture yourself around a fire with friends. The stars shine above as the sounds of your voices mingle with the crickets, the light flickers across faces of those you hold dear. What happens in these settings? We tell stories.More...
Depression and suicide are serious problems in Utah. In 2012, 545 Utahns took their own lives—more than the number of people who died in auto fatalities. We aren't alone in this disturbing ranking; in fact, Utah is squarely in the middle of the USA's "suicide belt"—a geographical area which encompasses the Intermountain West. Suicide rates are similarly high in Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada.More...
We're in liminal space for the next several weeks, as astral alignments form a series of thresholds, creating the in-between dimension necessary to move from one reality to another. And although regular routines still underpin the structure of daily life, those routines unfold through irregular rhythms, and the erratic pace could contribute to a loss of continuity. Managing this sense of dislocation requires a strong determination to stay present.
'Tis not the season to be jolly, although all festivities and celebrations with the power to lighten the psychic mood and lift a heavy heart are welcome. 'Tis the season to be conscious and thoughtful —very, very thoughtful—about these extraordinary times and the role each of us plays in the ongoing process of individual and collective transformation. We're less than two weeks away from the sixth Uranus/Pluto square that occurs just past midnight U.S. Eastern time on December 15.
Planetary congestion along the celestial superhighway could result in terrestrial gridlock over the coming weeks. It isn't really possible to avoid, dismiss, or deny these "traffic jams"—they are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—and they are certain to manifest in ordinary as well as extraordinary ways. Given that this time of year is already supercharged with a wide range of needs, expectations, and disappointments, handling this astral clog is going to take extreme patience. Of course, it would be wise to remember that this is the season of goodwill and good cheer, and with that knowledge, to practice, whenever possible, as much kindness as you can muster. Compassion is always a good antidote to overwhelm.
The planets align in a variety of patterns this week and the overall effect is an "all over the place" atmosphere that could cause many to wish that staying in bed under the covers was a viable solution—at least until life settles down. The atmosphere feels charged, and that frenetic quality has the potential to engender anxiety as well as enthusiasm. So don't be surprised if your moods or the moods of those close to you vacillate between frantic and electric. How you experience the charged air is completely dependent on perspective, sensitivity, and desire. One thing is sure: no matter where you find yourself along this intense spectrum, movement is a must.
The five kinds of non-Mormons.
—by Dennis Hinkamp
So, Anyway... by John Cleese.
—by John deJong
Environmental news from around the state and the West.
—by Amy Brunvand
Some dance books to put under the tree.
—by Amy Brunvand
What's new around town.
You'll remember Phil as our October cover artist "Electric Fox". When we saw "Forest King" we couldn't resist inviting him back for our December issue and Phil graciously agreed. His images are so vivid, graphic, colorful and happy that we can not get enough of them.
Instant Maui—your 20-minute vacation.
—by Charlotte Bell
Let go of the mind as it tries to figure it all out. Life always unfolds in its proper order.
—by Suzanne Wagner