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Notes from an Extremophile

Notes from an Extremophile

and walking away in search of something new...

By Pax Rasmussen

I've always thought of myself as an outsider, in the general sense, if not the particular. I've usually had a small circle of friends, in which I definitely felt included, but I've seen myself as "outside" of society as a whole. More than an outsider, in fact: an active resister, a dissident, sometimes a crank. My whole life I've seen mainstream culture as uninteresting, distasteful, even downright evil. From oligarchy to a militarized police state, from Britney Spears to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, one can justify that viewpoint. Instead, I'm here to consider how these thoughts and feelings have brought me to a major life decision.

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Utility: Solar in the City

Utility: Solar in the City

Artspace Solar Gardens demonstrates what can be accomplished.

By Cammy Staker

Artspace Solar Gardens, 850 South 400 West, spans a city block on the west side of downtown Salt Lake City. This mixed use building has over 100 tenants and includes residential and commercial space. The residents of this building enjoy the benefit of not paying a monthly power bill.

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Sex Ed Taboos and Teen Moms

Sex Ed Taboos and Teen Moms

Ignorance breeds babies.

By Jeannette Culas

At 16 I found myself taking that shaming walk to the school principal's office, a place I had never been before. I was always a good student, and never talked back to my teachers or other students. The reason for this trip was a mystery to me. However, when it was my turn to face the beast within, I found that my summons was due to an article I had written for the school paper. This article was about sex education. I had written an article similar to the one here. However, because it contained the word "condom," it was not allowed to print.

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Ancient Folk Medicine, Modern Practices

Ancient Folk Medicine, Modern Practices

Five ways bees bestow health and healing.

By Katherine Pioli and Katy Yeaky

Bee-created products, more than just honey, have been used by humans for millennium as healing remedies. Called apitherapy, this alternative medicine encompasses the use of pollen, propolis, raw honey, royal jelly, and bee venom. None of these products or practices have been widely tested or promoted by modern Western medical science and rarely are they even addressed by the complementary medical community, but apitherapy practices are ancient.

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Cosmic Aeroplane Addendum: Bruce Roberts

Cosmic Aeroplane Addendum: Bruce Roberts

A followup to our Cosmic Aeroplan story from earlier this year.

By Becky S. Roberts

July CATALYST's story on Salt Lake's iconic bookstore, the Cosmic Aeroplane, ("Cosmic Aeroplane: A Love Story," a memoir by James Taylor) stirred many memories among the over-40 locals, and was a counterculture history lesson for everyone else. One player who was inadequately addressed in the story was co-owner Bruce Roberts. His sister, Becky, shares with us the role Bruce played in the store and in the broader community.

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  • Aug 22, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: Aug. 20-26
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    Buckle up! The week unfolds like a roller coaster and you'll need your safety gear in place to handle the ups and downs: One minute you're climbing to the top, and the next, you're flying high, screaming your head off at the all-too-quick descent, and then very next moment, you're sinking low, so low you're doubtful you will ever see the top again. And so go the regular routines of daily life in a world already punctuated by extremes. It's hard to say what the wisest course through the excitement will be. Certain situations could inspire participation—you'll want to take a stand for what you believe in. But other situations might be best served by bearing witness and holding a non-reactive perspective that has the power to calm, soothe, and encourage peace.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Aug 14, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: Aug. 13-20
    Written by

    Robin Williams:

    He channeled the universe.
    And in those moments of his astounding wit,
    as we choked on our laughter, barely able to catch our breath,
    he managed to make us feel safe despite the chaos of existence.
    I wish he could have experienced that same comfort.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Aug 08, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: Aug. 6-13
    Written by

    The planets provide a perfect creative playing field this week, and as they generate this dynamic imaginative landscape, we experience the potential for prolonged contact with a passionate muse, a muse whose presence has the power to inspire all sorts of innovative endeavors—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Whether you are an artist, a writer, a musician, a gardener, a house-healer, or someone who sees daily life as the most important canvas, this is the moment to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary and the mundane into the mythological.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Jul 31, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: July 30 - Aug. 5
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    We're traveling to the beat of different astral drums this week, and while the forward-motion-nothing-is-retrograde cadence of daily life continues to feel like a relief, adjusting to the new flow may still require effort, especially if things just aren't going the way you would like them to. If you're feeling frustrated with the pace, try to keep in mind that it is only four weeks since the retrograde wave of 2014 receded; and when you consider how short a month really is, it's not at all surprising that some of us are still having a hard time finding our stride. But that's not the only reason the rhythms of the regular routines are a little out of sync.

    Posted in Aquarium Age

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