And so my two hippy sisters moved in and before long three people were living in the dusty orange VW bus parked in the driveway, with four or five more curtained off in the basement. I learned one can never have too many dogs, and cats have feelings, too.More...
When we think of the American lawn, we think of 1950s suburban America and the manicured single family dwelling, but the obsession is actually much older than that. Consider that the push mower was marketed to the masses as early as 1870. The first great surge towards the suburban landscape as we know it came around the time of the Civil War when East Coast cities began rapidly expanding and when city planners placed great emphasis on public parks. But, even before that, Americans' idea of the lawn (a symbol of status and civilization) took inspiration from the green expanses around English manor homes of the 18th century – though those lawns actually served a purpose, to feed grazing livestock.More...
Cleaning polluted urban air is no easy task. But as smog levels from Athens to Beijing to Salt Lake City increasingly pose a threat to residents' health, some cities are taking drastic measures to quickly reduce air pollution. Their answer, almost across the board: Get cars off the road. After 30 years of experimenting with various strategies, some cities have found more success than others.More...
As Homer Simpson once said about alcohol, one could ostensibly argue that our mouths are the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems. How many wars could have been avoided if an angry man had just kept his mouth shut? How many loose lips have sunk ships? How many marriages brought to an end by words spoken in anger? And what proportion of climate change, habitat loss, the extinction of species and drought is directly related to the rise of industrial agriculture and meat production—in short, the generation of all the things we put in our mouths?More...
Ferments seem to be the newest health craze. But the truth is they are a form of food preservation cultivated by our ancestors. Before the invention of refrigeration, there was fermentation. This was necessary to preserve the autumn harvest and supply food over long, arduous winters. Every culture across the globe has its unique form of fermentation and most cultures continue the tradition of aging, storing and eating these sour foods.More...
In a cardboard box full of books at a Sugar House yard sale last Saturday, I noticed a copy of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, by John Gray, a best-selling book about innate differences in men and women and how they can learn to communicate better. It, or one of its many siblings, is a book commonly found at yard sales. After all, 50 million copies have been sold; I figure at some point a person either "gets it," or gives up; either way, the book then becomes superfluous.More...
Around the end of April, local artist Adam Bateman – also curator of Salt Lake's quirkily named CUAC (formerly the Central Utah Art Center, now called simply "quack") drove to Council Bluffs, Iowa. From there, began walking back along the Mormon Trail to Salt Lake City, following in the footsteps of his ancestors (over 60 of them) who undertook the 1850s Mormon Exodus.More...
The erratic pace of recent weeks continues, but as the days and nights of this week unfold, certain tensions settle down. Don't misunderstand; we're still in the midst of several significant transitions, and nervous systems reflect the flux. But moods are moving away from confrontation as a way of spending excess energy. The impetus for personal freedom also persists, but this week it actually becomes more refined, if only because the motivation behind that drive toward independence is more grounded than it has been in a long while.
You'll need a steady inner compass to keep you on track this week—the astral winds are strong, so strong that nervous systems are in need of extra care. Even if you like being buffeted by powerful currents or you enjoy the surprise of unforeseen detours, you'll need some sort of homing device keep you on course through the week's twists and turns. Also, moods are more than a little testy, especially today and tomorrow—actually, most of next week—as many struggle to contain anxiety about what's coming next.
It's another week of intense interactions, as diverse perspectives struggle to hold onto unique and often polarized positions. From the political to the personal to the profound, and in some cases to the stupid, conversations focus on safety and security issues, especially what can be done to create greater stability. Unfortunately the search for solid ground—ideally higher ground—collides with the very real limitations of 3-D reality, causing some to despair whether the ground will ever feel steady again. Conditions in general are in a peculiar state of disintegration. But—and this is a really important exception—the current state of deterioration is a necessary preliminary part of a vital integration process.
The need to feel absolutely free collides with an equally resolute need to be in control, and the clash of these diverse tendencies generates a volatile atmosphere. Don't be surprised if the determination to declare independence fuels more than a few breakouts or breakthroughs. And while this pursuit of happiness is certain to feel satisfying, it's likely to encounter resistance—a lot of resistance—as those left behind struggle to maintain order. From both a personal and a collective perspective, most of us are bound to experience even more upheaval (as if that's possible), which makes a commitment to peaceful living even more important, even in the midst of turmoil.
Tap into the power of your own two feet.
—by Charlotte Bell
Get your summer smog alerts here!
- by Staff
How to be less of a jerk.
—by Dennis Hinkamp
A new approach to yoga and mental health.
- by Sophie Silverstone
Plan B's "tail" of two shelter dogs.
—by Jenifer Nii
Pay for parking from your smartphone.
- by Jane Lyon
Eat well and stock up!
—by Alison Einerson
It’s not the chlorine in the pool that’s making your eyes red....
- by Sophie Silverstone
They'll even come install it for you!
- by Staff.
Effortless change for those who are present.
—by Suzanne Wagner.
Sagehill Cohousing: a new vision of aging
A new vocal coach & event venue in town.
Environmental news from around the state and the West.
—by Amy Brunvand
Pope Francis and St. Francis of Assisi: "On the care of our common home."
—by John deJong
Corinne Geertsen's works are quirky visual narratives about psychological situations. She creates her work digitally and prints it herself in small editions on archival photo paper.