Spicing Up Your Season(h)ing!

Spicing Up Your Season(h)ing!

Cook and heal with asafoetida (aka hing), a little-known Asian herb

By Devyani Borade

Devil's Dung. Not exactly the most flattering description for something that is eaten with such relish in parts of the world. Stinking Gum? Not much better. Food of the Gods. Ah, now that's more like it. My finger runs down the definition in the guide. Asafoetida i.e. Ferula assafoetida, family Apiaceae, it says, is a species of Ferula native to Iran. It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to two metres in height, with stout, hollow, somewhat succulent stems—the plant taxonomy continues at length. Dazed, I firmly shut the book, raise my head and sniff.

Meth in a Rhinestone Dress

Meth in a Rhinestone Dress

Remembering when the cocaine trade came and the island went to hell

By Alice Toler

The woman was screaming. I was nine years old, and it was about 2:30 in the morning. I had never been up at that hour before, and I had never heard a human being make sounds like this woman was making. We went out onto our back patio, which looked up onto an apartment block behind our house. A woman in a third floor apartment had the window open, and her leg was slung out over the ledge.

Anodea Judith

Anodea Judith

Author and teacher brings the chakras down to Earth

By Jodi Mardesich Smith

Until the 1970s, the chakras were little discussed, mostly mysterious wheels of energy ascribed to ancient yogic traditions. Since first learning about them in the 1970s, Anodea Judith has made teaching them her life's work. Her book Wheels of Life: A User's Guide To The Chakra System (1987, revised 1999: Llewellyn Worldwide) sold more than 250,000 copies. She calls them portals between the physical and spiritual planes that humans can harness to manifest the lives we want to live.

Travesty Mountain and the Colossus at Lehi

Travesty Mountain and the Colossus at Lehi

Containing 1.7 million LED bulbs, the largest sign in the country stands guard over a commercial emporium of 45 outlet shops that promise unpre­cedented savings and “shopping extravaganzas.”

By Alexandra Karl

Throughout the State of Utah, monuments from Temple Square to Delicate Arch remind us of Utah's grandeur and dominion. Now, thanks to a fruitful collaboration between Traverse Mountain Outlets and the Yesco Sign Com­pany, we have one more icon to celebrate. Standing over 100 feet tall and signaling the entrance to (brace yourself) Utah County's first outlet mall, is a sign so large, it dwarfs even the Colossus at Rhodes. Literally: by two feet.

The Ebb and Flow of Jazz

The Ebb and Flow of Jazz

When you are used to listening to highly produced music you want to hear things that are manicured. Jazz is not that. It’s personal expression linked to people.

By Katherine Pioli

It's Thursday night, jazz night, at the Garage on Beck. Despite the bar's location on the industrial north side of Salt Lake next door to the fiery plumes of the oil refineries, and the fact that it's still a work night, a healthy gathering of people have come out for a drink. The group is half millennials and half baby boomers, though they're not really mixing. Hugged up to the bar next to the stage, a half dozen grey and balding heads nod in time to the sound of jazz guitarist Corey Christiansen. Out back on the patio, the younger crowd gathers around the fire pit to chat. For the younger patrons Christiansen's music appears incidental, perhaps even unnoticed.

Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook

The changes of the seasons.

By Greta Belanger deJong

We probably all have personal signs that tell us, yep, the season has changed. For me, fall begins when I wake up, look west out my bedroom window and see in the distance the Oquirrh Mountains. They are my joy and inspiration through all the leafless months, disappearing when summer encases my house in a storm of apple, apricot and box elder leaves. Hello, Oquirrhs! Today is the first day I'm seeing you.

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Catalyst Blogs

  • Nov 27, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: Nov. 26 - Dec. 2
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    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.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Nov 20, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: Nov. 19-24
    Written by

    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.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Nov 13, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: Nov. 12-18
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    Several astral signatures converge this week, and daily life here on Earth reflects the obvious as well as the subtle shifts in the sky. You'll need your super multitasking powers to manage the many diverse detours daily life is apt to take. Also be prepared for more than a few surprising developments to throw a monkey wrench into otherwise stable routines. But it's likely to be the time distortions that are hardest to handle. In one dimension—the one where surprises alter the course of activity—time moves quickly. Yet in a parallel dimension, time moves at a crawl.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Nov 05, 2014
    The Aquarium Age: Nov. 5-11
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    It's a whirlwind week of contrast and contradiction, as certain areas of daily life move forward at a breakneck pace while others glide along interdimensionally, as if driven by invisible forces, causing some of us to wonder if anything is moving at all. Don't worry; everything is moving, even if progress can only be calibrated in the tiniest increments—so tiny that it's impossible to be clear about the big picture. Try not to let frustration with the diverse paces devolve into blaming or name-calling.

    Posted in Aquarium Age

Regulars and Shorts

  • The Earth Has a Soul

    The Utah Ecopsychology Project’s conference.
    —Sophie Silverstone, Alice Toler, Naomi Silverstone

  • Environews

    Vote for the environment! Utah General Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
    by Amy Brunvand

  • On the Cover: Alice Toler

    Alice Bain Toler is a local writer and visionary artist.

  • Comings and Goings

    What's new around town.

  • Slightly Off Center

    Totally credible news.
    by Dennis Hinkamp

  • Corsets: An Archetypal Container

    While the term “corset” was first coined in France during the 1300s and referred to a laced bodice, the popular undergarment still known and worn today has its origins in 16th century Italy and the court of Catherine de Medici.
    by Katherine Pioli

  • Don't Get Me Started

    Transit-disoriented development: Legislative audit of UTA reveals serious conflicts of interest.
    by John deJong

  • Metaphors for the Month

    Learning how to make conscious choices.
    by Suzanne Wagner

  • Yoga Pose of the Month

    Urdva Mukha Prasarita Padottanasana: Hugging the ground.
    by Charlotte Bell