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Happy (Chinese) New Year!

Happy (Chinese) New Year!

What you need to know to make the best of this new turn around the Chinese zodiac.

By Valerie Litchfield

You may know your Chinese astrological sign—knowledge likely gained from a placemat in a Chinese restaurant. Fair enough. If you've dined there recently, you probably know we are leaving the Year of the Horse and entering the Year of the Sheep, also sometimes referred to as the year of the goat (no relation)—or the ram—which is a male sheep.

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Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook

Stuff through the years.

By Greta Belanger deJong

The stuff-reduction business is booming. Books, magazines, blogs and websites are devoted to getting organized. Space-saving gizmos for the office, home and car fill entire stores, none of which existed before 1978.

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Hostage!

Hostage!

My near-death experience.

By Sue Allison

Twenty years ago, 10 of us were taken hostage at the downtown Salt Lake City Library [now the Leonardo] by a mentally ill man who had a gun, a bomb and an intention to kill us if his demands were not met.

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Policing Force

Policing Force

Salt Lake City Chief of Police Chris Burbank says cops and community must work together.

By Katherine Pioli

Chris Burbank, a Salt Lake City native, was still a young recruit to the city's police force when on March 6, 1994 he responded with the city's SWAT team to an armed hostage situation at Salt Lake's downtown library. The stand-off with bomber Clifford Lynn Draper lasted more than six hours during which time Lt. Lloyd Prescott, who had managed to enter with the hostages, attempted to take control of the situation, finally disabling Draper and allowing the SWAT team to move in. In 2006, 12 years after participating in one of Salt Lake's most memorable and successful police interventions, Burbank became the city's 45th Chief of Police in charge of 450 sworn officers, 120 civilian employees and 150 community volunteers.

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Difficult Questions and Beautiful Answers

Difficult Questions and Beautiful Answers

Poet David Whyte talks to CATALYST.

By Valerie Holt

David Whyte is a poet, transformational teacher and organizational consultant. One might question how these three unlikely pursuits combine into one cohesive career. It is precisely this combination that allows Whyte to share his most particular and profound gifts, inviting participants to ask their own "cour­ageous, difficult and beautiful questions."

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Firebounce

Firebounce

Here’s a new take on a fiery tonic.

By Alice Toler

Several months ago a recipe for an intriguing-sounding elixir began to circulate around Facebook and Pinterest: "Fire Cider" was purported to heal all ills, put hair on your chest, align the planets and bring balance to The Force. Naturally intrigued, I printed the recipe out and put it aside, and then forgot about it for several weeks.

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Making a High-Stakes Oil Sands Play on the Tavaputs Plateau

Making a High-Stakes Oil Sands Play on the Tavaputs Plateau

Energy economics.

By Katherine Pioli

Since 2005, a small Canadian oil firm by the name of US Oil Sands, Inc. has been slowly pulling together the pieces to develop the first oil sands mine in the United States, PR Springs, located on the Tavaputs Plateau in Utah's Uinta County. Last year, US Oil Sands finally locked in the investment they needed to fund the mine and earned a favorable ruling from Utah's Supreme Court after a lawsuit led by the Moab-based conservation organization Living Rivers.

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Maybe It Is Your Thyroid

Maybe It Is Your Thyroid

It’s not just the classic copout for overweight. Thyroid problems are real—and there are real solutions.

By Alice Toler

In early 2012, something weird started to happen to my body. I'd never had the most steady health, but this was something new; I was completely, utterly exhausted, all the time. My muscles trembled with the slightest exertion, and my joints ached. Most of the time I was shivering cold, but occasionally I was running a mild fever. A combination of anxiety and depression left me with a constant impending doom, like some unseen giant was waiting to squash me like a bug. I started to have trouble swallowing, and I could no longer sing without coughing.

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  • Jan 23, 2015
    The Aquarium Age: Jan. 21-28
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    It's Mercury Retrograde—first one of 2015—from today until February 11. And it's a doozy, if only because it's more emotionally charged than a retrograde is supposed to be, and those strong feelings tip the normal frustration of a retrograde to extremes. For those new to astrology, let me explain: Three times a year (and sometimes four), Mercury appears to be moving backwards in the sky relative to its orbit and our orbit around the Sun. Within the astrological system, Mercury symbolizes all things related to communication and language, as well as commerce and travel. So according to astrological wisdom, when Mercury seemingly retraces its path (as it does during a retrograde), all things contained within its vast domain tend to go a little strange.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Jan 17, 2015
    The Aquarium Age: Jan. 14-20
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    Despite the possibility—no, make that probability—for strong emotions this week, the planets continue to offer the potential for inspiration and insight. They also align in an unusual configuration that provides the capacity for profound empathy, as it simultaneously opens wide the door for harsh criticism. This is what I find most interesting about astrology: All the symbols in this system play out along a spectrum from negative to positive, a spectrum that not only reflects the duality of life on Earth, but also a system that presents the wide range of free will choices, all the while defying the ossification of a one-view-and-one-view-only perspective.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Jan 08, 2015
    The Aquarium Age: Jan. 7-13
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    The planetary patterns of the week offer opportunities to create a fresh start to a new year. And even though the sky isn't presenting a completely clean slate, this week's astral activity does provide the potential to shift certain situations. Embrace this possibility for improvement and allow it to infuse your outlook with a fresh, positive perspective. Of course there is still work to be done, and yes, we need sweeping reform in many areas of life, but many of those solutions will be found in the mundane tasks of daily life. So use this week to reaffirm your commitment to making "energetic progress in the good." (I-Ching, Hexagram 43.)

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Jan 02, 2015
    The Aquarium Age: Dec. 31 - Jan. 6
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    Whether it's ignorance, violence, greed, fear, or despair—yours or others'—you'll need a strong internal center that is vitally connected to a broader perspective that can contextualize local and global upheaval as part of a much larger process. I know I am preaching to the choir, but sometimes even the choir needs to review its parts, especially if it's trying to sing in the midst of so much shift.

    Posted in Aquarium Age

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