July 2015 (15)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?