December 2013 (19)
Let go of thinking love or friendship should look a certain way, and you will feel gratitude for what is actually here in this moment.
—by Charlotte Bell
Sugar house streetcar grand opening; Mormons and environmental stewardship; Becker joins national climate task force; SLC sustainability board; BLM plans need a do over; Not-so-swell leases withdrawn; refinery expansion=bad air.
—by Amy Brunvand
When I was young, Thanksgiving meant sparkling apple cider. It was the only time of year that I got to sit side by side with my parents and raise a toast with all the other adults, holding up a bubbling golden glass of sweet juice. It was so exciting. I had my very own special beverage, one that only came out during that time of year.
While 16th century Christian Germans are usually credited with first hauling evergreenery indoors and decorating or celebrating it for spiritual purposes, the practice goes back many thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians, the Vikings of Scandinavia, the Early Romans and the Druids of Northern Europe and Britain all celebrated solstice-related events by honoring a living symbol of eternal life, the tree that stays green when everything else dies.
As winter begins its icy approach, we human residents of Salt Lake start layering our clothes and fiddling with the thermostat. But what about the valley’s avian population? Like many animals, birds are forced to exert extra energy to survive during the cold months. Here are some tips from experts at the Tracy Aviary and Backyard Birds on how you can help.
When I started writing "Outside of the Box" for CATALYST a few years ago, I had a particular goal in mind: The world seemed like it was wearing a fright-mask, and I wanted to get a look behind it to see what was really going on. We have an awful lot of media trying to keep us scared and angry. What are the actual facts of the matter? Is the human race really as badly off as all that? Are we really going to hell in a handbasket—or even a stolen Walmart shopping cart?