Community, Connect, Creativity, Live

How to Politely Decline an Invitation to Gather During COVID-19 (Plus, a note on quarantine-friendly alternatives and Zoom etiquette)

Social etiquette in the days of the coronavirus pandemic is changing. No more handshakes, no more hugs, no more clinking glasses together during a group cheers. The new polite thin …

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Arts, Creativity

On the cover: Quarantini, by Ruth Plummer

The “Quarantini” cocktail picks were created by Atomic Kraftworks of Venice, CA because sometimes we just need a little sense of humor to get through times like this. Atomic Kraftw …

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Environmental Politics

Environews April 2020

Utah Legislature: The good, the bad and the ugly. The 2020 General Session of the Utah Legislature wrapped up on March 12 with 510 new bills passed into law. Here is a selection of …

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Memoir

Welcome to the first-ever totally digital  edition of CATALYST.

Frankly, it’s an idea we’ve been pondering. Nothing like reality to help one make decisions.  You can click on ads and they will take you to that organization’s website. Links in s …

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Eat, Food & Health

Building a better food system, one bill at a time.

Citizen lobbyists bring home the raw cream and butter. Symbria and Sarah Patterson of Red Acre Center in Cedar City are a mother and daughter team who founded the Utah Farm & F …

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Environmental Politics

Covid-19 and air quality

What we can learn from the pandemic that may help Utahns in times of Air Quality crisis. The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented times globally, to say the least …

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Alternative Therapies, Heal, Health

Manipura, the solar plexus chakra: Personal power

Innate inner wildness Editor’s note: The Chakra Series, by Todd Mangum, MD, first appeared in CATALYST in 1995 and was repeated in 2009. These stories remain among the most read in …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Utah’s 2020 legislative session

Like every year, the 45 days that make up the annual Utah legislative session come and go in a blink of an eye. Lawmakers passed 510 bills this year and approved a $20 billion stat …

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Environmental Politics

Drawdown Utah

A look at local businesses and organizations whose work is already helping reverse global warming and stem the tide of climate change. What follows is a recognition and a call to s …

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Enjoy, Entertainment, Expand

2020 State of the Universe Address

A two-step program to create political climate change and establish heartland security. “To upshift our karma in these challenging times, we must embrace political climate change—w …

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Community, Connect, Dining Out, Health

Clean Air Solutions Fair 2020

Last grand gathering for a while. Saturday, March 7, 2020 seems like a dream, now. It was the day of our 7th Annual Clean Air Solutions Fair, held at The Gateway. We expected an ex …

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Garden

Bring back the Victory Garden

Shit gets real. Earthquakes. A global pandemic. Grocery store aisles stripped bare. Restaurant dining rooms, bars, and many businesses are closed. Despite our state’s misplaced rep …

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Nature

Flying Jewel

A single parent mom moves in. Invisible with speed, a tiny blur buzzes up to a perch above our front door. It’s mid-May and Salt Lake is still in a wet cold spring. The hummers sta …

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Arts, Culture, Enjoy

Poetry month celebration

Eleven poetry boxes are placed throughout the University of Utah’s Red Butte Garden. This month and next, they contain the winning poems of Red Butte Garden’s annual Poetry Month c …

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Health, Yoga

Lost in thought?

Instead, mind your thoughts. Over the past decades of mentoring people in mindfulness practice, the most common quandary I hear from novice meditators is this: “I can’t meditate. W …

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Community, Connect

Complete your 2020 Census: Now is a great time

The U.S. Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the country’s people, businesses and economy. The Census Bureau has the responsibility to count all of the …

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Local Harvest, Politics

Local food advocates on the hill:

Symbria and Sarah Patterson In early February, we headed south to Cedar City for three days of the Fourth Annual Utah Farm and Food conference, produced by Red Acre Center. We took …

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Connect, Energy, Environmental Politics, Gatherings, Health, Think

Utah’s 7th Annual Clean Air Solutions Fair

Saturday March 7th, 11am-4pm The Gateway, South end of the Union Station Come with questions, leave with solutions On one hand, the longterm prospect for the Salt Lake Valley’s air …

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