Memoir

Now it’s time to leap: Greta says goodbye (1982-2020)

“You can type. You can get a job with the phone company!” My dad, troubled that his almost-40-year-old daughter was making minimum wage at a job with no traditional benefits, was t …

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Memoir

One last (print) run: reader comments on the news of Greta’s retirement and the end of CATALYST in print

In mid-October we launched our campaign inviting you, the reader, to help us financially to bring this final issue to print. We also invited readers to leave memories and reflectio …

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Memoir

Soul sisters: Greta Belanger deJong and Kate Edwards

Greta and I have certainly been soul sisters since before time began, but in terms of this particular lifetime, we actually did manage to find our way to be born on the very same b …

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Nature

Sacred places and protected land: The Utah Bioregional Reader series, Part Three

I came to realize that one factor in particular—the search for something beyond normal experience—characterizes life in the Great Basin. Many people don’t just find themselves livi …

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Community Profiles, Memoir, Nature

Obituary for Great Salt Lake: Even lakes are not immortal.

Great Salt Lake experienced her final glimmering sunset today, succumbing to a long struggle with chronic diversions exacerbated by climate change. She was born 13,000 years ago to …

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Psychology, Think

What we have in common: Laying the groundwork for exploring our differences

Talking about our differences is urgent, exciting, and even dangerous. But our commonalities appear to be so numerous as to be beside the point, part of the status quo, or so obvio …

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Memoir

Our millennial speaks: What feels like the end is really a beginning

Sophie wearing the same pants as Greta on the front cover of the December 2020 issue. The last time I took a giant leap like this, I was 23 years old and had just started working f …

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Memoir

Catalyst art director’s farewell: 28 years behind the mouse

In 1992 when my years working in the adventure travel world came to a close, my Aunt Greta hired me to help CATALYST with ad sales and collections. A few months into my new job, mi …

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Community Profiles, Connect

Whispers of wonderful melodies: Community radio DJ Sohrab Mafi hopes to elevate human consciousness through music

The door to the former bank vault is slightly ajar. In the adjoining, low-ceilinged room, Sohrab Mafi stands below a pair of light-box pictures of bright blue skies partly clouded, …

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Community, Environmental Politics

Why are some communities still struggling? Tax rates, climate gentrification and affordability

In the two previous articles in this series we discussed how environmental justice is geographically driven and how redlining established some of these disparities. In this article …

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Heal, Health, Psychology

Stress Less, Accomplish More: Emily Fletcher’s meditation technique built for stressed-out, high-performing overachievers

I was heading out for some quick exercise, scanning the library audio books for something good when I saw it: Stress Less Accomplish More, Meditation for Extraordinary Performance …

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Local Harvest

Your brain on gardening: Nature’s way of boosting those feel-good chemicals

T  here has been no better teacher during my time as a human on planet Earth than the garden. To be fully immersed, connected and involved with the secret world of creation has bee …

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Memoir

A writer’s home

The story of how I became a writer starts with Greta deJong and the first time I walked through the door of a big pink house and into her editor’s office. But before I start there …

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Heal, Health, Move, Yoga

Four decades of yoga in Salt Lake City: Reflections on the history and changing landscape

I n January of 1982 I decided—out of curiosity—to try a yoga class. In a pink-carpeted room in the back of the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, I experienced my first post-asana high. My …

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Memoir

Memories and reflections: Diane Olson, former Catalyst staffer and contributing writer

I think I can write,” I said. I had been working at CATALYST for some time as the office manager. “Ok,” Greta replied, and gave me an assignment on the spot. Granted, it was a smal …

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Memoir

MO-UT How this Missourian came to Utah and why he stayed

I’ve been writing columns for 40 years with the Salt Lake Tribune, The Event, the Logan Herald Journal, NEO, Utah Magazine, Network, a bunch of weeklies, long forgotten internet-on …

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Environmental Politics

Environews

Mourning our fallen: Wind storm topples urban forest An intense wind storm that hit northern Utah on September 8 toppled thousands of big, old trees, decimating historic groves in …

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Politics

2020 Elections: Catalyst’s quick guide – Here’s what you need to know to participate in Utah elections this year.

This year’s presidential election is looking to be more tumultuous than usual. We’re still in the midst of a global pandemic and for many American voters, voting this year might lo …

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