Alice Toler

It's been my privilege to write for Catalyst for just over a decade now, covering a wide variety of subjects. It's been a lot of fun--check out some of my work below. I'm also an artist, and you can see my output there at tolerarts.com/alice/


Articles

Culture, Think

Utah’s mycophile nexus: meet the mushroom people

There’s a word for it in the Potawatomi language: puhpowee, the force that causes mushrooms to push up from the earth overnight. We’re lucky to have fungi—a whole kingdom of organi …

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Eat, Local Harvest, Restaurant and Chef Profiles

Not fade away: Quintessential good/food citizen Jorge Fierro feels love

Jorge Fierro feels love from the community he has graciously served for two decades as his longtime Westside business, Rico Brand Mexican Foods, faces eviction by a new landlord de …

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Eat, Food & Health

Passion and restraint: The rise of spicy food in Utah

Sixteen years ago I moved to Utah and was greeted with two jokes: first, that all spicy food was intercepted at the state border and dusted down with a mythical “blanding agent,” a …

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Alternative Therapies, Connect, Expand, Gatherings, Heal, Psychology

Psychedelics, science and mental health

First Intermountain Psychedelics Symposium meets in Salt Lake City this month If you’re a regular reader of this publication, chances are you’re already familiar with psychedelic t …

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Dreams

Insomniac finds sleep

Learning to trust the wisdom of the body death is the surname of sleep but the surname unknown to us sleep is the daily end of life a small exercise in death which is its sister bu …

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Culture, Health

The art of dying well: Death doulas help people experience a “Good death”

Transitions are rarely easy. We come into this world in a welter of drama—one way or the other, exiting the womb is a pretty big deal. Leaving this world is also uncomfortable, and …

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Community, Spirituality & Mysticism

A Stone’s Throw

The Buddha on 9th. Buddhists are a rather serene lot, and that serenity came to the test recently when vandals threw a 25-pound rock through the face of the terra-cotta Buddha stat …

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Creativity

The Artist at Home: John deJong

The studio of John deJong is an extraordinary place—an emanation of an extraordinary mind. I have visited many artists’ studios, and I have one of my own, but the sheer magnitude a …

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Arts

Relief for the Chronically Inspired

Making the best of a Valium dependency. To be honest, I was a bit of a weird kid. Today I think they would diagnose me with some kind of learning disability and give me extra time …

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Alternative Therapies, Heal, Politics

Kratom and the DEA: so far, so good (and a reason to thank Sen. Hatch)

Startled by the immediate and widespread opposition to their proposed emergency ban of kratom in the fall of last year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) backtracked o …

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Alternative Therapies, Heal

PTSD trials approved for MDMA

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) sponsored six Phase 2 studies of MDMA, treating a total of 130 PTSD patients. Phase 3 research will include at leas …

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Health, Home

Love Your Lungs: Air Cleaning Gizmos

Negative ion generators Negative ion generators work basically by creating an electric charge on plates that attract pollutants out of the air. There is good research backing up th …

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The Avid Fan Goes to Standing Rock

Salt Lake blogger Ryan Keating stands witness to the Water Protectors. Who wouldn’t want to be an avid fan? Ryan Keating, semiprofessional polymath and progressive voice, is all ab …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Social Justice

The INN Between

Utah’s hospice for homeless people, only the second in the nation, assures that no one needs to die “alone, on the street” in Salt Lake City. Of all the ways a human can die, “alon …

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Alternative Therapies, Heal, Politics, Think

Another Kratom Update

Kratom advocates oppose ban and garner support from 51 Congressional members Sen. Hatch; DEA blinks. After a Whitehouse.gov petition reached over 140,000 signatures in less than a …

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