Alice Toler

Alice Toler hates writing descriptions of herself, but since you have insisted that she do so: She is a New Reformed Animist and card-holding Dudeist Priest who believes that most of this is just, like, your opinion, man. She's a formerly stateless, now multinational international adoptee in reunion with her bio family since 2012 (though her paternal grandfather remains stubbornly elusive - I'm coming to get you, Grandpa! You can't hide from me forever!). She's a DNA sleuth and part-time Search Angel for people who have been separated from their genetic relatives, and she is very, very tenacious. She's a science and opinion writer who once authored a children's book which, I'm told, is still selling in modest numbers in bookstores throughout the Caribbean basin. She's a mixed media and large scale artist who has worked in metal, ceramic, wood, paint, paper, plastic, concrete, fabric, computer design and LED lights. She has never really gotten over her jetlag. She is a biphasic sleeper and a taker of epic naps, and she dreams in 4K UHD. She never, ever wants to get out of the bath. She's a tropical plant fancier, a bee and wasp charmer, a leech wrangler, and an appreciator of other medical methodologies commonly considered to be at least 4,000 years out of date. She is spouse to Saint Trent of Sugar House, who puts up with a daily rodeo of 13 medicinal leeches, anywhere up to 300 bees, 500 worms, give or take 30 houseplants, and one and a half dogs inside their communal home.


Gender Equality, Social Justice, Think

Untangling Transgender

From the transgender actress Laverne Cox on Orange Is The New Black to the famed transformation of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn, the spotlight is on gender identity and transgender issu …


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Culture, Enjoy, Live, Style

Designers in the Dust

As the reputation of the annual Burning Man festival in northwestern Nevada has expanded, the international media is now flooded once a year with imagery of its architecture, art a …


Social Justice, Think

Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger’s mother went through 18 pregnancies, giving birth to 11 live children. She died exhausted, turbeculitic, and suffering with cervical cancer, at the age of 49. Marg …



Science, Think

Contraception: A Short History

Babies are a joy, but the results of unwanted pregnancies range from the problematic to the downright dangerous. Humans have always been concerned with controlling when we have bab …


Creativity, Live

The Re-Wedding

By the time Trent and I had been married three years, our relationship was in pretty bad shape. All the joy and fun we’d shared when we first tied the knot had somehow trickled awa …




What Do You Want to Do?

The key to succeeding at persistence. —by Alice Toler Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with ta …


Technology, Think

Is 3D Printing All About the Tchotckes?

I’ve been following the development of 3D printing for a few years now, but until recently it seemed like all it was good for was printing out fun plastic trinkets. The age of the …



Maybe It Is Your Thyroid

In early 2012, something weird started to happen to my body. I’d never had the most steady health, but this was something new; I was completely, utterly exhausted, all the time. My …



Beverages, Eat


Several months ago a recipe for an intriguing-sounding elixir began to circulate around Facebook and Pinterest: “Fire Cider” was purported to heal all ills, put hair on your chest, …


Your Brain on Altitude

Depression and suicide are serious problems in Utah. In 2012, 545 Utahns took their own lives—more than the number of people who died in auto fatalities. We aren’t alone in this di …


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Meth in a Rhinestone Dress

The woman was screaming. I was nine years old, and it was about 2:30 in the morning. I had never been up at that hour before, and I had never heard a human being make sounds like t …


Grief Potatoes

Here’s a quirky little gift from my subconscious that bubbled up in the middle of dreaming one recent night. I held onto one sentence only: “Grief potatoes are the worst potatoes.” …


Bonneville Bonfire

Why light a bonfire? This question goes to the very root of what it means to be human. Fire made us who we are, and our relationship with it continues to define us. We’ve been usin …


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The Combustion Conundrum

Everybody loves a cheery campfire, and a big bonfire is even more fun, but exactly how much carbon are you releasing into the atmosphere every time you light up a pile of logs? Use …


Apiculture: History of the Hive

Have you ever wondered about that cheerful upside-down basket that represents the Beehive State? Everyone recognizes it as a beehive, but I can bet you’ve seen it only on Utah High …