Issue Section: Editor's Notebook

Meet Catalyst’s Executive Director Pax: Rasmussen

It started as a bit of a joke. Since becoming non-profit, CATALYST has branched out significantly. With this expansion has also come a lot more organizational work.  Greta was find …

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Editor’s Notebook: Arthur and Me

Remembering a friend who showed me a bigger world. I met Arthur Spanjar one snowy Wisconsin morning in 1972, a month before my 21st birthday. I was on my way to Nick’s restaurant, …

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Editor’s Notebook: A time for awards

Air Quality Ally, Best Magazine and more. In May, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams presented CATALYST Magazine with the first-ever Salt Lake County Board of Health Air Quality Al …

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Editor’s Notebook: June 2018

I first met Lynne Olson in 1990 when she came by the office with an idea for a story: Kids Organized to Protect the Environment (the KOPE Kids Club). We followed KOPE for several y …

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Editor’s Notebook: May 2018

Tomatoes in the snow; CAT hacked by Russian love columnist; charismatic mini-fauna. It’s a good bet that washing your car increases the chance of rain.  In the same vein, early pla …

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Bee Festival 2018

Bring on another festival! In January, CATALYST put on the Clean Air Solutions Fair, with assistance from a crackerjack team of excellent volunteers. While it was lots of work that …

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Editor’s Notebook: March 2018

From tomatoes in March to train switchers. Big Pink, the home of CATALYST, has solar panels on the roof. It’s been a bit of a process—specifically due to a 2,000-gallon hand-built …

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Let’s Talk About Death (and Sustainability)

As nature pulls its life force underground and darkness descends a few minutes earlier each evening, we call upon our readers to engage in the ancient spiritual practice of Memento …

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Editor’s Notebook: September 2017

The joy of feeling small. August reminded me, twice, of this famous exchange between sister and brother in Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play, Our Town: Rebecca: I never told you about a …

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Editor’s Notebook: August 2017

The Old Men’s Club. When I die and someone writes an obituary listing my lifetime affiliations, there may not be a whole lot to say. But one group whose membership I am eternally p …

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Editor’s Notebook: May 2017

Racoons and rallies. 1:47am. I am awakened by a “thud!” near my head. Hm. Something on the roof. Scratching sound at the window. Malia the little dog is barking her head off. I rai …

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Editor’s Notebook: Transformative Change

Reimaginating the systems we can control. Given enough time, Earth will be fine. Our ultimate environmental concern is about saving the people—who, after all, require a healthy pla …

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Editor’s Notebook: March 2017

Dandelions: Good for everything. When I was in high school, I placed an order for dandelion seeds from my small town’s nursery. The store manager called my mom to make sure this wa …

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Editor’s Notebook: February 2017

Fri, 1/20: Inauguration. I conjure appendicitis, resulting in emergency surgery. Good day for anaesthesia. Sat, 1/21: Big blizzard; 8,000 people march down Park City’s Main St. in …

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Editor’s Notebook: December 2016

A note about last month’s cover. It began with the idea, “What might the Oval Office look like with a woman at the helm?” We imagined flowers, family photos, a certain grace not co …

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