Issue Section: Editor's Notebook

Like farting under the covers

On a clear day, Salt Lake City is a beautiful place, with vistas in all directions  that can’t be beat—weather and human activity permitting, of course. On December 28, 2016, two w …

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LIVE VS. FAKE (OR NONE): CHOOSE THE REAL

If scruples about cutting down a living tree were the main reason driving you skip buying a Christmas tree this year, relax. While cutting down a conifer from somebody’s front yard …

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#MeToo musings & a feast

The #MeToo phenomenon has sparked a lot of intimate conversations around the country. Women of all ages are sharing stories with their friends—stories they may have never told anyo …

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Editor’s notebook: Our family table

Food tastes better when you know where it came from Eating is a practical matter. We all need, in some fashion, to do it. Under the guise of family management, it also becomes cult …

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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 July 2017

Last month at the Society of Professional Journalists awards banquet, CATALYST took home 12 honors for stories we published in 2016. We competed against nondaily papers throughout …

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