August 2016

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August 2016

Alternative Therapies, Health

A Doctor with the Time to Listen: A different approach to wellness through naturopathy

“If you want to practice medicine, you better find something else,” an allopathic doctor once adviseded a sincere young pre-med student. Babbie Lester heeded that doctor’s words an …

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Community, Culture

Brazilians in Utah

Sitting at a long steel commercial kitchen countertop in her chef’s apron, Perola Drogueti spoons a thick creamy pudding of condensed milk from a large metal bowl and smears it int …

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Arts, Community

Art in the Neighborhood: Historic Baldwin Radio Factory

A hidden gem resides just below Millcreek Canyon. Built in 1922 by Nathaniel Baldwin, the inventor of headphones and other sound products, the Baldwin Radio Factory is located 3474 …

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Environmental Politics

Something Strange

Great Salt Lake is a living laboratory and bohemian refuge whose water rights need defending. Salt Lake City is just far enough removed from the lake for which it was named that th …

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Community, Culture, Relationships

Breaking Free: From “MILF & Cookies” to “Eyes Wide Shut”

Risque Soiree has  an active clientele  in Utah. People still talk about Stanley Kubrick’s weird and kinky last film… the one where Tom Cruise leads us into a world of seduction, w …

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Garden, Home, Nature

The Urban Almanac

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural worldAUG 1 Today is Lammas, the beginning of the fall harvest season. AUG 2 NEW MOON. This month has two birt …

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Intuitive Arts

Metaphors for the Month

Your essence creates the forms you experience in your life. The more willing you are to dive deep into your essence, the more clear the reality becomes because you are no longer ne …

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DIY, Recipes

Herbs in Abundance: Dip, drizzle and marinate with fresh garden herbs

Now’s the time to take advantage of the abundance of fresh herbs in the garden. Make a salad sing with diced fistfuls of parsley, sorrel and chives added to a basic vinagrette. Add …

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Yoga

If You’re Bored with Yoga…You’re Not Paying Attention

How many times would you guess you’ve practiced Adho Mukha Svan­asana (Downward Facing Dog pose)? Or how about Trikonasana (Triangle pose)? Pick any one of yoga’s staple asanas and …

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Environmental Politics, Food & Health, Local Harvest

Ask Umbra: Berry Sage Advice: Is it okay to eat berries from water-starved California?

I love strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries — which, thankfully, are available locally in New England, even if just for a few weeks per year. Most of the rest of the year I …

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Politics, Social Justice

You Decide: Terrorism and the Responsibility of Choice

When we think of terrorism—both conceptually and literally—most of us will immediately think of it as an outside, threatening force that we must protect ourselves from. It is somet …

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Garden, Permaculture

I Love Bindweed

In the world of permaculture, this weed has a worthy job to do. I love bindweed. (Or morning glory, if that’s what you prefer to call it, or Convolvulus, if you’re a proper geek.) …

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Food & Health, Local Harvest

How Local is Your Diet? Take the 10th Annual Eat Local challenge

It’s possible your tomatoes are better traveled than you are. Have you ever asked where they came from? Chances are, if you’re buying that Early Girl outside the months of summer i …

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Arts, Community, Culture

Man from UMOCA: Kristian Anderson on community engagement, the challenges of modern art and those hotel rumors

Contemporary art is another way that a community can celebrate its identity while also challenging itself to confront uncomfortable topics,” says Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (U …

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Community, Politics, Social Justice

Who You Gonna Call?

It’s weird to have to hesitate before calling when you need the police: Will the cops make a situation worse? Cops killed more than 100 unarmed American black people in 2015. This …

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Enjoy

Slightly Off Center: Summer Memories

The “lunch beep” vacation was about 48 summers ago but I remember it like it was yesterday’s selfie. In the days before all cars had entertainment centers or air conditioning and n …

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Environmental Politics

Environews

Environmental news from around the state and the West. Climate positive SLC Salt Lake City will transition to 100% renewable energy for municipal electricity needs by 2032 and redu …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Climate positive SLC

Salt Lake City will transition to 100% renewable energy for municipal electricity needs by 2032 and reduce carbon emissions by at least 80% by 2040, Mayor Jacki Biscupski recently …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Save Our Canyons likes Mountain Accord legislation

The Mountain Accord process that began in 2013 has resulted in a plan for the future of the Wasatch Mountains that everyone can agree on. Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Ut-3) announ …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Bears Ears showdown heats up

On the other hand, the proposal for a Bears Ears National Monument is an example of what happens when politicians play political games instead of engaging the community. U.S. Congr …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Oops! Pro land-seizure report uses phony data

Supposedly, one reason to transfer federal lands to state ownership is that states could manage the land “better.” But data used to prove this point in a recent report issued by tw …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Literary activists strike again

Editors from the nonprofit Torrey House Press delivered a book of poems and essays about Utah public lands to every member of the U.S. Congress. Thirty-four writers contributed hea …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Gooseberry Narrows Dam permit denied

The Army Corps of Engineers has declined to issue a permit for the Sanpete Water Conservancy District to build a dam on Gooseberry Creek saying that “the proposed project has the p …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Toxic algae in Utah Lake

A toxic algae (cyanobacteria) bloom in July closed Utah Lake entirely to human activity. Although toxic algae growth may be due to normal lake cycles, it is also associated with fe …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: GOP adopts land-seizure platform

A committee tasked with drafting the official party platform for the Republican Party voted to include “requiring the federal government to convey certain federally controlled publ …

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