August 2017

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August 2017

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Tech Talk: Raising Up Our Machines

They will learn what we teach them. Imagine ordering a car from a ride-sharing app on your smartphone and selecting a driverless option. As you approach a blind turn on a narrow st …

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Nature

Enjoy the Totality

How and why you should see the Great American Eclipse this month. Where were you when…?” is a question that usually refers to a shock that binds humanity. One such event will be th …

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Community

Traces of History

A turn-of-the-century real estate investment becomes a beloved landmark, only to face its original fate. Mary Kimball Johnson was not the first person to own the pioneer-era brown …

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Arts

The Rose, Exposed

An experiment in living (and sometimes working) together for six Salt Lake City performing arts organizations. In January 1994, Repertory Dance Theatre leased the old Restaurant Eq …

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Arts

At Home with Nathan Florence

Artists draw inspiration from their curated living spaces. The artist’s role is to take that which we can’t say or express and present it in a fresh way, be it beautiful or provoca …

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The Urban Almanac: August 2017

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden & natural world. August 1 Dawn breaks at 4:35 am. Sun rises at 6:25 am and sets at 8:42 pm. August 2 Vit. D deficienc …

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Intuitive Arts, Mindfulness, Spirituality & Mysticism

Metaphors for the Month: August 2017

We are finally at the month of two eclipses with a Mercury retrograde between them. To say there’s about to be monumental change would be an understatement. Leo does not do anythin …

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Briefly Noted: The Art of FEAR

Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What to Do Instead. Tons of books (and many teachers, gurus and coaches) tell us how to conquer fear, imploring us to ask what we would do withou …

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Those with Wings

A beloved book inspires a place-based dance. When I arrived at Bend-in-the-River Park by the Jordan River, Liz Ivkovich and Ashley Anderson were busy unrolling a huge bolt of white …

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Eat

Counting Miles, Not Calories

Awareness improves dietary carbon footprint. Three years ago, as a new intern at CATALYST Magazine, one of my first assignments was to track my “food mileage” for a day. Tracking f …

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Yoga

Yoga: Anjali Mudra

Simple greeting or divine salute? Few positions are more ubiquitous in yoga practice than Anjali Mudra (Prayer Position). We often practice Anjali Mudra to begin and end a class. W …

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Yoga: Anjali Mudra

Simple greeting or divine salute? Few positions are more ubiquitous in yoga practice than Anjali Mudra (Prayer Position). We often practice Anjali Mudra to begin and end a class. W …

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Prose Garden: Migrations

“Migration simply happens to some people. Maybe a restless, spring-loaded gene keeps us on the move, or an alignment of perceptual coincidences pushes us from place to place.” —Cra …

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Garden

Garden Like a Boss: Please Please Please Water Those Trees!

The peak heat of August in our Salt Lake City summer brings with it some of the most uncomfortable and stressful weeks for our gardens and the gardeners that inhabit them. While on …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: August 2017

First we pollute the wilderness, then we pollute our minds with the belief that we’ve done the right thing. — Mark Strand Audubon to focus on saline lakes, Colorado River The Natio …

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Slightly Off Center: The War on Stuff

Like everything that makes America great, we tend to take dogma several steps too far. We can’t just have less gluten; we need to be gluten free. We can’t just build a fence; we ne …

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Nature, Outdoor

Audubon to focus on saline lakes, Colorado River

The National Audubon Society has based a new Saline Lakes program out of Salt Lake City in order to prioritize protection of Great Salt Lake—the single most important inland shoreb …

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Energy, Technology, Urban Planning

Utah 50-year water strategy

One reason that the Audubon society is concerned about Utah water is that existing state water plans could spell catastrophe for migrating shorebirds. Envision Utah has released a …

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Outdoor

Toxic algae returns

At the end of June, satellite images showed a toxic algal bloom spreading in Utah Lake. By July a health advisory warned the public to avoid dark green areas with scum, foam or oth …

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Nature, Urban Planning

Seven Canyons Trust to daylight creeks

The Seven Canyons Trust and Salt Lake City have raised $1.2 million to restore a 6-acre open space in the Glendale neighborhood where Red Butte Creek, Emigration Creek and Parley’s …

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Environmental Politics

Mia Love wins climate prize

Mia Love (R-UT-4) has received a Climate Leadership Award from Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) for “extraordinary leadership and bold commitment to environmental stewardship.” In Jan …

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Nature, Politics

Mike Noel blames“rock lickers” for fires

In June and July the Brianhead fire in the Dixie National Forest burned more than 71,000 acres and racked up over $34 million in firefighting costs. The Federal Emergency Managemen …

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Community, Nature

Zion Park crowds: Comments due August 14

In 1909, President Taft used the Antiquities Act to designate Mukuntu-Weap National Monument in southwest Utah—the place we now know as Zion National Park. The park is a national t …

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Transportation, Urban Planning

West Davis Corridor comments due August 31

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has released a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the West Davis Corridor, 19 miles of new freeway that slices through human comm …

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Fitness, Transportation

Economic benefits of “active transportation”

Government spending on walking and biking can have big paybacks in the form of health benefits, tourism, sales of goods and services, increased real estate values and greenhouse ga …

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Community, Environmental Politics

HEAL Utah seeks a new director

Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah) is looking for a new executive director. Matt Pacenza, who has directed the organization since 2011, is moving on to teach high-sch …

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How to view the eclipse

You could watch the reflection in water (like the ancients did!), or a reflection from a mirror cast on a wall (don’t look at the mirror), or use an old pair of binoculars to cast …

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Briefly Noted: Green Homes Tour, August 19

Solar panels, insulation, double-paned windows. You already know these things will make a house more “green,” more energy efficient, but what should you start with? How much will i …

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Products Review: Mom’s Stuff

We don’t usually write product reviews, but here is something I seriously appreciate: Mom’s Stuff, made in Spring City, Utah by artist Lee Bennion (her work has appeared on CATALYS …

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The Aquarium Age: August 2-8

Welcome to August 2017, where just about every day for at least the next forty days feels more like an episode from the Twilight Zone than any previously known reality. We’re under …

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Community

On The Cover

Despite Austen Diamond’s extensive experience working as a journalist and editor, he’s notoriously ter­rible at Scrabble—even worse at Bananagrams. Some think that’s why he mostly …

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