Autumn 2020

On the Cover

BY Emily Spacek

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October 8, 2020

This year’s presidential election is looking to be more tumultuous than usual. We’re still in the midst of a global pandemic and for many American voters, voting this year might look different because of it. Mail ballots will be the preferred voting me …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 8, 2020

Thirty years ago, Home! a Bioregional Reader published a widely distributed quiz that challenged people to test their knowledge about the place where they live. Bioregionalism is an idea that human well-being is founded in relationships with natural sy …

BY Dan Potts

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October 8, 2020

Like most Utah sportsmen growing up in the 1960s, I learned to be a classic Utah consumptive user of renewable resources. I became an avid hunter, fisherman and forager of wild foods mostly because my grandfather and father did those things. Unlike the …

BY Emily Spacek

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October 8, 2020

Linda Myers, a Utah native and Park City resident, has provided traditional Navajo elders in southern Utah and northern Arizona life-saving supplies for three decades. Her work began in the 1980s during the turbulent years of the Hopi-Navajo land dispu …

BY Daniel Mendoza

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October 8, 2020

Editor’s note: Social and environmental justice is not a new topic, but it is gaining exposure since the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter. This article is the second of a three-part series—see the September CATALYST for Daniel Mendoza’s brief o …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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October 8, 2020

Before the Election: Osho Zen Tarot:  Comparison, Fighting Medicine Cards: Rabbit, Turkey Mayan Oracle: Imix, Cimi Ancient Egyptian Tarot: King of Disks, Ace of Wands Aleister Crowley Deck: Ace of Swords, Princess of Swords, The Empress Healing Earth T …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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October 8, 2020

Oct 8  Pick up a variety of root crops at the farmers market this week. Buy some to culture—say, cabbage and carrots with your favorite seasoning (I like fresh ginger and cumin). In a few days your ferment will be delicious and teeming with the benefic …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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October 8, 2020

I can’t remember many specific dates since March 15th and that’s okay. Turns out you really don’t look at the calendar so much as you feel your way through the year on the braille of events. It’s time for the first fresh tomato sandwich or that last wo …

BY Charlotte Bell

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October 8, 2020

2020 is the “gift” that keeps on giving. September smelled like a campfire as Utah and the entire West Coast experienced devastating wildfires. Not so long ago, an unprecedented windstorm hit the Salt Lake Valley and uprooted thousands of large trees, …

BY Emily Spacek

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October 8, 2020

Linda Myers, a Utah native and Park City resident, has provided traditional Navajo elders in southern Utah and northern Arizona life-saving supplies for three decades. Her work began in the 1980s during the turbulent years of the Hopi-Navajo land dispu …

BY James Loomis

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October 8, 2020

The summer of 2020 was a scorcher in the Salt Lake Valley. We melted a number of previous records, with the hottest August in 143 years. As the weather finally cools with the change of the season, there’s much to be done in the garden. We recently cove …

BY Dan Potts

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October 8, 2020

Like most Utah sportsmen growing up in the 1960s, I learned to be a classic Utah consumptive user of renewable resources. I became an avid hunter, fisherman and forager of wild foods mostly because my grandfather and father did those things. Unlike the …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 8, 2020

Thirty years ago, Home! a Bioregional Reader published a widely distributed quiz that challenged people to test their knowledge about the place where they live. Bioregionalism is an idea that human well-being is founded in relationships with natural sy …

BY Brinley Froelich

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October 8, 2020

In the criminal legal system, like so many other systems in the U.S., money is weaponized to hold people hostage. If you are arrested, you are still presumed innocent under the law, but that does not prevent you from being jailed against your will in p …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 8, 2020

Mourning our fallen: Wind storm topples urban forest An intense wind storm that hit northern Utah on September 8 toppled thousands of big, old trees, decimating historic groves in Liberty Park, the Salt Lake Cemetery and the University of Utah. Gusts o …