December 2014

Editor’s Notebook

BY Staff

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December 1, 2014

The idea came from Jason Wright’s 2005 book Christmas Jars (2005: Shadow Mountain) and became a Beard family tradition. All year long, a large mason jar sits on their kitchen counter, gathering change from pockets and purses. Several years ago, instead …

BY Alice Toler

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December 1, 2014

Depression and suicide are serious problems in Utah. In 2012, 545 Utahns took their own lives—more than the number of people who died in auto fatalities. We aren’t alone in this disturbing ranking; in fact, Utah is squarely in the middle of the USA’s ” …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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November 29, 2014

The boiler in this big ol’ house that is home to CATALYST, and to me, too, heaved its last sigh in late fall. Why the new one hasn’t been installed yet is a boring story I won’t tell. Suffice it to say the old behemoth finally got dismantled and carted …

BY Elaine Jarvik

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November 29, 2014

The world premieres of Christmas With Misfits, Julie Jensen’s darkly comic quartet of short plays, and Marry Christmas, Elaine Jarvik’s celebration of the first anniversary of marriage equality, may just be the region’s most unique stage offerings this …

BY Staff

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November 29, 2014

Picture yourself around a fire with friends. The stars shine above as the sounds of your voices mingle with the crickets, the light flickers across faces of those you hold dear. What happens in these settings? We tell stories. Human beings have used ti …

BY Katherine Pioli

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November 29, 2014

With the close of another year, CATALYST surveys the state of locally produced adult beverages in Utah. It’s been a good year here, despite the persistent presence of the Zion Curtain. From a new locally produced gin to innovative holiday ales on tap a …

BY John deJong

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November 29, 2014

So, Anyway… by John Cleese. —by John deJong The Argentine writer and eloquent wielder of Occam’s razor, Jorge Luis Borges, famously asked, “Why write a book when you can write a book review?” So, what do you do in this age of fluid modernism when you …

BY Amy Brunvand

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November 29, 2014

Environmental news from around the state and the West. —by Amy Brunvand Utah land grab deadline approaches The Transfer of Public Lands Act (TPLA) signed into law by Utah Governor Gary Herbert in 2012 demands that the United States must transfer owners …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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November 29, 2014

The five kinds of non-Mormons. —by Dennis Hinkamp As I approach my 35th calendar year in UTopia I have taken to referring to myself as a Common Law Mormon. It’s an easy laugh but it also accurately describes how I feel. I try to counsel my younger non- …

BY Amy Brunvand

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November 29, 2014

Some dance books to put under the tree. —by Amy Brunvand Now that Thanksgiving and Buy Nothing Day have been duly celebrated, you can go holiday shopping in the spirit of gratitude and with a clear conscience. But why stop there? Personally, I plan to …

BY Charlotte Bell

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November 29, 2014

Instant Maui—your 20-minute vacation. —by Charlotte Bell It’s the season of short days, long nights and monumental to-do lists. Pot lucks, parties, concerts and gifting take us out of our usual routines. At a time when our schedules are stuffed to capa …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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November 29, 2014

Let go of the mind as it tries to figure it all out. Life always unfolds in its proper order. —by Suzanne Wagner Osho Zen Tarot: Receptivity, Silence, Mind Medicine Cards: Bear, Raven, Bat Mayan Oracle: Greater Cycles, New Myth, Dissonance Ancient Egyp …

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