December 2016

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December 2016


The Urban Almanac: December 2016

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world. DEC 1 Birds add so much movement and vitality to winter’s stark landscape. Watch for juncos, house fin …

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Metaphors for the Month: December 2016

Intuitive patterns for December. Osho Zen Tarot: Letting Go, Receptivity, Laziness Medicine Cards: Lynx, Antelope, Butterfly Mayan Oracle: Portal of Transcendence, Resolution of Du …

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Community, Connect, Culture, Enjoy

Best Loved Gifts

Sometimes, the best gifts are things that don’t cost anything, or have sentimental value well beyond the monetary value. In the spirit of this season, CATALYST staff and writers re …

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Briefly Noted: December 2016

What’s new around town. Real Foods rebrands as Redmond Heritage Farms Store As many of you likely know, the owners of Real Foods Market in Sugar House own their own farm. Redmond H …

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Humanizing the Homeless

Give the gift of human respect; volunteer; donate to organizations; but give no cash. Every Christmas morning growing up, my family would go to St. Vincent de Paul’s (aka St. Vinny …

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Health Notes: December 2016

Breathing, good light and a solid sense of self make everything better. As we draw closer together for warmth and companionship in this winter season, it’s also time to tend to our …

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Yoga: Exploring the Body of Emotion

Instead of running from fear, investigate the sensation. Disappointment. Devastation. Fear. Sadness. Dread. Sleeplessness. Numbness. Loss of appetite. For myself, and for many of m …

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Cool Tools & Useful Toys for CATALYST Kids (of all ages)

You‘re feeling cordial. You have some cash. You’re inclined to buy local, though will sometimes stray to the internet when necessary. Your friends (especially the older ones) alrea …

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UtahPresents

Boosting the creative impact of Kingsbury Hall. Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah holds a lot of memories. It’s the first place I ever saw Ballet West, Ririe-Woodbury Dance …

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Becoming Pattern Literate

How pattern literacy can unlock some of nature’s deepest mysteries. Author’s note: The following is an excerpt from a draft of a book in progress, called Pattern Literacy, which is …

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Garden, Heal, Outdoor

Garden Like a Boss: At home on the farm

Wasatch Community Gardens’ downtown Green Team Farm is a job and an education for seven women facing homelessness, led by our man Loomis. Nestled in the heart of the homeless ghett …

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Welcome to Dadaland

Sundry observations by Alex Caldiero, yr frendly naybohood sonosopher. The other nite, to be exact, November 8, 2016, after the results of an unprecedented presidential election, s …

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The Avid Fan Goes to Standing Rock

Salt Lake blogger Ryan Keating stands witness to the Water Protectors. Who wouldn’t want to be an avid fan? Ryan Keating, semiprofessional polymath and progressive voice, is all ab …

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Sophie Says: All the Mornings After

Post-election awakening. Wednesday morning, November 9, 2016 Caught in the worry about the future of America and Planet Earth last night. But this morning I woke up. Like the kind …

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Environews: December 2016

Environmental news from around the state and the West. Trump, grief and what you can do Things don’t always change for the better, but they change, and we can play a role in that c …

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Deity- and Demon-Neutral Speech

So apparently the day after Halloween is the new day after Thanksgiving in terms of Christmas insanity. To me this is the official war on Christmas and everything else is a skirmis …

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On the Cover: Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer. “A critical darling of the New York scene” (NY Magazine). TimeOut NY has called Mac …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Trump, grief and what you can do

Things don’t always change for the better, but they change, and we can play a role in that change, if we act. Which is where hope comes in, and memory, the collective memory we cal …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Heads up on the big issues

Public Lands Initiative: Rob Bishop (R-UT-1) is almost certain to re-introduce his Public Lands Initiative (PLI), a bill loaded with poison pills that undermine wilderness protecti …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Blue Castle Nuclear can’t pay the bills

This past July HEAL Utah lost a lawsuit trying to block a nuclear power plant proposed for Green River, Utah, but decided not to appeal because it seemed like Blue Castle Holdings …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Utah Open Lands saves Owl Meadow

Utah Open Lands raised $700,000 (including a $250,00 grant from the Salt Lake County Council) to purchase Owl Meadow in Emigration Canyon. The meadow, adjacent to the Perkins Flat …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Star gazing in Utah

“Millions of children will never see the Milky Way,” according to the International Dark Sky Association website, but lucky for us the stars in Utah are still as awe-inspiring as e …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Great Salt Lake drying up

Great Salt Lake reached another historic low level in October. In order to keep Great Salt Lake from turning into a toxic dust bowl, the Bear River has to keep flowing into it, but …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: No snow for Thanksgiving

Utah ski resorts were reporting 0” base and no new snow three days before the Thanksgiving holiday, typically the ski season opener. The loss of reliable early and late season skii …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: RMP vs solar

Rocky Mountain Power has asked the Public Service Commission to approve new fees for customers with rooftop solar panels, but the solar industry says the fees would effectively kil …

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Community, Connect, Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: What to do…

Go outside. Reaffirm your values and remind yourself of what you are trying to protect. Identify citizen groups that are working on issues you care about. Become a member. Donate m …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Eat, Local Harvest

Real Foods rebrands as Redmond Heritage Farms Store

As many of you likely know, the owners of Real Foods Market in Sugar House own their own farm. Redmond Heritage Farm in Redmond, Utah is home to the cows who produce the raw milk i …

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Community, Connect, Environmental Politics, Think, Urban Planning

Resilient living in Utah: Here’s the map

The Utah Resilience Map is an open-source mapping project  that connects various community-based groups and programs along the Wasatch Front. The project is the outgrowth of a glob …

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Arts, Community Profiles

Sarina Villareal Gallery, an ephemeral exhibit

The new Eccles Theater isn’t the only new, invigorating space that recently opened on Main St. Local artist Sarina Villareal opened a gallery of her own work next door to the Eccle …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Eat, Restaurant and Chef Profiles

Utah food truck

Poutine Your Mouth opens “reversteraunt” Poutine Your Mouth has garnered a loyal following on the festival circuit for three years now, attending festivals such as Coachella, Elect …

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Community Profiles, Connect

Disaster can be fun

Imagine visiting a science center and museum with an interactive Universal Studios-styled destroyed city street showing what a neighborhood might look like following a 7.0 earthqua …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Move, Yoga

Where the yoga teachers are

We’re here to clear up the apple-cart upset of yoga teachers between Centered City Yoga and the Fallout Yoga, which has now relocated to approximately 21st East and 21st South and …

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