December 2017

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December 2017

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Expand, Spirituality & Mysticism

Honoring the Elements

Meditation on a home altar. As the bright days of summer fade to soggy, gauzy grey, I wrap my sweater close for warmth and desire to be safely home before early darkness falls. Wit …

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Live, Outdoor

Aging Gracefully: Lessons in Courage

Sometimes the saying is true: We teach what we most need to learn. I’ve taken ski lessons since the age of seven, and have always hated them. I’ve been led down chutes, over precip …

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Social Justice

DACA: Where Is Home?

Three young Utah Dreamers contemplate their future. Brenda Marquez (not her real name) is an 18-year-old student majoring in Communication Studies at the University of Utah. She gr …

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Heal

Cold and Flu? Here’s What To Do

How to prevent (or cope with) a cold or the flu. I used to think it was inevitable that I would fall ill when my daughter caught cold or flu—not because I catch bacteria or viruses …

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Garden, Home, Nature

The Urban Almanac: December 2017

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. DEC 1 Sunrise. 7:32am. Sunset 5pm. In Salt Lake City, December is the cloudiest month of the year, with only …

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Intuitive Arts

Metaphors for the Month: December 2017

Take a breath and know that nothing is going to go according to plan. So, you might as well relax. Osho Zen Tarot: Intensity, Thunderbolt, The Source Medicine Cards: Otter Mayan Or …

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Expand

Constantly Expanding, Unfathomably Small

Intersections of science, art and faith. So much of mankind’s history is defined by the scientific discoveries, artistic creations and sacred traditions of faith that have nurtured …

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Community

Past and Present Collide at Warm Springs

In its heyday, the scarred landscape of Salt Lake City’s Beck St. area was a site of physical and spiritual healing. No one dreams of this place anymore,” the city employee told me …

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Environmental Politics, Transportation

VW Deception Redux (and Come-Uppance)

Thanks to an allocation of about $35 million from the Volkswagen Settlement, Utah has a unique opportunity to replace some old dirty diesel equipment with new, cleaner models. You …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: December 2017

Environmental news from around the state and the West. The more we examine the special properties of the quaking aspen, the greater our fascination with the beauty, complexity, and …

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Slightly Off Center: Death and Taxes.

The curse and blessing of living six decades and having serviceable memory skills is that you notice patterns in everything. That and clichés become more irritating. “Death and tax …

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Environmental Politics, Nature, Outdoor

Can We Save Pando?

Pando, the Earth’s largest known living organism by mass, is dying for lack of large predators in the ecosystem. Pando, an exceptionally beautiful male quaking aspen clone, is loca …

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Community, Garden, Local Harvest

Briefly Noted: Winter Market at Rio Grande

You may be surprised at what edibles grow in Northern Utah in the winter. Salt Lake City’s Winder Market offers grass-fed, organic locally raised meats. There are eggs like you’ve …

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Connect, Entertainment

Briefly Noted: RadioActive on KRCL 90.9FM

Last month CATALYST was a guest on KRCL’s RadioActive, a show for grassroots activists and community builders, weeknights at 6, hosted by Lara Jones and associates. This is the bes …

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