January 2015

Editor’s Notebook

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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December 30, 2014

The stuff-reduction business is booming. Books, magazines, blogs and websites are devoted to getting organized. Space-saving gizmos for the office, home and car fill entire stores, none of which existed before 1978. And yet our houses grow bigger. In 2 …

BY Sue Allison

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December 30, 2014

Twenty years ago, 10 of us were taken hostage at the downtown Salt Lake City Library [now the Leonardo] by a mentally ill man who had a gun, a bomb and an intention to kill us if his demands were not met. Life will give you whatever experience is most …

BY Katherine Pioli

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December 30, 2014

Photo by John deJong Editor’s Note: Chris Burbank resigned from the Salt Lake City Police Department in 2015 and now works for the Center for Policing Equity in L.A., which is  building a process to hold police officers accountable. They’re involved in …

BY Katherine Pioli

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December 30, 2014

Since 2005, a small Canadian oil firm by the name of US Oil Sands, Inc. has been slowly pulling together the pieces to develop the first oil sands mine in the United States, PR Springs, located on the Tavaputs Plateau in Utah’s Uinta County. Last year, …

BY Alice Toler

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December 30, 2014

In early 2012, something weird started to happen to my body. I’d never had the most steady health, but this was something new; I was completely, utterly exhausted, all the time. My muscles trembled with the slightest exertion, and my joints ached. Most …

BY Valerie Litchfield

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December 30, 2014

You may know your Chinese astrological sign—knowledge likely gained from a placemat in a Chinese restaurant. Fair enough. If you’ve dined there recently, you probably know we are leaving the Year of the Horse and entering the Year of the Sheep, also so …

BY Staff

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December 30, 2014

David Whyte is a poet, transformational teacher and organizational consultant. One might question how these three unlikely pursuits combine into one cohesive career. It is precisely this combination that allows Whyte to share his most particular and pr …

BY Alice Toler

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December 30, 2014

Several months ago a recipe for an intriguing-sounding elixir began to circulate around Facebook and Pinterest: “Fire Cider” was purported to heal all ills, put hair on your chest, align the planets and bring balance to The Force. Naturally intrigued, …

BY Amy Brunvand

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December 30, 2014

Environmental news around the state and the West. —by Amy Brunvand The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, “What good is it?” If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or n …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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December 30, 2014

Miracle for a cynic. —by Dennis Hinkamp I don’t believe in miracles, karma, ghosts or half of what I read in the news. I am skeptical about skeptics. How­ever, I am not cynical enough to not to share this story. My dad died in 2007 and mom almost exact …

BY Katherine Pioli

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December 30, 2014

Opportunities for citizen journalists returning to KRCL Radio-90.9 FM in 2015. —by Katherine Pioli Back when alternative music stations – the kind that dared to play punk rock and new wave – were hard to find on Utah airwaves, Lara Jones, fresh out of …

BY Amy Brunvand

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December 30, 2014

2014: a year in dance. We danced what we valued, what we loved, and what we found beautiful. —by Amy Brunvand Last February Tanner Dance and the Children’s Dance Theatre moved out of that shabby old building that smelled like old gym socks into a new h …

BY Charlotte Bell

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December 30, 2014

Sway like a palm tree: Talasana is simple, but powerful. —by Charlotte Bell January is a fresh, new canvas on which to paint our intentions. The new year often inspires a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle, including caring for our bodies, stim …

BY Staff

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December 30, 2014

What’s new around town. New state law regarding reflexology Reflexology is not massage. An alternative, natural healing art, the practice uses pressure applied to points on the feet, hands and ears to relieve tension and improve circulation. For decade …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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December 30, 2014

Numerological and astrological aspects of importance for the year ahead. —by Suzanne Wagner Medicine Cards: Owl, Turtle Mayan Oracle: Etznab Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Justice Aleister Crowley Deck: The Empress, Victory, Gain Healing Earth Tarot: Grandfat …

BY Beth Wolfer

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December 30, 2014

If you resolve just one thing, make it this one: to treat yourself more kindly. —by Beth Wolfer I’ve resolved many times over to love myself, but loving myself has almost always been conditional. I could love myself once I looked different. It was alwa …