January 2018

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January 2018

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Yoga

Stop Being Judgy and Unyogic!

How Discernment Got Lost in 21st-Century Yoga. In 1988, I attended my first silent Insight Meditation retreat. I noticed one thing right off—how incredibly out-of-control my mind i …

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Environmental Politics

Love Your Lungs: Beware the Pogonip!

Beware, but respond. Your wife is pregnant, and you’re worried. Ozone levels spike higher and higher. But both of you have good jobs. You can’t just up and leave, moving to a place …

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Environmental Politics

Love Your Lungs: Transit Dilemma

Consider air quality when planning your commute. It’s clear that how we choose to commute affects our air quality. But does our mode of transit determine how many pollutants reach …

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Environmental Politics

When Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (and Lungs)

It’s time to pay attention to “no burn” days. Tis the season for relentless episodes of national-newsworthy air pollution in the Salt Lake Valley—air that reaches the unhealthy ran …

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Astrology, Expand

Metaphors for the Month: January 2018

There is only change. Osho Zen Tarot: Maturity, Conditioning, Slowing Down Medicine Cards: Butterfly Beaver Mayan Oracle: Chicchan, Complex Stability Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Prince …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Heal

A Sifu’s Story

Standing on sacred ground. Toni Lock started practicing tai chi 20 years ago after a dear friend and “soul sister” said she should try it. She had been teaching aerobics at the tim …

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Home, Technology

Love Your Lungs: The Awair Air-Tracking Device

CATALYST has fun with the Awair air-tracking device. AWAIR looks like a minimalist digital clock radio with the phrase “know what’s in the air you breathe” written on the side. Her …

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Connect, Enjoy, Memior

Slightly Off Center: January 2018

For a dancer. Trigger warning: this might make you cry. It made me cry writing it, but it was a joyful cathartic cry. On December 6, our 18-pound 14.5-year-old package of fury, att …

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Astrology

Integration and Preparation

Your astrological path for 2018. Transitional is the key word for 2018. It’s a year of integration, a threshold moment where past, present and future meet to create what happens ne …

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Technology, Think, Transportation

CATALYST test drives a Chevy Bolt EV

An electric car can work with your solar panels for an overall lower carbon footprint. Perhaps the most important part of owning and managing a solar system of your own (SSOYO) is …

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Culture, Think

The Year in Dance 2017

Arts called into the service of protest. The year 2017 got off to a gloomy start with the inauguration of Donald “Two Left Feet” Trump replacing the always graceful Barack Obama as …

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Environmental Politics, Health

Love Your Lungs: Get Proactive!

Here are some simple daily choices that can make a difference in your personal health and for the community. Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and …

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Live

The Urban Almanac: January 2018

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. Jan 1  Sunrise: 7:51am. Sunset: 5:11pm. Max. temp: 35 degrees; min. 23 degrees. Snow fall for the month: 11 …

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Environmental Politics

Legislative Watch: Let the Sausage-Making Begin

Headway predicted for clean air and renewables; climate change to be addressed for the first time. HEAL Utah is a local nonprofit focused on issues at the interface of public and e …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: January 2018

Environmental news from around the state and the West. Monument downsizing travesty On December 4, 2017 President Trump flew to Salt Lake City to announce that he would slash the s …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Guest Editorial: A New Take on Inversions

“Proactive” is the word. It’s winter in Utah and that means skiing and snow, but also our dreaded inversions. My research focuses on air quality and associated health effects, and …

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Connect, Nature, Outdoor

Environews: Monument Downsizing Travesty

On December 4, 2017 President Trump flew to Salt Lake City to announce that he would slash the size of two Utah National Monuments. Bears Ears National Monument was cut by 85%, wit …

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Environmental Politics, Live, Move, Think

Environews: Stewart Proposes Fake National Park

In an effort to block lawsuits seeking to restore the boundaries of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT-2) has introduced a bill to crea …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Curtis tries to sabotage Bears Ears

Utah’s newest member of Congress has already jumped on the anti-public lands bandwagon. In December, John Curtis (R-UT-3, replacing Jason Chaffetz who stepped down in June 2017) sp …

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Connect, Health

Breathing Stories: Utah voices for clean air

In the 2017 State of the Air report, the American Lung Association ranked Salt Lake City’s air quality as the sixth worst in the nation, giving Utah as a whole an “F” for ozone and …

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Connect, Enjoy, Entertainment

Movies to see at Sundance 2018

Genesis 2.0 / Courtesy of Sundance Institute One hundred and ten feature-length films were selected for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. These films (selected from 13,468) represen …

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Connect, Think

Environews: Lake Powell Pipeline public comments due 2/16

The Lake Powell Pipeline water boondoggle moved forward in December when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved an environmental review for the 140-mile-long water proje …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Methane rule delayed

Methane is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change. Oil and gas fields commonly vent methane into the air. A 2016 Methane Rule to stop the practice survived Trum …

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Community

Funds were raised. Fun was had.

Thank you to everyone who showed up, volunteered, donated to the silent auction, sponsored, and shared their artistic talents on November 30, 2017 at The State Room! It was truly a …

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