July 2017

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July 2017

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Community Profiles, Connect, Environmental Politics, Politics, Think

On the road with BLM paleontologist Alan Titus

  An open letter to Secretary Zinke For five hours I drove from Capitol Hill, in Salt Lake City, through the same famous redrock landscapes you flew over—Bryce Canyon, Kodachr …

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Arts, Community Profiles, Environmental Politics, Mindfulness

Report from Dark Mountain: An encounter with Paul Kingsnorth

“Ecocide demands a response. That response is too important to be left to politicians, economists, conceptual thinkers, number crunchers; too all-pervasive to be left to activists …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Mindfulness

University of Utah opens new mindfulness clinic

Many mindfulness meditation centers are studying what seems to have become the great hope of alternative medicine. But here in Salt Lake City, we may now have not only the newest, …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Bears Ears National Monument comment period extended

Ten important facts you should know (don’t believe the political lies). Ever since the 1800s, when all Indian people residing in the Bears Ears were forcibly removed, we have griev …

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Mindfulness, Spirituality & Mysticism

Mindfulness is a simple practice of awareness.

Here’s how to begin: 1. Notice how you are feeling. If you feel a slight breeze, go into the feeling. If you feel achy, notice every nuance of the ache, then notice something else. …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Expand, Mindfulness, Spirituality & Mysticism

An awakening in Salt Lake healthcare?

University of Utah opens new mindfulness clinic Eric looks on as Michael Riquino and Sarah Priddy, UofU social work PhD students,experiment in the lab. Many mindfulness meditation …

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Health, Live, Pets

Pets & Fireworks

Apocolypse? Your dogs may think so; here are ways to calm their anxiety. If you have a sound-sensitive beast, Fourth of July—heck, pretty much all of July—is a nighttime trial. Sal …

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Community, Connect, Energy, Environmental Politics, Nature, Outdoor

Seven Canyons Trust to daylight hidden water

Seven Canyons Trust to daylight hidden water People who lived in Salt Lake City during the 1983 floods still remember that, despite the disaster, there was something magical about …

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Energy, Environmental Politics, Technology, Urban Planning

Utah Foundation to coal communities: Diversify

Utah Foundation to coal communities: Diversify President Trump says he will bring back coal, but a series of three reports on Utah’s coal counties from the Utah Foundation says tha …

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Dining Out, Eat, Enjoy, Expand, Food & Health

Slightly Off Center: Box food revolution

I am never going to be a Foodie. Maybe it is due to a linguistic bias. I have a visceral reaction to words that end that way; hoodie, goodies, veggies, panties and Denny are among …

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Community, Environmental Politics, Nature, Outdoor

Bonanza Flat rescued in the nick of time

Bonanza Flat rescued in the nick of time The story of Bonanza Flat might have been grief for another lost place, but it turned out to be an affirming example of community coming to …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Bears Ears National Monument comment period extended

Ten important facts you should know (don’t believe the political lies). Ever since the 1800s, when all Indian people residing in the Bears Ears were forcibly removed, we have griev …

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Community, Energy, Environmental Politics, Outdoor, Politics, Social Justice, Urban Planning

White Mesa Uranium Mill

Given the grief caused to Utah by uranium mining in the past, it is surprising that the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands submitted comments to Trump’s Monument R …

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Connect, Energy, Environmental Politics, Politics, Technology, Transportation

Cleaner cars, cleaner air

Cleaner cars, cleaner air Have you noticed those PZEV labels on new cars? That stands for “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” and it’s a big deal for Utah air quality. After the 2017 …

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Health, Live, Pets

Pets & Fireworks

Apocolypse? Your dogs may think so; here are ways to calm their anxiety. If you have a sound-sensitive beast, Fourth of July—heck, pretty much all of July—is a nighttime trial. Sal …

READ MORE

Community Profiles, Connect, Environmental Politics, Politics, Think

On the road with BLM paleontologist Alan Titus

  An open letter to Secretary Zinke For five hours I drove from Capitol Hill, in Salt Lake City, through the same famous redrock landscapes you flew over—Bryce Canyon, Kodachr …

READ MORE

Arts, Community Profiles, Environmental Politics, Mindfulness

Report from Dark Mountain: An encounter with Paul Kingsnorth

“Ecocide demands a response. That response is too important to be left to politicians, economists, conceptual thinkers, number crunchers; too all-pervasive to be left to activists …

READ MORE

Community Profiles, Connect, Expand, Mindfulness, Spirituality & Mysticism

An awakening in Salt Lake healthcare?

University of Utah opens new mindfulness clinic Eric looks on as Michael Riquino and Sarah Priddy, UofU social work PhD students,experiment in the lab. Many mindfulness meditation …

READ MORE

Mindfulness, Spirituality & Mysticism

Mindfulness is a simple practice of awareness.

Here’s how to begin: 1. Notice how you are feeling. If you feel a slight breeze, go into the feeling. If you feel achy, notice every nuance of the ache, then notice something else. …

READ MORE

Community Profiles, Connect, Mindfulness

University of Utah opens new mindfulness clinic

Many mindfulness meditation centers are studying what seems to have become the great hope of alternative medicine. But here in Salt Lake City, we may now have not only the newest, …

READ MORE

Connect, Eat, Enjoy, Live, Think

Urban Almanac: July 2017

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden & natural world by Diane Olson, Anna Zumwalt and Greta deJong July 1 Dawn breaks at 3:55am. Sun rises at 6:00 A.M., s …

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Garden, Local Harvest

Orach: Nutritious, attractive and easy to grow!

The scene was the annual seed swap at the Sorenson Center about eight years ago. This guy had a large bag of reddish seeds that resembled parsnip seeds, only they weren’t. “They ca …

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Metaphors for July 2017

Awake and engaged will get you through the month (and beyond). Osho Zen Tarot: Experiencing, Morality, Guidance Medicine Cards: Lynx, Otter Mayan Oracle: Portal of Transcendence, H …

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Arts, Community

Andrea Heidinger’s “Shared Artifacts”

Community-sourced art project employs archaeological perspective. Andrea Henkels Heidinger has been creating art with post-consumer waste—or, as she calls it, “post-consumer artifa …

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Gulp, Bonk, Stiff, Spook and Grunt

The curious world of Mary Roach. If Mary Roach is the “bottom feeder of non-fiction,” then I am the parasite that feeds on the bottom feeder. The Kudoa septemlineata on her flounde …

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Garden

Making Compost Extracts

One pound of compost becomes a feast for the whole garden. Wow! I have waaaaaaaay too much high-grade compost!” said no gardener ever. Generating that much rich, dark garden goodne …

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Swooning Over Crooner Isaak

I’ve been chatting up Chris Isaak fans. As much as they love his music or his teeth, his hair, or his overall crooner self, what they really want to talk about is his live shows. I …

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Prose Garden

Keeping track. Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return. — E. M. Forster   …

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