Editor’s Notebook

BY Bobbi Lewin

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May 31, 2014

The Arabic word, Laziz, means tasty, enjoyable, and lighthearted. Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity couldn’t have chosen a better word to label their brand of Middle Eastern spreads. I first became aware of these guys in December when Utah’s ban on marria …

BY Katherine Pioli

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May 31, 2014

There is a phrase I learned as a wildland firefighter, “hydrate or die.” We said it to each other mostly in jest, though in the back of our minds we must have known that, in our line of work, it carried literal truth. Some of the men I worked with carr …

BY Paige Guion

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May 31, 2014

At the time of writing, the ibogaine had seemed to work. Guion’s story reported eight months of post-treatment sobriety. Her daughter had even begun making plans to travel and teach. But tempering the good news, Guion confronted the fact that addiction …

BY Sophie Silverstone

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May 31, 2014

The Saturday night downpour at this year’s Building Man Festival was heavy enough to deal a fatal blow to any DJ’s laptop on the nearby Solar Saucer (that solar-powered spaceship-looking contraption often seen around town at farmer’s markets, Gallery S …

BY Katherine Pioli

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May 31, 2014

Shane Stott and his Zen Float is a prime example of local innovation starting from a spirit of curiosity and learning. Stott built his first floatation tank in his own house using instructions he found online. After altering and perfecting his tank, St …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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May 29, 2013

In 1973, then-National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger said, “Who control the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls the money can control the world.” On Saturday, May 25, 2013, over two mil …

BY Alice Toler

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May 29, 2013

In a way, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling has done us all a favor when it comes to recruiting individual enrollment in the democratic process: Bring up campaign finance reform at a dinner party and you’re liable to be met by a room …

BY Katherine Pioli

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May 29, 2013

The city counted on creating an overwhelming environment to get what they wanted. We warned them. We told them that we would fight every step of the way,” an impassioned Jeff Salt told me during a recent phone interview. The topic of our conversation w …

BY Shane Farver

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May 29, 2013

It may look to the casual passerby like an urban sacrifice zone—the area encompassing foundaries, factories and warehouses that have seen better, more purposeful days. Along with the concrete silos, abandoned scrap iron recycling yard and an auto body …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 29, 2013

In October 2012, Interior Secre­tary Ken Salazar signed a record of decision creating a program for utility-scale solar energy on public lands in Arizona, Cali­for­nia, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. This sounds like a positive step in the righ …

BY Adele Flail

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May 29, 2013

One congregation here in Utah is already providing a model for what we may see as more and diverse people of faith organizing to protect the environment. The First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, located at 569 South and 1300 East, has already embr …

BY Alice Toler

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May 29, 2013

I used to hate my allergies. What’s to like about them? When I get a good snootful of pollen, it feels like my brain is trying to evacuate itself through my sinuses. Sometimes I start to teeter into asthmatic territory. I lose my ability to think prope …

BY Diane Olson

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May 29, 2013

Flukes, also called trematodes, are a type of parasitic flatworm that infests everything from ants to elephants. Ranging in size from 0.2 to 4 inches, they resemble leaves or pieces of ribbon with big, leech-like suckers; have no respiratory or sense o …

BY Todd Mangum

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May 29, 2013

Through the third chakra we begin to access the astral planes —more subtle frequencies of energy than are experienced through our five senses alone. This center is receptive to the impulses that inform our “gut instinct,” that way of knowing without kn …

BY David Jensen

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May 29, 2013

If you ask the average person for an opinion about snakes, the result will range from unbridled excitement to utter revulsion. As a confirmed, self-diagnosed snake addict, I fall into the first category. I have loved snakes since I was a kid, and the k …

BY John deJong

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May 31, 2014

Wealth in the 21st Century: Piketty economics. —by John deJong I admit I’m having a hard time reading Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-first Century (2014: Harvard University Press), the much-touted as well as taunted book by the French economist …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 31, 2014

New bridges in Sugarhouse, Utah moves up in bicycle-friendliness ratings, hidden water, and not so hidden water (as much as jeep owners would like it to be). —by Amy Brunvand Sugar House Draw opens June 6 marks the grand opening of the Sugar House Draw …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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May 31, 2014

Dear Gozilla. —by Dennis Hinkamp Dear Godzilla: I hope this finds you happy and well. I was unable to find your email, but I hope your personal assistant will direct this letter to you via social media. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome …

BY Pax Rasmussen

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May 31, 2014

News and ideas for a healthier, more sustainable future.—by Pax Rasmussen Dirty Dozen’s 2014 Shopper Guide Environmental Working Group has released their 2014 Shopper Guide to Pesticides in Produce, including their “Dirty Dozen” list of most-contaminat …

BY Charlotte Bell

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May 31, 2014

Being Mr. Mosier—by Charlotte Bell I remember almost nothing of my eighth grade science class. The teacher, Mr. Mosier, appears to me only as a vague outline—a mild-mannered older guy in a cardigan sweater. The one thing I do recall from his class is i …

BY Katherine Pioli

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May 31, 2014

What’s new around town.by Katherine Pioli, Sophie Silverstone, Jeannette Culas, & Katy Yeaky RIP friendly librarian assistant Just the other day I visited our lovely public library and, I must admit, I was really impressed with the stack of books I …

BY Marlene Lambert

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May 31, 2014

20 years of healing through music.by Marlena Lambert Last year, more than a million YouTube viewers met “Henry,” an Alzheimer’s patient transformed by the healing power of music. This year, thousands of residents in nursing homes and other facilities o …

BY Charlotte Bell

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May 31, 2014

When fancy yoga poses serve your ego, but no longer your body?by Charlotte Bell More than 20 years ago I decided to ingest only foods that would contribute to my health and well-being, and avoid “non-foods” that have no nutritional value, things like c …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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May 31, 2014

June is your “Grand Canyon.” Pace yourself! Osho Zen Tarot: Fool, Celebration, Understanding, HarmonyMedicine Cards: Rabbit, OwlMayan Oracle: Chuen, Rhythm, UnityAncient Egyptian Tarot: Five of Disks, Sun, FoolAleister Crowley Deck: Lovers, Ace of Disk …