June 2015

BY Alice Toler

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May 31, 2015

Margaret Sanger’s mother went through 18 pregnancies, giving birth to 11 live children. She died exhausted, turbeculitic, and suffering with cervical cancer, at the age of 49. Margaret grew up to become a nurse working in the slums of the East Side of …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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May 31, 2015

When sexologist Alfred Kinsey published the first Kinsey Reports in 1947 and 1953, 6% of the women questioned had had sex by age 16, compared to 21% of 16-year-old males. It was before the Pill; before the Summer of Love (1967, for all you youngsters); …

BY Giuliana Serena

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May 30, 2015

Fertility awareness (often referred to as the Fertility Awareness Method or FAM) is a practice of making real-time observations of a variety of fertility signs made by the female body, to determine one’s likelihood of fertility on any given day of the …

BY Merry Lycett Harrison

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May 30, 2015

Throughout the ages, some plants have been counted on as the best hope for prevention of pregnancy and have been used as either a spermicide or as an abortifacient. In researching the topic, I learn that the phytochemicals provided by the herbs work al …

BY Alice Toler

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May 30, 2015

Babies are a joy, but the results of unwanted pregnancies range from the problematic to the downright dangerous. Humans have always been concerned with controlling when we have babies, and how many babies we have; in fact, contraception was so importan …

BY Staff

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May 30, 2015

Pregnant. I sat on the bathroom floor stunned by what I read on my at-home pregnancy test. I had gone through the what-if-I’m-pregnant scenario in my head every month of my life since my first period, even if I hadn’t had sex that month, but this time …

BY Diane Olson

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May 30, 2015

Christy Bills has a crazy cool job. As entomologist and collections manager at the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU), she spends much of her time playing detective. Her inbox is eternally full of “OMG! What is it?!” emails containing the bug versio …

BY Staff

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May 30, 2015

We’ve all heard that classic organic gardening mantra, “Feed the soil, not the plants.” But what does that mean exactly, and who is it I’m feeding? Can’t I just dump on some Miracle Gro, like the infomercial tells me? No, you can’t—not if you want to g …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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May 31, 2015

Think (and listen) first: Planning an astro- and tarot-based strategy for June. —by Suzanne Wagner Osho Zen Tarot: Abundance, Patience, Playfulness Medicine Cards: Lynx, Hummingbird Mayan Oracle: Cib, Chicchan Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Prince of Cups, Wh …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 31, 2015

Global Water Dances: Dancing for clean water everywhere. —by Amy Brunvand In her book Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide, Andrea Olsen says when you meet a river you should ask it questions: Where do you start and where do you end? Who puts things i …

BY Jerry Rapier

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May 31, 2015

Putting a face with a name. —by Jerry Rapier Tom Clark’s simultaneously singular and universal story of love found and lost is given new life in Utah filmmaker Genéa Gaudet’s vibrant short documentary Elder. Born in Alaska and raised in Rome, Tom knew …

BY Staff

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May 31, 2015

Spring is finally warming up, promising luxuriously long summer days and bountiful gardens. This is my favorite time of year—farmers market season is beginning, it’s not too, too hot, and the variety and diversity of fresh produce increases greatly. —b …

BY Staff

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May 31, 2015

Tastes good, feels good, easy and inexpensive to make. —by Nicole deVaney The latest health craze has been around for thousands of years. In most countries today, people continue to use bones, hooves and feet to create bone broth. Back when most people …

BY Charlotte Bell

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May 31, 2015

Finding continunity: Utthita Parsvakonasana. —by Charlotte Bell Name a very basic pose you’ve never seen described in this column. Extra points if you don’t look at the photo. I don’t actually expect anyone to remember, even though this month’s pose ha …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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May 30, 2015

Dronie of Your Ownie. —by Dennis Hinkamp Have you always wanted to fly, and to be an innovator, a criminal and strict constitutionalist all at the same time? It’s easy; just fly a drone. Packages are available at prices ranging from $35 to $12 million. …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 30, 2015

Environmental news from around the state and the West. —by Amy Brunvand Water audit reveals big problems The Utah Rivers Council has been telling us for years that the Utah Division of Water Resources is inflating projections for future water needs in …