Editor’s Notebook

 

BY Lori Mertz

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March 1, 2016

A bike accident, in 2001, led to my first traumatic brain injury. Then, in April 2015, a driver made an illegal turn in front of my car and I ran into her side. I may have briefly lost consciousness, just a few seconds, but it was enough to re-ignite a …

BY Dan Schmidt

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March 1, 2016

In the marvelously simple words of international educator Dr. Paul Linden, “Trauma is overwhelm”—overwhelm of both our capabilities and our defenses. Addressing any traumatic injury must include re-integrating a sense of wholeness and capability—not th …

BY Staff

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March 1, 2016

Marking the centenary of Dada’s Cabaret Voltaire, anarchists and avant-gardes gathered Weller Book Works last month in the hopes of making as little sense as possible. Wearing paper masks, tin-can hats and underwater goggles, audience members were trea …

BY Amy Brunvand

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March 1, 2016

Putting the arts in Utah’s (underfunded) public education. —by Amy Brunvand One of the rites of parenthood is sitting through your children’s dance recitals, although The Music Man musical essentially gets it right that proud parents are willing to ove …

BY James Loomis

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March 1, 2016

Goodbye ice, goodbye snow. Good­bye frozen fingers, see you later frozen toes. Hello, wee bit of daylight after dinnertime. Nice to have you back sunshine. Although February frequently teased us with glimpses of spring, March is the real deal. When the …

BY Ralfee Finn

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March 2, 2016

It’s another week of twists, turns, ups, downs, and pole tilts, personal as well as planetary. And while it may seem that I’m exaggerating, it’s important to remember that we are still in the wake of seven powerful astral storms, symbolized by the seve …

BY Sophie Silverstone

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March 7, 2016

Publik Coffee Roasters’ “coming soon” sign hung on the door of the former Two Creeks building for several years, due to construction and City Planning setbacks. Last month, Publik’s Avenues location (502 E. 3rd Avenue) finally opened its doors. – By Z. …

BY Charlotte Bell

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March 7, 2016

– By Charlotte Bell If you’ve attended arts events in Salt Lake City and beyond—Ballet West, Sundance Film Festival, Utah Opera and, back in the day, Grateful Dead shows, to name a few—you’ve probably encountered David Littlefield. A passionate fan of …

BY Sophie Silverstone

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March 7, 2016

Just a reminder that CATALYST’s “Metaphors” columnist, Suzanne Wagner, will be in Utah March 21-April 11. In addition to her Wild Women Symposium, April 1-3, at the Leonardo and “Elemental Feminine—Radical Spirituality and Ma­gi­kal Storytelling” works …

BY Amy Brunvand

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March 4, 2016

– By Amy Brunvand A group of University of Utah students from a Global Change & Society course are trying to clean the air with the MovingU project to reduce automobile traffic to the University of Utah campus. MovingU uses social media, a sustaina …

BY Amy Brunvand

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March 4, 2016

– By Amy Brunvand The Wasatch Front Regional Council has created a “story map” showing the walkability of 1,200 blocks throughout the Wasatch Front. Walking is beneficial in countless ways from promoting physical fitness and mindfulness to protecting a …

BY Amy Brunvand

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March 4, 2016

– By Amy Brunvand Utah writer and environmental advocate Terry Tempest Williams is following in the footsteps of “Bidder 70” Tim DeChristopher, who spent two years in prison for monkeywrenching a 2008 BLM oil and gas lease sale in order to call attenti …

BY Amy Brunvand

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March 4, 2016

– By Amy Brunvand Not only is the State of Utah preparing an expensive (and secret) lawsuit trying to grab control of federal public lands, Utah is also making a habit of suing the federal government in order to avoid complying with other environmental …

BY Amy Brunvand

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March 4, 2016

– By Amy Brunvand The Armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon by anti-government extremists ended after 41 days with one protestor dead. In the aftermath, ringleaders Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his two sons have been ind …

BY Z. Smith

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March 4, 2016

Opening nights have a peculiar energy; there is this serious nervousness that pervades every aspect, causing little hiccups to pop and peek at the most inopportune times. The light cues may be a moment late, the lines may either be a little too fast or …

BY John deJong

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March 1, 2016

The Altar of Intention. —by John deJong The best part of the best party in the universe isn’t about partying at all. It’s the Temple burn at Burning Man. Each year for the last fifteen years there has been a temple dedicated to those who have passed in …

BY Amy Brunvand

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March 1, 2016

Environmental news from around the state and the West. —by Amy Brunvand Representative Mike Noel (R-Kanab), always an outspoken anti-environmentalist, has introduced the Utah Public Land Management Act in the Utah Legislature just in case the State of …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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March 1, 2016

Speech writing 101. —by Dennis Hinkamp A few times in my life, I’ve been asked to write speeches for important people with writer’s block. It’s a frustrating process because you want the person to sound witty and intelligent but not like you. Wait, wha …

BY Staff

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March 1, 2016

Current issues with simple actions that can make a difference. —by Paul Duane We are in the thick of the Utah Legis­lative session. A lot has already happened, yet there is much work to be done still. Two of this month’s catalysts deal with local legis …

BY Staff

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March 1, 2016

Bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth. —by Jennifer Nii I wrote Kingdom of Heaven, a play with music about a Mor­mon woman confronting questions about gender, faith, and relationships, because I had questions. Over the past several years, our communi …

BY Staff

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March 1, 2016

Your relationship with stuff—and how the stuff affects your relationships! —by Marla Dee Let’s get real right now. I challenge you to be honest with yourself as you read. Then get ready for a change to happen. I am here to tell the truth – your stuff w …

BY Sophie Silverstone

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March 1, 2016

Jill Franklyn opened the Original Oil Shop in downtown Salt Lake last fall. – By Sophie Silverstone The 300 sq. ft, tranquilly decorated shop in the front space of Impact Hub on State Street (the former site of Zim’s Crafts, has a display of over 250 e …

BY Staff

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March 1, 2016

What’s new around town. Original Oil Shop specializes in the essentials Jill Franklyn opened the Original Oil Shop in downtown Salt Lake last fall. The 300 sq. ft, tranquilly decorated shop in the front space of Impact Hub on State Street (the former s …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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March 1, 2016

Risk trusting the heart connections. —by Suzanne Wagner Osho Zen Tarot: Ordinariness, Friendliness, Patience Medicine Cards: Dolphin, Antelope Mayan Oracle: Resolution of Duality, Ix, Dissonance Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Six of Disks, High Priestess, Pri …

BY Diane Olson

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March 1, 2016

A monthly compendium of wisdom for the home, garden and natural world. —by Diane Olson MARCH 1 LAST QUARTER MOON This month was named for Mars, the Roman god of war and agriculture. MARCH 2 March has two birthstones. Aquamarines, long believed to come …

BY Alice Toler

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March 1, 2016

Is this your year to become a beekeeper? March is your month to consider the types of bees and hives available, and place your order. You want to be all set up for the bees, which will arrive in April. Then the fun begins! What kind of hive? • Langstro …