March 2017

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March 2017

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Intuitive Arts

Metaphors for the Month: March 2017

Intuitive patterns for March 2017. Osho Zen Tarot: Harmony, Beyond Illusion, Fighting Medicine Cards: Coyote, Crow Mayan Oracle: Ben, Rhythm, Men Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Two of Cup …

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Culture

Not One Drop

Difficult families, bad behavior and spiders by Morag Shepherd. Throughout my life, sometimes the only way for me to exit a difficult experience is to psychologically die to—let go …

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Culture

Persian New Year

Celebrate and ancient rite of spring. Looking for a way to celebrate spring? You might give Norooz (also spelled Nowruz), the celebration of the Persian New Year, a try. An ancient …

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Garden

Garden Like a Boss: Cover Crops

Get a jump on spring. Within days of last month’s thaw, I was in the garden. Overwintered spinach and kale have repeatedly filled my plate and my belly. Some of the sweetest carrot …

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Health

“Greener” Grass for SLC’s Parks?

The Healthy Babies Bright Futures project catalyzes a plan to reduce landscape toxins. Most people these days would agree that chemical exposure is generally bad for our bodies, bu …

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Yoga

Yoga: Give Your Body Some Gratitude

The past few years have given me a bit of a wake-up call. My body, which has always been very low maintenance, has been sending me a big message: “Stop taking me for granted!” Almo …

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Think

Letter: Cultural Appropriation

January CATALYST’s cover was controversial for some. CATALYST, Thanks for providing a forum for alternative voices here in Utah. I’m a Mexican-American/Punjabi man who was raised m …

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Citizen scientist Adrian Dybwad

Monitoring our environment using the internet of things. Adrian Dybwad (pron. Dyb-wad), from South Africa, settled on the north bench of Draper, Utah in 2008 to follow his passion …

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Bright Ideas Reap Rewards

Local inventors accept the Bright Skies, Clean Air challenge. Joel Ewell is a Salt Lake native, and a tinkerer, one with an electric engineering background to be precise. His combi …

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Environmental Politics

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Secretly under siege. Internal threats to public federal lands in Utah have been ramping up lately—the Public Lands Initiative proposed by Rep. Rob Bishop and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, …

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Connect, Environmental Politics

Walking with John

We’re off to gather story ideas. Sustainability—the property of biological systems to remain diverse and productive indefinitely—is the eco-buzz-word of the decade. Next thing you …

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Slightly Off Center

Outrageous. All I’m hearing lately is the howling outrage from both sides of the thousand-sided political spectrum. Formerly sane friends are ordering me to cut and paste, forward, …

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Think

No butts about it: Your cigarettes kill everything

Dear Umbra, I’m a full-time environmental activist living on an anti-aviation protest camp. When I first came here, I was shocked by the number of environmentalists who smoke tobac …

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Outdoor, Urban Planning

Tanner Park to Sugarhouse Park

Bike/pedestrian path nears completion. The development of Parley’s Trail over the past 16 years has led to a convenient and scenic way for bikers and pedestrians to traverse the Sa …

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Arts, Enjoy, Gatherings

Cantana on the topic of courageous women

Mary Lou Prince, composer At 74 years old, Eleanor Roosevelt traveled through the Tennessee countryside, a $25,000 bounty placed on her head by the KKK, to teach a workshop on civi …

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Politics, Think

Passing the long-stalled ERA important again

The things we take for granted. Did you know that only 100 years ago, in 1917, American women still did not have the right to vote?
That changed in 1920, due to the persistent effo …

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Alternative Therapies, Heal

PTSD trials approved for MDMA

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) sponsored six Phase 2 studies of MDMA, treating a total of 130 PTSD patients. Phase 3 research will include at leas …

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Alternative Therapies, Heal, Politics

Kratom and the DEA: so far, so good (and a reason to thank Sen. Hatch)

Startled by the immediate and widespread opposition to their proposed emergency ban of kratom in the fall of last year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) backtracked o …

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Nature, Outdoor, Urban Planning

Pave paradise? Dimple Dell development

Dimple Dell Regional Park, a 646-acre Salt Lake County public wildlife preserve in Sandy, Utah, is identified as Open Space in the Salt Lake County Park System Master Plan. It is c …

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Community Profiles, Environmental Politics, Think

SLC Air Protectors

Meet Salt Lake City’s newest activist organization The SLC Air Protectors, inspired by Standing Rock, is a Native American-led inclusive organization to recruit volunteers, raise a …

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Environmental Politics, Nature

Utah, a model for bison restoration

Bison are nomadic and are going to go where they want to go. They are not easily contained with fences. – Bates & Hersey, 2016 Utah is a model for restoring wild bison to their …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Two resolutions against national monuments, and the aftermath

In February, Governor Gary Herbert signed two resolutions opposing Utah national monuments: HCR11, “Urging the President to Rescind the Bears Ears national Monument Designation,” a …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Secret water plans and other shenanigans

The Utah Rivers Council (URC) called fake news on an announcement from the Utah Division of Water Resources that the Bear River Project could be delayed due to slower than expected …

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Community, Energy

100% renewable energy for Moab

Last month the City Council of Moab, Utah passed a resolution committing to 100% renewable electricity by 2032. The city cited the threat of climate change to the booming recreatio …

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Environmental Politics

2017 Conservation in the West poll

The 2017 Conservation in the West poll from Colorado College asked a surprising question: “Donald Trump has said that he will follow in the footsteps of President Theodore Roosevel …

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Connect, Environmental Politics

Environews March 2017

Utah, a model for bison restoration Bison are nomadic and are going to go where they want to go. They are not easily contained with fences. – Bates & Hersey, 2016 Utah is a mod …

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