BY Alice Toler

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May 16, 2014

Why light a bonfire? This question goes to the very root of what it means to be human. Fire made us who we are, and our relationship with it continues to define us. We’ve been using fire to cook food for some 1.9 million years (since long before we bec …

BY Alice Toler

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May 4, 2014

Everybody loves a cheery campfire, and a big bonfire is even more fun, but exactly how much carbon are you releasing into the atmosphere every time you light up a pile of logs? Usefully, the average 10-year-old Christmas tree (when dry) weighs about th …

BY Jodi Mardesich Smith

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May 4, 2014

To get a sense of how popular kombucha is, you need to go no further than your local Whole Foods and see the many rows of various branded and flavored bottles of the probiotic tea, referred to by many as a healthy elixir. All of those bottles were ship …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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May 4, 2014

This planting guide reflects some of the changes occurring in the city garden. With the rise of raised beds, intensive planting, vertical gardening and no-till methods, planting charts of yesteryear are less useful. In this chart you’ll find these impr …

BY Katherine Pioli

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May 4, 2014

A relaxing retirement is well earned by Ardean Watts. But he doesn’t seem keen on spending it reclined in an overstuffed chair. Watts, after all, has always been a man of activity and engagement. One of Salt Lake’s living institutions, Watts spent the …

BY Molly Young

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May 4, 2014

There’s the music. And then there are the people who bring the music to town, and who provide a venue that suits the sound. The State Room, appropriately located at 638 So. State St., turned five this spring. My dearest passion is experiencing music pe …

BY Katherine Pioli

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May 4, 2014

Rocky Mountain Power knows that its customers want to feel good about the energy they buy and use. Mining natural gas by fracking, coal by mountain top removal, high carbon footprints and excessive greenhouse gases, though natural consequences of our c …

BY Sophie Silverstone

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May 4, 2014

When the world gets too noisy. When the everyday drama no longer intrigues. When you’re looking for some inner ease. “Medi­ta­­tion is a companion to have throughout life, like a best friend we turn to when things get hard to deal with and we are in ne …

BY John deJong

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May 4, 2014

John checks in from his adventuring in Spain. Dispatches from Spain: John shares a trip celebrating the memory of his mother with Greta, Sophie and Rachel When John deJong was very young, his family lived in Spain. RoseMary deJong, his mother, died las …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 4, 2014

NV rancher provokes public lands brawl; San Juan ATVs to stage illegal ride; Dirty fuels, clean futures; Oil spills & water pollution; Sprawl in Utah. Nevada Rancher provokes public lands brawl In April a public lands dispute erupted dangerously cl …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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May 4, 2014

A farewell to Randy Wirth, Caffe Ibis cofounder. I can’t claim to have been a longtime friend of Randy Wirth but I was a longtime acquaintance. We were both steadfast members of the old-guys-in-Speedos-eeewww (OGISE) club. We were fit, fast and still d …

BY Pax Rasmussen

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May 4, 2014

New ideas for a healthier, more sustainable future. Fix your lawn, without the nasty Having lawn problems, but don’t want to resort to the dangerous chemicals most Americans spray about? Organicgardening.com published this handy guide, and their soluti …

BY Charlotte Bell

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May 4, 2014

Get out of your chair. We all do it. Every day. Hunched over a computer, grasping a steering wheel, slouched on the couch or settled onto a meditation cushion—we all sit, sometimes for hours at a time. We take sitting in chairs for granted. It’s the go …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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May 4, 2014

Moving through the desolate desert of May. Osho Zen Tarot: Moment to Moment, Projections, Understanding Medicine Cards: Wolf, Otter Mayan Oracle: Transformer, Measure, Cimi Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Eight of Swords, Eight of Cups, Ten of Cups Aleister Cr …