May 2020

On the Cover

BY Emily Spacek

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May 2, 2020

The following story is one of three collective stories (see “Community Cats” and “Meet the Cat Avenger: Julie Davis”) on feral felines and the women who love them.  One cat leads to another. What mostly keeps community cat advocates and volunteers invo …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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May 2, 2020

The following is one of three collective stories (see “Community Cats” and “Monica’s Story”) on feral felines and the women who love them.  Julie Davis has helped trap colonies from Nephi to Wendover to Snowville to Logan to Wallsburg and many areas in …

BY Julie Davis

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May 2, 2020

Stories of caring for the feral felines among us. Editor’s note: In cartoons and children’s literature, it’s usually the stray cats and dogs that seem to have the most fun—the charming, freedom-loving, rule-breaking misfits whose lives are one grand ad …

BY Kim Angeli

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May 2, 2020

As gardening interest blooms, neighbors find a way to help each other. With the COIVD-19 pandemic exposing the vulnerabilities of our global supply systems —trade corridors shutting down, migrant workers stuck at borders, large scale farms tilling crop …

BY Carolynn Bottino

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May 2, 2020

And now a word from your bookkeeper. I had my first breakdown on Wed­nesday afternoon, March 25. I was sitting at my desk and this overwhelming sadness hit me as I read a simple email from one of my favorite bookkeeping clients: “I have terminated ever …


BY Greta Belanger deJong

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May 2, 2020

May 1  Average temperatures today: high 67º, low 45º. Sunrise: 6:25am. Sunset: 8:24pm. May 2  Stuck in the house with a well-stocked pantry but out of ketchup? Make your own: https://bit.ly/3eVcrIX May 3  What to plant in the garden this month: beans, …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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May 2, 2020

Accept help from others now; build inner strength to withstand storms on the horizon Osho Zen Tarot:  Stress, We are the World, The Dream Medicine Cards: Spider, Hummingbird, Porcupine Mayan Oracle: Men, New Myth, Complex Stability Ancient Egyptian Tar …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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May 2, 2020

New stats to track Every day is Groundhog Day for dogs. The same meal, the same treat, the same walk and the same complaining humans. The most amazing thing about dogs is that they tolerate us. They will discuss this at dog parks as the era of human dy …

BY Charlotte Bell

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May 2, 2020

Maintaining community in quarantine These times of quarantine are challenging us all, one way or another. My yoga studio, Mindful Yoga Collective, has been closed since mid-March, and I’m not sure when we’ll feel safe to open again. Enter Zoom yoga cla …

BY Jeffrey Wang

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May 2, 2020

From college students to office workers to medical professionals, social isolation has taken its toll. Everyday tasks and line items like commuting to work, cafes, and walking to class are now nostalgic memories for many. The need for consistent creati …

BY Kim Angeli

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May 2, 2020

As gardening interest blooms, neighbors find a way to help each other. With the COIVD-19 pandemic exposing the vulnerabilities of our global supply systems —trade corridors shutting down, migrant workers stuck at borders, large scale farms tilling crop …

BY Ellen Fagg-Weist

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May 2, 2020

Literary and performance poet Glenis Redmond’s virtual visit on Thursday , May 7. Say what you want about poetry. Complain that it’s deceptively complicated. Complain about the teacher who made you think you couldn’t correctly interpret a poem’s themes …

BY Brinley Froelich

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May 2, 2020

An impressionistic portrait of love and waiting. At the time of my writing this review, January’s Sundance Film Festival is likely all but forgotten by most people. Writers, directors, actors, and PR folks have moved on. In light of our current confron …

BY Polly Plummer Mottonen

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May 2, 2020

One family’s experience working the pandemic. Watching my 21-year-old getting ready to go off to work at an area hospital emergency department as the pandemic reached Utah, I was struck by the contrasting emotions of pride and fear. So many years of ke …

BY Dan Potts

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May 2, 2020

Fill your freezer with Utah Lake’s white bass. Here’s how! After years of drought, many of Utah’s lakes and their fish have suffered from low water levels. Utah Lake, one of Utah’s most productive lakes, is finally full again and producing some great f …

BY Julie Davis

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May 2, 2020

Stories of caring for the feral felines among us. Editor’s note: In cartoons and children’s literature, it’s usually the stray cats and dogs that seem to have the most fun—the charming, freedom-loving, rule-breaking misfits whose lives are one grand ad …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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May 2, 2020

The following is one of three collective stories (see “Community Cats” and “Monica’s Story”) on feral felines and the women who love them.  Julie Davis has helped trap colonies from Nephi to Wendover to Snowville to Logan to Wallsburg and many areas in …

BY Emily Spacek

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May 2, 2020

The following story is one of three collective stories (see “Community Cats” and “Meet the Cat Avenger: Julie Davis”) on feral felines and the women who love them.  One cat leads to another. What mostly keeps community cat advocates and volunteers invo …

BY Todd Mangum

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May 2, 2020

The key to immunity. Editor’s note: The Chakra Series, by Todd Mangum, MD, first appeared in CATALYST in 1995 and was repeated in 2009 and 2013. These stories remain among the most read in our online library. In 2020 we are bringing you an updated vers …

BY Myron Willson

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May 2, 2020

What you get when you design and construct safe alternatives to driving cars. Cities along the Wasatch Front are growing and evolving. People are moving to the area as they discover the many benefits of our region, including livable and vibrant neighbo …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 2, 2020

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone —Joni Mitchell (Big Yellow Taxi)   Earthquake preparedness Now is a good time to update your family disaster plan. The 5.7 earthquake that shook Magna and surrounding ar …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 4, 2020

Now is a good time to update your family disaster plan. The 5.7 earthquake that shook Magna and surrounding areas on March 18 (followed by 1,370 aftershocks as of April 17) was not quite the Big One, but it was plenty scary. The Utah Seismic Safety Com …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 4, 2020

The area slated for Inland Port development overlies the epicenter of earthquakes that rattled Salt Lake City for several weeks in March and April. What could go wrong? The fault that slipped was not the famous Wasatch Fault; it was a virtually unknown …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 4, 2020

After the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic on March 11, Utahns had to endure spring break with no ski lifts, no national or state parks and no Easter camping trips on federal public lands. At first, tourism boosters, Utah newspapers …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 4, 2020

Even though the price of oil futures plummeted to less than zero during the pandemic (meaning energy production was so much greater than demand that there was no place to store the excess), the Trump Administration is nonetheless set to unleash a tsuna …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 4, 2020

With travel shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic, people along the Wasatch Front got a chance to rediscover our local urban trail system including gems like Bonneville Shoreline Trail, the Jordan River Trail, Parley’s Trail, the Legacy Parkway Trail and …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 4, 2020

The Kane County Water District, led by former Utah legislator Mike Noel, has withdrawn support for the Lake Powell Pipeline project. Now Washington County is the only county still supporting an unnecessary, environmentally damaging and astronomically e …