November 2016

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November 2016

Education, Politics, Social Justice, Think

Utah’s American Indian education plan: SB 14 needs better funding

One piece of legislation easily stood out in the long list of bills from the 2016 Utah state legislative session. At first glance it seemed rather progressive. Though only a resolu …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Social Justice

The INN Between

Utah’s hospice for homeless people, only the second in the nation, assures that no one needs to die “alone, on the street” in Salt Lake City. Of all the ways a human can die, “alon …

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Eat, Expand, Food & Health, Mindfulness

The Soul of Food: Reconciliation

This spring would have been my 10-year anniversary of abstaining from meat. At about 12 years old, I gave up meat for Lent after seeing a classic PETA video. My fast from meat last …

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Expand, Mindfulness

How to Be Happy

I am always on time for my life. Say this to yourself any time you feel stressed or anxious. Then say it any other time you can. Say it repeatedly in sets of 100. Reinforce that th …

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Alternative Therapies, Expand, Heal, Health, Spirituality & Mysticism

Psychedelic Microdosing for Health

A good acquaintance of mine—his name’s not Matt, but he’s asked that his real name be withheld, so let’s call him Matt— was having a generally hard time with the pressures of moder …

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Enjoy, Entertainment

The Urban Almanac: November 2016

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world. NOV 1 For the next couple weeks, we lose an additional three minutes of daylight every day. The rate t …

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Expand, Intuitive Arts, Mindfulness, Spirituality & Mysticism

Metaphors for the Month: November 2016

Intuitive patterns for November 2016. Osho Zen Tarot: Fighting, Existence Medicine Cards: Blank Shield, Fox Mayan Oracle: Organic Balance, Ben, New Myth Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Pri …

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Heal, Health

Health Notes: November 2016

Fall is the dusk of the seasons, and, oh boy, is our sky alight with beautiful sunsets! Now is a time for drawing in, resting, storing the energy of those sunlit summer days in you …

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Alternative Therapies, Arts, Community Profiles, Connect, Eat, Education, Fitness, Food & Health, Heal, Move, Think, Transportation, Urban Planning

Briefly Noted: November 2016

What’s new around town. Utah’s first art therapy studio opens in Millcreek While adult coloring books and “wine and paint nights” are trending, one of three Utah board-certified ar …

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Alternative Therapies, Community Profiles, Connect, Heal

Optimized Mind: Maya Myozen Hill

New practice to Utah: Neurofeedback recalibrates your brain where it’s getting stuck. I am not a therapist,” Maya Myozen Hill reminds me. She is actually an ordained zen monk and f …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Spirituality & Mysticism

A Good Move

Vitalize Community and Healing Arts Studio. Over the past six years, the Vitalize space in Sugar House, across from Whole Foods, hosted an intriguing range of events: a Sunday morn …

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Expand, Intuitive Arts, Mindfulness, Spirituality & Mysticism

Yoga: Why Practice Mindfulness?

A diagnosis of cancer and the experience of equanimity, then gratitude. Last July, I had the good fortune to sit an 18-day meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Ma …

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Education, Think

Change Agents: Education

Education and the act of educating, it’s all so complicated. Is the most important moment in a child’s successful development when they sound out their first words? After all, rese …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Expand, Mindfulness

Walking with John: A walk, a talk, a dance, a book

Things that nourish the soul. I’ve been reading Michael Pollan’s essential Cooked (2013: Penguin), while I take mass transit to and from work. Mass transit, as in I transit my mass …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: BLM yanks TTW leases

Environmental news from around the state and the West. How can you expect the birds to sing when their groves are cut down? – Henry David Thoreau The Bureau of Land Management (BLM …

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Politics, Think

Slightly Off Center: Inside the Locker Room

I’ve stayed mainly silent on the bloviating of the two presidential candidates. Not until Mr. Trump blamed locker room talk for his vapid sexist dialogue did my temper snap like a …

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Arts, Culture, Enjoy, Entertainment

Mundi Project “rehomes” pianos

In 2005, pianist Jana Hanatova  went through a personal life changing experience that inspired her to want to give back to the community. “Music heals, motivates, breaks down langu …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Wasatch Accord under attack

After long negotiations and compromise agreements hammered out between stakeholders, the Wasatch Accord plan for the Wasatch Mountains is under attack by the Republican challenger …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Court rejects Desolation Canyon drilling

A federal judge rejected a “Finding of No Significant Impact” for oil drilling in wilderness-quality land located in upper Desolation Canyon on the Green River. The judge found tha …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Utah ozone non-attainment areas

Based on an analysis by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Governor Gary Herbert has identified areas of Utah that fail to meet ozone pollution standards set by the U.S. …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: SITLA land sale undermines public good

Friends of Cedar Mesa failed to block a controversial sale by the Utah State & Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) of a section of Comb Ridge near Bluff, Utah that …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Overcrowding at Zion N. P.

The National Park Service is seeking public scoping comments in order to develop a new Visitor Use Management Plan for Zion National Park. “Visitation to Zion National Park has bee …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: BLM rangeland health not so good

There are too many cows on Western public lands, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). In 2013, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mysteriously st …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Solar wins in Provo

Provo Mayor Jon Curtis threatened a veto after the Provo City Council voted to add a capacity charge to rooftop solar systems that would have made the cost of energy from rooftop s …

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Astrology, Expand

The Aquarium Age: Nov. 2-8

There’s nothing easy about the personal or collective tension this week, which is why patience, perseverance and persistence are key for handling the flux, whether those oscillatio …

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Dining Out, Eat, Food & Health

Ask Umbra: What’s the best way to deal with restaurant leftovers?

Q. Dear Umbra, Sometimes I ask for a to-go box when I’m eating out, but I’m always panged with environmental guilt when the server brings back a Styrofoam clamshell. But I hate was …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Education, Think

The Preschool Effect | Studying birds and bees: Honeybee Nature School

When students at Honeybee Nature School get dropped off in the morning, they come dressed for the weather—rain, shine or snow. For the first hour, sometimes two, these little kids …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Education, Think

Where creativity reigns: Children’s SLC (Synergistic Learning Collaborative)

Libbi Malmborg and Markell McCubbin are well aware of the current buzz words in education: social emotional learning (a focus on classroom cooperation and empathy), inclusive envir …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Education, Think

Plug in, sit down, learn: UPSTART

In trying to meet the standards for No Child Left Behind, Utah lawmakers started looking for holes in the state’s education system. Where and at what point were students beginning …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Education, Think

Reaching Higher | TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Valerie Gates

Growing up in Montreal, Canada Valerie Gates learned to speak both English and French and later in life, while traveling through South America in her late teens and early 20s, she …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Education, Think

Karen A. Johnson: U of U professor studies successful African American women educators

With a persistent national achievement gap between black and white students, questions about how to improve the quality of education for African Americans continue to pester educat …

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Alternative Therapies, Community Profiles, Connect, Heal

Utah’s first art therapy studio opens in Millcreek

While adult coloring books and “wine and paint nights” are trending, one of three Utah board-certified art therapists say they are “poor substitutions for the power of art therapy …

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Think, Transportation, Urban Planning

Like the bike?

Like what Bike Utah is doing? Consider supporting the non-profit’s noble goal of increasing bicycle ridership in Utah by becoming a member. Besides that warm fuzzy feeling, member …

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Think, Transportation, Urban Planning

Bike to school

As recent as 1966, nearly 45% of students walked or rode a bicycle to school and only about 15% caught a ride in a family vehicle, said Phil Sarnoff, executive director of Bike Uta …

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Culture, Enjoy

Stamp commemorates Hindu holiday

Last month the United States Post Office issued a new Forever stamp in honor of the Hindu holiday Diwali, a celebration of the triumph of good over evil that spans five days each a …

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Environmental Politics, Technology, Think, Transportation, Urban Planning

Think Clean Air

By the time you read this, our community may have a few more good ideas on how to improve air quality along the Wasatch Front. The $45K Utah Clean Air Innovation Contest, ending No …

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Community Profiles, Connect

Help “Stuff A Tummy”

Utah Community Action is a multi-faceted agency that helps low-income individuals and families overcome obstacles towards self-efficiency. Their annual Thanksgiving program titled …

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Community Profiles, Connect

Clever Octopus

Clever Octopus, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creativity and environmental awareness, is opening a “creative reuse center” in downtown Sugar House. The specific location, t …

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Food & Health, Garden

Ask Umbra: Hot tips for getting your compost pile cooking

Q. Dear Umbra, I’m tired of my compost not cooking. Can I just bury it around my plants and pull the stray volunteer seedling that emerges? Kristina Cleveland, Ohio This story orig …

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Astrology, Expand, Politics, Think

The Aquarium Age: Nov. 9-15

It’s hard to know where to begin. I’m overseas, currently in France, writing this on the Sunday before the US Presidential election, and by the time it’s published on Wednesday mor …

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Astrology, Expand, Politics, Social Justice, Think

The Aquarium Age: Nov. 16-22

There is no one particular, specific astrological explanation for Hillary’s loss or Donald’s win. Of course, some astrologers will point to one or another stellar alignment as the …

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Food & Health, Garden, Live

Ask Umbra: What should you do with your food scraps?

Q. Dear Umbra, When disposing of food waste, what’s better: putting it down the garbage disposal, or disposing of it in the solid waste stream? I know my water treatment plant inci …

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DIY, Home, Live

Big Life in a Tiny House: Travels to Texas

Previously on Tiny House: The electrical, plumbing and composting toilet are in place, but with a sudden move to Washington state on the horizon for Michelle, finding a place to pa …

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