November 2017

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November 2017

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Transportation

More Cars, Less Pollution

Despite more drivers on the road, Tier 3 vehicles and fuel standards will lower emissions in Utah. If you’re concerned about the Salt Lake Valley’s air quality, you probably know t …

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Environmental Politics

The “Rights of Nature” Movement

An organizer in the Colorado River “personhood” lawsuit explains. If I asked you, “Which corporation provides drinking water to 40 million Americans?” you might guess Nestle or Pep …

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Community

Designed to Disrupt

Ben Shapiro serves up a hierarchy that puts white men on top—again. Last month, conservative media celebrity Ben Shapiro came to speak at the University of Utah to approximately 40 …

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Arts

Alternative Realities

Exploring Utah’s redrock desert through poetry of place. Poetry matters because it offers an alternative reality – it refuses the logical, reductionist, materialist aspects of indu …

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Live

How to Get Rid of a Gun

Safe, legal choices for giving up unwanted firearms. One morning some years ago, I stopped by the CATALYST office on trash day. John deJong invited me to walk out to the curb with …

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Nature

Urban Almanac: November 2017

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. by Diane Olson, Anna Zumwalt and Greta deJong. NOV 1 All Saints’ Day. Sun rises at 7:59am and sets at 6:22pm …

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Intuitive Arts

Metaphors for the Month: November 2017

Watch and wait like a Fox.. Osho Zen Tarot: Totality, The Creator, Schizophrenia Medicine Cards: Fox Mayan Oracle: Dreamer and the Dreamed, Eb Ancient Egyptian Tarot: The Devil, Te …

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Arts

Playwright’s Perspective: The Ice Front

Norwegian Nazi Resistance has lessons for modern times. In April, 1940, my father was seven years old, a child living in Moss, Norway, when German troops invaded his country. I gre …

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Yoga

Yoga: The Teacher-Student Relationship

When to call the teacher out. As I reel through my Facebook feed today, more than half the posts begin with “Me, too.” This is, of course, the social media request to post these wo …

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The Hot Ticket: Party for the Common Good

CATALYST @ The State Room, 11/30. One year ago, CATALYST Magazine became a nonprofit un­der the name Common Good Press. (We know that some of you, because of our focus on local non …

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Creativity

The Artist at Home: John deJong

The studio of John deJong is an extraordinary place—an emanation of an extraordinary mind. I have visited many artists’ studios, and I have one of my own, but the sheer magnitude a …

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Think

In Praise of Independent Journalism

Each year the McCarthey Family Foundation trustees (whose great-grandfather purchased The Salt Lake Tribune in 1901) host a lecture series honoring the family’s commitment to culti …

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Slightly Off Center: Words Matter

“Famous last Snapchats” — not likely. I flirt with photography, but I’m committed to words. On any given day I have a harem of cameras in my car. I have cameras on drones, one for …

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Arts, Dance, Nature

Bears Ears Dance a Triumph

Congratulations to Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT). In October, RDT presented a new work to celebrate Utah’s newest national monument (if we can keep it). “Dancing the Bears Ears,” a …

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Labs for Liberty

With the kickoff of each fall and spring semester comes a flourish of activity up at the University of Utah campus. Freshmen scrambling to find classes only five minutes apart (pro …

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OLIO Skin & Beard Care Company opens storefront

OLIO Skin & Beard Care Company opens storefront Eight-year-old Olio Oils has moved up from its tent at the farmers’ market to a real, live storefront in the 21st & 21st nei …

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The University of Utah wants your Body

Wondering what to do with your mortal remains? Want to be useful even when you’ve ceased to be, are bereft of life, have gone to meet your maker—are an ex-person? Then you should b …

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Westside affordable housing anyone could love

The Giv Group, a Salt Lake-based team of developers and planners, is working on a new affordable housing development they are calling Project Open that will offer along with single …

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9th South Maven District

The chic 9th & 9th vibe keeps creeping further west as boutique stores and pricey restaurants continue to open down Harvey Milk Boulevard, inching ever closer to the noise ofSt …

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BYU and U of U find something to agree on:

The Climate Campaign BYU student Nick Huey and University of Utah student Collin Green have formed an alliance that is above any rivalry. Cougars and Utes are teaming up to protect …

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What’s new at Wasatch Community Gardens

The big news is that the popular nonprofit gardening organization has become the proud owner of acreage adjacent to its well-used Grateful Tomato Garden on 800 South at 600 East. W …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: November 2017

At a material level, life cannot exist without death: recycling of organic matter in the biosphere makes it about two hundred times more productive than it would otherwise be. _Cas …

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