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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