October 2014

Editor’s Notebook

BY Katherine Pioli

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September 29, 2014

The black cherry tomatoes are climbing the trellis of branches, growing an archway over the white wooden gate. The corn stalks are turning the color of the red rock slabs nearby that fit together with jigsaw puzzle perfection forming a snaking bench do …

BY Katherine Pioli

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September 27, 2014

A true survivalist needs only five things to live. She needs a cutting tool for splitting firewood or gutting fish; combustion to start a fire; cover, a simple plastic bag or emergency blanket, to keep warm and dry; a container for water, to remain hyd …

BY Katherine Pioli

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September 27, 2014

There are still signs in my garden that tell of the once prolific abundance of food that grew there this summer. The long stalk of my black beauty zucchini, a four-foot long green boa constrictor with leafy appendages some reaching two feet across, dis …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 27, 2014

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, November 4! It’s particularly important because mid-term elections—the kind without any presidential candidates and all the attendant hoopla—tend to favor more radically partisan candidates. Essentially, the fanatics al …

BY Katherine Pioli

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September 27, 2014

Colorful, joyful, plucky little hens. The human-chicken relationship is an ancient coexistence, thought to have begun nearly 10,000 years ago. Across cultures and through the eons, chickens have been symbols of virility, mothering and fertility (as wel …

BY Staff

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September 27, 2014

With the exception of the Wasatch Front, where we get an average annual 16 inches of rainfall, Utah is a true desert with an annual average rainfall of 10 inches. This puts the state in a continual zero-sum tug-of-war with the powers of nature, more sp …

BY RonnieCV

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September 27, 2014

Since leading NASA scientist James Hansen warned in 2008 that we need to reduce the amount of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere to 350 parts per million (ppm) in order to preserve life on Earth, little has been done to get us there. It’s getting late. If w …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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September 27, 2014

If you ever visited CATALYST during the 12 years we had our office downtown on Broadway, you’ve met Spalding. He and his brother, Wilson, were our official greeters. Their names were on the masthead. They even received mail, addressed to Spalding Wilso …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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September 27, 2014

It’s a busy month. Are you ready for the Grand Fire Trine? —by Suzanne Wagner Osho Zen Tarot: Mastery Medicine Cards: Opposum, Eagle, Swan Mayan Oracle: Manik, Polarity Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Prince of Cups, Nine of Disks, Ten of Disks Aleister Crowle …

BY Matt Bennett

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September 27, 2014

Radio Hour Episode 9: Grimm —by Matthew Ivan Bennett From years of writing down my dreams, I know what Joseph Campbell means when he says dreams are private myths and myths are public dreams. Periodically, I’ve been scared away from doing dreamwork bec …

BY Charlotte Bell

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September 27, 2014

B.K.S. Iyengar: What is his legacy, and what will be yours?—by Charlotte Bell September 6 was the 30th anniversary of my dad’s passing. Taken by a sudden heart attack while talking on the phone, his death was a huge shock. He was not old—63—and very at …

BY Katherine Pioli

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September 27, 2014

What’s new around town. —by Katherine Pioli Salt Lake Solar Service On August 29 when the Utah Public Service Commission denied Rocky Mountain Power’s request for a $4.65 net metering fee increase—a fee that would have increased the monthly bill for ho …

BY Charlotte Bell

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September 27, 2014

Southeastern Utah Music and Songwriting Workshops. —by Charlotte Bell Bob Cantonwine really wanted to write a song. A longtime performer on Salt Lake’s acoustic music scene, it had been years since he’d written a song. It was not for lack of ideas. He …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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September 27, 2014

Funny you asked. —by Dennis Hinkamp This has never been explicitly designated a humor column; I just use that description to give myself license to lie, make stuff up and generally disregard any journalistic code of ethics. That, and the fact that humo …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 27, 2014

Environmental news from around the state and the West. —by Amy Brunvand E.O Wilson recently calculated that the only way humanity could stave off a mass extinction crisis, as devastating as the one that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, would …