October 2017

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October 2017

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Connect, Think

The Conversation Project in Utah

Begin “the conversation” at the kitchen table-not in the intensive care unit When Bostonian Ellen Goodman began making end-of-life care decisions for her mother, she felt unprepare …

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Live

Life After Death

A body is a terrible thing to waste; sign up for organ donation today. We’ve all turned our back for a split second on a child. For parents Alicia and DJ, that split second, one be …

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Live

Green Death

Two friends make a pact and see it through to the end. Six months before my best friend Steve ever knew he was sick we had watched a documentary about green burials. Fascinated tha …

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Memior

Death and Life

A tale of two sisters. On January 13, 2012 Josephine Valentine and Andromeda Jane were born at 33 weeks and five days old. Thirty-three weeks isn’t very premature these days in the …

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Community

Caring Connections

Healthcare professionals offer hope and comfort in grief program. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. — Romans 12:15 Twenty years ago, Dr. Beth Cole and She …

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Spirituality & Mysticism

Banishing Fear with Fascination

The death-positive movement. What do you think about when you hear the word death? Not the hundred delicate euphemisms for it—kicking the bucket, passing away—but the word itself. …

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Community

The Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective

Sustainable transportation (comes with fishing pole). Visit Salt Lake City’s Bicycle Collective on any given day and one will be surrounded by people who share a common passion. A …

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Arts

Relief for the Chronically Inspired

Making the best of a Valium dependency. To be honest, I was a bit of a weird kid. Today I think they would diagnose me with some kind of learning disability and give me extra time …

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Garden

Time to Start Your Orchard

Dig into glorious fall. With glorious fall upon us, many get the itch to plant things, like fruit trees. Get them in the ground now and they will be comfortably in their new home b …

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Live, Think

Eco-burial

Going green isn’t just a life-style choice. It’s an afterlife-style choice, too. The goal of a green, or natural, burial is to return the body to the earth in a manner that does no …

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Home, Nature

The Urban Almanac: October 2017

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. October 1 Sunrise: 7:24am. Sunset: 7:09pm. Historic average: 72° high; 46° low. October 2   International Da …

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Home

Eschew the Halloween Closing

Thinking of buying a house? Avoid the scary stuff: Read this first. Closing on a home purchase feels like climbing out of a dungeon where your attention was held captive for months …

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Intuitive Arts

Metaphors for the Month: October 2017

As the seasons shift… Osho Zen Tarot: The Outsider, Friendliness, Success Medicine Cards: Bear, Ant Mayan Oracle: Realm Shift, Cimi, Ben Ancient Egyptian Tarot: The World, Justic …

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Arts

A Hero’s Journey for Kids

In River. Swamp. Cave. Mountain, Izzy and JJ try to make sense of loss, grief, death and life When I was seven, my parents took a train to North Carolina to attend the funeral of m …

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Arts, Community Profiles

At Home with Pilar Pobil

A visit to Pilar’s is a rich, multi-layered feast for the senses. Color, light, music in the air and her everpresent canine companion, Casper, all greet you along with Pilar’s open …

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Live

A Day Planner for Death

Get your death act together with Good to Go’s “Departure File.” Death. I think of it all the time. Okay, not all the time, but at least once or twice a day. Not in a freaked-out, “ …

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Yoga

Corpse Pose

A celebration of life.  In 35 years of practicing asana, only rarely have I heard Savasana, yoga’s final relaxation pose, called by its literal name: Corpse Pose. Whoever thought o …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: October 2017

Environmental news from around the state and the West. Leaked Zinke memo snubs public input on Monuments Last month The Washington Post obtained a leaked memo from Interior Secreta …

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Enjoy

Slightly Off Center: Banality Kills

Some of the things I’m most proud of are things I don’t or didn’t do. I’m not talking about the big stuff.  For instance, I have never started a nuclear war or run over a panda wit …

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Environmental Politics, Politics

Leaked Zinke memo snubs public input on Monuments

Last month The Washington Post obtained a leaked memo from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that recommends drastically reducing the size of both Bears Ears National Monument and Gran …

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Environmental Politics, Politics

Utah proposal to decimate Bears Ears

In September the State of Utah submitted its own proposal asking the U.S. Department of the Interior to literally decimate Bears Ears National Monument, reducing it to a tenth of i …

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Environmental Politics, Nature

Zinke attacks sage grouse

Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke isn’t just bad for national monuments, he’s bad for wildlife habitat, too. In 2015, the Obama administration hammered out plans to keep sage g …

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Community, Energy, Environmental Politics, Politics, Resources, Urban Planning

Water conservation strategies from the Utah Rivers Council

Utah Rivers Council (URC) has initiated a new water conservation campaign for Utah called 40 by 30—the goal is to reduce daily water consumption per person 40% by 2030. Water conse …

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Community, Environmental Politics, Politics

Trump’s EPA: dirty coal power, dirty air

In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a Regional Haze Ruling that required Rocky Mountain Power to install pollution controls on coal-fired power plants at Hunte …

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Environmental Politics, Nature, Outdoor

Wasatch Canyons planning

Salt Lake County is updating the Wasatch Canyons General Plan, last updated in 1989. The Plan is an official statement of county policy on the future use of the Wasatch Mountains a …

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Community, Energy, Environmental Politics

RMP rooftop solar settlement

In the transition to renewable energy, the biggest obstacles are challenges to the business model of existing utility companies. As rooftop solar has become more popular in Utah, R …

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Nature, Outdoor

Fires impact Utah’s air quality, damage forest

In summer 2017, The Utah Division of Air Quality reported an astonishing 32 “red air” days, mostly due to smoke from regional forest fires. We can expect more bad air days next sum …

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