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How do you know what you know?

This isn’t about this news cycle; it’s about every news cycle since shared cave paintings. Could Kokopelli really play a mean flute? Did elk really look like that? I doubt it; ‘pel …

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Arts

On the cover

In my search for meaning and joy in life, I have become a painter. I have found both there.  But really, I have found all of life there.  In the creative act I have continuously cy …

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Culture, Enjoy

Standing Ovation for Plan-B’s “Good Standing”

“Good Standing,” written by Matthew Greene, directed by Jerry Rapier and produced by Plan-B Theatre, is a solo play about Curt Brown, a gay Mormon who just married the love of his …

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Connect

Precipitating Change

Without your support, CATALYST, like indie outlets nationwide, could disappear. This past August, the Village Voice, perhaps one of the most iconic independent media organizations …

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Intuitive Arts, Spirituality & Mysticism

Metaphors for the month: At the edge of the abyss, choose joy

Osho Zen Tarot: Existence, Creativity Medicine Cards: Badger, Turtle Mayan Oracle: Cauac, Manifestation, Dissonance Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Three of Disks, The Chariot, Prince of D …

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Energy, Environmental Politics, Home

John Saves Energy: John Loveless practices what he preaches

Earlier this year, CATALYST presented A Clean Air Affair—an evening of experts speaking on the topic of air quality. CATALYST worked with the local chapter of the international gro …

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Nature

Almanac: October 2018 A compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond

October 1 Sunrise: 7:24 am. Sunset: 7:09 pm. Avg. high 73°. Avg. low 49°. Day length is rapidly decreasing—by 77 minutes from today till October 31. That’s about two and a half min …

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Education

Can you recycle that?

The dos and don’ts of household recycling, item by item. This month: milk jugs. You stand at the recycle bin, waste item in hand Do you stick it in and hope they can recycle it? Yo …

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Arts, Education, Enjoy, Expand

What Our Masks Say About Ourselves

Marisa Moran Jahn’s MIRROR/MASK exhibit at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts “The Driver” by Marisa Morán Jahn   Three portraits greet you at the entrance of Utah Museum of Fine Ar …

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Fitness, Health, Mindfulness, Yoga

Mobility, agility and power: Yoga practice and strength training

Studies show that resistance training builds strength and muscle mass, increases bone density and reduces the signs and symptoms of chronic disease. I first came to Utah in 1982, p …

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Food & Health, Recipes

2018 Eat Local Contest Winner: Savory roasted Butternut squash pudding

  1 lb. sourdough bread (Crumb Brothers) 1 medium butternut squash  (Tagge’s) 1 bunch swiss chard or other dark leafy green (Asian & Heirlooms) 6 cloves garlic (Ranui Gard …

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Entertainment

When a stage becomes the world (and the other way around)

Playwright Matthew Greene reflects on the life experiences that culminate in his new play, Good Standing, about a gay Mormon facing excommunication the week after marrying the man …

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Environmental Politics, Health, Transportation

Utahns are turning the key: Eleven years in, the Idle Free campaign has caught hold

Do you ever find yourself sitting in your car with the engine running? Sure, we are probably all guilty of idling from time to time. Idling, however, is one of the easiest behavior …

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Culture, Health

The art of dying well: Death doulas help people experience a “Good death”

Transitions are rarely easy. We come into this world in a welter of drama—one way or the other, exiting the womb is a pretty big deal. Leaving this world is also uncomfortable, and …

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Dining Out, Local Harvest, Memior

The long coast: in the pleistocene, shamans were needed to get you through the day

The writer Craig Childs has been traversing the American Southwest since childhood, always drawn off trail to the ledges, rivers and expanses where others did not travel, a vagabon …

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