Local food advocates on the hill:

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Symbria and Sarah Patterson In early February, we headed south to Cedar City for three days of the Fourth Annual Utah Farm and Food conference, produced by Red Acre Center. We took notes and met lots of interesting people. We’ll  share their stories in the months to come. But the most timely focus is on […]

Things that uplift

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Be they shoes, smoke, implants or clean windows In June, The New York Times reported about a movement in Japan by women who want a law prohibiting dress codes that mandate high heels at work. “A 1921 effort in Utah was even more drastic,” the Times wrote. “A bill would have criminalized the possession of […]

Support the yay-sayers: Seeds of reversing global warming are here in our own communities

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We (almost) never have covers that relate to specific stories or themes beyond seasonal. This month is different. The cover relates to “The Living Building Challenge” (p. 12)—a Moab project guided by a Salt Lake architect that is garnering international attention. It’s listed in  Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, […]

Editor’s Notebook

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This is the Harvest Issue. I’m glad other people are harvesting be­cause, through the blessing of farmers markets and friends, I won’t starve. My own garden was just plain dumb this year. I could blame it on the sudden death of my most-favorite-dog-ever, Tesla, and my decision to bury him in the best garden plot […]

Editor’s Notebook: Our Family Table

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Eating is a practical matter. We all need, in some fashion, to do it. Under the guise of family management, it also becomes culture. My mother arose to make me breakfast every morning of my grade school and high school career, we’re talking everything from cereal and milk to French toast (made with homemade bread), […]

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Editor’s Notebook: Tooting Our Horn

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Attending this year’s Utah chapter of the Society of Professional Journalism’s banquet at Frida Bistro was as gratifying as it was inspiring. We walked away with an ever-increasing respect for our peers in the publishing world and with a boatload of awards from Division B—15 in all—for CATALYST and its writers.

Editor’s Notebook

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I wrote text for this column last night. Then, with one thoughtless keystroke, it was gone. I wrote a note to the production manager: “I lost everything.” Then I crumpled up the note, tossed it in recycling and went to bed. I’m a bit more philosophical about loss, after a recent swim with mortality.

Editor’s Notebook

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The boiler in this big ol’ house that is home to CATALYST, and to me, too, heaved its last sigh in late fall. Why the new one hasn’t been installed yet is a boring story I won’t tell. Suffice it to say the old behemoth finally got dismantled and carted away yesterday, and my radiators […]

Editor’s Notebook: The Cat Who Ate Roses

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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 Wilson, sports editor. I had found them both, in my neighbor Margaret’s backyard in […]

 
 
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