Topic: Memoir

Echoes and gatekeepers

Is remembering enough? I see echoes. There is a line of demarcation in my life. There is a before, when the future occupied the bulk of the scenery and the past was, mostly, ignora …

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Thoughts while walking the dog

If this is such a great economy, why do we see so many young women who can’t afford pants without holes ripped in them? The young men seem to be able to afford belts now; I don’t s …

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“Lamb’s Good Food”

The patrons of Salt Lake’s iconic Main Street restaurant seen through the eyes of a young employee Way back in 1992, I worked as a cashier at Utah’s oldest restaurant, Lamb’s Grill …

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Shaping dancers and model citizens: A reflection on the life of arts educator Pearl Wagstaff Garff

A dance, like any great story, has a beginning, middle and end. It begins in stillness. There is a starting shape. Then the story unfolds through sequences of movement with varied …

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SCArRED: Concerning the life of a gay LDS missionary

SCArRED Concerning the life of a gay LDS missionary I sat, seatbelt tight across my body, steering wheel wondering if I would reverse and drive away. Eyes aching and bloodshot from …

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Love it & live it

The yuks come easy when someone says, “I’m going to X-place” and you say, “Oh I’m sorry.” Or you can always refer to your birth city as “A nice place to be from.” Completing the ru …

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Auto biography

Conversation is more important than steering the beast Two months after I stopped driving, I decided I wanted to be a Lyft driver. I had taken Lyft a number of times and encountere …

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Secret Samurai of Salt Lake City

Four of the Aoki children, Salt Lake City, ca 1910 Your past, spoken or unspoken, is carried in your blood I was kidnapped when I was three months old. My 24-year-old mother left m …

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The year in review – and what’s new

Highlights and updates from some CATALYST stories of 2018 Every year CATALYST brings you stories that are educational, local, playful, tasty. Last year, among many other stories, w …

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