Topic: Memoir

Meat your maker

Most days I do want to save most of the planet and most of the people residing on said orb, but there are so many choices. I’ve already made the biggest contribution to the planet’ …

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The campground

When I show up at her trailer, Nicole’s dogs are in attack mode, barking murderously and threatening to break their chains. They’re tied up to a tall metal pole in the dirt plot th …

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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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