Topic: Memoir

Now it’s time to leap: Greta says goodbye (1982-2020)

“You can type. You can get a job with the phone company!” My dad, troubled that his almost-40-year-old daughter was making minimum wage at a job with no traditional benefits, was t …

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One last (print) run: reader comments on the news of Greta’s retirement and the end of CATALYST in print

In mid-October we launched our campaign inviting you, the reader, to help us financially to bring this final issue to print. We also invited readers to leave memories and reflectio …

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Soul sisters: Greta Belanger deJong and Kate Edwards

Greta and I have certainly been soul sisters since before time began, but in terms of this particular lifetime, we actually did manage to find our way to be born on the very same b …

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Obituary for Great Salt Lake: Even lakes are not immortal.

Great Salt Lake experienced her final glimmering sunset today, succumbing to a long struggle with chronic diversions exacerbated by climate change. She was born 13,000 years ago to …

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Our millennial speaks: What feels like the end is really a beginning

Sophie wearing the same pants as Greta on the front cover of the December 2020 issue. The last time I took a giant leap like this, I was 23 years old and had just started working f …

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Catalyst art director’s farewell: 28 years behind the mouse

In 1992 when my years working in the adventure travel world came to a close, my Aunt Greta hired me to help CATALYST with ad sales and collections. A few months into my new job, mi …

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A writer’s home

The story of how I became a writer starts with Greta deJong and the first time I walked through the door of a big pink house and into her editor’s office. But before I start there …

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Memories and reflections: Diane Olson, former Catalyst staffer and contributing writer

I think I can write,” I said. I had been working at CATALYST for some time as the office manager. “Ok,” Greta replied, and gave me an assignment on the spot. Granted, it was a smal …

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MO-UT How this Missourian came to Utah and why he stayed

I’ve been writing columns for 40 years with the Salt Lake Tribune, The Event, the Logan Herald Journal, NEO, Utah Magazine, Network, a bunch of weeklies, long forgotten internet-on …

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Phony: Remembrances of phone systems past.

Felt deeply sad at the end of the month as I watched the clock grind to midnight. With one eye on the phone and one on the clock I was waiting for the flat line of my land line. Af …

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Book Review– Seasons: Desert Sketches

by Ellen Meloy, Torry House Press If you take a raft trip through Desolation Canyon, chances are someone will bring along a copy of Ellen Meloy’s book Raven’s Exile: A Season on th …

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Dressing our flaws in beautiful penmanship

I  have always taken for granted that I can transfer things from my brain box down through my fingers, onto a keyboard and off onto some electronic location. In the old days, I was …

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Swedetown

Memories of a Salt Lake City neighborhood built on, and then lost to, industry. The perceived homogeneity of a city is upheld by the undoing of unique places within it. For Salt La …

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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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Looking Back at Title IX

This 1972 federal legislation granted a world of opportunity for American girls. The thing that mattered most to Nini Rich, her freshman year at Judge Memorial Catholic High School …

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