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IN THIS ISSUE Volume 27 Number 1 • January 2008

REGULARS

FEATURES 12

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STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES CHIP WARD What if the Crown of Creation is a dunce cap? Chip studies the brain chauvinist menu, notes the limits of doing the math and invites us to rethink and re-feel our relationship to the rest of the living world.

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK

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SLIGHTLY OFF CENTER: LUMPS OF COAL Sizing up your carbon footprint.

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DON’T GET ME STARTED

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ENVIRO UPDATE Environmental news from around the state and the west.

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TURBAN ASKEW: Is living in the now becoming a thing of the past?

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RECYCLING DETECTIVE MELISSA MARTIN Polystyrene foam (aka Styrofoam): The Recycling Detective stalks a ubiquitous villain and learns the difference between “recyclable’ and “recycled.”

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THE HERBALIST IS IN MERRY LYCETT HARRISON Herbs can help manage blood sugar (but you still need to eat right and exercise).

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GOOD DOG: LEASH WALKING Let’s walk together, please!

JOHANNA TERESI

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COACH JEANNETTE: LAW OF ATTRACTION Six practices to transform your year.

JEANNETTE MAW

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FEATURED CATALYST EVENTS MELISSA MARTIN Check out our online calendar for complete calendar and continuous updates.

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PROFILE OF A GOD: BOREAS, THE NORTH WIND TONY GUAY This Greek god teaches the proper use of force. Take some time this month to meditate on Boreas and what he means in your life.

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COMMUNITY RESOURCE DIRECTORY Salt Lake’s oldest network of unique businesses and organizations to enrich and enliven your life.

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HAPPINESS GURU: MARRYING MASCULINE & FEMININE Part II: Marginalizing the feminine.

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BABYING THE BUDDHA: THE SECOND TIME AROUND Recommended resources for the pregnancy journey.

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AQUARIUM AGE: JANUARY 2008 RALFEE FINN Give yourself latitude for discombobulation this month. You’ll need it.

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METAPHORS: JANUARY 2008 Winter solitude leads to spring transformation.

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ADVERTISER INDEX

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URBAN ALMANAC: JANUARY 2008 Day by day in the home, garden and sky

THE HISTORY (AND MAYBE THE FUTURE) OF U.S. HEALTHCARE

PAUL GAHLINGER Your mail isn’t delivered in a biplane. Why hasn’t the vehicle for medical care changed since then? One area M.D. gives some fascinating background as to how this system came to be. Plus “Let the healthcare revolution beign: First shot fired right here in Salt Lake City”: Gahlinger offers his own innovative solution, Medicruiser clinics.

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VAUGHN LOVEJOY

Here’s an opportunity to speak for the future to Utah’s legislature.

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RADIOACTIVE INTERVIEW:

BRANDIE BALKEN

Jean Houston, ostensibly the mother of the human potential movement, talks about “jump time” and becoming aware that we are cosmic beings.

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WHAT’S WRONG WITH ZERO TOLERANCE

KIM HANCEY DUFFY

Addressing addiction from the public health perspective. 10th in a series.

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TRANSFORM U: BEST FOOT FORWARD

AURETHA CALLISON

A wild eye for style can transform.

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A unique network of area businesses and organizations that are making a positive difference locally, nationally and globally.

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ENERGY WORK & HEALING

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GETAWAY

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HEALTH, WELLNESS & BODY CARE

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MISCELLANEOUS

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MOVEMENT & SPORT

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PSYCHIC ARTS & INTUITIVE SCIENCES

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ABODE

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ARTS & LANGUAGES

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BODYWORK

Four tips the books don’t give you on working with new year’s resolutions.

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BOOKS, GIFTS, CDS, CLOTHING

LIVING IN INTERESTING TIMES

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BUSINESS & SERVICES

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CERTIFICATION, DEGREES & SCHOOLS

PSYCHOTHERAPY, COUNSELING & PERSONAL GROWTH

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SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

BEAUTY & THE FEAST

JUDYTH HILL

Companiable eating to take the edge off: time for hors d’oeuvres.

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COMMUNITY RESOURCE DIRECTORY

OPEN THE DOOR WITH RESOLVE

PAT MATTHEWS SUZANNE WAGNER

Suzanne Wagner looks at politics, the economy and more for 2008.


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ON THE COVER

Chris Miles, artist

Archetypes he psychologist Carl Jung had the idea that cultures share a “collective unconscious”; images and ideas in the back of our minds so to speak, and that there are archetypes that inhabit this unconscious; character types that people of all cultures relate to. These archetypes influence our thoughts and behaviors, often without us being aware of it. An example from American culture would be the hero archetype, represented by John Wayne, Luke Skywalker and many others. One person is influenced to various degrees by many different archetypes. Do you recognize any of the archetypes from this painting in yourself?

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hris Miles says of his work, “I don’t really know where the ideas for my paintings come from but I am broadly influenced and nourished by the symbolism and mythology, and the work of other painters who have come before. My paintings begin with a small ink sketch. At some point I enlarge this sketch and make a series of refinements on tracing paper. I then transfer the refined drawing to the painting surface and begin painting in acrylic, using the techniques of European masters, whose paintings are a constant source of inspiration for me.” N

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You can see more of Chris's work on the web at www.chrismiles.net, downtown at Utah Artist Hands, and at Palmer’s Gallery in Trolley Square.

Celebrating 26 years

of being a L 1. An agent or substance that initiates, precipitates or accelerates the rate of a reaction without being consumed in the process. L 2. Someone or something that causes an important event to happen.

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by Greta Belanger deJong:

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK

Embracing Imperfection Beauty in untied shoelaces he last month has been full of changes at CATALYST. Addie and Emma Ryder, who came to us as interns from Westminster College and became employees after graduation in 2006, have moved onto the next rung in their career ladders. We wish them them well and know they will go far. Pax is in grad school and teaches two classes, so we see less of him. Polly Plummer Mottonen, John deJong and myself are the primary people putting this publication together these days— much the same as it was 15 years ago.With faster computers that sometimes seem smarter than we are, and new software that, if it doesn’t kill us will make us stronger, our learning curves are at a daring incline. In the midst of all that growth I made the decision to move the business back into my home, which has more than adequate space to accommodate all of CATALYST’s needs and, if I schedule my days skillfully, may not even require that I get dressed. Never did like those video phones. After leaving the house and traveling downtown almost every day for 14 years, I thought it would feel strange, maybe sad, to only venture down the stairs. Maybe it’s the novelty but so far, I haven’t looked back, except to miss the office kitties (Spalding and Anna live with John, now). In spring I am sure I will miss the beautiful garden. But now I am happy as a hobbit to be holed up here on McClelland St., happier as time goes on and the wrinkles of moving fall away. The website went down early in the month, taking email with it. (Mixed blessing; fun while it lasted, hell to pay afterward.) For a while we were getting Catholic Community Services’ mail, and god knows who was getting ours. The new phone system went berserk one day with a recording that told our shocked callers they had reached an area code in California. You know, the usual. And that thought makes me smile. Yes, at the drop of a hat I can give you a laundry list of what’s not working—in the world, in my life

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(and probably in your life, too). Right now I’m moping that it’s 3 a.m. and to make the 8 a.m. deadline, we have to keep going. I’m inexpressibly sad about Bhuto’s assassination. I’m worried about my old incontinent pets, and the state of my furnace, and everybody’s health insurance. And I wish there were some Granny Smiths in the fridge. I can make a great list of ifonly’s and how I, and the world, could improve. Remember “Would You Like to Swing On a Star?” You could be better than you are. I will list my intentions for the new year. Eventually. But today, as we pull down the old calendar and put up a new, unscathed dozen pages upon which to mark the days ahead, I am breaking rank to acknowledge (and maybe this will become a habit) that everything is perfect. Right now. These old dogs. This late hour. John in the next room having fits over typefonts. The year at hand may go well, or poorly, by certain standards. But there is grace in the worst of times. Maybe everyone should be smarter or more understanding. Right now I’m going to settle for myself being grateful. For John and Polly, who are both working late into the night to bring all the stories and events together for you. And for Diane Fouts and Pax, both shining examples of sanity, who helped out at crucial junctures this weekend. For electricity. Tonight it has brought me Anousha Shankar and KRCL Radio. It has powered the delivery of messages vital to this magazine coming together tonight. It has brought me an espresso. I set down—just for now—my burden of unfulfilled promises: from neglected cherished family and friends down to undone dishes. This is my life. All lives have warts and some untied shoelaces. This is life. Okay. I’m done. Now I’m going to bed, where I will continue this practice. I just know it’s going to be a great year. N Greta Belanger deJong is the editor and publisher of CATALYST. GRETA@CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET.


SLIGHTLY OFF CENTER

January 2008

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Entering the Carbon Age

DENNIS HINKAMP

hat was the biggest lump of coal for Christmas? You. Yes, you. Just like the aliens in science fiction movies have been saying all along, we are curious carbon-based life forms. Now in a movement seemingly inspired by the unlikely collaboration of environmental activists and the Catholic Church, you have an opportunity to calculate exactly how guilty you should feel about it.

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Guilt is not a tactic exclusive to the Catholic Church; it just has had more years to perfect it. I attended 13 years of Catholic school and I even feel guilty about telling people this. Now, back to carbon. Go to any of the dozens of “calculate your carbon footprint” websites such as the one on the on Al “Inconvenient Truth” Gore’s and start confessing. You will be asked to spill your carbon-based sins just as if you were listing your shortcomings to Father McNulty back in fifth grade. The largest contributors to your carbon shoe size are travel, housing utilities and household size. Of course you are going to lie at least a little because, really, who can remember all their sins? When you are finished you will see how you stack up against the average sinner and be given the option of carbon-offset penance in the form of paying for tree plantings or the construction of wind power towers.

This is why it is like confession; there is always a chance of redemption. If you were a single long haul trucker or airline pilot, you would probably have to reforest Oregon. If you are a bike riding, polygamist patriarch living in a temperate climate, you might get by with a few extra trees in the backyard. I understand carbon molecules and the need to address pollutants, but reducing everyone to a lump of coal is a little sketchy. The trouble with carbon footprint calculators is that they are no more a true picture of humanity than the economic indicators. The economic indicators such as the Gross National Product don’t differentiate between spending money on beer or bananas, prostitutes or the United Way. Most economic indicators just count any exchange of money as a good thing. Likewise when you start calculating your carbon crimes, it doesn’t matter if you drive to deliver food to the poor or to a Wayne Newton concert in Las Vegas. Flying to visit sick relatives has the same negative impact as flying to Iowa one more time to support a doomed presidential campaign. In terms of carbon emissions, a flight is a flight. This is scientifically true, but stupid. So, if you would like to summarize your personal carbon contributions, the best thing you can do for the environment, short of not existing, is doing nothing. Which brings

There isn’t really a shortage of natural resources; there is a surplus of people.

me to the really inconvenient truth: There isn’t really a shortage of natural resources; there is a surplus of people. I’m sure people have been saying this since people started crossing the oceans in search of developable real estate. But really, if you are now going to start tracking everyone’s carbon footprint, why not use birth as ground zero? This is going to make it tough on people who make a living giving motivational graduation speeches. We are stuck between the competing philosophies of “make your mark on the world” and “leave no trace.” N Dennis Hinkamp would like to wish everyone a size 6 extra narrow carbon footprint in 2008.

An international recognition of science & humanity UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Student Union Building • Panorama East Room February 12, 2008 • 12:30 p.m.-8 p.m. SPEAKERS: Kristen Hawkes, Ph.D., Anthropology (recipient, Rosenblatt Prize 2002) and Scott D. Sampson, Ph.D., Paleontology (internationally known paleontologist) FILM: Life of Charles Darwin • Little Theater in the Union Building BOOTHS: Literature & Darwin memorabilia

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January 2008

by Amy Brunvand:

ENVIRONEWS

Green skiing on white snow

Say no to nukes in Utah

Park City, Sundance and Alta made the top 10 list for responsible environmental practices on the 2007/2008 Ski Area Environmental Scorecard issued by the Ski Area Citizen’s Coalition. All other Utah resorts received a grade of “C” except for Brian Head which got an ignoble “D.” Nonetheless, no Utah ski resorts were disgraced by appearing on the Coalition’s “Worst 10” list.

Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. says that it’s OK to dump foreign nuclear waste in Utah. Aaron Tilton (R-Springville) and Rep. Mike Noel (R-Kanab) want to build a nuclear power plant near the town of Green River. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has declared, “If environmentalists had any brains, they would support nuclear power.” The Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah says it’s important to let our political representatives know that the public doesn’t want nuclear power or nuclear waste in Utah, and we don’t think the government should offer taxpayer subsidies to encourage the nuclear power industry.

Ski Area Citizen’s Coalition: WWW.SKIAREACITIZENS.COM/

Speak up for Wild and Scenic Rivers Even though many of Utah’s rivers are both wild and scenic, currently no Utah river segments are officially designated as such. After evaluating 840 miles of Utah rivers, the U.S. Forest Service has issued a draft environmental impact statement that recommends only 212 river miles in 24 segments for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River system. If your favorite river didn’t make the final cut, now is your chance to speak up. The goal of the system is to preserve the character of a river segment by protecting water quality, free-flowing condition and remarkable values such as scenery, recreation, fish and wildlife geology, and historical sites. The U.S. Congress has the final authority on which river segments will be designated for Wild and Scenic status. Wild and Scenic Rivers Suitability Study for National Forest System Lands in Utah: WWW.FS.FED.US/R4/RIVERS/ Public meeting: Feb 6, 2008, 7-8:30pm. Salt Lake City Library, 210 E. 400 S. (Library TRAX). Public comments by February 15: UTAHNFWSDEIS@FSCOMMENTS.ORG

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Black-footed ferrets regain foothold Wild black-footed ferrets are breeding in Utah! At one time black-footed ferrets, a nocturnal weasel that eats prairie dogs, were the most endangered animals on earth, and they became a kind of poster child for the Endangered Species Act. The ferrets were declared extinct in 1967, but a small population was rediscovered in Wyoming in 1981. The last known 18 animals were captured and bred in captivity for reintroduction. Ferrets released in Utah have not only survived, they have expanded their range, and in November the Utah Division of Wildlife released more ferrets to help supplement the new population. A healthy population of ferrets requires more than more than 10,000 acres of prairie-dog colonies, but habitat destruction has reduced prairie-dogs to less than 5% of the area they originally occupied.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources: WILDLIFE.UTAH.GOV/NEWS/07-12/FERRETS.PHP

Update: BLM Resource Management plans The fate of 11 million acres of Utah public lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will be decided in the next few months. Public comments help shape the final decision, so it’s important to take a bit of time to defend your favorite places. In January, public comments will be accepted for the Kanab and Richfield areas, and there will be a public meeting in Salt Lake City for the Monticello area. When you write to the BLM, make your comments as specific as possible. Share experiences you have had in specific places and tell them that the Draft RMP fails to adequately protect these places. Kanab RMP (comments due Jan. 10) Threatened areas include Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Upper Kanab Creek, Parunuweap Canyon, and the Paria River. UT_KANAB_COMMENTS@BLM.GOV Richfield (comments due Jan. 23) Threatened areas include the Henry Mountains, Robbers Roost Country, Dirty Devil River and canyons, Factory Butte, Bluejohn Canyon and Bullfrog Creek. UT_RICHFIELD_COMMENTS@BLM.GOV Monticello RMP (comments due Feb. 8) Threatened areas include Cedar Mesa/Grand Gulch, San Juan River, Arch Canyon, White Canyon, Dark Canyon, Indian Creek, Nokai Dome, Mancos Mesa, Comb Ridge, Recapture Canyon, and Valley of the Gods. UT_MONTICELLO_COMMENTS@BLM.GOV Monticello area public meeting: Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, SLC, Jan. 10, 6-8pm. For more information and links to the BLM planning pages, visit WWW.SUWA.ORG.

DON’T GET ME STARTED

Sudanese Fart Joke Chris Cannon is in de Nile BY JOHN DEJONG hen it comes to global warming, Utah representative Chris Cannon is about as far up a river as you can get. Way past Khartoum. While he says there is no question there is global warming, he just isn’t sure it’s due to the actions of humans. He could be construed as right. Cars, cows, decaying lawn clippings, aerosols from hair products and a host of other sources all have much larger impacts on global warming

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than methane from farts or the carbon dioxide humans exhale. In remarks to the Salt Lake Tribune editorial board about global warming Cannon said, “Invidious determinations by government would not make sense.” I’ll admit here that I had to look up invidious. I knew it wasn’t good and had something to do with envy and divisiveness. I have recently made it a habit to look up high falutin’ words Republicans use when speaking to the press.

They usually use the third or fourth definition of a word. One that means something significantly different than the common meaning of a word. Merriam-Webster has 1: tending to cause discontent, animosity, or envy, 2: envious, 3a: of an unpleasant or objectionable nature, 3b:of a kind to cause harm or resentment. I believe it was definitions 3a and 3b that cannon had in mind, since Republicans see every determination governments make as objectionable, unpleasant and likely to cause harm—unless they’re making the determination and it’s likely to benefit them directly. But I can see how the first definition also works for Cannon. Conservatives (an odd label in this

context) seem to think that it is the manifest destiny of 5% of Earth’s human population (i.e. the United States) to use 25% of the available energy. Yet they don’t believe we should take responsibility for the pollution or other adverse side effects of our consumption. So any discussion of that disparity is likely to cause discontent, animosity and envy. I’ve got my own theory about it. I think global warming is linked to the founding of the Republican party in the middle of the 19th century. The resulting effusion of hot air has warmed the climate. To steal a couple of lines from the Republicans, the jury is still out on such a theory and there is absolutely no science to disprove it. N


ZION CANYON SEASONAL FIELD GUIDE ZION NATIONAL PARK 147,551 acres, 3 climatic zones, Geographic features include towering sandstone cliffs, among the highest in the world, and one of the last free flowing river systems on the Colorado Plateau. The park has a large, diverse plant and wildlife community: 800 species of plants, 271 birds, 75 mammals, 6 fish. Park information … www.nps.gov/zion

JANUARY - CLIMATE Daytime temperatures are in the low to mid 50’s, nights may drop into the upper 20 ‘s. Snow is rare on the Canyon floor, but morning frost and some icy patches may be found on trails in the upper elevations. Check current conditions before beginning your day hikes.

JANUARY - WILDLIFE - COMMON VIEWING

For a complete list, Zion National Park Visitors Center is open daily, 8AM to 5PM Mammals: Mule Deer in herds, fox, and many other small critters are seen more frequently this time of year in the main canyon due to shorter daytime hours and snow accumulation on the tops of the plateaus. Birds: Wild Turkeys congregate on the valley floor.

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“Winter Climbing” by Eric Draper

Watchman Trail; Moderate, 2 hour hike to a warm, scenic viewpoint. Pa’rus Trail; Easy, 1 - hour paved multi-use, full sun, walkway along the River in the lower valley. Chinle Trail, Coalpits Wash, and Huber Wash; Trails into the lower Sonoran Zones are accessible all year – but best in winter.

JANUARY - FEATURED BIKING TRAIL, Grafton Ghost Town Road; 2 hour, paved / maintained dirt road. Ride to the scene of “Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid” movie set and visit the historic town of Grafton.

ZION CANYON FIELD INSTITUTE PROGRAMS Pre-Registration Required. 800.635.3959 or 435.772.3264 For 2008 detailed course descriptions - visit www.zionpark.org

ZION CANYON EVENTS January 5 “Carving Grand Canyon.” Geologist/Author Wayne Ranney 7 pm Canyon Community Ctr

February 14 -18 Valentine’s Day and President’s Weekend Celebration packages are offered by some of the village restaurants and lodges. Check around for offered combinations of Lodging, Meals, and Activities that best fit you.

March 15 23rd ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S SPRING FESTIVAL ! Live Irish music, parade and Green Jello Sculpture Contest and more!

ZION CANYON LODGING For those seeking solitude, January is a great time to visit Zion. The canyon is in it’s most tranquil, peaceful, and relaxing state. Off-Season Rates and other incentives are available.

Best Western Zion Park Inn

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www.bumbleberry.com Spacious rooms with private balcony or patio. Cable TV, phones and pool. Scenic views. Conference rooms, racquetball court, indoor Jacuzzi. Restaurant, Gift Shop & Live Theater.

Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens

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www.cliffroselodge.com A tranquil riverside setting; rooms and suites surrounded by beautiful grounds Featuring a large pool and a year-round waterfall hot tub. Staff naturalist will help design your outdoor activities.

Flanigan’s Inn & deep canyon Spa 800.765.7787 www.discoverZion.com Rustic Park Lodge atmosphere, well-appointed rooms and suites, superior amenities, decks, patios and a hot tub. Hike the nature trail to a hilltop Labyrinth. The Spa offers a full menu of theraputic massages, exotic wraps, and luxurious facials.

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“Dear Swami...� Where the Swami answers your questions, and you will question his answers BY SWAMI BEYONDANANDA

Dear Swami: This holiday season I found myself at too many parties and family gatherings where I inevitably ended up eating too much. Now it’s months and months of trying to get myself back in shape... then it’s next holiday season and the same thing. Any tips for getting off this vicious cycle, and getting back into shape this January? Dinah Bunch Hartford, Connecticut

Dear Dinah: I’ve often said, when you find yourself on a vicious cycle, stop pedaling. The first step in easy weight loss is, don’t put it on in the first place. That’s why I never go to

any holiday gathering without my eating glasses. They magnify everything on my plate by a factor of 10, so I feel fulfilled before I get filled full. But even if you eat like a horse and end up feeling like a full filly, no problem. You’ve heard of Weight Watchers? I’ve discovered something even better — Shape Shifters. They promise to help you shift from shapeless and shiftless to ship-shape without diet or exercise! What’s their secret? Photoshop. You’ll be virtually slender in no time.

Dear Swami: Why is it that those fashionable indigenous religions get credit for everything, and the Judeo-Christian tradition so many

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Dear Mayhew: Good idea. What about Hail Marys?

Dear Swami: A few years ago, I got hold of that wonderful book by Eckhart Tolle, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Power of Now.â&#x20AC;? It had a profoundly positive effect on my life, but lately I find that things seem to be speeding up so much that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m having a harder and harder time staying in the now. Is living in the now still where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at, or has it too become a thing of the past? Annie Daenow Sugarland, Texas

Dear Annie: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not alone. Time has quickened so much that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already next week and most of us donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know it yet. In preparation for 2012, where apparently all clocks will say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look! No hands!â&#x20AC;? we can already see the distinctions of past, present and future being blurred. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give you an example. I

just read that the Nostalgia Channel is offering re-runs of the Today Show, and are calling it the Yesterday Show. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how it works. If you missed the Today Show today, you can catch todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Today tomorrow on Yesterday. Speaking of Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or actually yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where I found out that Eckhart Tolle has written a sequel to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Power of Now.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Power of Later.â&#x20AC;? He recommends living in the future and calmly waiting for everyone else to catch up. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing, and I never felt better. Be there now? Been there, done that. From now on, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be there then. So donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait another second. Join me in the future now, and finally get ahead of the game. Dear Swami: I just heard a psychologist on the radio who claims that 90% of our thoughts are negative and redundant. What do you think? Candice B. Wright Vista, California Dear Candice: No, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not. No theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not. Š Copyright 2007 by Steve Bhaerman. All rights reserved. Visit Swami online at www.wakeuplaughing.com.

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The University of Utah’s International Studies Program Presents the 3rd Annual

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Speak for the future to Utah legislature BY VAUGHN LOVEJOY

am a relatively new grandfather; my oldest grandchild is six years old. His presence in my life has given me a direct and heartfelt connection to future generations.

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I have lived here along the Wasatch Front since my early childhood. When I was six, orchards, pastures and small farms stretched through the valley from Brigham City to Nephi. They have all now been replaced by subdivisions and commercial developments. I remember Park City, Midway and Heber of my childhood before the explosion of condominium and timeshare developments filled the middle elevations of our critical watersheds along the Wasatch Range. I share these memories with many of you whose local childhoods reach back to the 1960s, 1950s, 1940s and beyond. What we were gifted from the past is very different from what we leave future generations. I would like to reach across the different ways that we separate ourselves, so we can see that our similarities are much more fundamental than our differences. One way is by sharing the aspirations, hopes and dreams we have for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One primary hope is for them to have a healthy world where basic human needs will be available to all: clean water, healthy soils, clean and healthy air, a healthy watershed and landscape capable of supporting local gardens, farms, orchards, natural habitats and communities. These basic requirements for the community of life are rapidly disappearing from both our local landscapes and throughout the world. To begin dealing with some of these growing public concerns at the state level, the Quality Growth Act was passed in 1999. It addresses three core issues: Urban sprawl. Sprawl consumes thousands of acres of farmland, woodlands and wetlands. It requires government to spend millions of dollars to build new schools, streets, and water and sewer lines. This act gives incentives and offers support to

local governments to put into place a longterm policy for promoting the orderly expansion of land use. Housing and home ownership. Local government often has erected barriers to housing, such as low-density zoning requirements. This act eliminates these barriers through economic incentives. Green space and agricultural preservation. The act includes a state funding mechanism, the LeRay McAllister Critical Land Conservation Fund, to preserve green space and agricultural lands. The fund is administered by the Utah Quality Growth Commission, and it makes grants or loans to Utah municipalities and counties, the state departments of agriculture and natural resources, and to nonprofit organizations to conserve or restore open and agricultural lands in Utah. In its eight-year history, the fund has spent almost $17 million to help preserve almost 75,000 acres. Those dollars have been matched by over $150 million in other funds. The McAllister Fund is the only statewide fund for critical land conservation, but it must rely on the state legislature to appropriate funds every year. Year after year, it has received less than it needs to fund all the critical projects that apply for these funds. I’ve been privileged to work with the Critical Lands Subcommittee for the last four years through my work at TreeUtah. The Critical Lands Subcommittee reviews all the applications for funding and recommends projects and funding levels to the Quality Growth Commission. During that time, the McAllister Fund has provided funding to purchase the plants and other materials for the 120-acre Audubon/Tree Utah restoration project along the Jordan River. Over the years, I have watched these committed committee members struggle with inadequate funding. We need to get these open and agricultural lands protected soon, or we will lose our chance to do so. Future generations need us to act on their behalf now. N Vaughn Lovejoy is the ecological restoration coordinator for TreeUtah.

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Stupid Is As Stupid Does What if the Crown of Creation is a dunce cap? BY CHIP WARD

he evidence of human intelligence has always been mixed. On the one hand, we have traveled to the moon. On the other hand, it took us a couple of hundred years to figure out we needed wheels on our luggage. We have created astonishing computers and the Internet that we use to look up Britney Spears’ skirt. Some of us can do brain surgery, but most of us can’t locate Iraq on a map and think H2O is a cable channel. And if humans express the epitome of intelligence, as opposed to, say, the intelligence of migrating birds or even underground networks of mushroom spores, then how do you explain that hundreds of years after the “Enlightenment” we are still slaughtering each other in serial warfare; that we poison our own bloodstreams with toxic pollution; and that we have so altered the climate that harbors our proud civilization that it may collapse around our ears? Our intelligence encom-

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passes both Mozart and suicide bombers. Perhaps it’s time to take a second look.

The brain chauvinist menu and the limits of doing the math What is intelligence? No doubt most humans will answer, it’s what I’ve got that animals don’t have: language, reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to make and use tools. After all, monkeys and parrots might learn a few words but they can’t do crossword puzzles, and when was the last time

you saw a dolphin on a pimped-out street bike? The difference between our way of thinking and that of our fellow creatures is a key to how we treat them. We are brain chauvinists. We believe, for instance, that it is okay to consume without a second thought any brainless creature— oyster mistreatment is not on PETA’s radar. For those with brains, the degree of intelligence that we acknowledge governs our relationship. We have no qualms about eating a stupid tuna, but we’ll pay big bucks to swim with dolphins and want our tuna “dolphin-free.” You

can be jailed and shunned for torturing a cat or dog, but the routine and massive abuse of chickens in factory farms is largely ignored. Our attitude towards animals is basically “if you’re smart, you’re safe and if you’re dumb, you’re dead.” Our kind of intelligence is undeniable. Humans are very sharp when it comes to all those aspects of the world that are fixed, measurable, happen in a linear progression, and are predictable. That is how, after all, we put a man on the moon. The moon is pretty predictable — it doesn’t take last minute vacations or sleep in. So if we are dealing with the mechanical realm of physics, our airplanes, dams, chemical finesse, and nuclear machines are wonders to behold. What we are not good at are all those nonlinear phenomena with emergent behaviors, where, in other words, the whole tends to be greater than the sum of its parts but not predictably so—things like the climate, ecosystems, fetal development, immune systems, brain function, and crowd behavior. We are only beginning to understand the dynamics of our chaotic world— feedback loops, thresholds, and basins of attraction. We have a rather myopic view of scales, seeing well what is happening now and predicting what’s right around the corner but missing the slow variables that can be more important in the long run. This is why we deplete soils, turn grasslands into deserts, and use up ancient aquifers and oil deposits in a geological instant.

Virgin births and cultural amnesiacs Our intelligence is also tempered by the human condition. Although we can boast about the scientific prowess we express through our technology and medicine, we are easily distracted by emotional needs for validation, approval, and identity. Our persistent belief in religious doctrines has us accepting as true phenomena that contradict our otherwise proud powers of reasoning —how else do you explain virgin births and angels with gold plates?

If humans express the epitome of intelligence, as opposed to, say, the intelligence of migrating birds or even underground networks of mushroom spores, then how do you explain that hundreds of years after the “Enlightenment” we are still slaughtering each other in serial warfare? Our intelligence encompasses both Mozart and suicide bombers. Perhaps it’s time to take a second look.


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We compete as much as we compute, greed still drives us, and we can rationalize any destructive behavior. We are easily addicted and not easily satiated. There is reason to believe we have been traumatized by our recent history of global war, genocide, environmental dislocation, and fear. Because we have short memories and a tendency towards denial, collectively we act like amnesiacs, as if every other past civilization or previous empire didn’t also think it was smarter than all the others that had preceded it and, unlike them, was immune to failure. Consider that almost everything an intellectual in the sixteenth century knew for certain has since been proved wrong and almost everything we know for sure today will be radically revised a 100 years hence. Today’s genius is tomorrow’s fool.

Stink think, bee dancing, and the mushroom Internet For a moment, then, let’s concede the field to our non-human fellow creatures and redefine intelligence simply as the capacity to learn from experience and apply that learning to future challenges. Even moths can do that. Ohio State University entomologists implanted electrodes into the brains of sphinx moths. The researchers monitored the moths’ nervous systems while presenting them with different odors—including sugar water, a favorite moth treat. They saw a dramatic restructuring of the neural networks that convert scent into a code that the rest of the brain can understand and concluded that, like humans,

moths learn. Even the lowly slime mold can find the shortest route through a maze to get to nutritious food sources. Learning involves pattern recognition and communication. We’ve all heard about the complicated messages dolphins, elephants, and prairie dogs can convey through their various vocalizations. But non-vocal communication is also common. Insects use pheromones to communicate a wide range of messages that are, like human messages, mostly about food and sex. Bees perch at the door of the hive and do a little dance that indicates to the other bees where the flowers are in relation to the sun. The fact that we humans cannot understand the languages non-humans speak doesn’t mean their communication is absent or inferior to ours. If computers can communicate with nothing more than series of ones and zeroes, creatures that can emit endless variations of notes, clicks, and tones might be up to more than we suspect. Mushroom visionary Paul Stamets argues that mycelium fungi function as the neurological network of the soil. Layering the ground with interwoven microbial mats that share information, mycelium fungi react to changes that threaten soil health by devising diverse enzymatic and chemical responses to the complex challenges they detect. We are not sure how they do this, but Stamets claims they are the sentient membrane of the earth, a biomolecular matrix in constant dialogue with the environment, responding to and governing the flow of essential nutrients. “I believe,” he writes in “Mycelium Running,” “mycelium operate at a level of complexity that exceeds our most advanced computers. I see mycelium as the Earth’s natural Internet.”

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Drop for a moment our brain chauvinism, and it is clear that there is such a thing as non-centralized intelligence. Immune systems learn or you wouldn’t make it through the next flu season. Microbes learn, too, or there wouldn’t be a next flu season. An entire pharmaceutical infrastructure, peopled by the best human brains Big Pharma can pay, works constantly to outwit the viruses that would consume us and lately the antibiotics side is losing.

Lizard avoidance and the wisdom of the hive Then there is “swarm intelligence.” How is it that an individual ant cannot survive alone and is downright clueless about the big picture he is in, but an ant colony makes complicated decisions daily and can thrive for decades? How do the actions of individual ants, undirected by leaders, add up to the complex behaviors of the group?

Swarm intelligence depends on simple creatures following simple rules and acting on local information. Ants communicate by touch and smell. Patroller ants leave the colony and don’t return until they find food. When they return they touch other ants. If the patrollers are successful, they return quickly and often. When the colony’s forager ants are touched by enough patrollers in a short time, they leave the colony to harvest the food, following scent trails left by

Consider that almost everything an intellectual in the sixteenth century knew for certain has since been proved wrong and almost everything we know for sure today will be radically revised a 100 years hence. Today’s genius is tomorrow’s fool. the patrollers. If, on the other hand, the patrollers encounter bad weather or a hungry lizard, they don’t return, and they don’t touch their fellow foragers who stay put. A variety of critical decisions about life in the ant colony are made in a similar way. Bees also show how swarm intelligence works. When a hive becomes too large, about half the population splits off and clusters on a nearby tree branch. Scout bees search for a new home. When they find a likely location, they return and communicate to the other scouts via that tiny dance. The other scouts then visit the various locations that have been identified. At some point, enough scouts coalesce in a particular Continued on next page


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location that a kind of consensus is reached and then communicated to the cluster that it’s time to move. Researchers have learned that the bees’ method always picks the most ideal habitat to rebuild the hive. Bee behavior could be characterized as unconscious democracy where diverse options are examined openly and choices made on the basis of the information as it freely emerges. Give humans a similar challenge of moving and reconstituting an entire community and long after the bees have resumed constructive relationships, we’d still be arguing, vying for power, dividing into factions, hiding our agendas, spreading rumors, suing each other, and speaking in tongues. Swarm intelligence is also expressed by schools of fish, flocks of birds, and herds of caribou to confound predators. Again, coordination is based on individuals following simple rules and responding to local information and the cues of others in the group. These distributed behaviors become a whole that is greater than the sum of the individual parts. What we have learned about swarm intelligence is now being used by computer programmers to solve traffic problems, distribute goods, and route telephone calls. Google and Wikipedia use the principles of swarm intelligence to gather and select information. The anti-globalization protestors who challenged international capitalists in Seattle in 1999 used mobile communication to become “smart mobs,” and the Pentagon is developing fleets of “swarmanoid” robots to find bombs planted by terrorists. Perhaps the most profound example of such self-organizing intelligence is Gaia herself. The planet’s various natural operating systems — its climate, oceans, biosphere, soils, minerals, and nutrients — are integrated into complex feedback loops that prompt constant adjustments to keep life viable. If Gaia is smart enough to keep life as a whole

The intelligence revealed in such self-organizing behaviors might give us second thoughts about the prevalent notion that we humans, the crown of creation, should second-guess the natural processes that we have re-engineered. For instance, we suppressed forest fires until the build-up of unburned fuels within forests guarantees that future wild fires will be catastrophic. We skewed whole ecosystems by eliminating the key role that predators played within them. We drained wetlands and dammed and channeled watersheds with mixed results. As far as we know, of course, microbes and insects do not act with conscious intent, at least outside of Gary Larsen cartoons. But if conscious intent is the criteria for “learning,” then we can’t claim we understand the consciousness and intent of non-human creatures any better than they understand our consciousness. Your cat and you sit on opposite sides of a cognitive wall, you thinking ‘he loves me’ and him thinking… well, we don’t know what he is thinking, though chances are it has more to do with food and amusement than filial affection. If you drop dead in your house tomorrow and remain undiscovered, chances are your loyal but hungry cat will eat your eyeballs by the end of the week. Our notion of what and how our pets think says more about how we project our own needs and notions on them and less about the nature of their consciousness or lack thereof.

No stupid survivors Certainly, human learning often involves a motive, like wanting to learn French before you visit Paris, whereas brainless life forms may simply adapt to changing conditions through an algorithmic process linked to random mutations and the consequent improvements in viability that result from those changes. But why would the existence of an introspective motive be so important? Wouldn’t it make more sense to define intelligence as the ability to solve problems related to survival? If a species’ ability to remain viable—to fit its environmental conditions—is used as criteria for intelligence, then turtles


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were here long before us and are likely to be here when we leave. What’s so smart about self-destructive behavior, no matter how sophisticated the motives? Indigenous cultures living close enough to nature’s processes to admire the unique characteristics of non-human species to thrive in the wild acknowledge and honor the intelligence of wild creatures. In America, for example, many indigenous cultures paid tribute in story and song to ravens and coyotes. Coyote is perceived as the clever trickster who always manages to face adversity, often of his own making, but comes back. And ravens share carcasses with wolves and bears without becoming lunch themselves—a tricky, teeth-defying act that humans admired. Yeah, but can ravens do this! (Imagine here some kind of technological back-flip, cultural sleight-of-hand, or problem-solving cartwheel…) Well, no, ravens, like all creatures, have limits. But ravens are thriving on the detritus of our crisis — those troubling gasguzzling cars we drive that are pushing our climate towards tipping points also leave behind lots of tasty roadkills. They are not at war for oil. They will not suffer the calamities of disruption when our fossil-fuel loaded infrastructure runs out of gas. When climate change forces us all to adapt quickly to survive, we may yet admire the ability of the raven and coyote to change habits and strategies to fit new circumstances.

ity. Creation’s other beings have much to show us that we need to learn if we would only shut up, drop the mirror, and listen. When we recognize the self-organizing genius of nature, we realize that the natural world may not only be more complex than we thought, it may be more complex than we can think. Appreciating non-human intelligence might even be humbling and awesome enough to make us rethink our “crown of creation” attitudes and enjoy a new sense of kinship with the rest of life on the planet.

That new attitude would be healthy for them and, in the long run, be better for us too. We need the uniquely human intellectual skills we have acquired to survive. Clearly, far-reaching innovations in technology like alternative energy technologies and green designs are required to meet the challenges of global climate chaos. But new infrastructures alone will not heal the wounds we have inflicted on the earthly nest that holds us, nor will it get us over the ecological abyss we now face.

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We need to rethink and re-feel our relationship to the rest of the living world. To do that, we must wipe off that smirk and pay attention to the evidence of intelligence all around us. When we perceive and respect the self-organizing intelligence at work in the natural world, we try to dance with nature, not drive it. Now that’s smart! N Chip Ward is a former public library administrator and grassroots activist. He recently signed an option with Emilio Estevez for a movie based on his essay on libraries and the homeless which was published last spring.

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The history (and maybe the future) of U.S. healthcare Your mail isn’t delivered in a biplane. Why hasn’t the vehicle for medical care changed since then? BY PAUL GAHLINGER, MD

he medical clinic, as we know it today, first appeared in 1907. Before then, doctors made house calls, and if people were severely ill, they were admitted to a hospital or sanatorium. Dr. William Mayo was a typical doctor in the rural town of Rochester, Minnesota. A few years earlier, both of his sons returned home from medical school to join their father’s practice, and they had some new ideas, as sons often do. Joined by a friend, they set up a waiting room, hired a receptionist to greet patients and phone prescriptions to the pharmacy, and streamlined health care so that a nurse would take temperatures and blood pressures, give injections, and do

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other basic tasks, freeing the doctor to see many more patients. By far the biggest innovation was the medical record. Before then, doctors had a personal relationship with patients that resembled that between clergy and their parishioners. They might jot a few notes in a journal or on index cards, but it was a private as a diary. The Mayo brothers developed a patient chart in which they all wrote notes. They shared with other doctors, as needed. It was a revolutionary way to do medicine—and led, eventually to the renowned institution still known as the Mayo Clinic. A hundred years later, the American medical

In terms of human factors engineering, a “step” can be an interaction with a person, changing location, or filling out a form. Out of curiosity, I counted the number of such steps required for my flight to Singapore. It came to nine steps. Seeing a doctor at a clinic for a lung infection, on the other hand, took 31 steps— and that did not even include the doctor’s diagnosis. When it is s easier to fly halfway around the world than to be seen at a medical clinic, we have a problem.

clinic is… pretty much the same. The typical clinic of today still uses paper charts, telephone contacts with the pharmacy, and a receptionist presiding over a room of coughing and sniffling patients, bored out of their minds and flipping through old magazines. Let’s put this into perspective. Three years before the Mayo boys started the clinic, another couple of brothers fired up the first functional airplane. In a century, aviation went from a flimsy open-cockpit airplane to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Aviation and medicine have a lot in common. Both services involve highly trained professionals and support staff, they can be dangerous if not done properly, and they are services that we pretty much take for granted as part of modern life. So why is one in the space age and the other stuck in the horse and buggy era? It is no surprise to me that the Old Order Amish avoid air travel and limit their exposure to modern technology, but feel completely comfortable visiting medical clinics. How about a price comparison? In 1907, a typical doctor visit cost about a day’s wages. Today, a typical urgent care visit costs about $120, and a specialty clinic about twice that. In other words, about a day’s wages (at least in some parts of the country). On the other hand, for the same money, you can fly across the country, and for a week’s wages, can you can fly roundtrip to Europe, Asia, or South America. In 1907, traveling halfway around the world would have taken months and cost a year’s wages. Air travel has become vastly cheaper and faster and safer, while improvements in the operation of the family medicine clinic have been minimal—and in some ways, care has become even worse. Why is that? No commercial pilot nowadays relies on instruments of the 1920s—or even the 1980s. These days, cockpits in even small personal aircraft are equipped with instruments almost unimaginable just a decade ago, providing benefits such as realtime graphical weather downloads, terrain warnings, collision avoidance, cell phone service, even information on local restaurants and such at the airport. As a physician and pilot myself, I find it ironic that I have these wonderful high-tech features in my own small airplane, which are hardly essential for the sort of flying I do, while in the clinic, where I routinely diagnose life-threatening conditions, I still use the stethoscope given to me by my mother long ago as a graduation present. Of course, plenty of new high-tech tools are also available for health clinics, and not necessarily all that expensive. But adopting new equipment is discouraged in many ways: the doctor usually doesn’t get paid more, runs the risk of malpractice if the equipment is too innovative, and has to spend time learning how to use and maintain the new gear. It might be better for patient care, but there is often no payoff when it comes to the doctor’s time and money. The contrast came to me quite starkly a couple years ago when I had to fly to Singapore. I went online, found a convenient flight, bought my ticket and selected my seat and meal preferences, and paid by credit card. It took about five minutes. At the airport, I swiped my frequent flyer card (I could also have used my credit card) at the kiosk, and it printed out my boarding pass. My suitcase


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disappeared into a dark hole, not to be seen again until after I arrived in Singapore. I then walked through the security gate to the departure lounge and onto the airplane. It was seamless. In terms of human factors engineering, a “step” can be an interaction with a person, changing location, or filling out a form. Out of curiosity, I counted the number of such steps required for my flight to Singapore. It came to nine steps. A year later, I came down with a lung infection while studying public health in a particularly destitute region of the Philippines. After I returned, I decided to see a lung specialist. It had been a while since I’d visited a clinic as a patient, and I was curious to see how this compared in human factors engineering terms. First, it took navigating through layers of a telephone tree just to get the appointment, and the recep-

In 2006, there were roughly the same number of clinic visits as airline passenger flights. That year, two airline accidents resulted in a total of 50 deaths, compared to 100,000 deaths from medication errors alone. tionist clearly had no clue when I tried to explain what I wanted. I showed up a half hour before my appointment. The receptionist handed me a clipboard with lengthy forms to complete. She made a photocopy of my driver’s license and health insurance card. Then I had to sign a number of waivers for this and that, half of which I didn’t really understand. A billing clerk then came out to explain which parts of my care would be covered by my insurance, which would not, and the required co-payment—she could not tell me about whether or not I had met the deductible—and advised that I would be billed, although she wasn’t sure how much or for which parts, but added that I should receive reimbursement if I was overcharged. All of this

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Let the health care revolution begin First shot fired right here in Salt Lake City

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aul Gahlinger is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah Medical School and medical director of the Davis County jail system but he is not what you’d call a typical M.D. Raised in Canada, he taught epidemiology and biostatistics before deciding, in his mid-30s, to enter medical school. He has traveled to over 120 countries. He consults for NASA. He has published five medical- or aviation-related books. Now he aims to revolutionize the healthcare industry with a high-quality, efficient, cash-based healthcare clinical service. Next month the first of his MediCruiser clinic and house call services will open. Located in a stripmall on a street full of big box superstores, MediCruiser will be a paperless clinic offering urgent care and a variety of specialized services. He remembers the subtle pressure exerted on the doctors to hustle patients along when he worked at an occupational health clinic. This inspired him to devise a system that returns power to the patient —the amount you spend and what you have done is determined by you, not by some health insurance clerk.

MediCruiser will charge by time rather than procedure. In other words, you can have as much time as you want with the doctor—whether for advice or procedures or any other service of your choice, at $4/minute including lab tests. Unlike conventional medical services, he says, there is no nickel-and-dime charging for every extra service, no higher costs for specialists, no extra fees for basic medications or wound dressings, just a single charge that will usually be less than a ski lift ticket. Eventually MediCruiser will also operate a fleet of Chrysler PT Cruisers and Toyota Land Cruisers that will come to your home, hotel or workplace for roughly the same cost. Gahlinger believes MediCruiser will revolutionize American medical care. “Nationwide, the average doctor visit is six minutes,” he says. “And insurance companies pay only for one complaint per visit. You can’t say, ‘hey, doc, would you look at this mole?’ when you’re in for headaches.” With his model of medical care, that’s not the case. “I was once in a private practice with another doctor where we had three full-

required enough signatures to rival closing escrow for my house. (In the following months, I got nine letters from the clinic, the laboratory, and my insurance provider, all with invoices for hundreds of dollars, including some which stated at the top “This is not a bill” while containing demands for payment and warnings of referrals to collection agencies if I did not do so immediately.) The whole check-in process took about 45 minutes, and I was late for the appointment even though I’d arrived early. I was finally ready to see the

doctor. But first, I was shunted from one medical assistant to another—one to record my weight and blood pressure, another to take a urine sample, yet another to take a blood sample, and then a nurse who asked for more detailed information about my health complaint. Finally, after I was undressed and shivering slightly in the silly paper gown, the doctor arrived with a flourish—and evidently had no idea why I was there. I had already explained it all to the receptionist and again to the nurse, but there apparently

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time billing people, dealing with 26 different insurance companies, all with various requirements. This is considered normal,” says Gahlinger. His clinic will not take insurance, but will provide data that you can submit yourself for reimbursement. Gahlinger, who has citizenship in the U.S., Canada and Switzerland, points out that the CEO of United Health got $800 million in one recent year. “Plus shareholders expect a profit. Add 30% for nonmedical costs—marketing and so on— and you can see why insurance is so costly.” With Canadian healthcare, there is still a third party involved—the government. But the government does not have to make a profit on your body. As a result, healthcare is accessible and affordable to everyone. “Our medical system is dysfunctional,” concludes Gahlinger. “With competition between patient and physician, care gets lost. Good quality care takes more than six minutes.” And good quality care is what he aims to offer. — GBdJ Medicruiser Clinic opening in February at 1850 South 300 West, just south of CostCo.

was little communication among them. So I went through the whole thing again, more quickly because the doctor seemed impatient and clearly had little time for an extended story of how I came by this affliction. He jotted a few notes, said he wanted to see me again the following week after my blood test results came in, and disappeared out the door. Out of curiosity, I counted the number of Human Factors steps. It came to 31. And that did not even

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include the additional steps needed for treatment, such as getting the medicine from the pharmacy, calling for the lab test results and paying the various bills, let alone dealing with all the following paperwork. When it is easier to fly halfway around the world than to be seen at a medical clinic, we have a problem. Most Americans are fed up with the problems of this country’s medical system, and politicians are picking up the chant. The high cost of health insurance! The number of uninsured! The cost of medications! The lack of access in rural areas! On and on—pointing out shortcomings that everyone knows will be difficult and expensive to solve. The real problem, in my opinion, is that our health care system has yet to enter the 21st century. Why do even the clinics of the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare —highly rated medical institutions—still depend largely on paper records? Why do we still have waiting rooms full of coughing and sniffling patients, spreading their germs to the point that if you enter a hospital you have a 20% chance of getting sick from something else? Why do we have medication errors

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that result in the deaths of as many as 100,000 people and about 1.5 million injuries per year, at a cost of $3.5 billion, with the majority of these errors due to simple miscommunication and bad handwriting? This sort of gross inefficiency and appalling lack of quality control would never be tolerated in any other industry. How do those 100,000 medical deaths—just from medication errors, alone—compare to the hazards of aviation? In 2006, there were 910 million visits to physician offices. There were about 10 million commercial airline flights in the United States, carrying 744 million people. But in that year, there were just two airline accidents with a total of 50 deaths. Clearly, our health care system is outrageously antiquated in comparison to aviation and other services. Why? We need to look back to the Second World War for the explanation. When the United States entered the war in 1941 vast numbers of men entered military service, resulting in a shortage of workers. Factories became desperate for labor. They hired women

Why don’t health insurance companies provide nutritional counseling or free vaccines, which clearly result in greatly reduced illness and medical expenditures later in life? The answer is that the health insurer does not reap these benefits, since by then the patient may no longer be their customer.

We already do have a Big Government socialized medical system for many people: Medicare, Medicaid, the VA, TRICARE, programs for prison inmates—and, of course, free government health care for our politicians. and imported workers from Mexico, but it was not enough. The normal response to this sort of situation is an increase in wages as companies compete, especially for skilled employees. The Roosevelt administration was terrified of setting off a crippling inflationary wage spiral, and quickly enacted a law that prohibited any increase in wages. Factories instead turned to offering other benefits to lure workers: free education, free housing, and the most attractive of all, free health care. After the war was over, the unions gave up the educational benefits (to some extent), and free housing (mostly barracks-type dwellings, anyway), but insisted on keeping the health care benefits. And that is why the U.S. is now the only country in the world that forces companies to provide health care for their employees. Not all companies—just those with over 15 employees that meet other criteria. The result is an absurd patchwork of health care benefits that covers only a portion of the population. And if you quit or lose your job, you also lose the health care that went with it. In the standard marketplace, you have two parties: the buyer and the seller. Competition results in higher quality and lower prices. But our health care marketplace is not like that. With so-called health insurers paying for the care, we have three players: you (the customer), the health care provider (typically the doctor, clinic, or hospital, etc.), and the payer (health insurance provider). This is the same system that existed in the Soviet Union for other products like groceries—and

it works about as well. I was fortunate to experience the Soviet system before it disappeared. To buy food, you went to the store, waited in endless lines, then tried to find something worth buying on the near-empty shelves, then got a chit to take to the register for approval, back to the shelf (hoping the produce was still there), and finally made the purchase. The system was a disaster because the provider of the food wasn’t paid by you but by the government, so they had no incentive to provide quality or quantity of food—they got paid the same regardless. There was no marketplace feedback, so the shelves were bare. It is a similar situation here with health care—the doctor doesn’t get paid by you, but by the insurer, and the pay is the same for good or bad quality. What is worse, the insurer does not pay for quality but by procedure. If you have back pain and the doctor spends an hour showing you how to get better and avoid pain in the future, she gets paid almost nothing. If she spends 10 minutes with you and writes a prescription for a painkiller, she gets paid more. If she spends only five minutes and gives you an injection, she gets paid much more. And if she does surgery on your back, she makes enough for a trip to Hawaii. It is inefficient and promotes poor quality, inappropriate and excessive procedures, and increasingly outof-control costs. And no plan currently favored by any of the Presidential contenders makes any significant change in this system.

Now that we know the problem, what can we do about it? The solution is to get away from the current way of paying for health care. With third-party payers, there is a major disincentive to change anything, since the payer does not benefit from the changes. For example, why don’t health insurance companies provide nutritional counseling or free vaccines, which clearly result in greatly reduced illness and medical expenditures later in life? The answer is that the health insurer does not reap these benefits, since by then the patient may no longer be their customer. In other words, someone else will benefit from their outlay. The result is that health insurers provide little preventive care, even though providing such care is vastly more cost


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efficient than paying for the disease and disability later on. The doctors and other providers also resist change. Why use an electronic medical record, which is complicated to learn, when you are used to simple paper charts? You get paid the same, so why bother? When some doctors wanted to do follow-up care with their patients by email, the insurance companies refused to pay for it. (It is a still a contentious issue.) And every innovation, no matter how minor, opens up possible charges of malpractice. The current system actively discourages change.

Health insurance: Why not like house and car insurance? One irony that escapes just about all discussion of health insurance is that it is really not insurance. Rather, it is prepaid health care. When you buy insurance—whether for your house or car—you pay a small amount because you risk losing a large amount. Car insurance does not, for example, pay for oil changes or new windshield wipers. Those are expected maintenance. House insurance prevents the loss of your investment in your house should it burn down, but it does not pay for repainting the walls or repairing the furnace. But that is what we expect health “insurance” to do. Health insurers already have your money; every benefit they pay comes right out of their profit. So they try everything to put up barriers to care, such as requiring pre-approval —which is absurd when you are bleeding in the back of an ambulance. If direct supplier-consumer market forces are brought back into play, there will be an incentive to make use of the Internet and advanced technology. It is amazing how efficient and quality-conscious providers become when they are forced to compete for customers. The American automobile industry is an obvious example. For much of the last century, it was notorious for turning out unsafe cars that fell apart within years. Just a few decades ago, even seatbelts were not available for most vehicles; they were an extra aftermarket installation. Then Honda and Toyota came along and captured huge portions of the market with much better cars. GM, Ford and Chrysler were forced to improve safety and quality in order to compete. As shown by a recent documentary film, GM produced a desirable electric car—and then killed it. Now they are scram-

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bling to catch up to Toyota’s Prius. The fact is, market forces work. Don’t expect politicians to bring much change. Because they are at the mercy of powerful lobbyists, we cannot depend on them to radically alter the system. Instead, the market will change the system. People will start traveling overseas for cheaper health care (see the article on medical tourism in CATALYST, August 2007). They will abandon overly expensive so-called health insurance plans and opt for other ways of paying for health care. Companies will rebel against outrageous health insurance costs by finding alternatives. Some companies are already weaseling out of costly health care by hiring workers part-time or as “independent contractors.” Starbucks became such a dramatic business success by hiring only part-time baristas just under the minimum IRS criteria that would trigger a benefit package. (Starbucks, along with WalMart and several other companies who prospered by avoiding paying benefits, are now providing health care—at least for a greater proportion of their employees.) Those companies who must provide these employee benefits will increasingly will rebel against outrageous health insurance costs by finding alternatives, such as the Health Savings Account (HSA), rewards for not using health services and countless other clever stratagems. All this would not be necessary if we had a government provider for basic care —like every other industrialized country. But this is America, the cry goes up, and we don’t want a Big Government socialized medical care system! In fact, we already do—just not a single one. We have Medicare (for seniors and the handicapped), Medicaid (for some of the poor), Veteran’s Administration (for those who served in the armed forces), TRICARE (for families of those who serve in the armed forces), and other programs such as for inmates in jails and prisons—and, of course, free government health care for our politicians. All of these programs are run basically the same as the “socialized” government health care of Canada or other countries. A simple solution, in my opinion, would be to take the VA—which is relatively high-quality, inexpensive, and gets kudos for being a very efficient system—and open it to every resident of the United States. Haven’t we all, in our own way, served this country? ◆ Paul Gahlinger is a physician and author living in Salt Lake City.

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In the Time of “Geisty Zeit” An interview with Jean Houston INTERVIEWED BY BRANDIE BALKEN

urs is an era of quantum change, the most radical deconstruction and reconstruction the world has seen. Life paths that contain and sustain us across the millennia are vanishing as we speak, like Gaia’s species that are hourly becoming extinct. At the same time, we know that we are the ones who must go on. Jean Houston, Ph.D., is a scholar, philosopher and researcher in human capacities. She is regarded as one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement. She is the author of several dozen books; including her most recent, “Jump Time.” She is also the creator and principal instructor of the Mystery School and the School of Social Artistry, which explore the art of enhancing human capacities in the light of social complexity. KRCL’S Brandie Balkan talked with Houston during a recent RadioActive. — Troy Williams, producer, “RadioActive,” on KRCL Radio, FM90.9

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What is jump time? Jump time means a time of enormous acceleration. Technically it goes back to evolutionary studies where you can actually see fossil deposits that seem to be the same over thousands of years until suddenly there is a jump to significant change. Now of course in the fossil record, this kind of exponential change will occur over thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of years. But with human history it’s changing much faster—in the scope of our lifetime. We are literally in a time of whole systems transition. RA: This embodies a sentiment that so many of us are feeling: We have to be ready for something. JH: Yes. This is literally all over the world. I’ve worked in a hundred countries. Right now I’m working as a senior consultant to the United Nations in human development. And what we find—this sensibility that you speak of—is literally all over the world. Everybody feels on the verge

of something, a singularity in history, a uniqueness. How do we make this new world that is trying to emerge? RA: A lot of people are noticing an intense disparity around the world, and feeling like they personally need to do something about it. That’s a unique thing that has happened to me, personally, over the past five years. JH: One thing that Margaret Mead, the great anthropologist, told me on her deathbed (she lived with us the last six years of her life), “Jean, forget everything I’ve taught you about working with governments and bureaucracies.” And I looked down at her and said, “Now you tell me!” And she said, “If we are going to grow and green our time, it’s a question of people getting together in teachinglearning communities, just growing in body, mind and spirit. They do whatever it is that they can do to grow together, and from that depth and growth and understanding, they take on the

“Once you start going, people will join you, if you are also working together to deepen your consciousness, to extend your capacity of vision, for seeing, for thinking, for being out of the box, for understanding that you are not an encapsulated bag of skin dragging around a dreary little ego.” social challenges wherever they are and make a better world”. The “zeit” is getting “geisty.” Meaning the spirit of the time is this intensive jump time. Once you start going, people will join you, if you are also working together to deepen your consciousness, to extend your capacity of vision, for seeing, for thinking, for being out of the box, for understanding that you are not an encapsulated bag of skin dragging around a dreary little ego. You have many personas and skills within you. You are part of this larger story emerging in our time. And we are, as I believe, sourced in spirit. We are part of this incredible emergence that is our time and place. RA: You describe the forces propelling us forward — the evolutionary pulse from the earth and the Universe.


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When we all saw those pictures of that world from outer space, it was like a time-release capsule was activated in our minds. We knew we were stewards and co-creators on this beautiful planet. floating in the cosmic womb, and there was no war there, there was no difference in people. It was one great unified being.” Ed said to me, “I felt such great nostalgia for what the world could be, that we had entered a time of sacred stewardship.” When we all saw those pictures of that world from outer space, it was like a time-release capsule was activated in our minds. We knew we were stewards and co-creators on this beautiful planet. That’s the pulse. We are cosmic humans; that is, we are citizens in a universe larger than our aspiration and

more complex than all of our dreams. And we are part of this extraordinary, incredible jump in our time in history. What we will do will make a difference in whether we grow or die. RA: Really this is an opportunity to become partners in this creation — we can become creative agents. You mention the re-patterning of human nature. JH: We are living in the golden age of mind and brain research. And this is joined to the harvest of so much of the genius of so many different cultures. Different cultures, often because of climate and geography, activate different potentials. For example, if you were living up in Tibet or the high Andes, you’d have the kind of consciousness that was given to meditation because of the clarity of the air. If you were living in a jungle in Africa or South America, your hearing is going to be very important, and thus leading to the whole drumming psychology. Different cultures activate different potentials. I’ve spent a lifetime studying different potentials in many different cultures and then harvesting them so that people can do more, think more, be more. Most people, given education, can learn to think and to create and to become so much more than they ever thought they could be. We are living almost posthumous existences out of such a small aspect of what we are. But we can no longer afford to live that way—as halflight versions of ourselves. So what we are finding all over the world is people getting together to expand the use of their capacities, mentally, psychologically, spiritually, ethically — and become what we really can be. We have to grow into the possibility of a new humanity that is emerging to create a new sacred stewardship of the earth. ◆ Learn more about Jean Houston at WWW.JEANHOUSTON.ORG.

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This is Part II of an interview with Kevin McCauley, M.D., on understanding drug and alcohol addiction as a disease. Part I (December 2007) can be read at CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET You’ve said that anxiety and depression can play a role in a person becoming addicted. But once the person is in the throes of addiction, what part does stress play then? Stress causes relapse. Without good stress coping tools, the person will continue to relapse. Most of the research right now is focused on the stress caused by the drugs and the elevated stress hormones caused by drug use which change the dopamine system (the pleasure system) in the brain. But many addiction experts think that if that stress can be there with drug use, why can’t it be there before drug use? We’re learning so much about when people are traumatized, or what happens to the fetus when mothers are traumatized during pregnancy. We’re learning a lot from people coming back from Iraq and the cohort of 9/11 first responders in New York City. Stress matters, and it changes the brain. Severe and chronic stress breaks the brain. And that’s what addiction is. So an absolutely critical part of managing addiction is (a) getting the drugs out of the picture because they perpetuate this

problem in the dopamine system and (b) getting the addict to create a bag of coping tricks. When they develop stress coping tools, the relapses start to peter out. What happens in the brain during craving? This is an area of intense study, which I’m simply translating; I’m not doing this research. New neuroimaging techniques, like functional magnetic resonance imagining (fMRI), actually produce a kind of movie of the brain’s activity, seen in real time. In addicts’ brains, during craving states, the midbrain lights up like a Christmas tree — far more than the average person who is just hungry. These are intensely active areas in the brain. But what’s interesting during this, is that area in the frontal cortex — specifically the area which is necessary for assessing consequences — drops out. So not only do you get this activity in the survival midbrain, but you get this selective dropping out of very key areas in the judgment parts of the brain. Why does that happen — does it just get elbowed out of the way by the limbic system? I can speculate. When you look at it from an evolutionary psychology perspective, at this point the midbrain must do whatever it can. It thinks that this stress is an Kevin McCauley, M.D.

actual threat to existence. This is not about partying, it’s about getting through the next 15 minutes alive, and it’s on the unconscious level, too—a very old part of the brain. The frontal cortex is standing in the midbrain’s way of getting what it needs, which is the drug. The midbrain has to secure survival and, as far as it’s concerned, the frontal cortex (which is the person’s morals, values, the things they find meaningful, their spiritual life) is a liability. So it shuts it off. That’s a very scary state of being. And there’s no doubt about it, the person in that craving state will mobilize whatever they need to get drugs — at great social cost, with criminal activity involved. But the real requirement for proving guilt in court is something called mens rea [guilty mind], which you have to prove to get a conviction. Well, what’s interesting about these scans is that they show the areas that form intent are not on. That person is doing terrible things and should be dealt with, but they don’t have the same level of intent as someone who actually planned out how they were going to come to your house and steal your tv. Isn’t that kind of like the “Twinkie defense”? It’s more sophisticated than the Twinkie defense, because that was sort of a legal trick. This actually has some science behind it. That’s why a lot of people find it scary, because they fear it’s going to be used to get off. It doesn’t necessarily have to go that way. What this science gives us is a much deeper understanding of what happens when we make a choice. When we scan this person’s brain – and we are coming to this point – we can see that they’re just not at the same level of consciousness as a sociopathic criminal is. Or a non-addicted person. Right. That doesn’t get them off; it diverts them into drug court. It says that this defendant has committed a crime, but rather than throwing them into prison, which will just make the problem worse, we can send them to treatment. What has to happen to reduce the link between cravings and relapse? Cognitive behavior therapy? Yes, that works. For instance one could say, “I’m having a craving now, but it doesn’t mean I have to act on it.” That’s a major statement. Other things like being around people who no longer drink or use drugs. For young people, sometimes just changing their peer group helps them get sober. Get them in young person’s Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), or send them to a therapeutic boarding

school. What it takes is practicing this over and over again, so the person finally realizes, “Yes, I’m having a craving but there are things I can do about it. I can go to a meeting, call another alcoholic, or take this new medication that my doctor gave me to take the edge off.” It’s not one thing, but a bag of tricks. When the person gets practiced at this, they might get terrible cravings but not automatically cascade into relapse. And if they do relapse, you don’t punish them, but encourage them to brush themselves off and start over again? Yes, but you want to find out what caused the relapse. Are they hanging around drug users? Are they still get-

What this science gives us is a much deeper understanding of what happens when we make a choice. When we scan this person’s brain – and we are coming to this point – we can see that they’re just not at the same level of consciousness as a sociopathic criminal is. ting drug tested? A mechanism should go into place the minute that positive drug test comes in to get that person back on the horse and supervised. This is what we do with a diabetic. If I diagnose a diabetic and give them the tools, show them the insulin, and send them to the diabetic nurse to learn how to use it — then six months later they go into diabetic coma, I don’t just say, “Try harder!” I find out what isn’t working. That’s the scrutiny diabetics get. If we were to give that same treatment to addicts, the problem could be taken care of. Don’t a lot of patients with diabetes and high blood pressure fall off their regimen? Sure, and if you want to see truly revolting symptoms, spend a little time around a diabetic foot. This is medicine. Symptoms are not pleasant; patients are not at their best when they’re sick. But we don’t punish or categorize them based on whether they have pleasant symptoms or not.


The person doesn’t have a “diabetic personality.” And if the patient says they’re not going to follow the regimen, we don’t just throw up our hands and say, “Oh well, that’s the end of it.” We work with them, and it’s in the quality of the interaction that they eventually come around and realize they need to manage their disease. We talked about 12-step meetings in the last interview. I have another question about their method. In the AA community, when an alcoholic relapses, they are warmly welcomed back with no judgment or stigma. What does that accomplish, and what if this were practiced in the public sphere? What it does is maintain contact with the person at all costs. It would be nice if teenagers didn’t have sex, but they do. So what are we going to do about it? A major tenet of public health is get the person to some kind of care. You may not be able to change their behavior right away, but you might be able to teach them one thing to lower their pregnancy or STD rate. At all costs, make sure it’s easy for the patient to come into the clinic. The opposite tactic is zero tolerance. It would be nice if 767 captains didn’t binge drink to the point of blacking out, but some do. If you want to have a zero tolerance program, fine, but unfortunately that makes things worse because the pilot who needs help isn’t going to come in. However, if you create a policy that says, we know this happens, we don’t like it. But please, come to us. We won’t fire you, we’ll get you treatment, we’ll keep you with your job, your family, and the things that are meaningful. So when a community says, “Keep coming back,” and a person can come in and say, “I drank last night,” and everyone remembers when that happened to them, so they say, “We know what that’s like. Keep coming back” — then that person is much more likely to stay engaged. My mom, who is an obstetrician, gave me this example: Suppose there’s a 14-year-old woman/girl in the next room, dilated and ready to deliver a baby, and screaming her lungs out because she’s scared. What are we going to do? Go in and say, “You shouldn’t have gotten pregnant. What’s the matter with you?” No, we go in there and help her, put our moral judgments aside for the time being to fix the problem at hand. That’s the challenge we face – are we going to take the law enforcement approach, which is necessary for burglary or assault, or do we want to fix this problem? I think the public health attitude is more suited to addiction. It’s a risk management mentality which is very different from the political angles like “Tough on Crime” or “Zero Tolerance.” I understand that we don’t want to give people mixed messages. But it doesn’t work. I wish it did, but it doesn’t. It makes things worse. ◆ Dr. McCauley’s website is ADDICTIONDOCTOR.COM. Kim Hancey Duffy is a freelance writer in Salt Lake City, and is also a member of Salt Lake City Mayor’s Coalition on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs: SLCPREVENTIONCOALITION.ORG.

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TRANSFORM U

Best foot forward A wild eye for style can transform BY AURETHA CALLISON

to myself and the world around me. In my ruby-red knee-high patent leather superwoman sexpot footwear, I receive constant admiration, appreciation and offers to lick my boots. These boots stir the creativity and imagination of my community. I am stirring the pot when I wear them. I feel powerful, comfortable, wealthy, tall and female when I wear these fabulous works of Franco Sarto. Well worth $90, don’t you think? I do. I step into the me that feels all these wonderful feelings instead of the childlike Iowan sensible creature that I know myself to be. I get to be mysterious and seductive—the naughty with the nice. The moment I take them off, I stretch my calves and come down to earth again. I am transformed by the wearing of these boots. For everyone, the critical question of transformation is “How do I want to feel?” Once we make the choice to feel the way we want to feel, fear often strikes. Can my honest Midwestern self also be powerful and sexy? What will others think of me? Hmm, that can be scary stuff. We can develop and express all the best parts of ourselves, and usually simul-

Once we make the choice to feel the way we want to feel, fear often strikes. Can my honest Midwestern self also be powerful and sexy? What will others think of me? ere’s my job description: I assist people in their evolution towards authentic self-expression. That sounds pretty intense, but mostly it’s helping them express their style and best colors— making them look sharp and amazing (focus on the zing). I create a style for people that others experience as “Wow! That’s who you are! I see you.” I want to be seen as the truest, most beautiful version of the individual I am, and I want to help others to be seen in this same light. I strip away and unclutter to define and design a person’s style consistent with their energy, interests and creativity. Transformation is the critical inch of my business. I sort through with you what is working and trans the form of what is not working—the heavy, clunky, weird energy …like the jacket that never felt quite right; it takes up valuable space in your life and irritates you with a consistent dull hum. What is working adds energy right now. Presently ruby red and copper work for me. These colors transmit the truest signal of me

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taneously. However quickly you want to transform is up to your comfort level. No matter how overused, I love the imagery of the squirmy, juicy, inelegant caterpillar evolving into the fairy-footed, gossamer butterfly. It’s the transformation from overly grounded to fluttery fabulousness in the miracle of a natural process. Transformation isn’t hard, but naturally it may be uncomfortable at points. A brilliant poet client of mine manifested an entire shoe collection in one hour and $300 at the Rack. She went from one pair of clogs to 13 pairs of glamour in one hour of choice and a commitment to see what would happen. When I do my work, I feel elated to be a part of the process inside the cocoon. In this intimate and wondrous process, I am honored in the way a midwife is honored receiving a new being into the world. I witness miracles and the universe guiding us with every step. N Auretha Callison is an intuitive image stylist living in Salt Lake City. AURETHACALLISON@YAHOO.COM

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Polystyrene Foam (aka Styrofoam) The Recycling Detective stalks a ubiquitous villain and learns the difference between “recyclable” and “recycled” BY MELISSA MARTIN

Detective’s Notebook This month I was on the case of polystyrene foam — that which we glibly, and inaccurately, call Styrofoam, the Dow-trademarked variety invented in the 1940s for use as a building material and Navy and Coast Guard life rafts. A noble intention. But a villain lurks within: Styrofoam has a longer life expectancy than I do, also longer than my children and theirs. This

stuff is the worst of the worst when it comes to degrading; it pretty much doesn’t. My carry-out lunch lives on in ways I don’t even want to think about. - - - - - - - - - - - - Polystyrene is plastic. In other words, it comes from petroleum. Studies done by the EPA found styrene, the single molecule form of polystyrene, in fat biopsies of 100% of the human samples they tested. Hmm. Think I’ll bring my own mug next time. It may not be so good for me but

“Can you recycle this?” In October, Catalyst introduced “The Recycling Dectective,” a column dedicated to answering your most difficult disposal dilemmas. Readers sent in some great questions. Please feel free to send yours for future issues. Q: When recycling cardboard, do you need to remove staples, tape, glue or labels first? —Greg

those polystyrene coffee cups, takeout food containers and meat trays can all be recycled, right? Many bear the recycable emblem. However, my research gave me conflicting information. So I decided to take a tour of Rocky Mountain Recycling. I wanted to see whether the polystyrene I was putting in my bin was being recycled. If you live in Salt Lake, your recyclables are probably ending up at the plant I visited. Rocky Mountain Recycling is a private company with plants all over Utah. The city picks up the contents of our blue bins and brings it to these experts. They

A: There’s no need to remove items like staples, tape or glue before recycling cardboard or plastic. You don’t need to rinse off your recyclables, either. Q: Can you recycle soy milk cartons, frozen food bags, metal lids and plastic produce and shopping bags?—Kevin A: You can recycle all of these items. Soy milk cartons don’t carry a recycling symbol, but our city’s recycling plant does recycle them. If the carton has a plastic spout, cut it out. (You can recycle the spouts as well, but it’s best if they are

collect, sort, bale and sell all the lovely items. Well, it turns out, not all the items. I met with John Wilson, the plant manager, to get the scoop on polystyrene. “Right now one of our biggest prohibitions is [polystyrene],” said Wilson. He could see the pang of sadness on my face. “I can’t believe they still make the stuff. But we do get a lot of it here, and we have to send it to a landfill.” Here is where it gets confusing. The City of Salt Lake encourages us to recycle polystyrene, even though at the moment it doesn’t get recycled. Why not? Because not enough comes in to provide a saleable volume. The city actually needs more people to put polystyrene in their bins so they will have to recycle it. There’s a big problem here. Polystyrene is bad for the environment and bad for people’s health. It makes more sense to avoid it all together. This is another instance where we need to remember our R’s: Rethink, reuse, reduce, recycle. How about another R: Refuse. When it comes to polystyrene, after rethinking, a smart conclusion is to refuse to use it. Most of us probably find ourselves face to face with polystyrene at restaurants when getting take-out or at the grocery store when buying packaged meat. Some restaurants use plastic or paper board containers for take out. Even McDonalds switched from its clamlike styrofoam containers to paper wrappers years ago. We can ask other restaurants to do the same. Change is possible but we may need to lead the way. If your favorite restaurant is still using styrofoam containers, ask them to change. Nicely, but every time you go there. As for the packaged meat, go to the meat counter and ask the butcher to wrap your items and skip the foam. I recently had this conversation with my butcher. Not only did he oblige me, but I got to have a

separate.) Plastic frozen food bags can be recycled; the same goes for plastic produce bags. Lids, from metal to plastic, are all recyclable. When recycling small items like produce bags try to bundle them together so they don’t blow away. By the way, last month we reported that a city official told us not to recycle paper coffee cups and carry-out containers due to the plastic coating. The recycling plant manager, however, tells us they just sort them with the cardboard; so they’re okay—though still not nearly as good as carrying your own cup.


Polystyrene, aka Styrofoam, is bad for the environment and bad for people’s health. It makes more sense to avoid it all together. meaningful conversation with an otherwise complete stranger when he asked “Are you allergic to styrofoam?” After I explained my feelings he was more than happy to cut me a fresh piece of meat minus the foam. Besides its uses in the food industry, polystyrene is also used to ship and pack products in many forms from big blocks to packing peanuts. Some companies have switched to other more recyclable materials, so do your research before you buy. UPS stores will usually take foam peanuts off your hands if you end up with any, but no other forms of polystyrene foam are accepted. As you can see, this is a complex and dicey issue. Bottom line: Avoid polystyrene foam as much as possible. When you do use it, recycle it in your big blue bin. Because if you do, it has a chance of possibly getting recycled. If you don’t, no chance. As I began to write the conclusion for this column, I found myself craving Indian food. While I drove to the restaurant to pick up my takeout, my head was clouded with thoughts of how to rid ourselves of the villain. The sky was dark; big gray clouds were coming over the mountains and rain was due. I got out of my car with my bag of Indian food. I had an eerie feeling that I was being followed, so I hurried into my house and locked the door. The delightful aromas of the food calmed me as I opened the bag. I took out the chicken sagg, chicken mahkani, and flat bread. I reached into the bag for my jasmine rice. Aaaaaagh! I screamed as I touched the container. It stared up at me, its white pale face mocking mine. My jasmine rice was enclosed in a white styrofoam case. ◆ If you have a burning question for the recycling detective, email MELISSA@CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

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January 2008

Beauty and the Feast Companionable eating to take the edge off

BY JUDYTH HILL I could hardly wait to grow up and stare interestedly at my own reflection, while carefully applying parfum to all my pulse points. I’m not sure people even know where their pulse points are anymore. But I do. I know, I know, you’re thinking: get to the point. And I’m wondering why I can’t get to appetizers without a quick visit to the dressing table and getting pretty. Then I understand. There’s a certain kind of eating that is really about beauty.

Letting the world spin on, while you and your love commit togetherness over something delicious…

om was the high priestess of hors d’oeurves. Cocktail hour was sacred. It started with lipstick. Icy melon, or coral kiss. A schmear, then blot. It started with what was interestingly referred to in the ’50s as a fresh face. I loved all parts of this process. I thought it de rigueur before creating tempting morsels on Ritzes, to sit at your vanity and do your hair. Then, mouth slightly open, apply a light brush of dark navy color to upper lashes. She always used those cake mascaras, Lancôme, I think, and something about wetting the brush and leaning into the dressing table mirror looked so exciting to me.

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It’s not that noonhour roar in the stomach, which demands the immediate consumption of thick, steamy chowder or a huge juicy sandwich. Not the early morning yen for crisp and butter, accompanied by the darkest cup of coffee you can brew. This is about edges. Assuaging just the edge of hunger, so that the day’s end can be savored. So that you and your beloved, or whomsoever with you have chosen to share this delicate time between, quietly, sweetly, mark the edge and onset of evening. To invite and celebrate coming together, settling into the refolding of yourselves back into each other’s day. To acknowledge midpoint, a shift in tempo. A beginning of another sort. So, firstly, make time. Then select a lovely plate. Mine is the one my mother always used. It’s odd, the only one of its kind from a kitchen where everything came in sets of 12. It’s a black plate with the raised images of a man and a

woman talking. And a chicken between them. Like I said, it’s odd. And I haunt antique shops for those heavy Depression Glass condiment plates, and old single pieces of silver service. You get the idea. At first, the building of your larder toward an instantly doable cocktail hour takes preparation. But once the habit is set, on any given evening, you can say, “Darling, let’s have d’oeurves and talk,” and in no time, you’re curled up on the couch, with a small table at your knees, or on pillows, or your porch, or at the kitchen table, cleared, of course, of the day’s detritus, and ready. Glass of wine, or cocktail, in hand, or a savory juice, seasoned and flaunting a stirstick of celery for fun, ice cubes companionably clinking. Low prep and high returns on your appetizer menu suggest: Olives. Good ones, picante green, or Kalamata, or stuffed with almonds or bleu cheese. Or black ones, large, with pits, so you eat them slowly, tasting thoughtfully their velvety meat. Sardines, if you like, or smoked oysters. A chunk of Jarlsburg cheese, thinly sliced and fanned out delicately. And never underestimate the enlivening crisp and color of cool, fresh carrot spears, tiny dewy florets of broccoli and cauliflower, rings of bright green and red peppers. A bowl of balsamic, or ranch dressed to the nines with morsels of creamy Gorgonzola or feta. A hardboiled egg, sliced and attended by a pungent dab of Dijon mustard can be just the right thing. Your foods may be simple or complex. It’s the gesture towards grace that counts. Letting the world spin on, while you and your love commit togetherness over something delicious… I always have tortilla chips on hand. Sharp cheddar cheese. And green onions. Sour cream.


I bet you do, too. If you keep a can of some refried or black beans tucked back behind the cereals and pastas, you can make nachos as grand as you please. Or if you are happen to have leftover morsels of cooked chicken, sausage, ground beef or bison, or care to sauté some up with a smidgen of onion—have at it. Quelle largesse! I do confess to microwave here. Layer for a good mix: Heap the chips in a deep dish, spoon some beans on top; sprinkle with onions (and maybe tiny bites of fresh jalapeño or serrano chiles), any meats or seafood you are adding, some small chunks of cream cheese, grate on your cheese and repeat on the second layer. Microwave or bake just till melted. Sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro to taste, salsa on the side… The aroma will make your mouth water, and those conversational juices flow. Cocktail hour noshing needn’t be fancy. Make sure that you keep crackers in your life. Salted nuts. Pickles, dill or sweet, whatever you love. Any leftover bit of meat or seafood can be cut into slender, tasty bites and served solo to allow for creative eating, with various dipping sauces, or arranged on toastpoints, with a scribble of mayo, a dab of chutney, or a tad of Sriracha. But oh, it can indeed be fancy. A piping hot crabmeat dip, my favorite childhood treat from my mother’s always resplendent larder, is actually only a few very storable ingredients away. And seems so luxe. A block of Philly cream cheese, softened. A clove of garlic, crushed. Or garlic powder, in a pinch. Juice of fresh lemon to taste, a dash or so of Worcestershire sauce. A generous grind of fresh pepper, a few drops of Tabasco sauce. Gently fork in a can of drained crabmeat, adding the juices a bit at a time ‘til just barely thinned enough for dip. Should you decide to splurge, this can be made spectacularly with fresh crab.

You know Mom did. Now that I think of it, this may also be prepared as a vegetarian dip, if you substitute finely diced peppers, juicy red onions, whatever else pleases your fancy. Again, to bake or microwave till bubbly hot is the final step. Now, want to really show off your ability to throw off the day and waltz into evening like Fred and Ginger, like Kelly and Caron? Here are two of my favorite and scrumptiously aboveandbeyondthecallofbeauty hors d’oeurves. The mushrooms will fill your kitchen with the most savory scents you can imagine, and the presence of Oysters Rockefeller on your table will catapult you into the appetizer hall of fame. And they are all so easy. But let’s never let on. These are for those moments when you want more than a pause. You want a showstopper…

Broiled Stuffed Mushrooms 12 servings 12 large mushrooms 3 T. butter, approximately 1 smaIl onion, chopped fine 1 c. fine soft bread crumbs 1 c. chopped, cooked chicken, ham, bacon or shrimp, OR 1/4 c. chopped unsalted nuts 2 T. cream, good red wine, or sherry (approximately) Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Sweet marjoram, rosemary or oregano to taste Preheat broiler. Remove and chop the mushroom stems. In a skillet, heat 1 T. of the butter, add the onion and chopped mushroom stems and saute about 2 minutes. Add the crumbs, the meat, shrimp or nuts, enough cream, sherry or wine to moisten the mixture and the seasonings. Place the mushroom caps on a baking sheet and brush with the remaining butter, melted. Broil, cup side down, in a pre-heated broiler about 2 minutes. Invert and fill with the stuffing. Brush with melted butter and broil about 3 minutes longer.

Oysters Rockefeller 6 servings 1/2 lb. spinach, washed well and drained 6 or 8 scallions 1/2 head lettuce 1/2 stalk celery 1/2 bunch of parsley 1 clove garlic 1 cup butter 1 1/2 c. fine bread crumbs 1 T. Worcestershire sauce 1 t. anchovy paste 1/2 t. salt Few dashes of Tabasco sauce 2 T. absinthe or Pernod 36 oysters Mince finely or grind together the spinach, scallions, lettuce, celery, parsley and garlic. Heat the butter and mix in the greens, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, anchovy paste, saIt, Tabasco and Pernod. Refrigerate until ready to use. Spoon the mixture onto 36 oysters on the half shell. Set the oyster halves on a bed of rock salt and bake in a hot oven (450ºF.) until piping hot. Serve immediately. Imagine 700 words on hors d’oeurves and I’ve never even whispered about chewy baguettes of French bread or ciabatta, and a fully ripe brie. Never said crisp apple, and a perfect Anjou pear.... Or a small jar of delectable, pungent pesto. A juicy Roma tomato. These are obvious. I know you know. I just want you to remember. As the sun makes its way west: sigh. Breathe and stretch and think, it’s time to stop.... Now visit the fridge and shelves and set your ingredients together. But first, oh first: Honor beauty. Yours, mine and the world’s, and celebrate that wonderful dusky wind down into evening. Look in the mirror. N Judyth Hill is a poet and former bakery owner. She has published six books of poetry and is the author of the internationally acclaimed poem, “Wage Peace.” WWW.ROCKMIRTH.COM

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Herbs can help manage blood sugar? Yes, but you still need to eat right and exercise BY MERRY LYCETT HARRISON, RH (AHG) I just had my annual checkup and blood test. Everything is normal except for my glucose which is 99, at the extreme high of normal. (The range is 85-99.) The doctor recommends eliminating sugar from my diet and getting regular exercise before resorting to medication to control it. Are there any herbs that can help keep blood sugar normal? Blood sugar levels are a common concern nowadays with the dramatic rise in obesity and increase in the number of people, young and old, diagnosed with diabetes. Changing farming methods, increased consumption of cultivated grains and the development of diabetes seem to be correlated in history. Ancient Egyptians were afflicted with it, and its

Goats rue, Galega officinalis (left), and Cactus, Opuntia spp.(below), can be helpful in lowering glucose levels. occurrence increased in Europe with the importation of sugar in the 1600s. Before I give you the names of the herbs that might help you manage your blood sugar, I’d like to go through some information that can help you determine how great your risk remains for elevated blood glucose. Is your elevated reading high because you are overweight and eat a diet high in sugars, carbohydrates and refined foods? If so, there’s a very good chance that you could bring down your blood glucose level by putting the suggested preventive measures in place and adhering to a regimen of regular vigorous exercise and a wholefoods diet low in grains, flours and sugars of all kinds including honey, fructose, syrups and alcohol. Eating a

breakfast high in protein and low in carbs is a helpful way to begin your day. Wild Oats offers a useful free booklet that tells you how many carbs and how much protein grains and legumes have. For example, barley and quinoa are high in protein compared to white rice. Get a glycemic index chart from the pharmacy or online. It tells you which foods are highest in sugar so you can make careful dietary choices. You may be surprised to learn that a baked potato carries a high glycemic load. You must read food package labels to see if what you are buying contains added sugar. Yogurt is good for you, but check out the grams of sugar in a small fruit yogurt serving. Some have as much as a soft drink, between 2530 added grams of sugar. Reading labels can help you eliminate lots of unwanted sugar from your diet. Restoring macro and micronutrients to the body will diminish cravings. I like to recommend Millcreek Herbs’ Nutritional Tea of dandelion, oat straw and nettle to insure good minerals. The right ratio of essential fatty acids like omega 3 (fish oil), omega 6 (flax oil), and omega 7 and 9 are important, as are supplementation of chromiun nicotinate and magnesium citrate. If you think the doctor’s recommended approach is not working or is not manageable, and you don’t see the results you hoped for, there is a condition called insulin resistance that you may want to learn more about. Glucose is the energy source for most cells. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and regulates blood glucose levels by acting like a key to allow glucose to enter a cell to be used for energy or fuel. Insulin also informs fat cells to increase storage. Under normal conditions, when the nutrients are cleared from the blood after a meal, the pancreas stops secreting insulin. Insulin resistance occurs when the insulin does

not effectively unlock the cell so the pancreas just keeps pumping out insulin even if the cells already have plenty of glucose for energy. Another name for this is Syndrome X or metabolic syndrome. Doctors use the waist-to-hip ratio as an indicator of possible metabolic syndrome in patients: In men, a ratio greater than 0.9 or a waist over 40 inches is suspect. For women, a ratio greater than 0.75 or a waist measurement over 35 inches is the indicator. Elevated triglycerides and depressed HDL cholesterol (less than 40 for men and less than 50 for women) are also

There are several ginsengs, but one study suggests only American ginseng, Panax quinquefolium, enhances insulin sensitivity. This herb may also improve energy so that one is more likely to feel like getting that much needed exercise. possible signs of this condition. Insulin resistance can lead to diabetes, and the health risk factors are significant: abdominal obesity, hypertension, abnormal cholesterol, sticky blood that clots easily, damage to arteries and tissues, systemic inflammation and more. Checking your family history for diabetes my also be an indicator of your level of risk. Now for the good news about herbs. Many herbs have been shown to be useful in managing, and even reducing, blood sugar. Goats rue, Galega officinalis, contains guanidine and chromium. The glucose-lowering drug Metformin has the basic guanidine structure, and chromium is essential for proper glucose metabolism. The herb can easily be made into a tea. The leaves of blueberry, huckleberry, whortleberry and bilberry (Vaccinium spp.) have been used to lower blood sugar since Egyptian times, but I am not sure anyone understands the mechanism that makes the herb so effective. The fruit of blueberries is also useful; their high flavonoid content that helps to repair vascular damage caused by diabetes. Hyperinsulinemia, or high levels of insulin in the blood, occurs when the cellular messaging does not function properly to inform the body to stop

excreting insulin when the cells have adequate glucose. This condition may or may not accompany loss of glycemic control. Some herbs have been shown to enhance insulin sensitivity, thereby diminishing excessive insulin output. This differs from some pharmaceuticals which stimulate more insulin production and secretion or inhibit production of glucose. There are several ginsengs, but one study suggested that only American ginseng, Panax quinquefolium, is effective in this manner. This herb may also improve energy so that one is more likely to feel like getting that much-needed exercise. I had always heard that the Ayurvedic herb bitter melon (Momordica charantia) was useful for diabetes. Not having it in my pharmacy, I knew little about it until one day at the farmer’s market I saw one for sale and bought it. I understood its name when I steamed and ate it. It is extremely bitter as are many herbs recommended to lower blood sugar. Sources suggest consuming the unripe fruit (good luck). The dried fruit ground up in capsules is also recommended—a more palatable way to take this herb. Holy basil, Ocimum spp., is another Ayurvedic herb with a reputation for enhancing the cells’ insulin sensitivity. Cinnamon is easy to come by and is effective at improving the cells’ reaction to insulin in a variety of dose ranges. One can add it to common recipes like granola, applesauce, toast and drinks. Cactus, Opuntia spp., is very low on the glycemic index. It is good food, and in large doses, it increases insulin sensitivity. Locally, you can buy fresh cactus pads in the grocery store or preserved in jars in the Mexican food section. I like to chop it up and add it to chili recipes. It has sort of a slimy texture which I don’t mind. If you live in the desert southwest where it grows in abundance, you can get lots of it fresh, and you can even go online to purchase cactus preparations and prickly pear juice which is delicious! Check with your healthcare professional to determine which approach to control your blood sugar levels is right for you. Because you are just borderline and do not yet require medication, it may be a reasonable approach to use herbs to help reduce your levels before resorting to medication, but also be sure to exercise and eat carefully to avoid added sugars. Now is a good time to put into practice as many methods of prevention as you can. ◆ Merry Lycett Harrison is a clinical herbalist with a practice in Salt Lake City. She is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and owner of Millcreek Herbs, LLC.


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Let’s walk together, please! BYJOHANNA TERESI t’s a common sight—a dog dragging its owner along by the leash. Dogs that pull can tempt owners to exercise their dog only off leash, which, of course, can be dangerous. It also can restrict young or elderly family members from participating in dog walks. Walking with your dog on a loose leash is much easier. This month we will discuss how to train leash walking on a normal flat collar. Use a flat collar (a leather or cloth collar with a buckle or snap), not a choker or prong collar. You will also need a 4 to 6 foot cloth or leather leash. Do not use a flexileash. If your dog bites the leash, you may want to try a chain leash. A clicker (see January 2007 article) with a wrist band and a treat bag that attaches to your pants can be very helpful. Yummy treats such as Natural Balance dog food rolls, cheese, or turkey hot dogs are great choices. Avoid dry treats. The treats should be pea- to dime-sized. You’ll want enough to fill a sandwich-size zip-lock bag. Coordination is the hardest part. Sometimes it is helpful to practice these methods without your dog or in the house with low distractions.

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Choose which side you would like your dog to walk on. If you choose your left side, hook your treat bag on your left hip and hold the clicker in your right hand. Place the end loop of the leash in your right hand, grabbing another section of the leash one to three feet below the loop. The remaining leash length should be just enough to allow your dog to walk one or two feet ahead of you. The leash should cross in front of you, so you can also hold it with your left hand for extra leverage, which may be necessary with strong pullers. Reverse this arrangement if you want your dog to walk on your right. At the beginning of the training process, you can’t expect your dog to walk nicely on the leash for a full 30- to 60-minute walk. Start with multiple five- to 15-minute walks throughout the day. Then gradually increase the length of your walks. Also, supplement your dog’s exercise through play with other friendly dogs or games such as fetch. Your goal is to reward proper leash walking without the dog pulling forward or outward on the leash. The leash should never be tense. Your dog does not have to

heel, and it’s okay if he stops to smell. When your dog is walking nicely on the leash, say “easy,” and click and treat (C/T) with your left hand (if you’re training the dog to walk on the left side). Hold the treat behind your knee so you don’t encourage your dog’s head to cross in front of your legs. Keep the C/T frequency high until your dog readily walks politely on the leash. Praising your dog for proper leash walking will also encourage it. If your dog pulls forward on the leash, say “easy” and immediately begin a gradual turn to walk in the opposite direction. Then promptly C/T your dog for being in the correct position. Do not pop the leash on your dog’s neck. Eventually, your dog should respond to “easy” without prompting. At first you will be changing directions frequently. As your dog’s leash-walking behavior improves, switch from frequent to occasional treat rewards rather than terminating the treats. Now take your dog for a walk and have a great time! ◆ Johanna Teresi is a professional dog trainer and owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC. fourleggedscholars.com

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h, a clean slate once again! A new year ahead with no “coulda woulda shouldas” on record to haunt us. What a perfect time to put the past behind us (good, bad or ugly – it’s done) and embrace our full potential as creative directors of our lives. To help create a year you’ll love, consider the following tips and techniques to transform your 2008. Since CATALYST readers lead the pack, it’s likely you already practice one or more of these tips. If not, it’s time to start. Choose one you haven’t mastered yet, and enjoy!

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Letting oxygen in to fill the lungs is not only good for physical health, but for your emotional and spiritual health as well. We feel better and think better when our body cells are fully oxygenated. Some say it’s because oxygen strengthens our connection to source (however you think of that source). I don’t know if that’s true; I just know everything feels better after a deep breath. Next time you don’t know what to do or feel overwhelmed with challenging emotions, take a moment to focus on your breath and let the peace (and solutions) in, while releasing the stress. Oxygen is both invigorating and cleansing. Although breathing might not seem like a law of attraction technique, it is a huge key to relaxing and allowing. Don’t underestimate the power of your breath! Best of all, it’s free, easy, and you can do it anywhere. Try three in a row right now to feel the positive effects.

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3. Be still. Embrace the habit of slowing down. Becoming present to the current moment creates a space for magic to happen. When our lives are crammed full of “reality” and our knee-jerk reactions to it, we have neither the discipline nor the capability of directing our attention where it best serves us. How many of us spend the majority of our waking hours worrying about the future or being regretful or resentful about the past? Learning to appreciate the present moment helps us love our life. Cultivating a practice of mindfulness also allows you to connect with your inner knowing and guidance. This will lead you to your path of authentic fulfillment. This doesn’t mean you have to give up TV and spend every night on a meditation cushion. You can practice this the way Elizabeth Gilbert’s (author of “Eat, Pray, Love”) Indonesian mentor guided her: practice sitting and smiling for a few minutes each day. You’ll notice a difference when you do. There are a variety of ways to explore internal peace and quiet. However you approach the practice, the journey is well rewarded.

4. Focus. Want to really blow the socks off your new year? Cultivate a focus on what’s working in your life and what’s truly important to you. Get used to looking at what’s going your way, things to appreciate, and reasons to be thankful. Since we get what we think about, as we direct our attention to what we want and

enjoy (instead of worrying about what we don’t want or what went wrong before), we attract our manifested desires. Although it takes a little practice, the energy invested in this pursuit pays off handsomely. In the very least, as Meister Eckhart said, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”

5. Let go. There comes a time we’re called to release old patterns, friendships, lifestyles, thoughts. When that time comes, honor it. New things can’t enter while we’ve got a death grip on the old. Learn to trust your intuition and doubt your fear, and let go of what no longer serves you. Also, one of the most powerful ways to transform your year is to release your attachment to outcome. What we really want isn’t so much a particular outcome anyway. Rather, what we really want is how we think that outcome will make us feel. You can, in fact, choose that feeling now, before anything else happens. The beauty of loosening your grip on what you think needs to happen before you’re happy is that you not only feel a greater sense of peace now, you also often get more satisfying results. Let go of needing certain things to happen or change before you feel better. As you release the attachment, you open to magic and miracles. (Note the distinction here: You’re not letting go of the desire, just your need for it to happen.)

Ancient spiritual traditions, as well as leading-edge science, tell us our feelings dictate what manifests in our lives. Getting clear on what we’re feeling and learning to choose specific feelings at will allows us to be proactive manifestors.

6. Have fun. We Americans are particularly driven by ambition and the push to succeed, often at the expense of enjoying the journey. Let’s not forget the bigger picture. Suffering doesn’t serve anyone, although it is a habit some easily engage in. Sometimes we think it’s wrong to enjoy life when so many others aren’t, or when there is so much work to be done to correct our “faltering” world. The truth is that suffering doesn’t serve anyone — not you, not others, and certainly not the cause we feel so passionate about. We’re offering our best service when we feel good.

Know that when you “push against” something, you strengthen it. That in itself is reason enough to relinquish suffering. There’s nothing to prove and no hoops to jump through in order to be worthy of reward. So relax and relish! Finally, you know more than you think you do. Remember to trust yourself and lighten up to savor the journey. We make much more of all this than is helpful. Enjoy your new year as if it were impossible to screw up, because indeed, it is. Happy 2008 to you! N Jeannette Maw is a Law of Attraction coach and founder of Good Vibe Coaching in Salt Lake City. WWW.GOODVIBECOACH.COM.

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A whole new twist on dinner and dancing January 18 Mindbender. Come on time, stay late. The Second Annual Mindbender is a multimedia smorgasbord of pro-

gressive cultural ideas presented with DJs, movie trailers, “live art” and more. 7 p.m.: dinner and discussion on “Illuminated,” a new animated series. At 10, rev up with DJ Wolfie before watching the 11 p.m. 20minute movie trailer of “Eschatology” (the end of time), followed by David Starfire, live painting by Savi, and a trailer of “Illuminated Experience.” Dance the rest of the night away, with Bassnectar at 1 a.m. and Dubscouts starting at 3 a.m. What are the organizers aiming for? “An integrated sense of purpose, meaning, belonging, and celebration,” according to their website, designed by local art-andsoul diva Sunny Strasburg. Mindbender “seeks to bridge the personal isolation which contributes to the apathy, political helplessness and turning-out that many suffer from today.” Call it a party with a purpose. $20 (available online). 435-658-cool, WWW.SUNNYSTRASBURG.COM/MI NDBENDER/MINDBENDER.SWF

A passion for the bound word Sam Weller’s Zion book store is always a great place to find the perfect new must-read or the hard-tofind classic. Don’t miss three exciting events happening this month! 254 S Main Street, 328-2586, WWW.SAMWELLERS.COM January 25 2:30p Nancy Drew book club. This month: “The Haunted Showboat” and “Secret of

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the Golden Pavilion.” This ongoing book club meets the last Friday of each month at the Beehive Tea Room, just around the corner from the bookstore. $8 admission (buy at bookstore) includes tea and light refreshment. January 24 6:30p. J Jance: Hand of Evil. Mystery lovers, don’t miss

this chance to meet the woman behind the highly popular whodone-it novels. January 31 7p. Jana Richman: The Last Cowgirl. This local author tells the story of family drama that takes place in Salt Lake and the ’burbs.

Extreme photography January 15 7p. National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen tells his experiences as an extreme photographer, including an up-close and personal look at Antarctica’s fierce leopard seals. Nicklen focuses his photographic mission on celebrating the beauty of the lands and creatures at the ends of the earth to show the rest of us what is truly at stake in the ongoing debates over global warming. Free and open to public. Westminster College, Vive Gore concert hall, WWW.WESTMINSTERCOLLEGE.EDU/CAMPUS_EVENTS

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Boreas, the North Wind Teaching the proper use of force BY TONY GUAY

They agreed to a contest— whoever could first strip a passing man of his clothes would be declared the victor. Boreas blew with all his strength, but the stronger his blasts of icy winter wind, the tighter the traveler wrapped his clothes around him. Finally Boreas calmed his wind. Helios shone with all his brightness and warmth. Feeling the Sun’s gentle warmth, the traveler took off one garment after another as Helios warmed his body until he had to completely disrobe and bathe in a nearby stream to cool his body. It was unclear if Boreas learned the obvious lesson—persuasion is always more productive than force. Interpretation: Boreas teaches us that there are two sides to force and anger. They can be used as a catalyst for positive change and growth. Their energies can be used to speak truth to power, to give voice to one’s inner truth, to stand up for one’s own self-interest, and to stand against any real injustice in your life or in our world. Boreas teaches us that when used to impose our will on another, force

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Meditation: My strongest and most memorable encounters with the energy of the North Wind were during winters in Maine. I spent a lot of time in the North Woods of Maine as a young man. I recall many long, cold snowshoe hikes deep into the forest, and so often the energy of Boreas was with me. The sound of the North Wind, whipping through the hemlock, pine, spruce, and fir, was at once calming, and with its full power, a bit unsettling. Boreas represents both the positive and negative aspects of the North Wind and its energy. Take some time each week (especially during these winter months when Boreas is most active) to meditate on Boreas and what he represents in your life. The North Wind is most active in the afternoon and evening, before and during winter storms, so try to meditate on Boreas during these times. If at all possible, snowshoe or ski into a backcountry area with mature coniferous trees; their crowns seem to amplify and accentuate the qualities of the North Wind. If a backcountry location is not accessible, explore local city parks (Liberty Park has many large conifers)or anywhere you can sit

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your indoor space for meditating on Boreas. Begin your meditation by sitting comfortably, close your eyes, and focus on taking full, deep breaths, exhaling fully. Try to let your thoughts settle down, and begin meditating on how you use the energies of Boreas in your life. How do you apply inner force and anger in your own life, both as you relate to your self and as you relate to others? Do you use your inner force and anger to your benefit and to the benefit of those around you? Are you skilled in the ability to forcefully and clearly state your own needs, desires, and preferences? Do you have the ability to stand up for your inner truth, for those you love, and to stand against injustice in your life? If you lack this ability, and wish to foster it, then meditate on the positive aspects of Boreas. Meditate on speaking forcefully and clearly in your life. When your words and feelings are infused with anger yet applied with love and respect, the results usually benefit everyone. While meditating on Boreas, also spend some time on the negative aspects of force and anger that might be present in

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Name: Boreas (pronounced bohr’-ee-uhs)— Greek God of the North Wind. AKA: Aquilo, North Wind, Devouring One. Mythology/Source: Greek mythology. Symbolism: Boreas, the Greek God of the North Wind, is one of the four Anemoi—wind gods associated with the cardinal directions. Boreas is often depicted as a purplewinged god with hair and beard infused with ice. Also known as the god of winter, the strong and masculine Boreas lived in Thrace. Boreas and the other Anemoi were the children of Astraeus (a Titan) and Eos (goddess of the Dawn).

Zephyrus represented the West Wind, Notus the South Wind, and of course, Boreas the North Wind. Eurus was known as the unlucky East Wind, but was not a brother to Zephyrus, Notus, or Boreas. Boreas was well-known for his forcefulness and bad temper. During the Persian war, Boreas showed favor to the Athenians by destroying ships of the barbarians. He also showed favor to the Megalopolitans over the Spartans, and was therefore honored with annual festivals in Megalopolis. In another example of Boreas’s powerful and boastful tendency, he and Helios (the Sun) argued about which one was the most powerful.

Boreas teaches us that there are two sides to force and anger. They can be used as a catalyst for positive change and growth. When used to impose our will on another, force and anger lead to fear, and this isolates us from ourselves and all those around us. and anger lead to fear, and this isolates us from ourselves and all those around us, especially those that we claim to love, as well as those who love us. When we feed the negative energies of force and anger, we give away our true power and become weak and alone. This does not serve us well, but focusing our attention on the positive energies that Boreas represents can serve us very well indeed.

beneath and among a few large coniferous trees. You can also make do with a quiet indoor location, although it will be more difficult to reach the inner space best for meditating on Boreas. If you do choose an indoor setting, try to mimic a winter conifer forest setting as much as possible. Look for one of the many ‘sounds of nature’ audio CDs, and choose one that contains forest sounds of winter to further prepare

your life. Whether you are the one generating negative energy or the one buffeted by the North Wind is less important than recognizing these qualitiesand taking the steps necessary to change them. Remember they come from a place of fear, not love, and they only bring isolation and loneliness—these never serve you well. Choose and nurture what serves you well. N Tony may be reached at: TPGUAY@HOTMAIL.COM.


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HEALTH, WELLNESS & BODY CARE Ayurveda, beauty supply, birth services/ prenatal care, Chinese medicine/ acupuncture, colon therapy, dentistry, health centers, health products, homeopathy, naturopaths, nutritionists, physical therapy, physicians, women's healthcare Alexander Technique Mindful Movement with Cathy Pollock, 230-7661 Re-educating the kinesthetic (movement) sense to replace harmful habit patterns of movement and mind with ease, balance, and coordination. Improve your musical performance, voice, dance, athletics, dressage, martial arts, workstation posture…and more! If you live and breathe, the Alexander Technique can help you. WWW.ALEXANDERTECHNIQUEUTAH.COM

Dragon Dreams, a New Age Gift Boutique Meditation and chakra CDs, ORGANIC skin care products and incense, books, crystals, local artist consignments and mystical things like magic wands, fairies and DRAGONS. Web of Life Wellness Center, 989 E 900 S, 509-1043. Uli Knorr, ND Eastside Natural Health Clinic 474-3684. Dr. Knorr, with 10 years of clinical experience, offers comprehensive naturopathic medical care. Focus on gastrointestinal health, endocrinology, detoxification and the cardiovascular system; Bio-identical hormone therapy along with adrenal and thyroid function support. Natural medicine/ herbal medicine focus. RBCBS/ ValueCare. EASTSIDENATURALHEALTH.COM. Frequencies – Balance – Self-Healing DaNell 680-2853, David 558-9340. Stop surviving and begin thriving. The progression of the AIM (All Inclusive Method) technology is chronicled in the novel “Sanctuary: The Path to Consciousness” (Lewis & Slawson). Inherited predispositions, physical & mental imbalances, environmental toxicity–you can self heal 24/7 using this frequency tool. Pets too. WWW.INFINITECONSCIOUSNESS.COM.

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Lori Berryhill, L. Ac. MSTOM Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine 670 7th Avenue 355-3076 / 554-5913 Offering a full range of health/wellness care. The philosophy of my clinic reaches for healing, restorative and preventative therapies including all acute and chronic diseases, sports injury, pediatrics, and emotional issues.

Cameron Wellness Center T.W. Cameron, BSN, ND. 486.4226. 1945 South 1100 East #202. You can enhance your healing potential! Naturopathic medicine with emphasis on treatment of chronic illness. Services include: education in mind/body connection, thyroid, adrenal and hormone balancing, diet and lifestyle counseling, neural therapy and intravenous nutrition treatment.

Todd Mangum, MD, Web of Life Wellness Center 531-8340. 989 E. 900 S., Ste. A1. Dr. Mangum is a family practice physician who uses acupuncture, massage, herbs & nutrition to treat a wide range of conditions including chronic fatigue, HIV infection, allergies, digestive disturbances and fibromyalgia. He also designs programs to maintain health & wellness.

Colon Hydrotherapy—Massage 541-3064. Karen Schiff, PT. Licensed physical therapist, certified colon hydrotherapist, I-ACT member, FDA approved system. Clear out old toxins & create the environment within you to realize your health goals. Gently soothe, cleanse, hydrate & tone your body’s primary elimination channel. Enhanced results with nutritional guidance & abdominal massage. This ancient work is a gentle, external method to relieve digestive distress,

Precision Physical Therapy 557-6733. Jane Glaser-Gormally, MS, PT. 4568 S. Highland Dr., Ste. 140. Licensed PT specializing in holistic integrated manual therapy (IMT). Safe, gentle, effective techniques for pain and tissue dysfunction. This unique form of therapy works to identify sources of pain and assists the body with self-corrective mechanisms to alleviate pain and restore mobility and function. BCBS and Medicare provider.

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Mindful Yoga 355-2617. Charlotte Bell, RYT & Iyengar certified. Public & private classes, workshops, retreats, river trips and teacher training since 1986. This form of yoga combines alignment awareness with mindfulness practice & breath-supported movement to encourage a sense of ease & balance in traditional postures. Classes include meditation and pranayama (breath awareness) instruction as well as physical practice. Bring comfortable clothing and a sense of humor. WWW.CHARLOTTEBELLYOGA .COM Red Lotus School of Movement 740 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101, 355-6375.WWW.REDLOTUSSCHOOL.COM, REDLOTUS@REDLOTUS.CNC. NET. Established in 1994 by Sifu Jerry Gardner and Jean LaSarre Gardner. Offers traditional-style training in the classical martial arts of T'ai Chi, Wing Chun Kung-Fu, and T'ai Chi Chih (qi gong exercises). We also offer children's classes in Wing Chun Kung-Fu (ages 7-12). Red Lotus School is located down-

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PSYCHIC ARTS & INTUITIVE SCIENCES astrology, mediums, past life integration, psychics All About Your Life: Readings, Psychic Tarot 575-7103. Margaret Ruth. Listen to Margaret Ruth on X-96 FM on Friday mornings or book a private appointment or party. WWW.MARGARETRUTH.COM Alyse Finlayson, Spiritual Artist & Psychic 435-640-6042. Trained artist uses her psychic gifts to paint portraits of your angels and guides. Offering soul retrievals and assists people in building and bringing awareness to their connection with their souls (higher selves) so as to develop their chosen soul paths. WWW.SOULINTERCONNECTION.COM; Amy Megan West, Professional Astrologer WWW.MOONGLIDE .COM. Astrology, Tarot and Psychic reader with over 20+ years experience. Astrologer

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Soul & Psyche 293-0484. Cynthia Hill, PhD. Astrological readings focused on energetic & cellular memory patterns of the ’mind-body’ system, personality strength & challenges; current & past life patterns & habits, relationship & family dynamics, soul purpose & spiritual intent, current & future cycles of growth, healing & empowerment through self-knowledge & understanding. 30 years clinical experience. Call for appt. & class info. Transformational Astrology Ralfee Finn. 800-915-5584. Catalyst’s astrology columnist for 10 years! Visit

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Anne Windsor, Professional Astrologer 888.876.2482. 1338 S Foothill #182 Salt Lake City UT 84108. Life’s an adventure... Be Prepared! Crystal clear perspective on all aspects of your life journey including personal growth, relationships, finances, and professional success. Gain the insight you need to make the right choices and make the most of your life. Visa/MC. WWW.ANNEWINDSOR.COM Intuitive Therapy Suzanne Wagner, 359-2225. Trish Withus 918-6213. WWW.THEREISONLYLOVE. COM.

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Center for Transpersonal Therapy 596-0147. 989 E. 900 S. Dana Appling, LCSW, Denise Boelens, PhD; Chris Robertson, LCSW; Lynda Steele, LCSW; Sherry Lynn Zemlick, PhD, Wil Dredge LCSW. The transpersonal approach to healing draws on the knowledge from traditional science & the spiritual wisdom of the east & west. Counseling orientation integrates body, mind, & spirit. Individuals, couples, groups, retreats, & classes.

Steven J. Chen, Ph.D., Psychologist 718-1609. 150 S 600 E. Healing techniques for depression, anxiety and relationship issues. Treatment of trauma, abuse and stress. Career guidance. Sensitive and caring approach to create wellness, peace, happiness and contentment. HTTP://THERAPIST.PSYCHOLOGYTODAY.COM/49868 Sue Connor, Ph.D., Mindful Recovery Center 1399 South 700 East #10. 583-7848. Improve your response to stress with effective self care strategies. Increase your relapse prevention skills and enhance your recovery. Optimize your personal growth with sustainable solutions. Mindful psychotherapy for relief from acute and post traumatic stress, addictions, disordered eating, chronic pain or illness, mood disorders. Robin Friedman, LCSW 599-1411 (Sugar House). Transformational psychotherapy for making lasting

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Hypnosis: Jolene Shields, C.Ht. 801-942-6175. Hypnosis is a naturally induced state of relaxed concentration in which suggestions for change are communicated to the subconscious mind, making change seem effortless and easy. Jolene is a medically certified hypnotherapist with 18 years of experience. Weight loss, HypnoBirthing®, stress reduction, smoking cessation, etc. Mango… the art and science of living Juicy! Jill Jeppesen, Energy Coach. 2321877, WWW.GETCLARITY.COM. Using the Lights On Learning Method™, you will rapidly connect to your passion— your deepest purpose. With the use of digital image-feedback and an energy-based interview system, you will both see and feel what lights you up. The clues to your passion are reflected in your physiology, and those clues are waiting to be revealed. Marianne Felt, MT-BC, LPC 524-0560, EXT. 3. 150 S. 600 E., Ste. 7C. Licensed professional counselor, board certified music therapist, certified Gestalt therapist, Red Rock Counseling & Education. Transpersonal psychotherapy, music therapy, Gestalt therapy, EMDR. Open gateways to change through experience of authentic contact. Integrate body, mind, & spirit

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Jeff Grathwohl, MA 403-5171. 336 E 900 S. The Synergy Center. Illuminate the luminous body! A luminous energy field surrounds us and informs our body and life. Release the wounds and contracts that keep you from choosing your own destiny. WWW.THESHAMANNETWORK.COM. Matt Stella, LCSW Red Rock Counseling & Education, LLC 524-0560 x1. 150 S. 600 E., Ste. 7C. Psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups. Specializing in relationship work, mens issues, depression, anxiety, addictive patterns, and life-meaning explorations. Mike Sheffield, Ph.D. 518-1352. 1104 E. Ashton Ave (2310 S.) #112. Coaching and psychotherapy with adults and youth. Integrative approach to personal transformation, emphasizing process work with selfawareness, pattern change, transitions. Workshops and groups on mindfulness, creativity, emotional intelligence, transformational journeys, relationships, parenting. Teri Holleran, LCSW Red Rock Counseling & Education, LLC 524-0560. 150 S. 600 E., Ste. 7C. Transformational therapy, consultation & facilitation. Discover how the investigation of loss, trauma, body symptoms, mood disturbances, relationship conflicts, environmental despair & the questions related to meaning & purpose initiate the transformational journey.

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Stephen Emerson, LCSW 487-1091. 150 S 600 E, Ste. 7B Offering a transpersonal approach to psychotherapy that facilitates access to innate inner wisdom, strength, creativity and potential for individuals, couples and families dealing with life transitions, stress, emotional difficulties, low self-esteem, relationship issues, addictive behaviors and abuse issues. Treatment of performance anxiety for musicians, actors and other public presenters.

Emotions Anonymous Mondays 7-8:30 p.m. in meeting room at Genesis Books, 248 E. 3900 S., Salt Lake. Emotions Anonymous is a 12step organization composed of people working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally. There are no dues or fees. Law of Attraction Lynn Solarczyk 801.510.0593 or LYNNSOLARCZYK@MAC.COM. Teaching the law of attraction—what it is, and how to apply it to your life. LIVINGLOA.BLOGSPOT.COM Jan Magdalen, LCSW 582-2705. A transpersonal approach (inclusive of mind, body & spirit) to the experiences & challenges of our life cycles, including: individuation-identity, sexuality & sexual orientation, partnership, work life, parenting, divorce, aging, illness, death & other loss, meaning & spiritual awareness. Individuals, couples, groups & classes. Clinical consultation & supervision. Marilynne Moffitt, PhD 266-4551. 825 E. 4800 S. Murray 84107. Offering interventions for psychological growth & healing. Assistance with behavioral & motivational changes, refocusing of life priorities, relationship issues, addiction & abuse issues, & issues regarding health. Certified clinical hypnotherapist, NLP master practitioner & EMDR practitioner.

Sunny M. Nelson, MSW CSW Healing with the Higher Self. 801-7551229. Interventions to assist Autistic and Indigo children and adults. Healing with assistance from the Higher Self to resolve trauma, addictions, grief/loss, women's issues, emotional pain, gay/lesbian/bisexual issues. This

approach teaches the concept that one chooses life events for the purpose of soul growth and spiritual mastery.

privateREVOLUTIONS 232-6162. Online Coaching. Success Soundtracks. Strategic Plans. Revolutionize your life or business in 2008. We help you cross the finish line, mixing powerful right-brain tools like visualization with strategic coaching. Goal-focused packages or custom soundtracks – available completely online. Credit cards accepted. WWW.PRIVATEREVOLUTIONS.COM. Stephen Proskauer, MD, Integrative Psychiatry 631-8426. Sanctuary for Healing and Integration, 860 E. 4500 S., Ste. 302. Steve is a seasoned psychiatrist, Zen priest and shamanic healer. He sees kids, teens, adults, couples and families, integrating psychotherapy, meditation and soul work with judicious use of medication to relieve emotional pain and problem behavior. Steve specializes in creative treatment of bipolar disorders. SPROSKAUER@COMCAST.NET AND WWW.KARMASHRINK.BLOGSOT.COM Jon Scheffres, MA, LPC 633-3908. 1550 E. 3300 S., SLC. Every life is a call to adventure. Offering an awareness-based approach for treating depression, anxiety, marital/relationship issues, adolescent behavior problems, domestic violence and addictions. Individual, family, couples, and groups. Stress reduction through yoga and meditation. Clinical consultation and supervision also available. Sierra Health Associates Sierra Earthworks Foundation 274-1786; SIERRAEARTHWORKS@ QWEST.NET. Holladay, Utah. Ramona Sierra, MSW, LCSW; Catherine Patillo, LMT, NCTMB. Providing clinical services through integrated approaches utilizing traditional and indigenous healing practices to health/mental health and complementary medicine. Psychotherapy, CranioSacral therapy, somato-emotional release, massage. Leaders in the field of animal assisted therapies: land and sea. Inquire via email about dolphin/whale excursions & equine services. Steve Seliger, LMFT 661-7697. 1104 E. Ashton Ave. (2310 S.) #203. Specializing in helping people develop healthy loving relationships, conflict resolution for couples, developing powerful communication skills, resolving parent-teen conflicts, depression, phobias, ending & recovering from abuse, conflicts & issues related to sexuality & libido in men & women, sexual orientation issues. Sarah Sifers, Ph.D., LCSW Shamanic Practitioner, Minister of the Circle of the Sacred Earth 801-531-8051. Shamanic Counseling. Shamanic Healing. Mentoring for people

called to the Shaman’s Path. Explore health or mental health issues using the ways of the shaman. Sarah’s extensive training includes shamanic extraction healing, soul retrieval healing, psychopomp work for death and dying, shamanic counseling and shamanic divination. Sarah has studied with Celtic, Brazilian, Tuvan, Mongolian, Tibetan and Nepali Shamans.

Spiritual Coaching Marlise Cromar, Oceans Consulting. 815-3658; (MARLISE33@MAC.COM). Spiritual life guidance using a refreshing combination of wisdom traditions including Buddhism, the Tao, Shamanism, Mayan Calendar, A Course in Miracles, Numerology, Christian mysticism, and Eastern Indian consciousness. Focus is on bringing balance to life by harmonizing masculine & feminine energies and embracing your unique, creative role in the collective transformation. Outdoor sessions welcome! Naomi Silverstone, DSW, LCSW 209-1095. Psychotherapy and shamanic practice, 989 E. 900 S. #B5. Holistic practice integrates traditional and nontraditional approaches to health, healing, and balance or “ayni.” Access new perceptual lenses as you reanimate your relationship with nature. Shamanic practice in the Inka tradition. SoulCentered Coaching 440-1752. Sara Winters. Find balance in your life by opening your heart to connect with your Soul’s Desire. Daniel Sternberg, PhD, Psychologist 364-2779. 150 South 600 East, Bldg. 4B. Fax: 364-3336. Sensitive use of rapid release methods and EMDR to free you from unwanted emotions to allow you more effective control and happiness in your life. Individuals, couples, families, groups and businesses. Treatment of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, tension, stress-related difficulties abuse and depression. Jim Struve, LCSW 364-5700 Ext 1. 1399 S. 700 E., Ste. 2, SLC. Specializing in life transitions, strengthening relationships, fostering resilience, healing from childhood trauma & neglect (including male survivors of sexual abuse), assisting partners of abuse survivors, addictions recovery, sexual identity, empowerment for GLBT individuals/couples. Individual, couples, group therapy and NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) practitioner. Flexible times. WWW.MINDFULPRESENCE.COM The Shaman’s Cave John Knowlton. 263-3838. WWW.THESHAMANSCAVE.COM TalkingWithChuck.com Chuck Davidson, M.A. Through a series of conversations I offer insight into helping you find rational, effective ways to set new direction for your life,


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and to help you find ways to reduce the barriers standing in the way of reaching your desired destination. CHUCK@TALKINGWITHCHUCK.COM, PO Box 522112, SLC, UT 84152, 542-9431.

Patricia Toomey, ADTR, LPC 463-4646. 1390 S. 1100 E., Ste. 202. The Dance of Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Transformation within an integrative psychotherapeutic process of healing & spiritual growth using somatic movement analysis, dreamwork, principles of psychoneuroimmunology & guided imagery to initiate the healing process. Specializing in symptoms of stress, depression, trauma, pain, eating disorders, grief, life transitions, utilizing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Individuals (infants, children, adults), couples, groups, business consulting, education. Christiane Turner, NLP Trainer, Coach, Consultant, Quantum NLP, LLC 979-4799. CHRISTIANETURNER@ YAHOO.COM. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the art and science of human excellence that offers effective tools for creating lasting change. We offer NLP training, coaching and consultingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one-on-one and groups. Come to our monthly free seminars to learn more about NLP. WWW.QUANTUMNLP.NET Western Sand Play Associates (801) 356-2864. Jungian-oriented sand play therapy--children and adults. Training for healthcare professionals. Offices in Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Directors: Drs. Cliff Mayes and Pam Blackwell Mayes, C.G. Jung Fellowship of Utah. Elizabeth Williams, RN, MSN 486-4036. 1399 S. 7th E. #12. Lic. psychiatric nurse specialist offering a safe environment to heal inner wounds & process personal & interpersonal issues. Specializing in relationship issues, loss & grief work, anxiety, depression & selfesteem. Adolescents & adults, individuals, couples & group therapy. Barbara Jensonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sound & Light 466-8944. Clarity Coaching. 487-7621. WWW.KATHRYNDIXON.COM.

SPIRITUAL PRACTICE meditation/study groups, churches/ ministry, spiritual instruction, workshops Antelope Island Spiritual Foundation 364-0332, 150 South 600 East Suite 1A. A community-based developmental spirituality program. Beginning level group support encouraging internal exploration, challenging the individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attachment to personal history; intermediate guidance for responsible use and discernment of transformative power through a series of initiations; advanced guidance and mentoring in community leadership with ceremonial Deathlodge, Purgesweats, Dreamlodges, Shamanic journeywork, Kundalini principles, and Self-Stalking practices. INSIGHT@VELOCITUS.NET.

1st & 3rd Mondays, Garden Center â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1602 E. 2100 S (N.E. corner of Sugarhouse Park) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fall: September-December Spring: February-May

Salt Lake Buddhist Temple 363-4742. 211 West 100 South. Shin Buddhism for families. Rev. Jerry Hirano and the sangha welcome you to our services Sundays, 8:30 a.m. tai chi /qi kung, 9 a.m.meditation service, 10 a.m. dharma school service, 11 a.m. study class. Naikan (self-reflection) retreats for everyone. Please check our website for calendar of events. WWW.SLBUDDHIST.ORG.

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January 18-20, 2008, The Edge Retreat Center, Fruitland, Utah

Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living 307-0481. Elizabeth Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Day, Minister. A home for your spirit. 870 E North Union Ave. (7150 S at 900 E), Midvale. Sunday celebration Services at 9:30 and 11am; childcare at both services, Youth Church at 11. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Empowered people sharing in spiritual growth.â&#x20AC;? WWW.SPIRITUALLYFREE.ORG.

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Goddess Circle 467-4977. Join us second Monday of every month for Wiccan ritual. Free, open, women & men, beginners, experienced & curious all welcome. 7:30pm at Central City Community Center, 615 S. 300 E. Rm. 35-36. Inner Light Center Spiritual Community 268-1137. 4408 S. 500 E., SLC. An interspiritual sanctuary that goes beyond religion into mystical realms. Access inner wisdom, deepen divine connection, enjoy an accepting, friendly community. Events & classes. Sunday celebration & childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s church 10am. innerlightcenter.net Kanzeon Zen Center International with Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel. 1268 E South Temple, 328-8414, WWW.GENPO.ORG. Transcendental Meditation Program 635 8721 or 446-2999, WWW.TM.ORG. The easiest and deepest meditation, automatically providing rest twice as deep as sleep, most researched and recommended by physicians, for improved IQ, enhanced memory, better coordination, normal blood pressure, and reversal of aging, TM greatly deepens happiness and calmness, and is the bullet train to enlightenment. Work, Live and Practice Buddhist Community, Northern CA. Work-Study opportunity includes housing, vegetarian meals, living allowance, free classes in meditation, Tibetan yoga, Buddhist psychology and more. Work with projects of benefit to all humanity. Learn about us at WWW.NYINGMA.ORG or call 510981-1987. Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa Tibetan Buddhist Temple 740 S. 300 W. 328-4629. Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa offers an open environment for the study, contemplation, and practice of Tibetan Buddhist teachings. The community is welcome to our Sunday service (puja), group practices, meditation classes and introductory courses. WWW.URGYENSAMTENLING.ORG

Vedic Harmony 942-5876. Georgia Clark, certified Deepak Chopra Center educator. Ayurveda is the oldest continually practiced wellness enhancer in the world. Learn how it can help you harmonize your lifestyle and well being. Primordial sound meditation, creating health workshops, Ayurvedic wellness counseling, Ayurvedic oils, teas and books, Jyotish (vedic astrology). Georgia has trained in the US and India. TARAJAGA@EARTHLINK.NEt

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Holy Matrimony — The Marriage of Masculine & Feminine Part II: Marginalizing the feminine BY JON SCHEFFRES

y wife and I have an ongoing conversation about the “mutable” and complicated nature of women. From time to time during our marriage, she has had to remind me that I am married not to one woman but several. “Women have cycles,” she emphasizes. Practically,

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through the sky. This is one of the signature qualities of the feminine: She is changeable, at times unpredictable, full of moods and nonrational tendencies. In my last article I discussed the basic qualities of the masculine and feminine polarities of consciousness, the two principal

Nature is an enormous theater where the struggle between life and death plays itself out constantly, where beauty and horror often live in distressing proximity, and the human response to her has probably always featured an ambivalent mixture of wonder and terror. this translates into the following truth for the average husband: About every 10 days or so you are dealing with a slightly (sometimes dramatically) different person. Her emotional, physical, and sexual needs morph and change as the moon travels its complex orbit

modalities of perception and action around which reality seems to be organized. I ended Part I by noting that it is difficult to talk about the feminine because “over the last two to three thousand years she has been relegated to a secondary, subservient position.”

The case can be made that marginalizing the feminine parallels human attempts to control nature (the province of the feminine) and the societal oppression of girls, women, gays, and lesbians (those apt to be sensitive to the call of the feminine). Once upon a time, humans felt more at home with the vicissitudes of the feminine. Because our ancestors lived in a more direct relationship to their natural environment, they regarded the feminine energies of the world as primary, finding ways to work with those energies not only to secure the fundamentals for survival but also to evolve codes of conduct and the sacred rites of community. But let’s face it: Nature is relentless. You make one mistake or misjudge her, and she can be very unforgiving (a fact agonizingly brought home in Sean Penn’s movie “Into the Wild.”) In a way it is easy to understand why humanity as a whole has mixed feelings about the feminine— and it probably boils down to the fact that we are the one

species on earth that seems able to reflect on our own death. The fear of death is one of the most powerful motivating factors in the human psyche. Current studies in psychology suggest that introducing thoughts of death into a person’s mind can almost immediately alter his or her political views and even voting behaviors. Nature is an enormous theater where the struggle between life and death plays itself out constantly, where beauty and horror often live in distressing proximity, and the human response to her has probably always featured an ambivalent mixture of wonder and terror. Temporarily overturning the order of things, human beings have learned to exercise dominion over nature and create a false image of invulnerability for ourselves. In so doing, we avoid confronting the abject fact of our own death. The consequence of this avoidance has been profound for the earth and, ironically, seems to have made us more fearful and filled us with discontent.


As humans have gained more mastery over the environment our attitude towards nature (and the feminine) has changed from cooperation and reverence to domination and control. Eventually this has led to outright contempt, and I would argue this attitude is nowhere more evident than in the United States, for we continuously plunder the earth not for survival but for profit pure and simple. During his recent trip to Utah, Robert Kennedy, Jr. gave one disturbing example after another of how Americans continue to rape and pillage what he believes to be the very foundation of our values as a democracy: the land, the water, and the air. As a case in point he described the denuding of forests in West Virginia and the dynamiting of mountain tops into rivers and streams so that energy companies can continue to mine coal. Arguing that America’s democratic ideology was founded on its relationship to the earth, Kennedy finds a direct correlation between the weakening of our democracy and the increasing tendency to treat the land, the water, and the air as commodities to be exploited for corporate gain. In short, the takeover of our economy and our politics by corporations (organized primarily around the masculine principles of competition and profit) creates huge class disparities that severely restrict freedom and opportunity for the vast majority of the citizenry. This is the opposite of how our democracy is supposed to work. Author David Abram makes a similar point from a spiritual perspective in his book “The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World” (Random House). His thesis is that our mode of language has separated us from the natural world and that this has allowed us to pollute the planet and sever our connection to the greater “more-than-human” reality that sustained our ancestors. In other words, the more we assert ourselves over nature and the great feminine powers of our world, the more we impoverish ourselves, psychologically and spiritually. It’s no wonder that Americans, who over the last century have used technology, information, and war to become the most affluent and powerful nation in history, also suffer in record numbers from addiction, obesity, and mental illness. N Jon Scheffres (Guruprasad Singh), MA, LPC is a psychotherapist, lecturer, and a KRI-certified kundalini yoga teacher. Email him at jon@lifecounselingandyoga.com.

Suzanne Wagner Psychic, Lecturer, and Author Sylvia Brown Lecture January 11th, 2008, 6:30 PM For information or to register: (801) 468-1212.

To schedule a private session with Suzanne or to order books, call (801) 359-2225 Email suzanne@suzwagner.com Or visit www.suzwagner.com

Call (801) 359-2225 for more information. Integral Tarot Class Integral Numerology Class March 1-2, 2008 April 5-6, 2008

Integral Palmistry January 19-20, 2008

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PSYCHIC FAIR Suzanne Wagner Numerology, Palmistry,Tarot, and Channeling (801) 359-2225

Melanie Lake Tarot, Kinesiology, Essential oils. (801) 451-8543

Ross Gigliotti Tarot, Past Life Regression, Intuitive Coaching, NLP, Hypnosis. (801) 244-0275

January 17th 6-9 pm At the Golden Braid Bookstore.

Adam Sagers Tarot, Numerology, Astrology Art. (801) 824-2641

$25 for 20 minutes First come first serve.

Shawn Lerwill Channeling, Intuitive Arts, Clairvoyant (801) 856-4619

Readings are meant to be introductory

Krysta Brinkley (801) 706-0213 Horary Astrology, Palmistry, Numerology, Tarot Larissa Jones Tarot, Intuitive Essential Oil Readings, Healing with Essential Oils (801) 424-1217

experiences only. Please arrive early, space fills quickly.

Call the Golden Braid Bookstore at (801) 322-1162 for information. Nick Stark Energy Worker, Shamanic Counseling, Water Breaths,Tarot. (801) 394-6287

“BE MY VALENTINE” For women: An open discussion about the nature of the feminine sensual, sexual experience. Learn skills to help bring confidence and passion back into your love life. In a completely safe environment, Suzanne will answer questions about intimacy and sex to assist in understanding the power of your internal radiance and how to express that with confidence and love. This weekend is designed to be a girls’ weekend! Fun and flow will be had by all. February 2-3 Saturday and Sunday Noon to 6 p.m. both days Commitment to both days is required. Suggested donation of $60 per person for the entire weekend. Class size is limited, pre-registration required (801) 359-2225


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Open The Door To Your New Year’s Resolution Four tips the books don’t give you BY PATRICIA MATTHEWS nother New Year, another New Year’s resolution. How well did your last year’s resolution turn out? Statistics show that it is as rare as a rednosed reindeer for a resolution to work itself out as originally intended. About 40% of all resolutions never come to pass, and the other 60% are fudged or modified by the maker. We can blame all the excitement about New Year’s resolutions on the Babylonians, the Romans and the Catholic Church. The Babylonians got us started by spending 11 days at the beginning of each year drinking out the old and dancing in the new. The Romans took it a step further by placing the likeness of their mythical two-faced god, Janus, at the beginning of their calendar. He represented resolution and forgiveness and was used symbolically during their New Year revelry as a guide to looking back over the last year and looking forward to a better year ahead. Later, the Catholic Church took a dim view of all this partying and even changed the date

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Top Ten Resolutions Made Every Year Spend more time with family and friends. Exercise more and get more fit. Lose weight. Stop smoking. Enjoy life more for example take up a hobby, travel, garden. Stop drinking. Get out of debt. Learn something new for example language, painting, music. Help others for example volunteer, assist a neighbor. Get organized.

of the New Year to December 25, the date we still celebrate as Christmas. January 1 became the Feast Day of Christ’s circumcision (a scene I, for one, have never seen depicted in a stained glass window).

You can’t change what you can’t see, and trying to change an illusion of yourself into something else just leads to a different illusion. Today our holiday hoopla starts at Halloween and runs through the final play of our favorite bowl game on January 1. We gather with family and friends to party, play and renew our spiritual convictions during this time of year. In the midst of all this fun and frolic, people aspire to begin the New Year with a clean slate. This commitment to change, for whatever reason, is commendable. With some new perspective, we may be able to increase our odds of success.

Avoid the pitfalls Most of us have experienced the frustration of the New Year’s resolution blues. The pattern goes like this: we set a goal, work at it a little bit, get annoyed for ever deciding to change something about ourselves, give up, feel guilty about it for a while, and then make some internal decision that we’ve changed enough. And we get on with life. Many of you have read one or more of the thousands of books written to help you set goals, overcome obstacles, achieve success,

and reap your new rewards. Here are some of the ideas represented: • Be reasonable and realistic, aim low to avoid disappointing yourself. • Make one resolution, not 10, so you can maintain focus. • Write your goal down. One tradition states that for absolute success you must write your New Year’s resolution on a piece of white paper, wrap it in an old kitchen towel and then burn it. • Tell (only) supportive friends and family about your resolution so they can help you along the way. • Keep a diary or notebook to record your success and keep track of setbacks. • Visualize yourself achieving your goal. • Encourage yourself about how well you are doing. Hang motivating pictures or notes on the refrigerator or bathroom mirror. • Wait until spring, when the stress of the holidays is over, to act on your resolution. • If all else fails, seek help from an expert. If you’re serious, nothing can stop you. These are all good, reasonable ideas, but there are three things I would add to set yourself up for a more successful outcome this year.

• Don’t be afraid of your emotional resistance Being honest, objective, and looking at all sides of ourselves is not easy or fun, but it is a key component to success. Who are you, really? Are you a clear-cut decision maker? Maybe you’re a little or a lot lazy? Do you get angry when someone suggests something new to you? Does dependency play a role in your relationships? Are you honest or is bending the truth just part of the fabric of your life? Get down and dirty with yourself. You can’t change what you can’t see, and trying to change an illusion of yourself into something else just leads to a different illusion. If you want to stop smoking or clear up your financial mess, you have to be honest enough to see the truth of who you are and compassionate enough to forgive your own mistakes. Use your emotions, both positive and negative, to propel you forward into being the person you want to be.

• Use stress to fuel the change If you’re like most people, deadlines and stress often work with you instead of against you. When the stakes are high enough, we often open up our mind to new thoughts and ways of being. When the pressure is off, it is difficult for some to get the brain—and the body—up and running. I find that, in times of stress, people often find the solution to their problems while driving or taking a shower or simply staring out the window at the snow falling. Stress motivates, but it’s in the calm moments that the answers are found. Pay attention to your dreams, listen to your own intuition. You have been making split-second adjustments and thinking on your feet pretty much all of your life. You already know how to cause as well as adjust to change. The trick is to use these skills to help you change your eating habits or exercise more. Instead of working hard to get out of work, work smart by being honest with yourself. You can change those things that you honestly see. Making excuses is the lazy man’s lie, and the lie diffuses the stress that can propel us into change.

• Give yourself the New Year’s gift of time By all means use the first of the year as a date to mark the beginning of your change. You need to start somewhere. Just realize that change lives in its own time zone. It doesn’t live here with us mere mortals, attached to a calendar or a clock. It’s off the planet and happens when you and the change you are making come together and shine, making the path to success visible and viable. You cannot predict with accuracy the exact day and place that you will “get it” and stop doing whatever has been holding you back. But the time will come of its own accord when the behaviors of your life line up with the thing you are trying to achieve. So if your change doesn’t walk in the door on January 1, you should make sure that you leave the door open. Be healthy, be happy, be loved in the New Year. N Pat Matthews is a clairvoyant, meditation teacher and acupuncturist liing in the St. George area. She will give a talk on “Predicting Your Own New Year” at the Golden Braid on Jan. 24, and be available for readings at One World Cafe Jan. 26-27. FINDYOURPATH@GMAIL.COM.


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2 time around Recommended resources for the pregnancy journey BY KINDRA FEHR ’ve just crossed into my second trimester with my second child. The fatigue and nausea of the first trimester are supposed to be subsiding soon. Better than that, I’ve made it beyond those first weeks where the odds of miscarriage are highest. I can’t say that I’ve quit worrying, but then again, do we ever quit worrying about our children? Regardless of these concerns, I’m pregnant! At “advanced maternal age,” no less. And, the wonder of pregnancy is something magical to behold. The shifts my body, my moods, my appetite make are a conundrum even though I’ve been through them before. I find that I have very little if any control over what’s happening in my body. So, I dive into the mystery and relish it in the ways that I can. On those bad days, I find myself repeating the mantra “this too shall pass.” My best friends and guides are in books and resources that let me know that I’m not alone. I’m overjoyed to return to them once again and to share them now as recommendations.

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Must-have books: “The Pregnancy Journal: A Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy,” by A. Christine Harris, Ph.D. This journal is filled with fun and interesting facts about your baby’s daily development, what’s happening to your body, childbirth in other cultures, childbirth then and now, and food facts. It provides page space to track expanding weight and waist sizes as well as journaling. You personalize the dates to your own pregnancy, backtracking from your due date through the date of conception. “The Spirit of Pregnancy: An Interactive Anthology for Your Journey to Motherhood,” by Bonni Goldberg featuring stories, poems, and essays by Louise Erdirich, Anne Lamott, Bobbie Ann Mason, Rita Dove, and others. An eloquent feast of words in various forms with plenty of writing room and questions to get you started with your own story. This book takes you on an inward journey exploring the psychological, emotional, and spiritual side of pregnancy rather than the physical changes happening to you and your baby.

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“How Life Begins: The Science of Life in the Womb,” by Christopher Vaughn For a scientific approach to the mystery of pregnancy, Christopher Vaughn has written a comprehensive guide to what science knows about life in the womb, as well as how much we still don’t know. This may be the book that fathers-to-be and partners can really sink their teeth into, as its approach is logical and scientific rather than a “what’s happening to your body” written specifically for the mother-to-be. “From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds,” by Alexander Tsiaras Via computer imaging, Alexander Tsiaras has created a beautiful visual guide to the growth of your baby in utero. The images are much easier to grasp than the drawn sketches provided in other books.

“Must Indulge In” recommendations for moms-to-be: Prenatal yoga I believe this helped tremendously in my first pregnancy and delivery. As I set out to begin a regular yoga practice this time around, I’m once again researching my options. Google “prenatal yoga Salt Lake City” for many options throughout the valley. If you prefer, there are many great DVDs available for an at-home work out. In my own experience, I was happy with the prenatal and mom/baby classes at: The Yoga Center 4689 S. Holladay Blvd. Holladay, UT 801.277.9166 YOGAUTAH.COM I also plan on trying out classes a little closer to where I live: Centered City Yoga 918 East 900 South Salt Lake City, Utah 84105 801.521.YOGA CENTEREDCITYYOGA .COM

Prenatal massage Massage is another must in pampering for the mom-to-be. There is nothing like a good massage to combat the new aches and pains your body encounters. Many spas and massage therapists offer prenatal massage. Make sure your therapist is experienced in prenatal pregnancy massage. My favorites are: Jeni Indresano, LMT, NCTMB, certified prenatal massage therapist, 792-9894 near Sugar House Jane Brady, LMT, NCTMB, Sandalwood Massage & Gifts, 1441 South 1100 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84105, 801-487-4233 SANDALWOODMASSAGE.COM Whether your pregnancy flows smoothly or not, in the scheme of life it’s a very short time. So, indulge yourself and enjoy the journey as best as you can! N Kindra Fehr is an artist and mom. She co-instructs the Salt Lake Art Center’s KidsmART program.

ÞO\hS]\ Zen Center International The Lotus Lounge Women Practicing Love and Compassion at Kanzeon Zen Center led by Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei and Yoga teacher Sofia Diaz This Women’s Integral Life Practice Weekend combines spiritual practices of yoga and meditation with life skills. The program will include: • Zen Meditation • Hatha Yoga • Relationship Skills Work • Rest, Relaxation, and Nourishment • Women’s Community Practice in reference to: money, sex, love, and death • Integral Theory or Life Talk Friday, February 8, 2007 7:30PM – 10:00 PM Saturday, February 9, 2007 8:00AM – 10:00PM Sunday, February 10, 2007 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Zazenkai – A Day of Meditation with Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Sensei Saturday, February 16, 2008 7:30 AM – 5:45 PM Don’t miss this opportunity to: • Come and explore a day of sitting and walking meditation • Meet privately with the teacher • Enjoy an afternoon talk to enrich your practice • Relax in a peaceful day of silence Those new to meditation are welcome and will be given special attention. For more information and to register for these events please contact us at: 801-328-8414 or email us at: signup@kzci.org

• www.genpo.org • 801.328.8414 • office@kzci.org Kanzeon Zen Center 1274 East South Temple Salt Lake City Utah 84102


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AQUARIUM AGE

January 2008

Give yourself latitude for discombobulation BY RALFEE FINN anuary 2008 is uncomfortable, but it is also pivotal. Pluto shifts signs this month, and as it moves from Sagittarius to Capricorn, it turns the wheel of life in a new direction. Individual lives, as well as collective endeavors, are being dialed up to a new frequency, and homing in on the new broadcast signal requires paying attention to just about everything. When Pluto moves, so do we, on every level—spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. Transitions are seldom smooth or easy, and because Pluto probes the places in life where we are mostly likely to resist probing, its new cycle is certain to make even the coolest among us antsy, agitated and more than a little apprehensive about what lies ahead. Unfortunately, you will hear many dire predictions about the future. But not from me. Pluto is a powerful astrological force, Capricorn is a serious sign and the combination will produce significant changes, but ominous forecasts about the future don’t serve anyone. Besides, the future is not yet written. We create it moment by moment through our thoughts, words and deeds. What’s more, we don’t need astrology to tell us just how precariously balanced our personal and planetary futures are at the moment. Unless you’ve been asleep in a cave for the last eight years, the issues of personal and global survival are top priorities for all of Earth’s citizens. In America, issues of poverty, education, immigration and health care dominate the collective political and emotional psyche. And except for the current regime, which still believes the American people can be fooled all of the time, most of us know something’s got to give—and soon. What astrology can tell us about and what Pluto will tell us about is revolution. But not right away, at least not until the Presidential election on November 4. On that day, a Saturn/Uranus opposition—the

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first since 1967—will be exact and separating. This intense combination signifies confrontation between the status quo and whatever restrains individual freedom. But I’m getting ahead of myself. For now, it is enough to know the seeds of Plutonian revolution are already planted, and while they may not be ready to sprout during the first year of Pluto’s transit through Capricorn, from 20092015, they will send out strong

example, the concept of government by the people and for the people is likely to go through a transformation, as could the notion of no taxation without representation. Cardinal equals action, and as Pluto moves through Capricorn, the lethargy of apathy will dissolve into a deep need to initiate change. Unfortunately, before the momentum necessary for revolution reaches critical mass, there is likely to be a whole

Don’t kick the dog, yell at the children, or point a finger of blame. Yes, there are reasons to be frustrated, but there is never a good reason to make another being suffer because life isn’t going the way you want it to. roots and grow vibrant limbs, sturdy enough to handle significant structural shifts. But I’m getting ahead of myself again. Capricorn is a cardinal sign. Translation: It thrives on doing. It initiates activity. Capricorn is the sort of sign you want around during a crisis: it’s a practical, sensible sign that can think on its feet and spring into action as necessary. Specifically talented at discerning what needs to be done and then doing whatever that is, Capricorn approaches every situation with discipline and precision. Sometimes its exactitude can exceed tolerable limits—Capricorn can push too hard for personal perfection and demand the same unreasonable levels of performance from others. Capricorn also represents authority—governments, corporations, and other institutions that knit the structure of society together. Pluto symbolizes death and rebirth, as well as power and control—or the illusion of control. As Pluto journeys through Capricorn, it will get down to the bones of power, personal and collective. For

lot of struggle as the old system holds on tight and does whatever it can get away with to restrain the tides of change. America, a country born of revolution, has a Pluto return in 2022— something that cannot occur in any individual human life because it takes Pluto 248 years to complete an orbit around the Sun. Planetary returns are always about review, which is why here in America, increased political unrest during the coming years is probable. The good news is we have plenty of time to figure out how to create a more perfect union. It’s hard to pursue happiness when you’re hungry and homeless. While Capricorn may be a sober sign, it is not heartless, and as Pluto strips away the conceit of capitalist democracy to reveal its cruelty, this Pluto return could actually strengthen the structure of our system and help us to better fulfill the promise of our ideals, ideals expressed and made manifest during Pluto’s previous transit through Capricorn.

Pluto’s move into Capricorn is coupled with other important astrological news: First, January begins with Mars still retrograde and it stays retrograde until late in the day on January 30. Don’t expect anything to move quickly. Mars is one of the planets, along with Mercury, that drives the mechanics of daily life, and when it moves in reverse, so do normal routines. This retrograde was not as noticeable during the holidays, but now that the distractions are over, its sluggish disposition is sure to show. Especially as it starts to slow down on January 19 in preparation for its course correction. Second, the New Year opens with a difficult Mars/Pluto opposition, a pernicious interaction that tends to turn temperaments ruthless and attitudes brutal. Resist the urge to take out your frustration on innocent bystanders—don’t kick the dog, yell at the children, or point a finger of blame. Yes, there are reasons to be frustrated, but there is never a good reason to make another being suffer because life isn’t going the way you want it to. Third, even when Mars goes direct, don’t expect anything to move quickly. On January 28, Mercury goes retrograde until February 18, which means you can expect the last week of January to be crunchy and clunky in the extreme. Basically, nothing moves forward with much momentum until March—and that’s just the way it is. As the month unfolds, expect cranky nervous systems and cantankerous attitudes, as you or those you love try to cope with the anxiety of this Plutonian transition. What’s more, because this shift takes place over the course of the entire year, it’s important to find a positive attitude that will allow for the necessary latitude of discomfort, disorientation, and discombobulation. Above all, be kind to your fellow travelers— transitions are much easier to handle when we have company. N Visit Ralfee’s website at www.aquariumage.com or email her at RALFEE@AQUARIUMAGE.COM.


If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon sign, read that too.

Aries

March 21-April l9

Libra

September 23-October 22

Pluto initiates a new career cycle, and while you may already be experiencing hints of what this phase could offer, remember this is just the beginning. Be clear about what you want to accomplish during this transit, but also be authentic. Remember, we can’t create what we can’t envision.

Pluto stirs issues of safety, and while this is fundamentally an internal process, you may encounter external challenges to your ability to feel as if you truly “belong.” I’m not suggesting you will be homeless; but I am advising you to consider examining what gives you a sense of security from the inside out.

Taurus

Scorpio October 23-November 21

April 20-May 20

Pluto sets your course toward inner and outer exploration and, as part of this existential journey, triggers encounters with a variety of belief systems, many of which may have something to offer. Staying open to the possibilities of a new perspective is key to navigating this next cycle successfully.

Pluto concentrates your energy on communication—you’re talkin’, a lot. Or, not, depending on where you are along the arc of language skills. Either way, this next transformational phase is about deepening your ability to be authentic, as you simultaneously plumb new depths of intimacy.

Gemini

Sagittarius

May 21-June 21

Yes, you can breathe a sigh of relief, as Pluto moves out of opposition with your sign and into a phase of integrating and applying the information you’ve been gathering about relating to others. The first part of this phase examines values— yours versus others—with the view toward helping you to create win/win solutions to several difficult situations.

Cancer

June 22-July 22

Pluto concentrates on partnerships— personal and professional, including and most importantly, your relationship with you. Be prepared to examine patterns of relating, and as part of the preliminary phase, also expect several old partners to appear in cameo roles. Try not to worry— this isn’t about making up or breaking up. It’s about learning to identify what you want and need.

Leo July 23-August 22 Pluto triggers a cycle of service—and while this may not sound as glamorous as you might like, you just might find it satisfies a profound need to share your generous spirit and to participate with others in working toward a greater good. The trick will be recognizing when sacrifice is necessary, and when it isn’t.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

Pluto signals a deeply creative phase, best described as “all you, all the time.” Pay attention: this is not permission to be completely narcissistic. It’s about learning to trust in you, no matter what the circumstance. So whether it plays out as romantic encounters or a risky but prolific creative period, remember, what’s essential is knowing you are enough.

Dec 22-Jan 19

Pluto facilitates an identity crisis, and by the time this cycle ends, you won’t recognize yourself. Don’t be anxious—you already know some old habits need to shift. The trick is to notice where you are resistant to change, because that is exactly what Pluto will focus on. Be willing to grow and you will utilize Pluto’s power wisely.

Aquarius

Jan 20-Feb 18

Pluto invites you to explore the power of your unconscious. So whether it is through dreams, vision quests, shamanic journeys, past life regressions, or just straight up therapy, take advantage of this chance to turn your unconscious “user friendly.” If you do the inner work, this passage will be easier to handle.

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It isn’t necessary to explain the power of Pluto to you—you’ve been in its intensity for quite some time. But now, that phase is over and a new one begins. This new cycle is all about resources, from finances to self-confidence and selfesteem. Don’t worry—while it won’t necessarily be easy to sort through what matters to you and what doesn’t, nothing will ever be as hard as what you’ve just been through.

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NUMEROLOGY AND ASTROLOGY

54 January 2008

Living in interesting times A Suzanne Wagner’s predictions for 2008

strologically speaking, 2008 holds the beginnings of a major change in consciousness with Pluto moving into Capricorn. But there’s a lot more going on in the cosmos that promises to make the coming year “interesting times”—perhaps a bit in the vein of the proverbial curse. First, let’s look at the numerological significance of 2008. To begin, add 2 + 0 + 0 + 8. You get a number 10. Ten is a major milestone for the massive changes the world wishes to accomplish this year. In the number system that I use, 10 indicates a year of power and radiance. So, no matter what, expect big changes and shifts in the coming year. The number 10 is associated metaphorically with Alexander the Great. 2008 is going to be a year of expansion and power struggles as various economic groups vie for power, both negative and positive, in the world. As the world becomes more and more connected through computers and the Internet and global financial systems continue to mesh, big shifts that affect everyone can happen quite suddenly. The number eight in 2008 shows the emotional process needed to accomplish this task. Unfortunately, the number eight is associated with grief and loss. Many will feel emotional despair and depression as certain patterns are exposed and need to be released in order to create positive change and movement. Some will experience moments of tremendous pain and suffering. This type of turmoil can emotionally affect us all. It can cause huge financial changes that do not seem positive at first, forcing us to reclaim our social and economic center and become more responsible for our country and strengthening the political issues arising at home. We will begin to see that we need to become strong within like a yogi sitting on a mountaintop. We need to know ourselves first. Then, from that power and certainty, we can help others with our perspective and awareness. This new awareness will

cause sweeping political changes as the people reclaim power and reprioritize government. Expect some heated political debates and a redistribution of power worldwide, changing how policies are dictated and how we are seen in the world. A major shift of this nature would allow the feminine to rise, creating the distinct possibility that Hillary Clinton may win the presidency. No matter what, the 10 will cause change in how we are seen and how others see our power influencing the world in 2008. On a personal level, you should be honest with the intense emotions you may feel in 2008. Do not allow sadness to overwhelm you as the global situation creates upheaval. Find ways to express your true self powerfully in the world to create positive effects for your family and life. Keep your center and know that when you are present and clear, you can handle any situation that comes your way with honesty and love. Take some risks this year to change jobs or finally go for your dream. The number 10 is like a big wave that you have been waiting for all your life as a surfer. You need to grab the moment when it happens and go for it. Otherwise the moment is lost and you do not know when it may come again.

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United States was formed under a Pluto in Capricorn pattern. This aspect can cause revolutionary changes that bring about new structures and support humanity. In our time, the upcoming presidential election and politics will change and motivate us in new directions previously thought not possible. You can see the pattern in the candidates now running for president: a woman Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton; Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister; Mitt Romney, a Mormon; Rudy Giuliani, a divorced man, and Barack Obama, the first African American to be a serious presidential contender. As Pluto traversed through Sagittarius for the last 12 years, the world marketplace opened up, but the darker side of the digital world also emerged with reduced privacy and the growing problem of sexual predators on the Web. The energy of Capricorn needs to create controlled structures pointing toward new rules for our new global family. The Mars retrograde makes everything feel sticky and immobile until the end of January. Mars is a bucketload of energy, but when it is retrograde all the energy bogs down and gets trapped. Just as the Mars energy opens up again, we get hit with a Mercury retrograde that makes February feel stuck again until the end of the month. It will be March before the energy seems to move forward comfortably. For approximately the next two years, Saturn is in Virgo. This planetary energy has always catapulted China’s systems and governments into transformation and movement, and the coming year is no exception. China hosts the Olympics on August 8, 2008 at 8:08 p.m. China sees the number eight as highly fortuitous, and they are going to make this their coming-out party. Expect huge things for the Olympics as China bursts onto the world stage with a new mixture of communism and capitalism. You will be witnessing a new power coming onto the world stage with a perspective different from the old Maoist way of thinking.

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Not surprisingly, between Pluto moving into Capricorn on January 27, Mars being retrograde until January 30, and Mercury going retrograde January 28 through February 19, things are going to feel bogged down in the mire and muck of the political and global situations. It may not feel like anything is actually moving until March. Pluto moving into Capricorn catapults us into a new transformational cycle. Ultimately this is a good thing. Since Capricorn is an earth sign, it can take a while to make all the shifts manifest and ignite us into the new pattern. Pluto will be in Capricorn for 15 years until March 24, 2023! Pluto in Capricorn catalyzes a new journey into consciousness. The

Saturn in Virgo is also highly beneficial to women in politics, so keep an eye on Hillary Clinton for this election. Saturn reorganizes work practices and industry. When Saturn has been in Virgo before there was a surge in quality control and consumer rights, creating more consistent approaches to manufacturing and production. We see those changes now in the “lead toy” problem from China and the attention to rogue viruses in schools and our food supplies. Victor Hugo said, “Habit is the nursery of errors.” This is not about doing the same old things but improving the pattern.

Housing prices and the stock market Needless to say, the housing market is on a downward slide. Expect it to hit bottom in approximately August 2009 and to swing to another high point in March 2011. Uranus, Pluto and Saturn will be moving through some complex interactions in a combination that has coincided with stock market crashes historically. Also, in 2009 Pluto and the North Node will conjoin in Capricorn. The combined effect of these astrological patterns bodes ill for the overall economy, of which the housing industry is a major part.

The “war on terror” With all this astrological momentum for change, it is not surprising that we may finally be getting a step up on the so-called war on terror. The cause of this is actually the people who are finally sick of all the killing of innocents in the Middle East. There will be a shift in humanity’s temperament around all this craziness. As Pluto leaves Sagittarius, we move out of the chaos, disruption and drama associated with that sign. Capricorn in Pluto will announce new rules of behavior and conduct that the world will begin to agree upon. Terror will lose its effectiveness. Many Iraqis who left their country for exile in Syria have now run out of


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Pluto in Capricorn catalyzes a new journey into consciousness. The United States was formed under a Pluto in Capricorn pattern. This aspect can cause revolutionary changes that bring about new structures and support humanity. free of dependency on Middle East oil over a period of about five years. The project will be launched by the next president inspiring all Americans to do their part to become more independent from foreign products, bringing money back into the U.S. Renewed enthusiasm and energy will accompany the Presidential election campaign in 2008. Changes that will promote hospitality and global support are anticipated. Financial situations are not going to feel great. The economy will be slower. People will be more cautious with money. But a little curbing of the credit cards never hurt anyone. We will feel the need to reprioritize and discover how much we really need, compared to what we think we need. Jupiter going retrograde May 9, 2008, coupled with a Mercury retrograde May 26, creates a feeling of lack and things not completely

begun a shift that cannot be stopped even though Pluto in Sagittarius might create a few last ditch chaotic events in the Middle East. I do not expect these to have a great global effect, as everyone is ready for the new pattern. All in all, this will be a wonderfully transformational year with healthy shifts and changes beginning to make their way through the past chaos to form a new foundation of stability and balance. Expect a lot of work ahead but there is a newfound desire and drive to become more independent and self-reliant. Government will shift, and we will implement new patterns that can allow and spur growth into a new direction that benefits all. We’ll revisit these predictions in December 2008 and see how we fared. N Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot. She lives in Salt Lake City.

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going your way. You may feel contracted around money until September 9 when Jupiter finally goes direct. So play it safe; don’t overextend during that time. Expect miscommunications around money and try not to push your mate over finances during this period. Mercury retrograde comes around again from September 24 through October 15, placing strains on the Internet and in all communication systems. The guides are telling me that we will have some solar flares at that time, compounding the already chaotic Mercury pattern. Satellites will misbehave, which may affect some of the Olympics programming from China. Some programs may have to be rebroadcast. Pluto will move temporarily back into Sagittarius from June 15 through November 27. But the Pluto-Capricorn pattern will have

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Arthurian Tarot: Sword of Strange Hangings, Britannia Mayan Oracle: Organic Balance Aleister Crowley: Interference, Completion, Happiness Medicine Cards: Mountain Lion, Wolf Osho Zen Tarot: Going with the Flow, Conditioning, Politics Healing Earth Tarot: Seven of Crystals, Seven of Pipes Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Ace of Cups, Five of Swords, Three of Wands Words of Truth: Release, Truth, Multi-dimensional, Reclamation ost of us think of the new year as a time of change and movement. While changes will occur this January, their full effect will not be felt until approximately March 2008. Some of this is astrological. Mars went retrograde in November, causing everything to feel delayed until the end of January. This is a time to reevaluate and complete projects already in progress rather than move forward in some big way with a new endeavor or dream. For now, the cards suggest going with the flow and becoming aware of any self-imposed traps or patterns that inhibit the coming changes and transformations. Some firm decisions that will substantially impact your life will need to be made in the near future. This shift will be motivated by deep and powerful emotions within each of us. But with this emotional energy comes a warning. If you indulge in excess during this time, you can bring about your own destruction and suffering. So, caution is the name of the game for January. Allow the emotions to motivate you to your highest potential, but do not allow them to pull you into destruction and selfishness. January is ruled by the feminine. In the depth of winter, you have the silence and solitude to contemplate the many things that can potentially inspire your deepest gifts. Finding your purpose is a great thing, but to find it you must sit in silence and be with yourself in ways that allow the deeper inner voice to finally be heard. Knowing your deepest purpose takes time and effort. Otherwise you might just be spouting off nonsense and believing in others’ illusions rather than your deepest truth. Finding the power within your solitude may allow you

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to confront your limited views. Only by discovering every inch of your inner and outer world can you find true wisdom. Know that teachers can come in all forms: a voice in the wind, a tree, a book, a meditation. Teachers are everywhere if you are willing to observe the messages all around you. As Pluto goes into Capricorn on January 27, a new pattern emerges that will transform our awareness for the next 15 years, until March 24, 2023. One of the times Pluto was previously in Capricorn was during the American Revolution, a hugely transformative time that heralded a new perspective and consciousness for the people—democracy. But this did not happen at the beginning of Pluto in Capricorn; it happened towards the end. Transformation takes time. Many pieces have to be in place for an ignition point to fan the flames of consciousness into a new global awareness. Sometimes it takes many small sparks to make the fiery transformation a certainty.

When you act from an attitude of true service, when your life becomes the dance of expressing your love and gifts, then everyone will want to follow. The wolf card in this reading indicates that new ideas are coming to instruct us all in this change. Technology will cause an increase in shared knowledge, and many of you will feel compelled to write or express your unique perspective. Mountain Lion shows that we must confront the fear of showing up in our true power and leadership We must release the concern that when we take charge, others will blame us if the outcome is not what they want. True leadership does not care if anyone follows. True power is a delicate balance of strength, intention, grace, mental clarity, sincerity of heart and love for others. You lead when you know that you can open others so they can begin to serve the world with their greatest gifts. Leadership is not about serving your own ego or desires. When you act from an attitude of true service, when your life becomes the dance of expressing your love and gifts, then everyone will want to follow. A sure sign of being unenlightened is a lack of humor. So during January, laugh, cry, expand, and enjoy the resistance created in the drama of your life as you manifest the movement and change your heart so desires. But be patient. Go at the pace of your soul rather than your mind to assure balance and attain peace. N Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot. She lives in Salt Lake City.


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January 2008

URBAN ALMANAC JANUARY 16 If you have a pond with overwintering fish, make sure a section is always ice free.

JANUARY DAY B Y DAY IN THE HOME, GARDEN & SKY BY DIANE OLSON

JANUARY 1 The Sun rises at 7:51 a.m. today and sets at 5:10 p.m. The average maximum temperature in Utah this month is 36°; the average minimum 19°. The average snowfall is 12.7 inches. The “Winter Six” —Orion, Taurus, Gemini, Audga, Canis Major and Canis Minor—rule the night sky. JANUARY 2 Earth reaches perihelion, its annual position closest to the Sun, today. During winter, the lower altitude of the Sun means its light hits our hemisphere at an oblique angle, causing the atmosphere to dissipate the heat. JANUARY 3 This month’s birthstone, the garnet, is a group of minerals that have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones and abrasives. JANUARY 4 I vow to clean and sharpen my gardening tools this year—how about you? Digging tools can be cleaned, sharpened and oiled (3-in-1 oil works well) and wooden handles sanded and sealed or painted. Pruners and loppers can be sharpened with a whetstone or non-electric knife sharpener. JANUARY 5 Brew some tea, break out the gardening catalogs, grab a pencil and a pad of paper and plan this year’s garden. JANUARY 6 Plants develop ingenious ways to survive winter. Some hide underground as roots, bulbs, and tubers crammed with food; some secrete alcohols and sugars as a kind of antifreeze, or grow low to the ground to avoid wind chill. Others, such as mountain laurel, grow hairs as insulation, or like lichens, dehydrate. JANUARY 7 Consider using sand, sawdust or kitty litter for traction on icy sidewalks, rather

than commercial ice melt or salt. To promote melting, try alfalfa meal, a natural fertilizer. Or pick up some Safe Paw Ice Melter, said to be safe for kids, critters and the environment. JANUARY 8 NEW MOON. Fishing should be good now through January 22. JANUARY 9 Look for Mercury next to the crescent Moon just after dark. JANUARY 10 Set frostheaved plants back in place and mulch them. JANUARY 11 Houseplants with brown leaf tips and edges are likely suffering from excessive fertilization, dryness, or house heat; yellow or drooping leaves are caused by poor light, cold, excess water, or insufficient drainage. JANUARY 12 Craving fresh veggies? Try growing sprouts. www.sproutpeople.com/index.html JANUARY 13 Dogs can see a moving object up 985 yards away and static ones up to 640 yards. JANUARY 14 Try growing peanuts indoors. Fill a large bowl two-thirds full of moist potting soil; shell fresh, unroasted, unsalted peanuts and cover with one inch of soil. Peanuts will be ready to harvest in about six months. JANUARY 15 FIRST QUARTER MOON. Pines trees are shedding their cones. Brush snow from evergreens as soon as possible after a storm. Prune storm damaged limbs quickly to keep the bark from tearing.

JANUARY 17 Try building a bat box (www.batconservation.org/content/buildyourown.htm) or bird house (www.freebirdhouseplans.net). JANUARY 18 Beavers, raccoons and great horned owls are mating (not with each other). JANUARY 19 If the weather’s clear, prune grape vines and retie climbing roses and vines that have blown loose from their trellises. JANUARY 20 This month’s tree, the birch, is a food plant for the larvae of many butterflies and moths, and was worshiped as a goddess by the Druids. Birch bark has been used to make paper, casts, canoes, bowls and tipis. Birch wood makes excellent guitar amplifiers, speaker cabinets, drums, skateboards and toothpicks. Extracts of birch leaves and sap are used to make tea, syrup, sweetener, vinegar, beer, dyes, shampoo, cosmetics, lubricant and glue, and bundles of birch twigs have been used for both recreational and punitive flogging. Birch pollen is among the most potent of allergens. JANUARY 21 There are 10 cockroaches for every human in the average city. JANUARY 22 FULL WOLF MOON. Back in our more hirsute days, goose bumps served a function: Contracting the tiny muscles at the base of each hair created a fluffy layer of insulation, helping to retain body heat. JANUARY 23 Propagating African violets is easy: Take a leaf cutting, dip the cut end in a rooting hormone powder, and stick it in a vermiculiteor sand-filled pot. Cover with a perforated clear plastic bag and keep the soil moist. JANUARY 24 Alcohol can help protect against salmonella, hepatitis A and other food-borne ailments. Wine is particularly effective.

Goose bumps: contracting tiny muscles at the base of each hair . JANUARY 25 Set out suet cakes for the birds; they need the protein and fat. JANUARY 26 If you’ve got the gardening jones, get out and spread manure and other organic soil conditioners on garden beds. Turn the compost heap, too. JANUARY 27 Vegetables retain more of their nutrients when steamed in a microwave, as opposed to cooked on a regular stove. JANUARY 28 Tiny mites called demodicids live head-down in the roots of our eyelashes, eating oil secretions and dead skin debris, even laying eggs in our follicles.

JANUARY 29 Galantamine, a compound found in snowdrops and other narcissi, is used to treat Alzheimer’s. It’s been suggested that the magical herb, moly, antidote to Circe’s poison in Homer’s “Odyssey,” was snowdrop. JANUARY 30 LAST QUARTER MOON. Violets and snowdrops are blooming in south-facing niches. Pussy willow and Rocky Mountain maple buds are swelling. Garlic is greening. JANUARY 31 The Sun rises at 7:39 a.m. today, and sets at 5:45 p.m. If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. —Anne Bradstreet Diane Olson is a freelance writer, proofreader and wanna-be fulltime naturalist.


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January 2008

URBAN ALMANAC JANUARY 16 If you have a pond with overwintering fish, make sure a section is always ice free.

JANUARY DAY B Y DAY IN THE HOME, GARDEN & SKY BY DIANE OLSON

JANUARY 1 The Sun rises at 7:51 a.m. today and sets at 5:10 p.m. The average maximum temperature in Utah this month is 36°; the average minimum 19°. The average snowfall is 12.7 inches. The “Winter Six” —Orion, Taurus, Gemini, Audga, Canis Major and Canis Minor—rule the night sky. JANUARY 2 Earth reaches perihelion, its annual position closest to the Sun, today. During winter, the lower altitude of the Sun means its light hits our hemisphere at an oblique angle, causing the atmosphere to dissipate the heat. JANUARY 3 This month’s birthstone, the garnet, is a group of minerals that have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones and abrasives. JANUARY 4 I vow to clean and sharpen my gardening tools this year—how about you? Digging tools can be cleaned, sharpened and oiled (3-in-1 oil works well) and wooden handles sanded and sealed or painted. Pruners and loppers can be sharpened with a whetstone or non-electric knife sharpener. JANUARY 5 Brew some tea, break out the gardening catalogs, grab a pencil and a pad of paper and plan this year’s garden. JANUARY 6 Plants develop ingenious ways to survive winter. Some hide underground as roots, bulbs, and tubers crammed with food; some secrete alcohols and sugars as a kind of antifreeze, or grow low to the ground to avoid wind chill. Others, such as mountain laurel, grow hairs as insulation, or like lichens, dehydrate. JANUARY 7 Consider using sand, sawdust or kitty litter for traction on icy sidewalks, rather

than commercial ice melt or salt. To promote melting, try alfalfa meal, a natural fertilizer. Or pick up some Safe Paw Ice Melter, said to be safe for kids, critters and the environment. JANUARY 8 NEW MOON. Fishing should be good now through January 22. JANUARY 9 Look for Mercury next to the crescent Moon just after dark. JANUARY 10 Set frostheaved plants back in place and mulch them. JANUARY 11 Houseplants with brown leaf tips and edges are likely suffering from excessive fertilization, dryness, or house heat; yellow or drooping leaves are caused by poor light, cold, excess water, or insufficient drainage. JANUARY 12 Craving fresh veggies? Try growing sprouts. www.sproutpeople.com/index.html JANUARY 13 Dogs can see a moving object up 985 yards away and static ones up to 640 yards. JANUARY 14 Try growing peanuts indoors. Fill a large bowl two-thirds full of moist potting soil; shell fresh, unroasted, unsalted peanuts and cover with one inch of soil. Peanuts will be ready to harvest in about six months. JANUARY 15 FIRST QUARTER MOON. Pines trees are shedding their cones. Brush snow from evergreens as soon as possible after a storm. Prune storm damaged limbs quickly to keep the bark from tearing.

JANUARY 17 Try building a bat box (www.batconservation.org/content/buildyourown.htm) or bird house (www.freebirdhouseplans.net). JANUARY 18 Beavers, raccoons and great horned owls are mating (not with each other). JANUARY 19 If the weather’s clear, prune grape vines and retie climbing roses and vines that have blown loose from their trellises. JANUARY 20 This month’s tree, the birch, is a food plant for the larvae of many butterflies and moths, and was worshiped as a goddess by the Druids. Birch bark has been used to make paper, casts, canoes, bowls and tipis. Birch wood makes excellent guitar amplifiers, speaker cabinets, drums, skateboards and toothpicks. Extracts of birch leaves and sap are used to make tea, syrup, sweetener, vinegar, beer, dyes, shampoo, cosmetics, lubricant and glue, and bundles of birch twigs have been used for both recreational and punitive flogging. Birch pollen is among the most potent of allergens. JANUARY 21 There are 10 cockroaches for every human in the average city. JANUARY 22 FULL WOLF MOON. Back in our more hirsute days, goose bumps served a function: Contracting the tiny muscles at the base of each hair created a fluffy layer of insulation, helping to retain body heat. JANUARY 23 Propagating African violets is easy: Take a leaf cutting, dip the cut end in a rooting hormone powder, and stick it in a vermiculiteor sand-filled pot. Cover with a perforated clear plastic bag and keep the soil moist. JANUARY 24 Alcohol can help protect against salmonella, hepatitis A and other food-borne ailments. Wine is particularly effective.

Goose bumps: contracting tiny muscles at the base of each hair . JANUARY 25 Set out suet cakes for the birds; they need the protein and fat. JANUARY 26 If you’ve got the gardening jones, get out and spread manure and other organic soil conditioners on garden beds. Turn the compost heap, too. JANUARY 27 Vegetables retain more of their nutrients when steamed in a microwave, as opposed to cooked on a regular stove. JANUARY 28 Tiny mites called demodicids live head-down in the roots of our eyelashes, eating oil secretions and dead skin debris, even laying eggs in our follicles.

JANUARY 29 Galantamine, a compound found in snowdrops and other narcissi, is used to treat Alzheimer’s. It’s been suggested that the magical herb, moly, antidote to Circe’s poison in Homer’s “Odyssey,” was snowdrop. JANUARY 30 LAST QUARTER MOON. Violets and snowdrops are blooming in south-facing niches. Pussy willow and Rocky Mountain maple buds are swelling. Garlic is greening. JANUARY 31 The Sun rises at 7:39 a.m. today, and sets at 5:45 p.m. If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. —Anne Bradstreet Diane Olson is a freelance writer, proofreader and wanna-be fulltime naturalist.


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