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“Creekside Conclave Varied Harlequin Toads”

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uring the dry season, over 100 populations of Varied Harlequin Toads (Atelopus varius) once congregated along forest streams in Costa Rica and western Panama to breed. Cloaked in a wide variety of colors and patterns, these beautiful amphibians ranged from cream to lemon yellow, to lime and scarlet, or various combinations of these base hues, splotched or barred with brown, green or black. R anging in length from one to two inches, the males averaged about a quarter smaller than females. Their gaudiness was probably a case of aposematic, or warning coloring, as their skin contained quantities of the toxic alkaloid tetrodotoxin. In the late 1980s most populations began a steep decline, beginning in central Costa Rica. The Panamanian frogs didn't start to crash until about 1992. The causes

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of this crash are still poorly understood, and the subject of some controversy, but the insidious chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis has played an important role. The Varied Harlequin Toad and other members of the genus Atelopus appear to be very susceptible to Bd, as the fungus is commonly known, and of the 120 or so species, some 60% are believed to have recently gone extinct in the wild. Wild populations of A. varius were feared extinct, but a small population near Quepos, Costa Rica, discovered in 2003, perseveres. Incidental species in this painting include a leaf-cutter ant (Atta sp.), the butterfly Morpho amathonte, a Cloud-forest Anole (Anolis tropidolepis) and a Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus). This piece was originally commissioned for the cover of Conservation of Mesoamerican Amphibians and Reptiles, a new book that will be released this month from Eagle Mountain Publishing and received a medal of excellence from “ The Art of Conservation,” at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey. ◆ An exhibition of Carel's work is on display through August 20 at Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery, 3295 South 2000 East; Salt Lak e City.

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IN THIS ISSUE Volume 29 Number 8 • August 2010

FEATURES & OCCASIONALS 1 2 P O S T B P: T H E A G E OF PRECAUTION C H I P WA R D When, once again, we come to realize that everything we thought we knew is wrong . 14 U CAN GARDEN BENJAMIN BOMBARD The UofU’s organic garden aims to become a community concern. 16 FORGET FA R- F LU N G F O O D TA R A P O E L Z I N G The Eat L ocal Challenge dares you to chow down close to home. 32 ZEN AND THE ART OF GOPHER GETTING DIANE OLSON It’s hard to be benevolent when you’re sharing your yard with a pocket g o p h e r. 42 GUSHING FROM THE DEPTHS SUNNY STRASBURG The oil spill as archetypal myth: Our collective reality is built from the stories we tell ourselves. What reality does the Deep Horizon story create?

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ENVIRONEWS AMY BRUNVAND Environmental news from around the state and the west.

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THE WELL-TEMPERED BICYCLE COMMUTER STEVE CHAMBERS Weird bikes: Take a trip through the exotic bicycle zoo.

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SHALL WE DANCE?

AMY BRUNVAND Audiences Award Artists: Sugar Space and SB Dance help dancers reveal their hidden talent. 22

CHEF PROFILE EMILY MOROZ Geoducks run amok: Naked Fish serves (sustainable) food for thought.

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HIGHTOWER JIM HIGHTOWER The poor on Wall Street and Capitol hill.

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CATALYST CALENDAR OF EVENTS

BENJAMIN R . BOMBARD Our favorites for the month, chosen from the online CATALYST calendar. 34

YOGA POSE OF THE MONTH CHARLOTTE BELL Viparita Karani: A cool oasis for the heat of August.

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METAPHORS FOR THE MONTH SUZANNE WAGNER This month, choose what to be responsible for.

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ASK THE ASTROLOGER CHRISTOPHER RENSTROM Fun, but fickle: Flirt like crazy , but hold out for true love.

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URBAN ALMANAC DIANE OLSON Day by day in the home, garden and sky.

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EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK GRETA BELANGER DEJONG

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DON’T GET ME STARTED JOHN DEJONG On turning 60.

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SLIGHTLY OFF CENTER: DENNIS HINKAMP Guilt saves lives: The upside of that nagging little voice.


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BY JOHN DEJONG pass before my eyes. So, why did I think I wouldn’t make it to 60? Both of my grandfathers as well as my father had had

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o tell the truth, I didn’t think I’d make it to 60. I distinctly remember the day in the early ’60s that I figured (during the Cuban Missile crisis) that I wouldn’t live to see 20. I also remember the day in 1970, during a rocket attack on the base I was in in Vietnam, that I figured I wouldn’t live to see 21. I used a couple more of my nine lives before I got out of Vietnam. River rafting on the Colorado River accounts for two more. In one case I actually saw the opening credits of the film of my life

Someone said that middle age was when you stopped doing things for the first time and began doing things for the last time. That sounds depressing until you realize it applies to almost every stage of life. heart attacks by the time they were 60 and my dad would die of one at 62. I thought I was having a heart attack, myself, three months ago,

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arlier this month we found what looked like pink potatoes buried alongside the driveway. Poking one, it felt like a gonad. After solemn consideration, we sliced one open. A clear, aloe vera-like gel glistened around a hard white ball, inside of which were tightly packed green gills. We referred to them as our aliens. Then one day there was a six-inch white stalk capped in slimy black. Then another. I called my friend Ardean Watts, who probably knows more about mushrooms than anyone else in Utah. “You have yourself a stinkhorn mushroom,” he said without hesitating. As we put this issue to bed, the aroma of stinkhorn has wafted through the open windows. Not so very pleasant, but earthy. A reminder of nature amidst the sounds of neighbors’ air-conditioners and the beeping of trucks at a nearby construction site. And it has been exciting to go outside each morning and evening to poke at the potato-like structures and see their dramatic overnight makeover. This month has also been an interesting experiment for CATALYST and for me. After years of fairly consistent pressure in the nose-tothe-grindstone department, I backed off and let my capable staff take the ball and run. I learned that they are highly capable, indeed. I am impressed by how smoothly things ran. Besides signing off on editorial, I showed up at the end to do the fun part: dummy the magazine. It’s like a dinner party, where I get to decide which stories and ads go where. So now I know: Others can do the workaday parts of my job—in fact, they can do it far better than I can. I feel the mental space to take on a more creative role—for the magazine and in my life. There is time for both. And I’d really like to camp out in the driveway one night and watch these mushrooms grow before my very eyes. They still feel like little aliens, and I’d really like to get to know them.◆

Greta Belanger deJong is the editor and publisher of CATALYST. GRETA@CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET.

DON’T GET ME STARTED Continued but it turned out I was drinking so much I was tearing up my esophagus. No small part of the drinking was most likely an attempt to kill

not an attractive one. Someone said that middle age was when you stopped doing things for the first time and began doing things for the last time. That sounds depressing until you realize it applies to almost every stage of life. Passions wax and wane. Acquired tastes mature and we find whole new fields of things to do for the first time. We become sated and weary with our youthful obsessions, or they unfold into new passions.

Become an astrologer. Become an inventor again. Join the Peace Corps. I am slower, but I am also smarter. I may not have the vim and vigor of youth, but I do have 60 years of piss and vinegar and that should keep me going for another 60 years. There are a few things I’ve saved for really old age—golf, bridge and fly fishing. But I don’t want to limit myself to “old age” types of things.

John’s daughters Rachel and Sophie Silverstone displaying some of the dad’s dancing genes, playing among the bristlecone pines.

myself. But what a gruesome way to go. My heart is in good shape. And my mind is as sharp as... Now where was I? Part of it is that I didn’t think I wanted to live past 60. There are very few old folks in the hedonist hall of fame and I do love having a good time, and sharing it with friends. The stereotype of “old” is

It’s sort of a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that 60 is the new 40. It’s entirely possible that I could live to be 120. The bad news is I feel 60; though I have to say the need for reading glasses is the biggest physical impediment so far. If I take an aspirin or two a day (child’s dose, enteric coated) my back doesn’t bother me too much. What to do with my next 60 years? That’s another two Saturn cycles. Run for mayor. Go to law school.

I’ve just spent the better (or worse) part of the last 10 years being a club kid—something I had no chance of doing growing up in Provo in the ’60s. I’ve discovered that I’m addicted to dancing. I get absolutely geriatric if I haven’t gotten a fix in a couple of weeks. One of the things I learned as a club kid is to dance like no one is watching, even if they are. But none of those are the real reasons for living to 120. What I really look forward to is watching my beautiful daughters turn 80. ◆


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predict because of the complex prayer vs. prayer algorithm. The number, duration and intensity of people also praying to win the war, the World Cup or the same parking spot you want may cancel out opposing prayers. Some claim all prayers are answered; it’s just that answer is often “no.” This leads to the interesting situation in which God is thanked in the winning locker room, yet never criticized in the locker room of the losers.

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Prayer can too easily become the Swiss Army spiritual tool used for anything from winning wars to finding a good parking spot. Only when you admit that you like bad stuff can you be free of its siren call. It’s the people who brag about their discipline that you have to worry about. As evidence for this assertion, I give you John Edwards and a parade of public figures who quickly went from icons to lowlifes; the fat-to-fabulous-and-back-to-fat diet gurus; and just about anyone who prefaces a statement with: “I would swear on a stack of Bibles.” The reason I don’t succumb to everything on this short list of vices all the time is that little Catholic voice in the back of my head. It reminds me these things that seem good are actually bad for me and that misery here on Earth will only make the afterlife seem more funfilled. Even though I no longer consider myself a practicing Catholic, I thank the church for this philosophical foundation. Guilt has served me well; probably more so than either prayer or faith. More than likely, it’s why I’m still alive at 54. Prayer can too easily become the Swiss Army spiritual tool used for anything from winning wars to finding a good parking spot. However, the efficacy of prayer is too hard to

Faith is useful, but it often takes a long time to play out. For instance, I have faith the economy will recover; it just might not be in my lifetime. Faith nibbles while guilt takes shark bites out of you. Faith is a marathon and guilt is a 20-yard dash. And, because it is difficult to gauge others’ honesty, your faith may be wasted on the wrong person or cause. Guilt is much more direct and reliable. Guilt is like a little taser gun attached to the back of your head. Occasionally you can aim the taser at others, but mainly you are just reminding them of the guilt they already have. Of course, guilt can spill over into self-loathing, but that’s not all bad either. Most of the young people I run into these days could use a little more self-loathing and humility, and a little less selfesteem. Man, that children’s selfesteem movement in the ‘80s really backfired, didn’t it? Guilt makes you get out of bed, put down the Haagen-Dazs and pledge to public radio. Guilt probably prevents and solves more crimes than the police. Embrace it. ◆ Dennis Hinkamp would like to add that guilt is also great for helping you meet writing deadlines.

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Goodbye (and good riddance) Selma Sierra Selma Sierra, Utah BLM Director from 2006-2010, was handpicked by the Bush Administration to carry out their worst pro-development, antienvironment policies. The Salt Lake Tribune called her “a drill-baby- drill acolyte of the previous administration, [who] has run roughshod over the landscapes she is sworn to protect.” Perhaps her most damaging legacy was a set of six R esource Management Plans for public lands near Moab, Price, Montecello, Vernal, Kanab and Richfield. These plans, which emphasize oil and gas drilling and off-road vehicle recreation over all other uses, were hastily written and rushed for approval specifically to prevent public input. They are so badly flawed that the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance is currently challenging them in court. Sierra also ignored the National Historic Preservation Act to block public participation in a controversy over protecting ancient rock art in Nine Mile Canyon. She is responsible for forcing through the last-minute December 2008 oil and gas lease sale (the sale which Tim DeChristopher protested) over objections from the National Park Service. Sierra has been transferred to the BLM Eastern States Office and replaced by Juan Palma.

Canadians poised to strip-mine Utah tar sands The environmental organization Environmental Defense calls Canadian-style tar sands development “the most destructive project on Earth,” leaving behind a toxic moonscape and creating what amounts to a slow motion oil spill in nearby rivers. All of this could be coming to Utah soon since Earth Energy Resources, a Canadian company, has obtained permits to open Utah’s first tar sands strip mine near PR Springs. Citizen groups protesting the project

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SUSTAINABILITY

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Post BP: The age of precaution

When, once again, we’ve come to realize that everything we thought we knew is wrong

BY CHIP WARD

here in America where we are so privileged. My great-grandfather could not have imagined the middle-class wealth I take for granted and the extent to which we have harnessed carbon to run our world. But, drunk on pride, we are crashing hard now—oil-stained beaches and marshes are just one more clear signal that we humans may not be as smart as we assumed. The Crown of Creation is turning out to be a dunce cap. Our kind of intelligence is undeniable. Humans are very sharp when it comes to all aspects of the world that are fixed, measurable, linear, and predictable. That is how, after all, we put a man on the moon. The moon is pretty predictable—it doesn’t take lastminute vacations or sleep in. So if we are dealing with the mechanical realm of physics, our airplanes, dams, computers, chemical finesse and nuclear machines are wonders to behold. What we are not good at are all the nonlinear phenomena that with emergent behaviors; areas which, 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 func-

If we want to stop our culture’s self-destructive habits and learn sustainable behaviors, if we want to survive our mistakes and thrive tomorrow, then we must shed our hubris and learn to be humble and wise.

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he catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico will generate passionate debate. We will critique BP’s profit-saving shortcuts and poor safety record, the Bush-era regulators who were literally in bed with oil corporations. We’ll debate any number of other issues, laws, policies and practices related to the catastrophe…but at the heart of the matter is something much

deeper we must get to: If we want to stop our culture’s self-destructive habits and learn sustainable behaviors, if we want to survive our mistakes and thrive tomorrow, then we must shed our hubris and learn to be humble and wise. The age of hubris, a time when all things are knowable, all problems can be fixed and all limits surpassed, is crashing all around us. We granted ourselves an exemp-

tion from the limits of a natural realm where there is only so much fertile soil, so much fresh water, so many fish in the ocean. The atmosphere can only absorb so much CO2 and stay benign. You can shred just so much biodiversity and expect nature to be resilient and recover from the wounds we recklessly inflict. Yes, we put a man on the moon and every man in a car—at least

tion and swarm behavior. We are only beginning to understand the dynamics of a deeply nonlinear world made up of systems such as feedback loops, thresholds and basins of attraction. We have a rather myopic view of scale, 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


Ask a Louisiana shrimper if the distribution of risk, reward and liability in the Gulf was fair, or if he had a place at the table when those decisions were made. and use up ancient aquifers and oil deposits in a geological instant. Human 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. 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. We have been thoroughly indoctrinated in an all-encompassing economic order driven by a blind quest for power and profit. There is reason to believe we have been traumatized by our recent history of serial warfare, genocide and environmental dislocation. 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 entury knew for certain has since been proved wrong, it becomes almost a given that nearly everything we know for sure today will be radically revised 100 years hence. How far back in history do we have to go to find evidence of such wrong-headed hubris? In the 1950s, our knowledge of how the world works was so advanced that we harnessed the atom, the building block of matter. Confidently and backed by government’s authority, uranium miners, citizens living downwind from nuclear testing, “atomic GIs” and nuclear weapons workers were told that the low doses of radiation they received were harmless, maybe even beneficial. In the meanwhile, forest fires were suppressed, keystone predators were hunted and eliminated from the land and DDT was applied without protest to the crops we ate and to the front lawns where our children played. Lead was added to gasoline. We built so many nuclear weapons that we could destroy all

life on earth many times over. Ships loaded with old, rusty chemical weapons were scuttled and sent to the ocean floor. Engineers were busy draining the Everglades and rerouting its flow through canals. Emotionally distressed patients were lobotomized. That was just 50 years ago, a mere blink of history’s eye. Today’s genius is tomorrow’s fool. Simply put, the world is not only more complex than we thought, it is more complex than we can think. As Iraq War architect Donald Rumsfeld explained, there’s what you know you know, what you know you don’t know, and what you don’t know you don’t know. There is no irony in what Rummy explained. It’s only just weird that he was the one to say it. So, for example, I know my own finances and how to be a librarian. I know I don’t know

flawed from a political perspective because they let BP and its facilitating regulators decide who was put at risk for BP’s benefit. Ask a Louisiana shrimper if the distribution of risk, reward and liability in the Gulf was fair, or if he had a place at the table when those decisions were made. The so-called precautionary principle, also called the “better safe than sorry” principle, says that we should err on the side of caution when the potential impacts of a mistake cannot be completely understood but could be serious, widespread and irreversible. Under a precautionary paradigm, we don’t wait until injury and accident happen and then wait even more for incontrovertible conclusions about causes. Instead, the burden of proof is shifted from the potential downwind ordownstream victims of a project to the proponents of whatever technology or practice is being proposed. The precautionary path requires alternatives whenever the consequences of a technological project are potentially dire and irreversible. Capitalists who are accustomed to getting their way no matter what

All the paranoid ranting, conspiracy thinking, demonizing, noise and distortion that dominate our civic dialogues these days reinforces doubt and fear in a vicious feedback loop. how to run a bank or how to be a surgeon. It is much harder to say what is out there that I haven’t even a clue about. But it is how I deal with that question about what I don’t know I don’t know that determines how much risk I am willing to take, whether I see a need for precaution and whether I seek alternative options. The risk assessments that justified BP’s deep water drilling in the Gulf were not only inadequate and dishonest, they were inherently flawed because the uncertainties of the project could not be known and the consequences of failure could not be measured. Formal risk assessments are too often a rubber stamp process designed to give the public unwarranted confidence that industry and regulators understand and can control the complex variables they are considering. The risk assessments were also inherently

the risks are will squawk that such requirements are radical, timeconsuming and too expensive. But in light of what is happening in the Gulf today, the precautionary paradigm can no longer be dismissed as some whacko notion for clogwearing Europeans and San Francisco liberals. Precaution is plain common sense. As my grandma and Ben Franklin liked to say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The need for precaution increases apace with technological prowess. It wasn’t enough, for example, that we altered the very DNA of seeds by feats such as splicing fish genes into strawberries, or that we gave plants characteristics nature would never allow, such as herbicide-resistant corn. At this very moment, artificial cells, stripped of their natural genetic codes in favor of computerized DNA, are growing in labs. We will make new life forms and set

them loose. Will we be shocked if that goes awry and takes down whole species, crops, soils—when the mistake that was never supposed to happen happens and cannot be recalled? For individuals, the collapse of the Age of Hubris is experienced as a profound and disturbing lack of confidence. You don’t know who to trust, what to believe and what will happen next. You suspect that everything you thought you knew is wrong. The serial shocks our culture has been enduring from 9/11 through the financial turmoil of the last years and now this wholesale destruction of habitat generate doubt and fear that the media echo back to us. All the paranoid ranting, conspiracy thinking, demonizing, noise and distortion that dominate our civic dialogues these days may be more a symptom of our era than a cause, but such feedback also reinforces doubt and fear in a vicious feedback loop. The collapse of confidence isn’t necessarily bad, even if it feels that way. Humility can lead to sustainable paths, much the way hubris led us over the cliff. Precaution is as wise as it is humble. It can spur us to find better outcomes for the earth and all its creatures. And since a humble heart is also a compassionate one, perhaps we can heal the human realm as well. We will discover that our best bet to make it through the turmoil ahead is one another—because mutual aid is and has always been the key to our resilience. To say that we must learn to live within limits is not to say our lives will be diminished, but rather that they will acquire new meaning, insight, purpose and values. Starting over is tough. We will drag a lot of baggage down the road—attitudes and assumptions, habits and desires, history, contracts, alliances and obligations. The first step is the hardest: admitting that what we thought we knew was wrong and that there is so much more we don’t know than we assumed. Until now, pride easily trumped precaution. The sickening images of ecocide we are experiencing today may change that. Who knows, we may even start treating the planet like our lives depended on it. ◆ Chip Ward is a former library administrator, grassroots organizer, citizen-activist, and the author of Canaries on the Rim and Hope’s Horizon. He now writes from Torrey, Utah.


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August 2010

Catalystmagazine.net

GREEN BEAT

U can garden

The U of U’s organic garden aims to become a community concern BY BENJAMIN BOMBARD

Alexandra Parvaz in the Pioneer garden.

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t’s a few days after July 4, and Alexandra Parvaz, Jimmy Ruff, and a couple volunteers are harvesting veggies from their garden at the University of Utah. “The garlic harvest usually takes place on Independence Day, to declare independence from the supermarket,” Parvaz tells me. She pulls off her dirty gloves, tilts up the edge of her wide-brimmed gardener’s hat, and stands there looking at a bountiful pile of fresh-picked garlic laid out on a tarp, heads of the stuff as big as fists, with emerald stalks as long as a grown man’s arm. In this instance, gardeners aren’t simply declaring their own comestible liberty, they’re helping a whole university begin to assert its foodstuff self-sufficiency. And their

efforts, combined with those of other institutional bodies, are making the local foods movement a reality at the University of Utah.

The garden of eatin’ Parvaz walks along the paths between planting beds in the Pioneer garden, behind Pioneer Theatre Company on the University campus. The space is relatively small, about 40 feet by 15 feet, but densely planted. She points out one bed where she and other student gardeners have already harvested fava beans, peas and pounds and pounds of lettuce. Where basil now grows in accord with tomato plants, there was once a dense carpet of arugula, cilantro and lola rosa and

Eleven years ago, Montague established the garden that hugs the school’s Office of Undergraduate Studies to act as a learning laboratory where students could practice what they learned in an organic gardening class he taught during the summer.

red sail lettuces. And there’s kale. Lots of kale. The diverse crops and impressive harvests—the garden has already yielded 20 pounds of Detroit dark red beets, 16 of Oregon snap peas, 14 of kohlrabi and heaps of chard and kale—prove that thumbs, and even lives, can be made green if given a healthy dose of plant biology and chemistry, room to experiment, and a little helping of chutzpah. The Pioneer Garden and its predecessor, the Sill Garden, are “learning gardens” established by recently retired biology professor Fred Montague. Eleven years ago, Montague established the garden that hugs the school’s Office of Undergraduate Studies to act as a learning laboratory where students could practice what they learned in an organic gardening class he taught during the summer. After receiving approval from the university and its grounds crew, Montague installed 16 beds behind the Pioneer Theatre five years ago. Parvaz, a graduate student studying environmental science and sustainability, and Ruff, a PhD candidate in biology, were both deeply influenced by Montague’s summer course, not to mention his passion for and knowledge of gardening. With Montague’s retirement at the end of the 2010 school year, Ruff proudly accepted an 11th-hour offer to teach his mentor’s summer gardening course. Meanwhile, Parvaz oversees the Pioneer garden as part of her mas-

ter’s thesis. A necessary component of that thesis is financial, so she is scheming ways to make growing food not just ecologically sustainable, but financially sustainable as well.

Campus connections Luckily for her, Chartwells, the campus food-service provider, appears to be making genuine efforts towards sustainability. According to Reggie Connelly, the Utah resident district manager of Chartwells, the company has agreed to purchase any and all produce harvested on the University of Utah campus at market price. “Anything,” Connelly reiterated as we stood by the garden and watched the garlic harvest. He deflected questions of Chartwells’ sincerity by stressing the benefits to his company. “Shipped food is not as fresh. It’s more costly. Then you’ve got your carbon footprint. It might be hard to believe, but it’s not all about the money. Anyway, it’s cheaper to get it right here,” he said, pointing at the Pioneer garden. Chartwells also purchases some of its produce from local farmers markets and it will soon unveil a “farmers market café” in the University’s Olpin Union dining hall. Mark Morrison, the resident hall dining director, says his squad of cooks can use everything Parvaz and her gardening groupies can bring to the kitchen. Morrison grew excited looking at the garden beds on a hot Thursday afternoon, watching a volunteer gardener mix fish emulsion in a watering pail, hearing bees buzz around the tomato plants and seeing dragonflies land on the bushy clumps of cilantro flowers. “This is all organic here. The bugs are alive, and no matter how many times you wash a vegetable out of a garden like this, you’re gonna find something that reminds you that this came from the earth. And that’s a good thing!” he said.

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Forget far-flung food

The Eat Local Challenge, beginning August 28, dares you to chow close to home BY TARA POELZING

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cience has shown that food loses nutrients over time (and it takes time to ship food from far away); economists have shown that supporting local businesses strengthens the local economy; and our taste buds prove to us time and time again that fresh food just tastes better. Eating locally provides an opportunity to vote with our food dollars and eating habits. By taking the steps to eat locally, we can show our support for local farmers and businesses, and consume less oil as distance between farm and food is greatly reduced. We strengthen our community as individuals come together to share resources, and customers come face to face with growers, ranchers and local shopkeepers. Four years ago, Salt Lake residents Andrea and Michael Heidinger gathered together a passionate and energetic team of volunteers to encourage people to become more aware of how they eat—where our food comes from, how it is produced, and how we consume it. They organized the Salt Lake Eat Local Challenge. That year, an estimated 40 to 50 people participated. Today, Salt Lake Eat Local Challenge is still growing, with a

PERSONAL GREEN eggplant lasagna, mushroom and onion ravioli and fettuccini smothered in fresh tomatoes, basil and butter. Hardly privation. Of course, certain lifestyle changes must be made in order to change our eating habits. To find produce, one must now visit the farmers markets or fruit stands, read the labels at the grocery stores, garden themselves or even sign up for a CSA (community supported agriculture—buying a share of produce for each week of the growing season from a local grower). Grainbased foods such as pasta, crackers and bread must be made from scratch. Snacking even takes on a

Yes, it is a challenge. There is no local coffee or olive oil, and eating locally means that you can’t simply reach for a ready-made meal. All food is cooked from scratch. devoted group of volunteers including individuals, Wasatch Community Gardens, Slow Food Utah, People’s Market and the Downtown Alliance. The standard challenge is to eat a completely local diet for one week; many will extend the challenge to a month. Understanding that Utah lacks certain items, some people will make specific allowances. Basically, you are taking part if you choose to challenge yourself by eating more locally than you have before, and to set specific goals to guide this behavior. And, yes, it is a challenge. There is no local coffee or olive oil, for example, and eating locally means that you can’t simply reach for a readymade meal. Because the Challenge puts many folks in the kitchen, the food that results is typically far tastier, and the camaraderie that develops is heart-warming. In fact, some participants have formed a tradition of gathering together to make pasta before the start of the Challenge— sharing resources and the workload. Imagine a group of 10 to 15 people gathered in a kitchen working on gnocchi, lasagna, fettuccini and ravioli. And then imagine eating made-from-scratch dishes such as

whole new meaning, since local fruits and vegetables are much more readily available than cookies and chips. While there are no substitutes for certain items such as coffee or olive oil, folks do find ways of adjusting. Mint tea with milk from Winder Farms can make a warm, albeit decaffeinated drink, and clarified butter works well in place of oils. Even though locavores have not yet found a vegan alternative to butter, some are experimenting with making sunflower seed oil. Delicious local cheeses abound (excepting the rennet) from Drake Family Farms, Beehive Cheese, Rockhill Creamery and Shepherd’s Dairy. Taylor Made pork can be purchased at Liberty Heights Fresh and Rico Locals, and trout from Smithfield can be found at Aquarius Fish Market. To find completely local flour, Challengers purchase in bulk from Gilt Edge in Richmond, Utah. Sometimes with a little adjustment, substitutes work well—as with honey in place of sugar. Tips on how to use honey as a substitute in recipes along with a number of other local food sources can be found at the Eat Local site, WWW.LOCALFOODCHAL-

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Keeping in mind that eating locally offers a great excuse to socialize, the Salt Lake Eat Local Challenge folks are planning a variety of events to prepare for, educate about, and celebrate this event. ◆ Tara Poelzing is an organizer for the Salt Lak e Eat Local Challenge.

Pre-Kickoff Party Sponsored by Slow Food Utah August 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Farmers Market Brunch and Discussion Sponsored by the Downtown Alliance and Downtown Farmers Market August 28, 9:00-10:00 a.m. Pasta Making Party August 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sugarhouse Garden Center $10, registration required: TINYURL.COM/ELCPASTAPARTY Urban Forage Hike Sponsored by Wasatch Community Gardens Date, time, and place TBD Crop Swap and Kick-Off Celebration Sponsored by People’s Market August 28, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Sorenson Unity Center We Made It One Week Celebration September 4 Time and place TBD Info and contacts: OUTREACH@WASATCHGARDENS.ORG, WASATCHGARDENS.ORG, WWW.LOCALFOOD CHALLENGE.BLOGSPOT.COM. Facebook group: Eat Local Salt Lake City.


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THE WELL-TEMPERED BICYCLE COMMUTER

Weird bikes

Wooden bikes

Take a trip through the exotic bicycle zoo BY STEVEN CHAMBERS

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o you know the difference between a road bike and a mountain bike, a commuter bike and a cruiser. You even know about recumbents and trikes. That’s a great start, but there’s still a whole new world of bicycles out there waiting to be discovered.

The fixie First in the exotic bicycle zoo is the fixed gear bike. These are

to the rear wheel and later, the invention of the freewheel, allowed riders to rest while cycling instead of constantly pedaling. Fixies became the exclusive domain of track riders, those masochistic racers who fly around banked velodromes wearing alien-like aerodynamic helmets. About five years ago, urban bicycle messengers revived the fixie as a way to lighten their bicycles, the

The next animal on our list of weird bikes is the wooden bicycle. Some have solid frames made from lightweight woods such as bamboo. Others are made from “engineered wood” that’s processed, shaped and fitted together much like aluminum or steel is for a normal bike. Because

Unlike bikes that have a freewheel so that the rear wheel can turn while the pedals remain stationary , a fixie has no such freewheel. Once the wheels start turning, the pedals start too, and neither stops without the other. it’s difficult, if not impossible, to form wood into a tubular shape strong enough to make a bike frame without leaving it solid (which would increase the weight), the wood is often formed into flat pieces laminated together in a long, hexagonal shape. The result is that the “tubes” on the bicycle look like a Number 2 pencil when viewed head-on. The tubes are then joined by steel or aluminum lugs. One manufacturer of engineered wood bicycles is Sylvan Cycles in Amherst, Massachusetts. Sylvan’s website (WWW.SYLVANCYCLES.COM) says they use local wood and stainless steel because the steel has a high recycled content, making their bicycles as green as possible.

The internal hub The “fixie”

favorites of hardcore, urbandwelling 20-somethings. A fixie is a bicycle at its most basic—nothing more than a frame, two wheels, handlebars, a seat and a fixed drive mechanism, for which it is named. Most modern bikes have a freewheel that allows the rear wheel to turn while the pedals remain stationary. In other words, the rider can coast. A fixie has no such freewheel. Once the wheels start turning, the pedals start too, and neither stops without the other. Back in the dark ages of bicycle history, fixies were the norm. The first bicycles had huge front wheels to which the pedals were attached directly. The development of the chain attached

better to zip through Internal Hub traffic, hop curbs and terrify pedestrians. Hipsters have now discovered fixies and they are developing quite a cult following. But riding a fixie for the first time is a frightening experience. As soon as you start pedaling, the bicycle seems to have a mind of its own. There’s no rest for the rider.

Europe, where bicycling is the primary means of transportation, internal hub bicycles are widely used because they are more reliable than derailleurs. Internal hub systems have several advantages over derailleurs. First and foremost, because they are enclosed, they are less susceptible

Finally in our menagerie is the internal hub. Without getting too technical, an internal hub gear system uses gears enclosed inside the hub rather than exposed, as with a derailleur. Internal hubs were the standard until the 1970s when derailleurs, which are cheaper and offer a wider gear range, took over. Still, in many parts of

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Audiences Award Artists Sugar Space and SB Dance help dancers reveal their hidden talent BY AMY BRUNVAND

These grey areas exist for all of us; some are pronounced and some are unnoticeable. –Juan M Aldape

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ast March one of the tech guys who works in my building noticed an Alwin Nikolais Dance Theatre poster in my office and somewhat shyly asked whether I like modern dance. When I responded enthusiastically, he invited me to come see him dance at Sugar Space, a multi-disciplinary arts center in Sugar House. Well, just as nobody ever seems to notice that Clark Kent must spend an awful lot of time at the gym, I had completely failed to notice that the tall skinny guy doing web and media development in the windowless back office merely has to remove his glasses in order to transform into tall, dark and handsome Juan M. Aldape, dancer and choreographer. Which is to say, there are some very talented people hiding in unexpected places. Aldape, who is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, holds degrees in modern dance and anthropology from the University of Utah. He describes himself as “an interdisciplinary ethnohybrid identity-crossing tech-loving inauthentic dance artist.” He considers his ethnic identity integral to his work, but at the same time his work doesn’t have much to do with Mexican dance traditions. Whatever he means, the audience at the 2009 annual Audiences Award Artist contest loved it—Aldape and his collaborator Molly Heller won first place. Their prize was money and space so they could produce a fulllength modern dance concert. The Audiences Award Artists series was performed in 2008 by Sugar Space and SB Dance, a Salt Lake-based modern dance compay under the artistic direction of Stephen Brown. The concert they created was called “The Grey Area,” and the poster promised, “Within the ambiguity of the undefined, Aldape and Heller challenge personal territory, perceived reality, time and the patterning of our human existence.”

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The highlight of the evening, a solo piece called “Another Time Stamp on this Old Map” (choreography by Juan and Molly), featured an intensely physical slapstick performance by University of Utah dance professor Stephen Koester and a paper bag. From videos posted on their JuMo Dance website, it’s hard to truly experience the intimacy of sitting in the front row at a live performance, but you can still get a taste of why the work of these artists resonated with audience members and contest judges. The duets particularly shine (as Aldape says in his artist statement, he is “fascinated and puzzled with issues related to mate choice, ethnic assortment, migration, power structures, and family values”). The highlight of the evening, a solo piece called “Another Time Stamp on this Old Map” (choreography by Juan and Molly), featured an intensely physical slapstick performance by University of Utah dance professor Stephen Koester and a paper bag. For promoting talent and innovation in the Salt Lake City dance community, this is pretty exciting stuff and I’d definitely like to see more. This year, I hope to go to as much of the preliminaries as I can, and the final competition event at the Rose Wagner Theatre in December is a must-see.

Here’s how it works: The annual Audiences Award Artists Performance Series aims to foster creativity, exploration and debate in the performing arts and to promote free exchange between audiences and artists. If you are interested in entering the competition, you can apply in one of two categories: 18 and under or Adult (over 18). Eight participants from each category will be selected for the preliminary rounds to be presented at Sugar Space in November. A panel of judges as well as the audience will choose the top two performances from each category, and they will advance to the finals at the Rose Wagner Theatre. The final winners in each category get $1,000 plus a full-length weekend of performances for the following season. In return, the audience gets an inside look at the creative process and vision of artists from the local dance community. Eventually they get to see an innovative new production, such as “The Grey Area.” The Audiences Award Artists series is only in its third year, but with any luck (and enthusiastic audience support) it will keep on serving the purpose of revealing hidden talent in our community. After all, you might never find out that skinny tech guy down the hall is a great dancer unless someone happens to give him $1,000 and a stage to dance on. ◆ Amy Brunvand is a librarian at the University of Utah and a dance enthusiast

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n’t exactly gentle; “I eventually realized he was so tough on me because he liked me,” says the Utah fish virtuoso. TJ moved to Japan soon after (“I went to learn about the food, not to teach people about my religion,” he adds with a chuckle), working for almost three years at an Osaka restaurant until TJ’s visa expired and he landed back in Utah. TJ getting kicked out of Japan may have been the best thing that ever happened to Salt Lake’s sushi scene. TJ speaks fluent Japanese, easily switching to English and back as he deftly directs two sushi chefs and the servers, including Tsukie, a Japanese woman with a warm smile who used to work at Mikado; Tsukie

and TJ unabashedly tease each other in both languages. While TJ is in charge of the sushi bar, executive chef Toshio Sekikawa (aka “Chef Tosh”) whips up grilled octopus and Miyazaki Wagyu beef from the kitchen. TJ has known Chef Tosh for over 10 years, and general manager Johnny Kwon for over 15. Kwon suggests that my companion and I try a traditional menu of omakase, which means “entrust” or “protect”— in other words, diners leave the choices up to the chef. Omakase generally runs $65 per person, but if you’ve only got $30, TJ promises he won’t let you leave hungry. Our first taste was a threedish appetizer: mozuku, or angel hair seaweed (full of col-


lagen, good for the skin) that is slurped down unceremoniously; it was slimy, tangy and refreshing. A tiny bowl on the right holds sustainably farmed hamachi (yellowtail) covered with shavings of violet myoga ginger, and on the left is Hawaiian kanpachi (yellowtail), a vegetarian snapper (it only eats local limu seaweed, giving it an herbaceous flavor). Between courses, servers refill our shoyu (made in-house, by the way), chopsticks and water supply. The third plate was robatayaki (Japanese grill): three sticks artfully hold Kobe-style beef, a tender scallop wrapped in bacon and a cut of Morgan Valley lamb. Finally, we get to try TJ’s sushi, which includes tuna, salmon, hamachi and awesome shiro mirugai or geoduck (“gooey-duck”), a type of white clam gaining popularity at the sushi bar for its divine marine flavor and low environmental impact. The sushi rice is Japanese grain, which is shinier, fluffier and much tastier than the California grain most restaurants use. How can you go back to “normal” sushi after this? What really caught my attention was Naked Fish’s commit-

ment to only serving fish from sustainable sources. This takes a bit more research (and costs much more than the conventional alternative), but quality and freshness aren’t compromised; their fish comes from all over the world, including San Francisco, Honolulu and the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. Last year, Kwon noticed a

What really caught my attention was Naked Fish’s commitment to only serving fish from sustainable sources. “sushi alert” near the docks in Monterey, California, warning consumers of unsustainable fishing practices that were pushing species like bluefin tuna to the brink of extinction. This turned on a lightbulb: If his restaurant could be sustainable, it should be. What does this mean? “That my daughter will be able to enjoy it when she’s older… That [a species] won’t be gone in 10 years,” answers TJ, who helped Kwon with the shift to a “greener” restaurant.

What about the environmental impact of flying in fish from Japan and the east coast? Kwon acknowledges this concern; unfortunately, it’s impossible to run a sushi restaurant in Utah without getting the fish via airplane. To offset this, they use Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky Renewable Energy program, biodegradable cornstarch takeout items, and filtered water for drinking and cooking, filling reusable glass bottles. Their wine-corking fee is higher than usual—$15— because it’s donated to Tag-AGiant, an organization dedicated to supporting marine research for the tagging and monitoring of compromised fish populations. They’re also a member of the Green Restaurant Association, which audits Naked Fish annually to find how they can be more energy efficient and earthfriendly. Plan your next Japanese dining experience at Naked Fish and witness creative, classy sustainability in action. ◆ Naked Fish Japanese Bistro, 67 West 100 South, 801-595-8888. Lunch M-Fri 11:30a2p, Dinner M-Th 5-9:30p, Fri-Sat 5-10:30p, Sun 5-9p. www.nakedfishbistro.com

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Wall Street’s “Mom and Pop” bankers

Don’t cry for Jamie Dimon, America. BY JIM HIGHTOWER

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s CEO of JPMorgan Chase, this ruling mogul of Wall Street must now cope with the recently enacted financial reform bill, which imposes a host of new regulations meant to rein in the rip-offs, frauds, and other excesses of Wall Street bankers. Republican lawmakers, however, are crying that the Democrats'

ruin the economy for America’s moms and pops, then took billions in taxpayer bailouts, used the crisis to increase its monopoly power, continues to get federally subsidized money, just announced a 78% hike in profits, and recently paid you a salary and bonus of $18 million. The Dimons of Wall Street keep picking our pockets because they

The Dimons of Wall Street keep picking our pockets because they believe they ’re entitled to excessive profits and paychecks. reform bill puts a crushing burden on the poor financial giants. While these Wall Street apologists wail and keen, though, slick operators like Dimon are wasting no time on tears. Instead, they’re devising ways to slip out of the new regulatory reins. For example, the law limits the outrageous overdraft fees that banks have been sneaking onto our debit card accounts. No problem— the giants are quietly imposing new “maintenance fees” for basic checking accounts. Forget receiving a free toaster for opening an account, banks now hit you with up to $15 a month just for the privilege of putting your money in their bank. Dimon insists that this is necessary: “If you’re a restaurant and you can’t charge for the soda, you’re going to charge more for the burger,” he lectures. Come on, Jamie, drop the mom and pop pose. You’re not a little restaurant struggling to make ends meet—you head a monopolistic financial behemoth that helped

believe they're entitled to excessive profits and paychecks. To help bring these greedheads down to Earth, visit Americans for Financial Reform: WWW.OURFINANCIALSECURITY.ORG. ◆ Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer and public speaker. He has spent three decades battling the Power That Be on behalf of the Power That Ought to Be. © 2010 Creators.com

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Save the congressional millionaires Let’s hear a cheer for a much maligned group of American work ers, for they have stood up and done the right thing! BY JIM HIGHTOWER

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ot pimps, not drug chieftains, not Big Oil executives or Wall Street bankers – more maligned even than these. Yes, members of Congress! With a public approval rating ticking down toward single digits, these 535 workers could use a bit of good press, and they recently earned some. Actually, it was not for anything they did, but for something they did not do: they did not increase their pay this year. So let's all lift our glasses of Dom Pérignon champagne to toast these frugal political stalwarts who voted to restrict their pay to the level they’re presently drawing – a mere $174,000 each. Plus health care. Plus pensions. Etc. Okay, that's a far better deal than 95% of American workers get, but it's the thought that counts. And lest you think that our lawmakers are living the life of Riley while their constituents are scrambling to stay one step ahead of bankruptcy,

let me point out that they, too, have been hit hard by the Great Recession, and their level of wealth

The media establishment gives wide coverage to the plight of the unemployed, but it ignores this compelling story of congressional wealth decline. has taken a tragic tumble. Did you know, for example, that the median net worth of U.S. Senators has fallen to only $1.79 million? The media establishment gives wide coverage

to the plight of the unemployed, but it ignores this compelling story of congressional wealth decline. Worse, we're given sensationalist reports that while only one percent of Americans are millionaires, 44 percent of our lawmakers are in the millionaire class. But, guess what? That supposedly damning number means that 56 percent of the members are not millionaires. How do you think that makes them feel? Let's show some kindness here. It's time for a national movement to save the congressional millionaires! Give generously, won't you? ◆ Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer and public speaker. He has spent three decades battling the P ower That Be on behalf of the Power That Ought to Be. © 2010 Creators.com

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catalystmagazine.net Art, Health, Spirit, Natural World, Music, Events/Festivals, Meetings, Exhibits, Education/Workshops. See the full list of events and the ongoing calendar at www.catalystmagazine.net/events

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MELTDOWN!

Art and social change

The City Art reading series kicks off its 2010-2011 season with The Meltdown, a lineup of some of Utah’s best poets, fiction and literary nonfiction writers, on September 1 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library. City Art audience members choose Meltdown readers each year by secret ballot—so make sure to get on the mailing list to be part of the selection process for next year.

Art has the distinct ability to evok e emotion and raise awareness in a community. Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will address the role of the arts in social change this month with a short dance performance followed by a panel discussion featuring local community members the evening of August 5. The event will begin with a preview performance of a dance choreographed by Bill T. Jones, the renowned New York choreographer and social activist. His com-

Sept 1, 7p, Main Library downtown, 210 E 400 S . WWW.SLCITYART.ORG

Craft Lake City SLUG magazine has gathered together Salt Lake’s renegade and alternative crafters for the second annual Craft Lake City on August 14. This free, outdoor alternative arts and crafts festival will feature everything from jewelry to reconstructed clothing and silk-screened posters, all done in the spirit and celebration of the DIY philosophy and in opposition to corporate, sweat- shopdependent, assemblyline fabrication and worker exploitation. It takes a lot of work to put this on a festival, and organizers are looking for volunteer help. Get some hands-on experience working to produce this growing alternative arts and crafts festival. You could provide pre-festival help, or lend a hand on the day of festival. Craft Lake City; Aug. 14, 2-9p; Gallivan Avenue behind the Wells Fargo Building in downtown SLC ; free; (801) 487-9221, WWW.CRAFTLAKECITY.COM

Girl Ascending The work of Chicago-based photographer Melissa Ann Pinney is grounded in attentive observation of the world. Her large -scale, color photographs often focus on her daughter Emma and their family life together. An opening for “Girl Ascending,” an exhibit of Pinney’s colorful, lush, luminous and shadowy, haunting images, will take place on August 6 at the Salt Lake Art Center. Pinney’s photos create a special sphere in which fence -climbing children transform into floating angels, and seemingly insignificant moments suddenly burst open to reveal mythic and heroic themes of the vital transformation that tak es place when a girl enters into womanhood. Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Ascending; opening reception August 6, 6-9p, on view through October 30; Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S West Temple; free; (801) 328-4201, MARLOWH@SLARTCENTER.ORG, TINYURL.COM/25O7JWP

RADIO NOT INCLUDED— UtahFM’s first annual benefit UTAHFM.ORG, the independent, community Web radio station, is hosting its first benefit concert this month. If you’re a fan of eclectic community radio, then get your butt down to “RADIO NOT INCLUDED” and show your support. Bands slated to rock the

house at Bar Deluxe on August 21 inlude Cavedoll, Muscle Hawk, 2 1/2 White Guys, Fictionist, The Black Arrows, King Niko and The Orbit Group. Sage’s Cafe, Vertical Diner, Frida Bistro, Tin Angel and Este P izza will provide nosh throughout the night. RADIO NOT INCLUDED; Aug. 21; Bar Deluxe, 666 S State; $15; purchase tickets online at TINYURL.COM/2EGUCCS; WWW.UTAHFM.ORG

manding work “Duet” will be performed to the traditional music of Madagascar and Côte d’Ivoire. After the short performance, KUED’s Ken Verdoia will moderate a discussion about topics that Jones addresses in his work, such as African American-ness, homosexuality, and HIV/AIDS in the arts community. Arts and Social Change; Aug. 5, 5:30p; Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre at eth R ose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W Broadway; free; (801) 297-4213, WWW.RIRIEWOODBURY.COM

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A Free Folk & Bluegrass Festival A Free Festival Open to the Public Featuring

&/806< /29(56 The Puddle Mountain Ramblers, Bronwen Beecher The Fiddle Preacher, Shaney McCoy, Otter Creek, Ridin’ The Faultline, The Frayed Knot String Band

Rock Doc in the Park Late in the summer of 2006, filmmak ers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi traveled to Baghdad to meet and interview the only heavy metal band in Iraq, Acrassicauda. The Salt Lak e Art Center will show Heavy Metal in Baghdad, a documentary about the band and its members—young Iraqis whose lives have been distorted and displaced by years of continual warfare in their homeland—on August 20 in Pioneer Park as part of the Rock Docs free movie series. The film glimpses into the struggles of Acrassicauda ’s members as they try to stay together and stay alive. Their struggle is the untold story of the hopes and dreams of an entire generation of young Iraqis. Heavy Metal in Baghdad; Aug. 20, 9p; Pioneer Park, 4th South 3rd West; free; (801) 746-7000, INFO@SLCFILMCENTER.ORG, WWW.SLCITYEVENTS.COM/PICTURESHOW

New perspectives on the human form What does the human form contain? Where does the “self” reside? Is it in your head or between your thighs? How are we ourselves contained by our culture? These are questions interrogated through art in “Containment,” an exhibition that surveys and re-evaluates the figure in contemporary art from the inside out. It may have opened last month, but this is one art show you don’t want to miss. These local, national, and international artists examine the human figure as a container for human emotion, and the mind as something contained by the outside world and all its cultural and historic implications. Containment; showing through Sept. 10, 9a-6p; GARFO Art Center at the Visual Art Institute, 1838 S 15th East; free; (801) 474-3796, WWW.VISUALARTINSTITUTE.ORG/GARFOARTCENTER

Senior writing workshops It’s human nature to reflect on our lives— what we have done, who we have known, what we have dreamt and what became meaningful experiences. Have you ever considered writing about these wonders in a per-

sonal essay? The SLCC Community Writing Center invites seniors to a series of interactive workshops in preparation for the Fourth Annual Silver Pen Essay Competition sponsored by Salt Lake County Aging Services. The competition and three-part workshop will explore the theme “Then and Now.” Silver Pen Essay Writing Workshops; August 5, 12 & 19, 1-3p; West Side Anderson Senior Center, 868 W 9th South; August 10 & 17 10a-12p; Columbus Senior Center, 2531 South 4th East; $1 donation; register by calling (801) 957-4992, or online at TINYURL.COM/27GP23R

Journey Takers Leslie Albrecht Huber, genealogist and author, will be reading from her new book at the Main Library on August 26. In The Journey Takers, Albrecht Huber delves into the past to recreate the story of her ancestors’ immigration to America. Leslie Albrecht Huber; Aug. 26, 7p; Main Library, 210 E 4th South; free; (801) 524-8200, WWW.THEJOURNEYTAKERS.COM.

Help Buyin’ Time buy some studio time Bring your chairs and your coolers to the Pioneer Crafthouse on August 21 and enjoy an eclectic array of modern, traditional, and original bluegrass music from the Buyin’ Time bluegrass band. The band features Mark

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Andean mysticism ‘Salka’ is an Andean term that translates as ‘undomesticated energy .’ It’s an energy that flows throughout the cosmos, but it ’s particularly easy to connect to in nature. Y ou can learn more about Salka and Andean mysticism through a class with Oakley Gordon, who has been studying Andean mysticism with the Andean paq’o (mystic) Americo Y abar since 1994. The class will begin with a brief introduction to Salka and Andean mysticism, but most of the time will be spent in simple meditation to connect to Salka in nature and in each other. Salka and Andean Mysticism; Aug. 17 & 19, 6:30-8:30p; classes will meet at the mouth of Millcreek Canyon; free, but donations are accepted; WWW.SALKAWIND.COM

Anger, Mary Hess, Rob Johnson, Gregg Nickel, and Bret Donnelly. The show’s a fundraiser to help the band put together a CD . Buyin’ Time CD Fundraiser Show; Aug. 21, 6-8:30p; Pioneer Crafthouse, 33rd South 5th East; $15 suggested donation.

Tarot photography Photographer Kimber Tiernan will be showing a new series of photographs based on the Tarot at Diva’s Coffee and Cupcakes, with an opening for the exhibit held September 1, and a “Meet the Artists”

reception on closing night, September 30. Kiernan’s 22 black-and-white photographs were inspired by tarot readings done for Tiernan by psychic (and CATALYST contributor) Margaret Ruth. The images were shot on infrared film to give them a more surreal feel-

ing. Models in the photos embody the spirit of each of the Major Arcana Tarot cards. Ruth will be doing Tarot readings at both the opening and the closing. Kimber Tiernan Photography Exhibit; opening event Sept. 1, closing event Sept. 30, both at 7p; Diva’s Coffee and Cupcakes, 1560 E 33rd South; (801) 485-0619

Health with Heidi Energy kinesiologist Heidi Novak of All for Health and Awareness (AHA) will give two

health lectures this month on “Empowering You to Awaken the Healer Within.“ She will discuss the science of stress and toxicityrelated issues and how they connect with the brain, hormones and immune system. She will also present a simple wellness path which she says is a foundational backbone for a transformational rejuvenation plan from inside out. Friday, Aug. 6, 6:30-7:30p. Cross Fit 801, 673 West 7250 South (Whimpy Way), Midvale. Aug. 26, 1104 East Ashton Ave. #208, SLC. (801) 809-4409, LEAPINTOAHA@GMAIL.COM


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University of Utah Farmers Market The 3rd annual University of Utah F armers Market opens up for business this month and will feature fresh, local produce and unique crafts available to students and the wider public. The markets will be held every Thursday from August 19 through October 7, with free workshops at noon and live music throughout the day . University of Utah Farmer’s Market; Aug. 19 through Sept. 30, 8a-5p; Tanner Plaza at the University Union Building; free; (801) 585-9352, SUSTAINABILITY.UTAH.EDU

Master your mind Part of the process of spiritual integration of our Higher Selves involves “re-programming” the way we think. Our thoughts create our reality, the life experience we have on the inside and the outside of us. The “12 Attitudes and 12 Responsibilities” learning module on August 9 at the Chase Suite Hotel could help change your thought patterns from thoughts you simply take for granted to thoughts that raise your awareness and help you move along your path of advanced spiritual development. Presented by NuNU and Hilary Lyons. 12 Attitudes & Responsibilities of Mastery, evening module; Aug. 9, 6-9p; Chase Suite Hotel, 765 E 4th South; $40 online registration, $45 at the door; (801) 897-4849, JENNY_SIMONS@YAHOO.COM, TINYURL.COM/3YTHYYU

Fall planting workshop Do you grow veggies all summer then let your beds go fallow in the fall? Have you been interested in extending your growing season, but aren’t quite sure how? Wasatch Community Gardens and Farmer Pete from Sandhill Farms are holding a fall planting workshop on August 7 to teach you what to grow when the days get cooler and shorter. You’ll learn about fall veggies (greens, root veggies and brassicas), cover crops, season extenders and some garlic basics.

Don’t miss this great how-to to ensure you’re the only one in your neighborhood harvesting in October! Fall Planting Workshop; Aug. 7, 10a-12p; Grateful Tomato Garden, 8th South 6th East; $10, scholarships available; (801) 359-2658 ext. 10; register online at WWW.WASATCHGARDENS.ORG

Friends of Animals Utah Barking Ball Join Friends of Animals Utah for its signature fundraising event! The 14th annual Barking Ball gala will be held on August 14 at the Westgate Park City Resort & Spa at the Canyons Ski Resort. This year’s event will feature a lively night of silent and live auctions in addition to great live music, as well as drinks and appetizers from many of Park City’s finest restaurants. Barking Ball Gala; Aug. 14, 6p; Westgate Park City Resort & Spa at The Canyons Ski Resort, Park City; $75; DHILTERBRAND@MSN.COM, WWW.FOAUTAH.ORG

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Zen and the art of gopher getting It’s hard to be benevolent when you’re sharing your yard with a pocket gopher.

BY DIANE OLSON

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ose bushes and shrubs topple, suddenly rootless. Carrots, beets and turnips are reduced to green-topped stubs. Entire plants vanish, dragged into the rodential underworld. Mounds of dirt sprout like oversized mushrooms, suffocating the plants beneath them. It’s usually the mounds that get to people. Especially people who like having a manicured lawn. A single pocket gopher can move four tons of soil to the surface in a year, making as many 300 mounds. Pretty impressive for a rodent the size of a guinea pig. Members of the family Geomyidae, pocket gophers are the “true” gophers. Ubiquitous throughout the Americas, they’re found in most

climes and elevations. Utah is home to two subspecies, the Northern pocket gopher and Botta’s pocket gopher. Pocket gophers have beady eyes, tiny ears, big, yellow, always-exposed teeth, long, exquisitely sensitive whiskers, a short, hairless tail that works like whiskers when the gopher is going in reverse, and fur the color of the local soil. Their “pockets” are outsized, fur-lined cheek pouches that run from the mouth well back onto the shoulders and can be turned inside out. It’s those pockets that allow the gopher to safely transport everything from dirt to arsenic, but more on that later. Gophers, ground squirrels and prairie dogs are often mistaken for

Gophers, ground squirrels and prairie dogs are often mistaken for one another, but one way to tell them apart is this: If you’re seeing it, it ’s probably not a gopher. Pocket gophers are the Howard Hugheses of rodents—eccentric, rarely seen, but impactful, leaving behind an impressive body of work.

VARMINTS one another, but one way to tell them apart is this: If you’re seeing it, it’s probably not a gopher. Pocket gophers are the Howard Hugheses of rodents—eccentric, rarely seen, but impactful, leaving behind an impressive body of work. A single pocket gopher burrow system can range hundreds of yards and be as deep as six feet. The point of all that digging? The eternal quest for tender, tasty roots, shoots, stems and tubers. Soil is loosened with EdwardScissorhands-like forefeet; if the going gets tough, those gnarly teeth are put into play, and the gopher chomps on through the impediment, whether it be tree root, underground cable or water pipe. Every so often, the gopher somersaults to change direction, and pushes the newly excavated soil to the surface, creating a fan- or heartshaped mound that is quickly sealed with a soil plug. Even the calmest of gardeners tend to do irrational things when mounds start appearing and plants disappearing. The typical response, says Brandon Smith, who, along with his mom Sandra Herlean, runs The Gopher Getters, is to dump something in the burrow. Usually something nasty. Smith and Herlean have seen burrows stuffed with poison bait, moth balls, pesticides, herbicides, gasoline, gas fumes, explosives, water, urine, hair and used kitty litter. And guess what? None of them work. “Pocket gophers don’t eat anything they don’t forage for themselves,” says Smith. “And they’re super-aware of what’s in their burrows. If they didn’t put it there, it’s coming out.” That’s where those big cheek pouches come in handy. Since a pocket gopher’s pockets aren’t connected to its mouth, and contain no mucus membranes, blood vessels, or veins, the gopher can safely transport even the most toxic of poisons in them. If something strange appears in the burrow, the gopher simply stuffs it into a pouch, goes above ground, and dumps it. So trying to poison a pocket gopher isn’t just useless, Smith says, it’s dangerous. Every nasty substance that’s stuffed down a burrow is going to reappear above ground, and not necessarily in the yard where it originated. Poisoned bait can end up in a neighbor’s yard a block away, exposing kids, pets and wildlife. As for flooding burrows with water or fumes, that’s not such a

swell idea either. Pocket gophers frequently tunnel under and alongside houses, and have a weird tendency to den beneath bathtubs. That means any non-solid that goes into a tunnel is likely to end up under someone’s house. “A gopher can block off a section of tunnel in the blink of an eye,” says Smith. “So any time you try to gas or flood out a gopher, you’re more likely to end up gassing or flooding out your neighbors.” (Or your own family, as in the case of the two Layton toddlers who recently died after their parents had the rodent holes in their yard fumigated.) The only safe, sure way to get rid of pocket gophers, say Herlean and Smith, is to trap them. And they should know, being third- and fourthgeneration gopher hunters. The Gopher Getters is their multi-state, multi-generational gopher trapping business, and they specialize in baitfree, chemical-free eradication. Though they typically use quickkill underground traps, they also offer a more humane approach. Smith, who is a vegetarian and ardent environmentalist, will sometimes dig up and relocate the culprit. “I had one old gal that took me a year to get,” he says, with obvious respect. “People had been trying to trap her for years, and she was extremely intelligent. But I finally dug her out. After keeping her around for awhile to make sure she wasn’t diseased, I took her to a safe area where people can’t build and let her go near some other gophers.” While business isn’t yet as brisk as they’d like it to be, The Gopher Getters is finding favor with organic farmers and community gardeners around the valley. Last summer, Smith volunteered his expertise to rid Tree Utah’s EcoGarden of an extended family of pocket gophers. “They were girdling the fruit trees and eating the roots,” he says. “I got rid of them and now the trees are exploding with foliage and fruit.” So if you find yourself fuming over a gopher-cratered landscape, take a deep breath—and don’t dump anything in the burrow. You can buy traps online or at your local hardware store. Or better yet, give The Gopher Getters a call and see if they can relocate, rather than exterminate, your yellow-toothed adversary. ◆ Diane’s confession: Last June, in my “Urban Almanac” column, I suggested dumping dirty kitty litter down gopher and vole burrows. Smith sent me a politely chastising email so full of wonderful and weird information about gophers I had to meet with him. The Gopher Getters: 800-214-7250.



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er breathing, and opens the heart area. The combination of back bending and inverting rejuvenates energy by promoting free respiration and bringing about profound rest. The effect is a deep, internal cooling of the physical, mental and emotional bodies. To get started, you’ll need up to three firm blankets (wool or cotton are best) or a yoga bolster and one firm blanket. It’s possible to practice with just one firm blanket if that’s what you have on hand. You may also want to use a strap and an eye bag. Fold two of your blankets into a bolster size (eight to ten inches wide), and stack one on top of the other. Place them parallel to and four to eight inches from the wall. Fold your third blanket to the same size and place it perpendicular to the other two, forming a “T” shape. You can replace the stacked blankets with a bolster if you prefer. If you have only one firm blanket, use it to replace the blanket stack. Improvise with what you have.

Viparita Karani

A cool oasis for the heat of August BY CHARLOTTE BELL

they start to tingle, bend your knees and lower them into a cross-legged position while the rest of your body stays in Viparita Karani. Let go of resistance to gravity. Breathe naturally and let your consciousness expand throughout the entire body. Let thoughts come and go. Relax and let go of control. Comfort is paramount. Pain or discomfort can agitate the bodymind and will diminish the effects of the pose. If your back is uncomfortable, try lying flat on the floor with no blankets to elevate your hips, and extend your legs up the wall. When you are ready to leave the pose, bend your knees and slide your feet down the wall. Roll onto either side and pause there before gently pushing up to a sitting position. It’s important to leave Viparita Karani with care and mindfulness, to preserve the calm energy you’ve generated by practicing the pose. Viparita Karani is contraindicated in some cases. People with eye conditions such as glaucoma and

Inverted poses nourish the endocrine glands, promote circulation, balance metabolic function and increase blood flow to the brain.

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hroughout history, humans have personified the sun: god or demon, powerful creator or ruthless destroyer. The Egyptians named the sun Ra; the Romans, Helios; the Greeks, Apollo; the Incas, Inti; and the Norse, Freyr. Each year, we on Earth journey around this star together. It is the dynamic center of our perceivable universe. In astrology, the sun takes over as ruling planet of Leo in the last week of July and continues its reign until the last week of August. Leo is a “fixed” sign. In August, the sun’s bright-hot blaze feels immutable, inevitable. While it would certainly be appropriate to honor the sun by naming Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) as this month’s practice, I chose instead to offer a pose that invokes its opposite: a mountain lake, cool,

crystalline and quiet. I call Viparita Karani (aka Clear Lake) the Great Neutralizer, as it has the potential to rejuvenate heat-sapped spirits as well as calm runaway minds. Viparita Karani is a curious mix: It’s an inversion, a backbend and a restorative pose. Inverted poses nourish the endocrine glands, promote circulation, balance metabolic function and increase blood flow to the brain. The inverted orientation, combined with neck flexion (the chin moving toward chest) stimulates the baro reflex, a chain of chemical reactions that suppress the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system and let us rest in the parasympathetic (rest and digest) side. Backbends are exhilarating, and can brighten the heaviness of fatigue. Back bending expands the rib cage, freeing the lungs for deep-

Sit on the right end of your stacked blankets so that your left side is touching the wall. Tuck your knees in toward your torso and carefully roll toward the center of your stack so that you end up on your back with your legs extending up the wall and the tops of your shoulders and back of your head resting on the third blanket. Your buttocks will hang slightly off the blanket stack, near the wall. Adjust your position so that the perpendicular blanket is centered under your shoulders and head. Viparita Karani’s “clear lake” refers to the oval area from the bottom of your breastbone to the top of your pubic bones. In order for your lake to be clear, it must be horizontal. If the lake is tilted toward your head, its waters will spill out toward your chest and head, creating agitation. So make sure your entire abdomen is horizontal. Move your blankets away from the wall if necessary. You can stay in Viparita Karani for a couple minutes or as long as 20 minutes. You might enjoy placing a strap around your thighs to prevent your legs from splaying apart. Use an eye bag if you have one. If your legs tire of being upright, or if

detached retina should not invert. Nor should those with hiatal hernias or heart conditions. Women should not practice inversions during menses. Backbends are contraindicated for people with spinal issues such as spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis, and for pregnant women in their second and third trimesters. People with controlled high blood pressure can modify by lying flat on the floor with their legs up the wall, increasing the height under their hips gradually over months of practice. It’s a good idea to check the effect of the pose with a blood pressure monitor after you’re finished. Over time, regular practice of Viparita Karani can lower blood pressure. Viparita Karani reenergizes your legs after a vigorous hike or run, or after a long period of standing. It’s the best pose I know to settle an agitated, insomniac mind. It simultaneously calms and rejuvenates. Viparita Karani is a cool, luxurious oasis you can visit any time. ◆ Charlotte Bell writes, plays music and teaches yoga and meditation. Visit her at CHARLOTTEBELLYOGA.COM.


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EDUCATION schools, vocational, continuing education A Voice-Over Workshop 10/10 801-359-1776. Scott Shurian. The Sal t Lake City voice-over workshop teaches the art of voicing commercials and narrations for radio, TV, multi media and the World Wide Web. Personal coaching and demo production also available. WWW.VOSCOTT.COM Canyonlands Field Institute 6/10 1-800-860-5262. P.O. Box 68, Moab, UT 84532. Authentic nature and culture. River and hiking trips and camps for schools, adults and families. WWW.CANYONLANDSFIELDINST.ORG

Healing Mountain Massage School FB 801-355-6300. 455 South 300 East, Suite 103, SLC, UT 84111. Morning, evening, & weekend programs. Graduate in as little as 7 months. 8 students in a class. Mentor with seasoned professionals. Practice in a live day spa. ABHES accredited. Financial aid: loans/grants available to those who qualify. WWW.HEALINGMOUNTAIN.ORG Red Lotus School of Movement. FB 801-355-6375. WWW.REDLOTUSSCHOOL.COM

ENERGY WORK & HEALING energy balancing, Reiki (SEE ALSO: Bodywork)

HEALTH, WELLNESS & BODY CARE Ayurveda, beauty supply, birth services/prenatal care, Chinese medicine/acupuncture, chiropractics, colon therapy, dentistry, health centers, health products, homeopathy, naturopaths, nutritionists, physical therapy, physicians, women’s healthcare A.I.M: Frequencies – Balance – Self-Healing DaNell 801-680-2853, Dixie-(Ogden) 801-4581970. Everything is energy, therefore everything has a frequency. Imbalances have a frequency that can be brought into balance a nd neutralized by applying a balancing energy 24/7. Sanctuary, The Path to Consciousness, by Stephen Lewis tells of this technology – here now. Self-heal inherited predispositions, physical & mental illnesses & environmental toxicity–24/7 using this tool. Pets too. 8/10 WWW.INFINITECONSCIOUSNESS.COM.

Lilli DeCair, professional psychic, holistic health educator, Reiki master/teacher, ordained minister 10/10 801-577-6119, LILLIDECAIR@YAHOO.COM DeCair consults privately and via phone, teaches Shamanic Studies Medicine Wheel Journey, conducts weddings, provides party entertainment. Lilli’s Reiki School offers all three levels with certificates. Individual sessions at Dancing Cranes Thurs./Fri. 2-7 p.m. Reiki practice held 3rd Saturdays, Calling In the One Study held 1st Saturdays. Both 4-6 p.m., $10 donation, same venue. Tarot Symbols Translated Art Course held at Hive Gallery, Trolley Square, Thurs eves 7-9 p.m. Coming Oct 2010: Mind Body Bridging for stress management.

Alexander Technique 1/11 801-230-7661, Cathy Pollock. AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, SLC. Learn to recognize and let go of unnecessary effort and tension. For performance, personal growth, relief from pain. Alexander Technique can be applied to any activity of life, from sitting , standing and walking to more complex activities such as music, dance or dressage. Change happens!

Quantum Biofeedback 4/11 Edie Lodi, Certified Quantum Biofeedback Specialist, 802-345-8637, EDIELODI.COM Quantum Biofeedback is a non-invasive technology that trains the body to relax, reeducate muscles and reduce stress. Energetically harmonize your stress and imbalances. Restore the flow of energy through subtle electrical signals that work w ith innate healing. Also recommended for animals.

Cameron Wellness Center 3/11 801-486-4226. Dr Todd Cameron, Naturopathic Physician. 1945 S. 1100 E. #202. Remember when doctors cared? Once, a doctor cared. He had that little black bag, a big heart, an encouraging smile. Once, a doctor actually taught about prevention. Remember “an apple a day ”? Dr. Cameron is a family practitioner. He takes care of you. He cares. WWW.DRTODDCAMERON.COM

Sheryl Seliger, LCSW, 6/11 Counseling & Craniosacral Therapy 801-556-8760. 1104 E. Ashton Ave. (2310 S.) Email: SELIGERS@GMAIL.COM Powerful healing through dialogue & gentle-touch energy work. Adults: Deep relaxation, stress reduction & spiritual renewal, chronic pain & illness, head & spinal injuries, anxiety, PTSD, relationship skills, life strategies. Infants and Children: colic, feeding & sleep issues, bonding, birth trauma. Birth preparation & prenatal CST.6/10

Eastside Natural Health Clinic 9/10 Uli Knorr, ND 801.474.3684; 2188 S. Highland Drive #207. Use Natural Medicine to Heal! Dr. Knorr uses a multi-dimensional approach to healing. Focusing on hormonal balancing including the thyroid, the pancreas, and the ovarian and adrenal glands; gastrointestinal disorders, allergies. Food allergy testing, parasite testing and comprehensive hormonal work-up. Utah RBCBS and ValueCare provider. EASTSIDENATURALHEALTH.COM

State of the Heart 2/11 801-572-3414.Janet Hudonjorgensen, B Msc. Quantum-Touch® instructor and practitioner. Quantum-Touch energywork helps to maximize the body’s capacity to accelerate its own healing. When the root cause of disease is addressed, a space is created for mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual healing to occur. Monthly workshops, individual sessions. www.quantumtouch.com

Five Element Acupuncture LLC 10/10 Pamela Bys, RN, BSN, L .Ac. (Dipl Ac.) 2670 South 2000 East, SLC; 256 Historic 25th St., Ogden. 801-920-4412. Five Element Acupuncture focuses on getting to the root cause of all problems. It treats symptoms as well as causes. Live Healthy and Live Long . WWW.ACUPUNCTURE5E.COM Todd Mangum, MD, Web of Life Wellness Center FB 801-531-8340. 989 E. 900 S., Ste. A1. Dr. Mangum is a family practice physician who uses


SUZANNE WAGNER Psychic, Lecturer and Author acupuncture, massage, herbs & nutrition to treat a wide range of conditions in cluding chronic fatigue, HIV infection, aller gies,digestive dis tur bances and fibromyalgia. He also designs pro grams to maintain health & wel lness. WWW.WEBOFLIFEWC.COM

PSYCHIC QUESTIONS & ANSWERS SESSIONS Golden Braid Bookstore • 6:30-9:00pm Aug 18, Sept 22 Two to three questions per person/$15

SUZANNE’S UPCOMING CLASSES

Planned Parenthood of Utah 6/11 1-800-230-PLAN, 801-532-1586, or PPAU.ORG. Planned Parenthood provides affordable and confidential healthcare for men, women and teens. Services include birth control, emergency contraception (EC/PlanB/morning after pill), testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infection including HIV, vaccines including the HPV vaccine, pregnancy testing and referrals, condoms, education programs and more. Precision Physical Therapy 9/10 801-557-6733. 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. Medicare provider. Now expanding services into Park City and Heber. SLC Qi Community Acupuncture 12/10 R. Dean Woolstenhulme, L.Ac 177 E 900 S Ste 101D, SLC, UT 84111 801-521-3337 Acupuncture you can afford. Quality acupuncture on low sliding scale rates ($15-$40) makes health care affordable and effective. Relax in comfy reclining chairs in a healing community setting. Acupuncture is good for allergies, back pain and more. Downtown SLC. WWW.SLCQI.COM. Transcendental Meditation Program in Utah Natalie Hansen, 801-359-8686 or 801-4462999. 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. WWW.TM.ORG 10/10 Wasatch Vision Clinic FB 801-328-2020. 849 E. 400 S. in Salt Lake across from the 9th East TRAX stop. Comprehensive eye care, eye disease, LASIK, contacts and glasses since 1984. We accept most insurance. WASATCHVISION.COM Dr. Michael Cerami, Chiropractor. 801-4861818. 1550 E. 3300 S. WWW.DRCERAMI.COM FBFB

MISCELLANEOUS Blue Boutique. FB 801-982-1100. WWW.BLUEBOUTIQUE.COM/10 Catalyst 801-363-1505. 140 McClelland, SLC. CONTACT@CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET.

Integral Tarot Aug 21-22, Integral Numerology Sept 18-19 Workshops are $200, which includes a bonus copy of Suzanne's books for each class.

SPECIAL OFFER FROM SUZANNE

New clients: $80 per/hr for a psychic reading (normally a $125 value). Limited time only. Now you can schedule your own appointments online for Suzanne.

PRIVATE READINGS AVAILABLE

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801-359-2225

INTUITIVE JOURNEYS Tarot, Channeling, Numerology & More

PSYCHIC FAIRS Helping to decipher life’s struggles • 20 minutes-$25

GOLDEN BRAID BOOKSTORE

A GIFT OF TOUCH

151 S 500 E ; $25 for 20 mins. Call 801-322-1162 to reserve a spot! Tues Aug 17, 6-9pm; Tues Sept 21, 6-9pm

Krysta Brinkley Ross Gigliotti 801-706-0213 801-244-0275

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Larissa Jones 801-856-4617

Melanie Lake 801-693-8522

2766 E 3300 S ; $25 for 20 mins. Call 801-706-0213 for an appointment Sun Aug 8, 11-5pm; Sun Sept 12, 11-5pm

Wade Lake 801-693-8522

Shawn Lerwill 801-856-4619

Cassie Lopez 801-643-8063

Adam Sagers 801-824-2641

Nick Stark 801-721-2779

WORKSHOPS SEPTEMBER

Sun Aug 8, PSYCHIC FAIR AT A GIFT OF TOUCH 11-5 pm 2766 E 3300 S, $25 for 20 mins. Call 801-706-0213 to reserve your spot. Walk ins may be available.

Sun Sept 12, PSYCHIC FAIR AT A GIFT OF TOUCH, 11-5pm, 2766 E. 3300 S., $25 for 20 mins. Call 801-7060213 for appointments. Walk ins may be available.

Tues Aug 17, PSYCHIC FAIR AT THE GOLDEN BRAID, 6-9 p.m. 151 S. 500 E., SLC, $25 for 20 mins. Call 3221162 for appointments. Walk ins may be available.

Sat & Sun Sep 18-19, INTEGRAL NUMEROLOGY CLASS with Suzanne Wagner, $200. 10am-5pm both days, call 801-359-2225 or go to www.suzwagner.com

Weds Aug 18, SUZANNE'S QUESTIONS & ANSWERS LECTURE at the Golden Braid Bookstore, $15, each person will be able to ask at least one question.

Tues Sept 21, PSYCHIC FAIR AT THE GOLDEN BRAID, 6-9 p.m. 151 S. 500 E., SLC, $25 for 20 mins. Call 3221162 for appointments. Walk ins may be available.

Sat & Sun Aug 21-22, INTEGRAL TAROT CLASS with Suzanne Wagner, $200. 10am-5pm both days, call 801359-2225 or go to www.suzwagner.com

Weds Sept 22, SUZANNE'S QUESTIONS & ANSWERS LECTURE at the Golden Braid Bookstore, $15, each person will be able to ask at least one question.

NEW MOON AND FULL MOON CEREMONIES in Ogden Canyon call Nick @ 801-721-2779 for RSVP

NEW MOON AND FULL MOON CEREMONIES in Ogden Canyon call Nick @ 801-721-2779 for RSVP

Private healing sessions / energy work / tarot readings / property clearings call Nick 801-721-2779 or nicholasstark@comcast.net

PRIVATE HEALING SESSIONS / energy work / tarot readings / property clearings call Nick 801-721-2779 or nicholasstark@comcast.net

"SHAMANIC JOURNEY TO PERU" being rescheduled to May 2011. 12 day adventure including LIMA / Nazca Lines / Cusco / Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Cost $2500.00 not including international airfare. Contact Nick Stark 801-721-2779 for further data (nicholasstark@comcast.net)

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Simpson & Company, CPAs 1/11 801-484-5206, ask for Kim or Nicky. 1111 E. Brickyard Rd, #112. Keep your stress footprint small! Good business bookkeeping keeps stress levels low and encourages profitability and timeliness. Bookkeeping services offered: journal entries, bank reconciliations, financial statements, software issues, and more!

Space Available 8/10 801-596-0147 Ext. 41, 989 E. 900 S. Center for Transpersonal Therapy. Large plush space. Bright & comfortable atmosphere, available for workshops, classes, or ongoing groups. Pillows, yoga chairs, & regular chairs provided, kitchenette area. Available for hourly, full day or weekend use. Volunteer Opportunity 4/11 801-474-0535. Adopt-A-Native-Elder is seeking office/warehouse volunteers in Salt Lake City every Tuesday and Friday 10:00 am - noon. Come and join a wonderful group of people for a fascinating and gratifying experience. Contact Joyce or MAIL@ANELDER.ORG, WWW.ANELDER.ORG. Wind Walker Guest Ranch and Intentional Eco-Community 9/10 Spring City, Utah, 435-462-0282. We invite you to join us for a day, a weekend, a week, or a lifetime. Family and corporate retreats, horses, spa services, festivals, workshops, Love in action! Limited space available in the eco -village. Entice your spirit to soar. WWW.WINDWALKER.ORG

MOVEMENT & SPORT dance, fitness, martial arts, Pilates, yoga

Antigravity Yoga® 7/11 1155 East 3300 South, SLC. 801-463-9067. AntiGravity yoga is a fusion of yoga, P ilates, aerial arts and core conditioning. Stretch farther and hold poses longer using a hammock of flowing fabric. You'll learn simple suspension techniques to move into seemingly impossible inverted poses, relieving compressed joints and aligning the body from head to toe. WWW.IMAGINATIONPLACE.COM

Avenues Yoga 12/10 68 K Street, SLC. 801-410-4639. Avenues Yoga is a friendly, down-to-earth place where all are welcome. We offer classes for all body-types and ability levels, from Kids classes to Deep Relaxation and Restore, to Flow classes, Power, Pilates and now Yogalates! Free Intro to Yoga every Saturday at 11:30. Introductory Special: $39 one month unlimited. WWW.AVENUESYOGA.COM. Bikram Yoga—Salt Lake City 3/10 801-488-Hot1 (4681). 1140 Wilmington Ave (across from Whole Foods). Bikram certified instructors teach a series of 26 postures affecting every muscle, ligament, organ & all of the body, bringing it into balance. 39 classes each week. All ages & ability levels welcome to all classes. The room is warm by intention, so come prepared to work hard & sweat. Check for new classes in CATALYST online calendar. WWW.BIKRAMYOGASLC.COM Bikram Yoga—Sandy 801-501-YOGA (9642). 9343 South 1300 East. Local Introductory Offer-$29 for 30 Days Unlimited Yoga (Utah Residents Only). POWERED BY %100 WIND POWER. Our South Valley sanctuary, nestled below Little and Big Cottonwood canyons, provides a warm and inviting environment to discover and or deepen your yoga practice. All levels are encouraged, no reservations necessary. All teachers are certified. 31 classes offered, 7 days a week. Community Class -1st Saturday 10am class each month is F ree To New Students. WWW.BIKRAMYOGASANDY.COM 12/10 Centered City Yoga 9/10 801-521-YOGA (9642). 918 E. 900 S. and 625 S. State St. Centered City Yoga is often likened to that famous TV “hangout ” where everybody

knows your name, sans Norm (and the beer, of course.) We offer more than 60 classes a week to keep Salt Lake City CENTERED and SANE . WWW.CENTEREDCITYYOGA.COM. Ecstatic Dance SLC 6/11 Dance the way your body wants to, without choreography or judgment! Discover the innate body wisdom you possess. Ecstatic Dance is an authentic, spontaneous, expressive, meditative movement practice. First, third & fourth Saturdays, 10a-12p. $10. Columbus Community Center, 2531 S 400 E, SLC. WWW.ECSTATICDANCESLC.BLOGSPOT.COM. Ladies Boot Camp 10/10 801-859-6280. Presented by CrossFit NRG. MWF, 10 am. 2451 S 600 W, #200. For goddesses of all body-types and abilities. Come see what that body of yours is capable of . Specializing in pre and post natal fitness. We offer complimentary babysitting and a free one -week trial membership. WWW.CROSSFITTINGMAMA.BLOGSPOT.COM

Mindful Yoga FB 801-355-2617. Charlotte Bell, E-RYT-500 & Iyengar certified. Cultivate strength, vitality, serenity, wisdom and grace. Combining clear, well-informed instruction with ample quiet time, these classes encourage each student to discover his/her own yoga. Classes include meditation, pranayama (breath awareness) and yoga nidra (yogic sleep) as well as physical practice of asana. Public & private classes, workshops in a supportive, non-competitive environment since 1986. WWW.CHARLOTTEBELLYOGA.COM. Erin Geesaman Rabke Somatic Educator. 801-898-0478. WWW.BODYHAPPY.COM FB RDT Community School. 801-534-1000. 138 W. Broadway. FB

SCHOOL.COM, REDLOTUS@REDLOTUS.CNC. NET.

THE SHOP Yoga Studio 10/10 435-649-9339. Featuring Anusara Yoga. Inspired fun and opening in one of the most amazing studios in the country. Classes, Privates, and Therapeutics with certified and inspired Anusara instructors. Drop-ins welcome. 1167 Woodside Ave., P.O Box 681237, Park City, UT 84068. WWW.PARKCITYYOGA.COM Streamline Pilates. 801-474-1156. 1948 S. 1100 E. WWW.STREAMLINEBODYPILATES.COM FB The Yoga Center 6/11 801-277-9166. 4689 So. Holladay Blvd. Hathabased yoga classes 7 days a week, including vinyasa, slow flow, Anusara, prenatal, gentle and restorative. Workshops, corporate and private sessions available. All levels of experience welcome. WWW.YOGAUTAH.COM

PSYCHIC ARTS & INTUITIVE SCIENCES astrology, mediums, past life integration, psychics

Red Lotus School of Movement FB 740 S 300 W, SLC, UT, 84101. 801-355-6375. Established in 1994 by Sifu Jerry Gardner and Jean LaSarre Gardner. Traditional-style training in the classical martial arts of T’ai Chi, Wing Chun Kung-Fu, and T’ai Chi Chih (qi gong exercises). Children’s classes in Wing Chun Kung-Fu. Located downstairs from Urgyen Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple. WWW.REDLOTUS-

Carol Ann Christensen: Channeling 6/10 801.965.0219 Carol Ann Christensen. Clair voyant, reading the aura, psychometry, numerology and astrology, past lives, medium, psychic healing, crystal reading, dream analysis. West Jordan. Call for an appointment.

Candice Christiansen 6/10 480-274-5454. I have returned to Utah after a

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short hiatus to Arizona. I share my clairaudient, clairsentient, and clairvoyant abilities as I connect with divine source in answering questions about your past, present and future experiences. I communicate with those that have passed to the other side, offering the safety , love and support you deserve as you get in touch with your magnificence. Join me on your perfect journey to heal your soul and reconnect with your divinity. Lilli DeCair: Inspirational Mystical Entertainment 6/11 801-533-2444 and 801-577-6119. European born professional psychic, holistic health educator, reiki master /teacher, life coach, Poet, singer, dancer, wedding planner/official, Shamanic 9 Day Medicine Wheel Journeys. Deloris: Channeled Readings through Spiritual Medium 5/11 801-968-8875, 801-577-1348. Deloris can help you with those who have crossed over and other paranormal activity. She can help bring understanding regarding past lives, life purpose and relationships. Ask about my $25 Q&A parties. DELORISSPIRITUALMEDIUM.COM Intuitive Therapy FB Suzanne Wagner, 801-359-2225. Margaret Ruth 801-575-7103. My psychic and tarot readings are a conversation with your guides. Enjoy MR ’s blog at WWW.CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET & send me your ideas and suggestions. WWW.MARGARETRUTH.COM Transformational Astrology FB Ralfee Finn. 800-915-5584. Catalyst ’s astrology columnist for 10 years! Visit her website at WWW.AQUARIUMAGE.COM or e-mail her at RALFEE@AQUARIUMAGE.COM

Steven J. Chen, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist 801-718-1609. 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. WWW.STEVENJCHEN.COM. 9/10

PSYCHOTHERAPY COUNSELING & PERSONAL GROWTH coaching, consulting, hypnosis, integrated awareness, psychology / therapy /counseling, shamanic, sound healing Awareness Training 6/10 801-712-5701. Georgene Warren, B.S. NLP Master Track & 25 years spirituality training. Bring out the best in you. A positive and uplifting way to move through life's experiences with ease.

Coaching Your Inward Journey 6/11 Paul Rudd 801-600-4118 Jonathan Rudd 801-577-1611 Trained with Erickson Coaching International. Make your life move toward personal success and fulfillment with effective, fun and simple tools. Gain increased self-esteem and your ability to use and build your inner resources. Love Yourself!

Register at 1st class

Beginning Practice Course

URGYEN SAMTEN LING GONPA Tibetan Buddhist Temple

Sept 30 – Nov 18 Thursdays 6:30-8:00PM

T’ai Chi FREE DEMO CLASS: Friday, Sept 3rd 7:00-8:00PM Monday or Thursdays 6:15-7:15PM 15-week session begins week of Sept 6th

Ba Gua

Puja of Compassion (in English) 9:00-10:00AM Main Puja 11:00AM-1:00PM pre-requisites apply

Salt Lake City

740 S. 300 West

Green Tara Practice Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:00-8:00AM on-going

Integration of Body and Mind

Youth Wing Chun Kung-fu Saturdays 10:30-11:30AM 10-week session

begins Sept 11th ages 7-12

On-going Adult Wing Chun

Sitting Meditation Class

Check website or call for days and times on-going

Iaido and Kendo

Taught by “Zen Bu Kan”

UrgyenSamtenLing.org photography: BrandonFlint.com

S C H O O L O F M O V E M E N T

FREE DEMO CLASS: Friday, Sept 3rd 7:00-8:00PM Mondays, 7:30-9:00PM begins Sept 7th 15-week session

Advanced Practice and Teachings

801.328.4629

Marilynne Moffitt, PhD 6/11 801-266-4551. 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 hyp-

FREE DEMO CLASS: Saturday, Sept 4th 9:00-10:15AM Saturdays, 9:00-10:15AM begins Sept 11th 15-week session teens/adults/families

Sunday Pujas

Saturdays 10:30-11:30AM

Jan Magdalen, LCSW 1/11 801-582-2705, 2071 Ashton Circle, SLC. Offering a transpersonal approach to the experiences and challenges of our life cycles, including: individuation-identity, sexuality and sexual orientation, partnership, work, parenting, divorce, aging, illness, death and other loss, meaning and spiritual awareness. Individuals, couples and groups. Clinical consultation and supervision.

Fundamentals of Wing Chun Kung-fu

$50 course fee (8 weeks)

Register at 1st class Pre-requisite: introduction course or permission from Lama Thupten

Mondays, 6:00-9:00PM

Candace Lowry, DSW, BCD, LCSW 8/10 801-561-2140. 1054 E. 900 S. Dr. Lowry has recently expanded her part-time outpatient practice to full time. Dr Lowry specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatments for mood disorders, anxiety disorders and stress-related medical conditions. She also consults to business and industry.

Patricia Toomey, ADTR, LPC 3/11 801-463-4646, 1390 S. 1100 E., Ste.202 The Dance of Life—Transformation within a psychotherapeutic process of healing and spiritual growth using somatic movement analysis, dreamwork, psychoneuroimmunology, guided imagery & EMDR to support the healing process with stress, depression, trauma, pain, eating disorders, grief, addictions & life transitions. Individuals (children, adults), couples, groups, consultation & facilitation.

Autumn Schedule

$50 course fee (8 weeks)

Teri Holleran, LCSW 4/11 Red Rock Counseling & Education, LLC 801524-0560. 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.

Marianne Felt, MT-BC, LPC 9/10 801-524-0560, 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. Inte grate body, mind, & spirit through creative exploration of losses, conflicts, & relationships that challenge & inspire our lives.

Center for Transpersonal Therapy 8/10 801-596-0147. 989 E. 900 S. Denise Boelens, PhD; Heidi Ford, MS, LCSW, 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.

Sept 28 – Nov 16 Tuesdays 6:30-8:00PM

Clarity Coaching FB 801-487-7621. WWW.KATHRYNDIXON.COM.

Create Your Life Coaching 12/10 801-971-5039. Life Coach Terry Sidford— Balance. Vision. Purpose. Call for a FREE consultation today! WWW.CREATEYOURLIFECOACHING.NET

Jeff Bell, L.C.S.W. 4/11 801-364-5700, Ext. 2, 1399 S. 700 E. Ste. 1, SLC. Specializing in empowering relationships; cultivating hardiness and mindfulness; managing stress & compulsivity; alleviating depression/ anxiety/grief; healing PTSD & childhood abuse/ neglect; addictions recovery; GLBT exploration as well as resolving disordered eating, body image & life transitions. Individual, couples, family, group therapy & EMDR .

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Course

Robin Friedman, LCSW 10/10 801-599-1411 (Sugar House). Transformational psychotherapy for making lasting positive change. Discover effective ways of finding and expressing your deeper truth and authentic self . Relationship work, trauma recovery, depression/anxiety, sexuality, addictions, creative explorations of life-purpose and self-awareness. Individuals, couples, groups. Also trained in Expressive Arts Therapy. WWW.ROBINFRIEDMANTHERAPY.COM ROBIN@ROBINFRIEDMANTHERAPY.COM

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notherapist, NLP master practitioner & EMDR practitioner. Namaste Consulting, LLC 7/11 Candice Christiansen, LPC 480-274-5454. Holistic therapy that provides individuals, couples, and families a safe space to expand their internal and external contexts and live with purpose and integrity. Specializing in relationship / sexual issues, addiction, sexual identity, parentchild / teen conflict, and disordered eating . Sliding scale fee, in-home therapy for your comfort. NAMASTEADVICE@YAHOO.COM Sanctuary for Healing & Integration (SHIN) 801-268-0333. 860 E. 4500 So., Ste. 302, SLC. Mainstream psychiatry and psychotherapy with complementary and alternative healing (Bud dhist psychology, Naikan, Morita, mindfulness training, energy healing, bodywork, shamanic and karmic healing, herbal and nutritional supplementation). Children, adolescents, adults, couples and families are welcome. Training workshops for professionals available. WWW.SHININTEGRATION.COM 12/10 Stephen Proskauer, MD, Integrative Psychiatry 7/11 801-631-8426. 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. S TEVE@KARMASHRINK.COM. Blog: WWW.KARMASHRINK.COM. Steve Seliger, LMFT 6/11 801-661-7697. 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 2/11 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. Naomi Silverstone, DSW, LCSW FB 801-209-1095. 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. SoulCollage® with Rose, Certified Facilitator 801-975-6545. Evoke your soul’s voice through visual imagery and intuition, accessing the mysterious world of your core essence. As you create your own deck of SoulCollage® cards, you deepen your understanding and appreciation of that rich, complex and beautiful soul that you are. Call for schedule. WWW.SOULSURKULS.COM 9/10

Daniel Sternberg, PhD, Psychologist 1/11 801-364-2779. 150 South 600 East, Bldg. 4B. Fax: 801-364-3336. 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.

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Oil spill as archetypal myth BY SUNNY STRASBURG

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n the sleeping worlds, our dreams are filled with rich symbolism that gives us clues to what is on the cusp of our waking, emotional consciousness. Our emotional world follows the events of our lives and we detangle and unfurl our feelings in our nightly processes. But what if you viewed every character, every event and daily habitual occurrence in your waking reality through the lens of dream symbolism? Synchronicities, events, challenges, triumphs suddenly become meaningful. And we are given the opportunity to use these symbols to look deeper within, overcome what is blocking us emotionally and move toward more productive, emotionally balanced lives. One of my clients suddenly found meaning when her toilet broke and flooded her basement for the fifth time. She realized this event symbolized how she wasn’t processing

her crap, allowing herself to get backed up and clogged emotionally. She used this archetypal story as fertile ground for processing her emotional trauma. Whether these events are magically drawn to us by our emotional process doesn’t really matter. What does matter is the meaning we give these events. Shit happens—the question is: How do you interpret what is and give meaning to it, to become the hero or heroine of your story and create something productive out of it? Our only other alternative is to languish in victimization, and most of us realize that only prolongs suffering and gets us nowhere. Everything that happens to us can be seen in a deeper sense as symbolic mythology. What if we took our individual waking reality to a collective dream level? What if we saw cultural triumphs, wars and ecological disasters as symbolic of

the state of humankind’s psychological and emotional state? Currently, I see our collective psyche captivated—no, possessed—by the archetype of the Apocalypse. Mythologist Joseph Campbell repeated over and over, “Do not mistake poetry for prose.” Don’t take the myth literally. Don’t look at a story as fact—remember to keep in mind it is a story—a myth. Our collective reality is built from our cultural narratives. Like the wire armature within a sculpture—the stories we tell ourselves, individually and collectively, support us with meaning and identity. Story is primary. Whether you are a born-again Christian or a new-age Mayan astrologer, by taking the archetype of the Apocalypse as factual, you project the shadow and create a scapegoat, thereby avoiding personal responsibility. You have a convenient excuse to throw up your hands in nihilistic angst and sigh,

“Well, it doesn’t matter what we do at this point; it’s fate!” Bullshit. Let’s emotionally engage, retract our cultural projections and take some collective responsibility for the world we have all participated in creating. We can choose—and therefore shift—the archetypes that move through us. As in choosing to become the hero or heroine in our individual lives, we can choose to become cultural heroes and heroines rather than victims of the world’s mythical narrative. I see the tragedy of the Gulf oil spill as an archetypal symbol of our collective shadow. Like the backedup toilet, our suppression and denial of our addiction to oil can be ignored no longer. Our Mother Earth, Gaia, She who has given us literally everything, is critically wounded, gushing blood from her depths. Solutio, in alche-

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Pretend to be a dolphin in a pod of dolphins: Feel the flow and rhythm of the ocean and the sounds and patterns all around. Become a part of that flow.

Release behaviors that isolate you from others when you are stressed and confused. Innocent and open self-expression will allow others into your reality, where they can experience the authentic emotions you feel. Take some risks and let others see your heart’s courage in finding peace and freedom in the midst of utter confusion. Your examples give us courage to jump when the time is right, and supports us all becoming our true selves. Life is about learning to dance with each other in magical and synchronistic ways. We each have our own rhythm and way of moving. As we learn to dance together, we struggle at first to find the flow that authentically reflects all of us together. We become more aware of each other’s space and patterns. We learn to anticipate each other’s moods and energetic shifts. Like dancing, this is difficult at first. We accidently step on each other’s toes. We bump into each other when we let go of awareness for a moment. August is about letting go of obsessive self-focus. We need to become more inclusive and aware of those around us. Pretend to be a dolphin in a pod of dolphins: Feel the flow and rhythm of the ocean and the sounds and patterns all around. Become a part of that flow. This is not a time to cultivate the separate self. Now is the time to become a part of a cohesive whole. We are all one. We are all conscious magical creatures. We are all on a journey. We no longer need to journey alone. ◆ Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot. She lives in Salt Lake City. SUZWAGNER.COM

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my, is the water element. The ocean represents the unconscious, what is not seen, what resides in the shadows below the surface of the conscious mind. Toxic oil pours out from these depths. It is, as the alchemists called it, the Prima Materia—the yucky, toxic gunk that must be healed and transformed into something useful and benign. (And there I was, lamenting how “terrible the oil spill is” as my friend and I jetted along I-101 in Los Angeles at 70 mph! Hmm.) We are killing our mother. When we kill our mother, we kill ourselves. We are intrinsically tied to the earth. There is no cutting the cord on this one. There is no alternative. A manifest destiny archetype purports that technology can save us. The story goes, “Once we trash this place, scientists can set up some Bio-Dome on the moon for all the smart, rich, pretty people to escape to. Problem solved!” Once again, I call bullshit. She dies, we die. And through our choices, we pollute our birth waters, we pour poison down our own umbilical cord. This is really happening; we are killing ourselves. The alarmist tone

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in this writing isn’t just to give you a wake-up call; it’s to give myself one. I get that we are all spun out and overtaxed on empathy from the drama and fear spewin0g out of the media everyday. I’m beside myself that I allow it to go on, I feel helpless and I don’t know what to do to make it better. I sit idly before the TV and shake my head in disgust at the news, chew my fingernails with angst, then go to bed and do nothing to change it. I want to stay addicted to oil, damn it! It’s my right! I want to keep flying in jets to Costa Rica. I want to drive my car all over town to buy exotic, organic produce from Mexico. I want to type this story on my computer. And then I want to give BP and Obama the finger from my Toyota Tundra truck for screwing everything up! What if we do succeed in committing the suicide of humankind? She, the Mother, will no doubt suffer for a long time, healing herself from our poisoning. But She will eventually settle into homeostasis again. She is the endless giver of life, the Creator. The trees, the animals, the insects, the plants and mycelium

HUMAN (VS) NATURE will live on. Gaia’s children who have lived in harmony with her ebb and flow will survive. This isn’t meant to soothe but to awaken us to another way to do things. We can create infinite stories with happier endings for humans— and I, for one, am attached to our survival. The Native Americans called the white people “Little Brother” because of our immaturity. I imagine they likened us to rebellious teenagers—acting like we didn’t need our elders and had everything figured out already. I think of teens who act like they don’t need their folks to guide them, to clothe or feed them, until that flow from the ’rents stops—then there’s that Come to Jesus moment of gratitude and humility. Is the oil spill going to be that realization for us? Will we choose to honor our Mother? Will we choose to create a different cultural mythology that rewards cooperation with the Earth rather than extracting resources and abusing her does? ◆ Sunny Strasburg’s is a Jungian depth psychotherapist and artist whose work appeared on the July Catalyst cover.

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Flirt like crazy, but hold out for true love BY CHRISTOPHER RENSTROM I’ve been in a kind of flirtation with someone. From my observations I’d guess that he’s an air sign—specifically Aquarius. Many of my closest friends, including my mother, are Aquarius, and he conforms to the non-conformist profile, although I’m not 100% sure. My problem is this: We flirt and we flirt, sometimes he flirts so much I’m embarrassed by how obvious he’s being (he’s even kissed me!), but he never goes for it and asks me out. Also, sometimes he is so detached and aloof, I feel I’ve done something terrible and the magic is over. I can’t put a finger on it! Have you any words of wisdom for little lovelorn me? —January 9th, 1976, 11:51 a.m., New York, NY.

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lirting is fun. It ’s just the sort of pickme-up that brightens your day because it gives you something special to look forward to. The point of a good flirt is not to get hurt which is why both parties will aim to keep things light and breezy. Flirting stops being fun when reality intrudes—like when you find out that the fellow you’ve been flirting with is unavailable: already spoken for; gay, a commitment-phobe, or maybe even a deadbeat dad who’s being sued for child support in 15 states. Part of your reluctance to push for the truth may also come from your fear of rejection (which wouldn’t be surprising,

Relationships are all about companionship, support, and the ongoing enterprise of building a life together. considering you’re a Capricorn), but I imagine that your realistic side has already figured out that something’s wrong with this guy. My educated guess is you’re having too much of a good time flirting and that you’d rather not see it come to an end—and there’s no reason why it has to as long as you don’t take it seriously. Your ruling planet, Saturn, is in Leo. It sits at the crux of a grand trine in fire, which makes you idealistic, adventurous and very romantic. You really do believe that love saves the day. There’s a searching, questing side to fire trine energy that comes from your pursuit of the total love

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AUGUST 15 Look for amber-colored Jupiter rising around 9:30 p.m. It was Galileo’s observation, in 1610, of the revolution of Jupiter’s four brightest moons that validated the heliocentric concept of the solar system. They’re called the Galilean moons in his honor, and are visible through binoculars. Jupiter has a very faint ring system that’s not visible from Earth.

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AUGUST 16 FIRST QUARTER MOON. Keep deadheading coreopsis, cosmos, marigolds, mums, phlox and zinnias. And be sure to water the compost heap regularly. AUGUST 1 Summer Cross-Quarter Day. The Sun rises at 6:22 a.m. today and sets at 8:44 p.m. August’s average maximum temperature is 89 degrees; the minimum 61 degrees. It rains an average of 0.86 inches. AUGUST 2 LAST QUARTER MOON. It takes about 15 minutes for your eyes to adapt to the dark. If you’re stargazing with a chart, use a red flashlight to preserve your night vision. AUGUST 3 Step outside and face north tonight. Going clockwise from the zenith, you’ll see: Lyra, Cygnus, Lacerta, Pegasus, Andromeda, Pieces, Cassiopeia, Triangulum, Perseus, Ursa major, Bootes, and Hercules. AUGUST 4 When a lightning strike occurs, the air around it is ionized and superheated to 54,000 degrees F.—five times hotter than the Sun. This causes the air to expand so fast that it creates shock waves, which we hear as thunder. AUGUST 5 Time to fertilize parsnips, potatoes, pumpkins, squash, Swiss chard and watermelons. Keep potatoes well covered or they’ll turn green and toxic. AUGUST 6 Insect development from the pupal into the adult stage is typically temperature dependent; the higher the temperature, the faster the insects become adult. Look for Venus passing below Saturn for the next two nights.

AUGUST 7 Summer squash should be harvested when they’re four inches long. Keep pinching the flower buds off your basil. AUGUST 8 Step outside and face south tonight. Going roughly clockwise from the zenith, you’ll see: Lyra, Hercules, Serpens, Ophiuchus, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius and Cygnus. AUGUST 9 NEW MOON. As vegetable beds become empty, plant ryegrass, oats, buckwheat or hairy vetch to protect the soil until next spring. AUGUST 10 Tomatoes start losing flavor when the temperature reaches 90 degrees. If there’s a serious hot spell coming , pick what you’ve got, even if they aren ’t fully ripe. Ripen them indoors in a plastic bag with another piece of fruit. AUGUST 11 The Dog Days of summer end today. Tonight is the Perseid meteor shower, and it should be a good one, with an average of one meteor per minute, and no Moon.

AUGUST 17 If you and a grasshopper were watching a movie together, you’d see a continuously moving picture; your six-legged friend would see a stream of individual still photos. AUGUST 18 If you like hot chili peppers, let the ground dry out before you harvest (and wear gloves); for milder pods, pick right after you water. AUGUST 19 Store cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, snap beans and potatoes in a cool place, rather than a cold one. AUGUST 20 There are 100-300 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy. AUGUST 21 Wood-boring beetles, which lay their eggs in diseased and fire-damaged trees, can sense forest fires miles away, thanks to built-in smoke and heat detectors. The military is studying them in hopes of improving infrared and heat-sensing technology. AUGUST 22 Time again to plant cool weather crops, including beets,

AUGUST 12 Saturn, Venus and Mars form a triangle tonight, with the crescent Moon just below. AUGUST 13 Quit watering melons eight to 10 days before you harvest to concentrate the sugars. AUGUST 14 The scales of both Papilio ulysses and Princeps nireus, a type of swallowtail butterfly, share the same structure as ultra-high-performace LED lights. They contain fluorescent pigments and an extensive system of scaffolding that intensifies light reflection.

AUGUST 23 The ancient Egyptians revered the dung beetle not because of its fondness for feces, but rather because they equated its “rebirth” from larvae to adult beetle to

that of the sun setting (dying) and rising (resurrecting) each day. They mummified their own dead in hope that they would do the same.

AUGUST 24 FULL GREEN CORN MOON. You can harvest just a chunk of cabbage at a time, and cover the remainder with plastic or foil. Or you can chop off the entire head, cut a cross in the stem, and get another crop of small heads. AUGUST 25 The larvae of the twistedwing parasite creeps onto and burrows into a grasshopper or wasp, then drops its legs and head and lives off its host ’s blood until it matures. Males then bust out and fly off in search of a mate. The female, on the other hand, just backs halfway out, leaving her sexual organs exposed. Once a male impregnates her, she slips all the way back inside her long- suffering host and lays eggs. AUGUST 26 Plant these seeds now for blooms early next spring: alyssum, digitalis, English daisy, forget-me-not, phlox and primrose. AUGUST 27

If your lawn is thin and scraggly, over-seed it now with white clover or drought-resistant grass. Water often and mulch well.

AUGUST 28 Stop fertilizing roses and broad-leaved evergreens until next spring. Give evergreens their last shearing of the year. Cut back the flower stalks of perennials that have finished blooming. If you cut delphinium flower stalks to the ground, a new flower stalk will develop. AUGUST 29 Ants (supposedly) won’t cross a chalk line.

beans, carrots, endive, garlic, lettuce, peas, radishes and spinach. The peas and greens will need some shade. Plant a patch of autumn crocus while you’re at it.

AUGUST 30 Look for Venus and Spica (a blue star in Virgo) hanging near each other tonight and tomorrow night. Since Venus orbits inside the Earth’s orbit, it, like the Moon, cycles through phases. AUGUST 31 The Sun rises at 6:53 a.m. today and sets at 8:00 p.m. The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. —Ralph Waldo Emerson


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