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FREE DECEMBER 2010 VOLUME 29 NUMBER 12

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In this issue: • Graham Hancock on Ayahuasca • All Art is Therapy • Axis of Ignorance • Museum Shopping • Area Etsy Artists • Sexy Dancing • Dreams & Symbols

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IN THIS ISSUE Volume 29 Number 12• December 2010

FEATURES & OCCASIONALS 12 INDIANA JONES MEETS HIS METAPHYSICAL MATCH TRISHA MCMILLAN While researching Supernatural: Meeting with the A n c i e n t Te a c h e r s o f M a n k i n d , j o u r n a l i s t / adventurer Graham Hancock e n c o u n tered the sacred vine of the Amazon, ayahuasca. His quest for lost civilizations took a turn inward, where the spirit of the p l a n t l e d t h e w a y. H i s l a t est, Entangled, is hairier and scarier than any of his deep - sea- diving, paradigmb u s t i n g o u t e r- w o r l d adventures.

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NOTES FROM THE TRAIL STEVE BHAERMAN Stop pedaling and ask yourself these three important questions.

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SLIGHTLY OFF CENTER: DENNIS HINKAMP Nativity seen: Musings from the back of the store.

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SHALL WE DANCE?

AMY BRUNVAND Too risqué for Utah? All shook up over sexy dancing. 26

GREEN BITS PAX RASMUSSEN New ideas from near and far for a healthier, more sustainable future.

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THE YEAR OF LIVING VIRTUOUSLY (WEEKENDS OFF) TERESA JORDAN This new column explores the search for meaning in an ordinary life.

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1 6 F R O M M U S E U M S TO S K E TC H B O O K S AMIE TULLIUS Six ways art—all in an afternoon. 18 MUSEUM (S)HOPPING: A C R E AT I V E G I F T I N G A LT E R N AT I V E ADELE FLAIL With options that range from artistic and sophistic a t e d t o d o w n r i g h t d o r k y, museum gift shops offer fun, unique gifts. 20 ETSY IN THE AREA: SHOP LO C A L — O N L I N E ADELE FLAIL How you can mix the convenience of shopping online with the shop local ethic. 3 2 TO B E E O R N OT TO B E E A N D Y M O N AC O Confessions of a novice b e e k e e p e r.

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DON’T GET ME STARTED JOHN DEJONG Axis of Ignorance: The sad state of education in Utah.

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REVERENDLY YOURS REV. TOM GOLDSMITH Jon Stewart channels Mark Twain.

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ENVIRONEWS AMY BRUNVAND Environmental news from around the west.

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COMINGS & GOINGS

PAX RASMUSSEN What’s new around town. 34

YOGA POSE OF THE MONTH CHARLOTTE BELL Trikonasana: Brighten the dark days of December.

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METAPHORS FOR THE MONTH SUZANNE WAGNER Release yourself from old patterns, with gratitude and love.

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DREAMTIME MACHIEL KLERK But what does it mean? The symbolic language of dreams.

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ASK YOUR MAMA DONNA HENES A question of healing circles.

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COACH JEANNETTE JEANNETTE MAW The gift of vulnerability: Let go of who you think you should be in order to be who you are.

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ASK THE ASTROLOGER CHRISTOPHER RENSTROM Opposites attract: But that kind of passion poses problems.

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


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DISPLAY ADS IN THIS ISSUE All Saints Episcopal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Kinghorn Life Coaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Argosy University. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Mazza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Avenues Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Mindful Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Beer Nut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Moffitt, Marilyn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Bell, Elaine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Moffit, Marilyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Big Mind Zen Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Naked Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Blue Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Nostalgia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Buddha Maitreya Soul Therapy . . . . . . 38

One World Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Caffé Ibis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Open Hand Bodywork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Cali's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Padgen Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Cerami Chiropractic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Pago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Clarity Coaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

RDT Dance Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Coaching Your Inward Journey. . . . . . . 41

Red Iguana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Coffee Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Red Lotus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Conscious Journey/Patillo . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Residential Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

CORE Life Coaching/Paul Randak . . . . . 41

Rising Sun Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Create Your Life/Sidford . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Ruth's Diner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Cucina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Sage's Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Dancing Cats Feline Center . . . . . . . . . . 44

Salt Lake Acting Company . . . . . . . . . . 29

Dancing Cranes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Schumann Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

East West Acupuncture . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

State Room. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

El Inti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Streamline Plates/Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Five-Step Carpet Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Takashi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Global Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Ten Thousand Villages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Golden Braid Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Tin Angel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Healing Mountain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Twigs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Holistic Gourmet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Underfoot Floors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Indochine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

UNI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Inner Light Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Urban Shaman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Iren, Sibel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Utah Solar & Alt. Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

It'sTofu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Vertical Diner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Kathmandu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Wagner/Psychic Fairs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

KRCL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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The axis of ignorance BY JOHN DEJONG he United States may be number one in the world in paranoid defense spending, the number of billionaires and per capita energy consumption, but in education we barely rate as a second-class country. Our students rank 22nd in science, 27th in math and 33rd in reading skills in the world. And Utah has the distinction (verging on extinction) of sucking hind tit in America (although we occasionally nudge ahead of Louisiana). If China, Russia or one of the countries in George W. Bush’s Axis of Evil wanted to damage or destroy America, they could hardly do better than to come up with a plan like No Child Left Behind (NCLB). That and the misguided idea that market principles apply equally well to every field of human endeavor have done more to weaken American education, and by extension America, than any nuclear, much less terrorist, attack ever could. The central planning and bureau-

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cracy involved in NCLB is of truly Soviet magnitude. Few self-inflicted national disasters can compare to the effects of NCLB and the attendant funding deficits. Only the Stalinist purges in the 1930s and China’s Great Leap Forward come to mind. No small part of the problem is the misconception that mismanagement and slacker teachers are the biggest cause of failing schools. The real cause of failing schools is failing students: students who come to school hungry, insecure and distracted. Students who can expect little or no support at home. In short, the real cause is failing families, which are products of a failing society. The so-called success of charter schools comes not from an earth-shaking change in educational methods but from the increased commitment of parents and often substantial supplementary funding. Lack of adequate funding is the third dimension of the Axis of Ignorance. Any businessperson

knows you get out of something what you put into it. While Utah’s education strategy of stack-’emdeep-and-teach-’em-cheap allows us to offer one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the country, it serves our school children poorly. Utah, at 5%, is second only to Rust-belt Michigan in its corporate welfare tax rate. It’s a regular springtime in Utah for corporations but we can’t seem to properly fund education. The difference between Utah’s corporate welfare tax rates and the average state corporate tax would generate hundreds of millions of dollars for education. The Utah Legislature spent the worst part of a special session in November fighting a $101 million education grant from the federal government—arguing not that Utah’s education establishment doesn’t need it, nor even that are children are already educated enuf (it would betray their ignerance if they took either of those tacks)— but, rather, they are opposed to the money on principle. It’s really great to see our legislators standing on the backs of our school children to uphold a principle that, for all practical purposes,

has been dead since the Civil War. States do not have the right to treat their public school children as the control group in a social Darwinist experiment. Part of the problem with the Utah Legislature is that they believe public education is socialism. As good social Darwinists, they believe every advantage given to someone else’s kids amounts to a disadvantage for their own misbegotten children. The promise of public education is a good education for everyone— not a bargain basement education for those too poor to send their children to private schools. What if we approached education the way a new immigrant approaches citizenship? Why isn’t every American child required to learn every bit of history and social studies (ewww, there’s that word agin) that someone fresh off a 747 needs to learn to become a citizen? The Utah legislature goes into session this coming February, they need to spend more time thinking about what they owe our school children and less time extending welfare benefits to corporations. John deJong is associate publisher of CATALYST and a former member of the Salt Lake City school board.

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Jon Stewart channeling Mark Twain? BY REV. TOM GOLDSMITH show or Internet access? The rally to restore sanity and/or fear in Washington, D.C. could have easily been the brainchild of Mark Twain. With all the American flags on the platform flanking Stewart and Steven Colbert, it was as though they were channeling Mark Twain who said: “Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government when it deserves it.” Humorists and satirists have historically promoted not laughter but sanity. They play the same tune by holding up a mirror to society so it can see the humor of their

Humorists do not philosophize or pontificate, but offer a snapshot of our own fumbling.

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et your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.” Such flows the commentary from Mark Twain, which indicates to me that his frustration with candidates running for political office parallels ours. “Reader,” he said, “suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself.” Mark Twain was the Jon Stewart of his day. Can you even imagine if Mark Twain had his own Comedy Central

banal actions and petty complaints. Jon Stewart even invited us to see ourselves reflected in the funhouse mirrors. We look pretty silly. Humorists do not philosophize or pontificate. They are neither tethered to rational arguments that hold sway or exhaustive research that persuades, but prefer instead to offer a snapshot of our own fumbling. They help us to

see the insanity of our actions and that we’re on the brink of losing it all because we have lost commonsense perspectives. Mark Twain’s quip about bankers hits a kernel of truth relevant to today’s recessionary times: “A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it starts to rain.” Although Colbert’s estimate of six billion people at the rally may have been a tad high, but not by much, the crowd demonstrated the fact that our nation has spun out of control. We’re on a downward spiral not because of debt and joblessness, but by insane people running for office who offer nothing but fear to distort any semblance of reality. The rally didn’t care about political parties and labels that separate liberals from conservatives. It cared only that the fevered pitch of intolerance has reached insane proportions and will unravel our society. Perhaps Mark Twain could have served as an inspiration for this midterm election when he said: “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” But the insane types who have turned Jesus into a Tea Party supporter would have discredited Twain. Mark Twain’s advice: “Go to heaven for the climate and to hell for the company.” u Tom Goldsmith is Minister of the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City.


ENVIRO-NEWS With the Bunsen-burner intensity of its noontime sun, desert wilderness burns off the ephemera of my life, and there remains only the essence of emotion—awe that connects me to the divine and to the love on earth that kept me alive during the worst despair of my life. —Aron Ralston

Bicycle transit upgrades in SLC Becka Roolf, Salt Lake City bicycle /pedestrian coordinator, reports that the summer construction season resulted in significant bicycle upgrades in downtown Salt Lake City. On South Temple and Main Street, green painted stripes indicate lanes too narrow for a car and a bicycle to share side-by-side. In the green lanes, cyclists should ride in the center of the lane rather than cling to the curb. Utah state law already says that bicycles have the right to ride in the lane on narrow roads since taking the lane is a safer way to ride. The green stripes remind both drivers and riders to behave safely. Another cause for two-wheeled celebration is the opening of a Salt Lake Bicycle Transit Center located at the Intermodal Hub (200 S. 600 W.) The center is operated by Canyon Sports under contract to the Utah Transit Authority. It offers secure, indoor bike parking, changing rooms and lockers, showers, bicycle rentals, repairs and retail sales. SLC Bicycle Program: WWW.SLCGOV.COMBIKE

HEAL Utah has a new executive director Chistopher Thomas has been named the new executive director of the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah). Outgoing director Vanessa Pierce praises Thomas’ work as policy director for the organization, saying that Thomas led the charge to watchdog EnergySolutions and worked effectively with state regulators to ensure that dangerous materials like depleted uranium and “downblended” waste will not be rubberstamped for disposal in Utah. HEALUTAH.ORG

Ski Area environmental scorecard How does your favorite ski area rank in protecting habitats and watersheds, addressing global climate change, and implementing environmental practices and policies? Here are Utah’s resorts ranked by overall score from best to worst by the Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition. WWW.SKIAREACITIZENS.COM

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Inversions unhealthy for people who breathe

Utah wilderness on the silver screen Utah wilderness is the star of “127 Hours,” a well-reviewed new movie about the harrowing ordeal of canyoneer Aron Ralston who was trapped by a boulder and rescued himself by cutting off his own arm. Bluejohn Canyon, where the accident took place, is in the Horseshoe Canyon Wilderness Study Area proposed for wilderness protection by both the Bureau of Land Management and the Utah Wilderness Coalition. While Utah tourism boosters are hoping the awesome scenery in the film will lure tourists to come golf and ski, Ralston himself is an outspoken supporter of wilderness protection and publicly supports the mission of the Utah Wilderness Coalition. Because of Ralston’s horrifying accident, millions of viewers will see for themselves that Utah wilderness offers “outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation” as described in the Wilderness Act of 1964. They may even come away with a visceral feeling for why America’s redrock wilderness is a national treasure worth protecting.

A new study from the Utah Department of Health documents a link between multi-day winter inversions of three days or longer and emergency room visits related to asthma. The report recommends that people with asthma should be especially vigilant in checking PM2.5 levels during inversions and take precautions to avoid exposure on poor air quality days. PM2.5 refers to particles in the air smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter—30 times smaller than the average human hair. HEALTH.UTAH.GOV/ASTHMA, WWW.AIRQUALITY.UTAH.GOV

Election results bad for public lands The results of the November midterm elections were not good news for Utah’s public lands, but Scott Groene, executive director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) says, “Since SUWA was founded, we have outlasted or survived six secretaries of the interior, six Utah governors, 13 congressmen and three senators. Politicians come and go, but the movement to protect the redrock continues.” Or as Edward Abbey put it, “I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: You will outlive the bastards.”

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other guys really are terrible. The other problem is, with the tremendous amount of heat and the minimal amount of light, it’s become a lot easier to “throw the old bums out” and “throw the new bums in.” According to a recent article in Vanity Fair, elections cost 17 times more than they did 35 years ago. And most of this money is being spent to turn up the heat, and turn down the light. It’s probably accurate to say that the Republicans didn’t win this one—the Democrats lost. As Ralph Nader has said, the Democrats have no unifying progressive philosophy and are merely the other, secondrate corporate party. Obama, meanwhile, had the choice to be another FDR or another Bill Clinton, and he chose the latter. Folks, how excited

Somehow, transnational monopolies have become synonymous with free enterprise, but when you have zillions of dollars to spend on impropaganda you can actually blend two incompatible ideas into one big lie. can you get about a health care plan that forces people to buy coverage, yet still empowers companies that make their money by denying care? However, the real issues go much deeper. Two weeks ago in Virginia Beach, we went to brunch with a man about to retire from the state social services system. A lifelong

These are the choices we have been given: Vote Democrat and enable the lowly criminal or vote Republican and enable the highly criminal. I found every political ad pretty much the same: “Let me tell you how terrible the other guy is!” The problem is, some of those

and collect checks. When they are called in to the office, they balk because they might miss their “stories” (soap operas). The Democrats, stuck in what the Buddhists call “idiot compassion,” cannot confront this situation for fear of offending their core constituency. On the other end of the spectrum, the Republicans shield “corporate welfare cheats,” under the guise of supporting “free enterprise.” Somehow, transnational monopolies have become synonymous with free enterprise, but when you have zillions of dollars to spend on impropaganda you can actually blend two incompatible ideas into one big lie. These are the choices we have been given: Vote Democrat and enable the lowly criminal or vote Republican and enable the highly criminal. So, the current election cycle is over, and many are asking, “What’s next?” As the Swami says, “When you find yourself on a vicious cycle, stop pedaling.” In the wake of shock and disappointment—or, if you’re a Tea Partier, temporary euphoria— it’s time to focus again on what we want, rather than being mobilized against what we don’t want.

progressive, he was deeply disheartened by a welfare system that has institutionalized dysfunction, where welfare mothers who were welfare children continue to have children

Here’s an interesting approach: In Seattle, Washington Greens and Libertarians are getting together. The idea is to create a new “Chautauqua” movement, where Americans meet across the political divide and together answer the three key questions: What’s so? So what? Now what? To quote pundit Wes “Scoop” Nisker: “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.” Let’s we the people become the news in 2011 and in 2012. u Steve Bhaerman is a writer and uncommontator who has written and performed comedy as Swami Beyondananda. He is also the co-author with Bruce Lipton of Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here (Hay House: 2009). WWW.TRANSPARTISAN.US.


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Alone in a cold dark DI, baby Jesus arrives in the last batch of unsorted donations to an audience of the risen souls of the detritus of our lives. Joseph under the other. They were escorted back toward the bargain room of the bargain store. I followed her and watched her set them down amidst the rusted bikes, golf clubs and waffle irons. Sometimes metaphors overwhelm you; Joseph and Mary in their scuffed plastic holiness with no proper place to spend the night. Had they been less worn and faded, they might be on display at a fancy department store or featured in front of a city hall. I was drenched by a certain sadness seeing them there plastically frozen in their prayerful position with baby Jesus nowhere to be seen. What kind of sacrilegious person would not donate the entire set? There were no wise men,

manger or farm animals. I imagine them staying there unappreciated, unpurchased and undisturbed until Christmas Eve. Then all alone in a cold dark DI, baby Jesus arrives in the last batch of unsorted donations to an audience of the risen souls of the detritus of our lives. I imagine the pile of dusty discarded stuffed animals coming to life to witness the event and recreate the nativity scene in 21st century animated style under the flickering fluorescence of the store’s night lighting. Various mannequins stand in for wise men and the gifts of the Magi are costume jewelry, spent VHS tape players and other glittery refuse. I’m having a catatonic moment as I envision this. Luckily this is hardly noticeable at DI. I stand there a few moments longer as the pre-holiday shopping masses swirl around me looking for just the right piece of Tupperware that will complete their set or the warm coat they could not afford new. I silently count among my blessings that I shop at DI for fun, not because I have to. There are sacred objects that shouldn’t be cast off to the thrift store bone yards. Or maybe that is the perfect metaphor for our times. If the nativity story were updated, a flesh-and-blood Joseph and Mary would have traveled by Greyhound bus and could not afford to stay anywhere other than a motel with bed bugs. So maybe being relegated to the back of Deseret Industries isn’t so bad. I snap back to reality and briefly consider taking the two home with me, but decide that they serve a higher purpose staying just where they are. u Dennis Hinkamp wishes you all a happy HaniquansiFestivamas.

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While researching Supernatural: Meeting With the Ancient Teachers of Mankind, journalist and adventurer Graham Hancock encountered ayahuasca, the sacred vine of the Amazon. His quest for lost civilizations took a turn inward, where the spirit of the plant led the way. His latest book and first work of fiction, Entangled, is hairier and scarier than any of his deep-sea-diving, paradigm-busting adventures. BY TRISHA MCMILLAN


raham Hancock is a writer, an explorer of mystery, and a contrarian in the best sense of the word. Widely known for his nonfiction explorations of the Biblical Ark of the Covenant (The Sign and the Seal) and lost antediluvian civilizations (Fingerprints of the Gods, Heaven’s Mirror, Underworld), he is a man who refuses to accept orthodoxy. As he says, we are a “species with amnesia,” enraptured by our recent technological development at the cost of the collective memory of our evolution—a memory that even today remains with us in myths, legends, and the stories of religious texts the world over.

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Hancock points out that conventional history is riddled with inconsistencies, and in his earlier books he accomplishes this work with great enthusiasm. His audience loved him for it. This trope of “truth in old myths” surely doesn’t begin with Hancock —it’s the basis for the success of the Indiana Jones franchise and has been an effective plot device in fictive works by popular authors such as Douglas Adams, Robert Heinlein, Frank Herbert and Neil Gaiman. A generation that grew up watching The Goonies still wants to believe that those old legends about buried pirate treasure might be true, and

Out of the karmic wasteland of the Cold War, fiction writers, musicians, filmmakers and artists began to revive the ailing soul of humanity with new stories that recall the old myths and archetypes. I spent several days recently with Graham Hancock at a retreat in southern Utah, talking with him and listening to his presentations, getting a feel for his history and the current trajectory of his life. His gentle, academic manner in person belies the ferocity of his written words, though when he speaks about his chosen subjects you can see the fire rise inside him. It’s clear that he will never be a conformist. Indeed, in his latest work, Hancock has challenged orthodoxy yet again —and in a completely different way —as he enters the world of fiction writing with his first novel, Entangled (Disinformation Co., 2010).

Questioning conventional history and paradigms To understand Hancock’s message, to witness what drives him, we can look at the arc of his existing work. He wrote his first blockbuster, The Sign and the Seal (Crown, 1992), and most of his subsequent nonfiction, from the standpoint that the accepted archaeological timeline for the rise of human civilization is flawed.

The Neverending Story almost persuaded a whole cohort of nineyear-olds that storybook adventures could happen to us in real life. Fiction and reality have always contended with each other for possession of our souls. It was the Industrial Revolution that first suggested to us we could leave the myths of our origins behind and “create the future as we saw fit, but it turned out that our increasing capabilities also empowered our ability to destroy. Things only got more difficult as we went through the 20th century reflexively developing massive stockpiles of exotic weaponry beyond all proportion to our instinct to kill each other. Out of the karmic wasteland of the Cold War, fiction writers, musicians, filmmakers and artists began to revive the ailing soul of humanity with new stories that recall the old myths and archetypes. They’ve accomplished this in the face of our burgeoning technological power by mythologizing the mythologies themselves; what is James Cameron’s Avatar if not the story of the messiah, retold as a techno-fable?

In his nonfiction works, Hancock stands as the town crier for the flip side of that mythic coin; he exhorts us to take the stories back, strip all the pretty dressing from them, to compare the evidence, and then to judge their validity for ourselves. Was there an Atlantis? Who were the gods? Why do we care so much about these stories if there is no truth to them? His fans have praised him, his critics have savaged him, and his works have been the subject of ongoing contention. This polarization has helped propel him to international recognition, even as academia has refused to take him seriously. In several of his nonfiction books, Hancock asserts that the worldwide legends of the flood (Noah of the Bible, Plato’s Atlantis, Deucalion of Greek mythology, Manu in Hindu mythology, the Mayan flood tradition, the Flood Serpent of the Australian Aborigines and Utnapishtim of Sumerian legend) are not merely the stories of local floods inflated by hyperbole, but are actually

cloaked our planet to a thickness of two miles or more in some areas was, as he says, not a slow “drip, drip, drip,” and a gradual rise in sea level. Instead, there is now solid archaeological and geological evidence that vast lakes of meltwater, accumulating for thousands of years, were dammed behind the rocky lips of the ice sheets. When those dams finally burst, all hell quite literally broke loose. The geology of areas in the Pacific Northwest, the mouth of presentday Hudson Bay in Canada, and the bottom of the English Channel all show scour marks that appear to be the result of catastrophic flooding. In both his books and his live talks, Hancock has presented evidence that Earth’s oceans may have risen by as much as 40 feet during one of these episodes, essentially overnight. Atlantis or no Atlantis, our species has surely suffered through some pretty impressive and cataclysmic floods. With mounting present-day evidence of global

“Hallucinogens are supposed to be ‘your brain on drugs’—that’s the conventional theory—but this theory can’t explain how people all over the world and throughout history all have similar experiences inside the trance state.” mythologized accounts of cataclysmic global flooding at the end of the last ice age—something that happened around 10,000 years ago. Emerging science is beginning to agree with him.

Biblical flooding and the end of the last ice age This date, around 8000 B.C.E., falls well within the compass of human experience, and although it lies just before the accepted beginning of the first civilizations, there is no reason why oral traditions of the story shouldn’t exist—especially given how spectacularly catastrophic the flooding appears to have been. The meltdown of the massive ice sheets that once

warming as a result of human agency, looking back at the legends of what happened the last time the planet underwent rapid climate change is becoming newly relevant.

A neuropsychological theory of tribal art So why would this successful champion of alternative archaeology suddenly reinvent himself as a writer of Dan Brown-esque action novels? The root of this has to do with Hancock’s personal evolution —characteristically compelling, and also characteristically controversial. Upon the publication of Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization (2002, Crown), his

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The life changes he has experienced as a result of his shamanic work with ayahuasca have led him to seek a different method of communication with his audience, and he has been courageous enough to integrate this and to discuss it publicly. meticulously annotated opus on the lost civilizations of drowned coastal plains all over the globe, he began research for a quite different nonfiction book, Supernatural: Meeting With the Ancient Teachers of Mankind (2005, Century). The thesis of that book is visionary: that significant parallels can be drawn among the trance-state spirit entities encountered by shamans of many different cultures, the fairies of European folklore, and contemporary UFOs and “grey” aliens. Tropes common among descriptions of these encounters include time distortion, abduction, piercing or surgery, and the receiving (“downloading”) of vast amounts of information. Hancock presents evidence that the human experience of “trance” transcends culture and is essentially the same for all who experience it, whether they attain it through driving the body past physical exhaustion, taking psychedelics, or simply falling into it as a result of natural fluctuations in brain chemistry. Many cultural traditions (such as the dreamtime stories of the Australian aborigines) explicitly reference the trance state in their origin myths, and—if you know what you’re looking for—there is visual evidence of the shamanic legacy of our species carved into the living rock of the planet all over the globe. Cave art and petroglyphs, Hancock says, appear to be recording the experiences of humans in trance. This neuropsychological theory of cave art cites the work of David Lewis-Williams, a preeminent scholar on the religious art of the San tribes of South Africa. The San would attain the trance state by dancing for 24 hours or more—this is comparable to the Native American vision quest, in which the trance state is commonly attained by fasting and physical endurance trials. The rock art of the San and the pre-Colombian pictograms and petroglyphs of Native American tribes often depict entoptic patterns— lively geometric visions also experi-

enced by people under the influence of LSD, ayahuasca or other psychedelics. Stranger still, this tribal art also often features round-headed “aliens” and animal-headed men (therianthropes), both of which are also regularly reported by people who identify as alien abductees. In European folklore, the “fairy folk” also commonly abducted humans for their purposes, and have been described as possessing horns or other animal characteristics. The more one looks at the commonalities among these experiences, the deeper the mystery becomes.

Conceptual overlap Mystery motivates Hancock, and Supernatural is a prime example of his modus operandi—frontal assault upon the unknown. The book is well researched and it does a good job of tweaking the nose of accepted wisdom. If all of these phenomena are irrelevant, Hancock points out, then why are there so many areas of conceptual overlap among the stories of cultures widely separated by both time and geography—and with or without the use of psychedelics? “Hallucinogens are supposed to be ‘your brain on drugs’—that’s the conventional theory—but this theory can’t explain how people all over the world and throughout history all have similar experiences inside the trance state.” How is it that both an Amazonian shaman under the influence of ayahuasca and a North American “alien abductee” under the influence of no psychedelics at all can report almost identical experiences of being kidnapped, operated upon, and left with foreign implants inside their bodies?

“Vine of the souls” It’s not easy to arrange to be abducted by aliens, but ayahuasca can be taken legally in many South American countries, so as research for Supernatural, Hancock went to Brazil to consult a curandero (a traditional Amazonian healer) and to take ayahuasca himself. He found

PSYCHEDELIC the experience was one about which he could not remain objective. After the book was in print, he returned to Brazil in 2006 to sit with the medicine again, with the intention to ask the spirit of the vine a specific question: “I asked, ‘Can I write a novel?’” he says, and the answer given was yes. Entangled is the result. Regarding the book, Hancock is unapologetic and frank about his process: “Ayahuasca gave me this story.” Upon talking with him, it’s clear that he has been deeply affected by his experiences, and that he has emerged from them a happier man. Ayahuasca (“the vine of souls”) is a tea that has been ceremonially prepared and used as medicine by the shamans of the Amazonian basin for many thousands of years. This is no party drug; the preparation for the healing ceremony may take several weeks, and it involves a special diet to help the body actuate the alkaloids in the tea. “The tea tastes pretty revolting,” Hancock admits. “It makes you throw up, and it’ll give you diarrhea as well. You just get over it though, because you have to realize that your body is not the most important part of yourself.

Court ruled that the church had the right to use the tea as a sacrament legally in this country. Hancock reports a similar positive effect, in spite of the disgusting taste, the nausea, and the sometimes terrifying visions. “My first ayahuasca experience was at a low point in my life,” he says. “I encountered [the spirit of ayahuasca] as an anaconda. She laid her head on my shoulder and gazed into my eyes for two hours. She had a simple message for me: ‘You can love yourself.’” Outside the informational onslaught of the ayahuasca experience this sentiment might sound simplistic and pop-psychological, but for all that, it is powerful. In everyone’s life there’s a point at which you have to follow your own truths or you will burn yourself to ashes upon the altar of other people’s expectations—so consider how much more difficult this transition might be for a famous author with a large body of work extant within a single genre.

The joy (and horror) of pure creation Hancock’s move into fiction writing at this stage in his career is at the very least extraordinarily brave; to

In everyone’s life there’s a point at which you have to follow your own truths or you will burn yourself to ashes upon the altar of other people’s expectations. It’s enormously cleansing—in the Amazon it’s actually known as ‘la purga’ (the purge) because of this.” Two Brazilian churches, the Santo Daime and the União do Vegetal (UDV), have used ayahuasca as a sacrament for several decades and have been fully legitimized in their country of origin. The members of these churches come from all walks of life, and are not harmed by their sacrament. Charles Grob, a psychiatrist at the UCLA School of Medicine, headed a study that found UDV members to be psychologically and physically healthier than average, and he has recommended ayahuasca (used ceremonially) as a treatment for depression. UDV members report that ayahuasca helps them to overcome alcoholism, addiction and other self-destructive behaviors, and in 2006 the United States Supreme

some, it’s perhaps incomprehensible. Entangled was published against all the weight of a hefty precedent, but once again Graham Hancock is providing the light that throws the muddy contours of our presumptions into sharp relief. We want to pigeonhole him as “the guy who writes those kinds of books,” but as one of our best contrarians he simply won’t comply. Instead of challenging the academics and archaeologists, he is now challenging all of us, his readership, to examine our assumptions about him, his work, and what he stands for. Ultimately, the life changes he has experienced as a result of his shamanic work with ayahuasca have led him to seek a different method of communication with his audience, and he has been courageous enough to integrate this and to discuss it publicly.


Not least, the way the plot turns on the trance states induced by ayahuasca firmly embraces the current psychedelic renaissance, and it does so without trivializing the experience or making it seem less profound and dangerous than it is. So, what about Entangled? What kind of fiction does this “New Age David Attenborough� write? It turns out to be a ripping yarn worthy of Dan Brown or Michael Crichton, with Buffy, the Vampire Slayer heroines: Two women live parallel existences separated by 24,000 years; one of them, Ria, is a Cro-Magnon girl living in Paleolithic Spain, and the other, Leonie, lives in presentday California. Both are drawn into action against a demon-possessed man named Sulpa, who is attempting to exterminate the last of the Neanderthals in Ria’s timeline by manipulating the Cro-Magnons into war against them. The action is nonstop, leaving the reader almost as exhausted as the characters themselves. Leonie is able to access Ria’s timeline through the powers of ayahuasca, and the narrative describes her encounters with both benevolent spirits and evil sorcerors while inside the trance state—something regularly reported by ayahuasca shamans and by people who take the brew under their guidance. For Hancock, writing this novel not only let him integrate some of his own direct experience with the ceremony, but also allowed him to free himself from the strictures of the nonfiction genre. “It was so different from writing nonfiction,� he says. “I would sit down in the morning to write, and I didn’t know where the story would go. I only knew that over-intellectualization would kill the script. Each day was an adventure. It was pure creation, a very exciting and absorbing process.� Not all of the writing process was fun, though. Entangled is, in many places, a very violent book. In one passage in particular, the demon Sulpa enjoys the sacrifice of human children. It’s a scene worthy of the most horrific slasher flick, and Hancock himself was shocked by it. “After I finished writing it, I literally came up from the room white-faced

and shaking,â€? he says. “All this darkness and violence, I’m not sure why that’s there, except that there’s this duality‌and ultimately light and good will triumph. Despite the dark elements, it was a liberating experience and a learning experience about narrative.â€? The themes explored in Entangled are some of the most topical today. Women are now enjoying a preeminence in society not widely seen in the human race since the dawn of written history, and Hancock’s deft interweaving of Stone Age and contemporary timelines helps us to explore the question—what is a woman, and what is her power? The book also delves into the problem of good and evil, a duality that’s taken for granted in our waron-terror worldview, but which for our own good we should not consider so simplistically. Not least, the way the plot turns on the trance states induced by ayahuasca firmly embraces the current psychedelic renaissance, and it does so without trivializing the experience or making it seem less profound and dangerous than it is. The book is a cliffhanger, with all of the compelling and frustrating aspects of that type, so we’re just going to have to wait to find out what happens next. Graham Hancock’s message, however, is consistent in this work of fiction as it is in all of his other books: There’s more going on here than meets the eye. Will you let other people make your decisions for you, or will you stand up and judge for yourself? u Trisha McMillan is the pen name of a local artist and writer. She has enjoyed reading Graham Hancock’s work since 1995.

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he word therapy keeps popping up in art circles and not always in a very complimentary manner. I hope we all can agree that the practice of art therapy has developed into a valued and legitimate tool for healing in which the expression of emotions is encouraged through the creative process. It is time to recognize that all artists indulge in personal art therapy to a lesser or greater degree at some point in their lives. For instance, internationally celebrated artist Louise Bourgeois passed away recently at age 98. The French artist’s work was informed by her childhood obsessions, right to the end of her life. Bourgeois’s work was deeply entwined with her experiences and their psychological effects on her. She was forthright in declaring that her work was a form of therapy. Bourgeois never shied away from tough subjects such as sex, death and violence. Even her twisted spiral sculptures were rich in psychological meaning. “Twisting is very important for me,” she once said. “When I dreamt of getting rid of the mistress, it was by twisting her neck.” A way to get at the therapy question is to determine answers to the following questions. Does the artist make art to express some deeply felt conviction? Does the making of art act as a catharsis? Is the act of creation a reaction to a personal issue? If the artist answers “ yes” to any of these questions, he or she is using art as a form of personal therapy. A much closer example might be what many artists did immediately after the Twin Towers were struck by terrorists on September 11, 2001. In order to deal with this devastating event, many artists turned to their studios and immediately began to make art. I have often referred to art as affording us a big umbrella. The umbrella is there for anyone who wants it or needs it. There is room for museum art, gallery art, workshop art, Sunday afternoon art, outsider art and yes, art therapy. There are not many disciplines that allow participants to enter in according to their own level or needs and most of all, experience some level of success! Ruth Lubbers is executive director of VSA Utah/Art Access and serves on the boards of the Utah Arts Festival and the Utah Museums Association. RUTH@ACCESSART.ORG

during harvest is gratifying: It is both our bounty and our sustenance as a community. 444 E 200 S, PHILLIPS-GALLERY.COM hillips Gallery has been a treasure for going on 50 years, and it’s still a fresh and vibrant core of Salt Lake’s art scene, where traditional and contemporary intermingle. This month, in addition to a holiday show (with art priced for giving), is an exhibit of 70 photos using the Hipstamatic phone app. Satisfyingly analog-looking photos made of digital technology. There is a feeling of connection at Phillips, a place where conversations build community. The walls themselves hold a lively form of conversation about people, the land, and meaning in Utah. The local aspect of the gallery’s collection is gratifying in the way visiting the farmer’s market

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eading west on 200 South you can see it for blocks—a vibrant jumble of color against the backdrop of the newer, angular city buildings behind it. Maria’s robes are vivid, almost glowing aqua and cast an aqua glow on her face. She looks urban and young, robes pulled back to reveal her flaming sacred heart— or perhaps the flaming heart printed on her tshirt. The symbols around her head, Celtic knots, Latin text, and white roses look a bit like neon city lights in the background. She is peaceful, confident, and has been smiling benevolently down on our city for almost a year now. The 44-foot “Ave Maria” mural on the east-facing wall of the old Guthrie building downtown was commissioned by the owner of FICE, an urban clothing boutique occupying the ground floor of the Guthrie. Corey Bullough hired two world-famous street artists, El Mac and Retna to execute the mural. (If you walk down the alley below the Maria mural, you’ll find a fabulous nest of murals in the parking lot, many of them the work of local artists housed in the Captain Captain art studios in the upper floors of the Guthrie.) 160 E 200 S

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he UMFA is so large, so solid, with its massive rectangular forms sliding into each other, slicks of aqua glass streaking down the sides. You feel like you have seen it, because the architecture is so solid, the permanent exhibitions familiar. But the temporary exhibits slip in and out. Amazing. Fleeting. Right now you’ll find an exhibit by contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama tucked into a far corner of the museum. There’s a very cool, very odd thatch of striped and spotted primarycolored phallus-shaped (and –sized) pillows. Kusama’s paintings—textural fields of squiggles and dots, line the walls around it. Around the way, in another corner, is “Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art.” It’s one little room full of pop and pop-influenced art— Warhol snapshots, Katz drawings and prints, and a wee version of Arneson’s famous ceramic noggin. It makes you wonder what else they’re hiding in the permanent collection. Trevor Southey’s retrospective show, “Reconciliation,” fills the whole back wall of the lower level. Southey paints realistic, almost classical, but expressive figures against mostly dark, moody backgrounds that burst with hot reds and blues. Check in on the current shows online. Or just go over there and see. 410 Campus Center Drive, UMFA.UTAH.EDU

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fter the UMFA I skip over to the Marriott Library to go up and snoop around the book arts studio. There I find an exhibit of artist’s books that expands the concept of “book” to include a deck of cards, an accordion shape, a cube… they are beautiful and inspiring. One that I find particularly inspiring is made of brown paper bags and squirrelly black ink— insubordinate ink that makes me feel feral;

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another book has curly twigs escaping the pages. The book arts studio itself is an exciting array of very old machinery behind a wall of glass, as if the whole room is an exhibit: there’s a row of grand old printing presses, gigantic paper cutters, and drawer upon drawer of printer’s letters in oak cases. The book arts program is open to both U of U students and the public, and includes semester-long classes in letterpress printing, bookbinding, artist’s books, as well as daylong workshops. WWW.BOOKARTSPROGRAM.ORG

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ne gallery, one mural, one museum and one book art’s studio/exhibit later, I am so inspired that the whole world has suddenly become art. I stop and examine the texture of the library floor, then outside snap a photo of a tree full of red berries and the smoky brown night sky beyond. I buy art supplies and sketch, write, and drip Earl Grey tea onto my journal. I buy the Hipstamatic app and spend the next 48 hours photographing everything. It turns out that the visual feasting and inspiring conversations I had while out seeking art was a perfect kind of incantation to summon up a muse. What to do with a muse once you’ve summoned one? Entertain it. Phillips’ art store has all manner of muse-candy: colored pencils, pens, watercolor ink, paints, and lovely journals and paper. If you find yourself suddenly shy with your new supplies, try a book to get you started. A Life in Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal by Hannah Hinchman is a great launching point.

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f you feel really stuck, creatively or otherwise, consider art therapy. Intuitive painting facilitators, like Salt Lake’s Lucia Gardner, come at the process from a shamanic angle. “Intuitive Painting is about learning to listen to what is inside you,” Gardner says. She helps people to play. Some people she works with “feel like they just want to paint—they have a real hunger for it,” she says, “but feel like they’re not artists. There’s a natural human need for color and art.” She helps unlock stuck places, the creative ones and the emotions that come up from the process of making art. The process is geared toward the non-artist, though it’s also good for blocked artists, she says. There is something therapeutic about being out experiencing art and the city—if therapy is anything like being flooded with inspiration, new ideas, and a revitalized zest for life, then yes, therapy’s probably just what it is. WWW.MILAGROARTSANDHEALING.COM Amie Tullius writes mostly about the arts for Catalyst.


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solid fuel engines needed to power them ($8). Your more sedate science-lover, on the other hand, would enjoy his or her own home planetarium ($40). Or, if counterfeit stars won’t do, you can literally give your sweetie the moon and stars, with their own telescope ($280$1,000). For unique stocking stuffers, give your loved ones Chlamydia—or MRSA, or bedbugs, or polio—in the form of giant, googly-eyed plush microbes ($9).

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alt Lake City has a myriad of funky and eclectic locally owned shops, offering great alternatives to the mass-produced goods sold at the malls. But if you’ve exhausted the ingenuity of your favorite corner shop or boutique, and haven’t checked off everyone on your shopping list—there’s one more alternative for nifty gifts that supports the local community instead of chain stores. With offerings that range from artistic and sophisticated to downright dorky, museum gift shops offer fun, unique gift options for friends and family while supporting the missions and programs of cherished Utah institutions.

Library Store Many of us have loved ones who could be loosely described as “booksplosions”—near-sighted darlings who bring two books (the one they’re reading and a back-up, in case of catastrophic plot failure) everywhere they go. In addition to standard-fare bookmarks, journals and pens, the Library Store at the

Main Library has some off-beat choices for your favorite bookworm. Hardback Handbags ($45-$60) are crafted from vintage hardback books, and, paired with jewelry made from antique typewriter keys ($25-$170), gives the recipient the chance to flaunt some sexy librarian style. For those who like to mix their literary interests with alcohol, the Library Store offers Great Drinkers shot glasses featuring W.B. Yeats, W.C. Fields, Dorothy Parker and Oscar Wilde ($16). Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers, by Mark Bailey ($16), makes a great companion to these shot glasses, although I suspect at least some “recipes” advise taking a hit directly from the bottle. Memberships to the Friends of the Library can also be purchased at the Library Store (starting at $12); benefits include discounts at the Library Store, entrance to the Used Book Sale Preview Night and discounts on fines. Or, for a more frugal, DIY approach, give an IOU for a year’s worth of book-carrying duty. Of course, if your giftee has a preference for the 730-770 shelves (that would be oversize art books), you’re better off with one of the options listed above. You’ll save on chiropractor bills. Main Library, 210 E 400 S, 10a7p Mon-Thur 10a-6p Fri-Sat, 1a-5p Sun, WWW.SLCPL.ORG

With offerings that range from artistic and sophisticated to downright dorky, museum gift shops offer fun, unique gift options. Clark Planetarium: Planet Fun Store The Planet Fun Store at the Clark Planetarium caters to the needs of your favorite science nerd. For the kid (or adult) who not only likes to break his or her toys before Christmas morning is over, but also wants the option of setting the neighbor’s roof on fire, the store has model rocket launch sets ($25-$32) as well as the

Gift memberships can also be purchased ($49 and up); benefits include discounts at the Planet Fun store, invitations to special events, and complimentary admission to the theaters for some programs. 110 South 400 West, 10:30 a-8p Mon–Wed, 10:30a-9p Thur 10:30a-11p Fri, Sat, 10:30a-6p Sun WWW.CLARKPLANETARIUM.ORG/STORE


Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum: Discovery to Go! If you’re looking for something geared toward younger children, the Discover to Go! shop at Discovery Gateway has a variety of fun and educational options. Sets of magnetic building blocks ($45-$55) allow kids to construct trucks and Ferris wheels, while a 200x microscope with a TV hook-up ($70)

Planetarium, but they are appropriate for your younger, sweeter, and/or more accident-prone child. Memberships ($65 and up) offer free admission, invitations to members-only events, access to members-only mornings on Wednesdays, and discounts at the store and to special events. 444 W 100 S, 10a-6p Mon-Thurs, 10a-8p Fri, Sat 12a-6p Sun WWW.CHILDMUSEUM.ORG

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promises to make bugs and rocks even more fascinating. (The ability to gross out mom and dad with high-quality magnified images of the inside of one’s nose would be an added bonus.) The Discovery Gateway store also has an extensive collection of high-quality (and mega-adorable) stuffed animals and plush puppets ($20-$32). These toys are not as explosive as the model rockets available at Clark

The Museum Store at the UMFA offers an overwhelming array of jewelry, ranging from funky to elegant, by talented artists and craftspeople, with an emphasis on brilliant local talent like Katie Robinson and Brianna Chamberlain ($50-$300). The store also offers collector’s edition books related to the UMFA’s special exhibits—for example, portfolios containing etchings and even bronze work by artist Trevor Southey. Numerous inexpensive options make great stockingstuffers: Stereoviewers ($6) give you a 3-D look at great art from da Vinci

to Hopper. The Museum Store also carries a wide array of artsy mugs, calendars and books; for the aspiring art student planning on taking an intro class in the spring, “A Brief History of Art” mug ($12) would be a great way to combine caffeine and crib notes for those early morning tests. And if the art major doesn’t work out, or you need a gift for a very young aspiring artist, the UMFA gift shop also has fun coloring books ($8) that let kids experience art in a more post-modern, deconstructionist (or destructivist) way. A variety of membership packages are available ($40 and up), and include an array of benefits, from free admission and discounts at the Museum Store, to an invite to the UMFA’s annual gala event.

ing) the UNMH has a DVD guide to the birds of Utah ($30). Urban farmers and rabid xeriscapers will appreciate seed packets of wildflowers native to Utah; the variety pack ($10) has seeds for columbines and Indian paintbrushes, among others. The UNMH store also has key chains with arthropods and insects embedded in resin, which will be quite a surprise when that special someone reaches into their stocking on Christmas morning. If you need a more substantial gift, the store also offers a variety of colorful Zapotec rugs ($84-110). Membership is available ($25 and up), offering benefits such as free admission and discounts on special events, and discounts on tickets to the annual gala and to the keynote “Nature of Things 2011” lecture. u 1390 E. Presidents Circle, 9:30a-5:30p Mon-Sat, 12p-5p Sun WWW.UMNH.UTAH.EDU Adele Flail is an aspiring artist and proud science nerd. She works on the exhibits team at The Leonardo.

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Utah Natural History Museum The Utah Natural History Museum at the University of Utah is a great resource for Utahspecific goods, especially ones that will motivate nature enthusiasts of all ages to get outside and explore. The décor is a little dusty—with its proximity to numerous fossils, and the pending move to the new facility up in Red Butte—but it shouldn’t be overlooked. In addition to posters and books about dinosaurs—and if you aren’t proud to live in a state with its own dinosaurs (Utahraptor ostrommaysorum and Falcarius utahensis) there is something wrong with you that no amount of puppies and Christmas cookies can fix—you can also pick up a T-Rex puppet ($42). For more sophisticated naturalists (i.e. those who don’t need a prop for biting their younger sister repeatedly in the face during the boring ride to grandma’s on Christmas morn-

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ake 10 minutes to educate yourself on the value of shopping locally. For starters, check out the Top Ten Reasons to Shop Locally in this E-News. When you're thirsty for more, visitwww.localfirst.org for many more informative articles. Top Ten Reasons to Shop Locally

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tion of stitched snowflakes, Christmas trees and reindeer, as well as her Chanukah cards. If you’re looking for something a little less denominational or traditional, Stitched Cards has some rad Big Foot card sets, so, say it with Sasquatch! In addition, Shirley takes custom requests. More of her work can be found at WWW.STITCHEDCARDS.COM. WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/STITCHEDCARDS

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o matter how early, the holiday season begins, I’m still frequently been in the nightmare scenario of dashing around at the last second through hellishly crowded stores (although I should be thankful that, unlike other nightmares, I tend to be fully clothed). All that changed when I found Etsy two years ago. With an emphasis on handmade and vintage goods, WWW.ETSY.COM is my primary procrastination go-to and, hence, my primary gift-shopping tool. And getting to know an artist, seeing their connection to their art or craft, and then being able to take home —or give away—the fruit of that artist’s passion can be totally addictive. Many of the artists and craftspeople I’ve bought from in the past have been seriously far away—like, Australia–far-away, or Ireland-faraway. But Etsy gives you the option to search by location—and I am finding an astronomical number of talented artists and craftspeople right here in Utah. So, fellow procrastinators, check out some of my local favorites bellow. This holiday season you can shop local, while still shopping (so conveniently!) online.

Stitched Cards If you’re like me, most holiday cards are a little too saccharine, and/or baroquely flourished (cherubs and gold script? seriously?) to fit your taste. But Stitched Cards, the brainchild of Salt Laker Jeni Shirley, manages to be eye-catching and festive without all the foofaraw. Shirley’s unique method of assem-

bling her cards got its start back in 2005 while Shirley noodled around with some leftover art supplies during a M.A.S.H. marathon (endearing, no?) Now she, with artist-husband Jake, works full-time at their card business. Check out her collec-

A self-proclaimed army brat, the fartraveled artist Sonya Evans has found a home for her family North of Salt Lake. A self-taught printer relying on good, oldfashioned muscle (and knee and foot!) power to push ink through the screens she stretches and blocks herself, Evans crafts clothing that spans the sweet to the brooding, while always remaining elegant. Evans has been making a living through her art for five years, and continues to be inspired by the world around her, reflecting her sense of curiosity in the designs she creates. Originally conceived as a line of baby clothes inspired by her daughter, Evans expanded into adult clothing and kitchen textiles—providing a myriad of gift ideas for the stylish ladies on your holiday shopping list. And, best of all— check out her bee-and-hive printed hoodies and aprons, charming choices for residents of the Beehive state. You can meet Sonya Evans in person, and check out The Full Spectrum, at the upcoming Craft Sabbath at Library Square on December 5 and 12. WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/THEFULLSPECTRUM

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Claybully I’ve always found that pottery makes a perfect gift for family

members: grandparents and parents, in-laws and newlyweds will all appreciate something that is both beautiful and useful. And serving dishes and vases worthy of making an appearance at all future family dinners fit the bill perfectly. Claybully, run by Nolan Baumgartner, offers soda-fired porcelain and wood-fired stoneware pieces in range of gorgeous, earthy tones. Originally from Brigham City, Baumgartner lives in Salt Lake City, where he divides his time between teaching ceramics and art at the University of Utah, and pursuing his art, with a focus on his ceramic work. You can find more of his work at NOLANBAUMGARTNER.COM/HOME.HTML. WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/CLAYBULLY

Crowsmack If you need something for the smallest members of your family, look no further than the whimsical, sweet and wry children’s clothing created by Salt Lake duo Keri and Gibbs. With eight years of


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experience in designing animation and illustrations for companies like Nickelodeon, and inspired to create for their own children, Gibbs and Keri are creating children’s clothing as awesome as it is adorable. All designs are created by Gibbs. The clothing is then hand-dyed and screen printed by Keri, using nontoxic water-based inks (rather than the phthalate- and heavy-metal impregnated Plastisol dyes used by many children’s clothing companies.) With designs featuring metallic robots, rockin’ pink unicorns, zombie toddlers, and an ominously adorable fox-and-gingerbread man, clothing from Crowsmack is sure to become your kid’s equivalent of Calvin’s lucky rocketship underwear. (Hipsters, take heart: Crowsmack does offer some designs in adult sizes.) And seriously? Who doesn’t like the name “Crowsmack?” WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/CROWSMACK

Fiber Optica Sarah Marsden has been knitting since she was five years old, a skill

she learned in the lap of her Norwegian grandmother. Interested in preserving the handcrafted traditions associated with textiles, Marsden knits, spins, crochets, weaves and dyes. In proud DIYer tradition, Marsden began dyeing to get short, random bursts of color in variegated yarn, rather than the wider stripes found in commercial yarns. Her attention to detail and craftsmanship shows: Her yarns boast brilliant and nuanced waves of color, making them perfect gifts for any crafty-types on your list. Experienced knitters will love the high quality of the yarns, and for beginners, the beautiful hues will elevate even the simplest first project. You can also catch her at the Black Sheep Wool Company on South Temple, or at Three Wishes Fiber Arts on Redwood Road, where she occasionally teaches knitting classes, at independent yarn shops around Salt Lake, or on her non-Etsy site WWW.FIBER-OPTICA.COM WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/FIBEROPTICA

Kali Mellus, born in raised in Utah, has been working as a fulltime artist since 2004. Commuting every day from the home she shares with her boyfriend in Murray to her workshop is easy—she just walks downstairs. Mellus uses resin and unconventional materials like hardware and foliage to create her line of jewelry and belt buckles. She also makes leather belts, and although she is self-taught at leather and resin work, her years of jewelry making experience—starting in 6th grade! —show in her attention to detail and commitment to craftsmanship. Her charming and unusual pieces would be perfect for the eclectic guys and gals on your holiday list. Mellus will also be participating in the Craft Sabbath on December 5th and 12th, so be sure to check her out there. WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/BYKALI, WWW.CRAFTSABBATH.COM

Wheelwright Longboards Longtime Utah resident Guy Wheelwright has a passion for longboarding and for art: Born and raised in Holladay, Wheelwright has a BFA in graphic design and photography from the University of Utah. Living in Sugar House with his wife Karen and their children of “various animal origins,” Wheelwright can be spotted longboarding—in a suit, with briefcase in hand—on his way to his management job at downtown restaurant Bambara. Developing his life-long

hobby into a business, Wheelwright is committed to crafting his longboards to suit the rider, working with clients to get the right length, thickness, camber and graphics. The perfect gift for the longboard enthusiast in your life (and for some of you, I suspect that lucky enthusiast might be yourself), or for the teenagers who hope to be this cool when they grow up. WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/WHEELWRIGHTLONGBOARD

Also, check out the shops listed below. And if you still can’t find the right gift for that hard-to-shop-for person? Go to WWW.ETSY.COM, find the “Buy” button, and choose the “Shop Local” option. With hundreds and hundreds of talented local artists and craftspeople, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift, and support the local community in the process! Soaps and cosmetics (including vegan body scrubs): WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/BLSOAPS Plush and letterpress paper goods (She has tapirs! And stuffed cuttle-

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SHALL WE DANCE?

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The human propensity to engage in group synchrony to a musical pulse may be a diagnostic trait of our species, along with language. —Merker, Madison and Eckerdal, 2009 f you haven’t seen the musical, “All Shook Up,” the running gag is that rock’n’roll music combined with the swiveling hips and tight black jeans of an Elvis look-alike (named Chad in the play) magically unblocks the frustrated romantic desires of everyone from starry-eyed young things to jaded middle-aged singles to (gasp!) political conservatives. Natalie, a female auto mechanic, looks ridiculous in a dress as she tries and fails to seduce Chad, but when she puts on jeans and a leather jacket so butch she actually passes for male, her true self shines. All of a

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As in all fairy tales, the kiss is the transformative moment. Without it, the internal logic of the musical evaporates. sudden, everyone in town is head-over-heels in love with the former ugly duckling. The pivotal scene in the play is when Chad kisses Natalie (whom he believes to be a man named Ed) and accepts that he loves who he loves, not who he is supposed to love.

This is racy stuff for Utah. Too racy, in fact. After opening night of the Brighton High School production of “All Shook Up,” someone complained and the kiss was censored out. When I went to see my niece who was acting in the play, I saw the edited version and afterwards heard the students’ indignation at having to change their staging at the last minute. In fact, the students were quite right. As in all fairy tales, the kiss is the transformative moment. Without it the internal logic of the musical evaporates. As my niece pointed out, “All Shook Up” is a parody of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and it’s fairly outrageous to censor the Bard, but it’s also ironic to censor a musical that is about the power of music and dance to loosen up repressive cultural constraints. The appeal of watching a high school musical is certainly not the professional quality of the production — the dancing is mainly fun to watch because the dancers radiate exuberance and pure joy— but in a play about awakening sexuality performed by teenagers, it seems inevitable that someone would see the dancing as “too sexy.” But like it or not, at some level dancing is always sexy. Writing in the Journal of Sex Research (and yes, that is the title of a legitimate scholarly journal), anthropologist Judith Lynne Hanna says, “Dance and sex both use the same instrument— namely the human body—and both involve the language of the body’s orientation toward pleasure. Thus, dance and sex may be conceived as inseparable even when sexual expression is unin-

tended.“ Hanna goes on to point out, “There are advocates for dance in academe and kindergarten through 12th grade who would prefer the association of dance and sexuality not be publicized.” So despite the fact that fine arts dance is part of the Utah core curriculum, evolutionary biologists would tend to agree that you can’t tease apart physical fitness and dirty dancing. In fact, scientists believe that dance and music evolved for purposes of mate attraction, partly by demonstrating the physical fitness of the dancer. Personally, I don’t especially like watching dance that is too blatantly about sexual expression. For example, a while ago I went to a bachelorette party that featured male strippers, I thought I might write about strip tease as a performance art, but I found myself too conflicted about not really liking the performance to write anything sensible. But after the flap over “All Shook Up,” I know what it was I wanted to say. The titillating sexuality in dance is part of what makes dancing so wonderful to watch, but it’s equally important that the communication is nonverbal and sometimes very subtly coded. Even the squeaky clean “Nutcracker” is essentially about a little girl growing up. The reason there are so many musicals about the power of dance to break through social taboos is that, in a very real way, dancing lets us communicate in public about a lot of things we can’t talk about. u Amy Brunvand is a librarian at the University of Utah and a dance enthusiast.


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Naked Fish 67 W. 100 S. 595-8888. Naked Fish Japanese Bistro is proud to be Utah’s first sustainable sushi restaurant. It is always our goal to provide both inspired and environmentally responsible meals. We are dedicated to incorporating sustainable seafood and high quality ingredients that emphasize peak freshness and natural flavors. M-Fri 11:30a-2:00p; MThur 5p-9:30; Fri-Sat 5p-10:30; Sun 5-9p. WWW.NAKEDFISHBISTRO.COM. $$, CC, V, B, TO

Latte uses raw sugar, pumpkin puree and unique spices, with no other additives. Our Caramel Apple Spice Smoothie has apple juice, apple puree and caramel. Also try the new, unique blend Yerba Mate Chai Tea. We are making our own spreads, available with vegan or regular bagels: sun-dried tomato basil/almond, hummus/pine nuts, kalamata olive/walnut, grape molasses/tahini. M-F 5:30a 7p, Sat. 6a-7p and Sun. 10a-5p. $, CC, V, TO

Nostalgia 248 E. 100 S. 532-3225. Salt Lake’s bestdamn coffee, sandwiches, salads, soups and fresh pastries. A great destination for casual business meetings or a relaxed environment to hang out with friends. Local artists also find a home to sell their work in a hip environment. Outdoor seating available. Beer from local breweries—$1.50 Thurs, $2 Sat. Free wireless Internet available. WWW.NOSTALGIACOFFEE.COM. $, CC, V, B, TO, P, CAT, Wifi.

Ruth’s Diner 4160 Emigration Canyon Rd. 582-5807. 2010 marks Ruth’s Diner’s 80th anniversary. Join us in our newly redecorated, cool canyon setting. WWW.RUTHSDINER.COM M-Sun 8a-10p. $, CC, V, TO

One World Café Salt Lak e City 41 S. 300 E. 519-2002. One World Cafe is your sustainable, convenient spot in town that serves organic, healthy, unprocessad food. We create daily menus. We stand behind a variety of vegan, vegetarian, meat dishes and pastries. Our mission is to eliminate hunger and food waste. One Wolrd Cafe is a unique experience to enjoy the freshest food while feeling good about giving back to your community. Open. Mon.-Sat. 11a-10p. Sun. 9a-5p. 801-519-2002. WWW.ONEWORLDEVERYBODYEATS.ORG $, $$, V, P, TO. Pago 878 S. 900 E. 532-0777. Featuring seasonal cuisine from local producers & 20 artisan wines by the glass, complimented by an intimate eco-chic setting. Best Lunch -SL Mag, Best Brunch- City Weekly, Best Wine ListCity Weekly & SL Mag, Best New AmericanBest of State. Patio is now open! pagoslc.com. Tue-Sun 11a-3p $-$$, 5p-close $$-$$$, CC, W/B/L, V, P, TO, CAT, RR Red Iguana 736 W. North Temple. 801-322-1489. & 866 W. South Temple. 801-214-6050. Red Iguana has been serving Salt Lake since 1985. The Cardenas family serves awardwinning Mexican cuisine with specialties including homemade moles using recipes from the last two centuries, enchiladas, steaks, chile verde, carnitas and more. On the web at: WWW.REDIGUANA .COM. Mon-Thurs 11a-10p; Fri 11a-11p; Sat 10a-11p; Sun 10a-9p. $$, CC, V, W/B, L, TO, CAT. Rising Sun Coffee 266 W. 2100 S. 801-486-0090. Seasonal beverages from scratch! Our Pumpkin Pie

Sage’s Café 473 E. 300 S. 322-3790. Sage’s Café serves the healthiest & freshest cuisine in Utah, without compromising the overall dining experience. Sage’s Café serves organic wines & beer, fresh pastries, triple-certified coffee & tea. Cuisine ranges from fresh pasta to raw foods. Sage’s Café sustains diversity, compassion, personal & environmental health, community & positive attitude. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30a-2:30p & 59:30p; Fri 11:30a-2:30p & 5p-12a; Sat 912a; Sun 9a-9p. $-$$, CC, V, P, W/B,TO. Takashi 18 West Market Street. 519-9595. Renowned sushi chef Takashi Gibo has opened the doors to an incredible Japanese dining experience. Enjoy a beautiful presentation of classic sashimi or experiment with delicious creations from the extensive sushi bar. Savor the assortment of small plates (Japanese tapas), from the tantalizing menu prepared by Chef Morio Tomihara. Featuring premium sake, wines and Japanese and domestic beers. Open Mon-Fri from 11:30a. and Sat. from 5:30p. $$-$$$ CC V W/B TO. The Tin Angel Cafe 365 West 400 South, 801-328-4155. Perched on the south edge of Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake, Tin Angel Cafe offers a locally driven, award winning, European inspired menu on the patio or in the artful dining room. Live music, local art and a full list of libations round out the experience. Reservations recommended. WWW.THETINANGEL.COM. $$, RR, CC, V, W/B, L, P, TO, CAT Vertical Diner 2280 S. West Temple, 484-VERT. Vertical Diner offers vegan versions of classic “American” fare, including biscuts and gravy and burgers. New hours: 8a-10p—seven days a week. $, CC, V, TO. W/B

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GREEN BITS

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News and ideas from near and far for a healthier, more sustainable future BY PAX RASMUSSEN

sion from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program, Fourth Street Clinic will add a rooftop solar array, designed by Utah Solar and Alternative Energy based in Park City, to provide nearly half the non-profit health clinic’s heating and air-conditioning power needs. Each year, Fourth Street Clinic provides 30,000 visits and dispenses 40,000 medications to approximately 6,500 homeless Utahns. Even so, many others are turned away or are on wait lists due to funding and capacity limitations, so hopefully this will help get more folks the care they deserve. Fourth Street Clinic, 404 S 400 W, FOURTHSTREETCLINIC.ORG, WWW.UTSOLARPOWER.COM.

Happy 60th, Dr. Bronner’s!

Art, activism and celebrity voice Last month, 350.ORG, the international grassroots campaign to unite the world around “solutions to the climate crisis,” launched their global art project, EARTH. Centered in 12 locations around the globe, art and activists will “create massive public art installations to show how climate change is already impacting our world as well as offer visions of how we can solve the crisis.” What sort of massive art projects? Well, a “flash flood” in the Santa Fé river made of people holding up blue placards (see website at end for satellite pics!), for example. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke (one of my very favorite musicians) announced that he supports the project, and sent this personal message to the 350.ORG team: “Our Leaders and much of the lobby groups for oil and energy companies are arriving in Cancun at the end of the month, still under the illusion that we can carry on burning energy to feed a global financial model that now no longer represents the needs of the rest of us and the dire situation we face. They are still labouring under the assumption that they can turn the tide of Mother Nature. The future of the planet and all living creatures is secondary to their own system of belief. “They hide behind meaningless procedure. False science and smear campaigns are paid for and quoted to undermine the overwhelming evidence of global warming. Enough of this shit. There is no more time.”

Enough of this shit, indeed. Huzzah, Thom! EARTH.350.ORG

Clock ticking on Cash for Appliances program Cash for Appliances Utah—the popular program that has helped more than 12,000 people cut energy costs by upgrading to new ENERGY STAR® appliances—will soon wind to a halt. Less than 10% of the program’s funds are still available, and the program has already delivered nearly $2 million in rebates. The program works like this: Buy a new qualified appliance and you get a rebate for replacing an old one: $75 for clothes washers, $30 for room air conditioners, $300 for gas furnaces, $300 for gas tankless water heaters ($200 for the gas storage variety). Tax credits are also available for some of these appliances—and they expire on December 31, so hurry up and replace that crappy old water heater that’s probably about to explode in your basement, anyway. WWW.CASHFORAPPLIANCESUTAH.COM, WWW.ENERGYSTAR.GOV

Solar array coming to Fourth Street Clinic The Fourth Street Clinic is the only health care option available to much of Salt Lake’s homeless population, so anything that cuts costs is a good thing—it’s not cheap providing free health care to those in need. With a $58,000 cash infu-

Take a look at any bottle of shampoo, or the box of any bar of soap. I guarantee, if you look those chemicals up on the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic database (WWW.COSMETICSDATABASE.COM), at least a few of them will show up as endocrine disruptors or as potential carcinogens. Thank gods for Dr. Bronner’s! I’ve been using their castile soap for years, and avoiding those hellaciously toxic chemicals. It’s the company’s 60th anniversary, and they’ve revamped their website for the occasion. Check it out. WWW.DRBRONNER.COM

Wind keeps blowin’ Last month, wind energy company First Wind began the second phase of the Milford Wind Corridor project, which started in 2002, when Milford High School teacher Andy Swapp involved his students in studying the potential for green power. The group started measuring wind with handheld devices and eventually turned the project over to First Wind in 2005. About 300 construction employees from the area were put to work on the first phase, which generated roughly $30 million in direct spending and $50 million in wages and state tax revenue. The power is being sold to Los Angeles via an 88-mile transmission line that connects it to Delta’s Intermountain Power Plant. According to company spokesman John Lamontagne, the second phase of the project will provide power to Southern California through another service provider. WWW.MILFORDWIND.COM

Hooked up on Freecycle? How about EcoBees? I’ve been using Freecycle for years—it’s easy, you just sign up to the Yahoo group and post your messages about things you

need, or things you have. Folks respond (or you respond to posts you find on the group), and stuff gets moved around, all for free. It’s kind of a pain, though—you have to keep an eye on the group message board, and pay attention to how you format your requests, or the moderators will delete your message. The folks behind ECOBEES.COM hope to change all this— they’ve created a site that’s sort of like the Craigslist of free stuff. You can search by keyword, category or location. Right now, there are no posts within a 100 mile radius of Salt Lake City, so log on and let’s get this started! I love the idea of stuff being exchanged all over town for free. WWW.ECOBEES.COM, WWW.FREECYCLE.ORG/GROUP/US/UTAH

Fossil fuels are history I wish! But check out this cute little video about the history of fossil fuels. It’s 300 years of our addiction to oil, coal and natural gas condensed into three minutes. TINYURL.COM/FOSSILFUELSVIDEO

Electric cars in the unlikeliest of places A major U.S. city is deploying a massive electric car charging network. Is it San Francisco? How about Portland? Maybe Boston? Nope—it’s Houston, Texas, of all places. The nation’s oil capital could soon become the first city to have an actual electric car infrastructure. Power provider NRG Energy announced last month that it will finance the installation of both personal and public charging stations throughout the city. The charging network will be called eVgo, and will cost around $10 million. The stations will charge a battery for an electric car such as the Nissan Leaf overnight, as well as provide a 10-minute “top-off” for a 30-mile boost. David Crane, NRG’s chief financial officer, told a report for the Dallas Morning News that NRG is absolutely not doing this project in Houston to taunt the oil industry. Pity. WWW.EVGONETWORK.COM

Hear no evil According to a study from the University of California at Berkeley, climate scientists should back off on the scary talk. Researchers say that presenting fearful predictions about the planet’s future can backfire. Basically, they found that people whose outlook is primarily optimistic, who view the world as essentially fair and safe, choose to tune out dire warnings. These people, though, when presented with positive solutions for getting us out of the ecological mess we’re in, tend to perk up and listen. TINYURL.COM/GLOBALWARMINGMESSAGES


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Thirteen virtues, seven sins: A meditation on the search for meaning in an ordinary life BY TERESA JORDAN n his early 20s, Benjamin Franklin set upon what he was to call “a Bold project for moral Perfection.” He developed a list of 12 virtues in order to master them, and then added a 13th— humility— after a friend pointed out that he was prideful, a comment prompted, perhaps, by the sheer audacity of the undertaking. So much virtue all at once daunted even young Franklin, and he determined to concentrate on each merit in turn, a week at a time, charting his progress in a notebook by marking each transgression with a dot. Thirteen virtues divided the year tidily into four courses and he expected that, “by a number of courses, I should be happy in viewing a clean book.” Alas, Franklin never achieved a “clean book,” and from the vantage of his 79th year he looked back on his youthful endeavor with bemusement, noting that “I was surpris’d to find myself so much fuller of faults than I had imagined.” By that time, he had made peace with at least some of them, “for something, that pretended to be reason, was every now and then suggesting to me that such extream nicety as I exacted of myself might be a kind of foppery in morals, which, if it were known, would make me ridiculous….” There is a saying about the Founding Fathers that “George Washington was first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen, but Benjamin Franklin was first in everything else.” A prodigious writer, inventor, scientist, statesman, diplomat and revolutionary thinker, he introduced himself throughout his life as “Benjamin Franklin, Printer,” and he was above all America’s first great communicator. If he’d had

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the technology, I’m sure he would have been our first blogger as well. His virtue project, with its weekly attentions, is tailor-made for the form, and he would have enjoyed both the discipline and the public nature of the practice. Even near the end of his life, long after he had ceased keeping track, he used tales of his youthful earnestness to flirt with the ladies of Paris, and he sometimes regaled them with the ivory slates that had replaced his original charts on paper . I’ve never aspired to moral perfection— it always seemed fantastically out of reach— but I admit to various fevers of that most American obsession, self improvement: diets, exercise programs, spiritual practice, time management, and various schemes to rid my life of clutter. Now perched in midlife at an age roughly halfway between that at which Franklin first devised his list of virtues and his latein-life autobiographical reflections, I no longer believe myself capable of fundamental change. If I could have overcome my grumpiness, my self absorption, my untidiness, or my tendency to talk too much—to name just a few of my more minor faults— I would have done so by now. At this point I’m more interested in consciousness than perfection, and it’s the mindfulness implicit in young Franklin’s cause that intrigues me. How virtue and vice play out in ordinary life invites the big questions: What do we mean when we call someone a good man or a good woman? What does it take to live wholeheartedly? How do we learn to live authentically? How can we repair our transgressions? And so I begin this year-long meditation organ-

At this point I’m more interested in consciousness than perfection, and it’s the mindfulness implicit in young Franklin’s cause that intrigues me.

How virtue and vice play out in ordinary life invites the big questions: What do we mean when we call someone a good man or a good woman? What does it take to live wholeheartedly? How do we learn to live authentically? How can we repair our transgressions? ized, at least to start, around Franklin’s 13 virtues and peppered with attention to another archetypal list, the seven deadly sins. I expect to veer from that form as time goes on: I have never been able to use a recipe a second time around without amendment, and there are a panoply of attributes Franklin left out of his charts (though not out of his life) that intrigue me, such as gratitude, generosity, courage and forgiveness. I don’t expect, by the end of the year, to have arrived at a higher virtue or answered the great questions of life. “Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart,” the German poet Marie Reiner Rilke told a young poet. “Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language.” This exercise is a love song to questions, and as another poet, Maya Angelou, reminds us, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” u Teresa Jordan is an author of four books and a visual artist. She lives in Salt Lake City. WWW.TERESAJORDAN.COM. You can follow her contemplations at WWW.YEAROFLIVINGVIRTUOUSLY.COM.


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Christmas curd Cheese lovers, don’t miss this: Root through the cheese cave at Caputo’s with Troy Peterson and Francis Fecteau—they will reprise some of their greatest hits and share new discoveries. Caputo’s original cave-aged cheese will be featured, along with the now famous local Fundamental Cheddar. All will be paired with wines of suitable weight for winter. Tony Caputo’s Holiday Cheese and Wine Class, Dec. 16, 7:30p, 1516 S 1500 E, 801-486-6615, WWW.CAPUTOSDELI.COM. Class: $25, wine: $15. Reg. required.

I Remember Better When I Paint According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s, a scary form of dementia. The disease frustrates not only those who have it, but also their loved ones. The Salt Lake City Film Center is showing “I Remember Better When I Paint” by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner. The documentary shows how with the study and practice of art and music, patients with Alzheimer’s find other ways to experience positive emotions while in the process of losing their memory and identity. Although we have yet to find a cure, treatment with creativity helps to give hope for the future. It’s a great film to watch if you have loved ones who are experiencing Alzheimer’s, or even if you’re just looking for a heartwarming story for the holidays. I Remember Better When I Paint, Dec. 6, 7p. Free. Salt Lake City Library, 210 E 400 S, 801-524-8200. WWW.SLCPL.ORG.

Full Moon dance We have a natural inclination to kick back and dig-in somewhere comfy and warm during the winter months, but end up being even more active with holiday busy-ness. The “Silent Night” themed Women’s Full Moon Dance this month is a chance to find a quiet evening to slow down and savor a peaceful inner space. The dance floor will be dark and quiet, the movement and soft music set to a background of scents of frankincense, myrrh and other essential oils. Circle begins promptly at 6:30 with the intention ceremony. Women’s Full Moon Dance, Dec. 18, 6:30p. Red Lotus School of Movement, 740 S 300 W.

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Happy 50th Birthday, KUER! Happy 31st Birthday, KRCL!

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Help public and community radio in Salt Lake celebrate years of long service. University of Utah’s public radio station, KUER, celebrates its 50th birthday at their Gold Party Open House. Held at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, the soiree will feature three-time Grammy winners Los Lobos. For a $200 donation, you can get reservations for two. Hurry, seats are limited. KRCL, Salt Lake’s community radio station since 1979, turns 31 this year. Join them for the Polar Jubilee, their annual win-

The gift of art The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah is holding their annual holiday art sale at the Gittens Gallery on the UofU campus, Dec. 7-9. This is a great opportunity to find unique holiday gifts, while shopping local and supporting local student artists. Sale includes ceramics, miniprints from the 12th annual Student, Faculty and Alumni Miniprint portfolio, paintings, photographs and new and used art books. Proceeds assist art and art history students’ travel to out-of-state conferences, museums and galleries. Dept. of Art and Art History Holiday Sale, Dec. 7-9, 10a-6p. Gittens Gallery, 375 S 1530 E, 801-581-8677, INFO@ART.UTAH.EDU.

ter event. Entertainment ncludes Mad Max and the Wild Ones’ Rockabilly Holiday Show, performances by Joshua Payne Orchestra and Spell Talk, Bad Brad Wheeler’s Hannukah Harmonica Army and a special appearance from Elvis Santa and Ms. Claus. Food and drinks from local restaurants and breweries. Gold Party Open House, DEC. 5, 5P. $200 for two. Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W Broadway (300 South). Reservations: WWW.KUER.ORG. Polar Jubilee, Dec. 3, 7-11p. $30. Salt Lake Hardware Building, 155 N 400 W. KRCL.ORG.

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Super Size Me Looking for ways to prove to the family that they should eat their spinach? At the next session of their Science Movie Night, the Utah Museum of Natural History presents “Super Size Me,� the Academy Award-nominated documentary at the Main Library. Watch as Morgan Spurlock lives a month eating nothing but fast food, going through mental and physical changes that reveal the huge role that what we eat plays in our health. After the showing, Beverly Bradshaw, from the University of Utah Division of Nutrition, shows that eating healthy foods can be just as easy as going to a fast food drive-through.

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Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale The Swaner EcoCenter’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale features original treasures from local artists and the chance to ask where their inspiration comes from. Sale offerings include pottery, jewelry, paintings and photography, glasswork and much more. It will be tough not to find something for everyone on your list. Fine arts and Crafts Sale, Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, Noon-6 Mon-Fri, 11a-3p Sat. Swaner EcoCenter, 1258 Center Drive, Park City. 435-649-1767. WWW.SWANERECOCENTER.ORG.

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Playing a musical instrument can be tough but learning to get crowds hopping with the beat when you’re still in elementary school is something all together. Kids with fiddles present a wide range of classic to contemporary country music at the next Ring Around the Rose, presented by Repertory Dance Theatre. The youngest of the group even yodels. Kid Fiddlers, Dec. 18, 11a, $5.Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W 300 S. 801-323-6800. WWW.ARTTIX.ORG, WWW.RDTUTAH.ORG.

The Polar Express by the Utah Symphony Between hectic shopping, school and work schedules, find some time for the Utah Symphony’s Lollipops performance, The Polar Express. These short performances for children ages 5-10, give your family some extra Christmas cheer. Before the show, kids get a chance to see Santa in the lobby and make holiday decorations to be donated to local children’s charities. In the Polar Express spirit, guests are encouraged to bring small bells to help with the decorations. The Polar Express, Dec. 11, 11a and 12:30p, $6-$20. Abravanel Hall, 123 W South Temple. 801-355-2787. WWW.ARTTIX.ORG, WWW.UTAHSYMPHONY.ORG.

Bug Brigade The desert millipede is only one of many strange bugs you can encounter in the United States. At a length of up to six inches, they can startle anyone who would happen to cross their path. Learning the facts about creepy, crawly things is the best way to get rid of needless fears . What better way to learn than the Utah Museum of Natural History’s Bug Brigade? Experts will explain insect behavior and important roles they play in the ecosystem. Bug Brigade, Dec. 10 & 18, Utah Museum of Natural History, $3.50 kids, $7 adults.1390 E Presidents Circle. 801-581-6927, WWW.UMNH.UTAH.EDU.

The Red Desert Ramblers What’s better than award-winning BBQ ribs and bluegrass music? Kick off the end of the year with the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association and Utah’s premier “feel good” band, the Red Desert Ramblers, at the Sugarhouse Barbeque Company on December 9. Enjoy a night of entertainment as the Ramblers swing you through variations of live folk, country and swing music with an occasional Irish or Scottish tune. Red Desert Ramblers, DEC. 9, 6:30P, free. Sugarhouse Barbeque Company, 2207 S 700 E. 801-463-4800. WWW.REDDESERTRAMBLERS.COM, WWW.SUGARHOUSEBBQ.COM.

28th Vivaldi by Candlelight Benefit Concert Stina Eberhardt’s wonderful voice blends with the musical talents of David Porter, Ronald Beital and Meeka QuanDiLoranzo in performance during the 28th Vivaldi by Candlelight Benefit Concert. Benefits from the performance go to the Utah Council of Diplomacy, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting global understanding and respect between the people of Utah and other nations. Vivaldi by Candlelight, Dec. 12, 8p. Reserved seats $40. First Presbyterian Church, 12 C Street, 801-832-3272. WWW.FPCSLC.ORG.

Divorce education for children class Divorce is difficult for everyone involved, adults and children alike. The Utah State Courts offers divorce classes for children ages 9 to 12, giving kids a chance to understand that the divorce isn’t their fault and how to deal with the emotions involved. Classes are free and voluntary, but preregistration is required. Divorce Education for Children, Monthly: Mon. 6-8p or Sat. 10a-noon. Free with preregistration. Scott M. Matheson Courthouse, 450 S State St., 801-578-3897. MICHELLEG@EMAIL.UTCOURTS.GOV.


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don’t know when the thought of keeping bees occurred to me. It could have been weeks or months or years before April 23, 2010, the day I picked up my hive. I drove to Jones Bee Company, located on the edge of Salt Lake civilization and claimed my preordered box of bees. I paid for them, asked a few questions and loaded them in my truck. Home 20 minutes later, I was hit with the realization that I had just become a “beek,” a neighborhood beekeeper. A bee geek. I asked myself, “What was I thinking?” All I really knew about bees is that they are four-winged armed terrorists unconcerned about giving their lives to support the cause. I made

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Let me say this loudly: Bees do all of the heavy lifting. They aren’t remotely concerned whether you are alive or not. In almost all cases, you are unnecessary, hence, you can go on vacation, forget to check on them, do not need to feed them, help them or be their guardian.

quite sure that I purchased a dependable veil (a helmet with a hood of sheer netting to keep the face, neck and head bee-free), the appropriate leather gloves and a ‘smoker’ to calm the girls down. A smoker is basically a can with a nozzle and bellows attached. One inserts some fuel, lights it and pumps the bellows until a consistent stream of smoke comes out the nozzle. Essentially, the smoke tells the bees that their ‘tree’ is on fire (the bees’ preferred natural hive location) and they should eat as much honey as possible and leave quickly, presumably to restart the hive in a new location. Of course, bees that eat lots of honey in a hurry are lethargic and move pretty s-l-o-w-l-y, giving the beek time to feed/inspect/upset the colony. If they get aggressive, you hit ’em with more smoke. As the overlord in this beequation, I am the quintessential, pseudo-urban farmer; peach, pear, fig and walnut trees, irrigation shares and vegetable garden complete with a shed dedicated to housing the implements of pseudo-farming. I have also raised chickens and pheasants and quail. Created safe and secure housing, pens, laying boxes, straw; fed and watered them daily, collected their eggs, trapped rats, hauled in straw and feed and hauled out the resulting waste products. It’s much like a rehearsing a band. Chickens are a lot of work and a lot of expense and worry. Let me say this loudly: Bees do all the heavy lifting. A bee will travel up to three miles to collect nectar and hit several thousand flowers a day, and then live only for three weeks or so, producing about 1-2 tablespoons of honey in its lifetime. They aren’t remotely concerned whether you are alive or not. In almost all cases, you are unnecessary, hence, you can go on vacation or

forget to check on them. They do not need you to feed them, help them or be their guardian. Start-up costs can be pretty high, considering the need for protective gear, the hive body and bees, and miscellaneous gear like hive tools, smoker and ultimately, extra hive boxes (which are added as the hive prospers in its honey production). In my case, I built them a lovely deck to house their sorority. And yes, they are an almost completely female population; just enough males around to do their thing without being annoying about it. I have a chair located about six feet from the hive: I sit and relax and visit my girls almost daily, watching their movements, patterns and intensities in number, speed and motivation whenever I have the time. It is most meditative and calming; an unheralded benefit of being a beek.

The bee routine Early spring, before the flowers really get going, can be an awkward time for a bee colony. Bees need work. No flowers = unemployment. Even the unemployed need to eat, so spring is a time when bees appreciate a little bit of help. I fed them a sugar water solution (think heavy syrup) every 10 days or so until spring had actually sprung. I checked on them every two weeks or so, to assess their success and to make sure there were no invasive issues (moths, disease and such). Healthy patterns of comb, pollen and uncapped nectar resemble rainbow arches on the panels (frames) where the brood (eggs) and honey are housed. When the hive is going well, you are kind of like a drunk uncle; they can’t wait until it is time for you to leave. Kazillions of things can go wrong with a beehive; bad queen, virgin queen, disease, robbers


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(other bee colonies preying on a weaker hive), raccoons, rats, hornets, a dearth of nectar (dry year with fewer flowers), swarming for no apparent reason, and of course, a beek who doesn’t respect or is ignorant of “bee logic.” Nationally, as many as 30% of the hives do not make it through the winter. Some of this is due to natural selection and disaster. Much of it is CCD (colony collapse disorder), which latest research shows to be a combination of a certain virus and fungus. Beekeeping agribusinesses haul tens of thousands of hives by truck from orange blossom time (in Florida) to almond blossom time (in California). The need for crop pollination is much greater than the need for honey production and their bees are necessarily expendable to that end. They can buy new queens and worker bees fairly economically (they’re sold by the pound) and within a couple of weeks, voila! You have a new colony. The casual urban beek takes a more personal interest in his flock (so to speak). The loss of a single hive can be devastating. A healthy queen can properly run a hive for up to three years. She conducts the symphony of sterile workers with pheremones and regulates the number of workers produced, depending on time of year and available food supply, among other things. As producer, director and leading lady, she runs the whole show. Nearly 80% of our produce requires pollination. Without bees doing this heavy lifting, we will be eating tubers and grasses exclusively. No tomatoes, nuts, peaches or corn. Bees are essential to our modern world food supplies. Honest. Hundreds of good books are available on beekeeping, full of insight, information and experience of great help to the novice. I recommend this highly. I, personally, forgot to do this, as well as forgetting to talk to any beeks before I undertook this adventure. Ms. Ellen Hartz, a local, highly experienced, ‘certified’ beek, took me under her wing when it came time to ‘harvest’ my honey. Long story short; I gleaned as much information as I could garner from online sources, used my intuition and typical good luck, to produce a healthy hive with three supers (the part of the beehive used to collect honey) one of which supplied me with 55 lbs. of harvested honey. Although I did not sell any of it (indeed, I have already given most of it away), the market value roughly equaled my start-up costs. Next year I intend to make a profit, as most of the components have many years of useful life. I also, Allah be willing, intend to double my hive housing and double my production to 100+ lbs. of sweet, wonderful, unmedicated, unperishable, delightfully delicious honey. I also intend to talk to other beeks, get the required state license (cheap and easy) and join the local apiarist organization, because, I am told, there is a statute of limitations on beginner’s luck. u Andy wants it to be known that in dealing with 100,000 bees over a six-month period, he was only stung once, and it was his fault.

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Trikonasana Brighten the dark days of December BY CHARLOTTE BELL ecember is a month of paradox. At the time when days are shortest and darkest, when our bodies and minds are most amenable to hibernation, our social schedules are often overbooked. Between family events, parties, shopping, dinners and all the rest, we often have little time and energy to do what is most natural for the dim days of December—restore and regenerate. According to the Chinese medical model, the water element becomes predominant in the cold-

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be able to visualize Trikonasana’s star-like shape: your head, tail, arms and legs radiating out from your center. When your limbs are in a position of continuity and your spine is neutral, the vital organs can rest easily inside your skeleton, allowing them to receive the energetic impulse from your legs.

foot feels solidly grounded. Please note: This instruction is different from the way this pose is most often taught—to keep the hips aligned with each other on the horizontal plane. Over the years I found that keeping my hipbones aligned destabilized my sacroiliac joint, which led to sciatica and other

tipping your pelvis to the right along with your spine. Place your hand on your right leg, a yoga block or the floor, depending on where you can reach and still maintain a neutral spine. Your chest, abdomen and face should face forward. This is essential to reaping the therapeutic benefits of a neutral spine. Take five to 10 deep breaths, allowing your body to oscillate around the movement of your breath. You may turn your face to look up in your last couple breaths, but only if this doesn’t hurt your neck. To come out, ground your left foot and allow your torso to rise up

Between family events, parties, shopping, dinners and all the rest, we often have little time and energy to do what is most natural for the dim days of December—restore and regenerate. est, shortest days. The organs associated with water are—you guessed it—the kidneys and bladder. The kidneys balance and distribute fluids in our bodies, while the bladder stores fluids. Our kidneys are said to contain the well of life force that we are born with. When the water element becomes depleted, as it often does when we fall into the over-scheduling trap, we can end up exhausted. One yogic solution might be to replenish your life force by practicing restorative yoga. November’s pose of the month, Supta Baddhakonasana, is a wonderful choice. It’s worth your time to practice this when you can. An altogether different, but complementary, solution is to practice a pose that can brighten and expand your energy. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) is a pose that teaches us how to ground and expand simultaneously. In Trikonasana, we root deep into the earth and align ourselves to create a conduit for the energy of gravity. In my experience, Trikonasana is energizing precisely because a neutral spine, along with straight arms and legs, supports a continuous flow of energy throughout the body. Using your imagination, you may

Begin by standing on a nonskid mat with your legs one leg-length apart (three to four feet, depending on the length of your legs) and your feet parallel. Turn your right leg out 90 degrees so that the center of your thigh, knee and ankle are aligned with each other. Turn your left foot in (toward your right foot) about 30 degrees. This turn-in is necessary in order for the ankle, knee and thigh to align with each other. While grounding through your left foot, begin turning your left hip inward until you feel a connection between the left sit bone and left heel, and your left

painful problems. Letting the hip turn inward alleviates these issues for me and for my students. In addition, in the traditional alignment, the back leg cannot ground as deeply as it can when the left hip turns inward. This places the skeleton in its most efficient position, allowing the muscles to relax along the bones. In one sweeping motion, lift your arms forward and up so that they extend out in front of you at shoulder level, and then open them out to the sides with your palms down. Ground your back leg as you extend your torso out over your right leg,

to vertical. Turn your feet back to parallel and rest a few moments to feel what happened in the pose. Repeat on the other side. When you practice yoga, remember that your body is 70% water. Your cells are both filled with and surrounded by fluid, allowing for infinite movement possibilities. Make sure that your expression of Trikonasana is not hard or static. Stay soft, mobile and suggestible to support your vital water element this winter. u Charlotte Bell is a yoga teacher, author and musician who lives in Salt Lake City. Visit her at WWW.CHARLOTTEBELLYOGA.COM.


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ENERGY WORK & HEALING energy balancing, Reiki (SEE ALSO: Bodywork) Lilli DeCair 801-577-6119 www.gotgypsy.com lillidecair@yahoo.com Stressed, Sad, Overwhelmed? Lilli Has Great News For YOU!!! Inspirational Mystic, European Professional Psychic, Tarot, Channeling, Sensing, Reiki School Master/Teacher,Health Educator, Shamanic Medicine Wheels, Mind Body Bridging Stress/Anger Mgmt, Minister,Weddings, Fund Raisers, Entertainment, Speaker, Spiritual Mentoring. 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 with innate healing. Also recommended for animals.

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 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

SCULPTING CLASSES Taught by Elaine Bell

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801-201-2496

HEALTH, WELLNESS & BODY CARE Michael Lucarelli Classical guitarist www.lucarelli.com • 801-274-2845

Ayurveda, beauty supply, birth services/prenatal care, Chinese medicine/acupuncture, chiropractics, colon therapy, dentistry, health centers, health products, homeopathy, natur-

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY opaths, nutritionists, physical therapy, physicians, women’s healthcare Alexander Technique, Cathy Pollock M.AmSAT 1/11 801-230-7661. Certified Alexander Technique Teacher with 16 years experience. Beyond good posture and body mechanics! Devlop awareness. Let go of habitual tensions. Calm your nervous system. Embody dynamic ways of moving and performing. Learn to be easily upright and open. Breathe better, feel better, look better. Gain confidence and poise. 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 Eastside Natural Health Clinic 9/11 Uli Knorr, ND 801.474.3684; 2188 S. Highland Drive #207. Dr. Knorr uses a multi-dimensional approach to healing. He can help optimize your health to live more vibrantly and support your natural healing ability. He focuses on hormonal balancing, including thyroid, adrenal, women’s hormones, blood sugar regulation; gastrointestinal disorders and allergies. Detoxification, food allergy testing and comprehensive hormonal testing available. EASTSIDENATURALHEALTH.COM Evolutionary Spirit Shamanic Energy Healing Dee Ann Nichols, Salt Lake City, UT 801-638-0940. A graduate of the Healing the Light Body School of The Four Winds Society, certified in Advanced Client Skills and Mastery of Medicine Teachings, Dee Ann provides healing sessions, teachings and ceremonies in the Peruvian tradition of the ancient Inka. WWW.EVOLUTIONARYSPIRIT.INFO 11/11

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 and UofU 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, 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 FB

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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

Blue Boutique FB 801-982-1100. WWW.BLUEBOUTIQUE.COM/10

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 acupuncture, massage, herbs & nutrition to treat a wide range of conditions including chronic fatigue, HIV infection, allergies, digestive disturbances and fibromyalgia. He also designs programs to maintain health & wellness. WWW.WEBOFLIFEWC.COM

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!

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 9/11 801-557-6733. Jane Glaser-Gormally, MS, PT. 4568 S. Highland Dr., Ste. 140. Licensed PT

Catalyst 801-363-1505. 140 McClelland, SLC. CONTACT@CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET.

Space Available 8/11 801-596-0147 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


SUZANNE WAGNER Psychic, Lecturer and Author

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dance, fitness, martial arts, Pilates, yoga

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SUZANNE’S UPCOMING CLASSES

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—Sandy 801-501-YOGA (9642). 9343 South 1300 East. Local Introductory Offer-$29 for 30 Days Unlimited Yoga (Utah Residents Only). 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. 33 classes offered, 7 days a week. Community Class-1st Saturday 10am class each month is Free To New Students. WWW.BIKRAMYOGASANDY.COM 12/10

Integral Tarot Dec 18-19, 2010 Workshops are $200, which includes a bonus copy of Suzanne's books for each class.

PSYCHIC READING SPECIAL

DECEMBER ONLY All readings will be $80 per hour, $40 per half hour (Dec. only) For Salt Lake City appointments please call: (310) 874-4383 Check with Suzanne's Online Scheduler for amazing Discounts with her new Series and Membership Program.

PRIVATE READINGS AVAILABLE

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 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 KungFu. Located downstairs from Urgyen Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple. WWW.REDLOTUSSCHOOL.COM, REDLOTUS@REDLOTUS.CNC.NET THE SHOP Yoga Studio 10/11 435-649-9339. Featuring Anusara Yoga.

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INTUITIVE JOURNEYS Tarot, Channeling, Numerology & More PSYCHIC FAIRS

Centered City Yoga 9/11 801-521-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 2531 S 400 E. 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. WWW.ECSTATICDANCESLC.BLOGSPOT.COM

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

2766 E 3300 S; $25 for 20 mins. Call 801-706-0213 for an appointment Sun Dec 12 • 11-5pm

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

Larissa Jones 801-856-4617

Melanie Lake 801-693-8522

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Adam Sagers 801-824-2641

Nick Stark 801-721-2779

WORKSHOPS DECEMBER Sun Dec 12, Psychic Fair at A Gift of Touch, 1-4pm, 2766 E. 3300 S., $25 for 20 mins. Call 801-706-0213 for appointments. Walk ins may be available. This event is held the 2nd Sunday of each month.

Wed Dec 22, Suzanne's Questions & Answers Lecture 6:30 at the Golden Braid Bookstore, $15, each person will be able to ask at least one question.

Private energy work / Shamanic healings / Clearings / Moon ceremonies / Tarot / and Shaman Kucho's Sat & Sun Dec 18-19, INTEGRAL TAROT with Suzanne Peruvian store: call Nick @ 801-721-2779 or email Wagner, $200. 10am-5pm both days, call (310) 874-4383 nicholasstark@comcast.net or go to www.suzwagner.com

FALL 2011

Tues Dec 21, Psychic Fair at The Golden Braid, 6-9 p.m. 151 S. 500 E., SLC, $25 for 20 mins. Call 322-1162 for appointments. Walk ins may be available. This event is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

"Shamanic Journey to Peru" FALL 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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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

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bring understanding regarding past lives, life purpose and relationships. Ask about my $25 Q&A parties. DELORISSPIRITUALMEDIUM.COM April Mills, Spiritual Medium 3/11 801-661-4607, APRILOMILLS@GMAIL.COM. When a loved one crosses over, the pain can feel unbearable. It would be my honor to help you begin the healing process by facilitating sacred communication with them. Intuitive Therapy 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

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

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. 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 9/11 Clarity Coaching 801-487-7621. WWW.KATHRYNDIXON.COM

astrology, mediums, past life integration, psychics Lilli DeCair 801-577-6119 www.gotgypsy.com lillidecair@yahoo.com Stressed, Sad, Overwhelmed? Lilli Has Great News For YOU!!! Inspirational Mystic, European Professional Psychic, Tarot, Channeling, Sensing, Reiki School Master/Teacher,Health Educator, Shamanic Medicine Wheels, Mind Body Bridging Stress/Anger Mgmt, Minister,Weddings, Fund Raisers, Entertainment, Speaker, Spiritual Mentoring.

abuse/ neglect; addictions recovery; GLBT exploration as well as resolving disordered eating, body image & life transitions. Individual, couples, family, group therapy & EMDR.

PSYCHOTHERAPY COUNSELING & PERSONAL GROWTH coaching, consulting, hypnosis, integrated awareness, psychology / therapy /counseling, shamanic, sound healing 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

Coaching Your Inward Journey 6/11 Paul Rudd 801-600-4118. Jonathan Rudd 801577-1611. 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! 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 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. Integrate

body, mind, & spirit through creative exploration of losses, conflicts, & relationships that challenge & inspire our lives. Namaste Consulting, LLC Candice Christiansen, LPC 4/11 480-274-5454. Do you feel safe and accepted for the choices in your life, in your profession, and in your relationships? For over 10 years, Candice has provided insight-oriented counseling to individuals and couples experiencing one or more of the following: relationship conflicts, eating disorders, life in a sexually-open profession, substance abuse, sexual addiction, and trauma. Visit WWW.NAMASTEADVICE.COM to begin your journey to self discovery.

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. Robin Friedman, LCSW 10/11 801-599-1411 (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. EMDR certified. Also trained in Expressive Arts Therapy. WWW.ROBINFRIEDMANTHERAPY.COM ROBIN@ROBINFRIEDMANTHERAPY.COM 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.


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Candace Lowry, DSW, BCD, LCSW 2/11 801-561-2140. 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. 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. 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 hypnotherapist, NLP master practitioner & EMDR practitioner. Sanctuary for Healing & Integration (SHIN) 801-268-0333. 860 E. 4500 So., Ste. 302, SLC. Mainstream psychiatry and psychotherapy with complementary and alternative healing (Buddhist 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

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problem behavior. Steve specializes in creative treatment of bipolar disorders. STEVE@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, Shamanic Practitioner, Minister of the Circle of the Sacred Earth 2/11 801-531-8051. 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. 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.

Jim Struve, LCSW 6/10 801-364-5700 Ext 1. 1399 S. 700 E., Ste. 2, SLC. Mindful presence in relationship-based psychotherapy. Specializing in life transitions,

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strengthening relationships, fostering resilience, healing from childhood trauma & neglect (including male survivors of sexual abuse), assisting partners of abuse survivors, addictions recovery, sexual identity, empowerment for GLBT individuals/ couples. Individual, couples, group therapy. Flexible times. WWW.MINDFULPRESENCE.COM Utah Twelve-Step Intergroup Network 6/11 WWW.UTIN.ORG, 801-359-HEAL (4325). Salt Lake area meeting schedule. Are you trying to change your life? Looking for a 12-step anonymous (like AA) support group? Meeting schedules & contact information for: Adult children of alcoholics, codependents, debtors, eating disorders, nicotine, recovering couples, sexaholics, sex addicts, sec and love addicts and workaholics. The Infinite Within 9/11 John Knowlton. 801-263-3838. WWW.THEINFINITEWITHIN.COM Elizabeth Williams, RN, MSN 10/11 801-486-4036. 1399 S. 7th E. #12. Lic. psychiatric nurse specialist offering a safe environment to heal inner wounds & process personal & interpersonal issues. Specializing in relationship issues, loss & grief work, anxiety, depression & self-esteem. Adolescents & adults, individuals, couples & group therapy. The Work of Byron Katie 7/11 801-842-4518. Kathy Melby, Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie. The Work is a simple way to access your own wisdom and lead a happier life. Specializing in developing loving relationships, relieving depression, and improving your outlook on life. Individuals, couples, families, groups and retreats. WWW.THEWORK.COM

RESALE/CONSIGNMENT clothes, books, music, art, household, building supplies, etc. Consignment Circuit 9/11 801-486-6960. 1464 E 3300 S. Recycle your style! Clean, great quality, current, retro & vintage—clothing, jewelry, costumes & collectibles. We’ll help you put something together or browse on your own. Have fun, save money & shop green. M-F 11-6, Sat 11-5. Elemente 10/10 353 W Pierpont Avenue, 801-355-7400. M-F 12-6, Sat. 12-5, Gallery Stroll every 3rd Friday 3-9. We feature second-hand furniture, art and accessories to evoke passion and embellish any room or mood with comfort and style. You're invited to browse, sit a spell, or sell your furniture with us. Layaway is available. A haven for the discriminating shopper since 1988. Emiliejayne 11/10 801 S 800 E, S, 801-359-3356. M-Sat 10-6A unique place to consign and buy "hip" home furnishings. With an eclectic mix of vintage and newer items, we'll help you rethink how to surround yourself with timeless finds. Ready to sell? We pay you 60% for furniture sales, and 50% for accessories. Now & Again 11/10 501 E 300 S, 801-364-0664. Downtown Salt Lake City’s hippest consignment shop featuring an array of retro, vintage & modern furniture, home and garden decor, artwork, gifts, jewelry, accessories and more. Now & Again is always accepting fabulous consignment items, and wonderful new things are arriving daily. Pib’s Exchange 3/11 1147 E. Ashton Ave. Your Sugar House consignment and costume hub with Salt Lake’s eco-community at heart! Express yourself and recycle your style for green or credit. Come explore our great selection of costumes and nearly-new brand names, and help out the planet while you’re at it!

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must make now will begin to make sense in March 2011. Osho Zen Tarot: Try to not let the Creativity, Mind mind stop or paralyze Medicine Cards: you in the old places Badger, Owl that have successfully Mayan Oracle: trapped you in the Shadow, Polarity past. The past is truly dead, and the future is Ancient Egyptian Tarot: just beyond your finThe Star, Two of Disks, gertips. You need only The Fool reach out of your old Aleister Crowley Deck: patterns of beliefs and Happiness, The Emperor, behavior to grab what Knight of Swords is being offered. It Arthurian Tarot: may be different than Arch of Twelve Kings, you pictured, but it The Horse Fair also may be more organic and peaceful, Words of Truth: more in harmony with Manifestation, Senses, the expression of who Withdrawal, Gratitude you want to become. It is okay to start n December, you over. It can be an can release yourself by Suzanne Wagner amazingly exciting from old patterns time if you just let the with gratitude and fear go and allow yourself love for all those who have assisted you along to be in the place of a child’s mind of wonder and the pathway to consciousness. Things are changnewness. ing, and what you thought you were manifesting You are choosing freedom over fear. You are at the beginning of the year has radically altered. choosing happiness over duty. You are choosing We are at the end and the beginning simultaneto let go of habitual patterns and find the bliss in ously. every moment. The darkness of this month’s solstice may feel 2011 is, numerologically, a “four” year. A “four” tremendously heavy for many. The only choice is year is about choosing balance above all things. It to reach out toward the light that will be returnis about finding the place of Neutral Mind, ing in 2011. The polarity and duality has finally regardless of situations and circumstances. You reached a critical breaking point. Choices made are not the chaos of the in November have eased planet unless you choose to the intensity of the process, believe that. You can pracbut you may feel you do tice balance during times of not know how the next patimbalance. . tern of your life may The Gift Number of 2011 is appear. You may not be the 11. An eleven-year is a able to see the magnifigateway if you allow the cence attempting to unfold rebellion of your soul to right now, but you know all express itself and allow you great things come to those to shift beyond the percepwho are willing to risk and tion of what you know to be believe in themselves when true. You can only see what times are difficult. you believe to be true. What Many of you have told if you just let go of your old me this has been one of the beliefs and looked at your most challenging times you can remember. The world with new eyes? How would it be to have the astrology reflects that. During such times your eyes of a child awakening to the magic that is in inner strength and power can reveal itself to you. every breath, every breeze, every look, and in You may feel there is so much duality and every nuance? Let the rebel within you show you shadow that you are not sure any choice you a new and more interesting way to see and expemake is correct. This uncertainty teaches you a rience the world. Let yourself see the beauty and lesson in trust. Sometimes you have to aggresthe positive in every situation. Let yourself roll sively make decisions with nothing but your intuwith the new experiences dancing into your life. ition to guide you. Allow the master painter within you paint and Things should feel better by the end of sculpt a completely new view of reality for you. December. After Christmas, you will feel a tangiAllow your eyes to be opened in wonder and ble shift and the mood will begin to crawl out of bliss. Allow your life to feel alive again. u this deep hole. Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the March will herald another major shift; things tarot. She lives in Salt Lake City. suzwagner.com will move more rapidly then. The choices you Healing Earth Tarot: Five of Pipes, Ace of Crystals

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DREAMTIME

But what does it mean? The symbolic language of dreams BY MACHIEL KLERK

return of the friend to your outer life. To look at the symbolic presentation of this friend, you would ask “what characteristics of this friend are now showing up in my life?” The dream disguises a characteristic, life theme or dynamic as a friend of our youth. You need to read this figure symbolically to learn what it represents in your dream. Sometimes the dream figure does point to the same figure in waking life, which can give us a clue about a situation with that person. In a dream, you might be visited by a family member who is ill or is about to die, or a person you had not noticed before who seems to be interested in you in waking life. Jung called this interpretation of dream symbols as referring directly to waking life the object level. Interpreting a dream figure as referring to inner life (for instance, a female colleague as the inner woman, or a doctor as the inner physician) would be working on the subject level.

Tips to discover the symbolic meaning of a dream image

“Midsummer Night’s Dream” n a dream: “I am driving my car, and I find myself sitting on the backseat and can hardly touch the steering wheel”. Psychiatrist and visionary Carl Jung held that the language of dreams is symbolic and suggested that to understand a dream we should listen to its poetic and symbolic language. Understanding this language allows us to uncover the life themes that are at play. A symbol represents exactly what it is and also some mystery, simultaneously. A symbol stands for a partially known and a partially unknown aspect of the psyche. One

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A symbol stands for a partially known and a partially unknown aspect of our psyche. but is essentially a mystery. The car in the dream above might represent a vehicle or a certain mode of moving through life.

Dream images and figures are not fixed signs. A stop sign is fixed; it has one clear meaning. There is no room for interpretation of multiple meanings, and it does not refer to any unknown aspect. Stop is stop. Dream symbol books often translate dream figures into fixed signs. Such a book might, for example, state that if you dream about a spider, you will encounter bad luck. Jung would strongly disagree with that kind of an interpretation. In a dream, you might encounter a friend from youth whom you have not seen for years. This dream probably does not refer to the sudden

Ask yourself what kind of associations you have with this image. For example, perhaps your youthful friend was loyal and dependable, or perhaps she had a great sense of humor. Jung suggested going with the association that “clicks,” and was adamant that the association apply directly to the dream image—for example cow-milk or cow-grass rather than cow-milk-breast-mother. Next, ask what the function of the dream image is. For example, the function of eating would be to take something in (an idea, emotion); sex in a dream could be seen as a unification or integration; washing might be cleaning. In the car dream, I seem not to have a grip on the steering wheel, which might represent not being in control of the direction of my own life. I don’t sit behind the wheel, but on the back seat; I’m not in the position of control. Take a look at the symbolism of some images from your own dreams. You may begin to see themes that play a role in your life. Next month I will provide a recipe for working with your dreams. For now, sleep well. u Machiel Klerk, LMFT, is a Jungian-oriented therapist with a private practice in Salt Lake City and founding president of the Jung Society of Utah. Machiel will lead a 12-week course in dreamwork beginning in January. WWW.MACHIELKLERK.COM, MACHIEL@MACHIELKLERK.COM.


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A question of healing circles

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BY DONNA HENES, URBAN SHAMAN Dear Mama Donna, A friend is very ill with a lung condition that has plagued her since childhood. The condition has deteriorated rapidly over the last two years. I would like to perform a healing circle with some of our female friends. Not having done this before I seek your counsel on how to perform this ritual. She is losing hope and needs a boost. She has no daughters, nor any close friends and lives with her husband and son. I am grateful for your spirit,

For a Friend in Need Dear Friend in Deed, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. It is very sad. I agree that a women’s healing circle is just the ticket. There are no rules about ritual. It all comes down to your intention. You need to be clear about that. Is it to boost her mood? Is it to recharge her hope and energy? Is it to heal her? Is it to reverse her condition? It sounds to me like you are thinking about a circle of women to support her and surround her with compassion and comfort. This is lovely. Just make sure that you understand what you want to achieve. And that the entire group is in agreement. Keeping your intention in mind, whatever you do will be correct. Create a safe space for ritual.

Define the circumference of the circle. The idea is to consecrate a space inside of which is holy, safe and protected. Light candles. Pass around a vial of oil with which people can annoint each other. Your friend might sit or lie in the center of the circle and receive love and support. Offer many blessings: Bless each other, bless the elements that comprise all of life and existence, bless your selves. Express your intention for the ceremony. Each woman might offer something : a thought, prayer, poem, story, memory. You could ask each woman to bring a small, meaningful amulet (a lucky stone, shell, crystal) and as part of the ritual, explain what her amulet is, why it is special, and why she is offering it as a gift. Collect them all in a pouch so your friend can carry home a reminder of the energy and hope offered by the group. These are only suggestions. If an idea comes to you, do it. Follow your instincts. Whatever you do will be filled with love and well meaning. Your friend will feel that love and it will buoy her. With blessings of compassionate concern,

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ble, not just because it deprives us of our own enjoyment of life. It also prevents others from experiencing the best we have to offer, tooâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;our authentic selves. My suggestion is that the best gift you could give yourselfâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and everyone you knowâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is an acceptance and appreciation of who you are, warts, baggage and all. Not only does it feel better than self-judgment or criticism, loving ourselves also fosters our ability to open to others. Embracing a sense of worthiness and â&#x20AC;&#x153;enoughnessâ&#x20AC;? makes it easier to practice vulnerability, establishing the sorts of connections that enrich our lives more than anything else can. Brown asks â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do we embrace our imperfections in a culture where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re afraid not to fit in, for fear of not belonging?â&#x20AC;? I believe when we realize whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at stakeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; connection, meaning and purpose in lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a way to more readily access the courage to be our authentic selves. Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research suggests this access starts with a willingness to be imperfect; to express compassion and kindness to ourselves and others; to let go of who we think we should be in order to be who we are and to recognize that our vulnerabilities are what make us beautiful. Doing so is what allows us to forge meaningful authentic relationships with other people. Surely thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no better gift than that. u Jeannette Maw is a Law of Attraction coach and founder of Good Vibe Coaching in Salt Lake City. WWW.GOODVIBECOACH.COM.

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Opposites attract But that kind of passion poses problems BY CHRISTOPHER RENSTROM I have two people in my life whom I care very much for. One (4/28/1983) was a relationship in my past and we were very passionate, and the other (2/18/1982) is someone I’ve been with for years and it ’s a very comfortable relationship. I am still in contact with my previous lover and sometimes wonder if I am in the right relationship. My birthday is 10/24/84. It makes perfect sense to ask this question while Venus is retrograde. Venus turned retrograde in Scorpio on October 8, 2010. Venus was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, and her turn to retrograde in your sign signals that you may be having some serious second thoughts about whom you want to be with romantically. All Scorpios are likely experiencing this, as well as people born under Aries, Taurus and Libra. Venus came out of retrograde on November 18, 2010, but won’t emerge from her “shadow period” until December 20, 2010.

From 11/18 to 12/20, people born under Scorpio, Aries, Taurus and Libra are likely having second thoughts about whom they want to be with romantically. Of the two people you ask about, the one you are in a relationship with now looks better on paper. Although he was not born in your zodiac sign or under either of your ruling planets (Mars and Pluto), he was born with his two ruling planets in autumn zodiac signs. This puts him in your season, and “in season” pairings are good. It shows that he gets you on a deep level and that you feel very comfortable with him. However, relationships that are supposed to be good for you are not always the ones that Scorpios pursue. Scorpios often choose passion over love—especially before the age of 30. The fellow from your past looks passionate, and that’s because his birthday is six months away from yours. You two were born under opposite zodiac signs and, as everyone knows, opposites attract. But just because opposites attract

Christopher Renstrom is the creator of RULINGPLANETS.COM—the first online, interactive astrology magazine. He writes the daily horoscope for the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGATE.COM. If you have a question you would like him to address, send the date, time and location of your birth to CHRISTOPHER@CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET. He also answers questions every week on the CATALYST website. doesn’t mean they’ll stay together. They often don’t, and that’s because when you’re “in season” (which is in the autumn) he is “out of season” and viceversa. What this sets up is an out-of-sync quality that is hard to reconcile. Oppositesign attractions appear in extra-marital relationships or relationships where people are separated by long distances, family backgrounds or cultural differences. They can work, but it takes a lot of effort. I suspect you stayed in contact with your old love because you weren’t quite sold on the current fellow. If that’s the case, then I think you have your answer and you’ll probably break up sometime before January 4, 2011. But I wouldn’t put all of my eggs in one basket vis-à-vis the Taurus fellow, either. The sex may be great, but you have very different ways of looking at the world, and there’s not a lot of flexibility on both sides. You would really have to work on the friendship aspect of your relationship—especially in the ways that you read each other’s signals, communicate and exercise tolerance and acceptance. You have some very high expectations about what you want in a partner, and I’m not sure if he’s up to them. But then again, the only way to find out is by being together. Love is like the lottery. You’ve got to be in it to win. u


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URBAN ALMANAC DECEMBER 17 Ginger was first cultivated in Asia 6,000 years ago. An Armenian monk brought it to France in 992 AD, and taught the locals how to cook with it. Baked gingerbread has been around since at least the 1400s.

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IN THE HOME,GARDEN & SKY BY DIANE OLSON DECEMBER 1 Today the Sun rises at 7:32 a.m., and sets at 5:01 p.m. December’s average maximum temperature is 37°; the minimum 21°. It snows an average of 13.7”. DECEMBER 2 If you’re up before dawn this week, look to the east for Venus, so bright it casts shadows. It should be particularly lovely tonight, paired with the crescent Moon. DECEMBER 3 More proof that people and rats are alike: City-dwelling brown rats prefer macaroni and cheese, scrambled eggs and cooked corn above all other foods. DECEMBER 4 Need something to do outside? You can put down mulch in your garden, even with snow on the ground. DECEMBER 5 NEW MOON. 2 Step outside and face north tonight. Going roughly clockwise from the zenith, you’ll see: Perseus, Gemini, Ursa major, Ursa minor, Hercules, Draco, Lyra, Cygnus and Cassiopeia.

DRAWINGS BY ADELE FLAIL DECEMBER 9 At about six months, the human fetus is covered with a fine, downy coat of hair called lanugo, a remnant of our primate ancestry. Fetal whales also have lanugo. DECEMBER 10 Francis Bacon, credited with establishing the scientific method, died of pneumonia in 1626, after stuffing a chicken with snow to see if cold would preserve it. DECEMBER 11 Ever looked at Jupiter and its moons through a telescope? If you haven’t, do; it’s a mindexpanding experience. DECEMBER 12 Like diamonds and salt, snow is a mineral. DECEMBER 13 FIRST QUARTER MOON. The Geminid meteor shower should be a good one tonight, with up to 75 per hour. DECEMBER 14 Halcyon Days begin. In Greek legend, the halcyon, a type of kingfisher that builds a floating nest, calms the sea for the next 14 days so that it can safely brood. The 111th Christmas Bird Count also begins today. birds.audubon.org/christmasbird-count

DECEMBER 6 Tonight, facing south you’ll see Pegasus, Aquarius, Capricornus, Pisces, Taurus, Aries and Triangulum. DECEMBER 7 You can make your own good-smelling furniture polish by mixing two parts olive oil and one part lemon juice. DECEMBER 8 Remember to restart your pond de-icer or pump after power outages. I forgot last year and the whole thing froze solid, including the fish.

DECEMBER 15 ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics are teaming to determine whether large-scale quantities of affordable fuel can be produced from algae. Traditional feedstock biofuel crops yield 50 to 150 gallons of fuel per acre per year; algae could potentially yield over 2,000 gallons per acre. DECEMBER 16 Windowsill herb gardens make great gifts. Plus, you can get your hands dirty making them.

DECEMBER 24 Tonight was once celebrated as Modraniht, or Mother Night, when all the great goddesses gave birth and the world was born.

DECEMBER 18 Toss any stale (or spare) bakery products outside for the birds; they could use the calories. Fruit pies would be especially welcome.

DECEMBER 25 Druids brought holly boughs to snag evil spirits and protect the elves and faeries said to join human households during Yuletide. Wishes written on parchment were hung from its boughs. The Celts planted holly to prevent lightning from hitting their homes. Holly does, in fact, conduct lightning into the ground better than most trees.

DECEMBER 19 LAST QUARTER. Want to attract bunches of birds? Mix sunflower seed, millet, cracked corn and canary seed.

DECEMBER 26 If possible, get outside each day and soak up some natural light. Full-spectrum light bulbs are next best.

DECEMBER 20 TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON. The Moon enters penumbra at 10:28 p.m.; totality begins at 11:40. A February 29, 1504 lunar eclipse saved Christopher Columbus. Stranded on the north coast of Jamaica, his men were starving, and the locals refused to keep supplying them with food. Learning from his trusty almanac that there would be an eclipse the next night, Columbus informed the chiefs that the Moon would vanish if they didn’t cooperate. They ignored him—until it did. For the rest of their stay, he and his crew ate very well.

DECEMBER 27 LAST QUARTER MOON. Although every snowflake is unique, during their early stages of formation, snowflakes are just about identical.

DECEMBER 21 FULL LONG NIGHTS MOON. WINTER SOLSTICE. Winter begins today at 3:38 p.m., the moment the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the Sun. In ancient Greece, a Winter Solstice ritual called Lenaea, the Festival of the Wild Women, culminated with a group of women tearing apart and eating a man representing the god Dionysus. DECEMBER 22 Poinsettias need six hours of indirect light and a warm room. The Aztecs extracted purple dye from poinsettia bracts, and used it in textiles and cosmetics. DECEMBER 23 Another excellent gift: Fig trees grow well inside; they even like being root bound. Come spring, you can move them outdoors, and by August harvest a few delicious figs.

DECEMBER 28 After he pioneered the laws of genetics with pea plants, Austrian monk Gregor Mendel bred a strain of hybrid bees that were so aggressive he had to kill them. DECEMBER 29 In winter, foxes and coyotes hunt by sound. Zeroing in on ultrasonic squeaks, they pounce downward, collapsing the rodent’s tunnel and neatly trapping it. DECEMBER 28 Only 5% of the world’s plants have been tested for medicinal properties. DECEMBER 29 Goats were among the first animals to be domesticated, around 10,000 years ago. There are over 300 breeds, among them fainting goats, which fall over when they’re startled or excited. DECEMBER 30 Packed snow begins to squeak underfoot at about 5 degrees F. At 0 degrees F, it squeaks with a distinct hollow sound. DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve. The Sun rises at 7:51 a.m. today, and sets at 5:09 p.m. Male fruit flies exposed to large amounts of alcohol become hypersexual and try to mate with pretty much anything. “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”—Percy Bysshe Shelley


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