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ON THE COVER “Ground Luminosity”
fter losing her mother, Salt Lake painter Susan Kirby drew inspiration for this month’s cover art “Ground Luminosity” from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. “In death all the components of our body and mind are stripped away and disintegrate. As the body dies, the senses and subtle elements dissolve, and this is followed by the death of the ordinary aspect of our mind,
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with all its negative emotions of anger, desire, and ignorance. Finally nothing remains to obscure our true nature, as everything that in life has clouded the enlightened mind has fallen away. This is called the dawning of the Ground Luminosity, or ‘Clear Light,’where consciousness itself dissolves into the all encompassing space of truth. “The dawning of the Ground Luminosity or Clear Light, at the moment of death is the great opportunity for liberation.” Her upcoming exhibit will be at the Patrick Moore Gallery, 2233 South 700 East. Opening night is December 7 from 6-9 p.m.. She will be exhibiting her most recent work and some paintings done in Mexico. u
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IN THIS ISSUE
Volume 31 Number 10 â€˘ October 2012
Sophie, Rachel and Greta road trip to Burning Man 2012
FEATURES & OCCASIONALS 12
WHY EAT ORGANICALLY GROWN FOOD? ALICE TOLER Itâ€™s not about the vitamins in any given apple, itâ€™s about the whole ecology around us.
BY THE GRACE OF GARDENING ADELE FLAIL Growing transformation at the Grace Mary Manor. (Fourth in a series of â€œSlow is Beautifulâ€? profiles of Slow Food Utahâ€™s micro-grant recipients.)
FINDING MOTHER: SCIENCE AND THE SEARCH FOR IDENTITY ALICE TOLER Aliceâ€™s DNA-based search for her birth mother leads her to answers she didnâ€™t expect. 2012-12 SEASON IN DANCE AMY BRUNVAND No doubt about it, Utahns like to danceâ€”and to watch others do it, too. Hereâ€™s a sampling of what you have to look forward to in the coming months. PUTTING THE GARDEN TO BED REBECCAH CHRISTIAN Autumn teaches the gardener to honor the need for rest and renewal, in ourselves and in the soil. October is a time to thank the garden for its bounty by cleaning it and returning something to the soil as an offering.
Western public lands; Governor withdraws Radiation Board nomination; Beaver conspiracy theory; Leases are still illegal, DeChristopher still in the pen; Fracking in Moab?; CO2 emissions decline in the Mountain West; Prop. #1, regional parks and trails; Sierra Club political endorsments. 22
TRIBUTE JOHN AND GRETA DEJONG A toast to the life of Brian Barnard. ENVIRONEWS AMY BRUNVAND Salt Creek lawsuit back from the dead; GOP platform attacks
THE WELL-TEMPERED BICYCLE COMMUTER STEVEN CHAMBERS Be season savvy: Ride all winter. ANIMALIA CAROL KOLEMAN Ideas, profiles, products & news for all things animal.
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6 October 2012 How’s your garden? At the CATALYST office, the basil is waist-high and still going strong, though we will pull it any day to plant chard and kale. Is the concept of winter gardening taking off because we are finally learning to eat our greens? That’s the case at least for me. Little hoop houses— protective covers for gardens, easily homemade or available to buy (I’ve seen them at Traces and Western Garden)—are popping up everywhere. Beyond basil and kale, I must say that the more I garden, the more I appreciate farmers markets and grocery stores. I’d have starved to death by now if I had to rely on my own plot. This is the last month for farmers markets. Downtown Alliance’s Saturday market at Pioneer Square has long been the intergenerational hot spot for foodies, gardeners and all manor of shoppers interested in the hand-crafted and local scene. If your interest is mainly the food, or you’re overwhelmed by Saturday’s expanse, you should go on Tuesdays instead. It’s small and sweet—and fast, but you can also spend more time talking with the vendors if you like. Vendors vary from week to week—see the CATALYST Weekly Reader for a list. Speaking of which—I personally am really enjoying our new email weekly endeavor, the CATALYST Weekly Reader. I don’t know about you but I get overwhelmed with Facebook invitations and repeated email blasts from dozens of organizations and individuals making sure I don’t forget their one event. We invite everyone to upload their events to CATALYST’s online calendar, and highlight a few (and link you to the more comprehensive online list) each week. There’s also Ralfee Finn’s weekly astro updates, blogs from Adele Flail and Ben Bombard, relevant notes and reminders... and treats. Drop Pax a note, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you want to be on the list to receive it. (It includes a link to this magazine online, too.)
Reader Teri Niccoli of the Four Winds Healing Arts Center sent us this photo of a renegade sunflower in her garden. The work of inspired chickadees?
In case you’re wondering whatever happened to the CATALYST 100, we have resumed working on the project and you will see it in these pages soon: 100 people who have catalyzed positive change in our community, as nominated by you. In the upcoming months there will be more retrospective stories, as well, as we continue to peruse the 30 years’ worth of CATALYSTs and contemplate our journey. It’s not too late to send me a note re. how CATALYST has been a catalyst in your life. We’ll publish responses next month; a submission also makes you eligible for a drawing in which the prize is dinner for two with the CATALYST publishers at Pago.That just might be a lot of fun. Send me your notes today: Greta@catalystmagazine.net . Looking over the table of contents, I am amused to see unrelated stories whose titles morph: Adele Flail writes beautifully about a garden for those who live at Grace Mary Manor in “By the Grace of Gardening”; staff writer Alice Toler shares the journey of tracking down her birth mom in “Finding Mother”; and Suzanne Wagner’s tarot reading for the month is titled “Finding Grace.” The unconscious at play? Call it the evolution of a theme. I hope you find grace this month. Greta Belanger deJong is the founder, editor and publisher of CATALYST.
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Salt Creek is a freshwater stream that forms from snowmelt off the Abajo Mountains and runs through Canyonlands National Park, so why does the state of Utah keep insisting that it’s a highway? The answer seems to be because if the state could only force the Park Service to let jeeps drive in Salt Creek, then they would be able to claim a road exists pretty much anywhere they want it to. Off-road vehicles were banned from driving in Salt Creek in 1998 after studies showed that they were damaging the river ecosystem and archaeological sites. A series of lawsuits by San Juan County and the State of Utah has affirmed that the Park Service decision was justified—Salt Creek is not a road. But now the State of Utah is spending even more tax dollars to appeal. Ironically, Governor Gary Herbert has tried to calm fears about bad consequenses of his federal land grab proposal by insisting that no national parks will be harmed. In an illtempered letter responding to criticism from Outdoor Retailers, Herbert even wrote that national parks, national monuments, designated wilderness areas and historic sites “would remain under federal control, and a committee would be tasked with determining other areas of unique character and beauty which would be protected by statute.” If that were an honest intent, it seems the State of Utah would immediately give up their R.S. 2477 road claim to Salt Creek, a uniquely beautiful area inside a National Park.
GOP platform attacks Western public lands Governor Gary Herbert’s attempt to grab state control of federal lands in Utah has made it into the official 2012 Republican Platform which says, “Congress should reconsider whether parts of the federal government’s enormous landholdings and control of water in the West could be better used for ranching, mining, or forestry through private ownership.”
Governor withdraws Radiation Board nomination Governor Gary Herbert’s nomination of EnergySolutions executive Dan Shrum to the state’s Radiation Control Board was too much even for his fellow Republicans.
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After a storm of citizen protest over the failure of state regulators to prevent EnergySolutions for accepting hotter nuclear waste, a legislative audit was performed. The auditors found that due to a cozy relationship between EnergySolutions and the Utah Division of Environmetnal Quality, “prohibited nuclear waste has come to Utah,” and “current controls do not adequately prevent banned nuclear waste.” State Senate President Michael Waddoups (R-Taylorsville) demanded better accountability, and shortly afterwords Herbert withdrew the nomination. LE.UTAH.GOV/AUDIT/12_10RPT.PDF, HEALUTAH.ORG
Beaver conspiracy theory Along with those mysterious black helicopters, add furry brown rodents to the list of conspiracies that threaten American freedom. The Utah Division of Wildlife offered to reintroduce beavers on Boulder Mountain to help improve the local water supply since beavers build dams that conserve snowmelt and keep streams running all summer. Garfield county commissioners said no way. They feared that environmentalists would find a way to use beavers to attack livestock grazing on public lands. Huh?
Leases are still illegal, DeChristopher is still in the pen After Interior Secretary Ken Salazar withdrew 77 oil and gas leases that environmental activist Tim DeChristopher bid on at the infamous December 2008 Utah BLM oil & gas lease sale, the Energy Industry responded by appealing the decision in court. In September the court decided in favor of Salazar, so the leases were illegal then and they are still illegal now. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance applauds the court’s decision, but says there is still a larger battle to fight concerning pro-development BLM Resource Management Plans from the Bush era which enabled such irresponsible leasing in the first place.
Meanwhile, DeChristopher appealed but failed to overturn his conviction. He is currently in a Colorado prison scheduled to be released on April 21, 2013, the day before Earth Day. Meanwhile, â€œBidder 70,â€? a documentary about DeChristopherâ€™s action, is earning glowing reviews at film festivals around the country, drawing national attention to Utahâ€™s threatened public lands. SUWA.ORG/2012/09/07/REFLECTING-ON-THE-77-LEASESRULING, BIDDER70FILM.COM
Fracking in Moab? Moabâ€™s drinking water comes from underground wells, so fracking for natural gas there seems like an especially bad idea. Short for â€œ hydraulic fracturing, â€? fracking means injecting liquid underground to fracture rocks and release natural gas. The procedure has caused groundwater contamination in other parts of the country (though the natural gas industry denies it) but nontheless the Utah BLM is proposing to sell or lease natural gas parcels near Moabâ€™s water source. A Draft Environmental Assessment is available for public comment on the BLM website:
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Why eat organically grown food? It’s not about the vitamins in any given apple, it’s about the whole ecology around us BY ALICE TOLER
first heard about the concept of organic food when I was in high school. At the time the term struck me as kind of silly. Organic—as opposed to all that “inorganic” food made out of rocks and metal? Plus, my lord, how
she was pretty silly as well. I knew better, so I stuck with my usual vending-machine lunch of Doritos and a Snickers bar, washed down with a Sprite. It’s been 20 years since I graduated from high school, and I wish I could
The health of farm workers is also a major reason that many people choose to eat organic produce. expensive it was. An organic apple cost twice or three times the price of a conventional one, and it was usually half the size, too. My vegetarian friend was all gung-ho about organic food, but I thought
go back in time and kick my own ass away from that vending machine. Never mind organic produce—I should have been eating any produce at all! Still, these days the bulk of the produce I purchase is organic. Yes
it’s more expensive, but I believe it’s a worthwhile expense, as do an increasingly large number of other people. But are we deluded after all? A recent meta-study completed at Stanford University has made quite a splash in the news media. “Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce,” says the New York Times. Stanford’s own site is running an article headlined “Little evidence of health benefits from organic food, Stanford study finds.” What’s going on here? In short, some scientists at Stanford decided to gather together results from 237 studies on organic produce and meat, selected from a field of thousands of papers, and to
look at what patterns emerged from the results. According to their article, this is what they found: 1) No consistent differences were seen in the vitamin content of organic versus conventional produce, except for higher levels of phosphorus. 2) No consistent differences were seen in the protein and fat content of organic versus conventionally produced milk, although some studies indicated that organic milk has a significantly higher level of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. 3) Pesticide levels of all foods generally fell within the allowable safety limits. 4) Two studies of children consuming organic versus conventional
diets found lower levels of pesticide residues in the urine of children eating organic diets. 5) Organic chicken and pork contains far less antibiotic-resistant bacteria as compared with conventionally farmed chicken and pork. So, per the first two conclusions, since there is no measurable nutritional difference between organic and conventional, am I going to give up on my organic produce and go back to eating mostly conventionally farmed food? No, and here’s why: I never began to eat organic food because I thought it contained more vitamins than conventionally grown food, and I didn’t start buying organic milk because I thought it had more protein or fat in it. My personal choice began with wanting to avoid pesticide residue, artificial hormones and antibiotics in my food. To be honest, I was astounded when I read the headlines, because it never crossed my mind that vitamins were even an issue. That brings me to the third conclusion of the study, which is that pesticide levels of all foods generally fell within the allowable safety limits. I’m sure this is so, and so when I’m traveling or eating at someone else’s house, I eat what’s put in front of me or what’s available on a sliding scale of good-for-you versus my budget. But I am also under no illusions about the probable state of my personal toxic burden, just as a virtue of having grown up drinking out of BPA-laden plastic cups and eating food cooked in non-stick
people with different metabolisms, and what one person tolerates just fine may cause tumors in another. So while the pesticide residue on conventional produce may still fall within EPA guidelines, given my chemical-laden past, I’ll still exercise my personal right to decide to try to avoid as much of that stuff as possible now. When it comes to the fourth conclusion in the study, that children who eat organic diets have less pesticide residue in their urine, the Stanford scientists said that “the significance of these findings on child health is unclear.” However, other studies have shown that children exposed to higher levels of organophosphate pesticides have an increased incidence of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) compared with children not so exposed, and that fetal exposure to those same pesticides is correlated with a decrease in IQ. The fifth conclusion (that organically farmed pork and chicken carries a significantly lower load of antibiotic-resistant bacteria) is also downplayed in the findings of the study, even though antibiotic-resistant bacteria are well known to be increasingly dangerous, and animalborne bacterial diseases like tuberculosis and chlamydia that were well-controlled in the late 20th century are now returning as menaces to public health. Conventional farming practices use feed that is supplemented with antibiotics, not to treat illness in the animals, but to make up for the pathogenic pres-
Many chemical compounds interact synergistically and can have differing effects on people with different metabolisms, and what one person tolerates just fine may cause tumors in another. pans, in houses full of flame-retardant carpeting, where we had an exterminator come once a month to poison the roaches. More than once I played barehanded with the bead of mercury from a broken thermometer. Back in the 20th century we played fast and loose with all sorts of nasty chemicals, many of which enter your body and stick around in your fat cells for decades. Human breast milk these days has been found to contain a variety of cancer-causing compounds as well as heavy metals like cadmium, lead and mercury. Many chemical compounds interact synergistically and can have differing effects on
sure of crowded feedlots and to cause chronically stressed animals to gain weight more quickly. It is true that properly cooking your meat should kill all the bacteria on it (antibiotic-resistant or not), but what if you accidentally ingest something undercooked? Or what if you cut yourself while trimming a raw chicken for the pan? For that matter, what about the line workers at the slaughterhouses? The health of farm workers is also a major reason that many people choose to eat organic produce. While you personally may not get sick from eating a few conventionally grown nectarines, the guy who
A healthy soil contains all sorts of symbiotic fungi and bacteria that supply essential trace minerals to the plant. Pesticides and chemically synthesized inorganic fertilizers destroy this web of life in the soil, creating a kind of fertilizer-dependent desert where no crops will grow well without the application of more of these same fertilizers. picked hundreds or thousands of fruit during the season has been exposed to a much larger dose of pesticides, and he’s much less likely to be educated enough to take precautions against the poisons he’s working with. Also consider the health of the soil that supports the plant: a healthy soil contains all sorts of symbiotic fungi and bacteria that supply essential trace minerals to the plant. Pesticides and chemically synthesized inorganic fertilizers destroy this web of life in the soil, creating a kind of fertilizerdependent desert where no crops will grow well without the application of more of these same fertilizers. Nitrogen runoff from decades of this kind of agriculture has created a huge dead zone at the mouth of the Mississippi river in the Gulf of Mexico, where phytoplankton bloom and absorb all the available oxygen in the ocean, killing off fish and all higher marine life. Food is so important, so fundamental to life, that we find it easy to get upset and begin to argue about it. Conventional agricultural scientists, vegan activists and locavores are all pitted against each other in an unending shouting match. Boy does that stuff ever get tiresome. In fact, according to Cornell scientists in a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, if you live in the United States, the real problem is that the entire agricultural system itself is just not sustainable. If you’re worried about the righteousness of your diet, it doesn’t much matter whether what you eat is vegan, vegetarian or meat-based, or whether you’re a locavore or not, because the whole system depends so thoroughly on fossil energy. Farmers in California rely on demand from consumers in Virginia in order to make a profit from their apricot orchards, and so apricots (whether organic or conventional) are trucked across country to make sure that everyone gets paid. Eating local
just puts the pinch on distant farmers who are already economically stressed and trying to make ends meet. All those 18-wheelers full of California apricots also do a great job of spreading diesel fumes across the land, and especially here in Salt Lake City they undoubtedly contribute to our fabulously polluted air. If you stop to think about it, you may never stop thinking about it. You might just get overwhelmed and slide into apathy. Why even try? What difference can a single person or a single family possibly make? Each person can make a little difference, and that’s what matters. I do not eat in a particularly righteous manner, but I do what I can with the resources I have available. I support organic farming practices because I am lucky enough to have access to them, and I think that they matter. I have a belief, quite literally in my gut, that the soil we grow food in should be as alive as a few billion years’ worth of evolution can make it. Even though I can’t do much personally about our current agricultural system, I can treat my body with respect, avoiding pesticides, artificial hormones, and feedlot antibiotics where I am able. So, the Stanford scientists are thoroughly missing the point. It’s not about the vitamins in any given apple, it’s about the whole ecology around us, our communal psychology, and the little choices we’re making now that will eventually amplify and affect the future. I don’t know how to wean U.S. agribusiness off fossil fuels, cure the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, or improve the plight of migrant workers, but I can choose to buy organic apples. How many bites does it take to change the world? u Alice Toler is a CATALYST staff writer and parttime artist living in Salt Lake City.
Link to the Stanford study: med.stanford.edu/ism/2012/ september/organic.html
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of Gardening Growing transformation at Grace Mary Manor BY ADELE FLAIL
Regular readers of CATALYST are aware of the myriad benefits of eating locally, but if you haven’t been sure where to start beyond attending your weekly farmer’s market, we’ve got you covered: For the next year, in partnership with Slow Food Utah, CATALYST will be bringing you info about local resources for eating well. Slow Food Utah is a chapter of the national Slow Food USA organization, itself part of a global grassroots movement that aims at providing food that is, in all ways, better—for the people eating it, for the people growing it, and for the land base it comes from. Thanks to a micro-grant program sponsored by Slow Food Utah, locally focused projects that increase biodiversity, provide access to more healthful food, or contribute to our community’s knowledge base are springing up on farms, community gardens, and backyards all across Utah. Whether you’re looking to connect with local farmers, or are considering your own farming project, CATALYST will be bringing you profiles of the recent recipients of Slow Food Utah’s micro-grant program to help map out the local farming landscape.
hen you first step through the gate, the rectangle of dead weeds and road base looks like any other leftover space in the city, a place where the tabs and slots of city planning never quite aligned during the tetrising of gas station and stockyard, store and coffee house—another blindeye/eye-sore, an unintentional gap in the productive spaces of the city. With the death-ray summer sun high over head, as when I first visited, each flipflopped step over the uneven ground jabbed more seeds and stones through the shoe’s soles and into mine, (necessitating a lively rendition of the goathead shuffle when returning to the parking lot). Walking gingerly through the garden, you might wonder just who could bear to spend time out
here, let alone put in the labor needed to convert sad neglect into blossoming life. The plot is located next door to Grace Mary Manor, one of the “permanent supportive housing entities” serving the valley’s homeless population. As you might guess from the description, these organizations go beyond simply providing an occasional bed out of the elements to providing a permanent,
apartment-style home to those who may have long gone without one. Grace Mary Manorâ€™s garden is located on the plot that once served as the construction entrance for building (explaining the road base)â€”and its forsaken appearance is further highlighted by Grace Mary properâ€™s pert landscaping, air-conditioned common rooms, and neat-as-youplease apartments: the structure, built in 2008, has the fresh-start, row-of-sharpened-but-unused-pencils feeling of a girlsâ€™ dorm on the first day of boarding school. Given these gracious comforts, it seems strange that those very individuals transitioning from hard lives on the city streets or by the banks of the Jordan, would be willing to embrace the scanty charms of the urban outdoors. But this piece of land, which offers so little to the casual gaze, has been undergoing a slow transformation from abandoned lot to thriving garden under the hands of Grace Maryâ€™s residents, a transformation that echoesâ€”and supportsâ€”the transformation of its care-takers. Grace Mary Manor was built as part of the Utah Division of Housing and Community Developmentâ€™s 10year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness by 2014. All of the residents of the Manor are chronically homeless â€”to qualify for the program individuals must have a disabling condition, have been homeless for a year or more, or suffered four episodes of homelessness in the past three years. But these by-the-numbers guidelines make homelessness seem a smaller â€”and more easily overcomeâ€” problem that it is: The residents of Grace Mary have, on average, experienced eight years of homelessness, while some residents, according to Kay Luther, Services Coordinator for Grace Mary, have been without a home for 15, 20, or even 25 years. And many, if not all, of the residents struggle to deal with the demons of their past, traumatic events suffered, and sometimes perpetrated, that contribute to their disconnect from the larger society. By the numbers: 90% of residents in Grace Mary Manor have serious mental health issues, while 75% struggle with substance abuse. Grace Mary provides 84 units for single residents, and housing is not contingent on compliance with services. According to Luther, all thatâ€™s asked of residents is that they abide by their leases and be good neighbors to the other residents, but getting the homeless into housing puts them into close proximity
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to treatment and therapeutic services, including some of the more unorthodox venues that aid personal growth—such as the garden.
he grant received from Slow Food Utah earlier this year paid for the latest push in the garden’s transformation. For about three years, residents have been able to use the former construction entrance as a space to grow vegetables with the aid of raised beds. The first year, the beds were made of 2x4s; the next, an eagle scout rigged some beds using donated concrete blocks. The grant from Slow Food allowed Grace Mary to put in additional raised beds—and to outfit them with soil and plants, as well as the tools needed to tend the plots. The grant also eased the need for charity: In previous years, Carolyn Kenyon of Kenyon Organics donated plants to the project, but this year, the grant allowed the gardeners to give back to the local business by paying in part for the seedlings. Luther notes that these beds have finally allowed Grace Mary to grant a plot to everyone requesting one. Residents are free to plant whatever they like in the boxes, and motivations for gardening differ, as some people focus on the fresh produce, while others will grow for the meditative benefits, in some cases giving away the nutritious by-prod-
ucts to other residents. The residents are also free to tend their reserved plot or not, as they please and as they have time for. Some of the beds lie fallow, unmade and rumpled with weeds, matching the unprepossessing demeanor of the unused portions of the lot. But most of the beds are bursting with the obvious effects of dedicated care: stands of corn enthusiastically waving tasseled heads like patriotic banners, strawberries sprawling languorously across an entire box, another that has an octopus-embrace of squash vines, tomatoes and peppers vying to soak up the heat. Luther points out one overflowing box whose previous owner rigged an elaborate watering system using pipes and two-liter bottles. Another plot, standing near the gate is especially eye-catching—in addition to rioting plants, it including decorations such as a light house, flags and butterflies. This lush plot
One of the most remarkable things about Grace Mary Manor’s garden is the way it reflects the residents’ own intentions—those who are ready to pull weeds and water daily can see the conclusion of their expended effort writ large in the green cursive of flourishing twining tendrils.
would put any homeowner’s carefully tended yard to shame. One might assume that this bed is an example plot tended by the staff of Grace Mary; however, the bed belongs to resident Denise. And if the garden bed showcases her dedication to making something blossom out of the blasted urban desert, this verdancy only palely reflects the changes Denise has undergone within. Less than a year ago, Denise was dying: The effects of life-long alcoholism landed the 49-yearold in the hospital. In and out of 12-step programs for years, living on the bleak banks of the Jordan River gave her little incentive or help in achieving sobriety. But even after gaining a place in the housing program, first at sister-organization Kelly Benson, then at Grace Mary Manor, Denise wasn’t yet ready to make a change: “The first year—I don’t like to admit this, but it’s the truth—I took it for granted, like a lot of people do. I wasn’t thankful... you think I would be, but all I wanted to do was drink,” she says. But with cirrhosis of the liver yellowing her skin as her organs shut down, so emaciated that the nurses at LDS Hospital had to use a pediatric patient identification band, Denise realized that she was in a fight for her life: “I was sitting in bed and I looked in my mom’s eyes and I saw all the pain that I had caused, and I felt the pain for the first time because I couldn’t drink it away... and I said, God, don’t let me die like this. I don’t want to do this anymore. And I fought, with the hand of God upon me, I fought.” Ready to make a change in her life Denise turned to her previously neglected garden plot as an outlet for her newfound determination. Her boyfriend Tony made a pact with Denise to join her in sobriety last fall (finding his own home as well, at Kelly Benson last Christmas). Caring for the bed has provided Denise with a powerful spiritual metaphor for her internal transformations: “Tony and I work together out there, and sometimes, we’ll just stare at the seeds we’ve planted... You gotta plant a seed in you, it’s the same thing. It’s the nature and the beauty of it all that brings it all to life, and when it comes to life, you come to life inside. This time it really sunk in, my eyes are wide open because I’m not drinking... You can lose your thoughts, throw them in the garden, get rid of all the ugly thoughts...” For Denise, the role of care-taker is a positive change from the time spent on the banks of the Jordan River, when self-disgust and shame forced her into exile from society, as well as from her mother, daughters and granddaughter: “I figured I wasn’t worth nothing: I couldn’t give nothing, I couldn’t give to myself... I didn’t feel like I was worth anything.”
Now, she recognizes that the changes she creates in her garden bed are can be cultivated within as well: “It brings beauty into your mind and your heart, because you see the beauty that God created and you know you’re one of them... You planted that seed, and you’re a part of helping it grow, and it helps you grow inside. The garden’s coming alive because I’m coming alive,” concludes Denise. One of the most remarkable things about Grace Mary Manor’s garden is the way it reflects the residents’ own intentions—those who are ready to pull weeds and water daily can see the conclusion of their expended effort writ large in the green cursive of flourishing twining tendrils. And although the staff is on hand to help, the garden hasn’t been given to the residents as a charity—the residents themselves are active agents, sowing what they’ll later reap, from assembling the boxes to planting the seeds, marshaling for daily watering duty and using their ingenuity to improve the garden with found materials—such as carpet remnants layered over the pathways to offer some respite from the goad of goatheads. With no pressure from the staff to tend the boxes (or to engage in any of the therapeutic services offered) each resident must reach for their own singular determination to make a positive change. But once that determination is found, the variety of services, including the garden, stand by to nurture that impulse into a permanent positive change. The parallels should be obvious to any gardener: the seed’s own motive force propels it out of the dark, but without a hand to clear the weeds, to water and tend, that moment of growth can easily wither under the battery of the unkind elements. In Denise’s story, the power of this philosophy is clear: “All it takes is one person to believe in you and you start believing in yourself... and more people start believing in you and give you more chances.” Embracing the role of caretaker first discovered in the garden, Denise now aims to be a resource to others ready to embark on their own transformations: She works part-time as a receptionist at Grace Mary’s front desk, a welcoming position well-suited to her warm, bubbly personality. She also serves as a consumer advocate for the Salt Lake County Homeless Coordinating Council. Perhaps most important to Denise, the garden has provided a way to help her reconnect with her family. Earlier this year she gave her daughter some plants, and, although those seedlings met an untimely end in the maw of a rambunctious dog, she is hoping to share with her daughters her growing knowledge as they pursue their own gardens. She’s also promised to send a picture of her plot to her mother, a long time gardener who lives in California. “She’s really proud,” says Denise. u Adele Flail is an artist and a burgeoning urban homesteader on SLC’s west side. She recently illustrated The Nature Lover's Almanac, by Diane Olson (Gibbs Smith publisher).
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Finding Mother Science and the search for identity BY ALICE TOLER his year I did something I had thought was a virtual impossibility for most of my life: I found my genetic family. More than that, I have found the keys to my identity, and the foundation for a much deeper peace of mind than I have ever known. The search has not been easy and it has been very emotional, but it has been deeply rewarding. I was born on January 1, 1974 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas and adopted by a local couple, a Scottish man and a Bahamian woman, the following day. My adoption was no secret. My mother was always honest with me, and I knew that I was adopted, I think, even before I really understood what “adopted” meant, and that other children weren’t adopted. Mum promised to help me find my birth family, she said, any time I felt like I wanted to find them. She recommended only that I wait until I was 18 years old and cautioned me that my birth mother might have gone on with her life, married and had other children. But she said that it was certain my birth mother thought of me all the time, and especially on my birthday. As a child I daydreamed a lot. I was disconnected from consensus
reality; when I was five years old, the school recommended that I get my hearing tested because I wasn’t attending in class. Nothing was wrong with my ears, but nobody— teacher or otherwise—could provide me with an experience more interesting than the escapades I got up to in my own imagination. I also wasn’t very social. I remember spending recess alone a lot of the time. It seemed to me all the other kids understood something among them that I was missing out on. I was, to put it bluntly, a dork. I felt very much like an alien beamed down to this planet from a starship in a cloaked orbit high above the Earth. It was as if I were somehow missing a big chunk of my memory. As an adult I put myself into therapy and spent years figuring out some of the roots of my own behavioral quirks and trying to iron out the rest of my social cluelessness, but I never felt like I was a member of the human race. I tried a few times over the years to begin a proper adoption search, but was thwarted by some very unfriendly laws in the Bahamas and the fact that both the doctor who’d delivered me and the lawyer who’d finalized the papers had been dead a long time. My adoptive mother
I was born on January 1, 1974 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas and adopted by a local couple, a Scottish man and a Bahamian woman, the following day. My adoption was no secret to me.
always stood by me and on several occasions tried her hand with the Bahamian authorities on my behalf, but to no avail. I felt rootless and cut off and it seemed like that was my lot in life. In 2009 things came to a head. Mum was diagnosed with lung cancer and I was very much afraid that she would die. My adoptive father had died in 2004 after a protracted illness of more than a decade. I was raised an only child, so I had no siblings to help out. I quit my job and spent a lot of that summer at my mother’s house, seven time zones
chromosome “haplogroups” (genetic subtypes) all over the world, and they made a basic test available for $99. Mitochondria are little structures with their own genetic code that float around in the cytoplasm of every human cell, generating chemical energy from food and oxygen provided by the bloodstream. Their DNA (known as mtDNA for short) doesn’t recombine when a sperm and egg merge to form a zygote, so the mitochondrial line is passed down virtually unchanged directly from mother to child. My mitochondrial haplo-
How to proceed? I had no information at all, not a single clue from which to begin a search. away in Britain, trying to care for her as best I could. When her condition stabilized and I came home to Utah, I realized that I had to give my adoption search another try. For all I knew, my birth mother might have cancer, too, or she might already be dead. I was aware that this was a pretty emotional decision; but in any case, I had to know. But how to proceed? I had no information at all, not a single clue from which to begin a search. Science came to the rescue. It was at around that time that DNA testing first became available to the public. The National Geographic Society launched the “National Genographic Project” to map human mitochondrial and Y-
group would not tell me much about my birth family, but it would give me some insight into my deep ancestry. I ordered the kit, sent off a scraping of cheek cells, and waited for the results. When they came, I was thunderstruck. My mtDNA indicated that I was most likely Native American! I am pretty darn Caucasian looking. The haplogroup in question, A2h, is a subgroup of one that arose in Siberia 30,000 to 50,000 years ago. People with A2h mtDNA are overwhelmingly Native American, though, as that line was brought to North America from the Siberian side of the world. In any case it definitely wasn’t European. My interest in my genetics was piqued, and when I found out that
With my adoptive mom, Yvonne
two other companies, 23andme and Family Tree DNA made more detailed tests available, I ordered them. Both of these companies offered testing of the autosomal DNA found in the nucleus of every human cell. This is the DNA that recombines when sperm and egg meet, and you get half from your father and half from your mother. The tests looked not at the full suite of my genetic variation, but only at certain places on the genome that had already been mapped and understood as creating this or that kind of physiological variation. Reading these single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) could give me the beginning of something I’d never had in my life…a genetic history. The test at 23andme promised to tell me whether I had a genetic predisposition to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s, and could say whether I was a genetic carrier for other nasties like cystic fibrosis and Tay-Sachs disease. This was a particularly big deal as my husband and I had recently decided to try to have kids. The specter of being an unknown carrier hovers over the head of every adoptee who lacks a family history. The second, and most compelling, thing that SNP tracking could give me was the possibility of finding blood relatives. Both 23andme and Family Tree DNA maintain relative-matching databases, and by opting in as a public match, you make yourself searchable to other people who are also trying to map their own genealogical lines. Over on 23andme I turned up a match in the U.S. at the second to third cousin level, which is extremely close. Family Tree DNA also provided a handy geographical map of my mtDNA matches, showing me that my mother’s Native American blood was from northern New Mexico. Here was some concrete connection, finally. I sent a message to my match on the 23andme database…but I heard nothing back from him. It was disappointing, but not unexpected. These days, every online service tries to provide its own messaging, and I know too well what it’s like to be barraged with trivial notices—you just tune them out or route them straight into your spam folder. I put aside this cousin of mine and went back to
trying to talk my records out of the Bahamian authorities for a few months. This got me precisely nowhere. I was told to contact the Registrar General’s office, and they told me to call the hospital, who told me to call the Registrar General’s office again, who then told me I needed a court order. I tried to hire a lawyer to petition the court to release my records, but the attorney I talked to thought that $10,000 was a “reasonable” fee for such a service, so that was a dead end as well. I found out who had inherited the paper records from the deceased lawyer’s office, but could not get the man on the phone to talk to him. I found a nurse who had worked for the doctor who delivered me, but she couldn’t remember one baby out of the thousands of births she had assisted. I even visited the Bahamas with my adoptive mother again and managed to make a My birth mom, Cathy
connection with a doctor who said she had access to my records, but that lead also went nowhere. I went back to my second cousin match and looked at his name (publicly available, but a very common name in the USA). There had to be a way to figure out who this guy was. But when I Googled him, I got over six million returns. Then I looked at his username—the unique handle he’d chosen to represent him in the database—and saw that it contained a number. I tried the Google search again with his full name and the number…and, bingo, the returns all referenced the same guy. Turns out the number was part of his business street address. I wrote him a letter and sent a hard copy of an article that a Bahamian newspaper had written about my search. Two weeks later I got an email back from him, but he didn’t seem like he was in a position to help
Mitochondrial DNA doesn’t recombine when a sperm and egg merge to form a zygote, so the mitochondrial line is passed down virtually unchanged directly from mother to child. me out very much. Again, I was disappointed, but not very surprised. At least, I figured, I had his name…and perhaps I could use DNA triangulation to figure out how I might be related to him. A few more months went by and I kept myself busy trying to chip away at my cold leads in the Bahamas. Then I checked my database matching results once more and found something extraordinary: A new match, even closer than my second cousin, and with the same mitochondrial haplotype as him! This meant a strong likelihood that the new match was part of my cousin’s family. I wrote him another email asking him if this was the case, and if so, if he would be comfortable introducing me to this person. He wrote back immediately, saying that the match was his mother, who had unfortunately just passed away. However, her line of the family had written up an extensive genealogy in the 1930s, and he offered to send me a copy! The next evening I received a 71-page PDF file as an email attachment. I printed it out and started reading it and marking it up. Here was a branch of the family that had My bio dad, Joe, ca. 1964 as he first entered US Navy
She told me all about herself and her family, and about my conception and my birth. Some of the stories were sad and hard to hear, but I was glad to hear all of it. moved to New Mexico in the last 19th century! That line had something like eight children. It had to be my mother’s father’s side, since my mtDNA did not match with my cousin’s, so I was looking for a male line. Alas, the genealogy ended in 1935. Eventually I located a partial continuation of that genealogy online, and found a daughter born in New Mexico who had married and had three sons, any of whom could have been my grandfather. I took that information to a friend of mine who is an adoptee himself and works as a private investigator, and who does some pro bono work for adoption searches. I asked him if any of the men had had daughters. It turned out that the middle one, John, had. My PI friend gave me a name, a phone number, and a street address. Was this my mother? The information was like molten metal. I could barely figure out how to handle it. I had by this time found an adoption support group in Salt Lake City and had been going there for several months. The members of the group are all affected by adoption and in various stages of search and reunion, and I had learned some valuable things from them. One of the biggest was about mental preparedness, and about how adoption reunion changes your entire life. I was not ready to reunite with my family yet. I didn’t know why, and I didn’t
know what I needed to do before I felt ready to try to connect, but I knew in my gut that it just wasn’t time. I sat on the information that I had for another three months. Finally one day the angle of the sun was just right in the sky, or maybe there was precisely the right amount of relative humidity in the air, or maybe the planets had realigned themselves just so. I don’t know what changed, but I knew that now it was time to reach out. I wrote a letter to “the candidate”—basically explaining the circumstances of my birth and asking her if she was my mother, and enclosing a picture of myself and my husband. I sent it off certified mail and waited to see when it would be delivered by the USPS. It was at once both incredibly intimidating and perfectly natural. My friends who were aware of my search asked me the obvious question: What if you find something you don’t like? Will you regret having searched? I’d considered this question deeply and the answer was a resounding no. It
s I got more serious about my adoption search, I found myself forming small goddess figurines out of clay. The “Venus of Willendorf” was the archetype that caught my attention. This 25,000-year-old sculpture from Willendorf, Austria, depicts a fat little mother-goddess with a golf ball-shaped head. At some point I realized that if you turned the goddess figure over, the reverse side could easily be made to resemble a bee, and so my little goddesses started to become bee goddesses. From there I had the chance to submit a design for a piece of large-scale burn art for the 2012 Burning Man festival, and my Bee Goddess design was accepted! I worked on creating the Bee Goddess effigy as I furthered my adoption search, and making my design a reality helped keep me grounded during the more difficult times. A large and talented construction crew (including lead construction engineer John deJong) helped me make my design a reality! I was reunited with my birth mother a month before the Bee Goddess burned on the Black Rock Desert playa. As I watched the effigy go up in smoke, years of genealogical bewilderment went up along with her. It was a beautiful ritual and a great way to celebrate the success of my search.
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didn’t matter to me what I found. I needed to know. I needed to know the story of my genetic history. I needed a family medical history, at the very least. The most unfriendly of birth mothers would probably provide me with that kind of information, even if she wanted nothing else to do with me. If I were rejected, or if the things I found out about my birth family were difficult, I would just have to take my lumps and get on with life. But I at least had to try to make contact. Two days after I sent the letter, my phone rang. The woman on the other end explained that she wasn’t my mother…she was my aunt! “We always wondered what happened to you!” she said. She was overjoyed to hear from me. She gave me my mother’s contact information, and I sat down and wrote another letter. I had found my birth mother! Our reconnection took a little while. We were both a bit intimidated, but eventually we agreed to meet in Fernley, Nevada, which was a reasonable driving distance from both of our residences. I walked into the hotel, and there she was standing at the reception desk: my birth mother. The experience was surreal. She was so happy to meet me, and she has a friendly dorkiness to her that suddenly opened a window of understanding onto my own dorky personality. We are nerds together! She is incredibly intelligent and has a great imagination. She’s worked as a computer programmer since the days of punchcard coding — an accomplishment in such a male-dominated industry. We toured around the Black Rock Desert together for a day, and she was as enthusiastic as I was about stopping the car at any interestinglooking area and going out to see what we could find. She told me all about herself and her family, and about my conception and my birth. Some of the stories were sad and hard to hear, but I was glad to hear all of it. She told me the name of my birth father, and where I could find him. It was amazing and exhausting.
That was two and a half months ago now. Since then, my husband and I have visited my birth mother and my birth grandmother and met an aunt and uncle. It has not gotten any less weird or wonderful. It’s the little things that I never knew I missed before that get to me the most. On my last visit, my birth mother and grandmother and I all went out to have our nails done together. When the lady painting my toes noticed a familial similarity, for the first time in my life I was able to say that it was a true one. When I looked at the My husband Trent, and I with Cecilia, my bio grandmother as her clown persona, Cha cha. below: me with Cecilia
palms of my grandmother’s hands, I noticed that we have similar patterns of creases. I can see that I have my grandmother’s long face and my birth mother’s hips and long legs. I have located my birth father and talked with him; he, too, is an adoptee. My father sent me a picture of himself from when he joined the Navy back in 1964; the resemblance I have to him is uncanny. We will meet in November. I have never felt so lucky. My adoption reunion case is striking in many respects. Firstly, my adoptive mother has never flagged in her support of me and my search; that is not the case for many adoptees. Even through her illness, she still supported me, and understood my need to search. She is still alive and doing well. We have a date to meet in Atlanta this October and I am very much looking forward to seeing her. Secondly, I caught a series of amazing breaks in my DNA search. Not many adoptees turn up so close a match, and even fewer find a match who will help them with their search. Thirdly, my birth family have all been delighted to hear from me. Closed adoption, which was the norm during much of the 20th Century, has been associated with a lot of shame on the part of the relinquishing parents. Many adoptees from that era complete a search only to be rejected by their birth family. The fact that I have been so warmly welcomed is pretty striking.
I feel, finally, as if I am becoming human. The sense that I might be beamed up to the mothership at any time is starting to dissipate. I have become a bit of an obsessive genealogist. I went from having no information at all, to finding out that I have extensive recorded family lines on my mother’s side—in fact, my grandmother’s family is recorded all the way back to the Spanish conquistadors. The fact that my father has no information about his genetic family is a fun new challenge. He has agreed to take the same DNA test that I did and to let me work with the results. It may take a while, but I’m pretty confident that I can find some of his genetic family. Most people only have two parents and two ancestral lines. I have four parents, more cousins (both adoptive and genetic) than I can count, ancestral lines documented back hundreds of years, AND the challenge of a new mystery to solve. I am truly lucky. u Alice Toler is a staff writer at CATALYST and a Salt Lake-based artist.
Resources for adoptees and birth parents DNA testing companies 23ANDME.COM FAMILYTREEDNA.COM GENOGRAPHIC.NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM/
Support networks American Adoption Congress AMERICANADOPTIONCONGRESS.ORG/ Utah contact: Donnie Davis, 801-583-6664; PDJ27@AOL.COM The local support group is an “adoption constellation” support group open to adoptees, birth parents or other birth family, adoptive parents or other adoptive family, and the donor-conceived alike.
Recommended books: The Journey of the Adopted Self, by Bettie Jean Lifton The Girls Who Went Away, by Ann Fessler The Primal Wound, by Nancy Verrier
Trekking to Nepal via downtown Salt Lake The Kathmandu2 is an easy trek from the U and the Avenues STORY & PHOTOS BY JANE LAIRD
Chandra Rai, Manager Rabi Subedi, Dipak Biswa; some of the friendly faces at the Kathmandu downtown location.
we and envy. That is what I feel when hearing about friends’ travels to Nepal. Wedged between India and China, this diverse country of approximately 27 million people, speaking over 100 different dialects, is about the size of Arkansas. Its terrain ranges from sea level at Kechana Kalan up to the highest peak on earth, Sagarmatha (commonly known to us as Mount Everest). Luckily, the partners of the popular Kathmandu restaurant in Millcreek opened a second location near downtown Salt Lake on 700 East, an easier drive or bike ride for some like me. While dining there—surrounded by the carvings, textiles, photos, music and people of Nepal—I can maintain the awe and mitigate the envy just a little bit. Sometimes known as Kathmandu 2, the more recent restaurant also offers fresh, enticing Nepali and Indian cuisine, friendly service, good prices and easy parking, plus beer and wine to ensure a complete dining experience. Manager Rabi Subedi explains that the aim is to cultivate regular patrons and establish a quality reputation for
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No doubt about it: Utahns like to dance—and to watch others do it, too. Here’s a sampling of what you can look forward to in the coming months. “Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best — ” and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called. —A.A. Milne
Winnie the Pooh is right. Scientists tell us that anticipation is more pleasurable than pleasure itself because dopamine spikes in your brain after you think you’ll get a reward but before you actually get it. I guess that explains why one of my favorite things about autumn is looking at the upcoming performance schedules and deciding which ones to see. Here are my picks for this year: In October, Salt Lake Acting Company is doing “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” a musical about America’s seventh president. He’s the guy on the $20 bill with a windswept hairstyle that appears dependent on some kind of hair product. Look him up in any high school history textbook and you’ll see a silver fox in skin tight pants
and knee-high leather boots straight from a Regency romance novel or, maybe if he were wearing a little eyeliner, Adam Ant from the flash-in-the-pan ’80s rock band. This alone conveys the enormous potential for an emo rock musical based on his life, and that’s without mentioning that the real Andrew Jackson had a bullet lodged near his heart from dueling over a woman. I’ve been dying to see this play ever since reading reviews in the New York Times and I can’t think of a more perfect musical entertainment for an election year. The University of Utah has a fairly new musical theater program (building partly on the strength of its nationally top-ranked dance program). With more emphasis on musical theater at the U, Salt Lake Acting Company sees an opportunity to help students gain professional theater experience and at the same time to be able to do a kind of play that might otherwise be hard for a small theater. The Musical Theater Program is also presenting “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (November); and “Spring
Awakening” (April). Meanwhile, Westminster College has taken over the ancient Greek plays that the U used to do. The upshot is, to the extent that the musical theater program is successful, there is going to be significantly more musical theater in SLC. SALTLAKEACTINGCOMPANY.ORG
Ririe Woodbury Dance Company is currently seeking a new Artistic Director since Charlotte Boye-Christensen will step down in June 2013. They are counting down the year with shows called “Four,” “Three,” “Two” and “One.” In December you can see Boye-Christensen’s choreography in “Three”; “Two” (February) is the annual Alwin Nikolais children’s show that should become a family tradition; and “One” (April ) features the premiere of a new Boye-Christensen work titled “Place.” In case you were wondering, she will remain based in Salt Lake, while accepting commissions elsewhere and pursuing her own projects. RIRIEWOODBURY.COM
While we’re on the subject of student performances: Some of the most interesting dance in Salt Lake happens in student performances, and there’s plenty to see: The University of Utah Department of Modern Dance’s Performing Dance Company has six performances this month and again in February and March; see graduate thesis concerts in November, student concerts in December and March, and senior recitals in April. Check their online calendar and, if you enjoy modern dance, mark your own calendar. The Utah Ballet Co, from the University of Utah’s Department of Ballet, presents its classical series in November and a contemporary series in March. There’s also a jazz concert in February. University student productions are economical and often very good. We recommend them enthusiastically. DANCE.UTAH.EDU
The October show at Repertory Dance Theater also looks fun. Bill Allred (X96 Radio from Hell) will
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narrate a piece by Merce Cunningham; Plus there’s more of the Michio Ito work we were introduced to last year, and an intriguing multi-media work by U of U dance professor Jacque Bell in collaboration with a social psychologist/data scientist. In November, Repertory Dance Theater is performing “Time Capsule: A Century of Dance.” This show is a crash course in the history of modern dance and you should take all your friends who say they don’t understand modern dance. I hate to call it educational because that makes it sound like it’s not fun. In fact, the pioneering works of modern dance were so astonishing and wonderful and there’s a reason they inspired a whole new kind of dancing.
of the fun.
In November, fans of “The Hunger Games” will like “The Lottery” at Ballet West which is based on a Shirley Jackson story that surely must have been part of Suzanne Collins’ inspiration. The story is so creepy that after The New Yorker published it in 1948, readers cancelled their subscriptions and sent Jackson hate mail. “The Lottery” has been somewhat defanged by inclusion in short story anthologies and college reading lists, but I can still remember being creeped out by it as a kid. The ballet version was commissioned by Ballet West so look forward to a world premiere.
LoveDanceMore’s Mudson program started up again in September and performances are scheduled for October 15 and November 19. Mudson is a worksin-progress series for emerging and experienced choreographers and you never know quite what you’re going to see, which is part
In January SB Dance is doing a reprieve of “The Very BEaSt of SB Dance” which samples and reworks highlights from previous shows. Stephen Brown is also reworking “Of Meat and Marrow – Next Generation” for a big June blow-out premier.
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the show there are a variety of programs centered around traditional Navajo culture including dances, demonstrations and a fundraising auction. All proceeds from the sale of rugs woven by the Elders in the Program go directly to the weavers.
Festivals and Fundraisers 9th Annual Lotus Festival The Lotus Festival is a community celebration featuring a rare Buddhist relics exhibit, martial arts demonstrations, Asian food and tea, an Asian and Buddhist art boutique, silent auction/raffle, and children’s activites.
Navajo Rug Show and Sale, Nov. 3-4, 10a-6p. $5 or canned food donation. Special event and fundraiser, Nov. 2, 6-10p. $30. ANELDER.ORG
Lectures & Talks
Lotus Festival, Oct. 5, 5-9p. Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa Tibetan Buddhist Temple, 740 S 300 W. Free. URGYENSAMTENLING.ORG, REDLOTUSSCHOOL.COM
Scientist in the Spotlight: The Behavior of Storms with Sarah Bang
15th Annual Utah Book Festival Meet engaging writers and to have conversations with them about their ideas and their books at the oldest book festival in Utah. Festival events take place all over the state all month long (see website for full schedule), but the David Quammen main event is October 20 at the Main Library (210 E 400 S), featuring Mark Sullivan, John Turner & Craig L. Foster, Donna Poulton, Craig Childs, David Quammen and Dan Krokos. Utah Book Award winners will present their work as well. Utah Book Festival, UTAHHUMANITIES.ORG
Monster Used Book Sale Don’t miss the Friends of the City Library used book sale. Get great deals on used books—proceeds go to support the City Library. Prices get better as sale goes on, but selection dwindles. So come twice! Used book sale, Oct. 26-30, library operating hours. SLCPL.LIB.UT.US/FRIENDS
Celebrate the Bounty Celebrate the bounty of Utah’s local food at Local First Utah’s fall fundraiser. This year, fabulous local fare will be provided by Amour Spreads, Avenues Bistro on Third, Beehive Cheese, Black Sheep Café, Café Trio, Cafe Supernatural, Caffe Molise, Caffe Niche, Communal, Dolcetti Gelato, Finca, Fresco, Frida Bistro, Hell’s Backbone Grill, Harmons, Liberty Heights Fresh, Market Street Grill, Mazza, Meditrina, Pig & A Jelly Jar, Red Iguana, Station 22 Café and Tin Angel Café. Restaurants will receive awards this evening for best Taste, best presentation, and the most hardcore locavore. Local First will also present their “LocalMotive Awards” to community members who have worked tirelessly for the cause of Local First Utah. The live music of Touchstone Coyote will provide the soundtrack for the party. The evening will also feature a silent auction comprised of interesting local offerings and adventure packages. Celebrate the Bounty, Oct. 11, 6-10p. Rico Warehouse, 545 W 700 S. $55 food & beverage, $50 food only, $1,000 reserved VIP table for eight. 21+. LOCALFIRST.ORG
23rd Annual Navajo Rug Show and Sale From its humble beginnings 23 years ago, with just a few rugs at the Kimball Arts Center, the Annual Rug Show and Sale has evolved into what may be the largest event of its kind in the country. The Rug Show helps Adopt-A-Native-Elder create a market for the Elders’ crafts and raise awareness about the Elders’ needs. The Elders bring rugs, jewelry, and baskets to sell. They return home with all the proceeds from their sales. The money enables them to buy food, firewood, and hay during the winter. During
Meterorologist Sarah Bang studies severe storms in Utah. Join Sarah to see how storm clouds form, how lightning works, and where hail comes from. Scientist in the Spotlight, Oct. 19, 2-4p. Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way. Free. WWW.NHMU.UTAH.EDU
Plain But Wholesome: Foodways of the Mormon Pioneers Brock Cheney explores the foodways of Mormon pioneers in his groundbreaking work Plain But Wholesome. In this Friends of the Marriott Library lecture, Cheney will describe the menus, food processes and recipes of this group and expose myths and clichés about pioneer piety and hardships. Friends of the Marriott Library lecture, Oct. 21, 34p. J. Willard Marriott Library Gould Auditorium, 295 S 1500 E. Free. WWW.LIB.UTAH.EDU
The Law of the Great Lakes Ninety percent of North America’s available freshwater is in the Great Lakes. Professor Noah Hall will discuss water management rights, pollution and climate change adaptations relevant to the West. Hall is on the faculty of Wayne State University Law School. Wallace Stegnar Center lecture, OCT. 31, 12-1P. Holland & Hart, 222 S Main St. $10 lunch fee. TODAY.LAW.UTAH.EDU
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bottlenose dolphins, harbor porpoise, Dall’s porpoise and orcas. Wolves lecture, Nov. 3, 6-9p. Canyon Rim Plaza, 3191 S Valley St. $20 ($15 before Nov. 1) UEC-UTAH.ORG
Mini Maker Faire Maker Faire is a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness — and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors from all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers. The Maker Faire is locally independently organized, but the idea revolves around MAKE magazine—the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-ItYourself (DIY) technology projects. Mini Maker Faire, Oct. 6, 12-10p. Library Square, 210 E 400 S. $6-$12. SLCMAKERFAIRE.COM
As the son of the Imam of the local Brooklyn mosque, 11-year-old Daud has to juggle the high expectations of his father (Maz Jobrani) and his feelings of isolation and difference, even from his peers in the Muslim community. Through an innocent act of good faith, Daud inadvertently befriends a group of Jewish boys who mistake him as a fellow classmate at their orthodox school in the neighboring Jewish community. David, Oct. 6, 11a. Main Library, 210 E 400 S. Free. UTAHFILMCENTER.ORG
Science Movie Night: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind In this unforgettable cult classic about memory, Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) learns that his estranged girlfriend has had her memories of their relationship erased. Not to be outdone, Joel decides to undergo the same experimental procedure. While the science in the film sounds fantastical, current research suggests something akin to the procedure in the movie may be possible. Science Movie Night, Oct. 9, 7p. Main Library, 210 E 400 S. Free. NHMU.UTAH.EDU/MOVIE
Voices Film Series: Reportero Scientist in the Spotlight: Secrets Hidden in Dinosaur Bone with Carrie Levitt Triceratops seems to be everybody’s favorite dinosaur, however, no one knows just how long they lived. Join paleontologist Carrie Levitt to explore the microstructure inside dinosaur bones that could help provide clues on a dinosaur’s age. Scientist in the Spotlight, Nov.2, 2-4p. Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way. Free. WWW.NHMU.UTAH.EDU
Wolves: Politics, Management and Reality Utah Environmental Congress annual conference. Montana wolf researcher Jay Mallonee speaks on “Wolves: Politics, Management, and Reality.” Silent auction benefits UEC’s work to protect our national forests and restore wolves to Utah. Jay Mallonee is a research biologist with a master’s degree in neurobiology/animal behavior. Through his business of Wolf & Wildlife Studies, he currently studies the Fishtrap pack in northwest Montana under the name of Project HOWL, and has done so since January 2001. Previous studies have included wolves in captivity and a variety of cetaceans such as gray whales,
A veteran reporter and his colleagues at an embattled weekly challenge the drug cartels and corrupt local officials during an unprecedented wave of violence against journalists in Mexico. Presented by Salt Lake City Public Library. Voices Film Series, Oct. 11, 7p. Day-Riverside Library, 1575 W 1000 N. Free. SLCPL.ORG
Utah Book Festival Film: Freaks Trapeze performer Cleopatra seduces Hans the midget after learning about his considerable fortune. Manipulating Hans into marriage, Cleopatra seems willing to do anything to get her way. But when Hercules, the strong man, catches Cleopatra’s eye, her plans get more complicated. Freaks, Oct. 16, 7p. Main Library, 210 E 400 S. Free. UTAHFILMCENTER.ORG
Spirit Awaken your Crystalline Spirit For the past nine years Gia CombsRamirez has been studying what she refers to as the emerging crystalline system and how it leads to crystalline consciousness. She will be in town to teach a course
CALENDAR Ski Swaps Outgrown your current ski equipment? Trade it in for something fresh! Check out these three ski gear swaps going on this month: The first is at Second Track Sports (2927 E 3300 S) on Oct. 5-6, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Black Diamond (2092 E 3900 S) is holding their swap on Oct. 20, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., and Rowmark’s is on Oct. 25, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. and Oct. 26, 9 a.m.2 p.m. ($1/item) at Rowland Hall Lincoln St. Campus, 970 E 800 S. If you can’t make the swaps, sell your stuff on consignment at Fun & Frolic, and outdoor gear consignment shop (2066 S 2100 E). 2NDTRACKS.COM, BLACKDIAMONDEQUIPMENT.COM, ROWMARK.ORG, FACEBOOKCOM/FUNFROLICCONSIGNMENTSHOP
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Of the season Red Butte Garden After Dark Vampires, werewolves and ghosts have overrun the Garden, and Red Butte needs your help to scare them away! While these monsters are at the Garden to celebrate Halloween, they actually have a lot to teach us about the natural world we live in every day. Find out more about the different monsters that are currently calling the Garden “home” and learn a thing or two about nature along the way. Crafts, activities, light displays and more. See website for full schedule.
Garden After Dark, Oct. 18-20, 25-27. 6-9p. Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way. $10. REDBUTTEGARDEN.ORG
Performing Dance Company
Performing Dance Company (PDC) founded in 1978, provides a professional-level performing experience for grads and undergrads in the University of Utah’s dance department. The company showcases choreography from faculty and guest artists focusing on creating new works and reconstructing historical masterpieces. This month’s showcase performance features choreography by Juan Carlos Claudio, Pamela Geber Handman, Satu Hummasti and Sharee Lane.
October is harvest time—and time to get your garden ready for winter! Check out Wasatch Community Garden’s Harvest for the Holidays on Oct. 16 (5:30p), Cooking Locally for the Holidays, Oct. 22 (6p), Winter Composting, Oct. 27 (10a), Best of the Last (salsas, sauces and more), Oct. 30 (5:30p) and Fermentation and Cheese Making on Nov. 3 (10a). See website for complete descriptions and locations.
Looking for some grownup fun for Halloween? Trick-ortreat with the kiddies seem a little too pasteurized and homogenized? Check out the roots of our Halloween traditions with Crone’s Hollow. On October 20 (7 p.m.) is The Goblin’s Masquerade: An evening that sees the world turned upside down; where fools become princes for a night. Costumes required. The evening will also feature readings by Gypsy Fortune Tellers, professional event photography and live music from Juana Ghani. Ages 18+. ($40). On October 27 (7:30 p.m.), things get a little more intense with Earth Haven Coven’s Samhain Ritual. For Earth Haven, Samhain is a working for the dead. Those who need such workings will benefit from attending this ritual. If you have lost a loved one in the past year, or if you have a departed loved one very dear to you that you choose to honor this night, please bring a picture or an item belonging to that person. You will have the opportunity to place it on the Ancestral Altar and light a candle for your loved one. These items must be reclaimed at the end of the evening. Bring a dish to share for feasting after; it will be very important to ground with food after this rite. There maybe heavy spirit activity—this is a ritual for adults, not a children’s Halloween event. $10.
Crone’s Hollow, 2470 S Main St. CRONESHOLLOW.COM
Performing Dance Company performance, Oct. 18 & 25, 5:30p; Oct. 19, 20, 26 & 27, 7:30p. Marriott Center for Dance, 330 S 1500 E. $12/$8 students. WWW.DANCE.UTAH.EDU
on how to awaken this form of energy. The predicted outcome is an increase in joy, accelerated healing and becoming a transformation master. Levels 1 and 2 classes are part webinar and part in-person retreat. The protocols are easy to learn and easy to use. CE hours available for massage therapists. Combs-Ramirez is the founder of Crystalline Consciousness Technique.™ Crystalline Consciousness workshops: Level 1 (webinar), Oct. 29; Level 2 (webinar), Nov. 6, 8 & 12; Level 2 (retreat), Nov. 17-18. Cosmic Spiral, 900 S 900 E. SCIENCEOFENERGYHEALING.COM/CRYSTALLINECLASSES
Outdoors Get out and garden
Labyrinths of the Mind Throughout her career as an artist, architect and designer, Salt Lake resident Anna Campbell Bliss has been an exponent of Modernism, devoting her life to the creation of artwork that explores the fascinating intersections of art, science, mathematics and technology. A selection of her work, based around her book Labyrinths of the Mind, will be on view at the Leonardo, showcasing some of Bliss’s amazing cross-disciplinary pursuits, including her analytical exploration of color and her involvement in the early days of computer-based visualization. Bliss is a latter day (and local!) Leonardo-type herself; join her on her journey beneath the surface of the world to delve into its fundamental principles. Labyrinths of the Mind, opens Oct. 5. The Leonardo, 209 East 500 South. THELEONARDO.ORG/
Your Land/My Land: Election ’12 If you’re already feeling election fatigue you may want to skip this one, but if partisanship and the race for the presidency really gets your blood pumping, then this exhibit is for you: Artist Jonathan Horowitz’s political pieces will be on view at UMOCA this month—in addition to other venues around the country— providing a space for participants to
CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET talk about the election and examine the divided political landscape. Red and blue area rugs will divide the exhibition space, and back-to-back monitors will be suspended in the no-man’s land between the two zones, broadcasting a live feed of Fox News and MSNBC. At opening, a portrait of President Obama will bridge the two sides while an image of Mitt Romney will sit on the floor. During a planned election returns event, participants will wait to see if the position of the portraits switch. Your Land/My Land: Election ’12, Opens Oct. 5. Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 South West Temple. UTAHMOCA.ORG/
Sound & Light Listen... and watch: The Salt Lake Symphony with painter Josee Nadeau will provide delectation for both eyes and ears. Music Director Robert Baldwin will conduct the symphony through a variety of atmospheric pieces, including J.S. Bach’s “Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor” and English composer Henry Purcel’s “Chacony for Strings in G Minor” while artist Nadeau paints live in response to the music, with the paintings to be auctioned off at the end of the evening in support of the Zahra Charity, proceeds to go toward creating neuro-rehabilitative care in Utah and Morocco, North Africa. Among diverse artistic experiences, the storied Nadeau, who now resides in Park City, is the protégée of the curator-inchief of both Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles and Claude Monet’s personal gardens in Giverney, where she spent a decade as artist-in-residence. Sound & Light: Playing and Painting with a Purpose, Oct. 13, 7:30p. Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 Presidents Circle, University of Utah. Tickets range from $15-100. KINGSBURYHALL.UTAH.EDU
Nancy Holt in SLC The work of Nancy Holt will be coming to the Utah Museum of Fine Art this month. The traveling exhibit Sightlines offers an in-depth look at Holt’s body of work, including her early projects, featuring sculpture, film, photography, artist
books, and concrete poetry. A key member of the Land Art movement, Holt’s focus is on humanity’s interrelation with the earth and on the conceptual aspects of “landscape”; Utah residents may be especially familiar with Holt’s largescale work Sun Tunnels (1973-76), located in Utah’s Great Basin. (These large concrete tubes correspond with the rising and setting locations of the sun at the summer and winter solstice, and allow visitors to interact with the constellations Draco, Perseus, Columba and Capricorn.) Holt will give a public talk at the exhibit’s opening.
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Nancy Holt: Sightlines opening and artist talk, Oct. 18, 6p. The show runs through January 20, 2013. UMFA, Marcia and John Price Museum Building, 410 S Campus Drive. UMFA.UTAH.EDU/EXHIBITIONS_FUTURE
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Unbound Join the Springville Museum of Art for this month’s meeting of Unbound, the book club for art lovers. Previous discussions this year focused on Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, Shades of Grey by Jasper Forde (NOT to be confused with 50 Shades of Grey), and The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book by Alice B. Toklas. This month: Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art, by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo, detailing one of the most elaborate deceptions in art history. Unbound Book Club, Oct. 24, 7p. Springville Museum of Art, 26 E 400 S, Springville. SMOFA.ORG/MUSEUM.HTML
salt 6 salt 6 at the Utah Museum of Fine Art will debut the newest film by the Berlin-based Turkish artist Emre Hüner, whose work explores questions surrounding progress, modernity, science fiction and utopian impulses. This is the sixth project in the series of exhibitions which aim to reflect the international impact of contemporary art today, forging local connections to the global, and bringing new and diverse artwork to Salt Lake City’s residents.
CITY LIBRARY 210 E. 400 S.
In this unforgettable cult classic about memory, Joel Barish learns that his estranged girlfriend has had her memories of their relationship erased. Not to be outdone, he decides to undergo the same experimental procedure.
WED., OCTOBER 10 @ 7PM THROUGH THE LENS
È LEMON ROSE WAGNER CENTER 138 W. 300 S.
When three-time felon Lemon Anderson held a Tony Award for his work in Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, he thought he’d ﬁnally made it. Lemon, documents his struggle to free his family from poverty and pain as he exposes his most shocking secrets on the NY stage.
MON., OCTOBER 16 @ 7PM U TA H B O O K F E S T I VA L
È FREAKS CITY LIBRARY 210 E. 400 S.
salt 6: Emre Hüner public artist talk, Oct. 25, 7p. UMFA, Marcia and John Price Museum Building, 410 S Campus Drive. UMFA.UTAH.EDU/EXHIBITIONS_FUTURE
Trapeze performer Cleopatra seduces Hans the midget after learning about his considerable fortune. Manipulating Hans into marriage, Cleopatra seems willing to do anything to get her way. But when Hercules, the strong man, catches Cleopatra’s eye, her plans get more complicated.
THURS., OCTOBER 18 @ 7PM DAMN THESE HEELS ! YE AR- ROUND
È INNI BREWVIES 677 S. 200 W.
Captured mainly in a dreamlike haze of throbbing black and white that perfectly mirrors Sigur Rós’s haunting, otherworldly songs, this ﬁlm is a shimmering example of what it means to show rather than tell. Inni is intended “to look and feel like something recovered from the past.”
TUES., OCTOBER 23 @ 7PM D E S I G N M AT T E R S
È R AY & CHARLES EAMES: THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER CITY LIBRARY 210 E. 400 S.
Delve into the professional and private lives of Ray and Charles Eames. Propelling design in the mid-1900s, the Eames are best known for their boundary-pushing furniture, photography and ﬁlm.
TUES., OCTOBER 30 @ 7PM C I N É M A Q U É B EC O I S
È LE VENDEUR (THE SALESMAN) CITY LIBRARY 210 E. 400 S.
The French-Canadian ﬁlm Le Vendeur— the ﬁrst by director Sebastien Pilote—focuses on a hard-working, aging auto seller, Marcel Levesque, whose life takes several unexpected turns during what is supposed to be the ﬁnal year of his sales career.
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n the June issue, I recounted the story of Anjaneya, a child prodigy—part monkey, godson of the wind god Vayu, and reincarnation of Shiva—that got himself into trouble for making a giant leap for the sun without the sun god’s permission. Long story short, Anjaneya was not only absolved of his crime, but even elevated to god status. Dubbed Hanuman, he took the form of a monkey-god. The Ramayana, an ancient Sanskrit epic, tells the story of Hanuman’s most famous good deed, a heroic leap to save the sensuous Sita from the ravages of the greedy ego maniac Ravana, who had abducted her from her home in the woods where she lived with the beneficent prince, Rama. So devoted was Hanuman to Rama that he offered to go to Sri Lanka and rescue her. Hanuman leapt on the wind, legs splayed fore and aft, and in one giant leap, spanned the ocean to rescue Sita. The animated film, Sita Sings the Blues, tells the whole story of Rama, Sita, Ravana and Hanuman with colorful, tuneful brilliance. It is very much worth watching. You can find it online.
This month’s pose, Hanumanasana, symbolizes the monkey god’s heroic leap. We don’t need to have gymnastics chops to leap in the
yogic sense, though. The simple act of extending one leg forward and the other back—any amount—and breathing deeply allows us to expand and be buoyed by the breeze of our own breath. Hanumanasana is challenging for just about everyone. And that’s the point: It’s a leap into the unknown. As always in asana practice, what your pose looks like is completely
YOGA Low Lunge pose (Anjaneyasana) with your right foot in front, directly under your knee and left knee behind, with both on your blanket over your mat. Alternately, place one folded blanket under your left knee and another under your right foot (in front of you, directly under your right knee). Place a yoga block on either side of your pelvis and place your hands on your blocks. Start with the blocks in their tallest position. Now slide your right foot forward and your left knee back toward what we Westerners call “splits.” If you’re using two blankets, your blankets will slide along the floor under your knee and foot. At whatever point you feel resistance in your legs, stop, adjust your hand-support blocks to a different height if need be, and relax and breathe deeply. After five or 10 breaths, return to a kneeling position for a few breaths before switching to the other side. I no longer suggest trying to keep the two sides of the pelvis lined up with each other, as I don’t believe that the hip joints and sacroiliac joint actually function well that way. However, I don’t suggest collapsing onto the hip of your front leg either. Do try to keep the hips equidistant from the floor, but let the hip of your front leg be forward of the hip of your back leg. Rise out of the pelvis, lengthening both sides of your waist. If you are close enough to the floor to place a block under the hip of your front leg (as in the photo), this is a nice way to practice, as it
Hanumanasana is challenging for just about everyone. And that’s the point: It’s a leap into the unknown. irrelevant. In the yoga tradition, mastery of asana is defined as the stage when effort is relaxed and your mind is absorbed in the Infinite, not when you reach the most extreme version of a pose. Challenge yourself to relax effort and let go into “being” the pose as it is, rather than forcing it. First, it’s a good idea to stretch the quadriceps and the hamstrings. Start with some relaxed forward bends or standing poses such as Triangle (Trikonasana) and Lung pose (Anjaneyasana ). Spread out a blanket the length of your yoga mat. Another option is to use two folded blankets. I’ll tell you how to use these momentarily. Have a couple yoga blocks handy. Start in
frees your hands and shoulders. I like to practice Hanumanasana at least twice on each side, because quite often the second time feels more easeful. Hanumanasana stretches the quadriceps, hamstrings and hip flexors. As you simultaneously open the fronts and backs of your legs, your stride becomes smoother and longer, making giant leaps more accessible. As the heroic leap from the known to the unknown becomes easier, the expansive realm of your potential becomes your home. 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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Residential Design FB 801-322-5122. Ann Larson. FENG SHUI The Feng Shui Guy6/13 801-842-5554. Productivity & bliss through furniture arrangement, with the flexibility to fit any budget or ambition. Home, garden, lobby, and office. GREEN PRODUCTS Underfoot Floors 6/13 801-467-6636. 1900 S. 300 W., SLC We offer innovative & earth friendly floors including bamboo, cork, marmoleum, hardwoods, natural fiber carpets as well as sand and finishing hardwood. Free in home estimates. Please visit our showroom. WWW.UNDERFOOTFLOORS.NET, UNDERFOOTFLOORS@AOL.COM.
GREEN SERVICES Concrete Raising Co. 11/12 801-487-2473. Is your concrete sinking or settling? We raise settled concrete to its original level—driveways, patios, basement stairs and porch steps, sidewalks, curbs, garage & warehouse floors, even stamped and colored concrete—all for a fraction of replacement costs. Call for a free estimate!
Five-Step Carpet Care FB 801.656.5259, PC: 435.640.2483. WWW.5STEPCARPETCAREUTAH.COM HOUSING Wasatch Commons Cohousing 3/13 Vicky 801-908-0388. 1411 S. Utah St. (1605 W.) An environmentally sensitive community promoting neighborliness, consensus & diversity. Balancing privacy needs with community living. Homes now available for rent or sale. Roommates wanted. Tours 4th Wed at 5p and 2nd Sat. at 1p.m. WWW.COHOUSING.ORG, WWW.ECON.UTAH.EDU/COHO PETCARE/VETERINARIANS Dancing Cats Feline Center. 801-467-0799. 1760 S 1100 E, DANCINGCATSVET.COM. F
DINING Blue Star Juice and Coffee 2795 S. Canyon Rim (2300 E.) and 435 S. 400 W. SLC. 466-4280. Blue Star serves a wide variety of fresh vegetable and fruit juices. Create your own combination or choose from house favorites! Full espresso bar and large selection of breakfast sandwiches are also available. Drive-thru available at both locations. Wifi. Café Solstice Cafe Solstice inside Dancing Cranes Imports offers a variety of loose teas, speciality coffee drinks and herbal smoothies in a relaxing atmosphere. Lunch features veggie wraps, sandwiches, salads, soups and more. Our dressings, spreads, salsa, hummus and baked goods are all made in house with love! Enjoy a
refreshing Violet Mocha or Mango & Basil smoothie with your delicious homemade lunch. SOLCAFE999@GMAIL.COM. Coffee Garden 254 S. Main, inside the former Sam Weller’s Books and 900 E. 900 S. 355-4425. High-end espresso, delectable pastries & desserts. Great places to people watch. M-Thur 6a-11p; Fri 6a12p, Sat 7a-12p, Sun 7a-11p. Wifi. Cafe SuperNatural Organic, locally grown, gluten-free, fresh cooked to order, raw foods, fresh juices and smothies, superfood shakes, great food to go or dine-in. Discounts for Prana Yoga participants. Located in Prana Yoga. Free convenient parking in Trolley Square’s 600 East parking garage. Mon-Sat 10a-9p: Sun 10-3p. Wifi. Finca 1291 So. 900 East. 801.487.0699. Tapas, asador, cocktails. From the creators of Pago. FINCASLC.COM Kathmandu 212 S. 700 E. SLC 801-355-0454, and 3142 S. Highland Dr. 801-466-3504. The Kathmandu makes it easy to enjoy the delicacies of India and Nepal without actually having to visit these exotic places. Whether you are having a party or just a night out, Kathmandu is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a special meal with your friends and family. M-Sat 11:30a- 2:30; 5p10, Sun Noon-9 p. INFO@THEKATHMANDU.NET. Omar’s Rawtopia 2148 S.Highland Dr. 801-486-0332. Raw, organic, vegan & scrumptious. From Chocolate Goji Berry smoothies to Vegan Hummus Pizza, every dish is made with highest quality ingredients and prepared with love. Nutrient dense and delectable are Rawtopia’s theme words. We are an oasis of gourmet health, creating peace through food. M-Th 12-8p, F-Sat. 12-9p. Pago 878 S. 900 E. 801-532-0777. Featuring seasonal cuisine from local producers & 20 artisan wines by the glass, complemented by an intimate eco-chic setting. Best Lunch—SL Mag, Best Brunch—City Weekly, Best Wine List— City Weekly & SL Mag, Best New American—
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Best of State. PAGOSLC.COM. Tue-Sun 11a-3p, 5pclose. Ruth’s Diner 4160 Emigration Canyon Rd. 801-582-5807. 2010 marks Ruth’s Diner’s 80th anniversary. Join us in our newly redecorated, cool canyon setting. WWW.RUTHSDINER.COM M-Sun 8a-10p. The Star of India 55 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, 801-363-7555. An award-winning Salt Lake institution since 1990. Featuring a full bar, $10 lunch buffet with 20-25 delicious choices, salad, naan, and rice pudding. Tandoori style cooking. Specializing in chicken curry, lamb, seafood, halal & goat meat and vegetable entrées. All food prepared fresh and on premises. Parking validation provided. Lunch M-Sat 11:30a-2:30p, Dinner M-Th 2:30p-10p, Fri-Sat 2:30-10:30p, Sun 3-9:30p. WWW.STAROFINDIAONLINE.COM. Takashi 18 West Market St. 801-519-9595. Award-winning chef Takashi Gibo invites you to savor an incredible Japanese dining experience with Salt Lake’s best sushi, sashimi, small plates (Japanese tapas), and hot dishes from his tantalizing menu. Enjoy a beautiful presentation of classic sashimi or experiment with delicious creations from the sushi bar. Featuring an extensive selction of premium sakes, wines, Japanese and domestic beers, and signature cocktails. Mon-Fri from 11:30a.; Sat. from 5:30p.
HEALTH & BODYWORK ACUPUNCTURE SLC Qi Community Acupuncture 6/13 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
Prices: 3 months ($180), 6 months ( $210), 12 months ( $360). Listings must be prepaid in full and are non-refundable. Word Limit: 45. Deadline for changes/reservations: 15th of preceeding month.
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Past Lives Dreams &
sons. Discover the potential for learning and improvement at any age, as you come to inhabit your body with ease, vitality and integrity. WWW.BODYHAPPY.COM MASSAGE Healing Mountain Massage School FB 801-355-6300. 363 S. 500 East, Ste. 210 (enter off of 500 East). HEALINGMOUNTAINSPA.COM
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE Cathy Pollock, M.AmSAT 3/13 801-230-7661. Certified Alexander Technique teacher with 17 years experience. Beyond good posture and body mechanics! Develop 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. WWW.ALEXANDERTECHNIQUEUTAH.COM
MD PHYSICIANS Web of Life Wellness Center FB Todd Mangum, MD. 801-531-8340. 508 E. So. Temple, #102. 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
Vedic Harmony 3/13
ECKANKAR 8105 S 700 E, Sandy www.eckankar-utah.org
Experience Quality Integrity
Avenues Yoga Teacher Training Join our dream team of Salt Lake’s most renowned and respected teachers for an unforgettable training.
Peter Francyk Charlotte Bell Erin Geesaman Rabke Erin Menut And more!
801-942-5876. Learn how Ayurveda can help you harmonize your lifestyle and well being. Primordial Sound meditation,Perfect Health & Wellness counseling. Georgia Clark, Certified Deepak Chopra Center Vedic Master, has trained in the US with Dr. Chopra, Dr. V.D. Lad, Jai Dev Singh, David Crow & in India with Dr. A.P. Deshpande. TARAJAGA@EARTHLINK.NET CRANIOSACRAL Conscious Journey FB 801-864-4545. CONSCIOUSJOURNEY.NET
Sheryl Seliger, LCSW 6/13 801-556-8760. 1446 S. 900 E., 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. FELDENKRAIS Carol Lessinger, GCFP 8/13 801-580-9484. Do you know how to engage your body to draw upon its highest potential for comfort, strength, and healing? Carol helps people of all ages: infants, developmentally challenged children, people chained to computers, injured athletes, performing artists, seniors, and possibly you. Over 35 years experience. CAROLLESSINGER.COM
Erin Geesaman Rabke Somatic Educator. 801-898-0478. WWW.BODYHAPPY.COM FB
200 hour Yoga Alliance Approved Payment plans available
Information at avenuesyoga.com avenuesyoga.com • 68 K Street 801.872.YOGA (9642)
Stevens Acupuncture 7/13 Dr. Keith Stevens, OMD, 1174 E. 2760 S, Ste. 16. 801.467-2277, 209.617-7379 (cell). Specializing in chronic pain treatment, stress-related insomnia, fatigue, headaches, sports medicine, traumatic injury and post-operative recovery. Boardcertified for hep-c treatment. National Acupuncture Detox Association (NADA)certified for treatment of addiction. Women’s health, menopausal syndromes. STEVENSACUCLINIC.COM
ECKANKAR 8105 South 700 East in Sandy www.eckankar-utah.org
Open Hand Bodywork. Dan Schmidt, GCFP, LMT. 150 S. 600 E., #3B. 801.694.4086 WWW.OPENHANDSLC.COM. FB Carl Rabke LMT, GCFP FOG 801-671-4533. Somatic education and bodywork. Feldenkrais®, Structural Integration and massage. Offering a unique blend of the 10 sessions with Awareness Through Movement® les-
Conscious Journey FB 801-864-4545. CONSCIOUSJOURNEY.NET
NATURAL PRODUCTS Essential Oils for Every Day Life Young Living Essential Oils, Nance Ciasca, 732-687-2459, Learn how to incorporate essential oils into your daily regime to live a healthier and more abundant lifestyle. Young Living Essential Oils are pure, nature’s living energy. Dedicated to living, teaching, and sharing Earth’s Natural Medicine. UTAHOILS@GMAIL.COM, WWW.NANCE.VIBRANTSCENTS.COM NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS Cameron Wellness Center 3/13 801-486-4226. 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 9/13 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 Full Circle Care; Leslie Peterson, ND 801.746.3555. 150 S. 600 E. #6B. Integrative and naturopathic medical clinic offering a unique approach to your health care needs. Specializing in thyroid, adrenal and hormonal imbalances; food allergies and gluten testing; digestive health; nutritional IV therapy. Men, women and children welcome! WWW.FULLCIRCLECARE.COM 1/13 NUTRITION Total Nutrition Wellness 12/12 801-953-1481. A state-of-the-art system which identifies areas of nutritional deficiency in your body; we then find nutrition needed to strengthen your body. Your body creates health at a deeper level!
Permanent solutions for your health problems. WWW.TOTALNUTRITIONWELLNESS.COM PHYSICAL THERAPY Precision Physical Therapy 9/13 801-557-6733. Jane Glaser-Gormally, MS, PT. 3098 S Highland Dr. Ste. 371. (Also Park City and Heber.) Specializing in holistic integrated manual therapy (IMT). Safe, gentle, effective techniques for pain and tissue dysfunction. This unique form of therapy identifies sources of pain and assists the body with selfcorrective mechanisms to alleviate pain and restore mobility and function. UofU provider. WWW.PRECISIONPHYSICALTHERAPYUT.COM REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH Planned Parenthood of Utah 6/13 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. ROLFING/STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION Paul Wirth, Certified Rolfer™, LMT 801-638-0021. 3194 S. 1100 E. Move with ease, not pain. Working with the structural limitations in your body to help you feel stronger and more relaxed. MOSAICBODYWORK.COM 1/13 Carl Rabke LMT, GCFP FOG 801-671-4533. Somatic education and bodywork. WWW.BODYHAPPY.COM VISION CARE 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
MISCELLANEOUS LEGAL ASSISTANCE Schumann Law. 801.631.7811, ESTATEPLANNINGFORUTAH.COM. FB MUSICIANS FOR HIRE Idlewild 10/12 801-268-4789, WWW.IDLEWILDRECORDINGS.COM. David and Carol Sharp. Duo up to six-piece ensemble. Celtic, European, World and Old Time American music. A variety of instruments. Storytelling and dance caller. CDs and downloads, traditional and original. IDLEWILD@IDLEWILDRECORDINGS.COM PROFESSIONAL TRAINING Healing Mountain Massage School FB 801-355-6300. 363 S. South 500 East, Ste. 210 (enter off of 500 E.). Morning, evening, & weekend programs. Graduate in as little as 7 months. 8 students in a class. Mentor with seasoned professionals. Practice in a live day spa. ABHES
accredited. Financial aid: loans/grants available to those who qualify. WWW.HEALINGMOUNTAIN.ORG
schedule and special classes. bikramyogasandyWWW.BIKRAMYOGASANDY.COM
SPACE AVAILABLE For workshops, classes, ongoing groups 801-596-0147 Ext. 41, 5801 S Fashion Blvd, Ste. 250, Murray, UT. Center for Transpersonal Therapy. TWO large plush spaces. 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. Two rooms available. 8/12
Centered City Yoga 9/13 801-521-YOGA (9642). 918 E. 900 S. Centered City Yoga is often likened to that famous TV â€œhangoutâ€? where everybody knows your name, sans Norm (and the beer, of course). We offer more than 100 classes a week, 1,000 hourteacher trainings, monthly retreats and workshops to keep Salt Lake City CENTERED and SANE. WWW.CENTEREDCITYYOGA.COM
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Adopt-a-Native-Elder 6/13 801-474-0535. Adopt-A-Native-Elder is seeking office/warehouse volunteers in Salt Lake City every Tuesday and Friday 10 am-noon. Come and join a wonderful group of people for a fascinating and gratifying experience. We also need volunteers with trucks and SUVs, donating their expenses, to transport supplies for Spring and Fall Food Runs, Navajo reservation community events in southeast UT and northeast AZ. Contact Joyce or MAIL@ANELDER.ORG, WWW.ANELDER.ORG
MOVEMENT & SPORT DANCE RDT Community School. 801-534-1000. 138 W. Broadway. FB MARTIAL ARTS Red Lotus School of Movement 8/13 740 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 Tâ€™ai Chi, Wing Chun Kung-Fu, and Tâ€™ai Chi Chih (qi gong exercises). Childrenâ€™s classes in Wing Chun KungFu. Located downstairs from Urgyen Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple. WWW.REDLOTUSSCHOOL.COM, REDLOTUS@REDLOTUS.CNC.NET YOGA INSTRUCTORS Mindful Yoga: Charlotte Bell FB 801-355-2617. 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, noncompetitive environment since 1986. WWW.CHARLOTTEBELLYOGA.COM YOGA STUDIOS Avenues Yoga 1/13 68 K Street, SLC. 801-872-YOGA (9642). Avenues Yoga is a friendly, down-to-earth place where all are welcome. We offer classes for all body types and ability levels, from Yoga Nidra and Restorative, to Power, Flow, and Core. Free Intro to Yoga every Saturday at 11:45am. Introductory Special $39 one month unlimited. WWW.AVENUESYOGA.COM Bikram Yogaâ€”Sandy 12/12 801.501.YOGA . 9343 S 1300 E. Localsonly Intro: $39 for 30 days unlimited yoga. 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 welcome. All teachers are certified. 38 classes, 7 days a week. See website for
Sunny Steps Yoga and Zumbaâ€”Sandy We offer classes for all levels with a positive and friendly atmosphere, along with a small retail shop. Join us at Sunny Steps for a great Yoga or Zumba practice at 8724 S. 700 E. WWW.SUNNYSTEP.COM
THE SHOP Yoga Studio 10/12 435-649-9339. Featuring Anusara Yoga. Inspired fun and opening in one of the most amazing studios in the country. Classes, Privates, and Therapeutics with certified and inspired Anusara instructors. Drop-ins welcome. 1167 Woodside Ave., P.O Box 681237, Park City, UT 84068. WWW.PARKCITYYOGA.COMB
PSYCHIC ARTS & INTUITIVE SCIENCES ASTROLOGY Soul & Psyche 12/12 Cynthia Hill, PhD 801-293-0484. Experience the alchemical combination of transformative, soulcentered astrology and transpersonal psychology. A rich, deep perspective of your life's journey and purpose. 35 years experience. Blessings!
Going Beyond Talk to create a truly effective therapeutic practice
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Professional Skills 1 0DUPCFS tSalt Lake City, Utah Michael DeMolina, MS, LPC, DCEP, is ACEPâ€™s lead North American trainer for EFT. He is a rare breed of trainer who understands and practices energy work and psychotherapy in breadth and depth. A Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology and an ACEP CertiďŹ ed Advanced Practitioner of EFT, Michael is chairman emeritus of the National Qi Gong Association. He is also a nationally certiďŹ ed master addiction counselor and a trainer of NLP.
This comprehensive two day Save experience is packed full of $ 50 instruction, exercises, and Use code SLC50 practice to provide practitioners the skills they need to begin working with clients as an EFT professional. Plus, workshop includes direct contact with ACEPâ€™s EFT CertiďŹ cation Program director Tina Craig. This is as close as you are going to get to the original teachings of EFT developer Gary Craig. Workshops is open to therapists, counselors, coaches and energy workers. 12 CE credits available.
ACT NOW - We wonâ€™t be back to SLC for 12-18 months. Register at www.energypsych.org or call: 619-861-2237 Sponsored by the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology
Transformational Astrology FB Ralfee Finn. 800-915-5584. Catalystâ€™s astrology columnist for 10 years! Visit her website at WWW.AQUARIUMAGE.COM or e-mail her at RALFEE@AQUARIUMAGE.COM
Vedic Harmonyâ€”Jyotish Astrology FB 942-5876. TARAJAGA@EARTHLINK.NET ENERGY HEALING Kristen Dalzen, LMT 801.467.3306. 1569 So. 1100 East. IGNITE YOUR DIVINE SPARK! Traditional Usui Reiki Master Teacher practicing in Salt Lake since 1996. Offering a dynamic array of healing services and classes designed to create a balanced, expansive and vivacious life. WWW.TURIYAS.COM Evolutionary Spirit Shamanic Energy Healing Dee Ann Nichols, 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 10/12 Mary Nickle, LMT, CCP 7/12 801.530.0633. Aura readings, energy healing, class instruction in the intuitive healing arts, and Soul/Spirit Journeys; Colorpuncture, and the fabulous Bellanina Face-lift massage. The Energy-Medicine Training for self-care begins soon! Located in the Center for Enhanced Wellness, 2627 E Parleys Way. WWW.TIMEOUTASSOCIATES.NET PSYCHIC/TAROT READINGS Croneâ€™s Hollow 8/13 2470 S. Main St. 801.906.0470. Have life ques-
Farm Fresh Produce Artisan Crafts Delicious Food Live Music
Accepting applications for artisans - music - produce - local biz. Contact: Market Manager at 801-448-6758 MarketManager@slcpeoplesmarket.org
tions? We offer intuitive and personal psychic consultations: Tarot, Pendulum, Crystal Ball and other oracles. $22 for 20 minutes. Afternoon and evening appointments. Walk-ins welcome. We also make custom conjure/spell candles! WWW.CRONESHOLLOW.COM
Intuitive Journeys INTUITIVEJOURNEYS.NING.COM FB 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 Nicholas Stark 801-394-6287; 801-721-2779 cell. Shamanic Intuitive Readings and Energy Work . Ogden Canyon. Suzanne Wagner. 707-354-1019. WWW.SUZWAGNER.COM. MEDIUMS Kathryn Miles 3/13 801-633-4754. Psychic reader, medium, channeler. Internationally renowned psychic healer for more than 20 years. Experience a reading, receiving messages from guides and loved ones, peering into your Akashic records, past and future experiences and soul path. Classes available at my mystery school, The Lifting of the Veils, at my sanctuary in Sugarhouse. WWW.KATHRYNMILES.COM Darryl Woods 801-824-4918. WWW.READINGSBYDARRYL.COM. WORKSHOPS, TRAINING McKay Method School of Energy Healing.. 877.767.2425. SAHAJHEALING.COM. FB Monroe Institute Excursion Workshop. 970.683.8194. WWW.CINDYLYN.COM FB
PSYCHOTHERAPY & PERSONAL GROWTH COACHING, FACILITATING Mental Health Coach and Advocate 801.278.1897. Katharine Dalton acts as a motivator, educator and resource for people struggling with mental health issues, and for those they love. She offers support and information to improve the quality of life for her clients.
NLP Inner Strategies & Life Coaching 801.688.9409. Maria Ines Bernardes Ellis, Int’l NLP/HNLP Certified Practitioner. 1399 S. 700 E., Ste. 5A. Awake your inner potential and manifest your ideal life. Healing past traumas and reprogramming old behaviors. Take your life to the next level! Call for a free evaluation. WWW.NLPINNERSTRATEGIES.COM
The Work of Byron Katie 7/13 801-842-4518. Kathy Melby, Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie. The Work is a simple way of identifying and questioning your stressful thoughts that cause your suffering. Experience the joy and happiness of undoing those thoughts and allow your mind to return to its true, creative, peaceful nature. Individuals,
couples, families, groups and retreats. WWW.THEWORK.COM THERAPY/COUNSELING Jeff Bell, L.C.S.W. 4/13 801-364-5700, Ext. 2, 1399 S. 700 E. Ste. 1, SLC. Specializing in empowering relationships; cultivating hardiness and mindfulness; managing stress & compulsivity; alleviating depression/ anxiety/ grief; healing PTSD & childhood abuse/ neglect; addictions recovery; GLBT exploration as well as resolving disordered eating, body image & life transitions. Individual, couples, family, group therapy & EMDR.
Center for Transpersonal Therapy 8/12 801-596-0147. 5801 S Fashion Blvd, Ste. 250, Murray, UT. Denise Boelens, PhD; Heidi Ford, MS, LCSW, Chris Robertson, LCSW; Lynda Steele, LCSW; Sherry Lynn Zemlick, PhD, Wil Dredge LCSW, Nick Tsandes, 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. CONSCIOUS CONNECTIONS, Inc. 801-953-8010. A research-based step parenting program will be available this fall. The program includes a workbook, videos of stepfamily scenarios and a power point presentation. Sally and Beth have been practicing family therapists for 30 years each, and have personally experienced stepfamily living. SALLY.AMSDEN@GMAIL.COM, BETH-HUGHES@COMCAST.NET
Marianne Felt, MT-BC, LPC 9/13 801-524-0560, 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. Introspect Inc. “looking within” 801.413.3901. 24 So. 600 East Ste. 2. Psychotherapy for adults, adolescents and children. Specializing in relationship and self confidence issues. Healing from within by gaining clarity of ones thoughts and feelings. Family and group work available. Assessment and treatment evaluations. INTROSPECT9@GMAIL.COM Machiel Klerk, LMFT 8/12 801-656-8806. 150S. 600E, ste. 7-C. Jung and depth psychology oriented therapist. Problems are treated as expressions of the soul in its movement toward healing. Expertise in working with dreams. Also work with Adolescents and people in Recovery. MACHIELKLERK@HOTMAIL.COM / WWW.MACHIELKLERK.COM
Jan Magdalen, LCSW 3/13 801-582-2705, 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 FB 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. Stephen Proskauer, MD, Integrative Psychiatry 8/12 801-631-8426. Sanctuary for Healing and Integration, 860 E. 4500 S., Ste. 302. Steve is a seasoned psychiatrist, Zen priest and shamanic healer. He sees kids, teens, adults, couples and families, integrating psychotherapy, meditation and soul work with judicious use of medication to relieve emotional pain and problem behavior. Steve specializes in creative treatment of bipolar disorders. STEVE@KARMASHRINK.COM. Blog: WWW.KARMASHRINK.COM Don St John, Ph.D. Body-Centered Psychotherapy 6/13 801 935-4787 Sugar House. As you learn to be fully with yourself—here and now—and simultaneously allow me to be fully with you, you discover and develop your presence and strength, you honor and care for your vulnerability, recognize and appreciate your lovability, and tolerate and enjoy real intimacy.
Jim Struve, LCSW 12/12 801-364-5700 ext. 1. 1399 S 700 E., Ste. 2, SLC. Mindful presence in relationship-based psychotherapy. Specializing in life transitions, strengthening relationships, fostering resilience, healing from childhood trauma and neglect (including male survivors of sexual abuse), assisting partners of abuse survivors, additions recovery, sexual identity, empowerment for GLBT individuals/ couples. Also group therapy. Flexible times. WWW.MINDFULPRESENCE.COM2 SHAMANIC PRACTICE The Infinite Within 10/12 John Knowlton. 801-263-3838. WWW.THEINFINITEWITHIN.COM
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Autumn teaches the gardener to honor the need for rest and renewal, in ourselves and in the soil. October is a time to thank the garden for its bounty by cleaning it and returning something to the soil as an offering. These are the final jobs at the end of the gardening year.
Cleaning the garden When killing frost has finally taken its toll in the vegetable garden, as it will most likely do sometime this month, pull up the plant residue and compost it. Mulches and tender plants like lettuce and spinach can be turned under directly, but the woody stems of tomatoes and vine crops will only tangle in the tiller. Except for the mulches protecting tender perennials, the garden should be free from plant debris. Mice, bugs and disease spores all like to winter over in dead plant material.
Turn organic matter into soil Fall is the best time to improve the soil by adding organic material. Heavier soils contain a lot of clay, and clay soils take a long time to warm up and dry out in the spring. the structure of the soil can be damaged by cultivating when it is still too wet. Premature tilling in the spring can compact a heavy garden soil into something resembling a giant brick. In fall, the soil is still moist and workable, but not soggy. Whether your soil is clay, sand, silt or loam, the best addition you can make to your garden soil is organic matter. This means leaves, compost, manure, grass clippings, sawdust, bark, conifer needles, strawâ€Śanything thatâ€™s inexpensive, free of toxins and plentiful. Organic material improves the structure of any soil, increasing the penetration of air, water and nutrients. It makes clay soil less sticky and sandy soil less arid. It supplies micronutrients generally unavailable in commercial fertilizers and improves the soilâ€™s capacity to hold water and nutrients by as much as 30 times. This is complex soil chemistry at its best, and is something you cannot buy in a bag. In the summertime, grass clippings and weeds provide easy nitrogen for our compost piles. In
Whether your soil is clay, sand, silt or loam, the best addition you can make to your garden soil is organic matter. This means leaves, compost, manure, grass clippings, sawdust, bark, conifer needles, strawâ€Śanything thatâ€™s inexpensive, free of toxins and plentiful. the fall, when nitrogen is really needed to break down all those crunchy brown leaves, that source dries up. Solution: coffee grounds (and the acid is an added boon to our alkaline soils). Talk to your friendly neighborhood barista and see what you can arrange. Microorganisms use nitrogen to break down raw materials into the organic element of soil called humus (HUE-muss). This is not to be confused with hummus (HUMus), the very tasty Middle Eastern dish made with chickpeas. Essentially, whenever you incorporate organic matter into the soil, youâ€™re composting right in the garden. Donâ€™t use more than 500 pounds of manure per 1,000 square feet annually. Excessive use may result in salt problems or the toxic build-up of copper, zinc, arsenic, and heavy metals in the soil. An annual application of two to three inches of organic material is sufficient and will steadily improve the solid each year. Turn it in with a spading fork (or a tiller) as deeply as possible. The depth determines how far down into the soil future roots will be able to grow.
flowers. The purpose of winter mulching is to prevent the alternate freezing and thawing of the ground which heaves roots out of the soil and exposes them to dryingâ€”something like freezer burn on frozen food. The best candidates for winter mulching are young perennials facing their first winter. Their shallow roots are more susceptible to temperature fluctuation near the surface than the older, more deeply established plants. Wait until the leaves and stems are dead and the ground is frozen hard before applying winter mulch. A mulch applied before hard frost will actually cause more damage than no mulch at all. It prevents ground heat from radiating back to
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To prevent snow damage The one thing I do with roses before winter comes is to cut off the heavy candelabras that have formed during the summer, leaving sparsely branched stems that wonâ€™t break under the weight of heavy snow. If snow arrives before the leaves have dropped from fruit and ornamental trees, put on a hat and go out and shake the branches. Snow trapped by leaves gets very heavy and can cause major limbs to break. u A version of this story appeared in CATALYSTâ€™s October 1990 edition. But this information is well worth repeating.
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sweetened artificially (containing no HFCS and no calories). The study only used kids who were already soda drinkers (they figured it was unethical to get non-sodadrinking kids hooked on the sugary crack) and contracted with a soda manufacturer to create a custommade drink that was identical in both appearance and taste. Guess what? The kids on the HFCS soda gained “significantly more weight” than the kids on the control. Oh yeah, one other little detail: The kids only got eight ounces of soda per day…
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SLC Community Food Assessment This isn’t breaking news (the assessment has been going on for a while now)—but it is important. Salt Lake City is in the process of conducting a Community Food Assessment to determine the social, economic and environmental health of our food system—and to identify key challenges, barriers and unmet needs. The assessment will be eval-
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Each of them found the strength and wisdom to be agents of social change by practicing their spirituality with others. The meaning and sense of purpose that provided the vision necessary for their transformative work came from regular participation in a faith community. We can change the world as they did by regularly participating in a faith community that practices its tradition with integrity. All Saints Church is such a place. Come experience a warm and welcoming progressive Christian fellowship that works to change the world in just and sustainable ways. For more information check out www.allsaintsslc.org Sunday Worship at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and Noon Childrenâ€™s Programming at 9:45 a.m. - Childcare starting at 9:15 a.m. Adult Education Program at 9:15 a.m. On the corner of Foothill Dr. & 1700 South Learn more at www.allsaintsslc.org or call (801) 581-0380 All images used under license by Dreamstime Stock Photography
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earning to know when to trust (and when to question) that sense that is, or masquerades as, inner guidance is a test of understanding flow. It is your soul’s mission to uncover your highest self in this lifetime and then to express that in meaningful ways. October is a month when the whisperings of the soul become louder and the doorways are more obvious. That should come as a huge relief to everyone. 2012 has been a year of knowing you need to move but not knowing where, when, how, or what. It has been frustratingly slow and nothing seems to have moved in the way we
I find that when I am at my bottom, I touch the true heart of my soul. I feel my love, tenderness, desire, passion and light. I can feel how strong my yearning is for expansion and growth. Then my devotion (that has been guiding me throughout my life) becomes conscious and something shifts. I find grace. Grace is a beautiful thing. Through grace I find peace. I know that each soul is on its own quest and those quests are as vast and divine as mine. When I touch my grace, I accept the moment and I do not need to change anyone or anything. I see the divine moving in everyone. Each moment becomes a miracle unfolding in all its complexity and mystery. My words become a soft and sweet reflection of love and there is no need to push or force anyone to do anything differently. Through grace, I no longer need something for myself. I know that I am guided at each and every moment and so is everyone else. In those moments, striving seems like the ego’s last hold over me and I understand that regardless of what I think the path is, my soul has a much better plan; I am in each and every moment following some thread that is my core’s desire to become whole. This month, let the bat show you the way through the dissolution of your ego. Like the fox, you may be seen or others may not see you. That is not really important, anyway. Others can see you only if they are on the same frequency. When you shift frequencies, those in your old pattern may not even see you. But those on the next level will. Allow your old reality to dissolve in the waters of grace and you will find where you truly belong. u Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot. She now lives in California, but visits Utah this month for classes and readings. SUZWAGNER.COM
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