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ilar’s emotionally colorful paintings have graced CATALYST’s covers for over 20 years. The emotion is sometimes a rich stillness or gracious intensity of flavor but “Malala” captures the strength and youthful optimism of her subject. Malala Yousafzai is the young girl who has become the face of educational freedom for women everywhere. Her book I Am Malala—The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban, co-written by war correspondent Christina Lambhas, was released last month, on the one-year anniversary of her attack. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, the girls’ schools were outlawed. Malala Yousafzai refused


“Malala” to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. When it was pointed out to her that she had been targeted by the Taliban (her friends told her to Google herself and she would see it) she formulated a plan for what she would say to her attacker if he presented himself. Her beautiful recitation of this plan on the Jon Stewart Show sums up this young woman’s mission: “At first I thought I would hit him with a shoe, but then I realized this would make me as harsh as them. You must fight others through peace and by dialogue and through education. Then I would tell him how important education is and that I even want it for your children as well, and then I would tell him, ‘That is what I want to tell you, now do what you want.’” On October 9, 2012, when she was 15, she was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school. She has survived to present a fiercely peace-filled face of opposition to the madness of the Taliban’s war on women. u —Polly Mottonen MALALAFUND.ORG For more on Pilar Pobil, turn to page 18 of this issue. PILARPOBIL.COM

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’ve just returned from the Bay Area, where associate publisher John and I attended the 24th annual Bioneers conference, along with our friends Brandie Hardman and Ron Johnson, co-owners of Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch, and also International Man of Mystery whom we will identify only as Scott. We heard from the awesome Janene Benyus, who made famous the word “biomimicry”—to find solutions by observing and copying nature. David McConville explained his similar but different approach to problem-solving: “cosmomimicry”— directing our vision outward to patterns and structures in the universe. Highlights for me were the U of U’s own renowned tree biologist Nalini Nadkarni, and a postconference opportunity to walk in the fields with Bob Cannard, a hardcore Nature devoté and personable Sonoma County farmer made famous by his association with Alice Waters and Chez Panisse. Bob is brilliant, like a gem—and maybe even as smart and outspoken as my brother, author Jerome D. Belanger (whose latest book is Enough! A Critique of Capitalist Democracy and a Guide to Understanding the New Normal). I also did a fermentation

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workshop with Sandor Katz (WILDFERMENTATION.COM) where we made what he calls “kraut chee.” It’s my new favorite thing to do with vegetables. Post-conference, we met up with old friend and former Salt Laker Tom Price, whom John used to build Burning Man art cars with. Tom, a founder of Black Rock Solar, now lives in Berkeley and works for a company that manufactures the planet’s only carbon-negative gasifiers. That's a story that needs more telling! I came home with exciting new books, a list of more books to buy locally, a dozen iPad documents and a head full of ideas. Going away now and then is good, but the best part is coming home with new perspectives. I will pick John, Ron, Brandie and Scott’s brains and serve you up tasty morsels from our conversations in the months ahead. And while we’re on the subject of tasty morsels, Happy Thanksgiving. I wish you many delicious ideas and dishes—and, if you’re lucky, some kraut chee. — Greta Belanger deJong Greta Belanger deJong is the editor and publisher of CATALYST.



Stranded Capitalists New thoughts from this year’s Bioneers conference


he northern California sun playing through the clouds coming off the Pacific gave the 24th Annual Bioneers Conference, held in San Rafael, California last month had the air of a fairy tale. If Frank Lloyd Wright’s Marin County Complex were shades of green instead of a Southern California palette, it could have been Oz. The mornings were filled with inspirational

speeches and exhortations on the whys and hows of saving Earth. Native American Tom Goldtooth equated purchasing carbon offsets in the Third World to imperialism or taking money from someone else’s bank account to pay one’s own burden of carbon debt. There were a lot of good words, ideas and truths that gave hope at Bioneers. Change incentives. Community wealth. Scalability of renewable resources. Diseases of over-consumption. Don’t fight

forces, use them. The cure for cancer is to not get it. But the final panel I attended on the last day of this three-day conference was my favorite. The description alone for “Disruptive Financing: Innovations for Distributed Energy and Sustainability” was thought-provoking: “An exploration of the financial

levers that can position solar and clean energy to break out by 2015 in the US, including crowd-funding that can democratize investment in clean energy, make money, and mitigate climate disruption.” Hosted by Angelina Galiteva, JD (, with Billy Parish ( and Marco Krapels (, it was an eye-opening hour. The new word I learned is “stranded capital.” It’s a relatively new term, coined to describe huge capital assets like coal and nuclear-powered power plants when

November 2013 the cost of the electricity they produce is more expensive than a fair and open market will bear. The steady decline in the cost of installing solar-electric panels on one’s own roof has put into question the market value of hundreds of billions of dollars of assets. Stranded capital is not a good word if it’s your capital that is stranded, but it is a very good word for just about everyone else, including Mother Earth.

Around the world, solar electric is changing the energy equation like nothing since... electricity. There are states in Germany that have achieved 100% solar and are shooting for 300%. Solar electric’s distributed generation makes expensive electric grids a thing of the past, as well. Transmission lines, which waste a third of the electricity generated, will serve as bird roosts and the Third World will be able to skip the dirty parts of electrification. A “fair and open market” is critical to this break from the tyranny of monopolies. As long as capitalists “enjoy” a monopoly,


they can charge prices for their goods and services that insure that no capital asset is stranded. Before deregulation, Ma Bell enjoyed a total monopoly on phone service, charging whatever they could talk

compliant regulators into. The electric power industry was in a similar situation until two decades ago when the gates of electric generation were thrown open to everyone.

Now the market is much more competitive as well as more volatile. Competition is good. So is volatility. When the price of gasoline or electricity never varied, no one ever figured out that conserving energy had a bankable economic benefit. I don’t feel so much like I’ve been off “talking to the fairies” as having gone up to a mountain and talked with some very wise people who gave me hope for the future. u John deJong is the associate publisher of CATALYST. For more about Bioneers events and projects, visit WWW.BIONEERS.ORG.


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Utahns are often surprised to find out that some of our most beloved public lands wilderness and recreation areas have no protection from industrial development. Labyrinth Canyon on the Green River is a popular river trip for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and other youth groups tahns got an unpleasant taste of Lands Act” which demands that because of easy flat-water canoeing and an economy without federal most of Utah’s federal public land glorious redrock scenery. But in October public lands recreation in be transferred to state ownership. The Bureau of Land Management issued October when the Republican-led Some Utah politicians are already a permit for American Potash (a subfederal government shutdown pointing to the 10-day park opening sidiary of a Canadian mining company), occurred during the peak of fall as supposed “proof” that Utah to develop mines in areas that have been tourist season. As nationproposed for al parks were shuttered Wilderness desand tourists canceled ignation as part reservations en masse, of America’s rural Utah counties Redrock declared a state of emerWilderness Act. gency. The Southern Even while Utah’s conUtah Wilderness gressional delegation Alliance opposes actively supported the the permit, sayshutdown in Washington ing, “The BLM D. C., Governor Gary has acknowlHerbert called on edged that its President Obama to recurrent manageopen national parks, ment plan for this “I’m sure glad they opened the park for us this weekend .” complaining that park area (a product of “Yeah, buddy, I hope they know how important this place is to all of us.” closures were “devastatthe Bush adminising individuals and busitration) failed to correctly identify areas nesses that rely on these areas for could do a better job managing where oil, gas and potash development their livelihood.” After two tense public lands (never mind that in should occur.” weeks, negotiations with the U.S. 2012 the Utah Legislature proposed Department of the Interior allowed doing away with Utah’s national Salt Lake City Visioning the State of Utah to pay $166,572 parks altogether, or that state fundSalt Lake City has released an per day to re-open a few of Utah’s ing only covered 10 days of opera“Existing Conditions Analysis” to support parks. That put Zion, Capitol Reef, tion and Utah legislators expect the the quest for a greener, more sustainable Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce federal government to pay back the downtown. The resulting document is a Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Glen Canyon money). fascinating portrait of our community and and Natural Bridges back in busiThe Outdoor Industry Association the potential to make progress on such ness. However, most BLM and opposes the transfer of public lands issues as air quality, transit, urban National Forest Service facilities noting that Utah “has not had a colforests and other sustainable urban remained closed. laborative policy relationship with development. An accompanying “Public Interior Secretary Sally Jewel the outdoor industry” and that the Engagement Report” identifies communimade it clear that the State of Utah outdoor recreation industry is ty values that could help drive sustaincan only be re-paid for this expen“often surprised and frustrated by able planning decisions. diture by an Act of Congress, which Utah’s unfavorable positions on Downtown Plan SLC: DOWNTOWNPLANSLC.COM/HOMEled to the sorry spectacle of Utah’s public lands policy.” 2/PUBLICATIONS/ four congressmen (all of whom In the past, Utah legislators have were responsible for causing the typically downplayed the economic And this time, listen to shutdown) co-sponsoring legislaimportance of recreation, insisted the list-makers tion to demand that the U.S. that federal lands drain tax money Treasury “reimburse States that use from Utah and complained bitterly The Downtown SLC plan says, “On State funds to operate national about federal environmental regulaaverage Salt Lake City experienced 11 parks during the federal governtions on mining and oil and gas. We hazardous or ‘red’ air days annually from ment shutdown.” can anticipate that any transfer of 2000 to 2012.” Last year Governor Gary The question is, what lesson will public lands to the State of Utah Herbert announced a voluntary air polluUtah’s strident anti-federalist politiwould result in more industrial tion reduction campaign. cians learn? development and less conservation The results? Wasatch Front air quality It seems that the Outdoor for wildlife and recreation. Now that is no better. In fact, a study from the UniRetailers have been right all along we citizens know what Utah is like versity of Utah Geography Department about the importance of public without federal public lands recrefound that red air alerts actually increase lands recreation to Utah’s economy, ation, we should redouble our traffic as Salt Lakers flock to the Wasatch but in 2012 the Utah Legislature efforts to oppose the Utah landMountains for a breath of fresh air. passed the “Transfer of Public grab and protect the places we love. This year, Governor Herbert has


appointed a 38-member Clean Air Action Team charged with “recommending practical and effective strategies to improve Utah's air quality.” The team might start by reviewing a similar list of recommendations produced by Governor Bangerter’s Clean Air Commission 22 years ago. Clean Air Action Team: UTAH.GOV/GOVERNOR/ NEWS_MEDIA/ARTICLE.HTML?ARTICLE=9409

Stericycle turns medical waste into air pollution The well-known community activist Erin Brockovich (played by Julia Roberts in a 2000 Hollywood movie) came to Salt Lake City to join protesters trying to shut down the Stericycle medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake. Medical doctors involved with Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment say that “incinerators do not eliminate hazardous substances; they concentrate them, and even create new ones.” The incinerator burns toxic medical waste like bloody surgical bandages, toxic chemicals like chemotherapy agents, human organs and animal carcasses suspected of dying of diseases known to be transmissible to humans. Stericycle was caught by the Division of Air Quality falsifying records and emitting 400% more dioxins than their permit allows. Dr. Scott Hurst pointed out that the incinerator is just part of the problem: “The concentration of five oil refineries, I15, Legacy Parkway, nearby Hill Air Force Base, and numerous smaller industries, all emitting pollution that converge on South Davis and North Salt Lake make this area a true pollution hot spot.” Communities for Clean Air: COMMUNITIESFORCLEANAIR.WORDPRESS.COM

saltfront: a new environmental literary journal for SLC The first issue of saltfront is out. And we learn a new word: The new arts and literary journal, published in Salt Lake City, is named after the “a site of mixing, interaction, and transformation,” particularly between fresh and salt water. The concept began in a bar last March among grad students of the University of Utah Environmental Humanities program, who lamented the lack of publications that print the type of writing they were doing. The journal aims to find “new ways to tell stories of what it means to be human amidst the monumental ecological transformations taking place on this planet.” The magazine prints twice a year. $12; $22/year. Available at King’s English, Ken Sanders Book, Wellerworks and online: SALTFRONT.ORG/INDEX.HTML.




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erhaps, during the 27 red- or so harmful to health that the EPA orange-air quality days Salt has developed standards for allowLake City experienced able levels. PM2.5 and ozone are throughout last winter’s invercriteria pollutants (carbon monoxsion season, your eyes did not ide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide smart; your throat and chest did and lead are the others) and, along not burn; your breath did not whiswith PM10, are the most worrisome tle in and out. components of the dirty air we Perhaps your lungs didn’t struggle breathe in SLC. to transfer the oxygen from your “PM” simply stands for “particubreath into your bloodstream. If so, late matter.” Some particles, such as you were luckier than the estimated dust, dirt, pollen, soot and smoke, 86,078 children and PM2.5 combustion adults in Salt Lake City particles, organic with asthma, or the compounds, metals, 188,795 people with human hair etc cardiovascular disease, or the 92,845 adults over 64. Perhaps your luck will hold this winPM10 dust, pollen, ter. However, if you are mold, etc young, old, asthmatic, diabetic, have heart disease, or are a longtime outdoor athlete, chances are you, too, will at some point suffer the effects of our fine beach sand dirty air. Unless, of course, we are emitted directly —think tailget it before it gets you. pipes; others, such as ozone, are Winter bad guys: formed in the atmosphere when gases react to airborne pollutants. PM2.5 and PM10 These particles and gases can The Clean Air Act of 1970 identiremain suspended in the air for fies six common air pollutants long periods of time. Some, such as found throughout the US. Besides soot or smoke, are large enough to affecting people, they can damage see. Others are so small they can the environment and personal only be detected with an electron property. The EPA calls them “critemicroscope. ria air pollutants” because they are


Particles between 2.5 and 10 micrometers in diameter (PM10, or “coarse” particles) are smaller than the width of a single human hair. When you inhale these particles, they stick to the sides of your airway and/or lodge into narrow passageways in your lungs. Your lungs respond by producing mucous to trap the particles, and tiny vibrating hairs do their best to move the mucous out of the lungs via coughing or swallowing. Although this process helps cleanse the lungs of

body? PM2.5 (fine particles) may be the culprit. These particles measure 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter; you need an electron microscope to see these guys. Because of their minute size, they are much more dangerous to health. PM2.5 particles travel down the smaller airways in the lungs and find their way to the alveoli, the tiniest crevices of the lungs. Special cells trap the particles in such a way that they can’t escape, which inhibits the alveoli from feeding oxygen into the bloodstream and scrubbing away carbon dioxide. This toxic presence can result not only in shortness of breath and irreversible lung damage, but can lead to diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis), heart disease and lung cancer. Sources of fine particles include all types of combustion, including motor vehicles, power plants, residential wood burning, forest fires, agricultural burning, and some industrial processes. These smaller particles are lighter than coarse particles and stay in the air longer— days or weeks. They can travel hundreds, if not thousands, of miles.

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Air pollution’s greatest impact on public health is likely its adverse impact on the most critical stage of human development, the first three months after conception. PM10, some particles may remain trapped and cause irritation and even scarring of the delicate lung tissue. Local sources of coarse particles include crushing or grinding operations (e.g. Kennecott, gravel pits), ash (from forest fires, wood-burning stoves and fireplaces), and dust stirred up by wind or vehicles. PM10 particles can stay in the air for minutes or hours, and they can travel up to 30 miles—so you can still inhale it even if you aren’t right next to a PM10 source. Have you ever taken a nice full breath of air, only to feel that the breath is not satisfying—that the air has somehow not reached your

that increase your risk of heart attack, such as high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol levels, as well as lung disease and diabetes, also increase risk from particles. PM2.5 and PM10 are especially dangerous to active children as they tend to spend a lot of time playing outdoors and their organs are still developing; and outdoor athletes, as the rapid and deep breathing that accompanies aerobic or other physical activity sends the particles deeper into the lungs. Roughly one out of every three people in the US is at a higher risk of experiencing PM2.5-related health effects. In the past few years, science has discovered that air pollution is also

toxic to the brain, impairing intellectual development in children and accelerating the normal cognitive decline that accompanies aging. But air pollution’s greatest impact on public health is likely its adverse impact on the most critical stage of human development, the first three months after conception. Components of air pollution can cross the placenta, compromising critical organ development. Virtually every adverse pregnancy outcome, including low birth weight, pre-term deliveries, and fetal and infant deaths, occurs at increased rates among mothers exposed to higher than average levels of air pollution. Because of pollution’s effect on genetic integrity, a per-

line vapors from gas-powered residential and commercial equipment and filling stations; and emissions from power plants, refineries, chemical plants and other industrial processes. Add sunlight and water vapor to this mix and you get a toxic gas: On hot sunny days, ozone levels can rise above the level of 75 parts per billion (.075 ppm) the EPA has deemed acceptable. These levels fluctuate throughout the day, generally peaking in midto late afternoon when temperatures are at their highest. High ozone concentrations have also been observed in cold months; a few high 3 elevation areas in the West with high levels of local VOC and NOx


The American Lung Association recently ranked Salt Lake City 51st for high ozone days and 6th for 24-hour PM2.5, out of 277 metro areas, garnering us a solid “F” in both categories. son’s lifelong propensity for chronic diseases can be affected by the air pollution breathed by his mother while he was in the womb.

Location, location: the good and bad of ozone Although the nasty yellowgray air in the valley in winter is generally a function of PM2.5s and PM10s being trapped near the valley floor by a stable mass of cold air, much of our summer air pollution comes in the form of ground level ozone. Ozone is a gas made up of three atoms of oxygen, and occurs both in the stratosphere and troposphere. When it is in the Earth’s upper atmosphere— the stratosphere, six to 30 miles above the Earth’s surface—it forms a protective layer that shields us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. But in the Earth’s lower atmosphere (the troposphere), ozone reacts chemically with oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) to form a harmful air pollutant. Major sources of NOx and VOC are motor vehicle exhaust; gaso-

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IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM THE FIRST TIME Living the Good Life: How to Live Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World (1954) Continuing the Good Life: Half a Century of Homesteading (1979) by Helen and Scott Nearing Fed up with the crowded, materialistic pace of city life and equally eager to escape the frustrations of ongoing economic woes, an enterprising couple leaves New York City for a homestead in


that will fascinate anyone who’s dreamed of dismantling their wheel in the rat race: If you’d like to learn how to build your own sizeable stone house or enrich your understanding of how to garden during the winter, you’ll find the wisdom of the Nearings’ 50-year experiment. And experiment it was, in the nature of Thoreau’s explorations: The Nearings also share their thoughts on the social aspects of their farming experience—from opening their home to visitors (a practice which eventually caused the couple to flee their once-haven in Vermont after it became surrounded by a ski resort, and well-meaning but constant drop-ins) to forming cooperative alliances with neighbors who, even in rural areas, were already making the transition to the individualistic, cashbased, mechanized life we all lead now. You’ll find fascinating biography, detailed explanations for how to make a life off the beaten path work (or for things to stay away from: one chapter is titled “Remodeling Old Wooden Buildings: Don’t!”), and lots of inspiration to chase down your own Walden or Forest Farm.

POTPOURRI The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple, Stylish & Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room (2012) by Ana White. Potter Craft Press the Vermont mountains—experimenting with a life of self-sufficiency while writing it all down: It sounds like the gist of a zeitgeisty blog from 2013, but this tale belongs to Helen and Scott Nearing, who started their exploration of homesteading during the Great Depression. The Nearings’ life work was creating a life of work: a life filled with “real, vital, urgent, important” activity— subsistence farming, music, writing and conversation. These two books chronicle how the Nearings moved to the country and grew cash crops— producing maple syrup at their first “Forest Farm” in Vermont, then blueberries at their second homestead in Maine—to raise just the money they needed for items they couldn’t grow themselves, while pursuing other interests. These books are rich with details

A whole summer spent exploring highUintas meadows or excavating out in the garden can leave your indoor spaces looking a little... neglected (that’s the word for disgorged daypacks and dirty towels everywhere, right?). If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your home and keep occupied during the chilly days ahead, grab your hammer but first check out The Handbuilt Home by Ana White. Filled with plans for a variety of furniture projects, you’ll find pretty embellishments for your space—such as an upholstered headboard or media console—as well as ways to enjoy the fruits of your summer adventures—from cute photo frames (I know you’ve Instagrammed more than one mountain sunrise this year) to a farmhouse table, perfect for setting out a harvest feast. The furniture styles in the book are simple (a cross between “grandma’s farmhouse” and “Ikea modern”) but the clear, unintimidating diagrams and pictures provide a perfect base for experimenting with


customization. Be warned (or rejoice!): This is a pretty girly book, and probably won’t appeal to your gruff Uncle Milt... or to heavily experienced woodworkers. But it will provide many useful projects for the beginner-to-intermediate power-tool wielder (always wear safety glasses, and take off your rings!)

ning through harvest and storage—with a few tasty recipes (crispy kale chips, anyone?) thrown in for good measure— would-be garden geeks will be delighted to find detailed information about the ins and outs of topics like soil testing, how to build raised beds, how to pinch tomato suckers to tame indeterminates, and a history of

This is one of the most solid gardening reference books of the past year, packing in a ton of gardening info that touches on virtually every aspect of gardening that the urban farmer would need to know. Gardening For Geeks: DIY Tests, Gadgets, & Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics, and Ecology to Exponentially Maximize the Yield of Your Garden (2013), Christy Wilhelmi (Adams Media) This book might disappoint botany majors, with nary a Punnett square or scanning electron microscope image in sight. However, if this dampens your enthusiasm, you should know that this is one of the most solid gardening reference books of the past year, packing in a ton of gardening info that touches on virtually every aspect of gardening that the urban farmer would need to know. Covering garden design and plan-

fertilizers—as well as some fun science facts (Did you know that lightning strikes fix massive amounts of nitrogen into the soil each year?) Look for tips for creating a worm bin and the secret for storing seeds over multiple years, as well as a detailed dossier of all of the most popular veggies and greens. Wilhelmi also covers the basics of bionynamics and French Intensive to help you eke the most out of your space— a skill which you can see in action in this little book, which is densely packed with tips, tricks and detailed explanations of how things work in your little ecosystem. You can also check out Wilhelmi’s blog (WWW.GARDENNERD.COM) for more info. u

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EPA standards are rather arbitrary —more in line with what the political forces will accept than what medical science shows. standards even in previously pristine locations such as Antelope Island—possibly as a result of drifting polluted air. Some conjecture that toxic air is making its way across the ocean from heavy polluters such as China, raising a whole other set of issues. Our fair city also received an “F” for 24-hour PM2.5 from the Lung Association; Salt Lake was 6th out of 277 US cities in this category. Three Utah regions—Salt Lake City, Provo and the Cache Valley—are currently in nonattainment for 24-hour PM2.5 standards set by the EPA in 2006: 35 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3). However, no area in Utah exceeds the EPA’s annual standard for PM2.5, which is measured by taking an average of PM2.5 levels throughout the year; outside of inversions, our PM2.5 levels are considered average. You would be forgiven if you think that when pollutant levels fall below the maximum allowable ones set by the EPA (green air days), the air is safe. But you would be wrong. Medical science has shown that there is no safe level of PM, and likely no safe level of ozone. The standards set by the EPA are rather arbitrary—more in line with what the political forces will accept. The American Lung Association grades pollutants on a different and more stringent scale. Medical societies and clean air advocates are continually asking the EPA to tighten standards; it has responded at times, but rarely to the extent requested by medical science. Still, bringing Salt Lake City, Provo and the Cache Valley into EPA attainment is a start. These nonattainment areas have been designated as such since 2009. Under current law, once a city has received an EPA nonattainment designation, state and local governments must develop plans outlining how areas will reach and maintain the legal standards within a 10-year period. This past September 3, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality submitted a plan to the Air Quality Board that it claims will cut PM2.5 pollution levels to “acceptable” standards by 2019 (the latest allowable date to achieve compliance). The proposal was passed by the Board and was out for public comment in October. Making this a battle of good guys versus bad guys or industry versus private citizens misses the point. The wheels of industry purport to turn on our behalf. Do we want to wait six years for the cogs of government to grind their way to better air, or do we want to be proactive and attend to issues, lobby local officials and—most important because it is within an individual’s control— make changes to our own habits that work toward improving our air? u Marjorie McCloy is a former editor of Rock and Ice and Women’s Sports and Fitness, and freelances for many national publications. She lives in Salt Lake City.

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Continuing on common ground After 15 years, Wasatch Commons Cohousing remains a vibrant model of community BY KATHERINE PIOLI

his community was built with diversity in mind,” says Lynda Angelastro, her face bright with pride. All around the room, the heads of her neighbors nod in agreement. There’s Susan Stewart, a retired third-year resident, sunk deep in a cushioned chair. Hob Calhoun, a sixth year resident hailing from the East Coast, leans in the doorway. Vicky Wason and her teenage daughter Grace sit together on a couch. Lynda continues speaking for the group. “Our neighbors are Mormon and Unitarian. They are from Ghana, England, California, New England. You don’t find that anywhere else in Salt Lake.” It’s true. In the 15 years since it was established on four and a half open acres in southwest Salt Lake City, Wasatch Commons has remained the state’s only continuing nondenominational cohousing intentional community. Through the years, neighbors have changed and gatherings have evolved but the Commons remains a model of cooperation and community in our city. First-time visitors often have trouble finding


their way to the Commons because, unlike most neighborhoods, its houses face each other along a winding pedestrian path instead of a street. Cars only go as far as the group lot on the east side of the neighborhood. Strolling through the Commons feels like a trip through an Old World country village. Twenty-six beige adobe houses stand in tight formation down either side of the walk, each with a large and inviting window. Tall old trees add a sense of shelter and small welltended plots of flowers and bushes sprouting up in front of each door tell of care and pride. Halfway down the path, the Commons opens into a modern version of the old town square, a large common house surrounded by lawn, where the community gathers for meetings, dinners and holiday parties. With all its acreage, Wasatch Commons has ample space for gardens. Each residence has its own patch of fruit trees and vegetables. Some yards have chickens. Urban farmer Sharon Leopardi of BUG Farms works some of the community plots, and is in the process of converting a once open field where the community children played, into a new farm plot in exchange for providing some food to the community. The clustered, inwardly focused design of the Commons intentionally ensures impromptu meetings among neighbors throughout the day.

It’s a concept not often seen in condominium associations, but, then again, Wasatch Commons is more than just an association, or just a neighborhood; it’s an intentional community. Instead of being united under a shared philosophy or religion, cohousing intentional communities are bonded by the common goal of creating a nurturing, open, collaborative and safe environment while still leaving ample room for privacy and autonomous choice. Because the houses in the Commons are 100% privately owned (the common center and grounds are jointly owned) if an owner fancies changing the color on their living room wall, it’s no problem. Periodically owners find renters, other times they put their house up for sale. Units range from 1,000 sq ft to 2,000 sq ft and are moderately priced from $135,000 to $195,000. Such reasonable housing options in such a safe community has the potential to generate a lot of interest but, Commons residents caution, new owners need to also be prepared to give a significant time and emotional investment. “There are unique challenges to this lifestyle,” says Susan Stewart. “When a community relies on consensus as we do, months can go by before anything is done if just one person doesn’t have the same vision.” And, unlike on a normal street, it’s nearly impossible at the Commons to avoid each other when tensions arise Still, the model has its strengths as Lynda Angelastro likes to point out. When she and her husband moved into a condominium in Midvale, they expected a friendly, close-knit community similar to Lynda’s childhood neighborhood outside of London. “My husband and I joined the

Such well-priced, attractive and safe housing has the potential to generate a lot of interest but, Commons residents caution, new owners need to also be prepared to give a significant time and emotional investment. governing board, we started a reading group and a theater group, but we were never able to connect with our neighbors.” When she found Wasatch Commons she never hesitated making the move into cohousing. In the early years at the Wasatch Commons, community gatherings had a certain barn-raising quality. People pitched in on each other’s home improvement projects: planting trees, laying walkways, building chicken coops, turning up soil for gardens. Today, the community has matured and changed and gatherings take on a different roll. “These days,” explains Vicky Wason. “We have time to come together for knitting groups, potlucks, Easter hunts and pumpkin carving.” On Sunday evenings, the community shares dinner in the common building. On Wednesdays some of them gather for lunch. For Grace Wason, who came to the Commons as a baby with her parents and older brother, the changes this community has seen in the last 15 years all happened as naturally as her own growing up. For her mother Vicky and other older members, each change is clearly mapped in memory. Looking ahead, Vicky is hopeful the Wasatch Commons will continue to respect the privacy but also give the support that each individual in the community needs and cherishes. u Katherine Pioli is a CATALYST staff writer.


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ruel parasites and enslaved hosts are nothing new in the insect world. There’s the fluke that forces ants to commit suicide by ungulate. The hairworm that impels grasshoppers to drown themselves. And wasps that compel spiders to spin a special web for the larvae that will kill and eat them. But to even suggest that parasites could control human behavior has always been a taboo. Sure, we host parasites that eat our eyeballs and cause our legs and genitals to inflate like balloons, but no other organism can control our minds. We are, after all, masters of our domain. Right? Wrong.


Of mice and men Meet Toxoplasma gondii (T gondii for short), the microbe that causes toxoplasmosis. A crescent-shaped protozoan parasite, T gondii really wants to get inside a feline small intestine, which is the only place it can reproduce. To that end, it infests mice and rats and rewires their brains. Rodents infected with toxoplasmosis, while normal in all other ways, lose all fear of cats and are aroused by the scent of their urine. They become cat stalkers, begging to be eaten. If a cat obliges, T gondii exits the mouse, enters the cat’s intestine, has sex and produces tiny, hard-walled oocysts that are shed in the cat’s feces. If the cat defecates outside, the oocysts, which can survive up to a year outside a host, are spread to other animals and taint the surrounding soil and water. Humans are accidental hosts. We typically contract toxoplasmosis through undercooked meat, unwashed produce, raw goat milk, tainted soil or cat litter. It can also be transmitted from mother to fetus, and possibly sexually. Worldwide, human T. gondii infection rates are around 50%, though in the U.S. only about 25%

Is a parasite driving your car? Toxoplasmosis is so fascinating that it can take over your thoughts— and maybe even your brain BY DIANE OLSON “He really thinks it was his decision to go see ‘Cats’. “

“She hated it but I knew he’d love it.”

levels. In doing so, it changes the personality of its host in subtle, but significant, ways. Weirdly enough, some of those changes differ between genders. Infected men are more likely to dress badly, break rules, take risks, have few friends and be suspicious, jealous and morose. They also rather enjoy the smell of cat pee. Women with toxoplasmosis, on the other hand, tend to dress well and are more outgoing, trusting and sociable. And they find the smell of cat pee highly offensive. In both genders, T gondii hijacks the brain circuitry controlling fear, often turning it into sexual arousal. It also boosts sexual desire in both men and women, and increases their attractiveness to the opposite sex. “In short,” says one Australian researcher, “toxoplasmosis can make men behave like alley cats and women behave like sex kittens.”

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are affected. According to a Stanford study, Parisian women have the highest infection rate, due to a predilection for cooking and consuming nearly raw meat. Toxoplasmosis has long been recognized as dan-

gerous to pregnant women and the immunosuppressed, as it can cause fetal brain damage and dementia. In the rest of the population, though, it was thought to be asymptomatic, aside from a brief, flu-like malaise felt in the initial phase of infection. Turns out, that’s not the case.

Alley cats and sex kittens Recent studies have found that in humans, as in mice, T gondii camps out in the areas of the brain that affect pleasure, fear and anxiety, cranking up the production of dopamine and altering hormone

Recent studies have found that T gondii camps out in the areas of the brain that affect pleasure, fear and anxiety, cranking up the production of dopamine and altering hormone levels. In doing so, it changes the personality of its host in subtle, but significant, ways.

But wait, there’s more. Toxoplasmosis also decreases attention span, lowers fear response, increases anxiety and slows reflexes. That’s likely why infected people are about 2.7 times more likely to be in a traffic accident than those who aren’t infected. Studies also suggest that toxoplasmosis may trigger schizophrenia in genetically susceptible people, as well as increase the risk of suicide. On the bright side, T gondii’s ability to jack up dopamine production may pave the way to curing gene-related diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Or psychological problems like PTSD and social-anxiety disorder. And treating toxoplasmosis in people with schizophrenia or suicidal depression could potentially help lessen the ravages of those diseases. If there were a treatment. While drugs do exist to treat acute cases, there are none to cure ongoing infection. And until someone decides there’s really a need for a long-term cure, there isn’t likely to be one. And so far, no one’s panicking. Though perhaps all the researchers already have toxoplasmosis and therefore are aroused, rather than frightened, by the thought of everyone on the planet being horny and fearless. Maybe they really aren’t interested in finding a cure.

Don’ts and does Levity aside, if you’re pregnant and have flu-like symptoms, you

So is free will a myth, not because of some divine plan, but because everything we do is done at the behest of our microscopic masters? might want to get tested. And everyone should take a few simple precautions against infection. This does not include getting rid of your cat. Numerous studies have concluded that living with a cat is not a significant risk factor. You’re more likely to acquire toxoplasmosis from undercooked meat, unwashed vegetables or non-purified water. Infected cats shed the parasite only once in their life, for one to three weeks, usually when they’re young and learning to hunt. So if you have a young indoor/outdoor cat, keep tables and countertops clean and use a long-handled scooper when you clean the litter box. If you’re pregnant or immunosuppressed, have someone else clean it. Even if you don’t have a cat, you should wear gloves when you garden, wash produce and sterilize cutting boards. And don’t eat rare meat. Especially in Paris.

Our parasite overlords What’s most fascinating about toxoplasmosis is that it opens the door to so many profound questions. Are you the one driving the car, choosing a mate and deciding whether or not to go out on Friday night—or is it T gondii? How much of what we do is really controlled by other creatures? It’s been noted that people newly infected with the flu have an increased desire to socialize, and those in the early stages of a herpes outbreak and the end stages of AIDS and syphilis intensely crave sex. Clearly, the viruses are calling the shots there, prodding their hosts to seek their own replacements. So is free will truly a myth, not because of some divine plan, but because everything we do is done at the behest of our microscopic masters? I don't know, but the idea kinda turns me on. u Diane Olson wrote the Urban Almanac column in CATALYST for 17 years. She is the author of A Nature Lover’s Almanac: Kinky Bugs, Stealthy Critters, Prosperous Plants and Celestial Wonders (2012, Gibbs Smith, Publisher).

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My Burial Chamber A celebration of life An exhibition by Pilar Pobil


he Idea for this exhibit, ”My Burial Chamber,” started developing at the beginning of what I call my third life. The first one having been in Mallorca with my parents, the hard times of the Civil War and my youth until I met my American husband, Walter Smith. My second life began in Utah, with Walter, my children Luis,

Monica and Maggie, my dearest friends, the amazing Utah landscape and my art. Then, just before the turn of the century, my husband died and for the first time in my life I was left alone and independent, free to make my own decisions and mistakes. My third life had just begun. I started to reflect about my past, how many different activities had taken my interest and my time, the fact that I am one of those

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individuals who enjoys working and feeling passionate about embracing new ideas, creating unexpected objects, reckless enough to disregard my limited knowledge to try the pursuit of whatever provokes my interest. “My Burial Chamber” installation is a compilation of some of those diverse interests. When I first mentioned the title, people seemed shocked, believing perhaps that I was in a depressive mood. On the contrary, I believe this is a

very positive idea and tribute to past generations. It is indeed a “celebration of life”! In recognition that the person for whom such a burial was prepared had had a full and satisfactory time on this earth, the ones who were left behind wanted to recognize the merit of the individual’s work and provide the means for him or her to continue on in the next life, in the ever after. A beautiful gift! What more could we possibly ask for? —Pilar Pobil

While very much alive, Pilar has formulated a plan for the preservation of her home as a special place for art and artists when she is gone. For information about the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Pilar Pobil Legacy Foundation and an ongoing calendar of her events go to PILARPOBIL.COM.


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SLC Pop’s deconstructionist food Katie Weinner creates modernist meals at downtown’s Nata Gallery BY HEATHER MAY atie Weinner is a woman who craves change. The one-time competitive snowboarder earned a teaching degree, only to find she hated it — “It was horrific, catching kids watching porn during computer class,” she recalls. That’s what drove her to restaurant work. Once there, as she moved from making tiramisu to pasta to pizza, Weinner found a career to which she could devote herself. The Minnesota native graduated from Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver, worked at Plumpjack Café at Lake Tahoe, and eventually landed in Salt Lake City. Last November [2012] she opened the downtown restaurant called SLC Pop, 29 E. 400 South, with an everchanging menu and occasional hours. It’s located at Nata Gallery, which she opened with her partner (and former student) Mike Burtis. When Weinner and Burtis opened at Nata, Weinner had already been hosting pop-up dinners around Salt Lake City with Chef Jonas Otsuji (which they called SLC Alchemist), as well as on her own. Her most impressive resumé item includes developing the menu for the pop-up Mist Project, perhaps Salt Lake’s biggest, most talked about food experience of last year, which ran for one month in the space of the former Metropolitan on Broadway. After Mist, Weinner decided to continue the pop-up restaurant model, which matched her vision and financial capabilities. But even that is subject to change. Weinner recently extended her lease for six more months—short term for a restaurant, rather long for


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a pop-up. This gives diners until the end of April to eat a multi-course, modern meal that looks like art, mixes international flavors and turns the familiar, like a BLT, into the novel: How about a lettuce-green macaroon with tomato-flavored butter creme filling from which wafts a shock of bacon cotton candy? Melt-in-yourmouth delicious. “I know it’s not like anything else and I just want to scream it from the rooftops: Really, I’m not just blowing wind up your skirt,” says Weinner. “I don’t want to guarantee a good time but it almost always is, because we’re so different.” Not only is the food artistic, so is the space. Located in Nata Gallery

stove. Much of the food is prepared at the Arts Institute kitchen. Food at the gallery is finished on two portable gas burners, in a toaster oven or a three-pot Crock-Pot or with a whipped cream dispenser. Weinner is the queen of Midwestern resourcefulness. “There’s something to be said for the little person, the poor person who can build something from nothing,” she says, noting that

Pumpkin panna cotta, persimmon, radish and housemade pumpkin beer cheese

—it’s not strictly a gallery or restaurant—the decor changes with local showings. The room is intimate, with just four tables. Dinner starts around 7:15 p.m. on what Weinner calls “sporadic Saturdays.” On other evenings she hosts private parties and cooking classes. Weinner is also a culinary instructor at the Art Institute of Salt Lake City, located in Draper, where she directs a studentrun restaurant. The prix fixe menu is set days before, based on what’s in season and “daily inspiration.” Opened in what Weinner calls “MacGyver style” (remember the TV secret agent who solved complex problems with duct tape and a Swiss Army knife?), Nata has no

Nata started with about $15,000 raised from friends, family and a Kickstarter campaign. Recently, Weinner and Burtis cooked a meal for some local chefs, who rarely get to eat out. “They’re good people, people who inspire us to do good things,” she says. “Being a chef, it’s really nice for someone else to cook for you.” Bowman Brown, the head chef and co-owner of the Salt Lake City restaurant Forage was invited to give Weinner advice. Brown is probably Utah’s best and most experimental chef. His approval says a lot. Sitting with three Forage employees, Brown says Weinner’s menu is ambitious for Utah’s dining scene. “It feels so closed off here in some ways,” Brown lamented. “It feels like no matter how hard you try, because it’s Salt Lake City, why try?” Weinner’s drive to bring something new to Utah is inspiring current and former Art Institute students.

“She goes out and finds all the crazy things you don’t think to use. It keeps us up in the know,” says Vanessa Reynolds, an Art Institute graduate and independent chef who was helping in the kitchen that night. Reynolds was referring to ingredients like kiwi berries (looks like a grape; tastes like kiwi) and the citrus “Buddha’s hand” that resembles a yellow octopus. “She crosses the line between savory and sweet and it works every time,” Reynolds says. Weinner describes her food as eclectic and modernist. The nine-course Chef’s Appreciation dinner was a good example of that, along with her skill at meshing of cultures and creating visually surprising delights. There was the bowl of pumpkin curry panna cotta with kale chips followed by Japanese risotto made with sushi rice and the lobster langoustine. Another plate revealed what looked like a sponge and a rock but was in fact a light, porous purple cornbread and a hard shortbread made with bleu cheese and red wine flour. The sensational (in more ways than one) “Russian Tea with Poppy and Fizzy” was an elegant shot of vibrant orange tea into which we poured... something... from a tiny bamboo cone. Turns out that “something” was Pop Rocks. The final dish was another mindtwister: parsnips which Weinner had peeled and dehydrated the night before, served with kaffir lime milk. It tasted like Fruity Pebbles. Weinner isn’t sure what she’ll do in the spring. She’d love to be the chef at a 20-seat restaurant. Or she may take the pop-up concept to another space. After all, it suits her style. “I love the idea of change and challenge. It’s a new experience every time.” u Heather May is a former Salt Lake Tribune writer specializing in food. CATALYST welcomes her!


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Breast health awareness! for everyone BY MARLENA LAMBERT time. Breast tissue, female or male, eventually turns to fat. It naturally becomes saggy. This is not a sign of failure of character nor is it a sign of ill-fitting bras. It just happens. To everyone. Just accept it. In the same way that the Photo by Scott Haefner thymus gland turned to fat in our teens, mammary he breast glands do the same later in life. exam lesson I was given by a doctor many Move it! years ago was a reminder to practice a routine based on Breast tissue lies in front of the fear, looking for suspicious changes muscular wall of the chest. Since in shape, and feeling for “lumps.” I there are no intrinsic muscles, was focused on finding a problem, which is important, but not on getting to know my own healthy breasts or maintaining their health. We need more talk about awareness of breast health. Here is a quick guide to maintaining healthy breasts, both female and male.


are kind of lumpy. Breast tissue can be dense or loose, and it can vary in the same person. Breast tissue, female or male, can have fibrotic areas. Massaging your breast tissue daily in addition to examining it monthly gives you much more data for monitoring changes. Improved circulation is good for easing tenderness and lumpiness. Breast massage can address swelling and pain associated with the menstrual cycle and nursing, as well as soreness from injury and surgery.

Treat yourself! It’s one thing to massage your own body; it’s quite another to be fully relaxed and receive a professional therapeutic massage. Breast area massage work not only treats breast tissue (including scar tissue) directly, it also benefits shoulder, neck, and upper back areas, not to mention respiration, circulation, and digestion. And of course it promotes self-acceptance, and a loving

Whenever possible, let breast tissue move freely! Stretch your arms overhead,extend your ribcage laterally, rotate the neck and shoulders.

Get to know it! Few women get to know their own breasts until there is a problem; even fewer men know theirs. A monthly self-exam is certainly a good start, but it’s not enough. Basic breast exam information provides no explanation about the range of variation of healthy breast tissue. Yes, guys have breast tissue as well. And, although male breast cancer is rare, it’s almost always fatal due to late detection. Breast tissue can extend toward the clavicle (collar bone) and into the axilla (arm pit). As most women know, breasts can be bigger on one side than the other. This is okay. Few of us, female or male, were aware of normal stages of breast development, and fewer of us know anything about involution—that tissue is supposed to change over

drainage of venous blood and lymph through breast tissue relies on mechanics outside of itself. Although a direct link between cancer and wearing a bra is not proven, it’s a no-brainer that tight-fitting garments restrict the movement of lymph and venous blood. Whenever possible, let breast tissue move freely! Stretch your arms overhead, extend your ribcage laterally, rotate the neck and shoulders to loosen the muscles and joints that surround the breasts. Gentle self-massage is a great way to further enhance circulation through breast tissue. And ladies, if you notice denser tissue along the edge where your underwire rests, target this area. Do be gentle; even though it is dense, it is not muscle, so deep pressure is a bad idea. The good news is that almost all breasts (yes, male and female alike)

attitude toward oneself! Breast tissue massage is legal in Utah, but women must sign a consent form that outlines a plan of treatment; men don’t have to. It is illegal to work the nipple and areola on either women or men. Look for a therapist with training in manual lymph drainage, lymph drainage therapy, visceral manipulation (thorax work), and/or one who has been certified in breast massage. Most basic massage school certifications do not include any of this; some do. Practitioners usually have advanced and specific training. Check before you book your appointment. A massage is not an exam. Practice both, and spread the word about breast health awareness. u Marlena Lambert is a licensed massage therapist, and an adjunct professor for yoga and meditation in the College of Nursing at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.


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What artists (and others) should know

Q: I have a great idea for a sci-fi opus about pixies on Mars that I don’t want my downstairs neighbor to steal before I can get it written down. Can I copyright it? A: In a word, no. (If you answered yes, then go back and re-read the preceding paragraph, particularly the last sentence—copyright does not protect ideas.)

Š What’s a copyright and why should I protect it?


Editor’s note: In the 1990s, fresh out of college, Barry

Scholl was a writer and editor here at CATALYST. He eventually left us and became a lawyer, cofounded the Entrada Institute (a nonprofit supporting artists, writers and scholars whose work focus on the Colorado Plateau) and in 1997 opened Robber’s Roost Bookstore in Torrey, Utah. We’re thrilled to have him back for this series of legal topics, ranging from intellectural property and elder law to estate planning and reviewing contracts, because he will make these important but often tedious topics digestible. In a creative, proactive life, legal issues occasionally emerge. Knowing some basic ins and outs can promote a modicum of comfort and ease.

f you are in the habit or profession of creating original work to share with the public, you may have wondered what is—and isn’t—protectable under U.S. copyright law. Stated simply, copyright protects original creative works. It applies to literary works such as books and articles (including this column), artistic works such as paintings and sculpture, and musical works, including musical scores and recordings. You might also be surprised that copyright applies to computer code, choreography and even architecture. However, it does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation. So let’s put our copyright knowledge to the test with the following questions, shall we?


Q: I have a great original novel about pixies on Mars; unfortunately, it’s already been rejected by every commercial publisher in existence (hey, it’s ahead of its time!). Can I copyright it anyway? A: Yes. So long as the work meets the other requirements set forth immediately below, there is no requirement that the work be commercially published—or published at all. This also goes for your musical composition or new dance steps. Q: How do I obtain copyright? A: Assuming that your original work of authorship is in “a tangible medium of expression� (i.e., it is written down or recorded), and also assuming that it contains a “modicum of originality,� you don’t need to do anything. A “common law� copyright vests automatically to your work, and you should provide copyright notice on your works in this way: “Copyright Š 2013 [your name here]�). You may apply the copyright notice and use the “Š� symbol without registering the copyright. This can be used to establish a timeline. It can be used as a shield to fend off late comers, but doesn't have much efficacy as a sword. If you timely register your copyright in the U.S. Copyright Office of the Library of Congress (within three months of the publication date), your copyright registration will give you additional protection from infringement, including a legal presumption of validity and the ability to recover statutory damages. Attorneys’ fees for infringement may also be available. Note that a certificate of registration is required before you can file suit in federal court for copyright infringement. Q: If I choose to register a copyright, what do I do? A: Submit a completed application form, a nonrefundable filing fee ($35 if you register

online) and a copy or copies of the work to be registered to the U.S. Copyright Office. Processing time is currently about three to four months. Q: What does having a registered copyright allow me to do that a common-law copyright doesn’t? A: Under the 1976 Copyright Act, having a registered copyright gives you the exclusive right to do (and authorize others to do) the following: •Reproduce and publish the work; •Prepare derivative works based on the original work; •Distribute copies or recordings of the work; •Perform the original work publicly; and •Display the original work publicly Q: How do these rights really work? A: For the purpose of illustration, let’s try applying the above rights to a basic fact pattern. Turning back to the questions above, if I finally publish my book about pixies on Mars, it becomes a bestseller, and then I discover, to my horror, that my downstairs neighbor is composing a rock opera based on my book and even includes the same characters, can I stop him from publishing it? The answer is yes. As the copyright owner, you control the right to create derivative works based on your copyrighted novel, which would generally include sequels, spin-offs, and, yes, even rock operas. Q: How long does registered copyright protection last? A: Generally, for works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years, but there are exceptions. Q: Where can I go for more information? A: The U.S. Copyright Office provides a more detailed overview of basic copyright law, which you can find at WWW.COPYRIGHT.GOV.

Next month: Trademarks. u A former CATALYST associate editor, Barry Scholl is an attorney with Kruse Landa Maycock & Ricks, LLC, in Salt Lake City. The contents of this column are not legal advice. Consult with an attorney prior to embarking on any legal matter.

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Think Dirty Ever wonder how they get lipstick that shade of chartreuse? The new (and free) Think Dirty app can tell you. Just fire it up and scan the barcodes on makeup, shampoo, soap, whatever, and it’ll tell you if the product contains BHS/BHT, GEGs, petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde releasing agents, siloxanes, sulfates, fragrances or non-biodegradable ingredients. THINKDIRTYAPP.COM

Air pollution is bad for you — says the U.N. Another for the annals of the No Shit Sherlock Society: The U.N.’s International Agency for Research on Cancer listed air pollution and the particulates it contains as a carcinogen last month. The agency classified air pollution as a “Group 1” carcinogen, which means there’s “sufficient evidence” it can cause cancer in humans. More interestingly, the agency concluded that air pollution not only can cause lung cancer, but bladder cancer, too. TINYURL.COM/AIRPOLLUTIONCANCER

Hoover it up On a related note, a Dutch designer has created a prototype electrostatic vacuum to suck air pollution out of the air. It works on a small scale, at least: Using copper coils to create magnetic fields, Daan Roosegaarde was able to purify the air in a 270-square-foot room. He hopes to use a bigger version to pull pollution out of 164foot cylinder of air in Beijing as a proof-ofconcept. I’m not betting this works on a grand scale, but props for the idea. TINYURL.COM/AIRPOLLUTIONVACUUM

GMO news Big developments on the GMO front this month. First, Mexico has banned genetically modified corn. And not in some pansy-footed American way of banning things either. Last month, a Mexican judge ruled that no more GMO corn can be planted in the country, effective immediately. Second, farmers in Kauai’s Hawaii Co.unty must now disclose the use of genetically modified crops and pesticides, and honor a 500-foot buffer zone around schools, homes and medical facilities. There’s also preliminary approval for a bill to prohibit open-air cultivation of GMO crops. Also, Washington state has a mail-in

ballot vote for the mandatory labeling of GMO products (similar to the bill that failed in California last year). Unsurprisingly, businesses that produce or use GMO products have gone ape-shit, throwing around huge amounts of money to oppose the effort. In a quite-surprising turnabout, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association, alleging that they illegally collected and spent more than $7 million opposing the GMO labeling ballot, while hiding the identity of contributors.

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24 November 2013 CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET Art, Health, Spirit, Natural World, Music, Events/Festivals, Meetings, Exhibits, Education/Workshops. See the full list of events and the ongoing calendar at WWW.CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET/EVENTS


understanding elements of article writing, such as the sidebar and the hook. Nov. 6, 6p. SLCC Community Writing Center, 210 E 400 S. $30. SLCC.EDU

Meet the Chef Josh Taylor, executive chef at LDS Hospital, will share his culinary expertise and passion for transforming fresh produce into delicious meals. This program will help participants find healthy ways to cook from fresh produce. Nov. 7, 6p. The City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free. SLCPL.UT.US


Film screening: !W.A.R. Through intimate interviews, art, and rarely seen archival film and video footage, !Women Art Revolution reveals how the Feminist Art Movement turned free speech and politics into an art that radically transformed the art and culture of our times. Nov. 6, 7-8:30p. Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Center Campus Dr. Free. UMFA.UTAH.EDU

Rumi Poetry Club monthly meeting The Rumi Poetry Club of Salt Lake meets on first Tuesdays to recite and discuss poems from Rumi and other spiritual poets from around the world. (Next month’s meeting: Tues., Dec. 7.)

Glass art show The Glass Art Guild of Utah returns to Red Butte Garden for another stunning show of kiln work blown glass—large and small pieces including sculptural works and jewelry. Displayed items will also be for sale. (Reception with artists is Nov. 10, 2-5p.) Nov. 8-Dec.8. Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way. Regular garden admission. REDBUTTEGARDEN.ORG

Nov. 7, 7-8:30p. Anderson-Foothill Library, 1135 S 2100 E. Free. RUMIPOETRYCLUB.COM

Free film screening: Redrock & Pearls

Trashed: No Place for Waste

Pearls are to 30 what gold is to 50. After 30 years of loving and protecting Southern Utah, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance is hosting a gala celebration honoring the contributions of tens of thousands of people who have worked on behalf of this land. SUWA aims to permanently protect over 9 million acres of redrock wilderness, and with the help of many, they’ve managed to keep 99% of these lands safe.

Utah Recycling Alliance, The Rethink Project and Momentum Recycling partner to present the free screening of Trashed: No Place for Waste, a film that analyzes the after-effects of consumerism. Actor Jeremy Irons helps viewers discover what happens to the billion or so tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year.

Nov. 16, 7:30p. Utah Museum of Natural History ‘s Canyon Atrium, 301 Wakara Way. $50 (includes a complimentary 1-year membership) $25 members. SUWA.ORG

Write a Novel in a Month Explore techniques for writing 50,000 words in 30 days in honor of National Novel writing month. Coaching sessions will also be available outside of class times. Saturdays-Nov. 2-30, 1-3p. Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. $60. NANWRIMO.ORG

Diwali Festival of Lights Diwali is a celebration of life filled with love, forgiveness, freedom, festivity and friendliness. A classical bharathanatyam dance piece by Srilatha Singh and Mala (mom-daughter duo) will be performed on

the significance of Diwali and prominence of Rama followed by a grand dinner buffet, DJ, cash bar and dancing.

Nov. 7, 6p. Brewvies Cinema Pub, 677 S 200 W. Free. BREWVIES.COM

Nov. 2, 8p-1a. Saffron Valley, 26 E St. $40.

The Art of the Article: Magazine Writing Ever have a great idea for a magazine article, but not know where to start? From fillers to features the Community Writing Center can help you write a great piece that starts you on your way as a future journalist. Join Andrea Malouf to learn techniques of interviewing and visual writing, as well as

Malcolm Gladwell at Abravanel The Hinckley Institute of Politics presents Malcolm Gladwell as the inaugural Sam Rich Lecture. Gladwell's address will cover his recently released fifth book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. Nov. 5, 8p. Abravanel Hall, 123 W South Temple. $12-$34. HINCKLEY.UTAH.EDU

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HAPPENING Dead Sea Scrolls Opening Gala and Exclusive Preview - One Night Only! Thursday, November 21 | 6:00pm | $100 per person proceeds benefit The Leonardo's Education Programs. $80 of your purchase is tax deductible. Ticket Required. Formal Dress. Leo Libations Wine Pairing First Thursday of every month | 7:00 pm $45.00 per person, includes Museum Admission $15.00 per person (without wine), includes Museum Admission Must be 21 years old to attend the event

Moon As astronaut Sam Bell nears the end of a three-year stint as the sole employee at a Moon mining base, he worries about the toll his long isolation is taking on his mental health. With only two weeks to go before his journey back to Earth, Sam is injured in an accident on the Moon’s surface that sets in motion the central drama of this intense sci-fi psychological thriller. After the film, join Rob Morris, assistant education manager at the Clark Planetarium, for a discussion of why we should go back to the Moon. Morris will explore the scientific and economic advantages of establishing a lunar outpost and how the Moon could aid us in future exploration of the Solar System. Nov. 12, 7p. Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free. NHMU.UTAH.EDU

Jewish Arts Festival This year's Jewish Arts Festival features three screenings of Life in Stills — winner of the Israeli Oscar for best documentary — its companion photo exhibit, Your Fortunate Eyes, and a Hanukkah Market. See website for a full schedule and details. Jewish Arts Festival, Nov 9-Dec. 22. Jewish Community Center, 2 N Medical Dr. $7.50-$25. SLCJCC.ORG

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Native Elder/Navajo Rug show & sale Friday Nov. 8 attend a preview and sale of the hand-woven Navajo rugs, jewelry and crafts. Hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and auction. The rest of the weekend centers on the sale of rugs, jewelry and crafts. *See back cover of the CATALYST October issue for details. Nov. 8, 6-10p. (Special event-$30 adults, $10 children.) Nov. 9-10, 10a-6p. Snow Park Lodge, 2250 Deer Valley Dr, Park City. $5 or canned donation.

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This workshop is a primer for the beginning dairy enthusiast. Learn to make a quick mozzarella, ricotta, and yogurt. If you are interested in the world of cheese-making, this class will get you off to the right start. Nov. 11, 6-8p. Harmons City Creek, 135 E 100 S. $25. WASATCHGARDENS.ORG

Percussion Fall Extravaganza A spirited evening with the U Graduate Percussion Quartet, the U of U Drumline and other talented percussionists. The program ranges from the classical to contemporary, as well as non-Western and jazz-influenced works by John Cage, David Skidmore, Aurél Holló and more. Nov. 11, 7:30-9:30p. Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 President’s Circle. $10 adults/$6 students. MUSIC.UTAH.EDU

Want to send out your own handmade holiday greeting cards? This card-printing workshop introduces the delights of letterpress printing. Bring a message and use the Book Arts Program’s collection of vintage zinc cuts and metal type to design and print an edition of greetings cards.

A course on nutrition and healthy eating

Nov. 9, 9a-5p. J. Willard Marriott Library, 295 S 1500 E. Free. UTAH.EDU

Nov.14-Dec. 12 (Thursdays). 6-8p. The Leonardo, 209 E 500 S. $80 ($70 members). THELEONARDO.ORG

Learn about how your body processes different foods and learn how to establish healthy eating habits on a budget with Chef Zanetta Jones.

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Scientist in the Spotlight: Utah’s Avalanches with Bruce Tremper

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Nov. 15, 2-4p. Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way. Free. NHMU.UTAH.EDU

Aligning with your Arrow of Destiny A karmic workshop to clarify the innermost direction of your life and remove blocks to following it. Nov. 16-17, 10a-5p. Sanctuary for Healing and Integration, 850 E 4500 S (suite 302). $250.

Lodro Rinzler at Golden Braid Books Lodro Rinzler will discuss his new book Walk Like a Buddha. Being a young, New York-based Buddhist teacher who connects especially well with readers in their 20s and 30s, Rinzler takes a relaxed, colloquial approach to meditation and its many benefits. He is well versed in Shambhala and Tibetan Buddhism. A book signing will follow the discussion. Nov. 16, 7p. Golden Braid Books, 151 S 500 E. Free. GOLDENBRAIDBOOKS.COM

Pie baking contest The Wasatch Community Co-op is hosting a pie baking demonstration. To begin, Mollie Snider will be doing a pie baking demonstration. There will be prizes for the best pie in multiple categories. Nov. 17, 3-5p. Salt Lake Culinary Center, 2233 S 300 E.

Grief and the holidays Just like a snowflake, each grief journey is unique. Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program will hold its annual Grief and the Holidays event. The program’s featured speaker is faith writer for the Salt Lake Tribune, Peggy Fletcher Stack. Nov. 18, 10a-6p. University of Utah College of Nursing (Annette Poulson Cumming Bldg), 10 S 2000 E. Free. UTAH.EDU

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Portland Cello Project has wowed audiences all over the country. The group has built a reputation mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go. We at CATALYST love them! Nov. 20, 8p-12a. The State Room, 638 S State. $19. THESTATEROOMSLC.COM

UPCOMING An Early Music Christmas Utopia presents their favorite holiday works from around the world and across time including English carols to Latin American dances, early American hymns and French noëls. A full complement of strings and voices combine for Christmas harmonies. Dec. 6-7, 8p. Dec.8, 5p. Cathedral Church of St. Mark, 231 E 100 S. Pay as able, ($15 suggested). UTOPIAEARLYMUSIC.ORG

Holiday open house at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter Visit Swaner EcoCenter for the kickoff to the Holiday Art Market, featuring 20 local vendors selling their handmade works of art and crafts. Festivities will include a visit from the Gilbert, the Park City moose and activities for all ages. Dec. 7, 11a. Swaner EcoCenter, 1258 Center Dr. Park City. Free. SWANERECOCENTER.ORG



Bike studs! Keeping riders upright over snow and ice BY DAN SCHMIDT

umor has it snow is coming. Salt Lake City gets enough real snow to make biking fun. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of gliding through six inches of powder without having to go up on the mountain. Watching the car traffic poke along as you cruise by makes it a bit sweeter. Sometimes ice is hidden under that lovely snow. This is particularly true at intersections, where traffic patterns diverge. I once lost it coming downhill on 1100 East at 800 South. Ski gloves, pants and helmet softened the fall, but icy pavement


Recap: Fatter tires, more stability. Studded tires good on ice. Chains also good. is not very yielding. I rode on regular commuter tires last winter. Curious about studded tires, I spoke with my friend, Benjamin Sondelski, about his winter tires. “I run Continental Spike Claw 120s in the wintertime on my 26-inch MTB commuter,” he told me. “Studs are on the outside tread blocks only, so none contact the road surface while riding straight. This provides a quieter ride and — in most conditions —better braking performance. The studs get involved when cornering for some security on ice and make a mean sound that tends to clear pedestrians out of the way.”

However, the transition into cornering on studs is squirrelly; you want to slow down while you’re still riding straight. “My next set will be Spike 240s that have a stud in each tread block,” Benjamin says. Studs are little metal spikes that cut into the ice a bit. They are not sharp to touch, so you won’t cut yourself moving your bike. “Bicycles make the same trade off that cars do when running studs: improved traction on ice, but degraded traction and handling on most other surfaces,” he said. “Before studs, my wintertime spills were all on glare ice. I haven't fallen since.” As Benjamin noted, the 120 stud Continentals have just rubber, no studs, in the center. The 240s have studs in the center also. Winter riders in Colorado, Montana and Alaska have given positive online reviews of the 240 studs. An interesting option for occasional winter riding is chains. They look just like the ones you put on a car, but are smaller (and a bit costlier). Of SlipNot bicycle traction chains ($80/pair from WWW.BIKETIRESDIRECT.COM) a rider from Vermont says, “They rock on hard pack snow and ice.” I’m guessing they would be a rough ride on clear pavement. The big upside: Just remove the chains and you have standard tires again. I spoke with Jason at CycleSmith (250 S 1300 E) who told me they carry Innova studded tires, which are a more affordable option at about $50 each. I ordered a pair in a slightly fatter tire than I ride in the warm months. More tire width equals more stability (though more work to get places). My visits to CycleSmith have been great. I buy local for both economic and ecological reasons. A quick recap: Ice slippery. Pavement hard. Falling near cars very bad. Fatter tires, more stability. Studded tires good on ice. Chains also good. Jason and others say the tires tend to dry rot due to extreme temperatures. Getting more than one year's use from a tire is unlikely. I’m going to store mine in the basement so they don't get too hot. That might save them. Or I’ll just get new ones next year. Preventing one fall on ice will make it worth the cost of the tires! u Dan Schmidt is a Feldenkrais practitioner and dancer who lives and works in downtown Salt Lake City. He sold his car earlier this year, making the bicycle his main mode of transportation. WWW.SOMADAN.COM

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Upavista Konasana From side splits to stillness BY CHARLOTTE BELL








y dad was a competitive gymnast in his teens and 20s. When he stopped competing, he still enjoyed practicing in our yard on his pommel horse. My sisters and I inherited his athleticism in various ways, but I ended up with the lion’s share of his flexibility. While my sisters and I had fun crawling around the yard, spiderlike, in backbends—what yoga practitioners call Upward Bow—I was the only one who could flop down into side splits and bend forward with a perfectly straight back and rest my chin on the ground. It was a point of pride. I took this point of pride to my yoga practice when I started in 1982. In the ’80s, my practice was about building on my natural flexibility to perform “advanced� poses, especially extreme backbends and forward bends. Side splits remained a star in my quiver of show-off poses. As the foundation of my practice has turned toward meditation over the years, my asana practice has become a quiet, moving meditation rather than a quest for the most impressive poses. Coincidentally— or not—this shift has paralleled my body’s decreasing ability to recover from amazing feats of flexibility. I’ve learned what I believe to be the most important lesson in creating a sustainable yoga practice: Just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should. This



is worth repeating—like a mantra. When ligaments are overstretched, they don’t bounce back. If you’ve ever sprained your ankle, you know what I’m talking about. Because ligamentous tissue doesn’t have a direct blood supply, it does not have the “memory� that muscle tissue has. Many of the extreme yoga poses have the potential to cause ligament damage, especially in the hip, sacroiliac (SI) and shoulder joints. If you believe that yoga practice is healthy because it stretches your ligaments, please banish that idea. Here’s another mantra worth repeating: Ligaments are designed to limit the movement of joints. Please stop and repeat it now. Stretching muscles is good; stretching ligaments, not so much. If your structure is going to support you throughout your life, into middle and old age, you must maintain the integrity of your ligaments. That means balancing flexibility and stability. Unfortunately for my ego, this means I’ve had to stop doing side

feels quiet. If your SI joint feels quiet, chances are your hip joints will also feel quiet, and vice versa. These little adjustments set your foundation—your legs—up for a healthy, sustainable pose. No two skeletons are alike. Our hip joints vary vastly in depth, orientation and shape from person to person. In order to find a healthy, neutral position that will not damage our ligaments or joints, we must be aware of what we are feeling on the inside, and not worry so much about how a pose looks from the outside. Now feel your lower spine with your fingers. If your vertebrae feel knobby, poking out into your back, fold up your blanket and sit on it so that your pelvis is higher than your feet. Check again. Keep adding height until your vertebrae settle into your low back. If you are sitting on a six-inch pad and your vertebrae are still poking out, stay there and relax, pressing your sit bones into your blanket. Place your hands behind you and press downward to help you sit up straight. For the sake of

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should. This is worth repeating— like a mantra. splits. However, I still do the far more yogic version, Upavista Konasana, with an awareness of maintaining joint integrity. I do this by dialing it back and being aware of how my joints feel rather than how my pose looks. When I practice Upavista Konasana with the intention of maintaining neutrality in my hip and SI joints, this pose helps heal the excesses of my past. It’s the healthiest forward bend I’ve found for my students with unstable SI joints. Sit on a mat on the floor. Have a firm blanket handy. Extend your legs out straight at a 90-degree angle to each other. Become aware of your hip joints. Do you feel compression (a feeling of being stuck) in the outsides of the hip sockets or sharp sensation close to the inner hip joints? Try moving your legs a little closer together and check your hip joints again. Adjust the angle of your legs until your hip joints feel “quiet� with very little sensation. You can also find a healthy position by being aware of your SI joints. Does your SI joint feel compressed, as if the butt muscles are pressing in on it? Move your legs closer together, so that the SI joint

your discs, stay upright rather than bending forward. If your spine moves into your back easily—no knobby protrusions—and your pelvis can tilt forward, lengthen your torso forward resting your hands on the floor. Stay for five to 10 deep breaths before returning to an upright position. Several times while I was growing up, my dad ended up flat on his back for days with injuries—residue from his extreme gymnastics practice. I’ve had to learn this lesson too, from my cranky hip and SI joints. I’m content with the knowledge that I’ll never do side splits again. I’d rather maintain my ability to walk. Yoga practice is not gymnastics. While yoga’s more extreme poses came from British gymnastics, yoga asana isn’t about performance. Asana is meant to replenish our energy and sustain our structures for the duration of our lives. The stillness that yoga brings to our minds starts with the stillness we create in our bodies. u Charlotte Bell is a yoga teacher, author and musician who lives in Salt Lake City.



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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. Dodo 1355 East 2100 So. 801.486-BIRD (2473) Sugar House Park. Serving Salt Lake for over 30 years. Homemade soups, in-house smoked turkey, artichoke pie, fresh salads, pastas, seafood & steak entrees. Ramon’s 12 daily fresh-baked desserts. Beer, wine & liquor available. Open daily for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch. Finca 1291 So. 900 East. 801.487.0699. Tapas, asador, cocktails. From the creators of Pago. FINCASLC.COM Himalayan Kitchen 360 S. State St. 801-328-2077. Nepali, Indian and Tibetan cuisine. Spicy curries, savory grilled meats, vegetarian specialities and our famous award-winning naan bread, accompanied by a thoughtul beer and wine list. Service with namaste and a smile await you! Banquet room available for private events. M-Sat 11:30 am10p; Sun 5p-10p. WWW.HIMALAYANKITCHEN.COM 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— Best of State. Tue-Sun 11a-3p, 5p-close. PAGOSLC.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. Washington Square Cafe9/13 Washington Square Cafe is located on the first floor of the historic city and county building. Serving breakfast and lunch with daily specials, catering to vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan and meat enthusiasts alike. Space available for events, meetings and private parties. Come experience local art, live music and lounge areas with reading material and wi-fi. 451 S. 200 E. 801-535-6102. M-F 7:30-4. WWW.CLOCKTOWERCATERING.COM

HEALTH & BODYWORK ACUPUNCTURE Keith Stevens Acupuncture 1/14 Dr. Keith Stevens, OMD, 1174 E. 2760 S, Ste. 16. 801.467-2277, 209.617-7379 (cell).

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SLC Qi Community Acupuncture 12/13 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 AYURVEDA

Vedic Harmony 3/14 801-942-5876. 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 CHIROPRACTIC Salt Lake Chiropractic4/144 801.907.1894. Dr. Suzanne Cronin. 1088 S 11th E, SLC. Have you heard that Salt Lake Chiropractic is the least invasive way to increase your quality of life? Our gentle, efficient, and affordable care can reduce pain and improve your body’s functionality. Call to schedule an appointment. WWW.CHIROSALTLAKE.COM. CRANIOSACRAL Sheryl Seliger, LCSW 6/14 801-556-8760. 1446 S. 900 E. 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. SELIGERS@GMAIL.COM FELDENKRAIS Open Hand Bodywork. Dan Schmidt, GCFP, LMT. 244 W. 700 S. 801.694.4086 WWW.OPENHANDSLC.COM. FB Carl Rabke LMT, GCFP FOG 801-671-4533. Somatic education and bodywork. Erin Geesaman Rabke Somatic Educator. 801-898-0478. WWW.BODYHAPPY.COM MASSAGE Graham Phillips Davis3/14 801-889-3944. Muse Massage; strong, warm, gentle hands. LGBT-friendly. Get back in tune with powerful structural alignment therapy. Integration of the divine masculine-feminine within, using craniosacral therapy. Feel better today!

Healing Mountain Massage School FB 801-355-6300. 363 S. 500 East, Ste. 210 (enter off of 500 East). HEALINGMOUNTAINSPA.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



NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS Cameron Wellness Center 3/14 801-486-4226. 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 9/14 Uli Knorr, ND 801.474.3684; 2188 S. Highland Dr. #207. Dr. Knorr will create a Natural Medicine plan for you to optimize your health and live more vibrantly. He likes to educate his patients and offers comprehensive medical testing options. He focuses on hormonal balancing, including thyroid, adrenal, women’s hormones, blood sugar regulation, gastrointestinal disorders and food allergies. EASTSIDENATURALHEALTH.COM 2/14 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 2/14 PHYSICAL THERAPY Precision Physical Therapy 9/14 801-557-6733. 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 self-corrective mechanisms to alleviate pain and restore mobility and function. UofU provider. WWW.PRECISIONPHYSICALTHERAPYUT.COM REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH Planned Parenthood of Utah 6/14 1-800-230-PLAN, 801-532-1586. 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. PPAU.ORG 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 1/14 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 WEIGHT LOSS Master Lu’s Health Center 4/14 801.463.1101. 3220 S. State. Do you struggle with weight loss? We can help you lose weight with Master Lu’s Chinese herbal weight loss formula and acupuncture. Chinese medicine is effective for weight loss and managing your

weight. Come and see us today at Master Lu’s Health Center. WWW.LUHEALTHCENTER.COM

MISCELLANEOUS ACCOUNTING Chart Bookkeeping8/14 801.718-1235. M’Lisa Patterson. Qualified and dependable small- to medium-sized business bookkeeping services. QuickBooks expert. My office or yours. MPATTERSON@CHARTBOOKKEEPING.COM LEGAL ASSISTANCE Schumann Law. 801.631.7811, ESTATEPLANNINGFORUTAH.COM. FB MUSICIANS FOR HIRE Idlewild 10/13 801-268-4789, 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 POETRY Rumi Poetry 6/14 Good poetry enriches our culture and nourishes our soul. Rumi Poetry Club (founded in 2007) celebrates spiritual poetry of Rumi and other masters as a form of meditation. Free meetings first Tuesday (7 pm) of month at AndersonFoothill Library 1135 S 2100 E. WWW.RUMIPOETRYCLUB.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

MOVEMENT, MEDITATION DANCE RDT Community School. 801-534-1000. 138 W. Broadway. FB MARTIAL ARTS Red Lotus School of Movement 8/14 740 S 300 W, SLC, UT, 84101. 801-355-6375. Established in 1994 by Sifu Jerry Gardner and Jean LaSarre Gardner. Traditional-style training in the classical martial arts of T’ai Chi, Wing Chun Kung-Fu, and T’ai Chi Chih (qi gong exercises). Children’s classes in Wing Chun KungFu. Located downstairs from Urgyen Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple. WWW.REDLOTUSSCHOOL.COM, REDLOTUS@REDLOTUS.CNC.NET MEDITATION INSTRUCTION Center for Mind Body Relaxation CFMBR offers classes in science-based meditation and relaxation methods for well-being and stress relief. Individuals interested in classes can register online at: WWW.HEALINGWITHSPACES.COM/CLASSES.HTML 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 12/13 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 Mountain Yoga—Sandy (formerly Bikram) 801.501.YOGA [9642]. 9343 S 1300 E. Offering hot yoga classes to the Salt Lake Valley for the past 10 years. Locals-only 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 schedule and special classes. WWW.MOUNTAINYOGASANDY.COM 3/14

Centered City Yoga 9/13 801-521-YOGA (9642). 918 E. 900 S. Centered City Yoga is often likened to that famous TV “hangout” where everybody knows your name, sans Norm (and the beer, of course). We offer more than 100 classes a week, 1,000 hourteacher trainings, monthly retreats and workshops to keep Salt Lake City CENTERED and SANE. WWW.CENTEREDCITYYOGA.COM THE SHOP Yoga Studio 10/13 435-649-9339. 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 ANGEL READINGS Lisa Rasmussen, ATP®, CHT 11/14 951-234-4422. Angel Therapy Practitioner® certified by Doreen Virtue, Ph D. Offering intuitive counseling and clinical hypnotherapy to assist you in clearing fears and life challenges with guidance from your angels, guides and loved ones. Over 20 years experience. LISARAS4422@GMAIL.COM ASTROLOGY Transformational Astrology FB Ralfee Finn. 800-915-5584. Catalyst’s astrology columnist for 10 years! Visit her website at WWW.AQUARIUMAGE.COM or e-mail her at RALFEE@AQUARIUMAGE.COM

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The arrow of destiny

ENERGY HEALING Kristen Dalzen, LMT 2/14 801.467.3306. 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 Isis Botanicals 2/14 480-772-6577. Salt Lake City, UT Products/services to nurture your body, calm your mind, soothe your soul. 30+ years’ experience. Wellness through scent, movement, energy. Holistic practice integrates Reiki, Aromatherapy/essential oils, Shamanic Pathworking, yoga, chakra cleansing/balancing, Egyptian Cartouche readings. Custom blend a scent unique to you. IYATA@ISISBOTANICALS.COM, WWW.ISISBOTANICALS.COM Shari Philpott-Marsh12/13 Energy Medicine / Shamanic Healer 801-599-8222. Overwhelmed? Stuck? Pushed and pulled by forces that interfere with your peace of mind? Shamanic healing cuts to the root of the problem. I intuitively unwind the core issues, recalibrate your energy body, and bring you to a place of strength and clarity. Core emotional clearing; mental reprogramming; soul retrieval; past life reconciliation; spirit guide activation; elimination of dark forces / interdimensional interference. I also love mentoring healers. WWW.RADIANCEYOGA.ORG PALM READINGS Elias Caress 9/13 801.783-6058. Highly experienced palm reader available for private readings or for multiple readings at private events. Tarot and hypnosis also available. Downtown area, additional charge for travel. Accepts credit cards. More information at WWW.ELIASCARESS.COM. PSYCHIC/TAROT READINGS Crone’s Hollow 8/13 2470 S. Main St. 801.906.0470. Have life questions? 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.COMFB Jennafer Martin 94/14 801-810-4392. Intuitive readings for animals and humans, delivered with warmth to give you clarity from a non-judgmental point of view. Connect to spirit guides or loved ones who have passed, gain insights into your pet’s behavior, and more. WWW.ZOESOULSPA.COM

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 7/14 801-394-6287; 801-721-2779 cell. Shamanic Intuitive Readings and Energy Work . Ogden Canyon. Suzanne Wagner. 707-354-1019. WWW.SUZWAGNER.COM.


Catching a glimpse of your cosmic purpose BY STEPHEN PROSKAUER, MD

ver wonder what your life is all about? Join the crowd. Every religion offers a reassuring (and/or frightening) story to rescue humanity from this existential question. But what if there is no universal answer, and each individual life is meant to align with a unique “arrow of destiny,” a chain of events starting long before you were born? Becoming conscious of experiences that lie along your arrow of destiny may enable you to live your life in better alignment with it. After 35 years listening to people relive their early childhood, pre-


we are willing to listen to the signs of soul sickness in our bodies—to the numbness, tensions or aches that tell us we are veering off course from our true direction. A technique I call karmic therapy taps into these deep body sensations to help us re-experience and release unremembered fear and pain left over from crises long ago—in childhood, infancy, birth, prenatal life, conception and past lifetimes. You don’t have to believe in reincarnation for this process to work. I have seen success with devout Christian patients who believed in

You don’t have to believe in reincarnation for this process to work. I have seen success with devout Christian patients who believed in Heaven and Hell and rejected reincarnation. birth and past lifetime experiences, I’m convinced that we plan each lifetime in advance, the way we would design an elective course of independent study—with a clear intent and a specific syllabus. Incarnating on Earth isn’t that easy. Besides challenging us with a chaotic planet of extreme climates, cultures and conflicting forces, human incarnation tops it off with an ironic twist: We have to figure out what we’re doing here while our family and society scream their own operating instructions into our ears from the moment we are born. When we look deeper into ourselves to see beneath this conditioning, we may find the syllabus. Sometimes clarity comes only when facing death and everything except our true nature drops away. Many who return from near-death experiences change their lives afterwards, following a newly discovered arrow of destiny. We don’t have to wait for a neardeath experience to find our path if

Heaven and Hell and rejected reincarnation. Exploring the vast tapestry of karmic experience, we can discover vows made at the moment of death centuries ago that are still running our lives—vows of revenge, remorse, gratitude, love—that must be reckoned with and resolved. We may come upon stuck relationships repeating the same patterns over and over, lifetime after lifetime, until a moment of clarity frees us from bondage to the past. We might find the source of gifts and callings that pattern through from one life to the next, seeking their full expression. Sometimes we get to eavesdrop while we meet with spirit guides to plan a forthcoming lifetime. Occasionally we catch a glimpse of a cosmic purpose that brought us to Earth at the very beginning, a purpose lived out in many forms— as rocks, trees, animals, prehistoric primates and human beings from ancient to modern times.

eady for a quick peek at your arrow of destiny—to catch a glimpse of the essence behind all the variations and complications? Here’s a little exercise for you to try. You can have a friend read the instructions to you, or record the text. Keep your eyes closed. Leave plenty of time for each step and be prepared to write down your experiences after you finish. If you freeze up at any point, breathe slowly and deeply. Here we go. Get comfortable in your chair, take some deep breaths and relax. Think back to three peak moments in this lifetime when you felt in complete harmony and at home in your own skin—one as an adult, one in your teens and one in childhood. What were you doing and what sensations were you having in your body during each experience? Allow a word to arise that expresses the common element in all three memories. Now, keeping this word constantly in mind, connect your three experiences along an imaginary line and follow the line backwards to a time before you were born. Who were you back then and what were you doing? Feel it in your body. Next, run the line forward to 10 years from today. Who have you become by that point? Finally, if you are very brave, you can follow the line farther into the future after your death to see where your destiny might take you. If the exercise didn’t work for you, sorry. If it worked too well and left you feeling upset, contact me so we can discuss it. Remember, it may be just a fantasy – but it’s your fantasy. u


Steve is an integrative psychiatrist in private practice in Salt Lake City and the author of two books about his work (Karmic Therapy and Big Heart Healing). This month he will conduct a workshop on the arrow of destiny. SPROSKAUER@COMCAST.NET; WWW.KARMASHRINK.COM




PSYCHOTHERAPY & PERSONAL GROWTH THERAPY/COUNSELING Marianne Felt, MT-BC, CMHC 9/14 801-524-0560, 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”9/13 801.413.3901. 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

Jan Magdalen, LCSW 3/14 801-582-2705, 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 8/13 801-631-8426. 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 Diane St John, Personal and Life Coaching I help people make those changes that are difficult to make and see themselves the way they want to be seen. I have over 30 years of experience working with body, mind, health and relationship issues. My background includes SE Trauma Resolution, Perceptual shifting with EVOX, Voice Dialogue and Continuum Movement. 801-935-4787. WWW.PATHSOFCONNECTION.COM. 3/14 Don St John, Ph.D. Body-Centered Psychotherapy 6/14 801 935-4787 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. The Talking Trail 801-541-7769. The Talking Trail™ combines compassion and creativity with the physical benefits of walking. Utilizing mindfulness and positive psychology, you will increase awareness and serenity while working with nature. Traditional office visits are also available; downtown and Cottonwood areas. SHAMANIC PRACTICE Sarah Sifers, Ph.D., LCSW, Shamanic Practitioner 3/14 801-531-8051. Shamanic Counseling. Shamanic Healing, Minister of the Circle of the Sacred Earth. Mentoring for people called to the Shaman’s Path. Explore health or mental health issues using the ways of the shaman. Sarah’s extensive training includes shamanic extraction healing, soul retrieval healing, psychopomp work for death and dying, shamanic counseling and shamanic divination. Sarah has studied with Celtic, Brazilian, Tuvan, Mongolian, Tibetan and Nepali Shamans.

Naomi Silverstone, DSW, LCSW FB 801-209-1095. 508 E. So. Temple, #102. Psychotherapy and shamanic practice. Holistic practice integrates traditional and nontraditional approaches to health, healing, and balance or “ayni.” Access new perceptual lenses as you reanimate your relationship with nature. Shamanic practice in the Inka tradition.

RETAIL line goes here GROCERIES, SPECIALTY FOODS, KITCHEN SUPPLIES Beer Nut. 1200 S State St, 801.531.8182, BEERNUT.COM. FB Cali’s Natural Foods. 389 W 1700 S, 801.483.2254, CALISNATURALFOODS.COM. FB FB GIFTS & TREASURES Blue Boutique. WWW.BLUEBOUTIQUE.COM FB Dancing Cranes. 673 E Simpson Ave, 801.486.1129, DANCINGCRANESIMPORTS.COM FB Golden Braid Books. 801-322-1162. 151 S 500 E, GOLDENBRAIDBOOKS.COM FB Healing Mountain Crystal Co.FB363 S. 500 E. #210, SLC. 800-811-0468, HEALINGMOUNTAIN.ORG. Lotus. 801.333.3777. Everything from Angels to Zen. 12896 Pony Express Rd. #200, Draper, WWW.ILOVELOTUS.COM FB Turiya's Gifts8/14 1569 So. 1100 E. 801.531.7823. M-F 11-7, Sat 11-6, Sun 12-5. Turiya's is a metaphysical gift and crystal store. We have an exquisite array of crystals and minerals, jewelry, drums, sage and sweet grass, angels, fairies, greeting cards and meditation tools. Come in and let us help you create your sanctuary. WWW.TURIYAS.COM RESALE/FURNITURE, ACCESSORIES Elemente 11/13 353 W Pierpont Avenue, 801-355-7400. M-F 126, Sat. 12-5, See “Abode.” RESALE/OUTDOOR GEAR & CLOTHING fun & frolic consignment shop8/14 801-487-6393 2066 S. 2100 E. Consigns everything for travel /outdoor recreational experiences. Fun seekers can buy and consign high-quality, gently used outdoor gear and clothing, making fun time less expensive. Call to consign your items. FACEBOOK @ FUN & FROLIC CONSIGNMENT SHOP; in the 21st & 21st business district. INFO@MYFUNANDFROLIC.COM

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Inner Light Center Spiritual Community 10/13 801-268-1137. 4408 S. 500 E., SLC. A spiritual, metaphysical, mystical community dedicated to spiritual enlightenment and unconditional love through spiritual practice, education, service, celebration and fellowship. Sunday Celebration: 10 a.m.; WWW.INNERLIGHTCENTER.NET

Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa Tibetan Buddhist Temple 8/14 801-328-4629. 740 S. 300 W. Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa offers an open environment for the study, contemplation, and practice of Tibetan Buddhist teachings. The community is welcome to our Sunday service (puja), group practices, meditation classes and introductory courses. WWW.URGYENSAMTENLING.ORG INSTRUCTION Fred Coyote, Author & Teacher of Spirituality

801.493.5644. Nondual, non-dogmatic teachings on spirituality, focused on spiritual awakening and embracing the whole Self—body, mind, spirituality, emotions, sexuality. Classes on True Meditation and Sacred Sexuality. Habla español. WWW.FREDCOYOTE.ORG10/13 Two Arrows Zen Center (formerly Boulder Mountain Zendo). 230 S. 500 W., #155, SLC. 801.532.4975. WWW.BOULDERMOUNTAINZENDO.ORG FB

Vedic Harmonyfree duplicate 942-5876. Georgia Clark, certified Deepak Chopra Center educator. Learn how Ayurveda can help you harmonize your lifestyle and well being. Primordial sound meditation, creating health workshops, Ayurvedic wellness counseling, Ayurvedic oils, teas and books, Jyotish (vedic astrology). Georgia has trained in the US and India. TARAJAGA@EARTHLINK.NET POETRY Rumi Poetry Good poetry enriches our culture and nourishes our soul. Rumi Poetry Club (founded in 2007) celebrates spiritual poetry of Rumi and other masters as a form of meditation. Free meetings first Tuesday (7 pm) of month at AndersonFoothill Library 1135 S 2100 E. WWW.RUMIPOETRYCLUB.COM



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November 2013 A tarot reading for CATALYST readers by Suzanne Wagner

lots of ‘em Osho Zen Tarot: Abundance, Sharing, Existence Medicine Cards: Squirrel, Weasel, Antelope Mayan Oracle: Measure, Organic Balance, Center Ancient Egyptian Tarot: King of Disks, The Empress, The Chariot Aleister Crowley Deck: Love, The Universe, Prince of Disks Healing Earth Tarot: Five of Rainbows, Six of Wands, Grandmother of Rainbows Words of Truth: Health, Generational Pattern, Possibilities


n this season of gatherings, we instinctively want to feel happy, content and hopeful. The eclipse in Scorpio on November 3 magnifies that energetic drive. Around the eclipse, it often feels as if things speed up and awareness increases. Intuition is heightened and emotional issues become magnified. As Scorpio is in a once-in-a-lifetime Grand Water Trine, Scorpios will be the most affected, as well as the Taurus among us. Regardless of sign, you will notice that things are coming into the light. Secret desires will be revealed. Watch out for sudden beginnings and endings during this time. Sudden events around an eclipse indicate an event that is karmic and therefore fated for you to experience. How can we stay in loving presence when we know that endings are coming? It is the question for this month. The answer lies in how stable your internal center is. You can weather anything when you are organically balanced and taking each moment as it comes. This is not the time to get ahead of yourself. There is a great phrase, “Worry is a waste of a good imagination.” As we move deeper into autumn, check your health. Pay attention to the small issues related to your body right now. As many of you can feel, this winter seems to be one that will be harsher than in recent times. As such, tensions and stresses can build up and you can bump into generational patterns that no longer function in the new reality you’re creating. Sometimes the only way our inner guidance can get our attention is to make a past pattern

crop up so we are forced to deal with it and reawaken to the possibilities coming our way. Gather your forces so you can feel safe and strong. Remain alert and clever to the people and situations around you. You must be willing to take action when it is required. “He who hesitates is lost” is the motto this month. To what you are devoted? Where do your commitments lie? Are you following through with what you agreed to do? You gain strength by practicing the art of integrity and impeccability. Awareness is earned, wisdom is experienced, dreams

Can you see the gifts in your own evolution? are built, and your fate is in your hands. Reflect on where you were five years ago. Then take a look at who you became three years ago. Now, look at who you are in this moment. Can you see the gifts in your own evolution? Can you see the expansion of your essential self into a person whom you admire and respect more fully? You should. You have made huge strides in your life. Your awareness is clearer than it has ever been. That does not mean that when you awaken, everything is easy. Things may become painfully real, deeply felt, and compassionately held in your heart. It is through our presence and emotional understanding of another’s truth that we make a difference in the moment. As we move into the season of family, expand your definition of family. Take a look at those to whom you are not related, who are your spiritual family. Expand your heart to include them in your love and devotion. Then walk the path of compassion and give to those less fortunate who call to your spirit, and touch them in the way that is appropriate for your being. Have a beautiful month. u Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot. She now lives in California, but visits Utah for classes and readings frequently. SUZWAGNER.COM

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Aligning with Your Arrow of Destiny A Karmic Workshop to Clarify the Innermost Direction of Your Life and Remove Blocks to Following It Led by Stephen Proskauer, MD

Psychiatrist and Author of Karmic Therapy When: Where: Tuition:

Saturday and Sunday, 11/16 and 17, 2013, 10am - 5pm Sanctuary for Healing and Integration, 850 E. 4500 South Suite 302, Salt Lake City $250 ($225 until 10/31) Limited enrollment, preregistration required Scholarships may be available

For further information and registration, contact Steve at 801-631-8426

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Sunday Celebrations Empower your week by joining an open, heart-based Spiritual community. Every Sunday at 10:00 am; Fellowship Social follows.

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A Night of Rumi’s Poetry


Soul-Fury and Kindness: Rumi and Shams Tabriz

Libby Gardner Hall on the University of Utah Campus The ecstatic

poetry of the 13th century Persian mystic Rumi

Performed by acclaimed translator, Coleman

Barks with Grammy award winning cellist, David Darling Brought to you by Two Arrows Zen and Jung Society of Utah

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As long as I am alive, this, this is who I am and what I do. By this, I mean this day I cannot say, this love. — Rumi

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Eastern Arts & Salt Lake City Ballet present

WorlDance 2013 “How I Married a Persian Princess (almost)” Kingsbury Hall November 21st 7pm

Featuring music and dance of: Armenia • Spanish Flamenco • Azerbaijan • Iran • Tajikistan • Russia

Tickets just $5 & $10 Priced to bring the whole family for this beautiful cultural event

Flamenco by Coral Citron and RJ Fox UofU Character Dance Ensemble BYU Folk Dancers Bountiful Ballet • Eastern Arts Salt Lake City Ballet & Youth Company

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Featuring Zarina Kobilova Ensemble

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