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Phil Lewis hroughout my life I have felt a special connection with nature, and being outdoors inspires me to create. The amazing scenery in


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The cat who ate roses


f you ever visited CATALYST during the 12 years we had our office downtown on Broadway, you’ve met Spalding. He and his brother, Wilson, were our official


tennis balls, hence their names. Wilson met an unfortunate end many years ago. Spalding became known as the Catalyst cat. And after we left that office, he became John deJong’s cat, always sleeping on his

greeters. Their names were on the masthead. They even received mail, addressed to Spalding Wilson, sports editor. I had found them both, in my neighbor Margaret’s backyard in the spring of 1995, when they were wild babies the size of

bed, always eager for the “ear noogies” that John delivered so well. Two nights ago Spalding, suffering from diabetes and age, talked with our friend Monica Dixon, who was practicing her pet psychic skills. He said he didn’t mind leav-


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ing... as long as he didn’t have to ride in the car again. And so today, on a desk in the CATALYST office, with the aid of our beloved Dr. Nan (of Dancing Cats Vet Clinic), he joined the choir invisible. Spalding was a cordial cat, friendly to all, and dignified even as the indignities of infirmity overcame him. His lifelong love was flowers, roses in particular. As he began to fail earlier in the day, and John held him in his arms, I remembered to fetch the one last old-fashioned red rose remaining in the garden. Even though seemingly unconscious, Spalding purred as he breathed in its fragrance. And when Dr. Nan came, and gave him the shot, the rose lay by his head. His heart kept beating, even after the fluid entered his frail body, till we realized: What’s better than the scent of a good rose to bind one to Earth? And then he let go. Good night, sweet Spalding. May we all be as gracious as you, in our living, loving and dying. N A version of this notebook appeared in the 9/11/14 CATALYST Weekly Reader. To sign up, go to CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET; click on “Weekly Reader.”






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E.O Wilson recently calculated that the only way humanity could stave off a mass extinction crisis, as devastating as the one that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, would be to set aside half the planet as permanently protected areas for the 10 million other species. —Smithsonian Magazine, September 2014

Utah without seagulls? Utah without seagulls? Say it isn’t so! A new report from National Audubon Society says that California gulls are rapidly losing habitat, and while “a few landfills and fish-filled harbors are all they need” in winter, the summer habitat of our state bird is drying up due to desertification and water diversion. The Audubon report compiles 30 years of citizen-science data to evaluate the effects of global climate change on North American birds and the picture is bleak. Of 588 species studied, more than half will lose more than 50% of their current climatic range by 2080. Utah is home to a number of Important Bird Areas that provide essential habitat for one or more species, including some globally important bird areas at Great Salt Lake, Zion National Park and the Greater Canyonlands area.


National Park, Senators Orrin Hatch (R) and Mike Lee (R), plus Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT 3), Chris Stewart (RUT 2), and Rob Bishop (R-UT 1) sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell praising those with the foresight to create the park. The letter says, “Standing on the edge of a 1,000-foot cliff and seeing for hundreds of miles somehow puts life into perspective.” However, the letter goes on to oppose protection of the Greater Canyonlands area for fear of shutting out 4-wheel drive vehicles and tasks support for the “Grand Bargain” public lands bill being drafted by Rob Bishop who is a longtime opponent of Wilderness and public lands conservation. It seems doubtful that our children will owe any debt of gratitude to this group of congressmen for their foresight.

Salt Creek still not a road. Frogs celebrate.

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Utah water plan: Dry up Great Salt Lake marshes Utahns have a responsibility to protect the Globally Important Bird Areas in and around Great Salt Lake, and the Bear River is the single greatest water source for the lake. That’s why it is alarming to learn that the Division of Water Resources is asking the legislature for funding to build six new dams on the Bear. The plans have not been made public for comment. Zach Frankel, executive director of the Utah Rivers Council, says, “The Division is telling elected officials we need to spend billions on Bear River development, while refusing to let the public see their junk report on this disastrous project. It’s disturbing they are hiding this proposal from Utah taxpayers while asking them to foot the bill for the devastation of the greatest wetland ecosystem in the American West.” Utah Rivers Council: UTAHRIVERS.ORG

Utah congressmen love Canyonlands. No, wait…. On the 50th anniversary of Canyonlands

It’s déjà vu all over again! 16 years and millions of your tax dollars later, Salt Creek in Canyonlands National Park is still not a State Highway. A federal court rejected an appeal by San Juan County and the State of Utah which have been trying to force the National Park to open Salt Creek to jeep travel ever since the creek bed was closed to motor traffic in 1998 in order to prevent damage to the river ecosystem. Besides providing water to park wildlife, Salt Creek is home to many species of frogs and toads. The Park Service says that when they sing, it is an “awesome event that can fill a canyon with sound, sometimes for hours.” Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance: SUWA.ORG/

Oil leases threaten White River, Green River You’d think it would be a no-brainer to keep industrial development away from


Utah’s rivers, especially after a series of oil spills into the Green River earlier this year. Nonetheless, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) November Oil and Gas Lease Sale includes parcels directly adjacent to the White River and the Green River. Both rivers offer popular river trips and important wildlife habitat, not to mention drinking water for the entire lower Colorado River Basin. The Natural Resources Defense Council, Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Trust and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance are suing to block the irresponsible leasing.

Prairie dogs caught in the middle Endangered Utah prairie dogs are caught in the middle of an absurd attack on the Endangered Species Act by Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT 1). Stewart wants to change the Endangered Species Act by requiring the federal government to count animals living on both public and private land, never mind that the federal government has been accused of “takings” for trying to manage endangered species on private lands. Meanwhile in Wayne County The Nature Conservancy wants to buy property from the Utah State and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) for Utah prairie dog habitat, but county commissioners oppose the sale because of a (let’s just say it outloud) crazy county policy that asserts county control over all federal public lands within the county and declares, “Wayne County’s policy and plan regarding the Utah Prairie Dog is that it is no longer endangered or threatened and should be de-listed.”

Can Utah manage sage grouse? Here’s another example of why it’s a bad idea to let the State of Utah manage endangered species. sage grouse are beautiful dancing birds that gather each year at traditional dancing spots called “leks” in order to strut their stuff and find mates. No leks, no sage grouse chicks. The State of Utah has been desperately trying to keep sage grouse off of the federal endangered species list mainly because there is a lot of oil and oil shale under sage grouse habitat (and by “desperately” I mean that the State of Utah spent $2 million taxpayer dollars to lobby congress against listing sage grouse.) So, in 2013 Utah Governor Gary Herbert developed a “Conservation Plan for Greater Sage Grouse in Utah” to prove the state could manage the birds. The first test of the state plan is a request to re-zone a ranch near East Canyon Reservoir in

Morgan County so that the landowner can develop a new resort on property within a state-designated sage grouse management area that includes an active sage grouse lek. The landowners say they can develop around the lek and pointed out that if they really wanted to get rid of the birds they could have simply let off-roaders into the area. Well, yes, but that’s exactly why counting endangered animals on private lands is such a bad idea. UTAH SAGE GROUSE PLAN : WILDLIFE.UTAH.GOV/ UPLANDGAME/SAGE-GROUSE/. Utah Sierra Club: Sage Grouse Preservation: UTAH.SIERRACLUB.ORG/CONTENT/ SAGE-GROUSE-PRESERVATION

Wasatch Interconnect zombie hard to kill A proposal to turn the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City into one giant ski resort has been kicking around since 1982. Since that time ski resorts have pushed new lifts so far into the backcountry that Ski Utah already offers an Interconnect Tour for a mere $325/person. However, that hasn’t stopped the ski industry from announcing yet another version of the “One Wasatch” plan that would connect seven ski areas and absorb what’s left of the Wasatch backcountry near Salt Lake City. Why is the ski industry so fixated on the One Big Resort idea? Probably because they are afraid of climate change. In 2009 the Park City Foundation commissioned a climate change report: “By 2050 Thanksgiving snow depths at the base area are predicted to be at or near zero for all scenarios.” As climate change pushes snowpack later and higher, Park City (aka Vail ever since the hostile takeover in September) will probably only be open for Thanksgiving if the skiing is really at Brighton or Alta. Park City Climate Change Study: PARKCITYMOUNTAIN. COM/SITE/MOUNTAIN-INFO/LEARN/ENVIRONMENT/ PARKCITYCLIMATECHANGEASSESSMENT9-29-2009.PDF; Save Our Canyons : SAVEOURCANYONS.ORG/

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his has never been explicitly designated a humor column; I just use that description to give myself license to lie, make stuff up and generally disregard any journalistic code of ethics. That, and the fact that humor is so ill-defined and misunderstood. No matter what other things Robin Williams did in his personal life and career, he will always be thought of as a comedian. This is one of the traps of comedy; you can seldom be thought of as an ex-comedian no matter how much serious work you do. I actually am an ex-comedian. I never made it big but I was professional in the sense I made money doing it for about 10 years. I think at my peak I was pulling down as much as $3K a year. The bonus was that I got to spend a lot of time in bars and associate with deeply troubled people. Anybody who has even dipped a toe into the comedy business would not be surprised that someone like Robin Williams would take his own life. All you really need to know can be gleaned from the lyrics of the two Smokey Robinson songs, “Tears of a Clown” and “Tracks of My Tears.” But hey, don’t listen to me try it for yourself. Here are my comedy pro tips. 1. Two guys walk into a bar; bartender says “What is this, a joke?” Comedians don’t tell jokes. Telling jokes just means you have a good memory and are good at telling stories. To be a comedian, you have to come up with original material that tricks the audience into thinking you just made it up on the spot, even though you many have done the bit 100 times before. 2. Observe: You really can’t be the life of the party and be a comedian. Comedy is mainly an observational skill. You look at something and think “That doesn’t make sense.” For instance why is that store called Old Navy when nothing in it is old or related to the Navy. 3. Exaggerate: Don’t confuse exaggeration with sarcasm. Sarcasm is best used in small doses because it gets annoying and relies too much on inflection. You can add humor to any situation by coming up with obscure comparisons when describing anything as bigger than, faster than, dumber than, etc. This tip is about as useful as a DVD for an iPad. 4. Work on your inflection and facial expression. Start with this simple phrase. “I didn’t call you an idiot.” Put the inflection on a different word each time you say it. Or this one: “Are you just married, or just married?” 5. The rule of thirds. Just like a photo is more pleasing when the main subject occupies only one third of the frame, things are funnier in threes especially when the third thing is a surprise. For instance: “The most abused drugs in Cache Valley are crystal meth and marijuana” is not as funny as “the most abused drugs in Cache Valley are crystal meth, marijuana and Aggie Ice Cream.” 6. The Heisenberg Principle: Studying humor changes it and may make it unfunny. Humor is all about sleight of hand and the unexpected. It’s about making the rehearsed seem spontaneous. The worst thing you can do is say “Okay class, now I’m going to be funny.” So go forth and be funny, but watch your step, it doesn’t always end well. N Dennis Hinkamp will be appearing at no comedy club near you soon.

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ince leading NASA scientist James Hansen warned in 2008 that we need to reduce the amount of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere to 350 parts per million (ppm) in order to preserve life on Earth, little has been done to get us there. It’s getting late. If we’re going to preserve a livable Earth, we, the global grassroots, must do more than mitigate global warming. We must reverse it. How? Hint number one: not by politely asking out-ofcontrol corporations and politicians to please stop destroying the planet. Hint number two: not by pinning our hopes for survival and climate stability on hi-tech, unproven and dangerous “solutions’’ such as genetic engineering, geoengineering, or carbon capture and sequestration for coal plants. Hint number three: not by naively believing that soon (or soon enough) ordinary consumers all over the planet will spontaneously abandon their cars, air travel, air conditioning, central heating, and fossil fuel-based diets and lifestyles just in time to prevent atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases from moving past the tipping point of 450 ppm or more of CO2 to the catastrophic point of no return.

Reversing global warming The carbon underground BY RONNIE CUMMINS

We can reverse climate change by sequestering several hundred billion tons of excess CO2 using the “tools’’ we already have at hand: regenerative, organic, farming, ranching and land use. We can make this world-changing transition by mobilizing a vast green corps of farmers, ranchers, gardeners, consumers, climate activists and conservationists to begin the monumental task of moving the Carbon Behemoth safely back underground.


housands of farmers, ranchers and researchers worldwide are demonstrating that, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and qualitatively ramping up plant photosynthesis—the capacity of plants, trees, and grasses to move CO2 from the atmosphere through their roots into the soil—on billions of acres of farmland, rangeland and forest, we can sequester enough CO2 to restabilize the climate. We’re talking about mobilizing the global grassroots as active participants, producers and conscious consumers to implement and promote, on a mass scale, the tried and true, lowtech, beneficial practices that naturally

sequester enormous amounts of atmospheric carbon in the soil. These traditional, regenerative practices include no-till organic farming, planned rotational grazing (carbon ranching), composting of organic wastes, the use of cover crops, planting trees, and preserving and restoring forests, wetlands, riparian zones, grasslands, peat bogs and biodiversity. As Courtney White, author of Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey Through Carbon Country (2014: Chelsea Green) puts it: If land that is bare, degraded, tilled, or monocropped can be restored to a healthy condition, with properly function-

ing carbon, water, mineral and nutrient cycles, and covered year-round with a diversity of green plants with deep roots, then the added amount of atmospheric CO2 that can be stored in the soil is potentially high. Globally... soils contain about three times the amount of carbon that’s stored in vegetation and twice the amount stored in the atmosphere. Since two-thirds of the earth’s land mass is grassland, additional CO2 storage in the soil via better management practices, even on a small scale, could have a huge impact.

Regenerative agriculture: creating soil

and so added to its bank of carbon. This is how soil is created: from the bottom up.

Noted food writer Michael Pollan, in his introduction to White’s book, explains the basic concepts of plant photosynthesis and the benefits of regenerative agriculture:

Our life-or-death task

Consider what happens when the sun shines on a grass plant rooted in the earth. Using that light as a catalyst, the plant takes atmospheric CO2, splits off and releases the oxygen, and synthesizes liquid carbon-sugars, basically. Some of these sugars go to feed and build the aerial portions of the plant we can see, but a large percentage of this liquid carbon—somewhere between 20 and 40%—travels underground, leaking out of the roots and into the soil. The roots are feeding these sugars to the soil microbes —the bacteria and fungi that inhabit the rhizosphere—in exchange for which those microbes provide various services to the plant: defense, trace minerals, access to nutrients the roots can’t reach on their own. That liquid carbon has now entered the microbial ecosystem, becoming the bodies of bacteria and fungi that will in turn be eaten by other microbes in the soil food web. Now, what had been atmospheric carbon (a problem) has become soil carbon, a solution—and not just to a single problem, but to a great many problems. Besides taking large amounts of carbon out of the air—tons of it per acre when grasslands are properly managed, according to White—that process at the same time adds to the land’s fertility and its capacity to hold water. Which means more and better food for us... This process of returning atmospheric carbon to the soil works even better when ruminants are added to the mix. Every time a calf or lamb shears a blade of grass, that plant, seeking to rebalance its ’’root-shoot ratio,’’ sheds some of its roots. These are then eaten by the worms, nematodes, and microbes—digested by the soil, in effect,

If you are unfamiliar with the enormous impact of industrial food and farming and non-sustainable forest practices on global warming (chemical and energy-intensive, GMO, industrial food and farming practices generate 35% of global greenhouse gas pollution, while deforestation, often agriculturedriven, generates another 20%) and the concept of natural carbon sequestration through regenerative land use, take a look at the comprehensive 2013 scientific study Wake Up Before It’s Too Late, published by the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). And if you need a strong dose of good news, to counteract the typical gloom and doom message around the climate crisis, read the 2014 Rodale Institute study on regenerative organic practices (see references, next page). Given that hundreds of billions of tons of carbon originally sequestered in agricultural soils are now blanketing the atmosphere and cooking the planet, our life-or-death task is to move this massive “legacy load” of CO2 back underground, as soon as possible. This Great Sequestration will buy us the time we need to reduce fossil fuel use by 80-90% or more and reverse global warming.

Taking down factory farms and industrial agriculture Of course moving several hundred gigatons of CO2 back underground and reversing global warming will not be easy. Getting back to 350 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere will require nothing less than a global food and farming revolution: shutting down factory farms, boycotting genetically engineered foods, including factory-farmed meat and animal products, and putting billions of intensively confined farm animals back on the land, grazing, where they belong. Restabilizing the climate means putting an end to gigantic GMO

Unsustainable farming, ranching and land use practices, according to Ohio State University soil scientist Rattan Lal, have caused the release at the very least of 25% of all the carbon originally sequestered in agricultural soils. soybean and palm oil plantations and industrial timber operations. It means preserving tropical forests, and planting and nurturing hundreds of billions of native trees in deforested urban and rural areas. Reversing global warming means putting an end to the energy-intensive, chemical-intensive, genetically engineered industrial food and farming system that is destroying public health, torturing animals, polluting the water, overgrazing pastures and rangelands, driving family farmers off the land and destroying biodiversity, as well as pumping billions of tons of CO2, methane, nitrous oxide and black soot into the air. Reversing climate change also means stopping industrial agriculture from continuing to dump billions of pounds of chemical fertilizers and pesticides on the already heavily tilled, compacted and eroded land —practices that destroy the Earth’s natural ability to sequester vast amounts of carbon. These unsustainable farming, ranching and land use practices, according to Ohio State University soil scientist Rattan Lal, have already caused the release of 25-70% (hundreds of billions of tons) of all the carbon originally sequestered in agricultural soils. But as molecular biologist David Johnson of New Mexico State University has recently shown in a scientific study for Sandia Labs, by implementing regenerative organic practices, “the rates of biomass production we are currently observing in this system have the capability to capture enough CO2 (50 tons of CO2/acre) to offset all anthropogenic [originating from human activity] CO2 emissions on less than 11% of

Our life-or-death task is to move this massive “legacy load” of CO2 back underground as soon as possible. The Great Sequestration will buy us the time we need to reduce fossil fuel use by 80-90% or more and reverse global warming.

world cropland. Over twice this amount of land is fallow at any time worldwide.” Portland, Oregon journalist Kristin Ohlsen reports this in her book The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet (2014: Rodale Books). “Aren’t you afraid to say this?” Ohlson asked Johnson in a telephone conversation about this staggering assertion. “Aren’t you afraid that saying that will let the oil and gas companies off the hook? As well as people burning down forests and all the rest of us with big carbon footprints?’’ Dr. Johnson replied: “I don’t see anything on the horizon that touches the effectiveness of this approach. We’re not going to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions anytime soon, because we depend too much on oil and gas, and the rest of the world wants our lifestyle. The whole idea is to get something that works right now, the world over, to make a significant impact on reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide.” If industrial agriculture and GMOs are marginalized through mandatory labeling, marketplace pressure and public policy change, if fossil fuel consumption in all sectors is steadily reduced, and regenerative organic practices are put into action globally, with a focus on the 22% of the planet’s soils which are degraded and currently fallow, we will be able to sequester 100% of current annual (35 gigatons) carbon dioxide emissions.

Small farmers can cool the planet The world’s two and a half billion small and indigenous farmers and rural villagers currently manage to produce 70% of the world’s food on 25% of the world’s land. These subsistence farmers, who have always struggled to survive, now find that climate change, the steady expansion of GMOs and industrial agriculture, and Free Trade agreements, are making their farming and survival much more difficult. But these

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The point of no return URGYEN SAMTEN LING GONPA


The U.S. and global climate movement desperately needs a more sophisticated (and international) strategy beyond just pressuring politicians, corporations, banksters and the White House into shutting down coal plants, fracking and the tar sands pipeline. What we need is a holistic Zero Emissions/Maximum Sequestration strategy that can galvanize a grassroots army of hundreds of mil-

lions of small farmers and conscious consumers, not only in the U.S., but globally. A critical mass of the body politic is beginning to understand that global warming and climate chaos pose a serious threat to human survival. What they are lacking, however, is a coherent and empowering understanding of what is actually causing global warming, as well as a practical roadmap of how we—individually, collectively and globally—move away from the dangerous precipice where we find ourselves. The only remaining significant disagreement among informed climate researchers centers on how long we can survive the still-rising 400 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere (485 ppm if we include other greenhouse gasess such as methane, nitrous oxide, CFCs and black soot). Current consensus seems to be 15-25 years before we reach a “point of no return” whereby climate change morphs into irreversible climate catastrophe.

Faulty solutions, flawed strategy The U.S.-based climate action movement, led by 350.ORG, has done an excellent job of protesting against the coal, oil and gas industries. This high-profile movement has also popularized the notion that fossil fuel consumption must be drastically slashed (by 80-90%) and replaced by renewable forms of energy, and that individuals and institutions must divest from the fossil fuel industry, making sure that 75% of fossil fuels reserves are left in the ground. But strategic components of 350.ORG’s roadmap for change are seriously flawed. First of all, 350.ORG’s reliance on over-simplified official statistics (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) on what is causing excess greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere (utilities, industry, transportation, and housing) fails to take into account the fact that our industrial food and farming system (production, transportation, processing, waste, and land use), including its impact on deforestation and the soil’s ability to naturally sequester CO2, are the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions. Our climate dysfunctionality is in large part a function of how we farm and eat. Yet some of the most prominent voices in the climate movement continue to downplay, or ignore entirely, this fact.

Even the most optimistic climate activists admit that atmospheric concentrations of CO2 will likely reach 450 ppm in the next several decades before leveling off. The climate movement up until now has offered no real strategy for how we can get from 450 ppm or more to the safe level of 350 ppm. Even if the U.S., China, India, Brazil, Indonesia, the European Union and other nations stop all emissions sometime in the next 20 years, we will still have dangerous levels (450 ppm or more of CO2 and other greenhouse gases) in the atmosphere—levels that will gradually melt the polar icecaps, burn up the Amazon, spawn disastrous storms, floods, and droughts, and destroy agricultural productivity. This is not just a basic error in analysis and a failure of imagination. It’s a “doom-and-gloom� formula that leaves us with little or no hope. Instead, educate yourself about regenerative organics and natural carbon sequestration. United, the various movements can become a mighty force for transformation and regeneration. The hour is late. Let us move as quickly as possible toward a regenerative farming, ranching and land use system capable of reversing global warming.

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Smart farming A new age of “local first” food and wine for Utah BY KENVIN LYMAN

on the state’s hospitality industry of about $175,000 per year and, serendipitously in this arid region, mature wine grapes require only about 20% as much water as alfalfa. When vineyards are planted and the grapes are made into wine, people start coming from the urban areas to rural destinations where they spend a few days and leave behind a lot of money. Compared with pretty much anything that can be legally grown, this is a mind-boggling amount. The general pattern is quite predictable: After the vineyards come the wine makers then the chefs who establish a variety of eateries. The best of them create food designed to match the local wines. To city dwellers in the surrounding areas and tourists, this is an irresistible combination that leads to increased visitors with an unusually high rate of return. Next is the need for hotel accommodations, bed and breakfasts, motels and campsites. The locals are hired to work in the various businesses. Young people who never thought it possible to make a career in their hometown find a variety of new career paths available to them.

Outdated whines On the one hand, in fiscal year 2007 Utah sent over $42 million outside the state to buy wine from producers around the world. On the other hand the state, until 2007, levied a 53% tax on all Utah wine production. Wine producers around the world pay an average of less than 10% to cover approximately the same taxes worldwide. This tax made it virtually impossible, before


ith the exception of the Wasatch Front, where we get an average annual 16 inches of rainfall, Utah is a true desert with an annual average rainfall of 10 inches. This puts the state in a continual zerosum tug-of-war with the powers of nature, more specifically the power of osmosis. The 1902 Reclamation Act guaranteed Utah farmers cheap, subsidized water, no matter what the cost to the American taxpayer. Those costs are high and going up. Alfalfa, the state’s traditional crop of choice, is a stark example. An acre of alfalfa

Mature wine grapes require only about 20% as much water as alfalfa.

Photographs by Kenvin Lyman and Sofia Angkasa

needs somewhere between slightly less than three acre-feet of water per crop (with an average three crops per year) to over six acre-feet, depending on what irrigation system is used. The cost of this water to the American taxpayer is greater than the return to Utah farmers. Part of the irony is that in a state where free-market capitalism is much in favor, large government water subsidies to farmers have always been eagerly accepted. As it is practiced today, agriculture contributes a mere 1% to Utah’s economy. Alfalfa can make a farmer $500 or

so per acre on a good year. Without heavy subsidies, the state’s alfalfa industry would experience a rapid collapse simply because it would be more cost-effective to import it than to grow it. One possible answer to this untenable situation is to find a smarter way to farm. Next door, the state of Colorado may have come up with a solution: wine grapes.

Forget alfalfa; grow wine grapes! Colorado estimates each acre of wine grapes has a synergistic effect

the new tax changes, for Utah’s producers to compete on the world market. The state’s rationalization for this breach of free-market principle was that the tax on producers goes directly into the state’s education system, which, they claimed, justified such an repressive tax. If raising money for Utah’s school system is so important the wine industry will be able to make a vastly greater contribution to the state coffers if the industry is reasonably taxed and allowed to grow. A common fear among Utah legislators was that increased wine

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production in the state would encourage people to drink more but further research showed that drinking patterns are quite stable. Any adult in the state who wants to buy wine or spirits has easy access to liquor stores throughout the state.

As the church leaders aged and became more socially conservative, winemaking was outlawed in Utah. The inevitable result was a slow but steady decline in the evolution of what was becoming a unique food tradition. Allowing more wine production to take place here will not alter its availability, only the amount of money that will remain in the state. It will also bring millions of dollars into depressed rural economies around the State and in my opinion help usher in a new culinary era.

How Utah’s food culture devolved, and is reviving It has been difficult to arrive at a definition of what Utah food really is. Unlike most of the great culinary traditions around the world, Utah’s lack of a wine industry emasculated what was once a vigorous food tradition, based on the many ethnic influences of the thousands of the mostly European converts brought into the Mormon Church in its early years. It was during those years that a wine industry flourished in the

state. As the church leaders aged and became more socially conservative, winemaking was outlawed in Utah. The inevitable result was a slow but steady decline in the evolution of what was becoming a unique food tradition. Nothing stimulates the appetite and enjoyment of food like the inclusion of wine at the table and on the other hand nothing kills a wine-based food tradition faster that outlawing wine. There are no wines that match food better than the ones grown in the area where food is produced and prepared. Think of the great culinary traditions of Europe: From Alsace to the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily there are hundreds of local wines linked to local food traditions. The key to understanding why local wines work best with local food is to understand that they evolved together over time. The wine makers adjust their techniques to achieve a wine that works with the local food and vice versa. As the years pass, the two achieve a harmony that is unique to a region. In Alsace the most famous and successful marriage of food and wine is between what they consider to be their best wine made from one of the six noble grape varieties that flourish in that region. Riesling and the heavily German-influenced foods of the same region: including a variety of smoky meats, sauerkraut and sausages. This is only one example of many brilliantly successful combinations. Because of their lengthy coevolution they are, some would say, a match made in heaven. Another equally famous food and wine region is Burgundy. Burgundian food would have little meaning without its local wine: from the dry Chablis to the rich sensuous Romanée Conti. Burgundy is one of the greatest wine regions in the world. It is an ancient province and its food reflects the same sophistication and depth that its wines do and together they have conquered the respect of the world. Many books have been filled with the legendary combinations of local foods and their wines. This is the foundation of a tradition that the state of Utah can look forward to as it begins the exciting process of exploring a new wine region. I can think of few things in the world of food more exciting. And with the old tax structure lifted I think a new age of wine and local food is about to begin. N From Kenvin: An Artist’s Kitchen, reprinted with permission of Gibbs Smith.

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16 October 2014



Winter in the henhouse

How to keep your ladies healthy and happy when the temperatures drop


olorful, joyful, plucky little hens. The human-chicken relationship is an ancient coexistence, thought to have begun nearly 10,000 years ago. Across cultures and through the eons, chickens have been symbols of virility, mothering and fertility (as well as the national symbol of France). Roman armies used them as tellers of fortune: A hungry chicken assured victory. And now the popular rise of urban backyard bird keeping has brought about a renaissance in the human/poultry relationship, with many hens enjoying organic feed and artsy coops. As winter approaches, fledgling henkeepers wonder how to keep their birds happy and healthy through the cold months ahead.

BY KATHERINE PIOLI the light on a timer to assure they are getting the same amount of light at the same time every day. I have my timer so that they get a few hours in the morning and a few in the evening.

A hen has only so many eggs she will lay in a lifetime. Keeping her laying through the winter will shorten her laying years.

frostbite, but I have noticed my birds walking tender-footed over ice and snow. I always try to throw out extra straw in their coop and in the yard in the winter for them to stand on. Birds can easily dehydrate and winter, when temperatures can quickly freeze over a water bucket, is an important time to make sure they have access to water. Electric watering buckets come in various models. I use one that sits on a tray with a built-in heat coil. If you opt for a simple bucket that freezes over, be prepared to visit your hens each morning with a steaming kettle of just-boiled water to thaw the ice. Alternative: Have two buckets, keeping one indoors. Switch them out each morning, refilling as needed.

Winter nutrition Winterizing the coop

Extended egg production A hen’s egg laying naturally slows in the winter. It can be caused by the bird beginning her molt— requiring her body to put all her energy into growing new feathers (which are made of almost purely protein); or by the decrease in daylight hours—hens need 14 hours or more of daylight to stimulate laying. Basically, turning off the egg machine is a hen’s biological response to a time of year not conducive to raising young. Selective breeding has developed some layer hens who will continue to lay at a slower rate during the winter, but usually only during their first productive year. Many backyard birders consider this season a bird’s God-given time off. However, you can easily stimulate production by artificially increasing their daylight hours. It’s as simple as putting 25- or 40-watt bulb in the coop—even a string of LED Christmas lights will work. Put

peck, consider throwing them your weeds, any plants you remove from your garden at the end of the growing season, or your lawn clippings when you mow. And, in autumn when the leaves fall, throw those in with the chickens, too. They’ll love scratching and they might score some bugs.

A few considerations if you do artificial lighting: 1. A hen has only so many eggs she will lay in a lifetime. Keeping her laying through the winter will shorten the number of years she remains productive. 2. Make sure the eggs don’t freeze in the coop during the winter—harvest them regularly and never leave them out overnight.

Fall leaves Chickens are happier when they are entertained. If you don’t let them out in the yard to scratch and

Hens are a hardy bird and most breeds, besides those like the Naked Neck Turken, have enough feathers to stay warm in temperatures below freezing. Chickens also generate a lot of their own heat, and a flock can stay pretty warm roosting together at night. Still, there are some things that will make them more comfortable. Some coops are already built with insulation. Mine is not. When the temperatures really start dipping, I winterize my coop by covering all the little cracks—windows and doors mostly—with a layer of cardboard held in place with plywood screwed into the coop walls. With that said, coops always need ventilation. You don’t want them getting damp and growing mold. My chickens still go out in the yard during the winter, and the coop should be opened up and aired out during the day.

Freezing water, freezing feet There are a few cold-sensitive parts on chickens: their combs and their feet. I’ve never had any serious problems with chicken parts getting

Scratch is an important component to bird’s diet especially in winter. Normally consisting of oats or barley, it gives birds extra energy and, spread across the ground, keeps them moving, active and warm. Greens are still important, even after they’re gone from your garden. One thing I’m going to try this winter: a cabbage piñata—both a nutritious treat and a game (minus the blindfold). Some people sprout wheat for their gals. If you have the space to keep it dry throughout the winter, a bale of alfalfa from the feed store is appreciated. Even easier are alfalfa pellets, usually intended for rabbits, found in pet stores. Another thing: hot,cooked oatmeal. Apparently they love it. If you have a small city flock, what’s an extra cup or two of oatmeal in the morning? We love our happy hens! N Starting this month, waterers are available at 5823 So. State St., Murray. Tel. 801.792.1419.

Chicken book resources The Small-Scale Poultry Flock, by Harvey Ussery The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raising Chickens, by Jerome D. Belanger



Why you should vote ‘yes’ for the ZAP tax Keep the arts strong in Salt Lake County


on’t forget to vote on Tuesday, November 4! It’s particularly important because midterm elections—the kind without any presidential candidates and all the attendant hoopla—tend to favor more radically partisan candidates. Essentially, the fanatics all turn out to vote, and the moderate voters all stay home. Some great candidates this year are running for local, state and federal offices. They really need you to vote for them. You’re probably wondering what this has to do with dancing which is, after all, the subject of this column. Well, in Salt Lake County, voters will see this on their ballots:

BY AMY BRUNVAND companies that I’ve written about here in CATALYST including (in alphabetical order): Another Language Performing Arts, Ashley Anderson Dance, Ballet West, Brolly Arts, Dance Theater Coalition, Mountain West Ballet, Odyssey Dance Theatre, Repertory Dance Theatre, RirieWoodbury Dance Company, SB Dance, Samba Fogo, Tanner Dance, Utah Hispanic Dance Alliance and Wasatch Contras. Wow! That’s a good list. Back when it was first on the ballot in 1996, the ZAP Tax was somewhat reluctantly approved by 57.8% of voters. So who opposed ZAP? The Utah

County Proposal #1

A PROPOSAL TO RENEW THE 1/10TH OF 1% ZOO, ARTS AND PARKS (“ZAP”) SALES AND USE TAX WHICH FUNDS RECREATIONAL, ZOOLOGICAL, AND CULTURAL FACILITIES AND BOTANICAL, CULTURAL, AND ZOOLOGICAL ORGANIZATIONS. Vote yes. This is a small sales tax that has a very big impact on the cultural landscape of Salt Lake. For people who are bad with numbers, it means you contribute one penny for every $10 you spend in Salt Lake County. All those pennies add up to over $10 million per year to help pay for the dance, theatre, music, museums, zoos and recreation. This tax has to be renewed every 10 years, and this year it’s up for reelection. Visit the Salt Lake county website yourself to take a look at the amazing list of organizations that receive ZAP funding. It’s impressive to realize just how much art is going on in our community. Glancing through the list I counted no fewer than 45 ZAP-funded organizations that I did something with just during the past year. That’s a huge impact on my quality of life. How many such organizations can you find on the list? ZAP supports community events like the EVE downtown New Year’s celebration, Craft Lake City, and Utah Arts Festival; It helps pay for trails like the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Parley’s Trail, and Jordan River Trail; It supports places where I send my kid to summer day camp like Bad Dog Arts, Spy Hop and Natural History Museum of Utah; it supports plays performed by companies like Salt Lake Acting Company, Plan-B Theatre and Pygmalion; it supports movies, visual arts, swimming pools, gardens and dance—I told you that this election is important for dance. In fact, ZAP has supported many of the dance

It means you contribute one penny for every $10 you spend in Salt Lake County. All those pennies add up to over $10 million per year to help pay for the dance, theatre, music, museums, zoos and recreation.

Taxpayers Association for one, which called it a “boutique tax” because apparently they think art is only for rich people (even though ZAP funds help sponsor events that are free to the public). And the moneygrubbers who gripe that if the arts can’t make a profit, they shouldn’t even exist. And the curmudgeons who fear art that might “violate community standards.” Oh, and Governor Gary Herbert who opposed a similar tax back when he was a Utah County Commissioner because he thought there were greater needs than arts and parks. But for the most part ZAP has become an oxymoron—a popular tax. In 2004. It was renewed with 71.3% of the vote. Over the years ZAP has gained fans because the funds are well managed and the County has done a good job of “branding” to make sure people know when an event has been sponsored with ZAP money. Organizations that receive ZAP funds are required to display the ZAP logo, and the guidelines explain, “While we don’t need to tell you how important art, culture and recreation are, we do need your help in telling others. ZAP grants are different from foundations or private donors because ZAP funds are public tax dollars approved by the voters of Salt Lake County. That’s why as part of your contract we require you, our cultural partner, to spread the word to your constituents.” Besides boosting quality of life for Salt Lake County residents, arts events are a big draw for visitors. Salt Lake County estimates that over 7.3 million people annually attend events supported by ZAP Tax money. Consider that the entire population of Salt Lake County is just over 1 million, and you’ll realize that some people went to more than one ZAP supported events, and some people came from outside Salt Lake County to enjoy the kind of events that make Salt Lake the cultural heart and soul of Utah. So that was a lot of numbers for a dance article! Sorry about that, but the sad fact is, all this wonderful stuff costs money, so once in a while we just need to talk about money. Vote for County Proposal #1 to renew the ZAP tax and for the next 10 years you can congratulate yourself for your contribution whenever you see the ZAP logo. N Amy Brunvand is a librarian at the University of Utah and a dance enthusiast.Ballet West: BALLETWEST.ORG Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks: SLCO.ORG/ZAP/; RENEWZAP.COM; Utah Elections: ELECTIONS.UTAH.GOV

18 October 2014



Putting the garden to bed Conversations with gardeners BY KATHERINE PIOLI Tyler Montague


here are still signs in my garden that tell of the once prolific abundance of food that grew there this summer. The long stalk of my black beauty zucchini, a four-foot long green boa constrictor with leafy appendages some reaching two feet across, displays dozens of stump scars where I severed the pulpy fruits from the plant’s hearty rope of vine. I still harvest from it, a small anemic club here and there, but it’s glory days are over. Like the tomatoes, the peppers, the green beans, the potatoes, everything is slowing down and pulling back towards the earth. Farmers and gardeners, however, still have work to do. Planning and preparing for the next season begins now. Attention turns towards soils and composts and late season, hardy vegetables. This autumn, CATALYST has gathered from some local urban farmers tips and advice for the home gardener on how to get your beds ready for the coming winter and distant spring.

Tyler Montague, Keep It Real Vegetables, 6th season urban farmer, garlic wizard KEEPITREALVEGETABLES.WEEBLY.COM In our growing zone, the time to plant garlic lasts from the beginning of October until the ground freezes solid sometime in January. You could go out and chisel out a garlic bed in the middle of winter but generally I would avoid doing that. In my experience, garlic likes lots of compost. It does best in well-aerated rich, dark, chocolaty soil.

Definitely make sure your soil is loose before you plant. Till it or turn it with a broad fork. And always pull out all the weeds. Start with good seed stock, ideally from another local grower so it is already well adapted to our area. Choose from the healthiest plants with the biggest cloves. The rule of thumb is that bigger cloves equal bigger bulbs. Take the cloves pointy end up and push them into the soil about 2-3 inches deep. Cover them over and give it a loving pat. They

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don’t need to be watered or anything. No mulch. Just walk away. Mulch can actually harm the garlic. It can make it difficult for the new shoots to push through the soil and it can hold in too much moisture and rot the bulbs. The garlic magic starts the following spring, generally by the beginning of April or the end of March when the green tips start poking through the soil. In the past few years, mine has started growing in mid February.

Carly Gillespie, new co-owner of BUG Farms, local food advocate/organizer BACKYARDURBANGARDENS.COM At BUG Farms we have a heavy crop set up. Without enough space to leave a plot fallow for a year, our intensive planting doesn’t give our soil much time to rest and rebuild. So to rebuild soil we use cover crops and green manure. This is an especially good technique for people who only have small backyard garden where the never soil never gets to rest. Growing a cover crop builds

up soil and rejuvenates it by adding organic matter. It adds nutrients to garden beds and protects and mulches the soil over winter. Since all of our property is under production during growing season, our cover crops go in later than is optimal and we have to choose hardier plants like winter wheat, rye, crimson clover or winter vetch, usually it’s a mix of these. The crops will only have a little time to grow in fall before snow, but they come back in the spring. If you’re growing a cover crop, don’t let it grow to maturity (when it starts seeding). Let it grow to about 8-10 inches and then pull it and toss it in your compost. If you’re growing green manure, it needs even less growing time and instead of pulling it, you will till it into the garden bed and let it decompose there. Legumes and cereals make the best green manure. Always till a green manure in the spring. You want to till it in about 6-8 weeks before you begin planting to give it time to break down, although it can be tricky because sometimes the soil isn’t dry enough before March.

Kevin Nash Kevin Nash, Earth First Eco-Farm, 6th season urban farmer, small footprint guru EARTH.FIRST.ORGANIX@GMAIL.COM I don’t add much to my compost in the winter, but in the fall I spend a lot of time building good compost for the following season. When building compost, you want a carbon to nitrogen ratio of about 7:3. (Think of carbon as the brown things you add to your pile: straw, leaves, ashes, cornstalks, dead plants from your end-of-season garden. Think of nitrogen as the green things you add: food waste, grass clippings, clover, young green plants and weeds.) I gather as many tree leaves as I can and mix that with the field waste that’s left over at the end of the growing season. Then I find a nitrogen source like clover to balance

all that carbon. Then, you put everything together in layers. Make sure that each layer gets a fair amount of water—not sopping, just a nice spray. If you build your compost properly and get it ready early enough, through about midOctober, it can generate enough heat to stay hot through winter. Usually I build mine late in season. It freezes over winter and doesn’t get hot until it thaws in the spring and the bacteria activate again.

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Mele Tua’one, Mololo Gardens, 3rd season farmer, long-time seed whisperer FACEBOOK.COM/MOLOLOGARDENS There are certain garden vegetables that are actually enhanced by frost and cold weather. If you are growing carrots, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or cauliflower, leave them in when you pull everything else out for the winter. All of these cold-hardy plants improve in flavor when stressed by winter cold. After the first frost, the plant thinks it’s dying. So it releases all its sugars to stay alive and the plant takes on a sweetness it didn’t have before. You can leave these vegetables in the ground and harvest them well past the frost. Protect them with a little straw mulch and tuck them in under a garden row cover. They can last through the winter and even into the spring for a sweeter, early season harvest. For some of our other plants, we have hoop houses to extend the season. You can make simple floating row covers with a small frame made of PVC pipe and some plastic greenhouse film. Some plants need special care to make it through to the next year. Artichoke are biennials that are very tender and won’t survive without help. They need dual coverage, mulching with straw and a nice cover with a tarp. N

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school, McLaughlin was on a steady path to an ordinary life when he switched gears to pursue his passion: the outdoors. His experience teaching helped him land a job with Outback Therapeutic Expeditions, a youth crisis program in northern Utah that uses the wilderness experience as a therapeutic tool. Though McLaughlin had attended workshops by Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin, his proficiency with survival skills, he says, came from daily use of survivalist skills while out in the BY KATHERINE PIOLI field with his students over the past three years— and in Namibia, Africa early this past summer. McLaughlin decided he was ready to bring his knowledge and passion to a wider audience. In Michigan this past August, he taught his first class through his new Holistic Survival School, created with input from his older brother Micah, a naturopathic physician. This October he will host a similar class in Utah. “For people wanting to teach survival skills, the experiential component—what we call ‘dirt time’— is so important,” says Laurel Holding, head instructor and director of program development for the Boulder Outdoor Survival School. A survivalist instructor for 14 years, Holding knows what it takes to be a good instructor. “Book learning is a valuable adjunct resource, but books can never substitute for the field time,” she stresses. “That’s where you hone the hard skills like primitive traps McLaughlin’s approach and fire, but also where you learn how to be an effective teacher.” may be less about Newcomers often have something different to offer, and Mclaughlin’s conceptual learning to survive in approach to the wilderness experience certhe wilderness and tainly seems fresh. “My school focuses on chology, lost skills like both the yin and the yang of outdoor surtracking, flint making and more about learning vival,” says McLaughlin. “Survival tools, primitive fire making, knowing how to skin an animal and start a how much we need wilderness skills like navifire, are the masculine side. But just as imporgation, map reading, shelwilderness to survive. tant is the feminine side, to be slow and introter improvisation, and edispective and aware of your surroundings.” ble plant identification. McLaughlin’s approach may be less about Here in Utah, we have what is widely regarded as learning to survive in the wilderness and more the oldest and largest survival school in the country, about learning how much we need wilderness in Boulder Outdoor Survival School founded in 1968. order to survive. We also have one of the country’s newest, the While Holistic Survival School participants will Holistic Survival School, created and operated by receive some traditional teachings like primitive Michigan-to-Utah transplant Luke McLaughlin. fire building, they will not be sent out and told to While not exactly a household name, overcome the challenges of a dangerous environMcLaughlin garnered international exposure as a ment with little more than a knife. They may, howhunky survivalist on another of the Discovery ever, find themselves blindfolded following a yarn Channel’s reality survival shows, Naked and Afraid. thread through trees and fields, or crawling around For 21 days, McLaughlin and his female partner on a tarp in search of a small rolling object. This lived in the Namibian wilderness with a knife, a slightly more unorthodox approach, says flint stone, and not a stitch of clothing. One website McLaughlin, is what makes his approach holistic. wrote of McLaughlin, “While you watch the show, In a world where, for many people, interaction with you will see that he’s smart, a hard worker and kind the physical and natural world can seem frighten— so you can’t stop yourself from rooting for him.” ing, by asking his students to engage their senses, His Michigan hometown paper described him as McLaughlin hopes his survival teachings will help “perfect for the show: He’s young (27) and fit (6students re-energize bodies and minds and remind foot-1, 185 pounds); he’s prepared and tattooed, people of the joy of wilderness—and, perhaps, the including a local reference on his right shoulder — power of presence in your daily life and surroundthe state outline, surrounding the euchre hand that ings, wherever you are. N he and his grandfather won with in deer camp.”

A new kind of survival school Luke McLaughlin’s gentle approach may reach a wider audience


true survivalist needs only five things to live. She needs a cutting tool for splitting firewood or gutting fish; combustion to start a fire; cover, a simple plastic bag or emergency blanket, to keep warm and dry; a container for water, to remain hydrated; and cordage—rope can be an amazing tool. The survivalist C’s, a list created by Dave Canterbury of the Pathfinder School, is deceptively simple, for, without the special knowledge and training required to effectively use these tools for survival in the wilderness, their presence is nearly worthless. In an ironic twist, at a time when humans are spending increasingly less time outside, the idea of wilderness survival or primitive living is becoming increasingly popular. For the majority who prefer a voyeur’s approach, television’s Discovery Channel offers viewers an easy window into the survivalist world. From the safety of their own living rooms survival junkies can watch shows like Dual Survival – in each of these shows, primitive skills master Cody Lundin (pronounced Lun-deen) extricates himself in Houdini-like survivalist style from remote drop-off locations around the world. For a more interactive experience, dozens of schools from Alabama to Oregon, Sweden to Croatia, with names like Laughing Coyote Project, Ravens-Way Wild Journeys and Omega Tactical and Survival School, are in the business of outdoor survival. There are schools designed for those trying to come closer to God, those who fear the apocalypse, and those who wish to reclaim the ways of ancient peoples. There are courses specially designed for children, for corporate retreats or for military personnel training. They teach lessons on survival psy-

Mclaughlin’s arrival in Utah came at a pivotal moment in the young man’s personal quest for selfdiscovery. A former star high school athlete – his senior year he captained the tennis, basketball and football teams – a college graduate and one-time high school biology teacher with sights on graduate

Utah Class: October 3-5, limited to 25 participants ages 8 to adult, registration online at HOLISTICSURVIVALSCHOOL.COM For an interesting read about Luke McLaughlin’s “Naked and Afraid” experience: HTTP://ARCHIVE.LANSINGSTATEJOURNAL.COM/ARTICLE/20140628/THINGSTODO08/306280030/MASON-MAN-READY-NAKED-AFRAID-DEBUT



SLC’s “other” community garden A lawless creation of beauty, Timmi Cruz’s parking strip transformation is forced to defend itself


he black cherry tomatoes are climbing the trellis of branches, growing an archway over the white wooden gate. The corn stalks are turning the color of the red rock slabs nearby that fit together with jigsaw puzzle perfection forming a snaking bench down the line of the street. The Swiss chard, half harvested, adds color and shape between the raised rock patios and solidly balanced stone coffee table tops. Lovingly crafted, Timmi Cruz’s urban garden and community gathering space on the parking strip around his home two block from the CATALYST office was just coming into perfection in June when a complaint was lodged with the city about activities on the parking strip. The city mailed a warning letter stating that a permit is required when seeking major changes to a park strip. When Cruz responded to the letter he was told to meet with the Development Review Team (DRT), a group of city employees from various departments – transportation, utilities, zoning – who could discuss the specific violations and the steps for receiving the revocable permit needed for construction. According to the city, after that first meeting Cruz never attempted to follow up with the DRT. There is no way to adequately describe the divinely inspired beauty of the parking strip in question. Found on the corner of 300 South at 10th East, it’s a creation that is hard to miss – inviting, aesthetic and organic in design. After Cruz went MIA, the DRT resumed the case, mailing an order letter stating that, should progress on the case not be met through removal of the construction or an appearance with the DRT to assess potential solutions, a

BY KATHERINE PIOLI civil fine of $25 per day would be levied. With no response, on September 22 they mailed the final five-day warning. A true community effort, built with the help of neighbors, friends,

concert space. Passersby stop, look and often sit for a while. “I’ll admit,” says Cruz, “I did go a little big.” For the city’s engineering department, the problem is with lack of

Found on the corner of 300 South at 10th East, it’s a creation that is hard to miss – inviting, aesthetic and organic in design. housemates and family, the parking strip garden, says Cruz, “was built for the purpose of education and inspiration. It is a vision of what we can do.” What this particular garden has done is bring together neighbors and a neighborhood – the garden extends over two properties. Sustainable, with no grass in sight, it requires a fifth of the water used by a regular lawn. It grows food. It maintains the peace of a Saturday morning without need for leaf blowers or lawn mowers. It transforms into an impromptu front yard

blue prints and the structure’s interference with public-right-of-way and pedestrian movement. The rock patios are a problem for the public utilities, obscuring access to underground infrastructure – Cruz contends that the asphalt street also interferes with access to pipes and lines, with the simple solution being to tear up the surface if and when access is needed. The transporta-

tion department worries about the rock benches being within 18 inches of the curb, a problem for car doors. Zoning mentions the need for at least 33% of a strip to have green landscaping and heights not exceeding 18 inches for traffic/driver visibility. “What it comes down to,” says Craig Weinheimer, legal investigator for Salt Lake City’s department of building services, “is that a rock wall can’t be in the parking strip. Likely, in order to comply, it will need to be removed.” Neighbors have already written letters in support of Cruz and his garden. Friends, like Mele Tua’one of Mololo Gardens who is creating posters for distribution around town, are rallying for the garden’s preservation. Cruz has yet to report back to the city. When he does, he will likely get a stay of execution. “If there are visible improvements or documentation of him seeking a permit application, we can work with him,” says Weinheimer. For now, Cruz is pulling together his materials and hoping to find an engineer to assess his structure. Hopefully, the narrowness and restrictiveness of current zoning laws will not spell doom for this brilliant and enhancing addition to our community before a compromise can be reached. N For updates on the Cruz Community Garden, sign up to follow CATALYST’s weekly emailed newsletter: Go to CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET and click on Weekly Reader.

22 October 2014 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 Mugaku Zimmerman, Sensei. 7:15a— 5:30p (full day) or 7:15a-1p (half day). ArtSpace Zendo, 230 S 500 W, suite 155. $35-$60.


Oct. 11: Facial Diagnosis Seminar by David R. Card, of Dave’s Health & Nutrition. 9a-5:30p. A day of learning what parts of the face correspond to which organs and how to diagnose possible physical and emotional weakness. Dave’s Health & Nutrition, 880 E 3900 S. $145-$165.


Oct. 7: Once Upon a Forest. 7p. From the creator of March of the Penguins, Once Upon a Forest invites viewers into a neverbefore-seen world of natural wonder and staggering beauty. Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.

Oct. 11: Garlic Planting and Growing. 10a-12p. Local garlic celebrity, farmer Pete of Sandhill Farms will lead the garlic-planting workshop. Grateful Tomato Garden, 800 S 600 E. $10. Oct. 11: RDT’s Ring around the Rose presents African Drums. 11a-12p. Join Andy Jones from Djembe Direct and the African Heartwood Project. Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W 300 S. $5. Oct. 11: October Geocaching Adventures. 11a-3p. Learn how to use one of the preserve’s GPS’s to find hidden treasure. All ages welcome. Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, 1258 Center Dr., Park City. $15 ($7.50 members). Oct. 11: Salt Lake City Maker Fair. 126p. Library Swaure, 210 E 400 S. $10-$40. See feature calendar.

Oct. 2: RDT presents Portal. 7:30p. Featuring the world-premier of “By the Snake” by Israeli artists Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof as well as choreography by Stephen Koester and Zvi Gotheiner. Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W 300 S. $30/$15 students. Oct. 2: The Meaning of Illness with Dr. Lionel Corbett. 7p. Jung Society of Utah Season 6 premier event. UofU Union, Saltair room, 200 S Central Campus Dr. Free Oct. 3: Living More with Less Conference. 1:30-6:30p. Conference. Science Building of Utah Valley University, 800 W University Parkway, Orem. Free. Oct. 4: The Buddha Walks into the Office. Lodro Rinzler in person. 7p. Free.

Oct. 7: Best of the Last. 6-9p. The last class in the Summer in a Jar series for the best of fall harvest. Create jars to share with friends over the holidays using the water bath technique with onions, green tomatoes beans and more. Harmons City Creek, 135 E 100 S. $25. Oct. 7: Introduction Tibetan Buddhism. Tuesdays, 8-week course. 6:30-8p. Tibetan Buddhist Temple, 740 S 300 W. $50. Oct. 7: Rumi Poetry Club. 7p. Poetry as a form of meditation. Anderson-Foothill library, 1135 S 2100 E. Free.

NKUT adoption weekend 10/10-11 Last year, approximately 62,000 pets entered shelters around Utah. For one in five of those animals, the shelter became their last home on Earth. With limited space, limited resources, limited money, and more animals arriving every day, shelters are forced into the difficult decision to euthanize. Still, this is a dramatic improvement over years past. Since 2000, Best Friends Animal Society has been creating life-saving programs for homeless pets in Utah. In that

Oct. 9: Beginning Buddhist Practice. Thursdays, 8-week course. 6:30-8p. $50.

Oct. 11: Cacao Ceremony. 6-9p. With Emily Spirit and Jenica Lake, and Chocolate Conspiracy. Mindful Yoga Collective, 223 S 700 E. $25-$35.

Oct. 10-11: Utah Ecopsychology Conference. 8a-4p. 2-day conference to raise awareness by forward-thinking members in the field, looking at the relationship of humans and their environment. Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way. $100 students/$200. Oct. 10-11: NKUT Adoption Weekend. Fri. 12-7p, Sat. 10a-7p. Utah State Fairpark, 155 N 1000 W. $25-$50. Oct. 11: Day of Zen with Michael

time, the number of pets euthanized has decreased by half. No Kill Utah (NKUT) is an initiative led by Best Friends and supported by a coalition of individuals, city shelters and animal welfare organizations with the goal of ending the killing of cats and dogs in Utah shelters by 2019. Through education efforts, greater numbers of spayed and neutered pets, and growing numbers of shelter adoptions and pet foster families, NKUT has already helped 23 of Utah’s communities reach no-kill status.


100 Years of Fashion Exhibit October 6-16 (opening reception Tues., October 7, 6pm) It’s an ode to the power of curation: just 12 articles of clothing in this fashion exhibit present a stunning visual history of women over the past 100 years. From a long, flowing 1914 afternoon dress, to a

1951 Christian Dior short cocktail dress, to a bright yellow 1969 Courreges vinyl mini-coat, to a zipper ball gown by a former SLCC student who now

Oct. 11: Goblin Masquerade. 8p. Goblins, nymphs, ogres, bad faeries and other creatures of the night, beyond the realm of human vision, are free to make merry, tempt, seduce and carry out acts of foolishness and wantonness. Crone’s Hollow, 2470 S Main. $13-$18. Oct. 12: 4th Annual Urban Flea Market. 9a-3p. Salt Lake City’s largest downtown flea market with antiques, vintage, secondhand and locally made treasures. 600 S Main. Free. Oct. 13: Natural History Museum of Utah Free Day. 10a-5p. Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way. Free. Oct. 14, 21 & 28: Awareness in Your Life: A Workshop in Three Parts. 6-9p. Join Zen teacher Diane Musho Hamilton,

owns a custom bridal gown business, the exhibition shows how women’s roles and options have changed with the times. The dresses and suits are part of an 1,800-piece collection gifted to the SLCC Fashion Institute by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in 2007. “My first day on the job, I opened a box labeled ‘Chanel’ and discovered a 1930s Chanel suit, as well as a 1960s Chanel suit,� said Sandra Ence Paul, curator of the SLCC Fashion Collection. “Loving history and fashion, I am particularly interested in the Zeitgeist, or spirit of the times, placing the evolution of women’s fashion in a cultural context.� The remainder of the collection is held in a windowless room where temperature and humidity are controlled. Most of the collection is stored in archival boxes, protected with archival tissue paper. Some of the collection can be hung and is stored on clothing racks covered with unbleached muslin. After the exhibit, the displayed items will go back into their archival boxes, or be hung and stored on the clothing racks. However, that doesn’t mean the collection is tucked away forever. Ence Paul invites the public to contact her to arrange a tour of the collection or a mini lecture for a group: 100 Years of Fashion. Salt Lake Community College South City Campus Art Gallery, 1575 So. State. Free.


BODY WORLDS is back in Salt Lake City for a very limited time. Take a look inside yourself like you never have before. BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, a brand-new exhibit, captures the human body at every stage - from infant to centenarian.

CREATE WHAT YOU CRAVE Canning and Pickling Price: $45 Thursday, Oct. 30th | 6:30 p.m. LEO

LEO LIBATIONS Harvest Festival of Beaujolais Price: $55 Thursday, Nov. 6th | 7:00 p.m.

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Don’t let legal issues scare you! —Jodi Mardesich Smith and process work diplomat Randee Levine for a series of three engaging and enlivening evening workshops exploring the different dimension of who we are using awareness practice. Two Arrows Zen, 230 S 500 W. $149.

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Oct. 15: Psychic Fair. 6-9p. Oasis CafĂŠ 151 S 500 E. Oct. 16: Solar Workshop. 5:30p. Alumni Hall, Health Sciences education Building, 26 S 2000 E. Free. Oct. 18: Salt Lake City Community Gardens Open House. 10a. Join Wasatch Community Gardens and SLC Green City Growers for an Open House to learn how your support can lead to a new community garden in your neighborhood. Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 S State. Free.






24 October 2014 CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET Oct. 18: March Against Monsanto. 12p. Utah Rally. Utah State Capitol, 350 N State. Oct. 18: Preparing for Fall. 1-4p. Make the transition from Summer to fall smooth and easy with yoga, chanting, pranayama and meditation. Mindful Yoga Collective, 223 S 700 E. $50.



Moab Folk Camp Southeastern Utah Music and Songwriting Workshops BY CHARLOTTE BELL

Oct. 18: The Hive Theatre Company Fundraiser Rally. 8p. Featuring live music, spoken word, short plays, standup comedy. Silent auction at 7p. Sugar Space, 618 E Wilmington Ave. $10. Oct. 21: Particle Fever. 7p. Main City Library 210 E 400 S. Free.

Mini Maker Faire October 11 Library Square, Main City Library, 210 E. 400 S. $8-15/$6-10 adv. Noon-6pm. The second Salt Lake City Mini Maker Faire is part of an international network of over 100 independently organized and community-produced Mini Maker Faires around the world. Organizer Jenn Blum attended her first Maker Faire in 2007 in Austin and was quickly overcome with a sense of joy and glee upon entering the fairgrounds. When Make introduced the Mini Maker Faire program for community-organized events a few years ago, she and some friends decided to step up and make this event happen in Salt Lake City. Maker Faires are distinguished by their broad spectrum of projects and interactivity, with a strong focus on technology, science, design, and craft. Exhibitors and attendees include scientists, technologists, engineers, artists, designers, programmers, entrepreneurs, tinkerers, educators, students, lock pickers, beekeepers, felters, knitters, roboticists, textile artists, crafters, hobbyists, inventors, costumers, and cardboard enthusiasts. This year, the Faire will once again have a strong technology component—from DIY, open source, and educational projects to tech companies changing our future. There will be interactive mechanical art, tiny robots, medium-size robots, art cars, a walk-in camera obscura, make-your-own puppet shows, Lego, Tesla coils, electronic kits, and a sew-a-thon and screen printing for upcycling clothing. We're particularly excited to see more rockets, a tiny house on wheels (converted from a delivery truck), cubesats, a rideable train, and an Arduino-controlled brewing system. —Alice Toler

Oct. 22: Growing Cities, a food day event. 7p. A film about urban farming in America, examining the role of urban farming in our culture and its power to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. Brewvies Cinema Pub, 677 S 200 W. $5 suggested donation. Oct. 25: 7th Annual Erotic Halloween Ball. 9p-2a. The Complex, 536 W 100 S. $25-$140.

Oct. 28: Le Cousin Jules. 7p. A lost masterpiece of cinema, this film records the lives of two French farmers (Jules and Felicie) from 1968 to 1973, who lived a way of life that vanished long ago. Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free October 29: Tim’s Vermeer. 7p. Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to answer how 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer (Girl with a Pearl Earring) managed to paint so photo realistically 150 years before the invention of photography. Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 300 Wakara Way. Free. Oct. 30: 2014 McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture with David Campbell. 7-8p. Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.


ob Cantonwine really wanted to write a song. A longtime performer on Salt Lake’s acoustic music scene, it had been years since he’d written a song. It was not for lack of ideas. He has a notebook full of “song starts”—some 240 of them. “Wonderful, inspired musical ideas would come to me,” he says. “I just couldn’t find my way to finish them.” So when he traveled to the 2013 Moab Folk Camp (MFC), he took along his guitar and his notebook full of song fragments. He even had a song in mind to finish. “It didn’t happen,” he says. What did happen took him by surprise. The rest of song fragment #92 in his notebook, inspired by his brother’s fatal cancer diagnosis in 2006—contracted from Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam—poured out of him one afternoon. The song became “Made of Wood,” referring to the wooden guns he and his brother played army with as kids that eventually became the deadly real thing when both fought in Vietnam. Cantonwine credits creativity exercises he explored with songwriters Sloan Wainwright and David Roth at MFC for his sudden burst of inspiration. Singer-songwriter and MFC cofounder Cosy Sheridan told Cantonwine that what happened to him was “pretty simple. You’ve been opened. You’re allowing the creative process to happen now.” It’s this sort of creativity explosion that Sheridan and the late singer-songwriter TR Ritchie had in mind when they founded MFC in 2008. The two made Moab home base for many years, while they traveled the country performing, sometimes solo and sometimes together. Sheridan had taught at many folk camps around the country for about 20 years. After she and Ritchie took 18 people to Ireland for a songwriting retreat they thought, “Why not bring people to Moab?” The camp precedes the Moab Folk Festival and will run this year from November 2nd to November 7th. Camp participants learn much more than songwriting. Classes take place every

morning and afternoon, and include subjects such as creativity, songwriting, guitar, mandolin, banjo, performance techniques and singing. A few years ago they added photography and painting. Hiking is always an option, if not an imperative in slickrock country. Folk campers can stay in guest cabins on campus, in area hotels, or they can camp. Participants range from seasoned performers to complete novices. Salt Lakebased singer-songwriter Anke Summerhill has been involved with the camp since it began, and teaches workshops in beginning guitar. One of her favorite memories is of a newbie who attended her classes. “He was a man in his 70s who had never, ever played the guitar. Before the camp, a friend gave him a guitar and a set of strings. He came to class with a freshly strung guitar, all ready to go. I just loved his spirit of adventure.” The student concert is a highlight for everyone. “They’re so brave,” says Sheridan. “It’s so inspiring to see what they’ve learned, whether or not they’ve ever been on stage before.” Even though performing is optional, Cantonwine says that in a way it’s not. “There’s just so much support that you want to be a part of it,” he says. The community is what inspires Sheridan the most. Many participants have come every year since the first. “I have such respect for people who come to camp. They’ve come all this way to learn something new. They are all so kind, compassionate and helpful to each other. For me the week is about creating community. The music is simply the method we’re using to create the community. The campers have all become my friends and I love getting to spend the week with them.” N

Moab Folk Camp Sun., Nov. 2-Fri., Nov 7 Registration, schedule, lodging, directions: MOABFOLKCAMP.COM



What’s New Around Town BY KATHERINE PIOLI

Wasatch Brew Pub Utah’s micro brew pioneer, the Wasatch Beer and Squatters Pub cooperative known as the Salt Lake Brewing Company, is making sure it has a hand in Salt Lake’s most development-crazed neighborhood, Sugar House. Wasatch Brew Pub opened its Sugar House doors last month and is now serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

City’s popular Downtown Alliance-sponsored Saturday market ends Oct. 25, Tuesday market on the 21st, and without much of a pause the winter market at the Rio Grande begins on November 8. For closing dates for other markets around the valley check out Utah’s Own web map at UTAHSOWN.UTAH.GOV/FARMERSMARKETS or FARMERSMARKETONLINE.COM/FM/UTAH.HTM or, next time you’re at your market of choice just ask the organizer or a friendly farmer for the final date.

Wasatch Brew Pub, 2100 s Highland Dr.

Community Gardens begin with you Consignment season Consignment shops never take my clothes. Part of the reason for this rejection, it seems, is bad timing. But October, with holidays and change of weather, is a great time to take stuff in as these stores look to update their merchandise for the winter. Fun & Frolic is now accepting winter clothing and accessories including winter sport gear like snowshoes and boots, trail guides, backpacks and indoor workout gear like yoga mats. IconoCLAD has seen a huge increase in demand for Halloween-y clothes and accessories. Maybe it’s time to let go of those old prom dresses in the back of your closet. Fun & Frolic, 2066 s 2100 e, MYFUNANDFROLIC.COM conoCLAD, 300 s 414 e, FACEBOOK.COM/ICONOCLAD

Salt Lake Solar Service On August 29 when the Utah Public Service Commission denied Rocky Mountain Power’s request for a $4.65 net metering fee increase—a fee that would have increased the monthly bill for homes and businesses with small solar power arrays—Utahns for alternative energy breathed a sigh of relief. It felt safe, once again, to invest in solar. But obstacles still remain, many of them monetary—balancing required start-up capitol for a rooftop solar system with pay-offs down the road—and with significant benefits ready to expire—the 30% federal Solar Investment Tax Credit currently extends only through the end of 2016—many people may feel like their back is up against a wall. Here’s where My Community Solar steps in to help. Community Solar is a bulk-purchase program that helps lower the rates for installations and helps simplify the installation process. The current U Community Solar campaign is a bulk purchase program for members of the University of Utah campus. Those interested should start the process by taking a quick and simple solar sur-

vey—about your home construction, average wattage usage and roof shading. The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to October 24. For more information on the project, attend a Community Solar workshop on October 16 at the University’s Alumni Hall, health and sciences education building, 26s 2000e. MYCOMMUNITYSOLAR.ORG.

Symphony’s Upbeat series aims at the under-30s If the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera really want 25% of their audiences to be 30 or younger they are starting with a good hook: affordable tickets. The Vivace package, season tickets for the social extrovert, treats pass holders to discount tickets and private after-parties. For the more subdued music afficionado, Upbeat is probably a more enticing offer. Available to anyone 30 and under, this new program offers discount tickets with prices ranging from $10-15. The Upbeat DesignA-Series allows ticket holders to select their own performances. And Abravanel Hall has its own special deal, a $49 allaccess season pass for students—buy one and a second pass is only $25. USUO.ORG

The city likes community gardens. It would be happy to see more. Now, if you want one near you, there are just a few bureaucratic steps to go through. True, asking people to gain written commitment from five garden organizers, create and circulate a community petition, meet with and obtain support from a local Community Council member, all assures actual dedication to completing a large project, but it’s a task large enough to sound like a parttime job and it all needs to be completed and submitted to the city by December 1. So, now that most of your harvest has come in, start crackin’. Find more information and download the application at SLCGOV.COM/SLCGREEN/COMMUNITYGARDENS or contact Susan Finlayson with Wasatch Community Gardens at SUSAN@WASATCHGARDENS.ORG.

Poetry workshop Winter can be a creative and contemplative time, perfect for writing poetry. If you have ever thought about honing your lyrical skills, consider this free spring semester poetry workshop presented by Westminster College and taught by Westminster professor of English Natasha Sajé. Interested participants, both community members and students, must complete an application including three samples of original poems by October 15. Go to, click on Submit and scroll down to the poetry workshop submission tag. Participants accepted into the program will be notified by December 1.

Fall weeklies give way to the monthly winter market The season is winding down and farmers are packing up their booths. Salt Lake

Boundless Sky Donna Dinsdale is a meditation instructor, a massage therapist, an ayurvedically trained nutrition and lifestyle educator and a recent graduate of the Duke Integrative Medicine program at Duke University. The former high school biology teacher finds that her passion is helping people learn new pathways to better health, and she’s got the tools to make this happen. She recently opened Boundless Sky, where she offers primarily integrative health coaching and meditation courses. Dinsdale says that from the one-on-one client/coach relationship comes an individualized, personalized health plan that addresses each client’s needs and goals. Twice a year, she also offers a “Meditation for Wellness” course. Boundless Sky, 336 E. 900 S. 801.979.0111. BOUNDLESSSKYHEALTH.COM

Adopt-a-Native-Elder needs volunteers now Inspired by a group of Dine (Navajo) women she met at a Park City rug show in the 1980s, Utah-based artist Linda Myers began donating food, clothing and basic medicine supplies to the Dine community. Since then, Myers’ work has developed

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From the creator of March of the Penguins, Once Upon a Forest invites viewers to take a journey into the depths of the tropical jungle and into the very heart of life on earth in this breathtakingly shot nature documentary.


This wonderfully crafted film tells the story of Chris Strachwitz, an American music detective and force behind legendary Arhoolie Records.


An adventure through the creative world of Kustom Kulture that explores hot rods, low-brow art, and pin-striping, and features interviews with the world’s best car and motorcycle builders, tattooists, and custom painters.


A rich and entertaining dialogue with zombie authors, filmmakers, and scholars, the film features a host of zombie icons (George A. Romero, Max Brooks, Simon Pegg, Robert Kirkman, Bruce Campbell, and many more!).


Margaret, a lesbian hooker in training, meets Jo, a beautiful grifter from a wealthy family and an expert on picking up women, even though she considers herself straight.


The inside story of six brilliant scientists seeking to unravel the mysteries of the universe, documentingthe planet’s most significant scientific and inspiring breakthrough— the launch of the Large Hadron Collider.


On a visit to Italy, Linor Abargil was raped by a man who was supposed to be protecting her. Mere weeks later, she was crowned Miss World. The film follows her personal journey and decision to speak about her rape ten years later.


A lost masterpiece of cinema, Le Cousin Jules recorded the lives of two French farmers (Jules and Felicie) from 1968 to 1973, who lived a way of life that vanished long ago.



Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to answer how 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer (Girl with a Pearl Earring) managed to paint so photorealistically 150 years before the invention of photography.




into the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program, which works to support native elders and preserve their traditional arts. Hundreds of volunteers donate thousands of hours to provide food, clothing and supplies to Elders who live on the reservation, fill backpacks for school children and create Christmas stockings. Those activities usually occur at the Salt Lake warehouse, 328 W. Gregson Ave. (3080 S.). Work on Christmas stockings begins October 7. Many volunteers are needed with next month’s rug show and sale in Park City. Details are available on their website, complete with an electronic signup sheet.

Who’s your deity? My Hindu deity, or ishta-devata, is Saraswati, goddess of knowledge, the arts, and nature. I learned of her just the other day through an unlikely source, BYU’s Museum of Art. Currently showing at the museum through March 21, 2015, Loving Devotion: Visions of Vishnu explores the

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Argument for protection The push to protect more of the Greater Canyonlands area has a new crusader. Archaeologist and author Jerry D. Spangler is a recognized expert on prehistoric peoples of the northern Colorado Plateau. In Secrets of the Past in a Rugged Land: The archaeological case for protecting Greater Canyonlands, recently released by the Greater Canyonlands Coalition, Spangler identifies some of the area’s archaeological treasures—evidence of ice age encampments, North America’s most well preserved and oldest rock art, outlaw hideouts and markings from early explorers. By identifying such unique assets Spangler’s report gives another strong argument for extend protection through monument designation. Download the publication from SUWA.ORG.

Pounds of produce Local food. It may be the single sexiest phrase in the restaurant business these days. But it comes with so many questions. What is considered local? How much of what comes out on a plate is locally grown? Mandarin Restaurant in Bountiful has tried to answer some of these questions. According to co-owner Angel Manfredini, over the course of 14 weeks this summer Mandarin’s kitchen used 5,000 pounds of produce, sourced from their neighboring farmers Bangerter and Son. That’s over 350 pounds of vegetables passing from farmerto-restaurant-to-plate every week. That’s pretty good. Mandarin, 348 e 900 n Bountiful.

Cardamom: Ticket out of poverty? While “local food” is the buzz phrase for restaurants, “humanitarian partnership” is probably the sexiest phrase for corporations. Though, once again, there are tough questions. It can be difficult to decipher if the claims of social improvement are as real or as beneficial as promised. That said, there seems to be some potential in a new partnership between two Utah-based groups, the international non-profit CHOICE Humanitarian and the international essential oils company doTERRA, that is hoping to bring good to a some villagers in Guatemala. The whole deal revolves around cardamom: growing, harvesting and distilling cardamom seeds for use in essential oil. Guatemala is already the world’s largest cardamom producer. By setting up cardamom farms in rural Guatemalan villages, and with doTERRA already set up as a buyer for the product, CHOICE Humanitarian sees a chance to create an economic system that will lift people out of poverty. This is a good bet, since by weight, cardamom is the world’s third most valuable spice (second only to safron and vanilla).

Hindu relationship with God and the divine through art and religious objects from the Indian subcontinent. “Through powerful images of these Gods inscribed on stone, in bronze or in paintings, worshippers and viewers alike are invited to learn that god is love and not fear,”we learn. In a creative and playful stroke of genius, the exhibit also allows online viewers to take a survey to find which personal ishta-devata deity they might want to pray to. I happen to like what my quiz came up with and I plan to send my next few prayers to Saraswati. Loving Devotion: Visions of Vishnu, BYU Museum of Art, North Campus Dr, Provo. MOA.BYU.EDU/LOVING-DEVOTION

Troy Williams to lead Equality Utah Once called the “gay mayor of Salt Lake City” and the “Harvey Milk of Utah gay politics” Troy Williams, executive producer of KRCL’s RadioActive, will not surprise his fans and followers with the news that he will be the next executive director of Equality Utah, replacing Brandie Balken who stepped down in August. We are deeply sorry to lose his voice and influence in the wider social and political debates tackled by RadioActive. At the same time, we are happy to see him take this new step, using his well-honed skills as an activist, thinker, writer and leader in advancing the causes of Utah’s LGBT community. After 10 years with RadioActive, Williams says, “It’s time for me to try something new, and to create a great opportunity for someone else at KRCL.”

RDT Contemporary A new addition to RDT’s dance company, Lauren Curley, is bringing a new class to RDT’s adult community dance school. Curley’s contemporary dance class will be held Mondays, 8:15-9:30pm. A close cousin to modern dance, the contemporary class will emphasize floorwork and improvisation. All ages and abilities are welcome. RDTUTAH.ORG/DANCECLASSES.HTML

B.K.S. Iyengar What is his legacy, and what will be yours? BY CHARLOTTE BELL


eptember 6 was the 30th anniversary of my dad’s passing. Taken by a sudden heart attack while talking on the phone, his death was a huge shock. He was not old—63—and very athletic, vital and energetic. Here one moment, gone the next. About a year after his passing, my sisters and mother and I got together for a few days. Reagan had just been reelected, and none of us was happy about it. As the conversation intensified, a sudden knowing entered my mind: Our dad is not gone. He’s right here in all of us. My dad loved to rant about politics,

Practicing in India, the birthplace of Yoga, was rich beyond what I could have imagined. and before his passing, Reagan’s imminent reelection was a huge thorn in his side. In fact, my last conversation with him included Reagan rants. Of course there was more to my parents’ legacy than strong political opinions. My parents left family and friends many gifts: a love of music,

YOGA art and cats; an affinity for walking; a healthy skepticism of authority; a DIY attitude; a slavish commitment to being responsible and punctual. My sisters and I have all, in turn, shared these qualities with the people we encounter. When we die, a part—maybe the most important part—of us lives on in our families, friends, colleagues, enemies and sometimes in people we don’t even know. The parts of us that express who we are as unique beings leave a residue that stays long after our bodies are gone. I’m pretty sure we can never know the

27 I got to experience a three-week intensive with Iyengar in Pune in 1989. Practicing in India, the birthplace of Yoga, was rich beyond what I could have imagined. I had studied with many competent, insightful Iyengar-style teachers in the U.S. before traveling to Pune, but somehow being in India changed everything. The experience of weaving through Pune’s crowded, chaotic and colorful streets on my daily walk to the Institute dug deep, ancient, yogic roots into my soul. The classes in the intensive left me feeling continuously humbled. I felt that if three weeks of practice in Pune left me with even a tiny understanding of Tadasana (Mountain Pose), I would have learned enough for a lifetime of practice. Before I left for India, many veterans of Pune intensives warmed me that Mr. Iyengar would make me cry at some point. He was, of course, legendary for yelling, kicking, slapping and often tearing down his students. “It’s cultural,” my friends

Iyengar and Charlotte Bell (upside down and upright) in Pune, India 1989

complete magnitude of our impact. A day after his passing in August at age 95, B.K.S. Iyengar’s daughter, Geeta, wrote: “Only his body has ended. One person’s efforts from inside out, changed the acceptance of yoga throughout the world.” Mr. Iyengar’s teachings live on. His influence is inextricably woven into Western yoga: attention to alignment, therapeutic application of Hatha Yoga, the props he invented to allow anyone to reap the benefits of almost any asana, his fierce demeanor and even fiercer dedication to practice and discovery. The most important aspects of B.K.S. Iyengar will live forever in the heirs to his yogic innovations.

said, “Don’t take it personally.” This was a part of the journey I was not looking forward to. I don’t respond well to harsh inspiration. I steeled myself for the onslaught. My experience with Iyengar could not have been more different from my expectations. Mr. Iyengar was kind to me. With the exception of one slap on the knee, during which he smiled and said, “Wake up your knee,” he was gentle and even jocular with me. In the six months previous to traveling to Pune, I’d gone through a difficult separation. By the time I met Iyengar, I felt emotionally battered. I believe that he sensed this, and understood that yelling, slapping and kicking were not going to be helpful. I did see him yelling and making an example of others though, and it made me flinch more than once. It is an unfortunate part of his legacy, in my opinion, that some of his

teachers felt compelled to take on his stern and often angry demeanor. The few times I took workshops with these intense, though competent, teachers, I felt my practice shrink. I gravitated instead to teachers with a gentler approach. Iyengar’s most famous legacy was his attention to alignment. Before he coined phrases such as “four corners of the feet” and “big toe mound,” asana practice was much less disciplined. Pre-Iyengar practice was less precise, and probably in some ways, less effective. His focus on alignment was meant to unify the body for the sake of body-mind integration. When continuity reigns, prana flows. When prana flows, the mind becomes alert and calm. Then meditation arises spontaneously. Still, one particular instruction— aligning your pelvis in standing poses so that they are between two imaginary plates of glass—caused long-term damage to my hip and SI joints. Though I abandoned that instruction years ago, the physical residue lives on in my cranky joints. The mental/emotional residue resides in my regrets for having repeated that instruction early in my teaching career. One thing I admired about Iyengar was his endless curiosity, and his willingness to abandon long-held alignment principles when he discovered something new. Countless times over the years, I’ve heard his senior teachers say: “Iyengar’s not giving that instruction anymore. Try this.” I appreciate this. He was clearly a master, and yet he did not carve his alignment instructions in stone. He was known to be adamant about his alignment points, but he was always willing to let them go in favor of something he felt worked better. Iyengar’s legacy for me is this: When you are practicing, just practice. Devote your heart and soul. Practice with integrity. Don’t chain yourself to your ideas. Be attentive to what and who’s in front of you. And I will never forget the kindness and gentleness he extended me at a time when I really needed it. Each of us is continously giving to the world around us. When our bodies no longer walk this Earth, we will still live on in the hearts and minds of those who follow. What do we want your legacy to be? N Charlotte Bell is a yoga teacher at Mindful Yoga Collective, an author of two books, and plays oboe with the Salt Lake Symphony and Red Rock Rondo. She lives in Salt Lake City.

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rom years of writing down my dreams, I know what Joseph Campbell means when he says dreams are private myths and myths are public dreams. Periodically, I’ve been scared away from doing dreamwork because the dreams have gotten so dark. For instance, about a year ago I dreamt of being stabbed by my doppelganger in the leg with an old screwdriver. He was shirtless, and his head twisted round to face over his (my) bony white back. As he plunged steel into me, I told him it wasn’t real, but he merely jabbed deeper and leered. I bolted up in bed from the pain. The Grimm tales are like this. Fairies will toss your beloved out of a window and drown your ass. Parents will put themselves first. Beauty is a virtue. Disobedient children die. Good children die (but are sometimes resurrected). The Grimm Brothers’ stories have been banned or sanitized because they deal in the language of dreams —violence, bone magic, animal marriage, and doppelgangers with winter’s anger in their eyes. But both dreams and myths become less shocking, and more interesting, when you know how to relate to them properly.

The soil of some myths might have a real historical fact or two sleeping in them, but myths are most useful when we interpret them like dreams—as if the setting, people and things are all roots in your own tree. When you do that, you realize the sex and scarlet apocalyptic violence isn’t gratuitous at all! It’s just the imagination’s way of baiting and pinning down our attention while the subconscious exhales our frosty cobwebbed emotions. Seen this way, Little Snow White is more than a tale about a woman who resents losing her looks; it’s an honest, shrill confession that not every mother loves her daughter, that some of them get depressed and irrationally mad at needy crying infants. As a society, we push these terrors down into our subconscious. But the terrors always erupt. Many of the stories are straight-up horror, like Fitcher’s Bird. Others are clearly Christian allegories. The collection is too varied to make blanket statements about it. But it’s fair to say that we still enjoy the Brothers Grimm because they satisfy our inner child’s love of topsy-turviness and our grownup—if tribal and severe—sense of justice. It’s a singular joy to return to Radio Hour for episode nine

(and my sixth!) with the old Plan-B and KUER team. Where Disney wanted to enchant you with Rapunzel and Little SnowWhite, we want to haunt you, shock you a little and give you a dark giggle. With The Juniper Tree, the most violent piece, we’re trying an experimental form that may become a bitter feast for the ear. Keep in mind—we’re dealing in the dark language of dreams. But sometimes maybe the subconscious just wants to have a bit of fun. N Matthew Ivan Bennett is Plan-B Theatre Company’s resident playwright. His recent work includes the much-acclaimed Different=Amazing, an anti-bullying play for grades 4-6.

RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMM receives its world premiere October 15, 2014 at 7pm sharp in the Jeanne Wagner Theatre at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. The performance is also broadcast live on KUER’s RadioWest with you as the live studio audience and will be available in perpetuity as a podcast. Featuring Bill Allred, Colleen Baum, Jay Perry, Teresa Sanderson, Jason Tatom. Original music by Dave Evanoff. Directed by Cheryl Ann Cluff. Visit PLANBTHEATRE.ORG for more information and tickets, as well as details on subscribing to Plan-B’s 2014/15 season.


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ABODE AUTOMOTIVE Clark’s Green Auto Garage DA 801.485-2858. 506 E. 1700 So. Clark’s auto is a local family-owned full service automotive repair facility. We are committed to doing our part to minimize the environmental impact of automotive service and repair, and to incorporating sustainability principles throughout our operation. SLC-certified E2 business. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/CLARKSAUTO Schneider Auto Karosserie 4/15 801.484.9400. Fax 801.484.6623. 1180 S. 400 W., SLC. Utah’s first green body shop. Making customers happy since 1984! We are a friendly, full-service collision repair shop in SLC. Your satisfaction is our goal. We’ll act as your advocate with your insurance company to ensure proper repairs and give you a lifetime warranty. WWW.SCHNEIDERAUTO.NET DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION Amoss Construction L.L.C. 10/14 With more than 30 years in the industry of commercial and residential building, we can assure a professional, timely and value-conscious project. From kitchen and bath remodel to custom homes. Fully licensed and insured. Dee, 801-652-3217. DEE.AMOSSCONSTRUCTION@GMAIL.COM Jody Johnson Architect 10/14 REinvent + REstructure your house. Environmentally sensitive + Modern design. Specializing in the integration of outdoor + indoor space. Remodels, additions + new. 801355-2536. WWW.JODYJOHNSONARCHITECT.COM

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HOUSING Wasatch Commons Cohousing 3/15 Vicky 801-908-0388. 1411 S. Utah St. (1605 W.) An environmentally sensitive community promoting neighborliness, consensus & diversity. Balancing privacy needs with community living. Homes for sale. Tours available upon request. FACEBOOK.COM/WASATCHCOMMONSCOHOUSING PETCARE/VETERINARIANS Dancing Cats Feline Center. 801-467-0799. 1760 S 1100 E, DANCINGCATSVET.COM. DA Pet Insights by Jennafer 4/14 801-810-4392. Gain insight into your pet’s moods, motives and needs from a reading with pet psychic Jennafer Martin. In-person and remote readings are available to help you better bond with your pet. PETINSIGHTSBYJENNAFER.COM

DINING Café Solstice DA 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 DA 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. Finca DA 1291 So. 900 East. 801.487.0699. Tapas, asador, cocktails. From the creators of Pago. Derived from the Spanish word for vineyard and

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Eastside Natural Health Clinic 3/15 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 PHYSICAL THERAPY Precision Physical Therapy 3/14 801-557-6733. 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


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MOVEMENT, MEDITATION DANCE RDT Community School. 801-534-1000. 138 W. Broadway. DA MARTIAL ARTS Red Lotus School of Movement 8/15 740 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 Qigong exercises). Located downstairs from Urgyen Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple. WWW.REDLOTUSSCHOOL.COM, REDLOTUS@REDLOTUS.CNC.NET MEDITATION PRACTICES Rumi Teachings 6/15 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 PILATES YOLO Pilates…Building Beautiful, Balanced Bodies 10/14 1615 Foothill Drive. 385.321.0190 Dedicated to educate, inspire and transform bodies by integrating strength and flexibility, freedom of movement, resilience to injury and core stamina for improved overall health. Offering private sessions, reformer and mat classes by certified instructors. We love working with beginners & seasoned athletes alike. WWW.YOLOPILATES.COM YOGA INSTRUCTORS Mindful Yoga: Charlotte Bell DA 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.COMNOT IN SYSTEM YOGA STUDIOS Avenues Yoga 12/14 68 K Street, SLC. 801-872-YOGA (9642). Avenues Yoga is a friendly, down-to-earth place where all are welcome. Our knowledgeable, experienced teachers offer classes for all body types and ability levels from Restorative to Power, Yoga Basics to Hot Vinyasa to Yin and Para. First class is free for Utah residents. Introductory Special $39 one month unlimited. WWW.AVENUESYOGA.COM Mountain Yoga—Sandy 801.501.YOGA [9642]. 9343 S 1300 E. Offering hot yoga classes to the Salt Lake Valley for the past 10 years. We now also offer Vinyasa, Restorative, Pre/Post-Natal, Kids Yoga and Mat/Barre Pilates Classes in our NEW studio room. Whether you like it hot and intense, calm and restorative, or somewhere in-between, Mountain Yoga Sandy has a class for you. WWW.MOUNTAINYOGASANDY.COM 3/15

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hour-teacher trainings, monthly retreats and workshops to keep Salt Lake City CENTERED and SANE. WWW.CENTEREDCITYYOGA.COM

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PSYCHIC ARTS & INTUITIVE SCIENCES ANGEL READINGS Lisa Rasmussen, ATP® 11/14 951-234-4422. Angel Therapy Practitioner® certified by Doreen Virtue, Ph D. Offering intuitive counseling and energy work to assist you in clearing life challenges with loving guidance from your angels, guides and loved ones. Over 20 years experiences. Sessions can be done in person or via Skype. LISA_RAS1@YAHOO.COM

October 10 and 11 | UTAH STATE FAIRPARK Friday 12 noon-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Hundreds of adorable animals are waiting to meet you! Free admission and parking. Adoption fees start at $25 for cats, $50 for dogs and include spay/neuter, vaccinations and an adoption starter kit.

adopt a new best friend. Save one to help Save Them All®.

ASTROLOGY Hands On Astrology 7/14 Jerre Wroble. 801-232-4988. Tired of guessing what you’re here to do? Start 2014 out with renewed enthusiasm while zeroing in on your soul purpose. Astrology and hand analysis, when combined, offer a deeper awareness. Gift certificates available. HANDSONASTROLOGY@GMAIL.COM

Transformational Astrology FB Ralfee Finn. 800-915-5584. Catalyst’s astrology columnist for 10 years! Visit her website at WWW.AQUARIUMAGE.COM or e-mail her at RALFEE@AQUARIUMAGE.COM

Vedic Harmony—Jyotish Astrology 942-5876. TARAJAGA@EARTHLINK.NET

ENERGY HEALING EmilySpirit, Transformational and Holistic Therapist 11/14 801-512-5319. Intuitive sessions illuminate and empower your individual soul language. Chakra Drawings interpret your unique blueprint. Vocal toning and energy work brings internal harmony, allowing healing and soul awareness. Learn your soul-body language, soul purpose or how to incorporate the enlightened 5th dimension into your everyday life. Readings, guidance, metaphysical teachings, workshops, classes. WWW.EMILYSPIRIT.COM Kristen Dalzen, LMT 8/15 (Turiya’s) 801.661.3896. 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 Shari Philpott-Marsh 9/15 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 PSYCHIC/TAROT READINGS Michael Ingleby 11/14 801-864-7870. Divination through Tarot, Runes, Palmistry, Pendulum, and Oracle cards. Spiritual forecasts provide direction and insight to allow preparation for events yet to happen. 1st level Reiki Master, Certified Hypnotherapist, Akashic IN COLLABORATION WITH

You can help turn UTAH into NKUT (No-Kill UTAH).


October 2014

Channeler, Shamanic and Energy Medium. By appointment. MICH_ING13@YAHOO.COM

Margaret Ruth FOG 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 6/15 801-721-2779. Ogden Canyon. Shamanic energy healings / clearings / readings / offerings / transformative work. Over 20 years experience. Suzanne Wagner. 707-354-1019. WWW.SUZWAGNER.COM. FOG

PSYCHOTHERAPY & PERSONAL GROWTH HYPNOSIS Holly Stokes, The Brain Trainer 6/15 801.810.9406. 1111 E. Brickyard Rd, Suite 109. Mind Body Weight Loss with Hypnosis 6-7:30 pm. Every 2nd Thursday. Cost $10. Private Hypnosis sessions for weight loss, cravings, anxiety, depression, motivation, stress, confidence, and self sabotage. Find your health, happiness, and success. WWW.BRAINTRAINERCOACH.COM, HOLLY@BRAINTRAINERCOACH.COM


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THERAPY/COUNSELING ABC-Advanced Behavioral Counseling 12/14 801-268-1199. 997 E. 3900 South/rear. We are a treatment agency for mental health, relationships, anxiety, depression, addictions, substance abuse, grief/loss, divorce, domestic violence, for adults and children. Individual and men’s, women’s and mixed groups, some insurances accepted, Several counselors available. Sliding fee scale available. WWW.ABCSLC.COM Healing Pathways Therapy Center 3/15 435-248-2089. Clinical Director: Kristan Warnick, CMHC. 1174 E. Graystone Way (2760 S.), Ste. 8, Sugarhouse. Integrated counseling and medical services for anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship, life adjustment issues. Focusing on clients’ innate capacity to heal and resolve past and current obstacles, rather than just cope. Modalities include EMDR, EFT, Mindfulness, Feminist/Multicultural. Individuals, Couples, Families. WWW.HEALINGPATHWAYSTHERAPY.COM Jill B. Jones, PhD, LCSW 10/14 775 848-3561.Areas of practice include eating disorders; identity, relationship, grief-related adjustment issues; and sexual abuse and trauma. Also provides support for life-course development and aging issues. Works with adults and adolescents in a private home office near Sugar House.



Marianne Felt, CMHC, MT-BC 12/14 801-524-0560, ext. 3. 150 S. 600 E. Ste. 7C. Certified Mental Health Counselor, Board certified music therapist, certified Gestalt therapist, Mountain Lotus Counseling. Transpersonal psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, EMDR. Open gateways to change through experience of authentic contact. Integrate body, mind and spirit through creative exploration of losses, conflicts and relationships that challenge and inspire our lives. MOUNTAINLOTUSCOUNSELING.COM

Cali’s Natural Foods. 389 W 1700 S, 801.483.2254, CALISNATURALFOODS.COM. DA

Jan Magdalen, LCSW 3/15 801-582-2705, 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.

Healing Mountain Crystal Co.DA363 S. 500 E. #210, SLC. 800-811-0468, HEALINGMOUNTAIN.ORG.

Stephen Proskauer, MD, Integrative Psychiatry 10/14 801-631-8426. 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 Salt Lake Wellness Center, Michelle Murphy, LCSW 2/15 4190 So. Highland Dr., #226. 801-680-7842. Salt Lake Wellness Center provides therapeutic services to individuals. We maintain a holistic approach. We are an Amen Method Provider. We provide traditional therapeutic interventions and education in vitamin and nutrition therapy to create a state of wellness. SHAMANIC PRACTICE Sarah Sifers, Ph.D., LCSW, Shamanic Practitioner 3/15 801-531-8051. 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.

RETAIL line goes here GROCERIES, SPECIALTY FOODS, KITCHEN SUPPLIES Beer Nut. 1200 S State St, 801.531.8182, BEERNUT.COM.

GIFTS & TREASURES Blue Boutique. WWW.BLUEBOUTIQUE.COM DA Dancing Cranes. 673 E Simpson Ave, 801.486.1129, DANCINGCRANESIMPORTS.COM DA Golden Braid Books. 801-322-1162. 151 S 500 E, GOLDENBRAIDBOOKS.COM DA

Lotus. 801.333.3777. Everything from Angels to Zen. 12896 Pony Express Rd. #200, Draper, WWW.ILOVELOTUS.COM DA Turiya's Gifts 2/15 DA 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/OUTDOOR GEAR & CLOTHING fun & frolic consignment shop 6/15 DA 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


Inner Light Center Spiritual Community 10/14 801.462.1800. 4408 S. 500 E., SLC. An interspiritual sanctuary that goes beyond religion into mystical realms. Access inner wisdom, deepen divine connection, enjoy an accepting, friendly community. Events & classes. Sunday Celebration: 10 a.m.; WWW.INNERLIGHTCENTER.NET

Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa Tibetan Buddhist Temple 8/15 DA

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

Two Arrows Zen Center (formerly Boulder Mountain Zendo). 230 S. 500 W., #155, SLC. 801.532.4975. WWW.BOULDERMOUNTAINZENDO.ORG 12/14 DA

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October 2014


Osho Zen Tarot: Mastery Medicine Cards: Opposum, Eagle, Swan Mayan Oracle: Manik, Polarity Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Prince of Cups, Nine of Disks, Ten of Disks Aleister Crowley Deck: Lust, Queen of Wands, Ace of Disks Healing Earth Tarot: Ten of Rainbows Words of Truth: Expansion, Domain Shift, New Beginning


t’s a busy month. Are you ready for the Grand Fire Trine October 4-9 (Jupiter in Leo, Uranus in Aries, and Mars in Sagittarius) and a Uranus square Pluto, with a Mercury Retrograde, October 2-25, and a Lunar Eclipse October 8 with the last Solar Eclipse in Scorpio (for a moment) on October 23? If not, you’d better get ready. Here is how. This month is packed and ready to rumble, so do a double knot in those running shoes because with all this energy going on, you are not going to have a moment to

It will be interesting to see what we find out as the blinding light of Uranus shines into the darkest corners and shadows. lean over and retie them. In fact, you’re more likely to lose those shoes completely in the rush of forward movement. Mars wants you to live by a stiff moral code and will be sending you the desire for strong principles and a sense of justice. While Mars is firing up an ethical storm, Uranus is unleashing truth-revealing thunderbolts. It will be interesting to see what we find out as the blinding light of Uranus shines into the darkest corners and shadows. Be prepared to be shocked. Uranus and Jupiter both want freedom, though Jupiter, associated with traditional religion, will greatly benefit from Uranus’s enlightening influence. Individually, these three planets represent powerful and irrepressible masculine energies. We have the mighty and magnanimous King (Jupiter in Leo) and reactionary and revolutionary (Uranus in Aries) and our crusading Hero (Mars in Sagittarius) combining without restraint. Expect to see some who are abnormally elevated and expansive, or experiencing irritable moods, self-inflated grandiosity, lack of sleep, desire for huge goals, unrestrained buying sprees and foolish behaviors.

The propensity for hubris is massive under this grand trine. Don’t leave a trail of destruction in your wake. When you feel on top of the world, you can forget the tender, vulnerable parts, both inside and out. In the rush to discover and uncover yourself, remember those who have walked the path with you and helped along the way. The positive side of this pattern occurs October 4-10 when the Mars/Uranus/Jupiter trine joins the Sun/Venus in Libra, creating a pattern like a kite. Its most intense aspect is October 7-8. This energy will propel you to individuate and break out of past conditioning, forcing you to walk the path of your own truth and integrity. Keeping your feet on the ground might be tough but fortunately the Libra planets (Sun, Venus, Mercury Retrograde) and the South Node stay grounded. Just remember to temper your temperamental side; otherwise, gaskets might get blown. Slow down and allow the new conditions coming into play to have their way with you, if and when you are ready. This energy is so big you do not need you to force anything. What does all this mean? It comes across as a reinterpretation of what religion is now. You can see the influence with the Pope from the Catholic Church but you can also see it from the Muslim influence as well. This will force a shift in perspective. Extremist views are being perceived as no longer tolerable, even by their own kind. Long-held beliefs, distorted by time, may be shattered. The October 8 Lunar eclipse is powerpacked for revelation. The October 23 Solar eclipse is inspiring to artists, innovators, music, filmmakers and those willing to risk for things that they believe in deeply. In a nutshell, this month is going to reveal many things to you about your passionate self and those next steps that are needed to bring you into a place of clarity. Some of those things will be shocking. Some can get your ego intensely engaged and cause problems. Some will ignite the hidden things that have been lurking in the shadows waiting for the right moment to shift. What is clear is that your perspective on (potentially) many things will be different by the end of this month. You will see your life in a new light. That will be refreshing after you get past the shock of it all. N Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot and creator of the Wild Women app. She now lives in California, but visits Utah for classes and readings frequently. SUZWAGNER.COM

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Gaelic Storm infuses performances with their own spunky Irish wit for a

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The Adopt -A-Native-Elder Program Presents


The 25th Annual Navajo Rug Show and Sale November 7–9, 2014 – Snow Park Lodge, Deer Valley – Park City, Utah November 7, SPECIAL EVENT, 6pm–10pm


Preview and sale of traditional handwoven Navajo rugs, jewelry and crafts Hors d’oeuvres will be served Entertainment, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Live auction, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 8 - 9, 10am–6pm


Sale of rugs, jewelry and crafts 10:00 am–Navajo children’s princess pageant 1:00 pm–Weaving demonstration 3:00 pm–Native American Grandma Idol 4:00 pm–Native American Grandpa Idol

ADMISSION: Adults: $30, Children: $10, (under age 12)


Sale of rugs, jewelry and crafts 10:00 am–Veterans ceremony 1:00 pm–Weaving demonstration 3:00 pm–Closing pow wow 6:00 pm–Show closes

ADMISSION: $5 or canned food donation

ADOPT-A-NATIVE-ELDER P.O. Box 3401, Park City Utah 84060 -(435) 649-0535

This project is supported by a grant from the Utah Arts Council, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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