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people’s reactions, depending upon how successfully or unsuccessfully those lines intersect. Caricatures have been a particular interest of mine, ever since I was very young. I think this has to do with the fact that I never liked the stress of “fine art,” or images that are meant to accurately replicate the real world. That’s too much pressure for people who don’t take life or themselves too seriously. Caricatures are like ukuleles in that they create an environment of fun without the pressure of being judged on artistic prowess. When someone breaks out a guitar, for example, there’s a higher expectation of ability than when someone emerges with a ukulele. Both instruments can create amazing outcomes, but only one sets the stage with little-to-no expectations. And like ukuleles, good caricatures immediately bring smiles to everyone’s faces. I like that carefree and stress-free approach to art. But I also believe that caricatures are becoming a very legitimate and acknowledged art form. My goal is to push that art form into new and exciting directions. ◆


THE INN BETWEEN ALICE TOLER We visit SLC’s hospice for the homeless. RECONCILIATION JANE LYON A recovering anorectic looking for a “neo-ethical” way to eat discovers a new world of pleasure. “I AM ALWAYS ON TIME FOR MY LIFE” DAN SCHMIDT Stop apologizing already and get on with it. MICRO-DOSING BEN BOMBARD Being mindful with a little help from your friends. YOGA

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Inside the locker room


’ve stayed mainly silent on the bloviating o f the two presidential candidates. Not until Mr. Trump blamed locker room talk for his vapid sexist dialogue did my temper snap like a wet towel. I have been a frequent user of locker rooms since age 15, which was five decades ago. I have been in locker rooms in at least 10 different states representing nine different sports at all hours of the days and I can testify on a pile of Lycra that fewer than 1% of the locker room inhabitants talk like Mr. Trump suggests. Of the ones who do, 50% have tourette’s syndrome or steroid rage. To the best of my knowledge and memory this is a compilation of my recent personal or overheard locker room talk. “Is the pool still closed? What are they cleaning it with—a toothbrush? The locker rental fees went up again? That scale has got to be wrong. Do you prefer Ibuprofen or Advil? How many calories per mile again? Yes, I hate BYU even thoughI went to BYU. Why are all the running shoes day-glow colors now? Is that gay? Which surgeon did you use for your hip replacement? Is that Paleo? Where did you get that tattoo? What does it mean? Did it hurt? Were you drunk at the time? Do you know a dermatologist who can remove it? Why do my toenails look so weird? Why didn’t I write my locker combination down? Crossfit, Boot Camp or Zumba? Do they make yoga pants for guys? Is that gay? I don’t run fast enough to pull a muscle. Where did I put my wallet? How come the shoes wear out before the shoelaces now? How much did your sports watch cost? Kale shakes? Are you kidding me? I think the chlorine in the pool is making

BY DENNIS HINKAMP my hair fall out. Ultimate Frisbee is too a real sport. Why are you still wearing a Speedo? Is that gay? Running barefoot can’t be good for you. I have socks older than you. I kind of like that drug they give you for your colonoscopy. What did we do before Gatorade? Is that a lap or a length? Who’s your favorite physical therapist? How much can you bench? How many miles a week? How many laps did you do? What’s your BMI? What’s your percent body fat? Is that scale broken? I feel like 10 bucks. I don’t remember this hurting this much. I think I just need to warm up more. I don’t run far but I run slow. Aren’t you retired yet? I thought you were retired. What are you going to do when you retire? Didn’t you used to be a really good runner?

Admittedly most of my compilation is culled from my Baby Boomer peer group, but that pretty much coincides with Mr. Trump’s age group. My observation of the younger generation is that they don’t engage in much locker room talk of any kind. Most of the time when I see them they have their ear buds or blue tooth headphones on and are oblivious to their surroundings. Sometimes they take them off long enough to talk on their cell phones. I saw someone talking on their cell phone for two miles on the treadmill. I saw another millennial with a cell phone in a plastic bag in the steam room. Tonight in the locker room I heard nothing that was remotely related to groping, kissing or shopping for furniture as a seduction technique. Mr. Trump, have you ever been to a locker room? ◆ Dennis Hinkamp can be found in a locker room somewhere on average five days a week.


How can you expect the birds to sing when their groves are cut down? – Henry David Thoreau

BLM yanks TTW leases The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has refused to issue energy leases purchased by author Terry Tempest Williams at the quarterly lease sale last February. Williams had intended to develop a model environmental impact statement for the property that would include the impacts of burning fossil fuels on climate change. BLM claims it cannot issue the leases because Williams’ company, Tempest Exploration Company, LLC, did not commit to developing them. However, BLM has never demanded that other lease applicants must develop as a condition of leasing. A press release from Terry Tempest and Brooke Williams says, “We have made clear to the BLM that we would consider developing our leases when science supports a sustainable use of the oil and gas at an increased value given the costs of climate change to future generations. “The BLM’s decision to reject our lease bids highlights the agency’s misdirected and antiquated approach to fossil fuels, illuminating their fidelity to the oil and gas industry while willfully ignoring the urgency—in an era of climate change—of more enlightened management of the public lands that belong to the American people.”


BLM rangeland health not so good There are too many cows on Western public lands, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). In 2013, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mysteriously stopped reporting grazing impact data and PEER sued BLM to release the missing information (BLM later blamed the omission on a faulty computer system). Now PEER has compiled a rangeland heath report for 20132015, finding that more than onethird of all BLM rangelands fall below minimum standards for clean water, erosion, healthy streams and wildlife habitat. Furthermore, “the overwhelming portion (more than 70%) of range health failure is due to livestock overgrazing.” PEER says that the BLM has never even assessed grazing impacts on more than 59 million acres and inappropriately excludes commercial livestock impacts from environmental assessment. BLM also fails to track grazing trespass, as when militant rancher Cliven

Solar wins in Provo Provo Mayor Jon Curtis threatened a veto after the Provo City Council voted to add a capacity charge to rooftop solar systems that would have made the cost of energy from rooftop solar impractical. Environmental advocacy group HEAL Utah says the City Council considered cost-analysis of adding solar energy to the grid, but none of the benefits. HEAL credits local solar activists for helping to defeat the bad policy and re-open the conversation, calling it a “small but important fight.” HEAL Utah: HEALUTAH.ORG

rent levels of grazing with no possibility to mitigate environmental impacts. PEER Rangeland Health Data: PEER.ORG/CAMPAIGNS/PUBLICLANDS/PUBLIC-LANDS-GRAZING-REFORM/

Overcrowding at Zion N. P. The National Park Service is seeking public scoping comments in order to develop a new Visitor Use Management Plan for Zion National Park. “Visitation to Zion National Park has been

increasing for decades, but especially significant increases have been experienced in the last few years,” according to park officials. “In 2015, 3,662,220 people visited the park, which was 450,624 more visitors than in 2014 which was also a record year. The peak season in the park has now extended into early spring and late fall. During the height of the summer season it is now common for visitors to wait in long lines to enter the park and board the park shuttle. Parking is routinely full in the park by 9:30 a.m. daily which adds to the parking congestion in Springdale. This increase in visitation stresses park infrastructure, can degrade natural and cultural resources, and adversely affects the visitors’ park experience.” Public comments will be used to help draft a plan that should be ready for public review sometime in spring or summer 2018. Zion N.P. Visitor Use Management Plan and EA. Public scoping comments due by 11/23/2016. HTTPS://PARKPLANNING.NPS.GOV/PROJECTHOME.CFM?PROJECTID=58542

Bundy let his unauthorized cows roam for years on Nevada public lands. “The reason to keep public lands in the public domain is not so they can be trashed by commercial interests,” says a PEER press release, noting that range reform should become a national priority. Meanwhile, Congressman Rob Bishop’s (RUT-1) Public Lands Initiative seeks to lock in cur-

SITLA land sale undermines public good Friends of Cedar Mesa failed to block a controversial sale by the Utah State & Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) of a section of Comb Ridge near Bluff, Utah that lies within boundaries of a proposed Bears Ears National Monument.

The property was sold to a mysterious bidder, Lyman Family Farms, that outbid the Hole-inthe-Rock Foundation which had originally nominated the parcel for auction. The newly privatized land used to be a popular hiking area that contains a distinctive overhanging rock ledge featured on the cover of the premiere issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine. A news release from Friends of Cedar Mesa calls the sale a distressing loss to the local community, and that “we are currently unaware of the development intentions of the buyer.” Also sold at the SITLA auction was land adjacent to Zion National Park, property on the road to Canyonlands National Park, and elk and deer habitat within the South Slope/Diamond Mountain Limited-Entry Hunting Unit (a sale strongly opposed by backcountry hunters & anglers). There is no public review process for sale of SITLA lands since under Utah Law, “the beneficiaries [of SITLA] do not include other governmental institutions or agencies, the public at large, or the general welfare of this state." Friends of Cedar Mesa: FRIENDSOFCEDARMESA.ORG; Backcountry Hunters & Anglers: BACKCOUNTRYHUNTERS.ORG

Utah ozone non-attainment areas Based on an analysis by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Governor Gary Herbert has identified areas of Utah that fail to meet ozone pollution standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ozone causes health risks to the heart and lungs. Non-attainment areas are Salt Lake and Davis counties and portions of Weber, Tooele, Utah, Uinta and Duchesne counties. The State of Utah is required to submit plans for reducing ozone in non-attainment areas.

Court rejects Desolation Canyon drilling A federal judge rejected a “Finding of No Significant Impact” for oil drilling in wilderness-quality land located in upper Desolation Canyon on the Green River. The judge found that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) failed to consider cumulative impacts of oil drilling on ozone pollution (note that part of the Uinta Basin is an ozone non-attainment area), or impacts of noise on river recreation. The lawsuit opposing Desolation Canyon drilling was filed by Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and Natural Resources Defense Council and The Wilderness Society.


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Wasatch Accord under attack After long negotiations and compromise agreements hammered out between stakeholders, the Wasatch Accord plan for the Wasatch Mountains is under attack by the Republican challenger of incumbent Salt Lake County mayor Ben McAdams. GOP candidate Dave Robinson, who has a history of advocating canyon development as a representative of the Cardiff Canyon Owners Association, has made opposition to Mountain Accord a central issue of his campaign and filed a lawsuit claiming that Mountain Accord violated the Utah Open Meetings Act. On his campaign website, Robinson gripes that McAdams “proposed more federal control of our surrounding canyons and mountains.” Well, yes, the Wasatch Mountains include public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

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A walk, a talk, a dance, a book Things that nourish the soul



’ve been reading Michael Pollan’s essential Cooked (2013: Penguin), while I take mass transit to and from work. Mass transit, as in I transit my mass/ass by walking, while I read. It’s just over a mile, but enough for me to read seven or eight pages each way. The pavement is generally smooth, so I only have to look up when I cross streets. I'm halfway through. Pollan makes the case that the evolution of cooking has played a critical role in human evolution, freeing more of the nutrition in food to feed our hungry, oversized brains. This morning I was reading about the role of salt in cooking meat. The addition of salt early in the cooking process opens up the cellular structure Joan Woodbury to allow the sauce to permeate the flesh and vice versa and to allow our small stomachs to absorb more nutrients. I remind myself to slow down. Chew. Digest and absorb. A week earlier I’d attended the Thomas Moore lecture, put on by the Jung Society of Utah, at the Salt Lake Public Library. Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Soul Mates, described himself as a psychological polytheist. At 76, he was certainly in a position to share his wisdom. His philosophy in a nutshell: “Light up. Things are never what they seem. When faced with a choice of three, say yes.”

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He encouraged his audience to be involved in the arts. “We need the arts for the soul. Art exercises the poetic imagination. Imagination is the soul’s organ. Live by more magic, less logic. Trust.” Because I am reading Cooked, it occurs to me that the arts play a role similar to salt in the development of our psyche, or soul. For me, dance has always been one of the best tonics for the soul. I am not a student of dance, nor a critic. I just enjoy watching it . Once a show has gotten under way I find myself in a reverie—my mind opening up to the sauce, you could say. I have been a longtime fan of the University of Utah modern dance department and our two major modern JOHN DEJONG dance companies, Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. I like to dance, too, when no one is watching. Someone who has been nourishing souls via the arts for a long time called the office last week. Joan Woodbury, co-founder with Shirley Ririe of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, had some information about the making of Carnival of Souls, a 1962 film featured in the October CATALYST. I took the opportunity to make an appointment with Joan, whom I had helloed at any number of dance performances through the decades. We

had never had a chance to sit down and get to know each other. We met in her office at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Here’s what she told me: In 1962 when Carnival of Souls producer/director Herk Harvey started filming, he contacted Joan, a young dance professor in the University of Utah’s modern dance department, to choreograph the grande finale dance scene at Saltair. She gathered dancers from her department and headed for the lake. (We didn’t want to spoil your film-watching pleasure so we consciously didn’t mention that scene in last month’s story.) Joan remembers her troupe navigating the rotten spots on what was once the largest enclosed dance floor in the world as they whirled madly in their ghoulish getups (they had done each other’s makeup) to the pounding, eerie organ score. She wonders what happened to the film footage that ended up on the editing room floor; it would be interesting to see, 54 years later—the dancers now septuagenarians or greater, the fabulous dance hall long gone. Back in town, the dancers headed for the elegant (and very proper) Hotel Utah where they roamed the lobby. 1960s flash mob, Utah style. I wish I could’ve been there. Ririe Woodbury and all the other arts opportunities at hand, big and small, are about opening up and enriching the cellular structure of our souls. Like salt, the arts are critical to our wellbeing. Like books. Like walking. ◆ John deJong has retired his long-running Don’t Get Me Started column. We look forward to hearing about his future books and walks.


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and the act of educating, it’s all so complicated. Is the most important moment in a child’s successful development when they sound out their first words? After all, research from the Foundation for Child Development suggests that “the foundations of brain architecture, and subsequent lifelong development potential, are laid down in a child’s early years.” Or, can a child truly be reached later in life at a point where the ever-growing achievement gap—over the last 50 years studies show little progress in our nation’s struggle to help black and minority students reach the academic achievement levels of their white peers—seems to be at its widest? And, when you take an even closer look at education, what is it that we should really be teaching our next generation?

Should they learn how to make positive social and emotional connections? Does it all rest on knowing the A, B, Cs and 1, 2, 3s or is it encouraging a child’s inherent curiosity? This month, CATALYST returns to the series Change Agents with a look at alternative ideas, programs and practices in education found right here in Utah. We profile programs like the Advancement Via Individual Determination program now finding its way into high school classrooms. We look at preschools that are reaching and opening the minds of our youngest with very different tools, from computer games to climbing trees. And we recognize educators who are helping Utah create a new story and new pathways in education. Take a look. Katherine Pioli Associate Editor, CATALYST

The preschool effect Studying birds and bees: Honeybee Nature School


hen students at Honeybee Nature School get dropped off in the morning, they come dressed for the weather— rain, shine or snow. For the first hour, sometimes two, these little kids won’t have a roof over their heads. Instead they’ll be jumping into free play and where that takes them is al-

ways a little different, says teacher and founder Julie deWolfe. For instance, when a dead bird was discovered, one recent morning, deWolfe grabbed a shovel and brought the animal to the middle of the yard.

“We shared everything we knew about birds,” says deWolfe. “We talked about the life cycle of birds, what would happen to it after we buried it, how we treat animals. And we decided to make it a special day for the bird. All the kids gave nature gifts to it and decorated the area around it, that took an hour; they were interested and curious.”

In a time when parents worry about everything from their child’s grit to the effects of nature deficit disorder, the students at Honeybee Nature School are getting lessons in risk assessment and body awareness by climbing trees (under supervision) and in communication and social skills by spending most of their day learning through playing and active engagement with the natural world and each other. Julie deWolfe, who was homeschooled while growing up in rural Maine, always knew she wanted to work with kids, but her experience teaching at a private East Coast school, where every second of the day was planned and controlled, left her frustrated by the lack of creativity and freedom allowed her young students. During a yoga retreat in India, deWolfe had an epiphany and returned to the United States to enter a teacher training program at Cedarsong, a nature school in Washington, and, in 2014, she started Honeybee Nature School in Ogden. Preschool is not inexpensive ($370$1,000/month), and the Honeybee Nature School is mid to that range ($120-300/month for one or three days/week). The school , which employs three teachers, has a waiting list. By noon, the 21 Honeybees (ages 2-6) have played, eaten a snack, practiced yoga, stopped for lunch and are ready for story time. Then, it’s back to nature immersion and closing the day with circle time. Circle is deWolfe’s favorite moment in the day. It’s when she gets to hear about all the fun things her students learned and discovered. — KP HONEYBEENATURESCHOOL.COM

Where creativity reigns: Children’s SLC (Synergistic Learning Collaborative)


ibbi Malmborg and Markell McCubbin are well aware of the current buzz words in education: social emotional learning (a focus on classroom cooperation and empathy), inclusive environment (mixing children with various “abilities” and ages), projectbased learning (using in-depth, creative exploration of a single theme, like hurricanes, to approach reading, science, art). While these concepts are often in practice at Children’s Synergistic Learning Collaborative, the two women who founded this educational experiment are reluctant to use the terms. Because, like so many buzz words, their overuse has made them virtually meaningless and, when it comes down to it, there’s one thing that Children’s SLC really wants to cultivate and that is a child’s natural curiosity. Malmborg recounts the story of her own child, who excelled in her regular public school and got perfect grades, but was almost petrified by the fear of failure. “She didn’t want to take any risks,” says Malmborg. Learning, it seemed, was no longer fun and rewarding. So Malmborg brought her daughter to the one-room downtown classroom she and Mc-

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n trying to meet the standards for No Child Left Behind, Utah lawmakers started looking for holes in the state’s education system. Where and at what point were students beginning to fall behind in core subjects like math and reading? The question took lawmakers to a surprising place, all the way back to preschool. It turns out that preparing a child to succeed in school starts even before first grade. Access to kindergarten and preschool programs, where the basic work of letter recognition and sounding words begins, is crucial. Out of 41 school districts in Utah, 18 are rural, with limited access to early education programs. So the state decided to try something new. If you can’t send all children to pre-

Cubbin had founded, where toys are scattered in every corner and a library book loan receipt taped to the top of a door reaches all the way to the carpet. Without being pushed to complete a litany of tasks, without her progress being compared to the other children around her, Malmborg’s daughter (now in the 5th grade), alongside the school’s 20 other mostly preschool and early elementary age children, once again found her stride. Markell McCubbin earned her master’s in Special Education and taught at the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning. Libbi Malmborg has a master’s in Speech-Language Pathology and years of observation and intervention in schools and private settings. What they both saw in traditional schools and in the Special Ed classrooms were children who weren’t listened to, children pushed to reach grade-level and curriculum standards when they weren’t ready, and children who weren’t given a safe space or enough time to practice the academic concepts, social skills, even speech and communication skills school, send preschool into families’ homes. Plunking youngsters down in front of a computer is not every parent’s ideal start to their child’s education, but in a lot of ways UPSTART (Utah Preparing Students Today for a Rewarding Tomorrow), an in-home schoolreadiness softwarebased program for preschool-age children, seems to be working. The Utah Legislature launched a five-year pilot program called UPSTART in 2008 through the Utah State Office of Education (administered by the nonprofit Waterford Institute). The program’s target audience is families with young children in rural areas with limited or no access to education services, transportation challenged communities, families who don’t want to send children to preschool centers and children

being taught. Without being able to create the change they wanted to see within the system, they decided to try something of their own. With so much focus on self-directed learning and play, indoors and out in nature, some may

wonder when any “work” gets done. “We are a very academic school,” McCubbin assures. “We make sure the important pieces fall into place, we just don’t push.” “We are constantly aware,” adds Malmborg. “If we find a moment to insert a mini lesson we jump in and deliver a concept, but then we back away again and allow them to work with that and play with it.” — KP WWW.CHILDRENS-SLC.ORG/

needing additional skill development such as non-native speakers. In its first year, UPSTART enrolled 1,308 students. Families without a computer receive one on loan from the program. UPSTART has reasonable expectations. Child participants are expected to spend 15 minutes per day, five days a week, on the lessons—for a total of 75 minutes per week. The programs, like Rusty and Rosy Learn with Me and Camp Consonant, use games, songs, digital books and animation to teach and test reading, science and math. The five-year pilot showed enough beneficial results that UPSTART was awarded a Validation Grant of $11.5 million by the U.S. Department of Education to expand into additional rural communities. The Utah Legislature also extended funding for the program in 2014, and the following year two pilot programs began in South Carolina and Idaho. —KP

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Reaching Higher TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Valerie Gates


rowing up in Montreal, Canada Valerie Gates learned to speak both English and French and later in life, while traveling through South America in her late teens and early 20s, she picked up her third language, Spanish. Knowing what it’s like to express herself in three different tongues, especially in a language learned after the prime years of language acquisition have passed, gives Gates a special understanding of what it’s like for her students, many of whom are refugees, navigating their world and their educations as non-native English speakers. “You aren’t able to ever truly express what you’re thinking,” says Gates. You may begin to feel that the level of language you can express is the level of your intellect. Over the years, Utah, one of the most refugee-welcoming states in the Union, has resettled close to 60,000 displaced people. In addition, the latest census numbers show that more than 400,000 Latinos now live in Utah. So it’s little surprise that one in eight schoolage children (ages five to 17) speaks a foreign language at home (according to a 2014 report from the Center for Immigration Studies). With our school population changing and becoming more diverse, helping students achieve their most requires addressing not just academic achievement but, first of all, language comprehension and fluency. The work of teachers like Gates is becoming in-

creasingly important. In September, Valerie S. Gates, who has been teaching at West High School in Salt Lake for 13 years, earned the title of 2017’s Utah Teacher of the Year. “Valerie Gates speaks to students as if they are all partners in learning,” wrote historian Eileen Hallet Stone in support of Gates’ nomination. “Since [Gates] respects [each student’s] ability to take on high expectations and extend their own ability to learn, they seem more willing to achieve.” The recognition honors the way Gates has dedicated her life to helping students master English as their second language and set goals for education beyond high school. In addition to her work with ESL (English as a second language) students, Gates incorporates into her classroom a new national program called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), to help close the nation’s achievement gap and make college aspirations a reality. Starting in elementary school, the AVID program focuses on organization and preparedness and teaches young students how to formulate strategies for success. In later learning, the program folds into the overall culture of learning, creating a positive learning culture with high expectations that students understand they can meet through hard work and personal determination. —Sophie Silverstone



Utah’s American Indian education plan: SB 14 needs better funding


ne piece of legislation easily stood out in the long list of bills from the 2016 Utah state legislative session. At first glance it seemed rather progressive. Though only a resolution, SB 14 called for state action in “eliminating the achievement gap for American Indian and Alaskan Native students and outlines the need for a state plan.” Upon reading the bill we concluded that SB 14 needs more work before it can be considered a true agent of change, but it’s still worth a look and maybe a nudge from the public to get some real change underway.

dian concentrated schools” identified as schools with a number of Native students 29% or greater. The main challenge addressed by the bill is teacher retention and it appears that the extra funds are meant to create a more competitive stipend for recruitment and retention of professionals at these “concentrated” schools. In addition to that, the money is intended to help implement a number of changes recommended by the 2015 American Indian-Alaskan Native Education Commission including: creating culturally relevant curriculum, protecting heritage languages, building ad-

The bill falls short particularly in the area of funding, which is super meager. It calls for $250,000 to be spent as grants over a five-year trial period. That’s asking the state to use $50,000 a year, spread out over multiple school districts. The plan indicates that this funding will be available only to “American In-

ministrative support for Native students, strengthening tribal support of initiatives, and building statewide collaborations to address specific student needs. Sounds good; now, let’s fund it properly so that the SB 14 pilot succeeds. —Emma Ryder

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U of U professor studies successful African American women educators


ith a persistent national achievement gap between black and white students, questions about how to improve the quality of education for African Americans continue to pester educators like Karen A. Johnson, Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of Utah. Johnson attempted to address the achievement gap question by looking at successful African American women educators throughout our country’s history and the methods they used in the classroom and in their schools. The resulting book, African American Women Educators: A Critical Examination of their Pedagogies, Educational Ideas, and Activism (a collaboration of essays co-edited by Johnson, Abul Pitre and Kenneth L. Johnson) tells stories about women like Lucy Craft Laney (1854-1933), founder of the Augusta, Georgia chapter of the NAACP and founder and principal of the Haines Institute, an African American women’s school. Under Laney’s guidance the school followed the philosophy “no part of the child be left untouched, mind, spirit and body.” At Laney’s school young women learned just about everything: practical domestic arts, carpentry, printing, cosmetology, bookkeeping, public speaking, math, history, religious education, rhetoric, composition, grammar, algebra, Latin, Greek, political sci-

ence, philosophy, logic, debate and athletics. Since the book’s publication, in 2014, Johnson has been

At Laney’s school young women learned practical domestic arts, carpentry, printing, cosmetology, bookkeeping, public speaking, math, history, religious education, rhetoric, composition, grammar, algebra, Latin, Greek, political science, philosophy, logic, debate and athletics. pleased to note from fellow professors that African American Women Educators is indeed in use in classrooms around the country and in

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Europe as well as, of course, in Johnson’s own classroom at the U of U. In an email response to CATALYST, Johnson wrote, “I felt compelled to work on the book because there was a scarcity of knowledge about these 19th century and early to mid-20th century black women educators. We must know more about who they were and what they did as well as the issues and movements that characterized the different periods of time in which they lived. We must analyze and understand their overall experiences as educators and black women in order to know more fully their impact and their distinctive contribution to American education. In the field of educational history, the stories of African American educators, in particular black women educators, are rarely included. Yet, African American women have played vital roles in American society and in the field of education their contributions have been most salient.” ◆ —Katherine Pioli

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Utah’s hospice for homeless people, only the second in the nation, assures that no one needs to die “alone, on the street” in Salt Lake City BY ALICE TOLER


f all the ways a human can die, “alone, on the street” has got to be one of the worst. Yet, on average 50 people die this way each year in Salt Lake City. Providing relief from this terrible circumstance, the INN Between began providing hospice services to the homeless last year. Kim Correa, the nonprofit’s treasurer and executive director, gave CATALYST a tour of their facility, which occupies the old Guadelupe School on Goshen Street

One 911 call involving emergency response, ambulance ride and an overnight stay in the hospital costs about $5,000. west of downtown, and talked with us about their operations. “Debbie Thorpe [board chair and a palliative care nurse practitioner at Rocky Mountain Hospice] had the idea to start this, and she kept assembling committees of people to work on it. I joined in late 2012, and a small group of us developed the first program, which was a referral line. Hospitals would call us if they had a homeless patient who needed

hospice, and we would get a bed donated in a skilled nursing facility.” Right around that time, the group found out about the Guadelupe School location and started work to procure it, which they succeeded in doing in early 2015. There are two buildings, the school building and the former convent, with the current residents being housed in the convent because the school building needs $1 million to $1.5 million worth of code upgrades. “Hospice is a medical service but it’s delivered in the home,” Kim says, “so if you’re homeless, you don’t get access to that, and that’s a big social injustice because we’re all as Americans guaranteed that right through Medicare and Medicaid.” The INN Between has had 66 residents so far, and has helped 13 terminal patients die in comfort. Only one other comparable program exists in the nation, Welcome Home in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Many local businesses and charities coordinate with the INN Between, including the Habitat For Humanity ReStore, Deseret Industries, the Utah Food Bank, the Eagle Scouts, and various church groups and landscapers. Kim shows us around the property, which includes a vegetable garden, a memorial garden, a music room, a massage room, a communal dining room and a TV room. The residents’

rooms are basic but pleasant. “We wipe the slate clean when they come here,” Kim tells me. “We had one woman who wasn’t terminal—she was here from out of town for breast cancer treatments, but since she had a criminal record nobody would house her. She was sleeping in her car with her son. We don’t care about your history—we only ask that you follow house rules, including no drugs or alcohol.” Indeed, not every resident admitted to the program actually dies. Sometimes just having a stable environment and proper medical care can bring someone back from death’s



Wills • Trusts Conservatorships Guardianships and Probate door. “We have two ‘miracles,’ we call them,” Kim tells me. “They each had two weeks to live, and one actually coded, but they got back on their feet and were discharged from the program and are still living.” The INN Between is a supportive group home environment. As a residential facility, not a medical facility, the operating costs are much lower. Providing hospice to terminally ill homeless also saves money for the community at large: “Once they come here, they stop calling 911,” Kim says. “Every 911 call is about $1,600 for the emergency response, another $1,000 for an ambulance ride, and an overnight in the hospital is usually $2,000-$3,000. For every person we have here, if we can prevent just one 911 call, we can save a lot of money for the community.” INN Between residents are well

cared for with supportive methodologies as well. “We have a Reiki group that comes in, a massage therapy group, acupuncture, grief counselors, AA and NA meetings, and we also have music therapy.” Kim shows me a room full of musical instruments. “All this stuff was donated!” The generosity shown to the INN Between is truly impressive, and it’s heartwarming to know that they are providing such an important service. Dealing with terminal illness is harrowing enough; to have to die on the streets is inhumane. This organization is on the vanguard of a desperately needed evolution in our compassion. I hope that other cities are paying attention. ◆

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A recovering anorectic looking for a “neo-ethical way to eat” discovers a new world of pleasure BY JANE LYON


his spring would have been my 10-year anniversary of abstaining from meat. At about 12 years old, I gave up meat for Lent after seeing a classic PETA video. My fast from meat lasted longer than 40 days because I was learning more about the harm done to animals. Whether to say this is where my struggle with food began or not, I do not know. There has always been something inside of me driving me away from food and for the past four years I have been in and out of treatment for a violent eating disorder. Throughout treatment, immense psychological, nutritional and medical focus was put on my diet choices and my vegetarianism seemed to come up as something doing more harm than good. But, to me, it was simply an ethical choice. The ani-

mals we eat are treated with utter cruelty and the factory farm complex is so harmful to the environment, the water and the air. But after one too many fainting

Killing yourself with kindness for others is not sustainable. spells and feeling constantly lethargic, and not seeing any improvements in my dangerously low blood pressure and slow heart rate, concern continued as I was regarded a high risk for cardiac arrest. I decided to take a sabbatical from vegetarianism until I was feeling stronger. To be honest, I had been craving meat for months although I didn’t even know what it tasted like. I planned a small barbecue at my house, surrounded by close friends who brought grass-fed meats to grill. I grilled pineapple, potatoes and corn. I ate only a small

serving of chicken with my skewers of veggies. But that night I started to feel like a whole new person. I actually experienced, for the first time in my life, this chilling yet sensational high of being satisfied by food. As a practicing Tibetan Buddhist, I try to maintain a vegetarian diet to reduce harm unto other beings. Realistically, I know that no diet, even vegan, can be 100% compassionate. Con-sider that vegans, whom I so respect and appreciate for their commitment to animals, are among the biggest supporters of the soy, corn and almond industry—I speak from experience as someone who is all about tofu, vegan lunch meat, vegan cheese, mayo, butter, the list goes on. All these vegan substitutes come from, you guessed it, soy. Vegans also tend to eat more breads and pastas that rely on flours from corn. These types of monocultured, subsidized big agriculture crops decimate ecology and create hostile habitats for the bees and other keystone creatures. In the article “The Oil We Eat: Following the food chain back to Iraq” (Harper’s Magazine, February 2004), Richard Manning explains in depth why he does not support veganism as an Earth-saving practice. “In rural Michigan,” he writes,

“the potato farmers have a peculiar tactic for dealing with the predations of whitetail deer. They gut-shoot them with small-bore rifles, in hopes the deer will limp off

“We are not only what we eat, but how we eat, too,” says Michael Pollan. to the woods and die where they won’t stink up the potato fields.” He goes on to call out vegetarians who live mostly on processed foods, claiming they burn 10 calories of fossil fuel energy for every calorie of refined foods.

Vegan diet demands Another thought came to mind as I was eating my organic cereal and almond milk. I have always abstained from cow’s milk for one of many oft-repeated reasons: Cow’s milk is for cow’s babies, not me. In that moment during my average breakfast, I realized that consuming almond milk at the rate I do in lieu of animal products, may be just as harmful. I did some research and found that it takes about 571 gallons of water to raise

one pound of chicken and just under 1,000 gallons of water to raise a pound of beef. One almond takes 1.1 gallons of water to grow, so one pound of almonds would bring us to about 304 gallons. But there is a bigger issue here because 80% of almonds are grown in California, a state that is experiencing its worst drought in history. More people following a vegan diet might increase demand on these giant almond farms and increase their use of water that California so desperately needs to preserve. And then there are the bees. These little creatures have to be trucked miles across the country to pollinate almond orchards, submitting them to the insults of air pollution, stress and disease. “Some philosophers have argued that the very open-endedness of the human appetite is responsible for both our savagery and civility, since a creature that could conceive of eating anything (including, notably, other humans) stands in particular need of ethical rules, manners and rituals,” writes Michael Pollan. “We are not only what we eat, but how we eat, too.” I’m moving away from an all or nothing philosophy regarding food. Vegan, gluten free, organic only, local only, Paleo—all of it requires some form of restrictive eating: my most dangerous addiction. And while by eating meat I can no longer pretend that my diet isn’t directly hurting some living thing, I am starting to focus on the other side of the diet coin. Like Michael Pollan, I am beginning to think about how I eat. Can I find an neo-ethical way to eat food?

“We are how we eat” As I recover my health and find a diet that best suits it, I am spending more time looking for the best ingredients to put in my body. I follow my cravings and give in to whatever they may be whether it’s a bag of chips or a bowl of kale. My research is leading me to get to know my local butchers, farmers and even cheese mongers. One of my favorite is Old Home Place Heritage Farms/McDowell Family Farms. The McDowells and the Dale Batty family raise pastured, grass fed meats. They have turkey, chicken, eggs, beef, pork, llama and lamb available and they sell them at the Winter Market (alternate Saturdays beginning November 5 at Rio Grande Station in down-

town Salt Lake City). While you are there you can get to know local bakers, beekeepers and farmers who want to share good, wellsourced foods with their community. “The label ‘pasture-raised’ is probably one of the better ones to look for today,” says Danny McDowell. “These animals are outdoors running around. The turkeys live off of grazing and bugs from the fields, but we also supplement their diets with non-soy, non-corn wheat feed.” Rather than worrying about how a food is labeled, McDowell suggested that the best way to source “compassionate” food is by supporting a farmer whom you can call up on the phone with questions or get to know in person. “Just like you get to know your doctor and dentist, get to know your farmer,” McDowell advises.

Create your own eating manifesto This Thanksgiving, we will create a compassionate feast. We will spend time giving thanks to the sacrifices that animals and plants make to keep the human race going. We will remember how privileged we are as humans. We will show our respect through how we eat. Almost a year after relapsing and returning to treatment, I now have a stable heart rate, stable weight and I’m actually learning to enjoy food—something I can’t say I’ve ever done in my 22 years. Most nights I pour a small glass of wine and cook up whatever I find in my kitchen. I’ve become fascinated with finding the best ingredients from the earth which in turn are best for my body. I am having this awakening experience with food for the first time in my life and I feel the need to share what I know as I go along on this journey. Inspired by Mr. Pollan, I’m creating my own eating manifesto, leaving this disease in my past and being grateful for the experience. Because it brought me into the world of actually finding pleasure in food. ◆ Jane Lyon is a senior in environmental and sustainability studies at the University of Utah, a former CATALYST intern and an intern for the Seven Canyons Trust. She also co-produces CATALYST’s Weekly Reader.

MINDFUL EATING RESOURCES Utah’s Own WWW.UTAHSOWN.ORG lists over 20 Utah farms producing naturally raised meats. Or you can call my favorite, Old Home Place Heritage Farms/McDowell Family Farms if you would like to reserve a turkey or any other meats: 928.607.4895 or e-mail them at OLDHOMEPLACEHERITAGEFARMS@GMAIL.COM • Mark your calendar now: Nov. 5 & 19: Winter Market @ Rio Grande. 10a-2p.3 00 S. Rio Grande St. The Winter Market at Rio Grande features fresh vegetables from late season harvests and area greenhouses. Like the summer markets, it also offers the best of the region's grass-fed meats, dairy, honey, eggs, baked goods, and seasonal offerings for the holidays. First and 3rd Saturdays through April.

• Sign up for a CSA program and buy into a local farm. HTTP://CSAUTAH.ORG • Grow your own produce and herbs—learn to garden like a boss! (See CATALYST Magazine’s archives for 34 years of gardening advice.) • Pay attention to the ingredients and the sourcing of the food you buy. For a variety of reasons, many local organically grown foods do not carry organic certification. While organic certification is best, local is still preferred. • Consider a worm bin for winter composting. Compost food scraps to reduce methane emissions. When food waste goes into a landfill, the anaerobic condition creates a higher amount of methane emissions that happen to be one of the top green house gasses today. Sequester that!



am always on time for my life. Say this to yourself any time you feel stressed or anxious. Then say it any other time you can. Say it repeatedly in sets of 100. Reinforce that this is your life happening, and that plans and life are always different. You are always on time for your life. Knowing it makes it all feel somewhat better. You will be kinder to yourself, and thus to others. We could all use a bit of that. We are living under time pressure. Many of us are chronically late. We hurry from task to deadline to appointment to date. Where’s the joy, the contentment, the romance? Being on time assumes we are able to agree on what we should be doing at a particular time. I’m all for integrity, but I see many of us struggle with our agreements about time. Some people have different ways of looking at time. This can be cultural. In the 1970s German engineers were sent to Saudi Arabia to help with building oil refineries. They were warned that Arab workers would be very lax about time, at least by German standards. The Arabs were also cautioned that the Germans would be very strict. What happened? The Arabs would show up for the 8am start at about 8:30. The Arabs thought they were doing great! They normally considered anything before 9 to be “8 o’clock”. They expected the Germans to be delighted by their punctuality, and were taken aback by the reaction. The Germans would be astounded, but not in a happy way. They got to work by 7:50, and could not imagine someone actually being 30 minutes late for a work day. Philip Zimbardo, the brilliant psychologist famed for his Stanford Prison Project, co-authored a book about our approach to time. The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life (Zimbardo and Boyd: 2009). He says that how


“I am always on time for my life”

Stop apologizing, already, and get on with it BY DAN SCHMIDT

we look at time is an important component of personality— equal to whether we are introverted or extraverted or other significant indicators. You can check out your time personality—the Zimbardo Time Profile Index is available online for free. What happens when we criticize ourselves or others for time challenges? First, it takes us out of the present moment. We shift to focusing on our plans and how they are not working, and from there we go to our fears about the consequential effects. Next we lose esteem—either self-esteem, and/or esteem for whoever made us angry over the time issue. Rapport is replaced by resentment. The relationship becomes associated in our minds with discontent. The trust and safety that allow collaborative creativity are diminished. This process can become habitual. It’s hard for two people locked in this struggle to escape. Neither one can do it for the other. Each has a responsibility, and that is first to oneself, to get okay with what is, and let go of plans and frustrations.

For the one who is late: Step one: Stop the self criticism. Charity begins at home. Anger toward oneself corrodes the insides, and splashes out on others. If self criticism worked, I’d be an Awesome Enlightened Being and Master of the Universe, and so would you and all your friends. Step two: Recognize that you make choices, even if they are subconscious. Step 3: Validate your choices and actions. Yep, you are still alive, so it worked. Step 4: Go deeper. Repeat this affirmation “I am always on time for my life.” It’s true. Think about it. It’s always now, and you are always in the center of your life and universe. Now affirmations can be a silly New Age thing. One repetition is not going to do a whole lot. One

trip to the gym won’t do a whole lot either—unless you go ape and tear yourself up. Fortunately, affirmations will not injure your mental muscles if you do a whole lot the first day. But like weightlifting, it’s the reps that make it happen. So don’t say it once, build up to saying it for an hour or two. Make it a work out! What will that do? Just like weights, small efforts accumulate. It can be a challenge, and you will find you have to concentrate to keep going. Your mind will trot out the old voices of powerlessness. The subconscious beliefs that hamper all our function will become exposed. And you will directly contradict them with each repetition. Can you go from “I’m always late. I suck. I hate time. I hate my fing life” to a whole new mind set? Yes. Science says so. The big word is neuroplasticity. It means we rewire our brains throughout our whole lives. Don’t believe that? Try imagining falling in love. Something makes you undo the caution that your last break-up created. Without neuroplasticity there’d be no romance. Hate romance? Okay. Without neuroplasticity, no one could have switched from land lines to cell to smart phones to whatever is coming next. We are awesomely plastic (able to change). Insistent repetition of an affirmation will lead to rewiring in the brain. The connections that favor the affirmation are built and reinforced, and the ones that the affirmation contradicts are sidelined and weakened.

Got new wiring, now what? First, the self criticism diminishes. That’s good for your mind, making room for useful thinking. And it’s good for your body, as research clearly shows that self-critical thinking depresses our immune system. Second, a new attitude toward time agreements happens. It’s easier to be on time if you plan re-

alistically. And it’s easier to be realistic if you think you are actually an okay person and the world doesn’t actively hate you. Third, you notice the benefits of apparent problems. You may be late for work in a traffic jam, but you let yourself enjoy the unexpected time to yourself. You may be late for a date, but as you run down the sidewalk, you are still present enough not to step in front of that maniac coming around the corner. Stress stops turning a bad moment into a brutal day, and life gets better. Fourth, it gets easier to make amends. A little slack goes a long way. It’s hard to be compassionate or even notice someone else, when you’re bitterly ragging on yourself. Being less consumed by your own deficiencies means you will have more resources to offer in a relationship. A more pleasant perspective allows you to actually hear someone else’s needs, and to respond fairly. So how can you start this new practice? Say the affirmation. Say it out loud in your car, or any time you are alone. Want more progress? Make a bunch of written reminders. Use sticky notes, or whatever you can think of, to make it so you see the magic words as often as possible. Next, consider that all our issues are really about what others will think of us. So—say it aloud to someone else. Get a partner, and have them sit silently while you and say it repeatedly for five minutes. If they are up for it, give them a turn. Listening can be a great way to find out how you feel about time, and to see what it means to suspend judgment, even for five minutes. Imagine a life where you did not feel stressed about time! Now go make it happen. ◆ Dan Schmidt is a Feldenkrais practitioner and bodyworker, working in private practice and clinical settings for 25 years. He teaches classes for the public and for massage therapists. We love the way he thinks, and so we ask him to write for us now and then. SOMANAUT.WORDPRESS.COM


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CHICKEN PEOPLE In a high stakes world where a broken feather can shatter a dream, this film follows those who breed exotic birds in the world of competitive poultry.

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MOLLY MONSTER Molly Monster spends her days playing with her friend Edison until her mama gives birth to an egg and she begins a journey to find her new place in the family.

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The inspirational story of a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate. TUESDAY | NOVEMBER 15 @ 7PM The Environment

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RETURN OF THE RIVER *Post-film discussion with director.

A community in Washington fights to set a river free, and starts the largest dam removal in history. WEDNESDAY | NOVEMBER 16 @ 7PM Peery’s Egyptian Center | 2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden Utah Film Circuit

AUTISM IN LOVE An exploration of the lives of adults with an autism spectrum disorder as they pursue romantic relationships. Official Selection: 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, 2015 Warsaw International Film Festival

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EVA HESSE An exploration into the life and work of Eva Hesse, one of America’s foremost post-war artists. Official Selection: 2016 Dok.Fest Munich, 2016 Docaviv

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GROWING UP COY The story of Colorado family who fight for their 6-year-old transgender daughter right to use the girls’ bathroom at her elementary school. Official Selection: 2016 Frameline 40 - San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival

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In this funny and touching coming-of-age story, shy 14-year-old Benoit (Réphaël Ghrenassia) moves to Paris, where he struggles to meet new friends. Winner: Best New Directors–2015 San Sebastián International Film Festival

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ADDICTED TO SHEEP An intimate portrait of a year in the life of tenant hill farmers Tom and Kay Hutchinson as they try to breed the perfect sheep. Official Selection: 2015 Sheffield Doc/Fest UTAH FILM CENTER IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY




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good acquaintance of mine—his name’s not Matt, but he’s asked that his real name be withheld, so let’s call him Matt— was having a generally hard time with the pressures of modern American life. Matt has a good job, strong health, decent finances, and he and his loving wife have cultivated a life together that’s a little slice of country peace in the bustling heart of Salt Lake City. All in all, Matt’s life is good. But for a while there, something just didn’t feel right. Something inside Matt felt off, like the second fiddle in his psychic orchestra was out of tune with the rest of the band. A steady dose of magic mushrooms, Matt says, have brought harmony back to his life. For several months, Matt has been microdosing. Every fourth day, he consumes a minute amount of psychedelic mushrooms, usually threetenths of a gram. It’s not enough to actually trip, but it’s just enough, he says, to salve his soul. Matt credits microdosing with numerous improvements in his life, including increased enthusiasm for his workaday office job and decreased anxiety related to the everyday demands and expectations of modern adult life.

Crowdsourced research Microdosing has been promoted since at least 2011 by Dr. James Fadiman, a Harvardand Stanford-educated psychologist who has studied psychedelics for decades and who authored Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic and Sacred Journeys (2011: Bear & Co.) He’s now running what basically amounts to a crowdsourced research project, and people like Matt have voluntarily signed on as unpaid guinea pigs. Fadiman suggests ingesting a very

small amount of psychedelics—LSD, magic mushrooms, psychedelic “truffles,” iboga, or ayahuasca—every fourth day and asks that microdosers self-report any benefits or side effects they might experience. The effects of microdosing, according to Fadiman, should be sub-perceptual: If things are glittering, or you’re seeing tracers, if you just can’t stop smiling, you’ve taken too much. However, that doesn't mean it’s ineffectual. In an interview with self-improvement guru Tim Ferris, Fadiman said that microdosing is a kind of ”all-chakra enhancer, where everything’s just a little bit better.” “People behave better, are happier, are more tolerant; not necessarily more creative, but more in the flow,” he told Ferris.


Western understanding of these valuable plants has never been equal to their power, perhaps due in part to our young relationship with them.

Based on the feedback he’s received, Fadiman lays out some suggestions for microdosers in a protocol he emails to participants, whom, he suggests shouldn’t attempt microdosing without previous experience using psychedelics. Following Fadiman’s advice, Matt takes 3/10ths of a gram of dry psilocybe mushrooms once every four days. Speaking with CATALYST, Fadiman likened microdosing to "the intensely happy period that follows a [hallucinogenic] trip,” a period that purportedly lasts two days. He says the active ingredients of the psychedelic have been completely metabolized by the third day, meaning it’s something of a recovery day. On the fourth day, Matt begins the cycle once more with another microdose. Matt says the day after his first microdose was extraordinarily productive. "I took a long drive to the desert of northwestern Utah to do some work,” Matt told CATALYST, “and on the drive home I outlined the first five or so chapters of a mystery novel, like, every detail. That just never happens to me. I mean, I think of myself as a creative person, but that kind of detailed story creation is not something I’ve ever been capable of.” Since that time, Matt hasn't experienced the same level of creative productivity, but he does think microdosing helps him chill out a bit. “I’m

just generally less anxious, less angry, less jaded by everything,” he said. Fadiman shared one report with CATALYST, from an anonymous 37-year-old Midwestern study participant who wrote that microdosing improved focus, empathy, sensitivity, honesty, and self-love, and also helped the person emerge from a dark hole after quitting prescription anti-depression medications. "I sleep without grinding my teeth, without tremors,” the respondent wrote. “I feel less ‘brain-fog.’ And I am more consciously aware of the emotions I am feeling and why. This allows me to deal with them more appropriately.” Of course, the illegal nature of psychedelics makes it inherently difficult to conduct a study like Fadiman’s. His crowdsourcing method relies almost entirely on anonymous reports, which he only receives after asking people to break the law by obtaining and then regularly taking a Schedule 1 narcotic. Until he opens his books

"I sleep without grinding my teeth, without tremors,” the respondent wrote. “I feel less ‘brain-fog.’” and his study to outside scrutiny it’s impossible to independently verify his findings and corroborate or refute the reported efficacy of microdosing. However, Fadim a n says all he wants to do with h i s microdosing study is to lay groundwork for further scientific study. In that respect, he belongs to a long line of pioneering psychedelic researchers.

Science and psychedelics Richard Evan Schultes, perhaps the most important ethnobotanist of the 20th century, is credited with the scientific discovery of the hallucinogenic mushroom used by the Mazatec people of Oaxaca in nocturnal religious ceremonies. Traditional use of various species of

psilocybe mushrooms in the region dates back at least to the Spanish Conquest in the early 16th century of what we now know as Mexico, and very likely even earlier. What Schultes could not have anticipated during his expedition to northeast Oaxaca in 1938 was that his discovery there—and his subsequent discovery of a morning glory plant with close chemical relation to LSD— would spark America’s indulgent psychedelic craze in the ’60s. In his book Plants of the Gods, an exhaustive catalog of hallucinogenic plants used by traditional people around the world, Schultes notes how the use of hallucinogens in those cultures differs widely from their use in modern Western societies. The difference, he says, lay in their purpose and origin: “All aboriginal societies,” he writes, “have considered—and still do—that these plants are gifts of the gods, if not the gods themselves.” Psychedelic use in America has typically been anything but religious, and for good reason: Our culture came to these plants not as spiritual gifts of the gods to be revered and thoughtfully consumed, but as scientific discoveries open to experimentation and free of cultural baggage. Western understanding of these valuable plants has never been equal to their power, perhaps due in part to our young relationship with them. The relatively new term “entheogen,” with its connotations of the divine, seeks to reclaim the traditional origins and uses of hallucinogens noted by Schultes, thus setting them apart from other purely hedonistic drugs as uniquely valuable to human consciousness. Schultes’ discoveries among the Mazatec may have sparked the psychedelic era in America, but it was one of his co-authors on Plants of the Gods who poured gas, or rather acid on the fire. Albert Hofmann not only isolated, identified, and named the active chemicals in the mushrooms Schultes collected, he also, of course, synthesized, ingested, and documented the effects of LSD. Fadiman credits Hofmann as the original microdoser and says the Swiss scientist microdosed for at least the last two decades of his life. The effort to rebrand hallucinogens and other mind-expanding substances as entheogens appears to be a step toward normal-

Medical psychedelics may be the next domino to fall in the war on drugs if further scientific research into the healthful benefits of psychedelics as reported by microdosers around the country proceed. izing the use of magic mushrooms, LSD and the like. Americans love their spirituality, and they love their gods, so why shouldn’t they love largely safe, non-addictive ways to access the divine? Microdosing, which emphasizes the drugs’ medicinal benefits, could indeed be the giant leap.

Healthy, not high The road to marijuana’s broadening legalization was first paved by promotions of its medicinal uses. Research of pot’s medical value has also been constrained by its USDA listing as a Schedule 1 narcotic, but that didn’t stop marijuana being recognized as a useful, acceptable, and legal treatment for a wide variety of ailments in 25 states plus the District of Columbia. If Fadiman’s microdosing research plays out as he hopes, if it opens the doors for further scientific research into the healthful benefits of psychedelics as reported by microdosers around the country, then medical psychedelics may be the next domino to fall in the war on drugs. Microdosing would seem to be a use for psychedelics well suited to our modern workaday world and the sufferings it inflicts. And if it helps people be more focused at work and more concerned about the well-being of others, then the capitalist machine can keep humming merrily along. However, neither Matt nor the Midwestern microdoser plan to wait for legalization of psychedelics to sweep the country. Both of them say they plan to continue microdosing for the foreseeable future for the good of their health. ◆ Benjamin Bombard is a producer of RadioWest, a freelance journalist and an aficionado of turbulent weather.



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Why practice mindfulness? A diagnosis of cancer and the experience of equanimity, then gratitude BY CHARLOTTE BELL


ast July, I had the good fortune to sit an 18-day meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California. After 28 years of attending Vipassana retreats I’m aware that they are always a challenge, no matter what kinds of life stresses you bring to them. But this year posed a challenge I couldn’t have predicted. In many ways, the retreat represented the culmination of my decades of practice. On the first day of the retreat, I received the results of a biopsy I’d had a few days earlier. The biopsy showed a malignant tumor in my left breast. The tumor was very small, but still the words “invasive ductal carcinoma” slammed into me like a runaway train. The adrenaline rush lasted most of the day. As the concept—breast cancer!—began to sink in, predictable mental and emotional states appeared: fear, anxiety and grief for the healthy, low-maintenance body I’ve enjoyed all these years. Remarkably absent was the frenzied commentary I fully expected after so many years of watching my mind intimately. There was no “Why me?” or “Poor me,” or “What did I do to deserve this?” or any of the myriad judgments my mind would have added to the same situation 20 years ago. In fact, most of the time, I felt buoyed by a deep, underlying well of equanimity. The situation was most certainly not what I would wish for, but my mind, after so many years of practice, has been trained not to make matters worse. The first nine days of the retreat were devoted to metta (lovingkindness)

YOGA practice. This created a soft field of kindness around the emotions I was experiencing. A week into the retreat, metta gave way to equanimity. From equanimity came overwhelming gratitude, not for the cancer of course, but for the years of hard work that had allowed me to sit with the reality of a potentially life-threatening condition without losing balance. Meditation isn’t easy. Despite ubiquitous images of people with beatific expressions meditating on a

While mindfulness is recently being touted for its ability to help us focus and “get ahead” among other benefits, its original intention was to help us navigate the inherent suffering in our lives. sunset-drenched beach, mindfulness practice is hard, painstaking work. Mindfulness practice brings you face to face with your mental and emotional patterns and obsessions—healthy and unhealthy. It plunges you into the uncertain reality of impermanence, and forces you to question everything you’ve held as true. But in

the process, the practice leads you to a deeper well of equanimity, one that doesn’t depend on whether your life is unfolding to your liking. When I reported the situation and my response to it to meditation teacher and author Joseph Goldstein, he said, “This is why we practice.” This is absolutely true. While mindfulness is recently being touted for its ability to help us focus and “get ahead” among other benefits, its original intention was to help us navigate the inherent suffering in our lives. The Buddha first became aware of suffering inherent in our human lives while on a clandestine trip out of the palace where he was born and lived. On this journey, he encountered a person wracked with old age, another wasting away from illness, a human corpse, and an awakened person. In the face of old age, sickness and death, what was it that the awakened being had discovered that allowed him to be at peace with the suffering in the world? This began a sevenyear journey into extreme asceticism—to counter the opulence he’d grown up with—and finally, a realization that neither extreme leads to happiness. The “middle way” is the path. From this understanding emerged the Four Noble Truths: the truth of suffering, the truth of the causes of suffering (clinging to what is impermanent, which is everything in our conditioned experience), the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path to the end of suffering. No matter how much yoga we practice, how healthy our diet or how

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stress-free our lives, we all age, experience illness and eventually, pass out of our bodies. We will all experience gain and loss, and pleasure and pain, multiple times throughout our lives. This is not a mistake. It is simply the way our lives unfold. Our choice is in how we meet these inevitable ups and downs. And as I’ve discovered, we can train our minds to respond to life’s

vicissitudes with equanimity and grace. The retreat also reminded me in no uncertain terms how unsustainable my life had become. Working four jobs and taking off maybe three or four days a year is not how I want to spend this precious life. This has become even more apparent as I move through the cancer treatment process, which is far more complicated and

time-consuming than I’d imagined. I’m still figuring out how to find the middle way that allows me to pay my bills, negotiate the cancer process, and add some much-needed down time to my life. I sometimes experience sadness, stress and worry. Sometimes I get caught in these emotions. Sometimes I don’t. Practice has taught me to be okay with the times when I get

caught. No need to add judgment to an already less-than-ideal situation. Equanimity, including accepting my sometimes-unhealthy mental patterns, has become my baseline. This is why I practice. The underlying field of equanimity I discovered on retreat remains through the highs and lows of this new unfolding process. It is always present, even when

things ought to be unbearable. To my teachers and mentors, I feel nothing but gratitude for supporting me on this life path. May all beings be at ease, no matter what path they choose. ◆ Charlotte Bell has been practicing yoga since 1982. She is the author of several yoga-related books and founder of Mindful Yoga Collective in Salt Lake City. CHARLOTTEBELLYOGA.COM.



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A good move


Vitalize Community and Healing Arts Studio Women’s Full Moon Dance BodyHappy Center for Embodied Living Shannon Simonelli’s Luminous Life Peter Francyk and other yoga teachers Vitalize Community and Healing Arts Studio continues today under the joint ownership of Angela Rhinehart and Alicia Moonbeam. “Vitalize is an experiment in conscious, creative community,” says Rhinehart. “It is a space that holds people in a higher state of being than perhaps they usually are able to be in, day to day, so that they can go back out into the world feeling more able to handle whatever they need to deal with and have more compassionate interaction with others.” ◆ — by Greta deJong and Elizabeth Barbana 3474 S 2300 East, Studio #12 (behind Roots Cafe). VITALIZESTUDIO.COM


Alicia Moonbeam and Angela Rhinehart

ver the past six years, the Vitalize space in Sugar House, across from Whole Foods, hosted an intriguing range of events: a Sunday morning “come as you are” meditation group. A feminist film series. Yoga, of course. Founded in 2010 by Karen Salas Wheeler, Angela Rhinehart and Monica Faux-Kota with a mission to “connect, move and transform,” what began as a gathering place became a center, a place that acquired an energy of its own that was evident to those who participated in its offerings. In April of this year, with the pending demolition of their Highland Drive building, that center moved south. The move was motivated by circumstance but the result was beneficial for all. The new studio is inside the Historic Baldwin Radio Factory (see CATALYST Magazine, August 2016). The space remains dedicated to the principles of fair exchange, community involvement, mutual respect and integrity, but is bigger—and yes, better—than before. Tucked away from the street among trees and birds and surrounded by artist studios, it’s clear

that Vitalize made a good move. The 1,500 sq. ft. open studio space has an extremely high vaulted ceiling, original windows offering an abundance of light on the north and south sides and a receiving hall and check-in counter. The private practitioner and office areas offer two restrooms, a wellequipped break room, lounge area, massage rooms and storage space for artist supplies. And yes, there’s WIFI. Many organizations call the space home. Some are newcomers. Others have been affiliated for years: Shambhala Meditation Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship Birth Circle / Utah Prenatal Massage Assn. Jnana Yoga SLC Sacred Mountain Healing Center SLC Goddess Gatherings

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COMMUNITY Resource Directory Abode • Psychotherapy & Personal Growth • Retail • Spiritual Practice Health & Bodywork • Movement & Sport • Psychic Arts & Intuitive Sciences ABODE AUTOMOTIVE Schneider Auto Karosserie 4/17

801.484.9400, f 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.SCHNEIDER AUTO.NET

DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION Ann Larsen Residential Design DA 10/17

801.604.3721. Specializing in historically sensitive design solutions and adding charm to the ordinary. Consultation and design of new homes, additions, remodeling, decks and outdoor structures. Experienced, reasonable, references. HOUSEWORKS4@YAHOO.COM

GARDENING & LANDSCAPING Beyond Organic! Regenerative Agriculture & Urban Homesteading Workshop Series w/CATALYST garden writer, James Loomis

385.202.0661 @ Sugagreen, 1967 S. 800 E., SLC. Enjoy entertaining lectures and hands -on experience in Soil Biology, Aquaponics, Composting, Biological Teas, Food Preservation and more. Held the third Thursday of each month at 7p, or third Saturday at 10:30a. For registration & info: BEYOND.ORGANIC.LOOMIS@GMAIL.COM

Green Products Underfoot Floors DA 11/16

801.467.6636, 1900 S. 300 W., SLC. We

offer innovative & earth friendly floors including bamboo, cork, marmoleum, hardwoods, natural fiber carpets as well as sand and finishing hardwood. Free in home estimates. Please visit our showroom. WWW.UNDERFOOTFLOORS.NET, KE@UNDERFOOTFLOORS.COM

HOUSING Urban Utah Homes & Estates DA 9/17

801.595.8824, 380 West 200 South, #101, SLC. Founded in 2001 by Babs De Lay, Urban Utah Homes & Estates is an independent real estate brokerage. Our experienced realtors have skill sets to help first time to last time buyers and sellers with residential sales, estate liquidations of homes & property, land sales, new construction and small business sales. WWW.URBANUTAH.COM

Wasatch Commons Cohousing 3/17

Vicky, 801.908.0388, 1411 S. Utah Street (1605 W.), SLC. An environmentally sensitive community promoting neighborliness, consensus and diversity. Balancing privacy needs with community living. Homes for sale. Tours available upon request. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/WASATCHCOMMONSCOHOUSING

PETS Best Friends - Utah DA 9/17

801.574.2454, 2005 S. 1100 E., SLC. Utah is working collaboratively with animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals dedicated to making Utah a no-kill state. As part of this mission, Best Friends hosts adoption and fundraising events, runs the Best Friends Utah Adoption Center in Sugar House and leads the


Dancing Cats Feline Center DA

801.467.0799, 1760 S. 1100 E., SLC. We recognize that cats are unique beings with individual needs. Dancing Cats Feline Health Center was created to provide the best quality of medicine in the most nurturing environment. WWW.DANCINGCATSVET.COM

East Valley Veterinary Clinic, Lynette Sakellariou, DVM & Nicole Butler, DVM

801.467.0661, 2675 E. Parleys Way, SLC. A well-established, full service, companion dog and cat animal hospital providing comprehensive medical, surgical and dental care. Your pet’s wellness being is our main concern. We look forward to meeting and serving you & your pets! Mention this ad and receive $10.00 off your next visit. WWW.E AST VALLEY V ETERINARYC LINIC . COM

DINING Café Solstice DA 3/17

801.487.0980, 673 E. Simpson Ave., SLC. (inside Dancing Cranes). Loose teas, specialty coffee drinks and herbal smoothies in a relaxing atmosphere. Veggie wraps, sandwiches, salads, soups and more. Our dressings, spreads, salsa, bummus and baked goods are all made in house with love! Enjoy a refreshing violet mocha or mango & basil smoothie with your delicious homemade lunch. WWW.CAFESOLSTICESLC.COM,SOLCAFE999@G MAIL.COM

Coffee Garden DA

801.355.3425, 900 E. 900 S. and 254 S. Main, SLC. High-end espresso, delectable pastries & desserts. Great places to people watch. M-Thur 6a-11p; Fri 6a-12p, Sat 7a-12p, Sun 7a-11p. Wifi.


801.322.3055, 1026 2nd Ave., SLC. CBreakfast, lunch and dinner. Patio seating available. Dine in, carry out. Chef Joey Ferran provides an exciting culinary experience! Fresh bread, desserts and pastries daily. Huge wine list and the best small plate menu in town (for dinner too!). Let us cater your next event.

Oasis Cafe DA 11/16

801.322.0404,151 S. 500 E., SLC. A refreshing retreat in the heart of the city, Oasis Cafe provides a true sanctuary of spectacular spaces: the beautiful flower-laden patio, the private covered breezeway or the casual

stylish dining room. Authentic American cafe-style cuisine plus full bar, craft beers, wine list and more. WWW.OASISCAFESLC.COM

HEALTH & BODYWORK ACUPUNCTURE East West Health, Regan Archibald, LAc, Dipl OM 801.582.2011. SLC, WVC & Ogden. Our purpose: Provide high-level care by creating lifestyle programs that



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enhance health through mentor training. To correct underlying causes of health conditions we "test, not guess" using saliva, hormonal, nutritional and food testing. Our goal is to help you get healthy and pain free naturally. WWW.ACUEAST WEST.COM 3/17

Keith Stevens Acupuncture 3/17

801.255.7016, 209.617.7379 (c). Dr. Keith Stevens, OMD, 8728 S. 120 E. in old Sandy. Specializing in chronic pain treatment, stress-related insomnia, fatigue, headaches, sports medicine, traumatic injury and post-operative recovery. Board-certified for hep-c treatment. National Acupuncture Detox Association (NADA)-certified for treatment of addiction. Women’s health, menopausal syndromes. www.STEVENSACUCLINIC.COM

SLC Qi Community Acupuncture 12/16

801.521.3337, 177 E. 900 S., Ste. 101, SLC. Affordable Acupuncture! Sliding scale rates ($15-40). Open weekends. Grab a recliner and relax in a safe, comfortable, and healing space. We help with pain, fertility, digestion, allergies, arthritis, sleep and stress disorders, cardiac/respiratory conditions, metabolism and more. WWW.SLCQI.COM

CHIROPRACTIC Salt Lake Chiropractic 9/16

801.907.1894, Dr. Suzanne Cronin, 1088 S. 1100 E., SLC. Have you heard, Salt Lake Chiropractic is the least invasive way to increase your quality of life. Our gentle, efficient, affordable care can reduce pain & improve your body’s functionality. Call to schedule an appointment. WWW.CHIROSALTLAKE.COM

The Forbidden Doctor, Dr. Jack Stockwell, DC, CGP & Mary H. Stockwell, MSAS, CGPDA

801.523.1890, 10714 S. Jordan Gateway, Ste. 120, S. Jordan. NUCCA Chiropractic uses gentle touch, no cracking, popping or twisting. Demolishing migraines everyday! Certified GAPS Clinic. “Heartburn, gas, bloating, celiac, IBS, gall bladder pain still there?” Unique medical testing of all major organs & systems. Nutritionists create personalized whole food and herbal protocols. OFFICE@JACKSTOCKWELL . COM , WWW.J ACK S TOCKWELL . COM , WWW.F ORBIDDEN D OCTOR . COM

ENERGY HEALING Kristen Dalzen, LMT 12/16

801.661.3896, Turiya’s, 1569 S. 1100 E., SLC. IGNITE YOUR DIVINE SPARK! Traditional Usui Reiki Master Teacher practicing in SLC since 1996. Offering a dynamic array of healing services and classes designed to create a balanced, expansive and vivacious life.


FELDENKRAIS Carol Lessinger, GCFP 8/17--

801.580.9484, 1390 S. 1100 E., SLC. “Movement is Life, without Movement, Life is unthinkable,” Moshe Feldenkrais. Carol trained personally with Dr. Feldenkrais and has over 30 years experience. When you work with her, you can expect your movement to be more comfortable, less painful and definitely more aware. Offering private sessions & classes. WWW.CAROLLESSINGER.COM, CAROLLESSINGER@GMAIL.COM

Open Hand Bodywork DA

801.694.4086, Dan Schmidt, GCFP, LMT. 244 W. 700 S., SLC. WWW.OPENHANDSLC.COM


I-Float Sensations 12/16 801.888.6777, 1490 E. 5600 S., Suite 2, So. Ogden. New Zenned-Out Sensory Deprivation Float Center with two of the latest hi-tech float pods. A remarkable experience that words fall short to describe. Experience a deep meditative state, receive creative and intuitive inspiration. Come In, Zone Out and Just Let Go... WWW. I F LOATO GDEN . COM , INFO @ IFLOATOGDEN . COM

HERBAL MEDICINE Millcreek Herbs, LLC 11/16

801.466.1632, 3191 S. Valley Street, SLC. Merry Lycett Harrison, RH, (AHG) is a clinical western herbalist, teacher, author & creator of Thrive Tonic®, practicing in SLC for 18 years, helping people manage stress, low energy, lung, sinus, digestive, hormonal and sleep issues plus chronic disease and conditions, with custom formulations from her extensive herbal pharmacy. By appointment. WWW.MILLCREEKHERBS.COM


Healing Mountain Massage School DA11 801.355.6300, 363 S. 500 E., Ste. 210,

SLC. (enter off 500 E.). All people seek balance in their lives…balance and meaningful expression. Massage is a compassionate art. It helps find healing & peace for both the giver and receiver. Whether you seek a new vocation or balm for your wounded soul, you can find it here. www.HEALINGMOUNTAINSPA.COM

Amazing Massage by Jennifer Rouse, LMT

801.808.1283, SLC. Your body needs this! Jennifer offers a massage personalized just for you. Her firm, focused approach will help you detox, release tension and maintain great health. 60, 90 or 120 minute sessions, $80/hour. Call or text to discuss time and location.



M.D. PHYSICIANS Todd Mangum, MD, Web of Life Wellness Center 801.531.8340, 508 E. South Tem-

ple, #102, SLC. Integrative Medicine Family Practitioner who utilizes functional medicine. He specializes in the treatment of chronic fatigue, fibro-myalgia, digestive disorders, adrenal fatigue, menopause, hormone imbalances for men & women, weight loss, insulin resistance, type II diabetes, immune dysfunctions, thyroid disorders, insomnia, depression, anxiety and other health problems. Dr. Mangum designs personalized treatment plans using diet, vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements, bioidentical hormones, Western and Chinese herbal therapies, acupuncture and conventional Western medicines. WWW.WEBOFLIFEWC.COM, THEPEOPLE@WEBOFLIFEWC.COM 2/17

MEDICAL COACHING Successful Surgery and HealingFOG 949.648.4436. Successful Surgery and Heal-

ing: A Practical Guide for Patients, Caregivers and Advocates by Lori Mertz is the “how to” for anyone preparing for or recovering from surgery! Full of insights, organization tips & tools, checklists and more. Available at University Pharmacy (1320 E. 200 S., SLC), W W W .L ORI M ER TZ . COM and WWW.AMAZON.COM. Lori is also available for oneon-one coaching. We all need support! Start here. LORI @ JUSTBEEINC . COM

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS Cameron Wellness Center 10/16

801.486.4226. Dr. Todd Cameron & Dr. Michael Hummell, Naturopathic Physicians. 1945 S. 1100 E. #100. When you visit the Cameron Wellness Center, you’ll have new allies in your health care efforts. You’ll know you’ve been heard. You’ll have a clear, individual plan for gaining health and wellness. Our practitioners will be with you through your journey to feeling good again—& staying well. WWW.C AMERONWELLNESSCENTER.NET

Eastside Natural Health Clinic 3/17

801.474.3684. Uli Knorr, ND, 3350 S. High land Dr., SLC. Dr. Knorr will create a Natural Medi cine plan for you to optimize your health and live more vibrantly. He likes to educate his patients and offers comprehensive medical testing op tions. He focuses on hormonal balancing, including thyroid, adrenal, women’s hormones, blood sugar regulation, gastrointestinal disorders & food allergies. WWW.E ASTSIDE N ATURAL H EALTH . COM

NUTRITION Sustainable Diets 8/17

801.831.6967. Teri Underwood, RD, MS, CD, IFMCP, Park City. Integrative

and Functional Medicine Nutritionist. After a functional nutrition assessment, Teri recommends a food-based individualized treatment approach that includes: a diet plan, functional foods, nutrition improvement, supplements and testing if needed, and lifestyle changes. She specializes in behavior change and guides/coaches you through making the lifestyle/habit changes needed to lose weight, change diet, reach optimal health.WWW.S USTAINABLEDIETS . COM

PHYSICAL THERAPY Precision Physical Therapy 3/17

801.557.6733. Jane Glaser-Gormally, MS, PT, 3098 S. Highland Dr., Ste. 350F, SLC. (Also in Heber City.) Specializing in holistic integrated manual therapy (IMT). This unique modality offers gentle, effective techniques for identifying and treating sources of pain and tissue dysfunction. IMT assists the body with selfcorrective mecahnisms that alleviate pain, restore mobility and promote functional balance. More information:WWW.P RECISIONP HYSICALT HERAPY UT. COM

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH Planned Parenthood of Utah 5/16

1.800.230.PLAN, 801.532.1586. Planned Parenthood provides affordable and confidential healthcare for men, women and teens. Services include birth control, emergency contraception (EC/PlanB/ morning after pill), testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infection including HIV, vaccines including the HPV vaccine, pregnancy testing and referrals, condoms, education programs and more. WWW.PPAU.ORG

MISCELLANEOUS CAUSES Center for Awakening 10/17

801.500.1856, 191 E. Greenwood Ave., Midvale. Center for Awakening is a 501C3 volunteer run organization offering community fundraising events for global causes. Be a part of the peaceful human rEvolution. Monthly meditations, 1st Sunday of each month. WWW.C ENTER F OR AWAKEN ING . COM

ENTERTAINMENT The State Room DA 1/17

801.878.0530, 638 S. State Street, SLC. A 21 and over, 300 capacity live music venue, presenting nationally acclaimed musicians and the finest local acts. WWW.T HE S TATE R OOM . COM

Utah Film Center/Salt Lake Film Center

801.746.7000, 122 Main Street, SLC. A non-profit continually striveing to bring community together through film. UFC curates and organizes three film festivals a year: Tumbleweeds for children & youth, the only festival of its kind in the Intermountain West; Damn These Heels, a forum exploring LGBT issues, ideas, hopes, dreams and art; and TiltShift, organized by and for teens just beginning to discover their artistic potential. WWW.UTAHFILMCENTER.ORG

LEGAL ASSISTANCE Schumann Law, Penniann J. Schumann, J.D., LL.M 801.631.7811. Whether you are planning for your own future protection and management, or you are planning for your family, friends, or charitable causes, Penniann Schumann can assist you with creating and implementating a plan to meet those goals. WWW.ESTATEPLANNINGFORUTAH.COM

MEDIA CATALYST Magazine 801.363.1505, 140 S. McClelland St., SLC. Catalyst: Someone or something that causes an important event to happen. WE ARE CATALYST. JOIN US. C ATALYST MAGAZINE . NET FACEBOOK . COM / CATALYSTMAGAZINE I NSTAGRAM . COM / CATALYST _ MAGAZINE T WITTER . COM / CATALYSTMAG

KRCL 90.9FM DA 801.363.1818, 1971 N. Temple, SLC.

Northern Utah’s only non-profit, member-supported public radio station dedicated to broadcasting a well-curated contemporary eclectic mix of music and community information 24 hours a day. WWW.KRCL.ORG

NON-PROFIT Local First 12/16 801.456.1456. We are a not-for-profit

organization that seeks to strengthen communities and local economies by promoting, preserving and protecting local, independently owned businesses throughout Utah. Organized in 2005 by volunteer business owners and community-minded residents, Local First Utah has over 2,700 locally owned and independent business partners. WWW.LOCALFIRST.ORG

Red Butte Garden

801.585.0556, 300 Wakara Way, SLC. Red Butte Botanical Garden, located on the University of Utah, is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West, renowned for plant collections, display gardens, 450,000 springtime blooming bulbs, a worldclass outdoor summer concert series,

and award-winning horticulturebased educational programs. WWW.R ED B UTTE G ARDEN . ORG

Tracy Aviary DA 2/17 801.596.8500, 589 E. 1300 S. (SW corner of Liberty Park), SLC. Tracy Aviary – Where curiosity takes flight! Come explore our new Treasures of the Rainforest exhibit, with boisterous birds from the tropics. Our 9 acres of gardens are home to 400+ birds from as close as the Great Salt Lake and as far as the Andes Mountains. WWW.TRACYAVIARY.ORG

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING Healing Mountain Massage School

SLC campus: 801.355.6300, 363 S. 500 E., Ste. 210, SLC. Cedar City campus: 435.586.8222, 297 N. Cove Dr., Cedar City. Morning & evening programs. Four start dates per year, 8-14 students to a class. Mentor with seasoned professionals. Practice with licensed therapists in a live day spa setting. Graduate in as little as 8 months. ABHES accredited. Financial aid available for those who qualify. WWW.HEALINGMOUNTAIN.EDU DA 11/16

SPACE FOR RENT Space available at Center for Transpersonal Therapy 3/17



801.596.0147 x41, 5801 S. Fashion Blvd., Ste. 250, Murray. Two large plush spaces available for rent by the hour, day or for weekend use. Pillows, yoga chairs, regular chairs and kichenette area included. Size: 395 sq. ft./530 sq. ft. WWW.CTTSLC.COM, THECENTER@CTTSLC.COM

Vitalize Community Healing & Arts Studio

801.661.1200, 3474 S. 2300 E., Studio #12 (behind Roots Café), Millcreek. Vitalize Community Studio supports a number of independent practitioners and community organizations offering a wide variety of classes, gatherings, and workshops with an emphasis on connection, movement, and transformation. Join one of our ongoing classes or facilitate your own. Be Creative – It’s Your Space. For more information: WWW.VITALIZESTUDIO.COM, VITALIZEMILLCREEK@GMAIL.COM

TRAVEL Machu Picchu, Peru 6/17

801.721.2779. Group or individual spiritual journeys or tours with Shaman KUCHO. Accomodations available. Contact: Nick Stark, NICHOLASSTARK@COMCAST.NET, WWW.MACHUPICCHUTRAVELCENTER.COM

WEALTH MANAGEMENT Harrington Wealth Services DA 1/17

801.871.0840 (O), 801.673.1294, 8899 S. 700 E., Ste. 225, Sandy, UT 84070. Robert Harrington, Wealth Advisor. Client-centered retirement plan-

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Maya Myozen Hill

New practice to Utah: Neurofeedback recalibrates your brain where it’s getting stuck BY SOPHIE SILVERSTONE


I am not a therapist,” Maya Myozen Hill reminds me. She is actually an ordained zen monk and former fashion model who grew up in Switzerland. Although I am not averse to therapy, as I lie back in the recliner in her zenlike office space, I find it quite comforting that she is not about diagnosis, not about treatment, but about facilitating the work of my own brain. The goal, here, is to restore its optimal pathways using technology and sound waves. Hill attaches small cords to my ears and forehead that monitor my nervous system and offers me a blanket. On a computer monitor, I see my brain—the left and right halves vivid in a rainbow of activity. I put in the earbuds for the accompanying meditation music, a

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facet of the program by which Hill is trained, NeurOptimal®. Developed by the Zengar Institute, the Canada-based company trains people worldwide to use their neurofeedback technology. Hill has been certified for three years now, and says she is the only practitioner of this type in Utah. As the session continues, I drift into a 35-minute nap. I’m vaguely aware of subtle clicking sounds, almost like distant rain as the metal sensors respond to my brain activity. When the session is over, Ms. Hill takes a snapshot of my brain activity and compares it to the one she took before we began. The pattern is smooth compared to

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the jagged line of my earlier mindstate. I am intrigued to see which side of my brain is more efficient than the other. Hill says clients mostly experience more alertness, better sleep, focus and memory, as well as living a lighter and brighter life from neurofeedback sessions. “People

Clients experience more alertness, better sleep, focus and memory, as well as living a lighter and brighter life. are often surprised with what seems to self-correct.” She has worked with people on optimizing a variety of conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, trauma, addiction

and fixations, as well as finding athletic and creative flow. Maya found her way to neurofeedback through her path of zen meditation. Meditation has been a large part of her life for 25 years. Her private practice, The Middle Way Practice, focuses on adult development. She also offers meditation instruction, Circling (a relational practice) and Shadow Work (a liberation on fixations). She teaches Circling at Two Arrows Zen, which is also where she was ordained as a zen monk under Diane Musho Hamilton. “We can teach our nervous system how to self regulate. People are recognizing more and more how vital this capacity is. Our ability to calm down and let go of our thought patterns is often compromised and at the source of a variety of nervous system imbalances. One of the best known ways to calm our monkey-minds is with a mindfulness and meditation practice. In combination with the high tech of our times, we now have really potent tools available to us.” I found Maya and the session helpful. My thoughts were more directed, and I will be returning to find out what I notice after a few more sessions. ◆ Maya Myozen Hill: Tel. 530.292.0229. THEMIDDLEWAYPRACTICE.COM. Neurofeedback sessions are offered on a sliding scale starting at $65. For more on the neurofeedback technology: ZENGAR.COM.



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MOVEMENT & MEDITATION, DANCE RDT Dance Center Community School

801.534.1000, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway, SLC. RDT’s Dance Center on Broadway offers a wide range of classes for adults (ages 16+) on evenings and weekends. Classes are “drop-in,” so no long-term commitment is required. Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet & Prime Movement (specifically designed for ages 40+). WWW.RDTUTAH.ORG

MARTIAL ARTS Red Lotus School of Movement 12/16

801.355.6375, 740 S. 300 W., SLC. 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


801.913.0880. 2240 E. 3300 S. Apt. 10. We offer meditation classes and gath-

erings in an environment that is fun, relaxing, and comfortable. Learn an enjoyable yet potent meditation practice you can add to your everyday life, and explore the ever-relevant teachings of the yoga system. Always free! WWW.MEDITATIONSLC.COM

The 5 classes work together and offer you a balanced and sustainable yoga practice. 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

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Mudita—Be Joy Yoga 3/17

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 (7p) of month at Anderson-Foothill Library, 1135 S. 2100 E., SLC. WWW.RUMIPOETRYCLUB.COM

YOGA INSTRUCTORS Mindful Yoga: Charlotte Bell DA 1/17

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 students to discover their own yoga. Classes include meditation, pranayama (breath awareness) and yoga nidra (yogic sleep) as well as physical practice of asana. Public & private classes, workshops in a supportive, non-competitive environment since 1986. WWW.CHARLOTTEBELLYOGA.COM

YOGA STUDIOS Mountain Yoga—Sandy 3/17

801.501.YOGA [9642], 9343 S. 1300 E., SLC. Offering a variety of Hot and Not hot yoga classes to the Salt Lake Valley for the past 13 years. The Mountain Yoga System is comprised of 5 Elemental Classes EARTH-FIREWIND-FLOW-WATER varying in heat, duration, intensity and sequence.

801.699.3627, 1550 E. 3300 S., SLC. Our studio is warm and spacious – a place for you to come home and experience yourself! Varied classes will have you move and sweat, open and lengthen, or chill and relax. Come just as you are, ease into your body and reconnect to your true essence. WWW.BEJOYYOGA.COM


212.222.3232. Ralfee Finn. Catalyst’s astrology columnist for 20 years! Visit her website, WWW.AQUARIUMAGE.COM, RALFEE@AQUARIUMAGE.COM

31 PSYCHIC/TAROT READINGS Crone’s Hollow 11/16

801.906.0470, 2470 S. Main Street, SLC. Have life questions? We offer intuitive and personal psychic consultations: Tarot, Pendulum, Palmistry, Stones, Shamanic Balancing and more. $25 for 20 minutes. Afternoon and evening appointments - Walk-ins welcome. We also make custom conjur/spell candles! WWW.CRONESHOLLOW. COM 10/16

Nick Stark 6/17

801.721.2779. Ogden Canyon. Shamanic energy healings/ clearings/readings/offerings/transformative work. Over 20 years experience. NICHOLASSTARK@COMCAST.NET

Suzanne Wagner DA 1/17

707.354.1019. In a world of paradox and possibility, an intelligent psychic with a sense of humor might as well be listed with the family dentist in one's day planner. Suzanne's readings are sensitive, compassionate, humorous and insightful. An inspirational speaker and healer she also teaches Numerology, Palmistry, Tarot and Channeling. WWW.SUZWAGNER.COM

Christopher Renstrom 11/16

Astrology Lovers: Looking for a class? Christopher Renstrom, professional astrologer, teaches class three times a month. Perfect for beginners or advanced students. $30 each or 8 classes for $200 prepaid. Come to an Astrology Slam and get a mini-reading, $15. Details: RULINGPLANETS1@GMAIL.COM, WWW.RULINGPLANETS.COM/PRIMETIME-ASTROLOGY


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THERAPY/COUNSELING Cynthia Kimberlin-Flanders, LPC 10/17

801.231.5916. 1399 S. 700 E., Ste. 15, SLC. Feeling out of sorts? Tell your story in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Eighteen years specializing in depression, anxiety, life-transitions, anger management, relationships and "middle-aged crazy." Most insurances, sliding scale and medication management referrals. If you've been waiting to talk to someone, wait no more.

Holistic Elements 2/17

801.262.5418. 835 E. 4800 S., Suite 220, Murray. Holistic Elements intertwines traditional therapeutic approaches like: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (C.B.T) with holistic elements like: Meditation, Mindfulness, Diet, Mineral Oils and Aromatherapy.

Jan Magdalen, LCSW 3/17 801.582.2705, 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.

Marianne Felt, CMHC, MT-BC 12/17

801.524.0560, ext. 2, 150 S. 600 E., Ste. 7C, SLC. 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

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body, mind and spirit through creative exploration of losses, conflicts and relationships that challenge & inspire our lives. WWW.M OUNTAIN LOTUS COUNSELING . COM

Mountain Lotus Counseling 4/17 DA

801.524.0560. Theresa Holleran, LCSW, Marianne Felt, CMHC, & Sean Patrick McPeak, CSW. Learn yourself. Transform. Depth psychotherapy and transformational services for individuals, relation-ships, groups and communities. WWW.MOUNTAINLOTUSCOUNSELING.COM

Natalie Herndon, PhD, CMHC 7/17

801.657.3330. 265 E. 100 S., Ste. 275, SLC. 15+ years experience specializing in Jungian, Analytical, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Are you seeking to more deeply understand yourself, your relationships, and why you struggle with certain thoughts and feelings? Call today for an appointment and let's begin. WWW.HOPECANHELP.NET

Sanctuary for Healing and Integration, Integrative Psychiatry 12/16 801.268.0333, f 801.268.3777, 860 E. 4500 S., Ste. 302, SLC. Group outpatient private practice of multidisciplinary mental health professionals led by Carmela Javellana, MD, DABPN, providing comprehensive mental health and neuroscience-based services for children, adolescents and adults. Standard services plus psychospiritual coaching and pharmacogenetic and nutrigenetic testing for personalized health care. Most insurance accepted. WWW.S HIN INTEGRATION . COM

Stephen Proskauer, MD, Integrative Psychiatry 10/17

801.631.8426. Sanctuary for Healing and Integration, 860 E. 4500 S., Ste. 302, SLC. Steve is a seasoned psychiatrist, Zen priest and shamanic healer. He sees kids, teens, adults, couples and families, integrating psychotherapy and meditation with judicious use of medication to relieve emotional pain and problem behavior. Steve specializes in treatimg identity

crises, LGBTQ issues and bipolar disorders. SPROSKAUER@COMCAST.NET 10

/16 Sunny Strasburg, LMFT 2/17

1399 S. 700 E., SLC. Sunny is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in Jungian Psychology, Gottman Method Couple’s Therapy and EMDR. Sunny meets clients in person at her office in Salt Lake City. For questions, or to schedule an appointment, please email Sunny at: SUNNYS@JPS.NET. WWW.SUNNYSTRASBURGTHERAPY.COM

SHAMANIC PRACTICE Sarah Sifers, Ph.D., LCSW 3/17

801.531.8051. Shamanic Counseling. Shamanic Healing, Minister of the Circle of the Sacred Earth. Mentoring for people called to the Shaman’s Path. Explore health or mental health issues using the ways of the shaman. Sarah’s extensive training includes shamanic extraction healing, soul retrieval healing, psychopomp work for death and dying, shamanic counseling and shamanic divination. Sarah has studied with Celtic, Brazilian, Tuvan, Mongolian, Tibetan and Nepali Shamans.

Naomi Silverstone, DSW, LCSW FOG

801.209.1095, 508 E. So. Temple, #102, SLC. Psychotherapy and Shamanic practice. Holistic practice integrates traditional and nontraditional approaches to health, healing and balance or “ayni.” Access new perceptual lenses as you reanimate your relationship with nature. Shamanic practice in the Inka tradition. NAOMI @ EARTHLINK . NET

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801.487.1807, 1383 S. 2100 E., SLC. Shopping Made Sexy. Since 1987, Blue Boutique has ex-


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11/6, 11/20: 10-11:30am - Sunday Series - Brandi NNSNH)J)T&6#)@1/$#)J)4(6#.)U-:#$=C" 11/6: 7-8:30pm - First Sunday Mindfulness Group - Charlotte

panded to four locations, offering the finest in a variety of sexy lingerie, sexy shoes and sexy adult merchandise to discriminating shoppers. We’ve created comfortable, inviting environments with salespeople ready to offer friendly and creative advice. WWW.B LUEB OU TIQUE . COM

New and previously rocked (aka, consigned) men’s and women’s fashion, summer festival gear and locally made jewelry, clothing, crafts and decor. M-Sat 11a-9p, Sun 1p-6p. Follow us on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter @iconoCLAD to see new inventory before someone beats you to it! WWW. ICONO CLAD. COM

Dancing Cranes Imports DA8/17

Lotus DA 11/16

801.486.1129, 673 E. Simpson Ave., SLC. Jewelry, clothing, incense, ethnic art, pottery, candles, chimes and much more! Visit Café Solstice for lunch, too. WWW.DANCING C RANES I M PORTS . COM

Golden Braid Books DA 11/16

801.322.1162, 151 S. 500 E., SLC. A true sanctuary for conscious living in the city. Offerings include gifts and books to feed mind, body, spirit, soul and heart; luscious health care products to refresh and revive; and a Lifestyles department to lift the spirit. www.G OLDEN B RAID B OOKS . COM

Healing Mountain Crystals DA

801.808.6442, 363 S. 500 E., #210 (east entrance), SLC. A welcoming crystal shop located one block from the “Trolley” Trax station. Offering: crystals, jewelry, essential oils, $2 sage, 50 cent tumbled stones, Tibetan singing bowls, spa products, books, chakra healing supplies, gifts and more. We are known for our low prices. WWW.H EALING M OUNTAIN C RYS TALS . COM

iconoCLAD—We Sell Your Previously Rocked Stuff & You Keep 50% 2/17

801.333.3777. 12896 Pony Express

Rd., #200, Draper. For rocks and crystals. Everything from Angels to Zen. WWW.ILOVELOTUS.COM

Turiya’s Gifts8/17 DA

801.531.7823, 1569 S. 1100 E., SLC. M-F 11a-7p, Sat 11a-6p, Sun 12-5p. 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.T URIYAS . COM

HEALTH & WELLNESS Dave’s Health & Nutrition 7/17

SLC: 801.268.3000, 880 E. 3900 S. and W. Jordan: 801.446.0499, 1817 W. 9000 S. We focus on health & holistic living through education, empowerment and high-quality products. With supplements, homeopathics, herbs, stones, books and beauty care products, we provide you with the options you need to reach your optimum health. Certified professionals also offer private consultations. WWW.DAVESHEALTH .COM

801.833.2272. 414 E. 300 S., SLC.


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Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa Tibetan Buddhist Temple

801.919.4742, 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: 10a; WWW.I NNER L IGHTC ENTER . ORG

801.328.4629, 740 S. 300 W., SLC. 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.U RGYEN S AMTEN L ING . ORG

Salt Lake Buddhist Temple

Utah Eckankar 12/16

801.363.4742. 100 S. 211 W., SLC. Everyone is welcome to Shin Buddhism (Pure Land). Sunday Services: 9a Meditation, 10a Dharma Family, 11a Dharma classes all ages, Asian Arts classes 12p. Meditation Class Wed. 6:30-7:30p, all levels. Lumbini’s Garden Buddhist Books and Gifts open Sundays. “Come as you are.” WWW.SLBUDDHIST.ORG, WWW.FACEBOOK .COM/SALTLAKEBUDDHIST, WWW.MEETUP.COM/SALT-LAKE-BUDDHISTTEMPLE

Unity Spiritual Community 8/17

801.281.2400. Garden Center in Sugarhouse Park, 1602 E. 2100 S., SLC. Unity principles celebrate the Universal Christ Consciousness by practicing the teachings of Jesus. We honor the many paths to God knowing that all people are created with sacred worth. Unity offers love, encouragement and acceptance to support you in discovering and liv-

801.542.8070, 8105 S. 700 E., Sandy. Eckankar teaches you to be more aware of your own natural relationship with Divine Spirit. Many have had spiritual experiences and want to learn more about them. You will meet people with similar experiences who also wish to share how these improve our daily lives. WWW.E CKANKAR -U TAH . ORG

INSTRUCTION Two Arrows Zen Center 3/17DA

801.532.4975, ArtSpace, 230 S. 500 W., #155, SLC. Two Arrows Zen is a center for Zen study and practice in Utah with two location: SLC & Torrey. The ArtSpace Zendo in SLC offers daily morning meditation and a morning service and evening sit on Thursday. TAZ also offers regular daylong intensives—Day of Zen—and telecourses. WWW.T WO A RROWS Z EN . ORG

801.363.1505 CATALYST

140 S. McClelland St., SLC.



ONGOING Until Nov. 11: 3rd Annual Veterans Exhibit @ Art Access. 230 S. 500 W.


Nov. 5: 2016 Dia De Los Muertos Benefiting Race Swami @ Rico Warehouse. 6-11p. Mexican cuisine, children’s activities, mercadito of Mexican Arts & Products, live music, cash bars, valet parking. $15/10 kids. 545 W. 700 S. Nov. 6: "Master the Law of Attraction to Become More Effective in Your Creations" @ Unity Spiritual Community. 2-4p. Workshop w/ Christiane Turner. Free. 1602 E. 2100 S. Nov. 6: Vision Board Workshop @ Center for Spiritual Living. 1-2:30pm. Facilitated by Cathi and Shane Hughes. $10. Time Square Business Park, 332 Bugatti Ave. Nov. 8: Young Democrats of Utah Election Night Celebration @ Sheraton SLC. 8-10p. Free. 150 W. 500 S.

Until Dec. 10: Lighting the Fire—Ceramics Education in the American West @ Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. Suggested donation $5. 650 North 1100 East, Logan.

Nov. 9: Reel Stories; Digital Storytelling Workshop @ SLCC Community Writing Center. 6-8p. Participants will create a short movie that contributes to the conversation on accessibility and living with disability. Free. 210 E. 400 S.

Nov. 1-8: Vote Cat 2016 @ Best Friends Pet Adoption Center. Adopt cats four months and older for $20.16. 2005 S. 1100 E. Nov. 5 & 19: Winter Market @ Rio Grande. 10a-2p. 300 S. Rio Grande St. Nov. 11, 12, 18, 19: Trolley Square Gift Market. Fri: 4-8p, Sat: 12-8p. Market located upstairs near the Desert Edge Pub & The Spaghetti Factory. 600 S. 700 E. Nov. 2: Sierra Club Social @ Vertical Diner. 5:30-8p. Meet new friends, socialize with Sierra Club volunteer leaders and staff, and learn about current campaigns. Free to attend. 234 W. 900 S. Nov. 2: The Head and the Heart @ The Eccles. 8-11p. The band is about to embark on a major tour supporting their third album, "Signs of Light.” $35-$55. 131 S. Main St. Nov. 3: “Between Earth & Sky” @ Westminster College, Gore Auditorium. 6-9p. U of U Professor Nalini Nadkarni discusses her efforts to raise awareness and understanding of nature. Come early to socialize. Light refreshments. Free. 1840 S. 1300 E. Nov. 3: Guest Writers Series @ Finch Lane Galleries. 7-8:30p. Featuring author Renee Gladman and 2015 Academy of American Poets Larry Levis Prize winner Catie Crabtree. Free. 54 Finch Ln. Nov. 3: Babcock Performing Readers—An Evening with A.A. Milne @ A. Ray Olpin University Union, Union Theater. 7:30-9p. See a different side of the insightful, creative, and thoughtful creator of Winnie the Pooh. Free. 200 Central Campus Dr. Nov. 4: Writing Through Grief @ Art Access The Vertical Diner. 6:30-8p. An evening of readings from participants in our recent workshop led by local essayist Debbie Leaman. Free. 230 S. 500 W. NOT ONLINE! Nov. 4: Goo Goo Dolls @ The Eccles. 8p. $30$85.50. 131 Main St. Nov. 4: Fluid Art @ UMOCA. 6-9p. Experience the various dimensions of craft brew and visual art and contemplate the layers of labor put into each unique drink and installation. 21+. $40/$30-35 pre-sales & online. 20 S. West Temple.

Nov. 9: Mundi 10th Anniversary Celebration @ Marmalade Library. Mundi Project. 6:30-8p. Variety of musical performances. Free. 150 S. 1000 E., 280 W 500 N. Nov. 12: Glass Art Show Reception @ Red Butte. 2-6p. $12/discounts available. 300 Wakara Way. Nov. 4: Standing Rock Fundraising Workshop @ First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake. 6:30 pot luck. 7-9p. program. A fundraiser, gathering, and workshop to support the ongoing water and land defenders at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Free. 569 S. 1300 E. Cosponsored by Wasatch Rising Tide, the Beehive Design Collective and Environmental Ministry. Nov. 4: Bboy Federation’s 1520 Art Show @ Infinity Events Center. 7-10p. Proceeds go toward The HERC, Utah’s first Hip Hop Education and Resource Center. Local art, food, music by Crate Dwellers, silent auction (Cactus & Tropicals, The Stockist, FICE Gallery, Saga Outerwear & more). Free, donations suggested. 26 E. 600 S.

Nov. 5-6: Orchid Show @ Red Butte Garden. 9a.-4p. Orchids for show and sale, plus troubleshooting advice for budding orchid enthusiasts. $12/discounts available. 300 Wakara Way. Nov. 5: Picture Your Pet with Santa @ Humane Society of Utah. 10a.-7p. Choose from a variety of backdrops. $25 per 8x10. 4242 S. 300 W. Nov. 5: Building an Art Collection on a Modest Budget @ Salt Lake City Arts Council. 23:30p. Learn techniques for creating a cohesive collection; know where and how to buy. Free. 54 Finch Ln.

Nov. 4: Dubwise, 10 Year Anniversary: Babylon System, Congo Sanchez (of Thievery Corporation), King Dubbist (Roommate + illoom) @ Urban Lounge. 10p-2a. Poised to be easily one of the most powerhouse Dubwise editions to date. $5 before 10:30, $10 after. 241 S. 500 E.

Nov. 9: ACME | Understanding Transgender @ SLC Main Library. 6:30-9p. A Discussion of Identity, Art, and Politics. Free. 210 E. 400 S. Nov. 9: Sixth Annual Peek Award for Disability in Media @ Rose Wagner. 7-9p. Join the celebration of filmmakers who illuminate new understandings of those living with disabilities. Free. 138 W. 300 S. Nov. 9: Life, Animated, film @ Rose Wagner. 7-9p. The story of a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate. Free. 138 W. 300 S. Nov. 9: Amanda Shires @ The State Room. 8p. 21+. $18. 638 S. State St. Nov. 10: Community Recycling Workshop @ SLC Main Library. 2-3p. Learn more about implementing recycling programs at your business or multi-family property. Free. 210 E. 400 S. Nov. 10: Veterans Day Reception w/ Live Music by Idlewild @ Art Access. 5-7p. This exhibit showcases artwork created by veterans of the US Military. Free. 230 S. 500 W. Suite #110. Nov. 10: Casino Night FUNdraiser for The INN Between @ St. Vincent de Paul Parish. 5:30-10:30p. A fun-filled Vegas-style evening in support of The INN Between, Utah's first hospice for the homeless. $50 advance; $65 at the door. 1375 Spring Ln.

Nov. 4-5: Utah Symphony Presents Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony @ Abravanel Hall. 7:30-9p. $21 and up. 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 Nov. 5: DJ Feral Williams @ Urban Lounge. 10p. $3/free before 11p, w/ Regular Ass Dude, Khensu. 241 S. 500 E. Nov. 5: Impulse @ Visual Art Institute. 35:30p. Join Mundi Project and Visual Art Institute for a music and artscape experience. Free. 2901 Highland Dr. Nov. 5: William Fitzimmons @ The State Room. 9p. 21+. $17. 638 S. State St.

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Nov. 10: RAWartists SLC Showcase @ The Complex. 6-10p. RAW showcases indie talent in visual art, film, fashion design, music, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, and photography. Cash bar. 21+. Free. 100 S. 536 W. Nov. 10: Food Freedom discussion & book signing @ The King’s English. Mellissa Hartwig, nutritionist and co-creator of the Whole30 program, on Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety Around Food. Nov. 11: Fresh Nordic Folk Music: Skolkis in Concert @ The Clubhouse on South Temple. 7:30-9p. A rollicking musical tour of Scandinavia. $15. 850 E. South Temple.

CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET 35 Nov. 16: Creativity in Focus Film Series: Eva Hesse @ Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium, UMFA. 7-9p. The documentary traces Eva's path and engages in a lively investigation into creative community of 1960’s NY and Germany. Free. 410 Campus Center Dr. Nov. 16: Autism in Love, film @ Peery's Egyptian Center. 7-9p. An exploration of the lives of adults with an autism spectrum disorder as they pursue romantic relationships. Free. 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden. Nov. 16: Max Frost @ The State Room. 8p. 21+. $13. 638 S. State St. Nov. 17: Chocolate Fest @ Caputo’s (downtown). Benefit for Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative. 7pm. $35 (+ $15 for optional alcohol pairings). Reservations: 801.531.8669 or Nov. 11: Jon McLaughlin @ The State Room. 9p. Nashville-based singersongwriter. 21+. $18. 638 S. State St. Nov. 12: RDT Ring Around the Rose presents Tanner Dance @ Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. 11a.-12p. Celebrating the art of creative dance, this Utah pioneering dance organization will present an interactive show for all ages. $5. 138 W. 300 S.

Nov. 13: “The Practice of Peaceful Politics” @ Unity Spiritual Community. 11a.-12:30p. Unifying in peace with a vision of divine governance: A talk by Karah Pino. Free. 1602 E. 2100 S. Nov. 13: David Gans / Mokie @ The State Room. 8p. 21+. $15. 638 S. State St.

Nov. 17: Breaking Bread: A Family Style Dinner Hosted by The International Rescue Committee @ Church & State. 6:30-9p. A cultural exchange including family style dinner, activity area, and short documentary screening of a Burmese family’s journey to Salt Lake City. $75-500. 370 S. 300 E. Nov. 17: Growing Up Coy, film @ Marmalade Library. 7-9p. The story of a Colorado family who fight for their

Nov. 15: Book release: The Art and Life of Jimmie Jones @ Ken Sanders Rare Books. 7-9p. Free. 268 200 E.

Nov. 12: Family Art Saturday: Costume Construction @ UMOCA. 2-4p. Construct your own costumed artwork that relates our clothing to the structures in which we live. Free; suggested $5 donation. 20 S. West Temple. Nov. 12: 2016 Rumi Forum @ Marmalade Library. 2-4:30p. Music, poetry, fellowship, and contemplation with Dr. Lloyd Miller, an expert on classical Persian music, poetry and Oriental jazz. Reception & light refreshments. Free. 280 W. 500 N. Nov. 12: Ragamala Dance Company @ Kingsbury Hall. 7:30p-11p. A singular vision of the beautiful, fragile relationship between nature and man. $20$30. 1395 Presidents Circle. Nov. 12: Morrissey @ The Eccles. 9p. $35-$89.50. 131 Main St. Nov. 13: Postmodern Jukebox @ The Eccles. 7:30p. $35-$150. 131 Main St.

Nov. 15: Lucius @ Park City Live. 9p-2a. See the triple-threat of vocal harmonies, infectious hooks and danceinducing percussion. 21+. $20-$40. 427 Main St., Park City. Nov. 16: Eastern Arts Presents WorlDance: From Lands of Rice & Tea @ Kingsbury Hall. 7-9p. Featuring music and dance from Indonesia, Japan, Iran, Tajikistan, Haiti, India, Turkey and more. $10/5 seniors & students. 1395 E. Presidents Circle.

1. Moab Arts & Rec Center 2. Moonflower Market 3. Gallery Moab 4. Tom Till Gallery 5. Triassic 6. Moab Made 7. Lema’s Kokopelli Gallery 8. Framed Image 9. Museum of Moab

Nov. 15: Return of the River, film @ The City Library. 7p. A community in Washington fights to set a river free, and starts the largest dam removal in history. Free. 210 E. 400 S. Nov. 15: Glen Phillips @ The State Room. 8p. 21+. $20. 638 S. State St.

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Nov. 15: Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked: discussion & book signing @ The King’s English Books. James Beard Award-winning chef Raghavan Iyer and his new cookbook featuring the potato. Samples from the cookbook courtesy of Trestle Tavern. 7 p.m. 1511 S 1500 E.

Nov. 12: National Theater Live presents Threepenny Opera @ Broadway Centre Cinemas. 12p.-3:30p. A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical broadcast. Sex, violence & “language.” You’re warned. $1020. 111 E. Broadway.

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six-year-old transgender daughter's right to use the girls' bathroom at her elementary school. Free. 280 W. 500 N. Nov. 17: Book signing w/ Fatima Doman @ Golden Braid Books. 6-9p. Meet the author of Authentic Strengths! Free. 151 S. 500 E. Nov. 17-20: The World Parliament on Spirituality @ Kingsbury Hall. 7p. Featuring Marianne Williamson. Other performances by SALT Contemporary Dance, Living Legends Maori & Samoan dance, The International Children’s Choir, Soulistics vocal group and more. $95-35. 1395 Presidents Cir. Nov. 17-19: RDT Presents Brio @ Rose Wagner. 7:30-9p. Family-friendly, filled with humor and athleticism that will have audiences gasping for breath, watching unexpected and thrilling moments on the edge of chaos. $1530. 138 W. 300 S. Nov. 18: Gallery Stroll @ Art at the Main (SL Public Library). 6-9p. Member artists present work on a winter theme. Free. 210 E. 400 S & participating art galleries.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Nov. 18: Toro y Moi @ Urban Lounge. 9p. w/ Mattson 2. 21+. $22/20 adv. 241 S. 500 E. Nov. 18: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers @ The State Room. 9p. 21+. $20. 638 S. State St. Nov. 19: Pastor Adam Case on Desmond Do Doss and Seventh Day Adventist Faith @ Wasatch Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church. 11:15a. Multi-media presentation on “the rest of Desmond Doss' story” and his decision to become a conscientious objector in WWII. Free. 2139 Foothill Dr. Nov. 19: Family Tree Printmaking @ Beverley Sorenson Arts & Education Complex, U of U. 1-4p. Relief prints in the education collection exhibit various printmaking techniques. Free. 1721 Campus Center Drive.

Nov. 29: Addicted to Sheep, film @ The City Library. 7-9p. An intimate portrait of a year in the life of tenant hill farmers Tom and Kay Hutchinson as they try to breed the perfect sheep. Free. 210 E. 400 S. Nov. 18: When Flesh Becomes Matter | Bodies Unbounded @ UMOCA. Out Loud Kickoff celebration and performance by Yasin Fairley (Ya-Ya). Their work embodies political resistance and unsettles cultural norms. 6-8p. Suggested $8 donation. 20 S. West Temple. Nov. 18: Dinner & Bikes Tour @ Chase Mill, Tracy Aviary. 7-10p. Traveling roadshow of vegan food and bicycle inspiration. $30/20 online. 589 E. 1300 S.

Nov. 18: On Meditation @ Centered City Yoga. 7:30-9p. Film documents the inner journey of meditation. Free with registration at 926 E. 900 S. Nov. 18: Informed Consent, play @ Kingsbury Hall. 7:30p. Examination of medical ethics and the sometimes-murky lines between privacy and research. By Deborah Zoe Laufer. $10. 1395 Presidents Circle.

Nov. 19: Third Saturday Contra Dance @ Clubhouse. 7-10:30p. Live music by local band, first-time dancers welcome. $8/discounts available. 850 E. South Temple. Nov. 19: Bone Thugs N Harmony @ Park City Live. 9p-2a. Don’t miss this legendary hip hop group live. $25-$50. 427 Main St. Park City. Nov. 19: Skinny Lister @ The State Room. 9p. 21+. $17. 638 S. State St. Nov. 20: Annette Pieper & Mindy Dillard @ Unity Spiritual Community. 11a-12:30p. A talk by Annette Pieper, “Spiritual Tools for Living in Grace” with music by Mindy Dillard. Free. 1602 E. 2100 S.

Nov. 22: The New Kid (Le Nouveau), film @ The City Library. 7-9p. Shy 14-year-old Benoit (Rephael Ghrenassia) moves to Paris, where he struggles to meet new friends. Free. 210 E. 400 S. Nov. 22: The Marcus King Band @ The State Room. 8p. 21+. $15. 638 S. State St. Nov. 23: Bruce Springsteen Tribute @ The State Room. 8p. 21+. $12. 638 S. State St. Nov. 26: Flash & Flare Friendsgiving @ Urban Lounge. 9:30p. 21+. Free. 241 S. 500 E. Nov. 29: Kung Fu & Particle @ The State Room. 8p. 21+. $15. 638 S. State St. Nov. 30: Sunsquabi @ The State Room. 8p. 21+. $13. 638 S. State St. Dec. 1: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus @ Rose Wagner. 8p. $50. 138 West 300 South Nov 25 - Dec 3 Shift Your Spending Week @ local businesses everywhere. Money spent in a locally owned Utah business stays in Utah!



Facts & fiction: DEQ PSAs have both The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), charged with implementing state and federal environmental laws to protect Utah’s land, air and water since 1991, recently released public service announcements online and on TV, featuring a mal-informed fellow named Phil and a well-informed DEQ scientist answering questions regarding Utah’s air and water. Kinda goofy... but informative. Tweet your enviro questions to the DEQ with #ASKDEQNOTPHIL. Both the DEQ and Phil will answer, in a comical banter between fact (DEQ) and fiction (Phil).

A different kind of “field of dreams” Utah’s first art therapy studio opens in Millcreek While adult coloring books and “wine and paint nights” are trending, one of three Utah board-certified art therapists say they are “poor substitutions for the power of art therapy as led by a certified art therapist.” Early on in her career, Morrell realized the vast gap between the variety of people who were interested in the benefits of art therapy and the small handful of the population—typically those in psychi-

atric inpatient hospital settings —who could actually experience the services that she and her colleagues had to offer. It became her mission to open up that opportunity for healing and growth to

more people, and thus the Therapy Studio was born. Last month the Therapy Studio opened, a delightfully decorated and warm cottage in Millcreek. With nearly 15 years of experience under her belt as an art therapist, Morrell finally realized her dream of bringing art therapy to Utahns with everyday stressors and issues —people experiencing grief and loss, divorce, parenting, major illness and daily anxiety. This is the first studio of its kind in Utah, and a pioneer of this type of facility in the country. The Therapy Studio is mostly booked by appointment, however Morrell recommends staying in touch via Facebook and their website for when they begin offering drop-in community classes, which will eventually expand to include music therapy, dance/ movement therapy, trauma-informed yoga, sandtray therapy and EMDR. — SS The Therapy Studio, 1515 S. 3300 E. TheTherapy.Studio,

Habitat For Humanity builds affordable homes for families in need, and is now making these homes even more affordable by making them energy efficient. A baseball diamond in Kearns will be replaced with 20 “passive homes,” which means they consume very little energy, to cost around just $1.50/day for energy. For more information, see the article by Isaac Riddle, of Building Salt Lake: HTTP://BIT.LY/2EQUWQG

Utah calendar Who hasn’t given or received a calendar for Christmas or Hanukkah? Be honest. And it went up on the wall and got used, didn’t it? We love useful gifts. The Utah Geological Survey has already released its 2017 calendar (11th edition). “We publish [it] as a fun way to showcase cool photos taken by our geologists when working in the field,” says Vicky Clarke, UGS publications manager. This year’s final selection of images came from 232 submitted photos. The 2017 Calendar of Utah Geology is $5 ($4.25 for orders of 10 or more), and is available at the Natural Resources Map & Bookstore, 1594 West North Temple. 801. 537.3320 or at WWW.MAPSTORE.UTAH.GOV.

Art in Venice The CATALYST staff is small and creative. We all have our passion projects and varied talents outside of the work we do for this magazine and we couldn’t resist the urge, this month, to brag a bit about our new sales and marketing rep Elizabeth Barbano. Liz is a fabulous printmaker. She recently spent two weeks in Venice, Italy as an artist in residency at the Sculoa Internazionale Di Grafica where she had full access to the school’s studios while being housed in the heart of that amazing floating city. We look forward to seeing the fruits of her work there. Congratulations.

New org for human and enviro rights In Utah, Pando is most famously known as the aspen clone believed to be the largest living organism on Earth. Now that organism shares its name with an activist organization, PANDOS, that has no apparent connection to trees. Peaceful Advocates for Native Dialogue & Organizing Support (PANDOS) is a new voice for human and environmental rights. Their inaugural meeting last month at the downtown library was a call to action in support of Standing Rock, the Sioux tribe opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Efforts continue in early November. HTTP://BIT.LY/2DTON2O



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Snail Awards 2016 Attendees at Utah Slow Food’s annual Feast of Five Senses, celebrated last month, cheered and raised a toast to the fine work of a special few in our food-loving community. Well deserved and long overdue, the Snail Award for Farmer/Producer went to Rich and Julie Clifford of Clifford Family Farms. These hard-working grandparents provide Utah homes and restaurants with eggs, vegetables, meat and honey. Brooke Woffinden was honored with the Chef’s Award for her business Urban Pioneer Foods, a prepared meals and catering service. Brooke has

Utah orgs in Good Food Guide For the last two years, the James Beard Foundation (New York City) and Food Tank (Washington D.C.) have compiled a list of 1,000 foodrelated organizations across the country whose work addresses issues of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice. Called the Good Food Org Guide, this list is intended as a resource for people to find what’s happening around them and how to get involved or support local good food and agriculture initiatives. This year, 10 Utah organizations and businesses are listed: CSA Utah, The Green Urban Lunchbox, New Roots Salt Lake City, Summit Community Gardens, Utah Farm-


been in the Salt Lake food world for over 25 years, learning her trade at some of the most beloved food institutions, Carlucci’s Bakery, Avenues Bakery and Cali’s among them. Urban Pioneer Foods sources ingredients from locally owned markets and local farmers and artisan food producers (like Laziz humus) to make her food-fromscratch meals the best they can be. Roasted cauliflower with cashew beet cream, anyone? Or tequila laquered organic chicken smothered in red mole with arroz rojo? Just call Brooke. Forty years ago, the husband and wife team Sally Sears and Randy Wirth started Caffe Ibis

Coffee Roasting Co. in perhaps the most unlikely of places, the coffee-abstaining Mormon stronghold of Logan, Utah. From their shop Wirth and Sears distributed perfectly roasted beans around northern Utah, saving their caffeine-imbibing brethren from a dark and terrible caffeinefree existence. Caffe Ibis remains deeply committed to their local audience. This year Sally Sears accepted the Snail Award for Local Business. We all wish Randy could have been there with her—Randy Wirth was taken from us too soon, in 2014, by a drunk driver. For the last 15 years, Gina Cornia has used her position as the

ers Union, Artists for Local Agriculture, Backyard Urban Garden Farms, Utahns Against Hunger, Wasatch Community Gardens and Youth Garden Project. You can download the guide or find organizations through the website by clicking on info boxes on an interactive Google map. Each organization has a brief write-up, contact information and links to organization websites.

counts from participating bike shops. Join before year’s end and receive an opportunity to win a Specialized Vita Elite carbon bike. —KP


Like the bike? Like what Bike Utah is doing? Consider supporting the nonprofit’s noble goal of increasing bicycle ridership in Utah by becoming a member. Besides that warm fuzzy feeling, member benefits include dis-

Memberships begin at $30 ($10/students). BIKEUTAH.ORG

Bike to school As recent as 1966, nearly 45% of students walked or rode a bicycle to school and only about 15% caught a ride in a family vehicle, said Phil Sarnoff, executive director of Bike Utah. Today, those numbers are almost the exact opposite. Sarnoff is on a mission to turn back time by getting kids back on bikes. Bike Utah has a new program called Youth Bicycle Education and Safety Training (Youth BEST). Bike

executive director of Utahns Against Hunger to work for many causes, most of them addressing issues of hunger and poverty. But it is her work with food stamps that earned Cornia this year’s Community Leader Award. The new program, Double Up Food Bucks, benefits people using food stamps at farmer’s markets. Now for every token spent on locally produced fresh fruits, veggies, meats and dairy, participating markets will match spending with another free token up to $10. Congratulations to the 2016 Snail Award winners and thanks for the work you do.—KP SLOWFOODUTAH.ORG

Utah arrives at participating schools with bikes and helmets to teach a five-hour course that covers everything important: the benefits of riding a bicycle, rules of the road, how to adjust and wear a helmet, navigating intersections, avoiding hazards, and how to make sure a bike is in safe working order. The program can happen all in one day or stretch out over a week. And at the end, students and parents can make a pledge to increase their trips to school by bike. The program is offered at no cost to schools throughout Utah. —KP Want to get your school started? Contact Phil Sarnoff, Bike Utah executive director, 801.440.3729, PSARNOFF@BIKEUTAH.ORG.


Stamp commemorates Hindu holiday Last month the United States Post Office issued a new Forever stamp in honor of the Hindu holiday Diwali, a celebration of the triumph of good over evil that spans five days each autumn. This year Diwali began on the eve of October 30. Some consider Diwali the start of the New Year. The Postal Service receives approximately 40,000 suggestions for stamp ideas annually from the public, which are then reviewed by the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee. Only about 25 topic suggestions for commemorative stamps are selected, even fewer earn final approval. The new Diwali stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional clay diya oil lamp. These lamps, which burn clarified butter known as “ghee” or vegetable oils, are symbols of hope for wealth and prosperity from the goddess Lakshmi.

Think Clean Air By the time you read this, our community may have a few more good ideas on how to improve air quality along the Wasatch Front. The $45K Utah Clean Air Innovation Contest, ending November 2, called on innovators, inventors, engineers and any creative person to enter an original invention that could have a measurable and immediate impact on our air quality. It could be a new app, it could be a green technology or an improvement on fuel efficiency. The top three winners will take home the satisfaction of making this a better place to live—and some big prize money. Finalist presentations and awards will happen mid-November. Stay tuned next month to learn about the winning ideas.-KP

Help “Stuff A Tummy” Utah Community Action is a multi-faceted agency that helps low-income individuals and families overcome obstacles towards self-efficiency. Their annual

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Thanksgiving program titled “Stuff A Tummy” provides Utah families with resources for experiencing a traditional and worryfree Thanksgiving dinner. Last year the program managed to provide Thanksgiving dinners for 151 families.  For those wishing to contribute to this satisfying cause, there are a few options. The most wholesome of these is the “Adopt a Family” option where, for a $75 contribution you can provide a Thanksgiving feast for a family of about six people. Cash donations of any amount are also welcome. Utah Community Action also welcomes non-perishable food donations. Canned goods such as vegetables, soups, rice packets, and canned sardines are accepted. Turkey certificates are recommended as well. They can be purchased online or at  a local grocery store. Non-food items such as tin roasting pans for turkeys, and personal hygiene products like toothpaste and soap are also encouraged. UCA will be accepting food donations until November 21. —JB Utah Community Action, 1307 South 900 West-SLC,UT 84104. People wishing to send cash donations for Thanksgiving dinners must do so prior to November 18. UUTAHCA.ORG or 801-410-5735.

Clever Octopus Clever Octopus, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creativity and environmental awareness, is opening a “creative reuse center” in downtown Sugar House. The specific location, to be announced soon, will include a resale warehouse for reclaimed materials and industrial off-cuts as well as a creative space for community members to create with these materials in an environment that promotes creativity. Clever Octopus accepts donations, and they want your abandoned treasures!  Desirable items include tools and construction equipment, magazines, old nonand working technology, art and crafting supplies, fabric, paper and office supplies.  Clever Octopus is led by executive director Sheri Gibb and founder and program director Jen Lopez. They host classes throughout the Salt Lake Valley and beyond, visiting schools, adult care facilities, residential treatment centers, community outreach programs, festivals and private events. Their mobile outreach vehicle, The Octopod, is a fully equipped mobile classroom stocked with materials and staffed by Clever Octopus’ artists.—CHH WWW.CLEVEROCTOPUS.ORG



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Mundi Project “rehomes” pianos In 2005, pianist Jana Hanatova went through a personal life changing experience that inspired her to want to give back to the community. “Music heals, motivates, breaks down language barriers, and allows us to express our emotions about the joys and struggles of life,” says Hanatova, “Being a professional piano educator my entire adult life, founding an organization related to piano and the arts seemed like the most natural fit.” With the help of three friends, she founded Mundi Project. The nonprofit organization accepts pianos from generous donors and give them a new home “where they will be loved and used for


the purpose of education and live performance,” Hanatova explains. “By placing pianos in the public venues, other music and art organizations, musicians, and artist[s] can use the instrument in their programing.” The Mundi Project focuses on creating educational opportunities for underserved communities and provides “support to low-income and minority families that seek a life filled with piano, music and the arts.” In 2006, they served 78 people.  This year they are reaching more than 16,000 individuals in Utah and have already “rehomed” 153 pianos.  They are currently working on Public Space Placements, Harmony Hub (a piano/ music classroom). For 2017, Mundi will sponsor  nationally renowned composer, pianist and educator Wynn-Anne Rossi for a music education residency and the concert pianist Tien Hsieh for a one-week Mundi Live artist residency. On November 9, the Mundi Project celebrates its 10th anniversary with music performances, stories and food at the Marmalade Library. You can also join Mundi Project and the Visual Art Institute November 5 for a “music and artscape experience.” Led by VAI

faculty, the music will provide a “driving force as participants create visual collaborations to live music performance.” —CHH Saturday, Nov. 5—Mundi Project/Visual Art Institute collaboration at the Visual Art Institute, 2901 S. Highland Dr. 3-5:30pm. Nov. 9—10th anniversary celebration: Marmalade Library, 280 W. 500 North, 6:30pm. No charge for either event.

Benvenuto a Veneto One of the strangest things to come out of American restaurants is the practice of paying waiters below minimum wage salaries and expecting that diners will find it in their benevolent hearts to tip—and tip well. Such a thing just doesn’t happen in other countries. It also doesn’t happen at Veneto, one of Salt Lake’s newest restaurants. Instead, restaurant owners Amy and Marco Stevanoni follow the Italian tradition—Marco is from Verona in northeastern Italy—of paying their hosts, servers and chefs “the professional salaries they deserve.” A nominal service fee added to the bill. Despite repeated insistence that tipping is not necessary, it seems that many well-intentioned diners have found it difficult to break the habit. Paying that kindness forward, Veneto’s

staff and owners have decided to donate all tips to the Cancierge Foundation, a cancer patient wellness group.—KP Veneto is located at 370 E 900 S (in the building that recently housed Forage). VENETOSLC.COM

What’s Up with Amy Amy Brunvand, CATALYST environmental writer, is taking a research leave from her usual day job as an academic librarian in order to work at the University of Utah Sustainability Office which coordinates sustainability education, research and initiatives at the University. Amy is busy compiling the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System Report (STARS) which enables colleges and universities to measure their progress towards sustainability goals and to identify areas that need more work. She will also be doing various librarianish things to help students and researchers find and preserve sustainability information. Don’t worry, though.  She will keep on writing EnviroNews— and more feature stories!—for CATALYST.   Also, for your recreational reading enjoyment, here is a poem Amy wrote which was recently published in New Verse News:


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“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. “— Rumi

Fall is the dusk of the seasons, and, oh boy, is our sky alight with beautiful sunsets! Now is a time for drawing in, resting, storing the energy of those sunlit summer days in your roots, and preparing for the wonders of winter. Taoists mimic nature and the cyclical flow of the seasons to attain order and harmony within the body. I’ll be doing just that, by breathing deep and laying down foundations for health in the year ahead. I hope you’ll join me. —Rachel Silverstone

[listen] Hearing problems in aging generations—is it your ears or your brain? Adults aged 61-73 with otherwise normal hearing have a harder time understanding speech in a noisy setting than their younger counterparts, say researchers from Maryland University. When neural signals were analyzed for processing time, they were surprised to find the same pattern continues even in quiet settings for those adults. Most interesting: The problem has to do not with the ears, but with the brain, according to results from the multidisciplinary study conducted by Anderson, Simon and Presacco. “It is an age-related imbalance between excitatory and inhibitory neural processes in the brain,” specifically in the auditory cortex, says Presacco. It brings to mind the saying you might hear from an older person, “I can hear you, I just can’t understand you,” says Anderson. Researchers are looking into whether brain training can help. In the meantime, let our more experienced generations have the advantage of two senses to help understand: Look directly at the person while you speak. “When someone can see you speaking, instead of only hearing you, their visual system can sometimes make up for that loss,” said Simon. Cut your elders’ some slack this Thanksgiving. Look at them while you speak, and be patient— older brains are working harder to understand! HTTP://BIT.LY/2E7QEMR

[balance] The alkaline lifestyle: It’s a “thing.” The idea is that your body’s pH level reflects your health. A poor-quality diet, stress and pollution acidify the body, making it more hospitable to disease. While bodies removes acid regularly through respiration, perspiration, urination, and defecation. you just might want to put out a bit more effort to be on the alkaline side. So says Richard Davidson, of My Ion Health, who truly walks the talk. A vibrant 75 years young, Davidson teaches and lectures on the health benefits of an alkaline lifestyle here in Salt Lake City. In case you slept through chemistry class, here are the basics: Alkaline, or basic, refers to one side of the pH scale. The pH (potential hydrogen) scale measures 0-14. Low values of pH (0-<7) are acidic and have more positively charged hydrogen ions (H+), whereas high values of pH (>7-14) are alkaline/basic and have more negatively charged hydroxide ions (-OH) in a solution. Pure water is neutral with a pH of 7, when (H+) and (-OH) are equal. The pH is a logarithmic scale because it has an enormous range for possible values. (Other parameters measured logarithmically include sound—in decibels, dB—and energy released—the Richter scale, for earthquakes.) “Logarithmic” means that it measures by an order of magnitude (i.e. base 10), such that a 4 on the pH scale is 10 times more acidic that a 5. A mathematically clear (though impractical)

way to think about this: If you have a neutral pH of 7 and eat something with a pH of 5, you will have to drink 20 times the amount of neutral water to return your body pH to 7 (7-5 = 2. 2 x 10 = 20). Blood is a separate, highly monitored and buffered system, that maintains a pH of 7.365. Much change to it and we will lose the ability to function normally. For instance, at a pH of 7.1, a body goes comatose. Luckily, the kidneys, lungs and other organs help to closely regulate the proper pH level of the blood by buffering the blood. What we’re concerned about here is the pH of the rest of the body, which varies widely depending on what we consume. Also, incompletely chewed food causes the body to release hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach, which helps break down of the food, specifically proteins, raising the pH (a good thing). Fresh fruits and vegetables are alkaline. Soda, alcohol, sugar, processed grains, meats, dairy and anything fried are acidic in nature. The latter can result in metabolic acidosis, along with inflammation and all its accompanying issues. People with diabetes and cancer have low pH levels, according to Davidson. Davidson says that by going completely alkaline for 90 days—eating only foods and drinks that are of alkaline nature— one will see the amazing effects of a state of alkalinity in the body. A less aggressive yet still beneficial goal is to eat and drink 80:20 alkaline to acid ratio, says Davidson, “but the bottom line is alkaline.” ◆ MYIONHEALTH.COM. Recommended reference: book The Acid

Alkaline Food Guide by Susan Brown.



Pull the plug

Shoud I keep my laptop plugged in while I use it?


work all day on a laptop (a MacBook Air). I’d like to prolong the life of my computer and battery so I don’t have the expense and waste of having to replace the laptop earlier than necessary. So what’s the best approach to plugging the laptop in vs. running it off the battery? When it’s 100% charged, should I unplug it and let the battery charge drop down low before plugging it in again? Or should I keep it plugged in all day long while I work? Jamal J. Princeton, New Jersey

Dearest Jamal, Most people understand that repurposing or recycling something is better than throwing it away. But you know what’s even better than that? Not recycling that thing, because it still works perfectly — or, at least, postponing that inevitable moment of mortality as long as possible. In our culture of planned obsolescence and gimme-that-hot-new-tech upgrades, this is a somewhat radical idea. I tip my hat to you, my status quo–shaking friend. “Maintain it, don’t disdain it!” could be your creed. Apply it to most material things, but it’s particularly important with laptops and their lithium-ion batteries, as well as other electronics. Not only do these gadgets cost a pretty penny, but manufacturing them (and their batteries) requires water, energy, and rare-metal mining, and also brings up concerns about potentially toxic substances and human rights for miners. In short: The fewer you go through in your working life, the better. To that end: There is indeed a

UMBRA FISK, GRIST plug-in protocol you can use to maximize your battery’s overall lifespan, Jamal, and it’s all about minimizing stress on that hardworking power pack. The No. 1 thing that shortens a lithium-ion battery’s life? Letting it drain to zero. So try never to do that.

100%). These two concepts are directly connected: The larger the average depth of discharge, the fewer total discharge cycles you get out of the battery. In other words, if you regularly let that battery gauge dip into the red zone, then fully recharge it, the battery will degrade more quickly. And we’re not just talking a little difference: According to Battery University, an online juggernaut of battery information, if you tend to drain your battery low and then charge it back up to 100%, you’ll get about 300500 discharge cycles before the batt e r y starts losing capacity. But if you go with frequent par-

Frequent partial discharges (vs. draining and recharging the battery completely) can increase your battery’s life by a factor of 10. Nemesis #1: draining your battery to zero Why? Let’s start with a quick vocabulary primer. Depth of discharge refers to how much of a battery’s power has been used up: 40% depth of discharge means it has 60% of its life left, and 100% means you’ve let the battery run dry. A charge or discharge cycle is one full drop from 100% charged to dead as a doornail (or multiple partial discharges that add up to

tial recharges, you can boost total discharge cycles up as high as 4,700 before the battery’s performance starts slipping (and before you have to get much more aggressive about commandeering the outlet at the coffeehouse). So is it best to just leave it plugged in at 100% charge all the time? Nope. As it happens, being completely full also stresses out a lithium-ion battery, aka the Goldilocks of portable power sources. The sweet spot, according

to battery experts, is 40-80% charged. In a perfect world, then, you’d drain the battery to 40, recharge it to 80, and repeat for years of top-notch battery performance. If monitoring your battery levels to this degree sounds a bit obsessive, well, it is. But unfortunately, I couldn’t find any easy apps or settings tweaks that would do this automatically for you. (Hey, developers: Opportunity alert!) That said, it’s not a terrible practice to leave your laptop plugged in at times. You won’t “overcharge” a lithium-ion battery; once it tops up, the battery essentially steps off to the side and lets the power grid run the computer, waiting until you need it again. So while keeping the battery full does cause strain, it’s better than a 100% depth of discharge.

Nemesis #2: heat If you are tethered to the outlet for a while, some experts suggest removing your laptop’s battery entirely (though that’s not an option for Macs because they have integrated batteries). Removing it protects it from a lithium-ion battery’s No. 2 nemesis: heat. A battery’s optimal temperature zone is about 62 to 72 degrees (what a coincidence — that’s my optimal zone, too), and anything hotter than about 95 degrees can really wreak havoc. So keep your laptop out of hot cars, direct summer sunlight, Bikram yoga class, etc. And make sure to keep the cooling vents clear — work at a table or desk, not in bed with your computer on a quilt on your lap. There you have the secret to long life: Watch your power levels, and keep it cool. And you know, I suspect following that advice might translate to a longer, happier life for ourselves as well as our batteries. ◆ Stress-freely, Umbra Grist is a nonprofit news site that uses smarts and humor to shine a light on the green issues changing our world. Get their newsletter at GRIST.ORG/SUBSCRIBE.

METAPHORS FOR THE MONTH Osho Zen Tarot: Fighting, Existence Medicine Cards: Blank Shield, Fox Mayan Oracle: Organic Balance, Ben, New Myth Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Princess of Disks, Princess of Wands, The Empress Aleister Crowley Deck:Ace of Cups, Sorrow, Success Healing Earth Tarot: Seven of Rainbows, Woman of Feathers, Man of Crystals Words of Truth: Manipulation, Individuation, Original Cause


egardless of who you are favoring for the election, know that the losers will be very disappointed. Nonetheless I’m hoping that finally we can all choose to work together. Life is about learning to take what the universe offers and then making something unique and special out of it. This month, the cards indicate that it is time to put aside the petty fighting and look to the larger world issues that affect not just us but all of life on this planet. Together we can create a world of potential for our families but we have to hold hands to do that. Take a look at what you’ve been doing to justify your feelings. Instead of manipulating, why not just feel your feelings all the way through until they get to the bottom of what you are afraid of seeing inside of you? Projection is always about a disowned internal part that is trying to get our attention. This last year, many of us have had to take a hard look at who we thought we were and who we might actually be. For some of us that was a difficult wake-up call but one that was essential for our growth and development. Learn when to speak and when to listen; when to observe and allow others to reveal his or her deeper intent. Listening is an art that takes trust and self-confidence. Listening takes patience. Listening requires you to be fully with the other person and not


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think about how to respond. Observation is essential to find truth. Step out of yourself and step into another person’s perspective, ideas and expression. You will always learn much more that way. Many of the cards this month refer to the need to retreat, withdraw, observe or focus on compassion for

Projection is always about a disowned internal part that is trying to get our attention. yourself, first, as you are on a sacred journey into the deepest places of your soul. Neptune is in Pisces until 2028 and that will give each of us an opportunity to dive deep and discover the hidden treasures and resources that are available if we are willing to face the fear of the unknown. It is difficult to let the past go. It is even more diffi-

cult to let go of the stories of the past that you have been telling again and again to justify what you are feeling. This month there is great confusion as to what the true reality is. Don’t expect a quick answer as we are all learning to swim in the stormy waters of Neptune. The only way through is to trust your soul and allow your heart to be the compass that guides you through that storm. This is a time for contemplation, to discover how you are like the things that draw your attention. The things that call to you are a reflection of who you really are. When you want to be calm and clear like a Buddha, you embody that feeling and that energy and then you discover that within you has always been a Buddha waiting patiently to emerge. Take some time for yourself. Go slowly into this new space. You will discover an untapped resource of energy that is powerful and stronger because your mind is no longer in the way blocking the purest expression of who you really are. Take some of the energy that you have been using to fight the world and instead turn that focus into loving yourself fully and completely. Then from a place of feeling full of love, take that energy out into the world and share what comes from your authentic self. When each of us does that, the world will be a truly amazing place. ◆ Suzanne Wagner is the author of books and CDs on the tarot and creator of the Wild Women app. She lives in California, but visits Utah frequently. SUZWAGNER.COM

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A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world BY DIANE OLSON NOV 1 For the next couple weeks, we lose an additional three minutes of daylight every day. The rate then gradually slows; by the end of the month, it’s down to only one per day, continuing until the Winter Solstice.

NOV 6 DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS. Time to turn the clock back an hour. The bacteria in your gut have their own circadian clock, coordinated to daylight and meal times. Changing when you eat and sleep really NOV 2 Look for ticks them Saturn and Venus just off—and below the waxing moon can cause tonight. Native Topaz gastrointestinal diseases and weight NOV 3 This month’s flower, the chrysanthemum, is one of the gain. Taking melatonin at bedtime “Four Gentlemen” in Chinese art— can help sync you and your gut’s plants that represent the unfold- schedules, especially around the ing of the seasons. The Four time changes. Gentlemen are the orchid (spring), NOV 7 FIRST QUARTER MOON. bamboo (summer), chrysanthe- Mulberry trees have an endearmum (autumn) and plum blossom ing/maddening habit of dropping (winter). every single leaf in one swell foop. NOV 4 The slow but steady Taurids This is the day when the ones meteor shower peaks tonight, just along my park strip usually fall. after midnight, radiating from the NOV 8 ELECTION DAY. Make your constellation Taurus. voice heard. VOTE! The word topaz NOV 5 Last year, this was the first may have come from a Sanskrit day of snowy drizzle—snizzle?— word for fire, as this month’s birthin the valley. If it’s not snizzling, stone was once believed to draw this would be a good day to turn the heat from fevers. A silicate, the compost pile one last time and topaz is most often found in areas rich in granite and rhyolite, such as cover it with a tarp. Topaz Mountain near Delta, Utah.. NOV 9 Having guests over for Thanksgiving? Make sure your plumbing is in order. The day after Thanksgiving is the single busiest day of

the year for plumbers, so now’s a good time to ensure all systems are go. NOV 10 Got ice melt on hand? Buy it now, so you’ll be prepared. Look for organic salt-free deicer or alfalfa meal. NOV 11 If you can do it safely, clear the leaves and gunk out of rain gutters now, before the snow sticks.

species, mating can last up to four hours, with all kinds of nipping and leg pulling. In one species, L. aldrichi, the male grabs the female’s second leg—only the second leg will do—and gives her a good shake. Unlike their spider cousins (daddy longlegs are arachnids but not, technically, spiders), they appear to mate recreationally, rather than just procreationally.

Wild turkeys are badass. (see Nov 24 entry for details) NOV 12 Planning to get a live Christmas tree? Dig the hole now. This is also a great time to prune ivy and Virginia creeper. NOV 13 A perigean spring (high) tide occurs when the new or full moon coincides with perigee, the moon’s closest approach to Earth. Tomorrow’s full super-duper supermoon will cause dramatically high and low tides for the next three days. NOV 14 FULL FROST MOON/SUPERMOON. Tonight’s isn’t just the closest full supermoon of the year (221,524 miles from Earth vs. an average 238,900), it’s the closest the moon will be to Earth for the next 18 years— until November 25, 2034. And it’s the nearest it has been since 1948. NOV 15 Daddy longlegs get down. Depending on the

NOV 16 FULL HUNTERS MOON/ SUPERMOON. The moon’s orbit around Earth is changeable; sometimes it’s oval, sometime more round. So its distance is changeable, too. Thus supermoons; full or new moons that are closer than usual. This month and the next two have full supermoons. NOV 17 The Leonids meteor shower peaks tonight and tomorrow night, but will be mostly washed out by the waning supermoon. Best viewing will be after midnight. NOV 18 Environmentalist and local hero Tim DeChristopher was born on this day in 1981. Not in Utah, but in West Virginia—but I say we claim him as our own. NOV 19 This would be a great time to scrub down the kitchen, including the fridge and stove. Look for non-toxic cleaner recipes on PORCH.COM.

NOV 20 In fall and winter, houseplants need less water, but more mist. Also, hold the fertilizer until the Spring Equinox. NOV 21 LAST QUARTER MOON. Bed bugs release an alarm pheromone that smells like coriander. If your hotel room or bed smells coriander-ish, find another hotel posthaste. Unless you happen to travel with f re s h kidney bean leaves, which contain microscopic filaments that impale the little bloodsuckers. NOV 22 Nineteenth-century New Englanders believed that pumpkin flesh, applied externally, cured snake bite, wrinkles and freckles.





NOV 23 In Aztec mythology, Chalchiuhtotolin, the Precious Night Turkey, was a cruel god who brought sickness and disease. Turkeys were first domesticated between 100 BC-100 AD by the Maya. NOV 24 Wild turkeys are badass. They sleep in trees, can fly 55 mph in short bursts, have periscopic vision, gobble loud enough to be heard over a mile away and turn crazy colors when aroused. A group of turkeys is called a gang, posse, raffle, crop or dole. NOV 25 Cool word of the month: Lucida, the brightest star in a constellation. NOV 26 The human mouth may contain 5001,000 different types of bacteria, which form complex, sometimes cooperative, communities. NOV 27 Remember to change the furnace filter every three months. You’ll breathe better and need to dust less if you use high-efficiency pleated ones.

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