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Trump, grief and what you can do
Things don’t always change for the better, but they change, and we can play a role in that change, if we act. Which is where hope comes in, and memory, the collective memory we call history. —Rebecca Solnit (Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities; Nation Books: 2006)
he election of Donald Trump as President of the United States threatens to be catastrophic for Utah’s public lands and Utah’s environmental quality. People who oppose conservation of public lands often say, “I like things how they are. Please don’t change it.” What they fail to realize is, things are how they are largely because citizen environmental groups have been fairly successful at mitigating or stopping some of the worst anti-environmental ideas.
Heads up on the big issues
• Wasteful water projects: Utah environ-
• Public Lands Initiative: Rob Bishop (RUT-1) is almost certain to re-introduce his Public Lands Initiative (PLI), a bill loaded with poison pills that undermine wilderness protection and conservation. If it passed, President Trump would probably sign it.
• RS2477 claims: The State of Utah will redouble efforts to claim dirt roads and tracks that cross public lands as “highways.” The State of Utah would gain the right to widen and pave claimed roads.
• Public land transfer: Handing federal public lands over to state control is part of the official 2016 Republican platform so this very bad idea (you’ve read about it here before) is likely to gain momentum.
mentalists have been holding at bay some huge, expensive, environmentally damaging projects like the Lake Powell Pipeline and the Bear River Development Project. Stopping these projects just got harder.
• Bundy-style politics: Last winter a
BY AMY BRUNVAND
In the past, federal regulations have enabled citizen input on public lands management and helped communities reach decisions that protect environmental values. A Trump administration threatens to undo these regulations, which conservatives deride as “overreach.” With Republicans in control of both the U.S. House and Senate, we can expect to see all kinds of bad environmental legislation come back from the dead.
falsely blamed environmental regulations for impeding economic development. With President Trump, the industry is likely to push for drilling leases on wilderness-quality lands and other inappropriate places.
• Privatized wildlife: Trump’s sons are
group of gun-waving angry white men associated with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy took over the Malheur National Wildlife Reserve in Oregon (incredibly, in October a jury found them not guilty). Meanwhile, violence is escalating against protestors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Reasonable people are scared that this kind of violence will spread.
• Drill, baby, drill: The oil industry has
hunting buddies with Don Peay, who advocates abandoning the model of wildlife as a public resource in order to give special preference to rich and private land owners. The Utah legislature has already handed over millions of dollars to organizations associated with Peay’s Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, and evidence of Peay’s influence was seen in a recent unscientific decision by the Utah Division of Wildlife resources to increase mountain lion trophy hunting permits.
What to do: 1. Go outside. Reaffirm your values and remind yourself of what you are trying to protect. 2. Identify citizen groups that are working on issues you care about. Become a member. Donate money, or if you don’t have money, volunteer time.
3. Information is power! Get on the e-mail lists of lots of environmental groups. People from these organizations track proposed legislation and policy, and attend public meetings to keep informed about the issues. (See also #4).
4. Read the newspaper. Fake news was a real problem in the November election. 5. Be prepared to work like crazy. It will be two years before the next mid-term election. 6. Show up! Go to protests, volunteer events, fund raisers and social get-togethers. Get to know the other people who are working with you to save the Earth.
7. Know your politicians. There are people who represent you in city, county, state and federal government. Learn their names and contact them regularly about issues you care about.
8. Be pro-active as well as re-active. Work for a better world, and not just to stop the bad stuff.
Blue Castle Nuclear can’t pay the bills This past July HEAL Utah lost a lawsuit trying to block a nuclear power plant proposed for Green River, Utah, but decided not to appeal because it seemed like Blue Castle Holdings did not have the financial backing to actually go through with the project. It seems that HEAL Utah was right. Blue Castle missed the September 19 deadline to pay $1,800,000 it owes for 53,000 acre feet of water rights.
Great Salt Lake drying up Great Salt Lake reached another historic low level in October. In order to keep Great Salt Lake from turning into a toxic dust bowl, the Bear River has to
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Utah Open Lands saves Owl Meadow Utah Open Lands raised $700,000 (including a $250,00 grant from the Salt Lake County Council) to purchase Owl Meadow in Emigration Canyon. The meadow, adjacent to the Perkins Flat Preserve, provides nesting habitat for great horned owls, saw-whet owls and hawks. Utah Open Lands: UTAHOPENLANDS.ORG
Star gazing in Utah “Millions of children will never see the Milky Way,” according to the International Dark Sky Association website, but lucky for us the stars in Utah are still as awe-inspiring as ever. In 2016, Goblin Valley State Park and Dead Horse Point State Park both earned Dark Sky Park certification, and 11 more state parks plan to submit Dark Sky applications in 2017. Dark Sky Initiative: STATEPARKS.UTAH.GOV/RESOURCES/UTAHSTATE-PARKS-DARK-SKY-INITIATIVE/
We can’t squander Bear River water and also have a functioning Great Salt Lake ecosystem with migratory birds, boating, brine shrimp, lake-effect snow and all that good stuff. keep flowing into it, but a proposed multi-million dollar Bear River Development Project would divert 20% of the Bear River as municipal water for the Wasatch Front. The problem is, we live in a desert. We can’t squander Bear River water and also have a functioning Great Salt Lake ecosystem with migratory birds, boating, brine shrimp, lake-effect snow and all that good stuff.
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A new Bear River Coalition, led by the Utah Rivers Council, is leading efforts to save the Bear River and Great Salt Lake. Bear River Coalition: SAVETHEBEARRIVER.ORG
No snow for Thanksgiving Utah ski resorts were reporting 0” base and no new snow three days before the Thanksgiving holiday, typically the ski season opener. The loss of reliable early and late season skiing is a predicted effect of global climate change and the ski industry is worried. In October, Park City Mayor Jack Thomas signed on to Climate Reality’s 100% Committed campaign, pledging that the city’s electricity would come entirely from renewable sources by 2032. Park City Green: PARKCITYGREEN.ORG
RMP vs solar Rocky Mountain Power has asked the Public Service Commission to approve new fees for customers with rooftop solar panels, but the solar industry says the fees would effectively kill Utah’s transition to solar power. Vivent Solar estimates that the proposed fees would add $10,000 to the cost of a rooftop solar system over its lifetime and extend the “payback period” from 10 years to 25 years making solar unaffordable. Matt Pacenza, HEAL Utah’s Executive Director, says that Rocky Mountain Power’s study justifying the fees was one-sided, only considering costs to the utility company and not benefits to the community such as clean air and stable fuel prices since the sun is free. ◆ Amy Brunvand is an academic librarin who currently works in the University of Utah Sustainability Office, coordinating sustainability education, research and initiatives at the University.
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All the mornings after Post-election awakening BY SOPHIE SILVERSTONE
Wednesday morning, November 9, 2016 aught in the worry about the future of America and Planet Earth last night. But this morning I woke up. Like the kind of ‘WAKE UP AMERICA’ I’ve been feeling towards Trump supporters, non-voters and third party voters lately, but instead I felt it about myself. It was like waking up from a convincing dream that seemed so real, until you really wake up, and you think to yourself, “How did I think that was reality?” I woke up to this deeper need inside me to to protect the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness for all, regardless of their race, class, sexual orientation, gender, country of origin, education or intelligence level. Our champion is gone. Obama, the first black president, after all the good he fought for, all the hate that he met with calm dignity, will no longer be our champ. The powerful woman figure, the one who withstood candidacy in the most brutal election season in U.S. history, is not going to become our next champion and first woman President. We have to be our own champions now. We rise to the occasion. We stand up to the bully. I’m not talking about Trump. Trump is just the stand-in, an actor, a symbol for the greater essence of fear and hate when given power. The media made him seem big, but he is just a 70-year old orange man with a toupee. He’s a reality TV goon who knows how to play up drama, and has been typecast into the role of the bully, the misogynist boss. And the Donald’s been playing it well. The more we believe his role, the more power it feeds into our consciousness. I think he’s really just one reflection
of a deeper thing that troubles us on a more profound level than the worries about what’s going to happen to the environment, our economy, our foreign policy, our healthcare, our education system, and most of all, our rights. It’s the crippling fear. The belief that we are paralyzed by this dark side of humanity and that we are just going to have to hide away and fend for ourselves is what is really threatening us. The angry isolation, resorting to violence, unfriending people who don’t agree with you, the divisiveness—it all plays into the bully’s plan. It feeds into our fear. We’ve seen what happens when we give energy and attention to this dark power. One reflection of that dark power is now our President. I woke up to the fact that the more we vilify Trump, the more villainous he becomes. He is not the dark power that he symbolizes. If we can separate the two, maybe we’ll get somewhere in our day to day life. Feeling upset, fear and anger towards those we deem “wrong” does nothing for us. Fear is a scar on part of the collective consciousness that perpetuates hatred. Pain buys into fear, which feeds anger. Whatever the pain is, it won’t be healed with hate. “Only love can do that,” said Martin Luther King Jr. It might take a long time. I woke up to the fact I can’t wake up tomorrow the same way ever again. I will wake up with a deeper purpose to help, understand, and elevate others’ journeys and therefore elevate our collective journey. I can’t wake up tomorrow and mistake my ego, my issues, my problems for excuses to lose control and inten-
I woke up to the fact that the more we vilify Trump, the more villainous he becomes. He is not the dark power that he symbolizes. If we can separate the two, maybe we’ll get somewhere.
tionally cause pain for someone else or myself. I can’t wake up tomorrow and not care about someone else who is in pain. We really aren’t so separate. We’re all different aspects of one consciousness. Our pain is their pain; their pain is ours. There will be days when I don’t want to accept this. There will be days when I don’t want to change my routine in order to stand up for what’s right. There will be days when it is inconvenient to embrace someone I strongly disagree with. There will be days when being a woman will make me feel fearful of unconscious, hate-wielding, pain-bearing people in power. But patient love is our shield and our sword, our secret weapon, our… well, opposite of a weapon. Just the way we word a magic solution to our problems, “a secret weapon,” implies we need a tool capable of causing pain, a tool that causes fear and intimidation. A tool that kills. Our society is overly prescribed to, and addicted to pain-killers. What about pain healers? We need tools capable of healing, not killing. I think love and joy are those tools. We must forgive each other when we forget these tools and help each other to remember. Let others remind you, let others awaken you. It’s okay if you've fallen asleep, but wake back up again, and you’ll get better at it. I realized this for myself. It was humbling. I wanted to scream and cry on the morning of November 9, 2016. I was overtaken by fear and anger. I couldn’t understand why “they” hadn’t woken up. I hated them for it. I wanted them to feel pain. I wanted to shake them, yell at them. It’s ordinary to assume that the person telling someone else to ‘Wake the fuck up” is already awake. Wrong, as someone would say. I guess I was the one who was still asleep. .◆ Sophie Silverstone is CATALYST’s community development director, and the daughter of John deJong, whose column usually appears in this space.
BY GRETA DEJONG
A note about last month’s cover
t began with the idea, “What might the Oval Office look like with a woman at the helm?” We imagined flowers, family photos, a certain grace not commonly felt. Cartoonist Stan Clawson drew mockup after mockup. After a certain point, it became absurd not to have Hillary Clinton in the image. So in she went. After the election, some people expressed condolences; it did, after all, resemble a 1948 “Dewey Defeats Truman” Chicago Daily Tribune headline situation. We don’t look at it that way.
It was an act of the imagination, beautifully rendered. It played out one possible reality. In some alternative universe, somewhere, there’s likely a Hillary Clinton sitting back and enjoying the rewards of a challenge well met. For those who truly deeply felt her loss, it is a bittersweet memento, and I expect it will live on in the files of many who appreciated the sentiment. Besides, those “Dewey Beats Truman” newspapers are going for around $1,400 these days. The “Truman Beats Dewey” papers? Not so much. ◆
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The Avid Fan goes to Standing Rock Salt Lake blogger Ryan Keating stands witness to the Water Protectors
BY ALICE TOLER
ho wouldn’t want to be an avid fan? Ryan Keating, semiprofessional polymath and progressive voice, is all about losing insecurity and gaining motivation to make a difference in the world. On Tuesday, November 2 this year, he piled donations of blankets, chocolate, tobacco and hundreds of dollars in cash into his Subaru and drove the 15 hour haul from Salt Lake City to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, intent on supporting the Water Protectors who stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline project. We sat down with Keating to get his report on what he found there:
CATALYST: What was the scene like when you arrived? Ryan Keating: I left at 8 in the morning and arrived at the gate at midnight. You have to check in at the gate, because unfortunately there are people who go to Standing Rock thinking it’s like a festival. They have to turn people away at the gate who are in festival gear! Other than that, they are mostly checking for alcohol. No alcohol, drugs or weapons are allowed at the camp. The central camp reminded me a lot of Burning Man—there’s a lot of construction going on, so they can get
through the winter there, and people are building domes and so on. There was absolutely no garbage anywhere, which is also like Burning Man.
Tell me about your first day there. I got woken up by a call for people to rally and go to Turtle Island, this island in the river which is the shortest river crossing between the camp and the pipeline site. There was a makeshift bridge to cross, with about 75 cops in full riot gear on the other side, and about 500 of us on our side of the river. We were so close you could see facial expressions. It was very peaceful—people were chanting and praying, and people would cross the bridge to go up to the officers and come back. This went on for a couple of hours, intense but low key, until a police boat came. They put a chain on the bridge and pulled it apart. The police began shooting rubber bullets at people and macing them. At that point a bunch of people jumped into the water and started swimming across—and it was cold!
Background and resources Do the tribes have cause for concern? Wikipedia provides links to 593 articles about hundreds of pipeline accidents that have happened in the United States just in the 21st century: HTTP://BIT.LY/2BJUQ6H Did the tribes speak up in a timely manner? “Our concerns were clearly articulated directly to [the DAPL] in a meeting on Sept. 30, 2014,” writes Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II. “We have released that audio recording from our council meeting where DAPL and the North Dakota Public Service Commission came to us with this route.” The recording can be heard on the the Standing Rock Water Protectors website, which also provides statements of support from Native American tribes; history of the conflict; documentation and more. STANDWITHSTANDINGROCK.NET/
The police were very casual. They’d be chatting with the people, and then just suddenly start macing them—it was surreal. There was no push or angry confrontation [from the Water Protectors].
So you went to put scenes like this on record? Yeah. When I was leaving Salt Lake, my posts on social media really got a lot of attention—it spread like wildfire. Fox News even reached out to me to do an interview. It was like a tsunami of “meant to be!”
What next? On November 26, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers notified the Water Protectors that as of December 5, they will close access to the camp, allowing for a “free speech zone” on nearby Army Corps lands. Mother Jones, an independent nonprofit organization and magazine for investigative reporting, puts forth a reliable timeline of what has transpired regarding Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Check it out here: HTTP://BIT.LY/2CHGAQ4YELLOWSTONE RIVER Meantime, in Iowa....The Dakota Pipeline Project traverses 18 counties in Iowa, corn capitol of the world. The Des Moines Register reported in August that farmers were concerned that the loam and clay beneath the topsoil were being removed in such a way as to cause longterm damage for subsequent crops. What initially looked like good compensation for disturbing the soil ($20,000 per acre) is meager compared to earnings lost from soil as compromised as this may be. Iowa State University field agronomist Paul Kassel said he understands why farmers are worried; “This is not a problem that can be mitigated easily.”
It was so weird to be somewhere where these state troopers were creating and participating in corporate imperialism on U.S. native soil, at the expense of a peaceful, prayerful native community. I know [natives] have been dealing with this since forever, and this is just their reality, but it was eye opening [for me].
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march and parade of about 50 to 70 political leaders of various Native American nations who came on horseback into center camp, to Native American drumming. They went around the circle and spoke of introspective, peaceful approaches to life and their cause in a calm, casual
my life so I can go where I’m called, like Standing Rock. I also went to the Democratic National Convention this year.
manner that allowed for space and time for reflection and thought. No media or pictures were allowed for this event, but someone sent in camera drones that drowned out the speakers. The leaders just stopped speaking and waited till the drones went away. They spoke about their values, what they stood for: Warriors of love don’t have to be angry to be brave. Courage is the ability to overcome reactionary emotions. There needs to be a big effort to keep fear from overtaking us. Negative emotions can spread like wildfire. Many are watching us all the time, including children and peers, and we need to constantly be teaching them and showing others how to be. The strongest statement I connected to most of all: Resentment can have traumatizing effects. If we move beyond resentment, our life is better, and also the life of the one we felt resentment for who may have wronged us. ◆
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Tell me about the tattoos on your hands. What do they mean? [For me] it performs the same effect as meditations with positive mantras. It’s a visible reminder to myself but it also works with other people—as a man, sometimes you can be automatically looked at as threatening, and I want people to know I’m a peaceful person. It also helps with having heart-centered communication with people. Was there a lot of heart-centered communication at Standing Rock? Yes, there were a couple of incredibly powerful scenes. At one point about 1,000 clergy members turned up and spoke. They stood in a big circle—Buddhist, Jewish, Christian—you don’t see people come together on religious grounds like that much. [I got to have] really inspiring conversations with religious leaders, which was rare and cool for me. The most uplifting was a
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The big bank theory Is your bank funding the Dakota Access Pipeline? Here’s how to find a new bank
’ve been looking to switch banks for some time and the recent events in North Dakota have made my desire to fire Bank of America all the more urgent. I’m having a hard time finding information about banking institutions that are financially supportive of environmentally sustainable and socially responsible projects — or even banks that aren’t bankrolling dirty energy projects. For someone who is interested in changing banks, but who still needs some of the perks a big bank can offer, what are the best options? Meredith Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dearest Meredith, When it comes to banks, we tend to pay the most attention to the stuff that directly affects us: interest rates, overdraft fees, whether or not our local branch gives away free lollipops (or is that just me?). It’s easy to overlook the fact that banks do a lot more than just babysit our hardearned dollars. They also get their fingers in all kinds of investments and deals, including those that support energy projects such as the Dakota Access Pipeline — a 1,172-mile pipeline that would carry oil from North Dakota across four states, and carry a whole lotta polluting and racist baggage too. This controversial project would not be possible without cash from a number of big banks. So welcome to the latest episode of Big Banks Behaving Badly! You’re right that Bank of America is one of the institutions funding the company that’s building the Dakota Access Pipeline — along with dozens of other banks, including Citibank, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. Environmentalists are targeting those banks and calling on them to halt the funding, and one Norwegian bank is now considering pulling out of the project. You’re also right that plenty of the biggies support other fossil fuel development projects,
BY UMBRA FISK from coal mining to deep-water oil drilling. The 2016 report card from the Rainforest Action Network grades the major banks on exactly this, and finds that many of them — including Bank of America — deserve to be sent to summer school. So if we want our banks to better represent our green values, we know who not to patronize. But who is worthy of handling our stacks? Here are a few options:
Big banks that support renewable energy The megabanks aren’t exclusively funding fossil fuels; many are also backing solar and wind power projects. Bloomberg has checked into which institutions have been supporting renewables and cutting their own carbon emissions. European banks are leading the way, but JPMorgan Chase cracked the top 10 in 2014. Still, even as Chase and other banks put money into renewables, they continue to show up as bad actors on RAN’s fossil-fuel report card. If money talks, these banks are talking out of both sides of their mouths — so read on for alternatives.
Community development banks You say “socially responsible projects,” I think “community development bank.” These institutions (which can also be credit unions) might not focus specifically on eco-friendly investments, but they do make a point of serving the financially underserved: local people, institutions, businesses and nonprofits that might not qualify for loans elsewhere. These aren’t available everywhere; however, Utah’s Brighton Bank (which is CATALYST’s bank) is one, as well as Prime Alliance, a 12-year-old bank based in Woods Cross. Best of luck in your quest for a new home for your money! Switching banks takes a little bit of logistical wrangling, but it’s well worth the, er, investment (see below for step-by-step directions). And make sure to tell your current institution exactly why you’re bailing. How will things ever get better if the big guys don’t know what they’re doing wrong?
Prime Alliance and Brighton Banks are two community development banks in Utah. (CATALYST banks at Brighton.)
Credit unions I’m a huge fan of credit unions: They’re nonprofits, they usually offer excellent interest rates and low fees, and they invest in local projects rather than dirty international dealings. I’m not sure what perks you’re looking for, Meredith, but credit unions offer plenty of services just like the Wall Street outfits do — so I encourage you to check out what’s available in your area.
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Welcome to dadaland!!!
sundry observations by Alex Caldiero, yr frendly naybohood sonospher
he other nite, to be exact, November 8, 2016, after the results of an unprecedented presidential election, some of us went to sleep content, fulfilled, and enthused; some of us went to sleep distraught, discombobulated, and freaked out. We ALL went to sleep not a little puzzled and in anticipation of the future. But on the next day, the heavens opened, and your humble sonosopher heard a choir as if of angels intoning the double-syllabled word: DADA….and suddenly the un-understandable events of the night before were clearly unfolded and understood.
dadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadada GEORGES GROSZ, METROPOLIS, 1916
A hundred years ago, 1916 to be exact, Europe was in a state of total and utter economic and social ruin. And the heads of the ruling governments of the time put their aforementioned heads together to find a solution. And in their collective wisdom they invented W.W. I. (in other words, World War One), “the war to end all wars”, as it came to be endearingly labeled.
couching their psychotic behavior under the guise of time-honored labels:
PATRIOTISM!! DUTY!! LIBERTY!!! FATHERLAND!!!
Thus, the killing of fellow humans reached an all time high, due to the introduction of technologies such as missiles and airplanes and chemical weapons, including barbed wire and machine guns! And the governments of Europe, in tandem with the pillars of society, laid the ground for mass destruction and unprecedented bloodshed. And these honorable folk did thus perpetrate their abominations by
GEORGE GROSZ, PILLARS OF SOCIETY, 1926
dadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadada Disgusted with the stupid actions and inane atrocities of their elders, and seeking to make sense of the madness, groups of self-exiled men and women, almost all under the age of 35, gathered in Zurich, in the land of Switzerland. Their venue of choice was none other than a cabaret; and to invoke the voice of reason, they named the cabaret after that most rational of philosophers, Voltaire, even the Cabaret Voltaire.
dadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadada And it came to pass, that in the darkness of the above absurdities and inanities, lest the na-
AMERIKA BY FRANZ KAFKA.
COVER IMAGE BY ALVIN LUSTIG.
Like Kafka, we need to readjust our view of our homeland and see it as it is, just a bit out of kilter, skewed, that we may know the content of our character more dispassionately, to wit, Amerdica (only real patriots can appreciate the love embedded in this venerable name). THEREFORE, as we approach the end of 2016, what better way to cap off 100 years of DADA than with the election of The Donald J. Trump! Verily & Bigly! TRUMP!! Our 45th and 1st anti-president of these here United States of Amerdica. dadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadada
WWI, 1916 dadadadada WWII, 1945 dadadadada WWIII?? (I aint no prophet…but they sure do make nice book-ends.) HANNAH HÖCH, CUT WITH THE KITCHEN KNIFE THROUGH THE BEER-BELLY OF THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC, 1919.
tions should continue to blindly congratulate themselves on the great achievements of western civilization, these young women and men began the re-evaluation of all values (as taught by Saint Nietzsche) and to voice their anti-authoritarian sentiments.
What is the function & meaning of institutions, organizations, and establishments?? What is the nature and intent of human creativity and art??? How is it that in spite of all great music, wonderful cathedrals, spectacular sculptures and paintings, humans, nevertheless, and with even greater ease and tenacity, continue to slaughter their own kind??? Thus, the above-mentioned youths did indeed expose and denounce these events and choices thrust against and at the expense of the people.
dadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadada And the word DADA was made flesh and dwelt among us and spoke out thus:
dadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadada DISGUST! ABSURDITY!! DEATH!!! ANATHEMA!!!!
non-sense makes sense, at last! Deja Vu!!!.....YES! GEORGE GROSZ, AS HE WALKED UP AND DOWN THE KURFURSTENDAMM IN
THROW OUT THE KULTUREBABY WITH THE WARSHWATER!!! So it was that, writing his novel on America, Kafka misspelled the title. After he was corrected, he opted to leave it as is: AMERIKA. The K seemed to fit. For the only way to approach this new world of impossibilities and false hopes may be by seeing it askew, with a K, a spelling error that any immigrant might make.
DADA by any other name is DADA. DADA is not a movement. DADA is not an idea. DADA is not a protest. It is disgust. “A virgin microbe.” It is an infectious growth! Got us out of the water. Got us out of the caves. Got us into the sky. Into inner & outer space! GO OUT UNDER THE MOON &
LONG LIVE DADA!!!!
Alex Caldiero is a performance poet living in Utah County. He is the Senior Artist in Residence in Humanities at Utah Valley University and the subject of a 2009 documentary. And yes, he is also the father of “America Ninja Warrior” Isaac Caldiero.
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GARDEN LIKE A BOSS
At home on the farm
Wasatch Community Gardens’ downtown Green Team Farm is a job and an education for seven women facing homelessness, led by our man Loomis BY JAMES LOOMIS
estled i n t h e heart of the homeless ghetto, in what was once a weed filled vacant lot at 622 W. 100 South, new green life has been erupting. From August to October, thousands of wheelbarrows full of soil and compost were hauled in to shape raised garden beds. What was once a lot peppered with trash and needles was, by November, an emerald
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Eden, a sanctuary. This is the Green Team Farm, a 1.5-acre urban intensive vegetable-growing operation, on land owned by the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, launched this summer through a partnership with Wasatch Community Gardens, the Downtown Alliance and Advantage Services, in cooperation with a
valuable and hardworking handful of homeless garden workers. The growing SLC homeless population is no secret. From the west side of the Rio Grande thru the club district, live a growing number of people with few possessions. Left behind by the “progress” of society, they occupy the position with the least privilege, assigned by one key judgment: They lack an address. How to effectively manage this increasing burden on the city and society is the milliondollar question. Policing is difficult and frustrating, as these individuals have very little to lose. Couple that with the homeless population’s high rates of substance abuse and
mental health issues, and things look bleak. However, there are a lot of individuals in this homeless population who frankly just need a break. A series of unfortunate events, bad luck, or poor choices landed them where they are and they are indeed ready to work their way up and out. This is exactly what the new Wasatch Community Gar-
lons of compost tea were brewed and drenched onto the soil, giving it a resurgence of beneficial microbes. Armies of volunteers from numerous organizations formed bucket brigades and rake militias covered the barren soil with mulch. While returning the mojo to a forgotten corner of the city is an important part of the program, at its core it’s about the partici-
As part of the program, the women learn how to grow top notch organic produce, as well as learn all the facets of small scale intensive agriculture dens Green Team Farm program aims to help people do. I’m the Green Team farm manager, an employee of Wasatch Community Gardens. To bring the garden’s soil back to life, hundreds of gal-
pants, especially the seven currently homeless women who make up the main labor force that powers the farm. As part of the program, the women learn how to grow top notch organic produce, as well as learn all the facets of small scale intensive agriculture: crop selection and rotation, planting and harvesting, soil biology and management, dealing with pests, weed management, and good farm design. They also learn the small business skills needed to run a small farm: marketing, book-
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The underlying philosophy of the Green Team farm is based on regenerative agriculture. We approach human interaction with ecosystems as being able to go beyond “sustainable.” keeping, budgeting, dealing with clients, and lean management techniques. Most importantly, they earn a decent wage while doing it. The underlying philosophy of the Green Team farm is based on regenerative agriculture. We approach human interaction with
ecosystems as being able to go beyond “sustainable.” Sustainability often means only doing less harm. From the lens of regenerative agriculture, we see that it is possible to be not only “less bad,” but that our actions can actually result in a net benefit of the biology
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with which we share space. It is possible for humans to steward landscapes and live rich, fulfilling lives while their surroundings increase in biomass and diversity and enhance the quality of life for all other organisms. This design process also applies to the societies we inhabit and, aside from growing food, the goal of the farm is to “grow” people. (sorry scifi folks,
this isn't a stem cell driven human row-crop experiment). Spend five minutes behind the Rio Grande and tell me how well you handle the psychological stress. The women in the Green Team program have to face this every day. To combat this, the Green Team attempts to restore the inner peace that results in a better life outlook. These homeless women have built and maintain a sacred circle. They start the day with chi gong, yoga, breathwork and meditation. The resulting clarity and stretched muscles prepare them for the day’s hard work, because this is a working farm, and farm work is hard work, period. The infrastructure of the farm also reinforces this commitment to regenerative systems. The farm is completely solar powered, thanks to the loan of the mighty Solar Saucer, courtesy of Scott Whitaker and the Jenkstars. In my role as farm designer and manager, I have also built the majority of the key farm components utilizing materials from the waste stream. Shipping containers insulated with repurposed foam insulation, built out with salvaged lumber and outfitted with second hand commercial kitchen infrastructure keeps the farm footprint light. Very few items are purchased new—often discarded “junk” has a higher purpose and easily becomes useful building material. You see, in nature there is no waste. Waste is a human design flaw. One might argue that in a society as advanced as ours, people being left behind or selecting themselves out of society is a design flaw. While a single small urban farm isn’t going to solve the problem single handedly, it’s clearly making a difference in the lives of these participants, and to everyone else who encounters it. All who enter leave with a smile and smiles travel miracle miles. ◆ For more information or for volunteer opportunities at the Green Team Farm, email James@wasatchgardens.org
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SCIENCE, NATURE AND SOCIETY
Becoming pattern literate
How pattern literacy can unlock some of nature’s deepest mysteries BY TOBY HEMENWAY Author’s note: The following is an excerpt from a draft of a book in progress, called Pattern Literacy, which is my effort to describe how pattern understanding can help us solve problems and appreciate and grasp nature’s workings more deeply. I wrote roughly five chapters of this book and set it aside to write The Permaculture City, but I’m back at it. It’s a little more technical than my other books, but my audience is anyone interested in understanding how pattern literacy can unlock some of nature’s deepest mysteries.
hat is a pattern? What comes first to mind are forms we see around us: spirals in snail shells and whirlpools, waves beating on a beach, the branches of trees and rivers, ripples in sand, the repeating geometric forms in fabrics and architecture, and countless others. We usually think of a pattern as a shape or set of shapes, but it also can be an action that repeats, such as a behavior pattern. The idea of pattern includes variation, too. In most cases, the parts of a pattern aren’t identical. Waves, branches, and behaviors come in infinite varieties, but they are similar enough for us to categorize them under the same pattern name. One part of the definition of pattern, then, is something—an object, process, or event— that repeats in a way that we can see the common features among the results. A pattern can embody wisdom, or an experience, that seems important enough to be passed down faithfully. Memes, mnemonic aids to memory, and even leadership roles such as “president” or “mother” are patterns that capture particular types of acquired wisdom that we don’t want to lose. So here is one more element of
patterns: They are generative, creative forms that carry information worth passing on. They can teach us. Many cultures know that patterns contain knowledge. For example, the Islamic concept of tawhid, or the unity of all things, refers to wisdom gained by understanding “patterns within patterns.” Patterns also occur when materials and forces meet each other in a dy-
namic relationship, as when wind blows across water with enough energy and duration to create waves, or when social or emotional forces propel people into certain actions, such as rituals or repetitive behaviors. When we see a pattern, it’s obvious that it was made in some way. The process that results in a pattern being formed isn’t just a one-shot affair. It’s
well-defined enough to be repeated, and the definition of a pattern requires that there be repetition. So the convergence of matter and energy that creates a pattern is not just a chaotic smashup. It has order and yields more or less regular results. In other words, the ingredients that make up a pattern come into some kind of relationship with each other, the way wind and
water make waves. And the relationship has a particular character that stems from the qualities of its components and of the forces that push them into contact. In the case of waves, these qualities include the densities, relative speeds and various other aspects of the air and water. Because of these qualities and the way they interact in an organized process, the relationship unfolds in a structured, repeatable way that gives a more or less regular result. Think of a whirlpool, a snail shell, or even a neurotic tic. These are all ways of resolving a set of interacting forces in an orderly way. There is movement and dynamism as a pattern is formed. Patterns are the result of specific processes and interactions, and from this knowledge, we can predict and understand how the colliding forces— processes that we see every day such as growth, flow, and even conflicts— are likely to resolve. For example, there are patterns that result from continuous growth or expansion. These are often spirals, such as galaxies, seed heads, and snail shells. But growth that is intermittent or pulsating, instead of constant, can give a different set of pat-
terns, such as concentric circles or networks of cracks. Pattern provides a link that joins geologists, economists, artists, ecologists and dozens of other specialists. The principles that guide pattern formation have universal features, and they apply across immense differences scale, material, or timeframe, and with little regard to academic discipline boundaries. Pattern provides a common language that highlights the connections among the world’s phenomena. I won’t claim that pattern will
give us the much-vaunted “theory of everything,” but it can show how a simple toolbox of principles can build the near-infinite variety that we see in the
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world around us, and solve design challenges in efficient, elegant ways. Once we gain a little pattern literacy, we don’t have to spend countless hours in the lab or make complex mathematical models to understand traffic flow, incoming surf, or even some types of human behavior. We’re innately excellent at seeing, comprehending, and predicting patterns. Pattern understanding can help us solve problems and appreciate and grasp nature’s workings more deeply. ◆ Excerpted from a book in progress.
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Boosting the creative impact of Kingsbury Hall
BY AMY BRUNVAND
Executive Director of Kingsbury Hall and Assistant Dean in the College of Fine Arts, Brooke Horejsi on the steps of the University's landmark performance venue. PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF UTAH.
ingsbury Hall at the University of Utah holds a lot of memories. It’s the first place I ever saw Ballet West, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theatre and the Utah Opera; it’s where I got to hear live concerts by favorite bands like Nickel Creek and They Might be Giants. I saw ballerina Margot Fonteyn dance there, and sat through plenty of my own children’s dance recitals; I was there with a standing-room crowd when David “The Archdruid” Brower called on us to drain Lake Powell. Kingsbury Hall opened in 1932, and it still has the faded elegance of another era with its 1936 Works Project Administration murals by Florence Ware. In 1990, the stage was enlarged to accommodate bigger shows and in 2007 the seating was remodeled so now you can see the
stage a lot better. The theater has long been a community asset, but without a resident company, it has seemed to lack an identity.
Cultural diversity, social justice I knew something had changed when I got the 2016-2017 UtahPresents season catalog in the mail. The first thing that caught my eye was Elephant & Piggie’s We are in a Play, an allages show based on Mo Willem’s delightful books. I made my teen and tween kids go even though they outgrew Elephant & Piggie years ago (although you never really outgrow Elephant & Piggie). The whole season is pretty much a wow! TaNehisi Coates! (already sold out) Taylor Mac! The Nile Project! Black Grace Dance Company! Someone had clearly selected these perform-
ers with unusual attention to cultural diversity and social justice. It wasn’t just my imagination to think that Kingsbury Hall is on a new track. In 2014, Brooke Horejsi, executive director of UtahPresents, was hired specifically in order to bring new life to the old theater. Horejsi is from Wisconsin by way of Minnesota and she exudes the kind of no-fuss attitude that I associate with my Midwestern relatives, as well as unabashed enthusiasm for the theater. “I’m super, super, super passionate about the role arts play in our shared humanity,” Hoejsi says. Horejsi started her new job by doing a lot of listening in order to understand what Kingsbury Hall means to the community, and she heard a lot of stories like mine. “Kingsbury Hall has a connection to all sorts of people in our
community,” she says. “But it’s a place, not a program.” She aims to cut through the muddled public perception in order fill an educational niche and create an identity. The result is UtahPresents, a nonprofit arts organization housed in Kingsbury Hall with a mission to “bring diverse artistic and cultural experiences to campus and the region, exploring and enriching the human experience through the lens of creativity and the arts.”
I’m a poster child for why liberal education is important. I found my tribe of people and a passion for creativity.” Nonprofit status means that UtahPresents is not in competition with big shows at the new Eccles Theatre downtown and doesn’t need to sell out every performance to keep afloat, so artistic choices are not compromised by “what will sell.” Since UtahPresents is not a single-genre presenter, they can embrace a broad diversity of voices and focus on bringing in artists who both give to and receive from the community. For instance, the Elephant & Piggie show was performed free to groups of schoolchildren as well as for the paying audience.
What’s coming Horejsi is particularly excited about Taylor Mac (January 14), a drag performer whose show is called “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music“ (He’s doing the 1946-1976 segment in Salt Lake City). Horejsi saw Mac’s show in New York, which a New York Times reviewer called “one of the great
experiences of my life.” Horejsi says, “He’s using popular music to tell the history of our country, what we were doing as human beings at the time, using humor and song to also remind us of things we might choose to forget—the 1940 and ’50s when white people moved to the suburbs, taking our wealth with us; the music of the civil rights movement, the Stonewall riots—a lot of people don’t even know what that is. You’d need to take a queer history class to know about it.” Paging through the UtahPresents season catalog, Horejsi points out performers from China, India, East Africa. She says the New Zealand dance group, Black Grace (performing on March 22) was invited at the suggestion of a local Pacific Islander support organization, another example of how art serves the community. I ask Horejsi if she’s an artist herself. She looks surprised. “I was an undergraduate in theatre, English and Spanish,” she says. “I was a first generation college student and I didn’t have a good idea of what the path to the arts was. I’m a poster child for why liberal education is important. I found my tribe of people and a passion for creativity.” However, after graduation, she realized she was not suited to freelancing. “I went back and got a degree in Arts Administration. I am an artist because I curate a season of work, but I don't create my own artistic product.” She worries about the reduction of creative pursuits in K-12 settings. She doesn’t think electronic media can match the immediacy and sense of community that comes from being in a shared performance space. Regarding the diverse fare she has curated for the season at hand, she offers this advice: Be curious. She says, “My favorite saying, Albert Einstein supposedly said it, is this:‘I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.’” ◆ Amy Brunvand is an academic librarian working in the University of Utah Sustainability Office.
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toys BY GRETA BELANGER DEJONG
already have a lifetime supply of holiday fair knick-knacks. They may delight in the latest electronic what-not—a new FitBit or an arduino starter kit. You won’t find those here, though. This list is for treasures that do not get heralded in Sunday supplement sections—few large ad budgets trumpet the joys of these toys.
Many of my selections are available locally. Some you might even make. All of them are sure to put a smile on the face of the right person. What, you’re that “right” person? Yes, we’re guessing that you, quirky dear CATALYST reader, just might love some of these ideas. Circle the things that spark your imagination, and casually leave CATALYST in a place sure to be trafficked by your favorite shopper of means. But be sincere, because you never know what might happen. (A friend’s mom did this once, casually, with a Lillian Vernon catalog, and a big box arrived with everything she’d marked.) Good luck!
You can find a good supply at the Salt Lake Arts Council’s December-long arts & crafts sale (54 Finch Lane, near the U of U) and also at IconoClad (Fourth East at Broadway), all made by Jodi Mardesich Smith, moss maven (@jyotimedia). Instructions abound on the internet if you wish to make your own.
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Organic dog & cat pet grass kit For people who don’t appreciate their pets chewing up the houseplants (which can also sometimes not be cool for the pets). $27 at WWW.WHEATGRASSKITS.COM, located at Mountain Valley Seed Co., 175 W 2700 S. 866-948-4727. Or make your own: WWW.INSTRUCTABLES.COM/ ID/HOW-TO-GROW-CAT-GRASS
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A splurge for the doggies on your list: Healthy Hemp Cannabis for Canines. CannaBiscuits, Cannabalm and Cannadrops. CBD-infused hemp products calm aches and pains. $16-60. Utah-owned company. Desert Raw Canine in Foothill Village carries these products.
Mason bee house
Hang this house and the bees will come—these small native bees pollinate your garden way better than honeybees. Hand-cut and locally made, $12-$50 from Mountain West Mason Bees, Riverton WWW.MOUNTAINWESTMASONBEES.COM. Or make your own: NWF.ORG/GARDENFOR-WILDLIFE/ YOUNG/BUILD-A-BEEHOUSE.ASPX (Note: house pictured is not a Mountainwest
Darkling Beetle Lifecycle KIt The perfect present for curious kids with open-minded parents or someone with chickens—or someone who loves someone with chickens. Darkling beetles are mealworms all grown up. With this kit you can learn about insect metamorphosis and maybe grow up to be another Gerald Durrell. And in the meantime raise fresh mealworms and beetles for your favorite birds. $19 from
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Educational Science Online Science & Nature Store: HTTP://BIT.LY/2GPHPRU; 281-554-9783. Alternative: Find housing and care instructions online and buy your mealworms from Wild Birds Unlimited in Sugar House. (801) 878-4449
Mushroom growing kits
COOL TOOLS & USEFUL TOYS Solar oven A solar oven just seems magical to me. You can cook just about anything in them. The Sun Oven is the appliance of choice for hardcore urban homesteader Jonathan Krausert. $275-500. Honeyville Farms (by the 17th South Costco) has some in stock. If you’re interested in just experimenting to learn the principles, build your own. For serious cooking, though, Jonathan says the Sun model is worth it.
Shiitake, enoki, lion’s mane and more. Easy to grow. The kits are locally made. $35 from Mountain Valley Seed Co., 175 W 2700 S. 866-948-4727. HTTPS://WWW.WHEATGRASSKITS.COM/ORGANIC-INDOORMUSHROOM-GROWING-KITS. Also available online: HTTP://WWW.FUNGI.COM
Kitchen waste composter: Worms + bin You can buy fancy bins and worms online. You can also find an enterprising fellow selling composting worms and bins in SLC for a very good price via KSL.COM. $49 will get you a pound of red wigglers, an 18-gallon bin and bedding. Buy a copy of Mary Appelhoff’s classic Worms Eat My Garbage and you’re good to go. 385-202-4446, Patrick.
Tarot and Oracle cards. Every year there are more and more to choose from, and they are commonly available. Longtime CATALYST columnist Suzanne Wagner swears by her Aleister Crowley deck as well as the Osho Zen tarot, Medicine cards, Mayan Oracle, Ancient Egyptian tarot, Healing Earth tarot and Words of Truth.
Victorian magnifier necklace For reading on the you never have to say, my reading glasses?” Braid, $21.
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Coloring books They’re everywhere, along with colored pencils and markers. Personally they make itch—so timeconsuming! But this one is petite and pleasing in a minimalist way. I found it at Golden Braid. $10.
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Fermentation gizmos You can ferment a small quantity of vegetables and fruits just fine without special equipment. But they do make the process tidier, especially if you have multiple ferments going on. Any kitchen alchemist on your list wouldn’t mind at all to receive a jar-top fermentor (comes with half-gallon widemouth mason jar). $20 at Redmond Heritage Farm Store (formerly Real Foods) in Sugar House. Beermaking supply stores and some hardware stores often carry vegetable-ferment ing equipment, too.
Flying Wish Paper You don’t need this. But it sure is fun. Write your wish or intention, light it, and watch it fly! For indoor use. $17 at Crone’s Hollow
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December 3, 17, 31 Market The Downtown Farmers Market moved into the Rio Grande building for winter. It is more fun than the summer market—cozier. Buy your produce outside, then come inside and up to the mezzanine for all kinds of goodies. For instance:
Beeswax candles The tea candles I have bags of are made of paraffin. Paraffin comes from crude oil sludge. Yum. Beeswax candles come from bees. I’ve seen lots of undocumented claims on the internet about beeswax candles generating negative ions (which is a good thing) and helping people with asthma. No confirmed source. But Feldenkrais practitioner and yoga teacher Erin Geesaman Rabke tells me that since she started burning beeswax, she will never go back. Yes, I will use the candles I have. But I’d never give a paraffin candle as a gift. While beeswax candles are considerably more expensive, they last much longer, too. Buy good ones from the White Lake Farms folks.
Bitters Lab bitters The world of alcohol consumption got a whole lot more interesting in recent years when bitters became a thing. An infusion of various barks, roots, herbs, spices, fruits and botanicals preserved in grain alcohol, bitters can be used pretty much as you’d use vanilla extract. Add to sodas (great if
you have a Soda Stream) and drink before a meal (aperitif) or after (digestif ). Lots of brands are available around town but why not buy local? Find Bitters Lab bitters at the Winter Market. $20/4 oz. If you’re equally interested in the process, you may want to make your own bitters. Try WWW.THEKITCHN.COM
Fountain pen with refillableadaptor With adaptors, you don’t have to buy plastic cartridges. I got a lowend Lamy fountain pen in a SoHo drug store nine years ago and lasted till last month, when I accidentally melted it. I found a replacement online (ColoradoPen.com a small, local-to-Boulder company). Tabula Rasa in Trolley Square has lovely, pricey pens. The Lamy works for me, though, and maybe it will suit your giftee. $42, including converter.
All things bicycle Santa brought many a bicycle in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Today he’s hefting electric bikes and scooters. For the smaller spender, a bike store can still be a delightful shopping experience. What cyclist doesn’t need more lights? How about a bell? And a rear-fiew mirror? (Be sure you’re familiar with the handlebar it will be going on to, however.) My longtime go-to place for all things bicycle: Wasatch To u r i n g on 7th East. ◆
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Exploring the body of emotion Instead of running from fear, investigate the sensation
isappointment. Devastation. Fear. Sadness. Dread. Sleeplessness. Numbness. Loss of appetite. For myself, and for many of my friends and colleagues, this has been a pattern of existence since the shocking results of the presidential election became clear. I made the mistake of looking at Facebook the next morning. Already, supporters of the winner and the loser were telling those of us who were upset to “stop whining” and “get over it.” This advice, though it may have been wellmeaning from some circles, is not at all helpful: Feeling bad? Have a drink or eat some ice cream. Manufacture a smile. Rise above it. For me and I suspect for many, disappointment, fear, sadness and dread are the truth of the present moment. These emotions may or may not be present 100% of the time, but it is vital that we allow ourselves to acknowledge and feel them when they are present. Mental states and emotions filter our perception of reality. For example, when sadness is present, everything in our experience can look bleak. When happiness is present, the exact same experience looks wonderful. It’s
BY CHARLOTTE BELL important for us to understand how emotions underlie our perceptions, so that we can see our lives more clearly. From clear seeing, we make wiser choices. When we make wise choices, our lives are more peaceful. My favorite metaphor for the essential nature of awareness is that of the sky. The sky is inherently radiant and pure. Clouds pass
Obsessive thinking fuels emotion, and can cause us to get stuck. Drop below the level of thinking to the level of experiencing the sensations of emotion to feel the shift. through, rains fall, winds stir the atmosphere, but none of these conditions change the nature of sky. The mind is the same—clear and radiant. Emotions, like clouds, come and go, but they do not change our essential nature. How can we begin to uncover our essential awareness, not so that we can rid ourselves of uncomfortable emotion, but so that we can meet whatever is present with spacious acceptance? Begin by finding a comfortable sitting position, cross-legged on a meditation bench or cushion or in a chair. Notice if you feel as if you are leaning forward into your front body. Leaning forward is a posture of anticipation that can create stress in your body/mind. Rock forward and back a few times to find a position that feels neutral. When your body is in a neutral posture, you may experience a feeling of “settling back.” If a particular emotion is present, find its physical location in your body. Once you have found where the emotion is manifesting physically, begin to investigate the sensation more closely. What do you feel? The range
is infinite, but might include sensations such as burning, pulsing, fluttering, shivering or buzzing. Allow yourself to feel the sensations fully. Feeling emotions in the body helps us to step back from them, to see them more clearly. It is here where you can practice the art of working with emotions—finding the heart that neither indulges nor suppresses what you feel. Notice if you react to the presence of certain emotions by judging yourself. Our culture supports a belief that emotions such as sadness, anger or fear are a sign of psychological weakness. In truth it is natural for these emotions to be present at times, just as it is natural to feel happiness and peace. People who walk a spiritual path, in particular, often believe certain emotions to be unacceptable. We construct images of ourselves that deny these unacceptable emotions and judge ourselves harshly when we feel them. Judging what is present only makes us feel worse. Remember that emotions are like the clouds that move across the sky. We do not have to define ourselves by them; we only have to accept that they are present. This distinction is the gateway to finding peace no matter what we are feeling in the moment. Remember that this practice is not the same as thinking about emotions. Obsessive thinking fuels emotion, and can cause us to get stuck. Dropping below the level of thinking to the level of experiencing the sensations of emotion is where our relationship to what we feel can begin to shift. Emotional exploration can be a fascinating, if complicated, practice. Sometimes emotions may arise singly and at other times they may appear in clusters. We may recognize an emotion that is on the surface of our awareness but until we look more closely, we may not see another emotion that is underneath it, feeding it. For example, anger may be predominant, but when we look more closely we might see that it is being fueled by underlying disappointment or sadness. Using emotions as our objects of study and meditation can be a basis for ethical behavior so vital to living a life of ease. When we can see our emotions clearly, we can begin to discriminate between those we want to cultivate and those we want to let pass, between those that bring happiness and those that bring suffering to ourselves and others. We can’t change what happened on November 8. But we can learn how to navigate our emotions skillfully, and from there, act with more clarity. ◆ 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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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
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34 CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET December, 2016 Grab a recliner and relax in a safe, MASSAGE comfortable, and healing space. We Healing Mountain Massage School 11/17 help with pain, fertility, digestion, al801.355.6300, 363 S. 500 E., Ste. 210, lergies, arthritis, sleep and stress disSLC. (enter off 500 E.). All people seek orders, cardiac/respiratory conditions, balance in their lives…balance and metabolism and more. meaningful expression. Massage is a WWW.SLCQI.COM compassionate art. It helps find healing & peace for both the giver and CHIROPRACTIC receiver. Whether you seek a new Salt Lake Chiropractic 9/17 vocation or balm for your wounded 801.907.1894, Dr. Suzanne Cronin, soul, you can find it here. 1088 S. 1100 E., SLC. Have you heard, www.HEALINGMOUNTAINSPA.COM Salt Lake Chiropractic is the least invasive way to increase your quality of Amazing Massage by Jennifer Rouse, LMT life. Our gentle, efficient, affordable 801.808.1283, SLC. Your body needs care can reduce pain & improve your this! Jennifer offers a massage personalbody’s functionality. Call to schedule ized just for you. Her firm, focused apan appointment. proach will help you detox, release WWW.CHIROSALTLAKE.COM tension and maintain great health. 60, 90 or 120 minute sessions, $80/hour. ENERGY HEALING Call or text to discuss time and location. 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. WWW.T URIYAS . COM
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 DA11/17
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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 11/17
SPACE FOR RENT Studio space available to share at Baile Dance Fitness Studio 5/17
801.718.9620, 2030 S. 900 E. Opportunity to share a beautiful studio in a desirable Sugarhouse location. Perfect for Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, dance classes, meet ups or pop-ups. 1300 sq. ft, with mirrored wall. Availability varies but can be flexible with a committed arrange-
ment. Contact Joni. WWW.BAILESTUDIO.COM BAILESTUDIO.JONI@GMAIL.COM
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 2/17
Suzanne Wagner PSYCHIC, AUTHOR, SPEAKER, TEACHER
30 years psychic experience Author of “Integral Tarot” and “Integral Numerology” Columnist for Catalyst magazine since 1990 25 years teaching: Tarot, Numerology, Palmistry & Channeling
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 planning, wealth management, IRA rollovers, ROTH IRA’s, 401(k) plans, investing & life insurance. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. ROBERT.HARRINGTON@LPL.COM, WWW.H AR RINGTON W EALTH S ERVICES . COM
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 Gard-
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s we draw closer together for warmth and companionship in this winter season, it’s also time to tend to our inner fires. Whether your fire is best sparked by yoga, biking, skiing or an early morning run or brisk walk, we’ve got to stay moving, or the whole ship is at risk of freezing. This includes the spark within your heart and mind. Feeling a little dull is something to pay attention to. Jump into action and remember these wise words…
Breathing, good light and a solid sense of self make everything better
BY RACHEL SILVERSTONE
[mantra for the month] “If there were a one-word therapy, it would
lower oxidative stress and higher natural killer cells in cancer patients, which may increase immunity and prolong life. SKY is a simple breathing practice composed of long and deep breaths with constriction at the throat to induce the sensation and awareness of breath on the throat (Ujjayi – “victorious breath”) followed by short, forceful and energizing breaths through the nose accompanied by arm movements (Bhastrika – “bellows breath”), done for minutes a day. Next step: to conduct a larger study evaluating how Kriya yoga practice impacts the brain structure and function in patients with major depression.
[breath] As if you didn’t already know yoga feels
The full study was published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry HTTP://BIT.LY/2GVTXWO. Kriya yoga in SLC: offered through The Art of Living Foundation USA. Midweek meditations at the Utah Pride Center; January volunteer training; 607.229.2700. WWW.ARTOFLIVING.ORG
be: BREATHE.” – Dick Olney
good, a new study by researchers at Penn Neuropsychiatry showed Sudarshan Kriya Yoga improved depressive symptoms as an adjunct treatment for patients who were not fully responding to antidepressants. The study showed improvement in symptoms of depression by an average of 10.27 points on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, after participants underwent an eight-week multi-component yoga program, featuring Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY). The low-cost and low-risk practice of SKY has mounting scientific evidence in the U.S., as well as in India, to support its benefit as an adjunct treatment of depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. SKY has been studied most extensively in India. Studies show regular practitioners have
[light] Seasonal Affective Disorder is one type of
depression that occurs as a result of reduced exposure to sunlight, primarily during the winter. Rarely seen in people under age 20, incidents increase with age. One theory holds that there is a genetic link—a mutation that makes a person with SAD less sensitive to light. The most common treatment of SAD, besides antidepressants, is light therapy. For the mildest case, you might arrange your space so that you are exposed to a window, or go for a long daily walk outside. With artificial light therapy, a person sits in front of
a light box that emits a full-spectrum light, as does sunlight (though 13 times less powerful at 10,000 lux). The Mayo Clinic recommends using it within the first hour of waking in the morning for about 30 minutes at a distance of about 14 inches with eyes open, but not looking at the light. Your SAD lamp should filter out most or all UV light to avoid eye damage. Therapy lights usually run from $25-$250. (You can find them at Costco and online.) Some cases have shown that a vitamin D deficiency can underlie SAD. CATALYST advisor Dr. Todd Mangum, MD recommends a daily supplement of 2,000 IU vitamin D3 for most Americans, as 70% of us are deficient. More severe cases may require an even higher dosage. Consult a physician before attempting light therapy or taking more than the recommended dosage of vitamin D3. For more useful practices in managing SAD, see the University of Utah Health Care website: HTTP://BIT.LY/2FBWIIN
[self] So, how’s your lateral non-reward orbito-
frontal cortex doing? Researchers in the United Kingdom and China say this space in the brain becomes active when a person does not perceive an expected reward, resulting in depression. On the other hand, a reward activates the medial reward orbitofrontal cortex. Two things were observed in the 421 clinically depressed participants compared to the 488 control subjects: A pattern in the connectivity of the depressed participants’ brains showed that not getting rewarded was more strongly connected to their sense of self. Additionally, depressed participants were not as easily able to recall happy memories of getting rewarded. This study took place in China. It would be interesting to see results from a test conducted in our more social media-driven culture, in which it is easy to become dependent upon outside rewards for self-worth. What does it mean? We don’t know, except it’s a good bet the condition could be improved by breathing, the one-word therapy. ◆ Read the full study in Brain, ‘Medial reward and lateral non-reward orbitofrontal cortex circuits change in opposite directions in depression’ HTTP://BIT.LY/2EGF74E Rachel writes the monthly Health Notes column of CATALYST. Her plan for staying happy and warm this winter is by practicing kriya yoga through a snorkel while skiing the Wasatch powder she is currently praying for.
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ner 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
ment since 1986. WWW.CHARLOTTEBELLYOGA.COM
YOGA STUDIOS Mountain Yoga—Sandy 3/17
801.913.0880. 2240 E. 3300 S. Apt. 10. We offer meditation classes and gatherings 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
801.501.YOGA , 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. 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
Rumi Teachings FOG
Mudita—Be Joy Yoga 3/17
MEDITATION PRACTICES Meditation SLC 10/17
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 environ-
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
PSYCHIC ARTS & INTUITIVE SCIENCES ASTROLOGY Transformational Astrology FOG
212.222.3232. Ralfee Finn. Catalyst’s astrology columnist for 20 years! Visit her website, WWW.AQUARIUMAGE.COM, RALFEE@AQUARIUMAGE.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-AS-
37 Numerology, Palmistry, Tarot and Channeling. WWW.SUZWAGNER.COM
PSYCHOTHERAPY & PERSONAL GROWTH
PSYCHIC/TAROT READINGS Crone’s Hollow 11/17
HYPNOSIS Holly Stokes, The Brain Trainer 6/17
801.906.0470, 3834 S. Main Street, SLC. Crone's Hollow offers intuitive/psychic consultations for questions on love, money, health & more. Our talented House Readers use Tarot, Pendulum, Palmistry, Stones, Pet Psychics, Crystal Ball and other oracles. $25 for 20 minutes. Afternoon and evening appointments available -Walk-ins welcome! For more information: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/THECRONESHOLLOW WWW.C RONES H OLLOW. COM
801.810.9406, 1111 E. Brickyard Rd., Ste. 109, SLC. Do you struggle with mental blocks, weight, cravings, fears, lack of motivation, unhappiness or self sabotage? Find your motivation, confidence and focus for living with purpose and passion. First time clients $45. Call now. Get Instant Motivation Free when you sign up at: WWW.THEBRAINTRAINERLLC.COM, HOLLY@THEBRAINTRAINERLLC.COM
Nick Stark 6/17
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.
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
THERAPY/COUNSELING Cynthia Kimberlin-Flanders, LPC 10/17
Healing Pathways Therapy Center 11/17
435.248.2089. Clinical Director: Kristan Warnick, CMHC. 1174 E. Graystone Way (2760 S.), Ste. 8, Sugarhouse. Integrated counseling and medical serv-
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ices for anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship, life adjustment issues. Focusing on clients’ innate capacity to heal and resolve past and current obstacles, rather than just cope. Modalities include EMDR, EFT, mindfulness, feminist/multicultural. Individuals, couples, families. WWW.HEALINGPATHWAYSTHERAPY.COM
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.
Holly Lineback, CMHC11/17
801-259-7311. 1104 E. Ashton Ave, #103, SLC. Counseling and psychotherapy for stress, worry, anxiety, depression, relationships and other life problems causing emotional distress. See website for further information. WWW.HOLLYLINEBACK.COM
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 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, relationships, 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
Mindful Yoga Collective at Great Basin Chiropractic
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 I NTEGRATION . COM
Stephen Proskauer, MD, Integrative Psychiatry 10/17
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.
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
Naomi Silverstone, DSW, LCSW FOG
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.C
line goes here APPAREL, GIFTS & TREASURES Blue Boutique 10/17 DA
/16 Sunny Strasburg, LMFT 2/17
SHAMANIC PRACTICE Sarah Sifers, Ph.D., LCSW 3/17
801.531.8051. firstname.lastname@example.org. Shamanic Counseling. Shamanic Healing, Minister of the Circle of the Sacred Earth. Mentoring for people
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
RETAIL 801.487.1807, 1383 S. 2100 E., SLC. Shopping Made Sexy. Since 1987, Blue Boutique has expanded 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 LUE B OUTIQUE . COM
Dancing Cranes Imports DA8/17
801.486.1129, 673 E. Simpson Ave., SLC. Jewelry, clothing, incense, ethnic art, pottery, candles, chimes and
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12/11, 12/18: 10-11:30am - Sunday Series - Brandi 12/4: 7-8:30pm - First Sunday Mindfulness Group - Charlotte
nic 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 11/17
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
801.833.2272. 414 E. 300 S., SLC. 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
Lotus DA 11/16
801.333.3777. 12896 Pony Express
Rd., #200, Draper. For rocks and crys-
tals. Everything from Angels to Zen.
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
SPIRITUAL PRACTICE line goes here ORGANIZATIONS Inner Light Center Spiritual Community DA 3/17
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.T HE I NNER L IGHTC ENTER . ORG
The Church of the Sacred Circle 11/17
801.330.6666, 3464 W. 3800 S., WVC. We are a local independent church of non-denominational earth based spirituality. We welcome all those who follow Paganism, Wicca, Witchcraft, Asatru, Druid, Shamanic, Eclectic and other traditions. We hold public full moon and new moon circles, monthly events, psychic faires and are family friendly. www.S A CRED C IRCLE C HURCH . COM , INFO @ SA CREDCIRCLECHURCH . COM
Salt Lake Buddhist Temple 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 living your spiritual purpose. WWW.U NI TYOF S ALT L AKE . ORG , CONTACT @U NITYO F S ALT L AKE.ORG
Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa Tibetan Buddhist Temple
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 12/16
Utah Eckankar 12/16
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
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Center for Transpersonal Therapy, LC Transpersonal Therapy is an approach to healing which integrates body, mind and spirit. It addresses basic human needs for self-esteem, satisfying relationships and spiritual growth. The Center offers psychotherapy, training, social support groups, workshops and retreats. Sherry Lynn Zemlick, PhD Chris Robertson, LCSW • Denise Boelens PhD • Wil Dredge LCSW Heidi Gordon MS, LCSW • Nick Tsandes, LCSW • Kate Tolsma LCSW 5801 Fashion Blvd. (300 East), Ste 250, Murray • WWW.CTTSLC.COM • 801-596-0147
HOW TO BE USEFUL
Humanizing the homeless
Give the gift of human respect; volunteer; donate to organizations; but give no cash
very Christmas morning growing up, my family would go to St. Vincent de Paul’s (aka St. Vinny’s) with a handful of Jewish and Muslim families to serve Christmas dinner to the hungry and the homeless. St. Vinny’s, just across from the Gateway Mall, serves on average 1,000 meals per day (and is always in need of volunteers). An overall feeling of gratitude pervades the room on Christmas day—expressions of joy from the youngest children to the loneliest men and women, from both the served and the servers. For me, this early experience helped to humanize those whose lives and trials we often find hard to understand.
“Nobody panhandles their way out of homelessness and the chances that you are supporting destructive behaviors is high when you hand out cash,” says Camille Winnie. Later on, as a newly employed college graduate, I often walked to work with two lunches: one for me, and one for someone on the streets. The scene would usually play out with an exchange of smiles and quick words. I once found a man sleeping on some steps, and left a steaming hot Tupperware meal tucked under his blanket, with a little note, “Enjoy!” This was in Washington, D.C., where income disparity and an illicit drug trade both rage. My rule: Give food and water, but never cash.
The panhandler dilemma Babs De Lay lives and works in the Dakota Building, near the downtown shelter. She agrees. “Panhandlers are my neighbors. Every time you give a panhandler money in my neighborhood, you are increasing crime. We see everything. Let’s take Scratchy as an example. We see people give him money. Then we watch him skip over to the dealer when it’s a good donation, and get his fix. Then an hour later we see
BY RACHEL SILVERSTONE him up against a building, passed out from heroin. The more pathetic he looks, the more he gets. Sure, some panhandlers are legit, but the pro can’t often be distinguished from the kid who’s run away from home and is trying desperately to get to a safe haven at his aunt’s house in St. George.” In this giving season it may be especially tempting to give cash when approached by a panhandler with a compelling story. A simple answer, says Camille Winnie, director of Community Services at the Downtown Alliance in Salt Lake City, is: “I don’t carry cash.” Winnie advocates a simple protocol for interacting with panhandlers: 1. Smile. 2. Address them respectfully. 3. Keep moving. 4. Acknowledge their story and, if necessary, their request. 5. Direct them towards one of the available resources. “Panhandlers and homeless people are not necessarily one and the same,” according to the HOST website. “Only a small percentage of homeless people panhandle, and only a small percentage of panhandlers are homeless.” “The truth is, there are resources, shelter, food, clothing and medical care, for people 24/7, 365 days a year,” says Winnie. “Nobody panhandles their way out of homelessness and the chances that you are supporting destructive behaviors is high when you hand out cash.”
Homelessness by the numbers In Utah, nearly 12% of households live in poverty. At some point, these families may find themselves in an emergency shelter, usually after slipping through the informal support network of a community: family, friends, church, neighbors, coworkers, teachers and community organizations. Though it’s hard to get exact numbers for the homeless population, the yearly Pointin-Time (PIT) count tries to determine how many people are on the street. This count gives a snapshot of homeless individuals in emergency shelters, transitional shelters
and on the streets on a single cold January night. Individuals not included are those “doubling up,” floating in and out of temporary living situation. In 2016, the Point-in-Time count found 2,807 Utahns who self-identified as homeless. About
The 2,807 Utahns who identify as homeless include people suffering from mental illness, domestic violence and substance abuse. One in eight is a veteran. a third suffered from mental illness, another third experienced domestic violence, and about a quarter had substance abuse problems. About an eighth were veterans. These numbers included chronically homeless individuals and families, unaccompanied youths, and youth parents and their children. The good news with homelessness is that it is mostly episodic. About half of the homeless families and individuals in shelters will find a different living situation within one month; only 4% stay more than six months. It’s clear that getting families and individuals on the road towards a permanent residence with selfsustaining lifestyle, when possible, is the most cost effective and beneficial solution for physical and emotional health. One homeless and unsheltered individual costs the public on average $30,000-$50,000 per year through emergency room visits, hospitals, jails, psychiatric centers and Red HOST parking meters around downtown donations go to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund, which uses 100% of funds for various local homeless resource centers. Find HOST parking meter locations or donate online anytime at WWW.SLCHOST.ORG.
detoxification centers. Children who are homeless are three times as likely to have emotional disturbances than children who live in a stable home according the Utah’s Comprehensive Report on Homelessness for 2016.
Better ways to help Even with $9.25 million allocated recently by the city and county for the creation of new emergency shelters, the current homeless resource centers remain in need of donations, volunteers and supplies. So if you feel like giving, remember that money donated to homeless services will go a lot further than money handed to a panhandler on the street. You can also look for one of the 40 red HOST parking meters around downtown Salt Lake City. Meter donations go to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund, which uses 100% of funds for various local homeless resource centers. Find HOST parking meter locations or donate online anytime at WWW.SLCHOST.ORG. Another option is to donate high need items: non-perishable foods and spices, pillows, clothes, shoes, toiletries, hygiene kits, towels, sleeping bags, school supplies, cleaning supplies, etc. Or volunteer at the service providers listed at WWW.SLCHOST.ORG. From inside a warm and well-stocked home, it’s easy to ignore the misfortune of others or, worse, to blame the homeless for their unfortunate situation. Now more than ever is the time to widen our view of humanity; to cultivate kindness. Take an action that helps another. ◆
Resources: Weigand Homeless Resource Center, 745 E. 300 South. Day shelter, showers, haircuts, laundry and luggage storage. WWW.CCSUTAH.ORG/PROGRAMS St Vincent De Paul Society, 235 S. Rio Grande St. One or two meals served every day. WWW.DINNERATVINNYS.ORG Crossroads Urban Center, 347 S. 400 East. Emergency food pantry, thrift store. WWW.CROSSROADSURBANCENTER.ORG Fourth Street Clinic, 409 W. 400 South – medical, dental, mental and substance abuse clinics. WWW.FOURTHSTREETCLINIC.ORG Rescue Mission, 463 S. 400 West – faith-based emergency services and addiction recovery. WWW.RESCUESALTLAKE.ORG The Road Home 210 S. Rio Grande St, and 529 W 7300 South – emergency shelter and temporary housing solutions. WWW.THEROADHOME.ORG Utah Food Bank. Child hunger and food box programs. WWW.UTAHFOODBANK.ORG Veterans Affairs WWW.SALTLAKECITY.VA.GOV Volunteers of America Homeless Outreach WWW.VOAUT.ORG/SERVICES Visit SLCHOST.ORG for more information on how to donate or learn more about local homeless service providers.
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Dec. 4: Hanukkah Market @ IJ & Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center. 126p. Featuring local vendors of arts and crafts, books and Jewish foods. Free. 2 North Medical Dr. Dec. 4: Broadway Holiday Block Party @ Fellow Shop. 3-8p. An evening of holiday shopping, socializing, and sipping on Broadway. Free. 209 E. Broadway. Dec. 4: First Sunday Mindfulness Group w/ Charlotte @ Mindful Yoga Collective. 7-8:30p. Free, donations welcome. 223 S. 700 E. Dec. 5: Sara Watkins @ The State Room. 8-11p. 21+. Bluegrass, folk, country w/special guest, River Whyless. $23. 638 State St. Dec. 6: Rumi Poetry Club @ Anderson Foothill Library. 7-9p. Free. 1135 S. 2100 E. Dec. 6: Motley’s Law @ The City Library. 7-9p. A portrait of Kimberley Motley, a former beauty queen who was the first Western litigation lawyer to work in Kabul, Afghanistan. Free. 210 E. 400 S.
Dec. 6: National Theater Live presents Hamlet @ Broadway Centre Cinemas. 611p. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. $20 GA, $15 OSHER/Senior/SLFS Member, $10 students. 111 E. Broadway. Dec. 1-3: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus @ Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. 8-11p. A one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up. $50. 138 W. 300 S. Dec. 1-3: Amahl and the Night Visitors @ The Grand Theatre. 7:30-10p. An opera in one act, this charming and heartwarming story, told through the eyes of a child, is a delight for audiences of all ages. $16-$22. 1575 State St. Dec. 2: Annual Holiday Craft Market Gallery Stroll Opening Reception @ Finch Lane Gallery. 6-9p. Free. 54 Finch Ln. Jewelry, ceramics, textiles, artwork, prints and letterpress items, art glass, holiday decorations, specialty foods and terrariums. 54 Finch Ln. Dec. 3: Winter Market @ Rio Grande. 10a-2p. Farm fresh produce, dairy, eggs, meat, specialty foods, fresh-baked foods and food trucks. 300 S. Rio Grande St. Dec. 3-4: 15th Annual Holiday Open House @ Red Butte Garden. 10a-5p. The Orangerie will be filled with local handmade gifts for sale including jewelry,
Dec. 3: Holiday Market @ UMFA. 11a5p. Find classic and contemporary hand-crafted items by local artisans for your holiday shopping list. Free. 410 Campus Center Dr..
Dec. 9-10, 16-17: Gift Market @ Trolley Square. F: 4-8p, Sa: 12-8p. Market is located upstairs near the Desert Edge Pub & The Spaghetti Factory. 600 S. 700 E. Dec. 9-10: Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular @ Abravanel Hall. F, Sa: 7:30-9:30p, Sa. only: 11a-1p. Utah Symphony presents a fun-filled performance for the entire family. $21-$87. 123 W. South Temple. Dec. 9: Dubwise w/ Dirt Monkey @ Urban Lounge. 9p. w/ Provoke, illoom. 21+. $10/$5 before 10:30. 241 S. 500 E. Dec. 10: Salty Cricket Composers Collective Holiday Sing-A-Long @ Rose Wagner. 11a-1p. An interactive, holiday music extravaganza. $5. 138 W. 300 S.
glass art, fiber art, photography, and more. Free. 300 Wakara Way. Dec. 3: Triple Trouble @ The City Library. 11a-1p. A film about a team of pets that head out to ask Saint Nicolas for presents for their animal friends. Presented by the Utah Film Center. Free. 210 E. 400 S.
Dec. 7: A Buddhamas Concert @ Ken Sanders Rare Books. 7-9p. Gino Sky w/ special guest Kate MacLeod. Performance and Food Bank fundraiser. Free. 268 200 E.
Dec. 10: The Bee’s True Stories From The Hive @ Urban Lounge. 6-9p. Making Peace: stories of conflict, compromise and compassion. $13. 241 S. 500 E.
Dec. 8: Ririe Woodbury’s Meet the Choreographer Series: Ann Carlson @ Rose Wagner. 12:30-1:30p. Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at her creative process. Refreshments provided. Free. 138 W. 300 S.
Dec. 10: Family Art Saturday: Wires Crossed @ UMOCA. 2-4p. Tove Storch uses the language of sculpture to visualize possibilities that exist outside of rigid expectations. Suggested $5. 20 S. W. Temple.
Dec. 3: Krampusnacht, Encountering the Christmas Devil @ Crone’s Hollow. 79p. 18+. Spaghetti dinner provided. Bring a dessert to share if you like. $15 cash, $17 credit cards. 3834 Main St. Dec. 3: The Mother Hips @ The State Room. 9p-12a. 21+. Rock w/ Special guest, Mudpuddle. $21. 638 State St. Dec. 4: Unity Holiday Extravaganza @ Sugar House Park Garden Center. 11a-4p. Sing, play and shop after Sunday Celebration with the Mountain West Chorale. Free. 1601 E. 2100 S.
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Dec. 4: Shane Mauss presents 'A Good Trip' (a comedy show about psychedelics) @ WiseGuys Comedy Club. 7:30-9:30p. Sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). 21+. $15. 194 S. 400 W.
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Dec. 20: Munipical Ballet Co.’s ‘River of Rosewater’ w/ Pixie and the Partygrass Boys @ the McCune Mansion. Performance: 5-6:30p, Gala show: 8pm. Municipal Ballet Co.'s reimagined story of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker," when 23-yearold Clara Silverhouse hosts a holiday party at her childhood home, drinks a bit too much absinthe, and has an amazing adventure-filled dream that takes the audience throughout the beautiful McCune Mansion. 5p show: $10; gala: $55. 200 N. Main St. Dec. 10: Sam Outlaw @ The State Room. 9p-12a. 21+. Country w/Special guest, Cale Tyson. $11. 638 State St. Dec. 10: Soulville Presents The Funky Furnace: DJ Feral Cat’s Winter Soul-stice @ Urban Lounge. 9:30p-2a. Red hot funk & soul dance party. 21+. Free before 10:30, $3 after. 241 S. 500 E. Dec. 12: The Wood Brothers @ The State Room. 8-11p. 21+. Folk Blues w/special guest, Ben Sollee. $32. 638 State St. Dec. 13: Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song @ The City Library. 7-9p. When a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a chase across the galaxy. Free. 210 E. 400 S.
Dec. 14: Stroller Tours @ UMOCA. 9:3010:30a. Explore “Object[ed]” exhibit with your children in tow. Free; suggested $5. 20 S. W. Temple. Dec. 14: Bluespace @ Rose Wagner. 7-9p. In this experimental documentary, the director of The City Dark explores the terraforming of Mars alongside the waterways of NYC. Free. 210 E. 400 S. Dec. 15: Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons @ The State Room. 8-11p. 21+. Rock. $16. 638 State St. Dec. 15-17: A Kurt Bestor Christmas @ The Eccles Theater. Th: 7:30p, F: 8p, Sa: 2p, 8p. Featuring an all-star band, a worldclass chamber orchestra, sophisticated sound and lights, special guests, storytelling and humor. $25-53. 131 S. Main. Dec. 16-17: The Sting & Honey Company presents ‘This Bird of Dawning’ @ Rose Wagner, Black Box Theatre. F & Sa: 7:30p, Sa. only: 2p. Nativity story told through poetry, mask, and music. Now in its ninth year. Nativity poetry written by poets from Shakespeare to Yeats to LiYoung Lee. $15. 138 W. 300 S. Dec. 16-17: It’s Not Cracker with NOWID & B-boy Federation @ UMOCA. 7:30p (come early for mulled wine & mingling). Party and performance. A warmup/twist on Hoffmann's 1816 holiday horror fantasy. $25/discounts available. 20 S. W. Temple.
Dec. 17: Winter Market @ Rio Grande. 10a-2p. Farm fresh produce, dairy, eggs, meat, specialty foods, freshbaked foods and food trucks. 300 S. Rio Grande St.
Dec. 17: Pacific Mambo Orchestra @ George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Center Theater. 7:30-10p. Bringing the classic sounds of the great Latin big bands of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s to the stage. $29. 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City.
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Dec. 17: Christmas Bird Count for Kids @ Tracy Aviary. 9a-1p. Bird experts help kids identify and count birds. $3. 589 E. 1300 S.
Dec. 29-31: Cirque Dreams Holidaze @ The Eccles Theater. Th: 7:30p, F: 8p, Sa: 2p. Circus-like holiday stage spectacular that features ornaments, costumes and acrobatics. Holiday themes, music and traditions for the entire family. $30-80. 131 S. Main St.
Dec. 17: Winter Solstice Celebration @ Red Butte Garden, children’s garden. 10am-2pm. Half-price admission.
Dec. 29: Pimps of Joytime @ Park City Live. 9p-2a. 21+. Brooklyn-based psychedelic funk band. $15-$30. 427 Main St., Park City.
Dec. 17: Third Saturday for Families: Clay Pots @ Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Ed. Complex. 1-4p. Experiment with coil slab, and pinch pot techniques. Free. 1721 Campus Center Dr. SAEC 3202.
Dec. 30: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic @ The Depot. 7:30p-12:30a. 21+. $35-40. 400 W. South Temple.
Dec. 18: 117th Audubon Society National Christmas Bird Count @ Red Butte Garden Visitor Center. 9amnoon. Bring camera & binoculars. Adults only. Preregister:: HTTP://BIT.LY/2GLJVGM
Dec. 31: Winter Market @ Rio Grande. 10a-2p. Farm fresh produce, dairy, eggs, meat, specialty foods, freshbaked foods and food trucks. 300 S. Rio Grande St.
Dec. 20: The Freedom To Marry @ The City Library. 79p. The same-sex marriage movement, from the final frenetic months of the legal and grassroots campaigns. Free. 210 E. 400 S.
Dec. 31: Releasing Ceremony @ The Inner Light Center. 12-2p. Bless and release 2016 and welcome in the new year. Free. 4408 500 E.
Dec. 20-24: Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Eccles Theater. T, W, Th: 7:30p, F: 2p & 8p, S: 1p. The landmark musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. about finding your other half. $30-$70. 131 S. Main.
Dec. 31: NYE Party w/ Flash & Flare @ Urban Lounge. 9p-2a. w/ DJ Matty Mo, DJ Feral Williams. 21+. $10/$5 before 10p. 241 S. 500 E. Dec. 31: Leftover Salmon @ The Depot. 9p-2a. 3 live sets. 21+. $40-45. 400 W. South Temple.
Dec. 21: Winter Solstice Concert & Candle Lighting @ The Inner Light Center. 7-9p. An evening of music, meditation and candle lighting to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Free. 4408 500 E.
Jan. 1: One World Expo & Concert @ Libby Gardner Concert Hall. 2-7p. Raising awareness and money to eradicate human trafficking. $29. 1375 Presidents Cir.
Dec. 21: Gerhard Richter Painting (documentary) @ UMFA. 7-9p. An intimate look into the world of one of the greatest living artists. Free. 410 Campus Center Dr.
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Real Foods rebrands as Redmond Heritage Farms Store As many of you likely know, the owners of Real Foods Market in Sugar House own their own farm. Redmond Heritage Farm in Redmond, Utah is home to the cows who produce the raw milk in their stores. That’s the law
in Utah—only the owner of the cow can sell the milk raw. Real Foods has gained a reputation for being the local gold standard for clean food. In addition to raw milk, cheese and yogurt, eggs from pas-
tured hens and grassfed meat also come from their own farm, as well as the ubiquitous product most Utahns are familiar with: the pink salt known as Real Salt—and
hence the 12-year-old Utah grocery chain’s former name, Real Foods. The Redmond brand also owns several other salt-related businesses; Earthpaste, a natural toothpaste; a bentonite clay company; and several (go figure) vinyl businesses. The name change from Real Foods Market to Redmond Heritage Farms Store capitalizes on the store’s mission: to bring real farm products to Utah. In addition to their own, Redmond Heritage Farms Store showcases products from local businesses and other farms along the Wasatch Front. 2209 S. Highland Drive. MonSat, 10am-7pm. 385.2664. Additional stores are located in Orem, St. George and Heber Valley. REDMONDFARMS.COM
Resilient living in Utah: Here’s the map The Utah Resilience Map is an open-source mapping project that connects various community-based groups and programs along the Wasatch Front. The project is the outgrowth of a global initiative titled #MapJam, which has over 80 cities participating worldwide. The purpose behind #MapJam is to bring communities together through the sharing of resources that promote grassroots projects, cooperatives and the commons. While the communities participating in this program share a common motif, individually they vary based on the intention of the map and local needs. The theme behind Utah’s map is resilience, —the ability to become strong, healthy or successful again after misfortune or change. This
Points on the map range from community gardens and social justice groups to alternative media outlets and innovative hubs.
ideal is deeply rooted in the philosophy of the map’s creators, Jim French and Emily Nicolosi. Their vision is inspired by finding ways to transition from a society reliant on finite resources such as fossil fuels, to one that focuses on renewable resources and sustainability. The goal of this project is to have a reliable platform where Utahns can communicate and collaborate on solving the issues affecting the community. French says that for this grassroots concept to be achieved, community participation is vital, which is why the Utah Resilience Map is open-sourced. Anyone can contribute to the evolution of the map by suggesting groups or projects that relate to resilience. Points on the map range from community gardens and social justice groups, to alternative media outlets and innovative hubs. This organic evolution will allow for the map to reflect the values and needs of the community. www.UtahResilienceMap.com
Sarina Villareal Gallery, an ephemeral exhibit The new Eccles Theater isn’t the only new, invigorating space that recently opened on Main St. Local artist Sarina Villareal opened a gallery of her own work next door to the Eccles, at 149 S. Main. Brightly colored canvases and living botanicals set the scene for a new, ephemeral type of gallery space in SLC. It opened October 21 and will close on winter Solstice, December 21. Inspired by psychology and modern research in the neuroscience of memory, Villareal’s work is based on the concepts of decay theory and interference theory. Decay theory sug-
gests that memories fade over time, while interference theory suggests that original memories remain intact, yet are not retrievable due to the interference of newly consumed experiences and information. “In a romantic sense, my space will go dormant with the winter much like flowers before the snow. It's also ironic that, like some short term memories, it fades away. But practically speaking, the space is sort of a gift and eventually my time will run out,” says Villareal. December hours to be announced: WWW.SARINAVILLAREAL.COM
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Poutine Your Mouth has garnered a loyal following on the festival circuit for three years now, attending festivals such as Coachella, Electric Forrest and Lightning in a Bottle. Late last month they opened a permanent storefront on 327 E. Broadway in downtown SLC. While owners Jen Buckalew and Ted Warner, are raising funds for their full build-out of the restaurant, they are calling it a “Reversteraunt.” How it works: You order your combination of fries, cheese curds, gravy and whatever other toppings your heart desires (eggs & bacon, chili & sour cream, sautéed mushrooms & kale) outside at the truck, which is parked at the above address. Then you can dine inside the building, which also continues as a gallery for local art. Their 30-day Kickstarter campaign launching December 2 will help fund their plans for the place: to be open 24 hours a day on the weekends, get
Imagine visiting a science center and museum with an interactive Universal Studios-styled destroyed city street showing what a neighborhood might look like following a 7.0 earthquake in Utah; a water purification and safety gallery; exhibits, immersive disaster rooms, and dioramas; roleplaying activities and mock field trip scenarios for school children; and ongoing classes on CPR, first aid, alternative cooking, food storage and more. That’s the vision of the Disaster Discovery Center Project, which has a longterm goal of establishing a place where Utahns can share ideas and to discuss relevant issues concerning safety. In the meantime, they are teaching innovative public disaster planning workshops they call Rebound in 72 (a reference to the minimum 72-hour survival kit typically recommended). These workshops are endorsed by Utah Valley’s Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security—helping the public plan for disasters from the time of impact to long-term resiliency. “Everyone in the state should make disaster planning a lifestyle one step at a time, with the knowledge that there are many free and low-cost ways to start,” says Darlene Turner, executive director. “ Experts tell us that it may take some time for outside assistance to arrive in the event of a disaster and in some cases, help may not arrive for days or even weeks. This program encourages Utahns to plan and prepare as much as possible and get educated about the kinds of disasters our state is susceptible to, including earthquakes (you know we live on a major fault line, right?), wind storms, fires, flooding, inclement weather and even human-caused incidents.” —Caitlin Hoffman-Haws Monthly 90-minute workshops: 7pm, third Thursdays. No charge. Sandy City Fire Station (9010 S. 150 E.). Sign up at DISASTERDISCOVERYCENTER.ORG.
Where the yoga teachers are We’re here to clear up the apple-cart upset of yoga teachers between Centered City Yoga and the Fallout Yoga, which has now relocated to approximately 21st East and 21st South and rebranded as 21st Yoga. See who went where, and what unique events you can find at each studio.
entered City Yoga still resides at 9th South and 9th East. It is still owned (and select classes taught) by D’ana Baptiste, with a full schedule by instructors: Patti Reno-Wood, Perry Layne Decker, Sarah-Elizabeth Levitt, Amanda Lee, Melissa Snow, Samantha Poth, Guruprasad Singh, Lin Ostler, Adam Ballenger, Kimberly Preston, Melissa Utermoehlen, Erin Meyer, Holli Diana, Holly Vasic, Kimberly Achelis-Hoggan, Chris Timmins, Nicole Gleave-Hicks, Autumn Salinas, Heather Brown, Jeni Car-
group of CCY teachers left last summer to begin their own studio. Their temporary landing pad was the westside Fallout, previously known mostly as a dance venue. More recently, the teachers took over the Sugar House space freed up by We Are Yoga, which moved a few blocks east to 2645 E. Parleys Way. 21st Yoga instructors include Alyssa Kriss, Alicia Gunter, Ashley Detrick, Abbey Daw, Annastasia Kaessner, Claudette Halverson, Katie
bonara, Anne Gardiner, Kristina Sandi, Johnnae Nardone, Demi McConkey, James Davis, Meg Hinds, Brooke McNaughton, Jason Lawner, Roger Coulombe, Olin Levitt, Anne Marie Gardiner, Erin Grieve, John Sarbo, Sean Hartley, Annette Drown, Melanie Walton, Alison Harris, Aron Stein, and Ashlee Shurtleff. Once a month James Davis teaches Dub Yoga. Ongoing workshops include Belly Dance, Kalari, teacher training, Sanskrit & Ayurveda, and Acro yoga. CCY is also offering yoga retreats in January and March in Yolapa, Mexico, near Puerto Vallarta. Centered City Yoga, 926 E. 900 South. CENTEREDCITYYOGA.COM
Schiffgen, Lucy Dillon, James Hardy, Scott Moore, Kim Dastrup, John Cottrell, Katie Ovrom, Amy Conn, Chris Lemon, Leslie Czerwinki, Daniel Rodier and Trisha McBride. The popular CCY event Glow Yoga (Friday night with glow sticks and rockin’ music) is still offered monthly and taught by James Hardy. In addition to the notion that mainstream yoga should be all-inclusive, 21st Yoga’s mission states a commitment to social justice and community building. Their first social justice event was a fundraiser for Standing Rock. A caravan of 21st Yoga community supporters then traveled to Standing Rock on Thanksgiving weekend to deliver winter clothing donations for those protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. 21st Yoga, 2065 E. 2100 South. Facebook: HTTP://BIT.LY/2FHANHN
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Sometimes, the best gifts are things that don’t cost anything, or have sentimental value well beyond the monetary value. In the spirit of this season, CATALYST staff and writers reflect on those things that keep them feeling loved long after the wrapping is gone. BY CATALYST STAFF
he day I was born, I was given a small stuffed bear called Paddington. I gummed and later chewed on his short black felt ears until they were no more. One year, my mom told me I should put him out on the fireplace mantle on Christmas Eve. “Santa Claus,” she said, “can fix his ears and make them new again.” Sure enough, come Christmas morning, there sat Paddington on the fireplace mantle with a new pair of perfectly shaped half-moon ears. I couldn’t believe Santa had actually done it. —Benjamin Bombard
he best gift of Christmas was the annual upheaval of our buttoned-down formal living room to accommodate a real spruce. We lived in the Bahamas, so the tree had to travel a long, long way to get to us, and it was a challenge to pick one from the lot that wasn't already half-dead, but there was nothing better to me than decorating that tree with our real glass baubles and the tinsel strands and the three strings of colored lights, and crowning it with the card-
board-and-aluminum-foil star I had made with my mother back when I was about four years old. My favorite place was the safe little corner behind the tree. I would lie on the floor on my back, fallen needles pricking my neck, and look up through the branches while the impossible geometries made by the blinking, candy-colored lights brought the Universe into ineffable harmony. I did this every year until I was too big to fit behind the tree! It was a world within a w o r l d — ephemeral, but one that never really left me. As an adult artist, I was immediately drawn to working with LED lights, and I’ve been trying to share my “realm of light” with other people ever since. —Alice Bain Toler
t 18 years old, I spent Christmas with my first love, who gifted me a custom-made pendant with a beautiful sea blue Larimar gemstone at the center to represent the power of the feminine; a deep red rhodolite garnet to awaken self worth on the spiritual path; a raw, orange spessartite garnet
to represent creativity and sexual attraction and finally a raw, green tremolite to access higher knowledge. He chose these stones to symbolize the things he loves about me. Truly it is one of the most beautiful pieces of jewelry I have ever laid eyes on it. Wearing it brings me comfort and reminds me that I am loved. I will cherish this piece forever. —Janey Lyon
y family has a particularly imaginative oral history, loosely based on facts and revolving around a few favorite characters one of which is my greatgrandmother. I’m told that her family lived in Italy and before she was born they won the lottery and decided to move to Argentina. When my great-grandmother was born in Buenos Aires, her mother decided to name her Carmen, instead of the Italian equivalent, Carmela. Carmen grew up to be flamboyant and boisterous, a woman who was loved and slightly feared. Her specialty in the kitchen was squid ink pasta and her style was perhaps slightly gaudy. I’m also told that she loved cruises and had a special suite of hats and shawls for her social escapes across the ocean. Recently my grandmother gave me a picture of Carmen standing next to her husband in front of a grocery store. Her husband, my greatgrandfather, was a farmer. They owned the grocery store and stocked it with their own produce. In the photograph, Carmen looks considerably larger than her husband, a proud, tall
woman with a stern looking face. When I was born, my parents decided to name me Carmen after this family legend, forever gifting me with a connection to our beloved and formidable ancestor. —Carmen Taylor
uba was born in pre-Putin Russia 13 years ago—hence the Russian name. A French bulldog, she was probably smuggled into the states illegally by a Russian immigrant living in St. Louis, Missouri. My parents saw her and her sister in an ad in the St. Louis Post Dispatch and bought her for an unheard-of low price; that's why we think she was smuggled in. Luba was on a plane to Salt Lake the next day and has been with us in Logan ever since. She is now a grand old senior and the sweetest reminder of my parents, the consummate shoppers, who passed away in 2007 and 2008 respectively. —Dennis Hinkamp
y mother was the best gift giver. With little to no money she always made the holidays special by giving from her “treasures.” She acquired quite the collection of interesting jewelry through the years. As a child, one of my favorite pieces was a blue glass octagon-shaped box with a white unicorn inlayed on the top. Inside, the box held a small round, blue stone pendant with a silver unicorn cut into the stone—perfectly enchanting for a magic-loving young girl. One year, after I was out of college and all “grown up,” my mother gifted me the unicorn pendant for winter Solstice and I finally got to wear it. It’s a cherished piece that I wear often, especially when I need to feel my mom’s love. This gift is priceless to me. —Adelaide Ryder
ots of kids have invisible friends, but when one of my daughters was small she had a whole tribe of invisible pandas. One day she and her older sister asked me if I ever had an invisible friend, and I told them I did. Her name was Flowery the Bear and she used to fly upside down in an airplane. My family moved to Utah just before I went to kindergarten, and Flowery didn’t come with us. When my kids handed me their present they were all anticipation to see me open it. Inside was a teddy bear made of flowery plush. It was
Flowery the Bear! I keep her on my pillow and sleep with her every night, and sometimes when little kids come over I let them play with her. —Amy Brunvand
ur best Christmas present was celebrating Christmas for the first time when we were about six years old. Being the only Jews in the first grade was really confusing. "How will Santa know that we decided to celebrate Christmas this year?" we asked our mom when we put our first letters to Santa in the mailbox. "He'll know, I told him," said my mom. We remember thinking in disbelief, “How is our Jewish mother so well connected with Santa that she can have conversations with him?” Christmas day came and we found footprints from the elves all over our living room (strangely these elves left white footprints made with flour!?), the half-eaten cookies and milk, a buttload of gifts under the tree, and a little hand-written note from Santa left on the table. We can't even remember what presents we opened that day save one of those globes you build out of puzzle pieces. We mostly just remember the pure excitement and surprise with Santa's visit. Boy, was that the last time we ever doubted the reach of our mom’s network. —Sophie and Rachel Silverstone
he best Christmas gift I’ve ever received I got last year from my parents: a soft and fluffy, light blue and snow-flaked snuggly robe. Last year, my husband and I had gotten into a very serious car accident only two days before Christmas, in a car we had newly purchased only two days before. Sentimentality makes me think perhaps no one getting hurt was the real gift but the robe still reminds me of how grateful I am for my family who drove in from Vegas to see us after the accident and to bring my family, and Christmas, home. —Caitlin Haws
y tiller. It c h a n g e d everything. No longer was I a small, gimpy woman facing a quarter-acre of crappy grass and weeds. I was a small, powerful, mecha-
nized force that could literally change the face of the landscape. And I did. For all the years that I could use it, my backyard was a wondrous place: beautiful, functional, slightly wild, and critter friendly. Now that I've had my shoulder rebuilt (which the tiller helped to shred), I hope to use that most awesome of gifts once again, and reclaim my suburban nirvana. —Diane Olson
am lucky enough to have two “bestloved” gifts. The carefully wrapped baby toy under our tree in 1971 announced to my two sisters and I the coming of our brother
Michael. Two Christmases later, baby sister Katie made her appearance. This year we will all be together again in that family home on Christmas Eve for the first time in decades. Who knows what we’ll find under that tree! —Polly Plummer Mottonen
he best gift I ever got was too many new songs. For my 55th birthday. I had asked my friends for a copy of their favorite song. That was a while ago, so most of them came on CDs. I received close to 500 songs. Some became my favorites and still live in my iTunes folder, with the donor’s names in the Comments field. The second best gift I ever got was an iTunes gift certificate for 100 African songs that I gave myself for Christmas one year. The best part was “unwrapping” the gift over the next three weeks. Starting from “World,” I listened my way through “African” with diversions into “French Pop.” Going at it alphabetically I got mired down in the M’s, (there are a lot of African musicians whose last names begin with M) and ended up working backwards from Z. —John deJong
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grew up the youngest of three children. My brother, 14 years older than I, abandoned me for the seminary when I was a toddler, then again a few years later for the Marines. My sister, 11 years older than I, soon ditched me for a husband. I grew up, essentially, an only child—a shock, after all the pleasant interaction of early years. (Can you tell I have issues here?) But family get-tegethers meant siblings plus spouses and lots of nieces and nephews. I liked that. On Thanksgiving of the year I turned 40, my dad got diagnosed with esophogeal cancer. He’d previously had a stroke. As the child with fewest encumbrances, I flew home to Wisconsin to help Mom with his care. My sister, who lived nearby, had a family to tend but she, too, came home almost daily. Daddy was a joy to care for, even though he was not much good at moving or talking. He was rarely in pain, grateful to be read to, and kept busy knitting. I drew pictures. I practiced my violin— previously his violin—and played the piano. He lived on little bottles of ginseng flown in from a Salt Lake Asian market. It was a strangely happy time, though intense. In addition, I had no contact with my Utah life (pre-laptop/internet). Phone calls were expensive. The flat light of a grey Wisconsin December courts Seasonal Affective Disorder in the most stable of people. After a month, I was going a tiny bit stircrazy. Also, the processed dining fare of elderly smalltown Midwesterners was beginning to wear on me. Then my brother, a hermit type who lived in the middle of a na-
tional forest, wrote books and appreciated good food, brandy and cigars and lived about two hours away, arrived. I may have actually cried when he walked through the door, carrying a box of beautiful groceries —greens other than head lettuce; av-
REMEMBRANCE OF GIFTS PAST
For several nights we sat down at the table together—Mom and Dad and we three kids, ages 39, 51 and 53—a nuclear family for the first time since I was in a high chair. I remembered where each o f us used to sit. Except for cosmetic changes,
pages from my illustrated journal that Christmas
ocados; dark c h o co l a te ; good olive oil, Tobasco sauce, real coffee; all manor of fresh fruit and more.
ever ything, including the lighting, was exactly the same. We were together again. I felt smug with the rightness of my world.
I love that little necklace, now 25 years old, for the memories it brings back.
My sister got me out to the mall one evening. We bought matching necklaces—small plastic Christmas tree lightbulbs on a thin green thread. In a little coffee shop I drank espresso and she ate chocolate-covered espresso beans. We stayed up all night. Other than that, no one cared to venture far from home. A St. Vincent dePaul thrift store, six houses down the street from ours, is where we did our Christmas shopping that year. And we all got knitted dish cloths from Dad. In-laws and grandchildren arrived for Christmas eve. All my dad’s musical instruments were hauled out. We played for hours. Then my husband and my brother’s wife fetched him from his deathbed, enthroned him in the living room recliner and we played everything again. It was solemn, sad and joyous all at once. My mom, sister and I were with him when he passed peacefully, early on a Sunday morning three weeks later. He’d cheated and won at checkers the night before. His last words were, “It’s alright, it’s okay.” My mother, who had been so grief-stricken prior, stared in disbelief. “I feel like the gift disappeared and I’m left holding the wrapping,” she said. Perhaps because I do not have a lot of experiences like this in my life—it comes with being the way-youngest child—I cherish the memory of this Christmas so deeply. It’s hard to believe how much older my siblings have gotten in the last 25 years. Still, I hope we can hang out together again someday soon and maybe even talk about the olden days when we were a little family. Either way, I have the gift of this memory. ◆ Greta Belanger deJong is the editor and publisher of CATALYST.
METAPHORS FOR THE MONTH Osho Zen Tarot: Letting Go, Receptivity, Laziness Medicine Cards: Lynx, Antelope, Butterfly Mayan Oracle: Portal of Transcendence, Resolution of Duality Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Nine of Disks, Ace of Cups Aleister Crowley Deck: Sun, Happiness, Queen of Cups Healing Earth Tarot: Five of Wands, Empress, Man of Crystals Words of Truth: Appropriate Form, Elimination, Lovers
strologically, taking risks this month gives you fresh insights and skills to navigate the uncharted future. With a Mercury Retrograde December 19-January 8, doublecheck those travel plans and have a backup. This month, explore ways to make this time precious. Something greater is waiting for you if you will let go of past perceptions and allow gravity to do its work. Gravity is pulling you to go with the universal flow rather than the opinions and patterns of your conditioned mind. You are exhausted with the effort exerted over the past few months that may or may not have gotten you anywhere. Truth clarifies over time and you may be surprised to notice, over the next year, that some things you were so attached to and believed in are no longer real. When you let go of identifying with your personal “I”, you will rediscover the innocence you’d abandoned in your quest to be right. This is a month to reengage with your sensitivity, intuition and compassion. When you seek things of light, you automatically begin to dissolve obstacles that have kept you separate from experiencing being a part of the whole. It is time to listen. Listening is passive in that you have to let go of your ego and forget yourself completely. When you are open and receptive, you make fertile ground for new information to germinate in your consciousness.
Intuitive patterns for December BY SUZANNE WAGNER
Amidst the holidays, parties, family and friends, there is a quietude that allows you to relax and enjoy some deeply needed rest. However, be alert to the unexpected happening, especially toward the end of the month. If you’ve been engaged in an inner battle, examine the views you hold that are contrary to your development as a whole and conscious person. Notice where your inner dialogue stops your progress and locks you into an energysapping position. You can waste a lot of energy
You are both light and dark. Learn to see both. Then you can move through life with less reactivity and more authenticity. propping up a belief that is no longer valid or a perception that is not true. Within you is a compassionate and giving heart. Within you is a quiet and clear mind that is centered and objective. It is time to discover both and allow them to guide you. Notice the gifts in not getting what you want. It can point out the delusions of the ego. It may inspire new goals. Sometimes it forces you to admit you’ve been bamboozled. This month you stand at a Portal of Transcendence, a doorway to your true self. But to see that doorway, you need to see where you got caught in duality, choosing one side and ignoring the other. You are always both sides, light
and dark. When you learn to see both, then you can see the whole truth and move through life with less reactivity and more authenticity. You are in a process of transformation. It is time to listen to that secret voice inside. Those who hold the greatest wisdom are much less willing to speak it. Learning how to hold your tongue until it is the right time is a lesson of this month. Real power does not need to yell, scream or make others do what it wants. True wisdom allows for the journey all individuals need to take to discover what is true for them. Truth cannot be taught or explained. It has to be experienced. Instead of pushing our opinions on each other, listen and observe from where that information is anchored in your body and theirs—is it from the mind, the heart or the gut? How the information is anchored says a lot about people and how they organize their reality. Only by understanding one another can we both find our own truth. Also this month, let go of the fantasy of past people in your life. Accept what the Universe is offering you instead. Clinging to those who cannot “see” you is no longer appropriate. Let go of waiting for them to recognize your light and love. Move on. Let those who can see your light and appreciate your heart be your spiritual family. ◆ 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
A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world BY DIANE OLSON
DEC 1 Birds add so much movement and vitality to winter’s stark landscape. Watch for juncos, house finches, black-capped chickadees, Downey woodpeckers and the glorious red-shafted flicker.
pollinated by hummingbirds. As house plants, they prefer high humidity and consistent temperatures. DEC 5 Web-building spiders glean information about their surroundings by plucking the threads of their web like guitar strings. The playback is received by organs on each of their legs called slit sensillae.
DEC 2 Look for Venus near the waxing Moon tonight and tomorrow night. Venus may be our sister planet, but she’s not a sister you’d want to visit. Surface local Utah wines make DEC 6 Yes, your dog’s paws smell like Fritos. temperatures are hot a great gift It’s caused by a combienough to melt lead nation of yeast and and it rains sulfuric acid. pseudomonas bacteria found in DEC 3 This would be a good day to paw crevices. And it’s perfectly stock up on wine and other spirits, normal. before the liquor stores are crazy busy. tumn) and plum blossom DEC 7 FIRST QUARTER MOON. Mistletoe is a parasite that pen(winter). etrates the branches of DEC 4 Christmas trees and shrubs to cactus are nasuck up water and tive to the nutrients. An ecoc o a s t a l logical keystone mountains of species, it supports southeastern a wide array of Brazil. They plants, animals grow in the and insects. In the forks of tree Southwest, it limbs or lives on palo among v e r d e , rocks, mesquite, jua n d niper, pine and are eucalyptus.
DEC 8 Mistletoe extract is used as a cancer treatment in Europe. DEC 9 Esther Peterson, a life-long crusader for consumer, civil, women’s and worker rights—and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom—was born in Provo on this day in 1906. DEC 10 Have you mailed your out-of-town packages yet? Do it.
Holiday kissin! You “mite” want to hold off an extra second New Year’s Eve (See Dec 27 and 31) DEC 11 Humpback whales around gift-giving, during which masters the world are mysteriously rescu- served their slaves, women were ing other animals from orcas (aka permitted to mingle with men and killer whales), which feed on sea free speech was respected. lions, otters, sharks and the calves of other whales. Scientists are baffled by what appears to be a concerted global effort to foil orca hunts. DEC 12 Poinsettia, which are native to Central America, prefer a warm room, indirect sun and water only when the soil is dry. DEC 13 FULL LONG NIGHT MOON/SUPERMOON, This is the last of the year’s three successive supermoons, as our satellite’s elliptical orbit brings it closer to Earth than usual. DEC 14 It’s mating time for great horned owls. DEC 15 In Icelandic lore, lazy villagers who didn’t finish processing the autumn wool before Christmas risked being eaten by the human-flesh-hungry Yule Cat. DEC 16 Top holiday pet dangers: holly, mistletoe, lilies, tinsel, tree lights and glass ornaments, anything with the artificial sweetener xylitol and turkey bones. DEC 17 This was once the first day of Saturnalia, a Roman festival first celebrated around 217 B.C. It was a week of eating, drinking and
DEC 18 Having guests over for the holidays? This would be a good time to rinse the good dishes, cutlery and glassware, and to wash tablecloths and linens. DEC 19 The tradition of the Yule log likely began with the ancient Norse, who drank, feasted and sacrificed animals at midwinter in honor of the god Odin, known as “Yule father.” DEC 20 LAST QUARTER MOON. The Ursids meteor shower peaks tonight. DEC 21 WINTER SOLSTICE/FIRST DAY OF WINTER. This is the shortest day of the year, as the Sun reaches its farthest point south. For the next three days, it will rise and set at the same time, then
begin its journey back to the northern hemisphere. Party at Stonehenge! DEC 22 There’s a lovely astral menage a trois with the Moon, Jupiter and blue star Spica late tonight. Jupiter’s four largest moons are named after the Roman god’s lovers: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. DEC 23 In Roman mythology, Jupiter surrounded himself with a cloud to hide his infidelities. But his wife Juno, suspicious of the whole cloud thing, blew away his cover. Thus Juno, NASA’s cleverly named Jupiter probe. DEC 24 CHANUKAH BEGINS. Tonight was once celebrated as Mōdraniht, or Night of the Mothers, when all the great goddesses gave birth and the world was born. DEC 25 CHRISTMAS DAY. Christmas trees first appeared in Germany in the 17th century. The custom didn’t spread, though, until Germany’s Prince Albert married Queen Victoria. Then, in 1848, an American newspaper printed a photo of one, sparking their popularity in the U.S. DEC 26 On cold nights, large groups of small birds crowd together in tight spaces to share body heat. Dense evergreens, tree cavities and large vines are popular winter roosts. DEC 27 Every time you kiss someone, you exchange face mites. DEC 28 Packed snow begins to squeak underfoot at about 5 degrees F. At 0 degrees F, the squeak becomes hollow-sounding. DEC 29 NEW MOON. A new species of millipede, recently discovered in California, has 414 legs, four penises, 200 poison glands that spray a mysterious substance, strange, toothy mouthparts and hairs that exude a silk-like substance.
DEC 30 Time seems to speed up as we get older because our brains calculate the perception of time based upon the percentage of time we've lived. When you’re 2, a year represents half your life. But the years between ages 10 to 20 seem to pass as quickly as those between ages 5 to 10. And the 40 years from ages 40 to 80 fly by at the speed of just five younger years. DEC 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE. Hold that kiss: World timekeepers are adding a leap second just before midnight tonight. Happy New Year! ◆ Diane Olson’s Urban Almanac (which also spawned a book) has fueled many a Twitter feed and fun conversation, as she introduced us to the celestial, mythic and natural goings-on of our Universe. Beginning next month, she is taking a break from Urban Almanac to focus on other writing. Thank you, Diane, for decades of tasty and humorous enlightenment!
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