Garden Like a Boss

Garden Like a Boss

Better rainwater collection with a First Flush diverter—buy the kit or make your own.

By James Loomis

We live in a desert. (Well, technically, we live in a steppe). It’s easy to forget that sometimes, especially when we live in a city lush with trees, lawns and golf courses. It’s even easier to forget in spring, the season filled with green possibilities, although this spring has been remarkably dry. Reality check time: Utahns are among the highest per capita water users in the U.S., and a large portion of this water goes to irrigate landscapes. As gardeners, we rely on irrigation to grow the majority of our vegetables and flowers in our high desert climate, and by using municipal water for irrigation we are jacking up our per person water tally dramatically. However, cutting our reli­ance on this water is simple, inexpensive and completely practical for anyone with a roof.

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The Kratom Chronicles

The Kratom Chronicles

A traditional jungle herb used for pain and anxiety relief stirs up controversy in the United States.

By Alice Toler

What if I told you there was an herb used by thousands to self treat chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and to wean off dangerous opioid medications, and that a controversy over legality was currently playing out state by state in the USA? You’d think I was talking about marijuana, right? But you’d be wrong. It’s kratom.

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Aging at Home

Aging at Home

How cohousing communities can ease the transition into later life.

By Katherine Pioli

When old age, a stroke and an accident resulting in two broken femurs left Cindy Turnquist’s father-in-law unable to complete even modest personal tasks, Turnquist and her family made the decision that many American families end up making, to re-situate their aging loved one in a care facility where, they expected, trained staff would be able to give necessary and immediate attention, medical and otherwise. But while housed at the facility, Turnquist’s father-in-law suffered a second stroke, one the family believed went unnoticed for some time by the over burdened staff, and they decided a facility was not the best option.

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Memoirs of a Lucky Man

Memoirs of a Lucky Man

Requiem for the Living by Jeff Metcalf.

By Mike Place

In the one of the classics of the Hindu religion, the Katha Upani­shad, written some 3,000 years ago, a little boy named Nachiketa meets the Indian deity of Death who is called Yama. Along the way the boy and Death bargain with each other, discuss the foundations of how we know ourselves, our soul, our place in time and the idea of moksha—the sense of true liberation. Ultimately what’s told in the story of the Katha is that knowing ourselves and a faith and belief in our own story is the highest bliss. It’s a lesson of what can be learned from death if we sit with it for a while and think.

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On the Road with Democracy Now!

On the Road with Democracy Now!

With Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!

By Sophie Silverstone

Progressive journalist Amy Goodman took the stage at Rose Wagner April 18 to talk about her sixth and newest book: Democracy Now: Twenty Years of Cover­ing the Movements Changing America. She is the host of Democracy Now!, an independent news program broadcast weekdays on more than 1,400 public TV and radio stations and the Internet around the globe. The diminuitive Goodman, just barely peeking over the wooden podium, remarked on how she couldn’t see the front row, and visa versa. Addressing the 500-person near-capacity crowd in the Jeanné Wag­ner theater, she gave her talk standing beside the podium, sometimes leaning on it for support, microphone in hand.

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  • May 26, 2016
    The Aquarium Age: May 25-31
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    Once again, it’s hard to know where to start writing about the astrology for the week. The Grand Trine in Earth Signs continues to provide a positive backdrop to daily life. Mercury is direct. But Mars continues to disrupt regular routines, making a peaceful passage through the days nearly impossible, even if its disruption is only felt from afar and not through personal incident. As the next several weeks unfold, it’s important to stay true to yourself so that you can maintain an inner clarity even if you can’t find an external one.

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  • May 19, 2016
    The Aquarium Age: May 18-24
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    I could cobble together a clever line or two about the difficulty of living in interesting times, or I could just quote Herman’s Hermits and suggest singing endless rounds of I’m Henry the Eighth I am, Henry the Eighth I am, I am because the second verse is the same as the first. Especially this week as daily life unfolds in pattern similar to last week and the week before that. But there is one important exception: Mercury goes direct early Sunday morning, May 22, and as its “forward” motion gathers momentum, regular routines resume with renewed vigor. Just be aware, Mercury Direct does not translate into an immediate x-marks-the-spot clarity.

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  • May 19, 2016
    The Novice’s Grimoire: May 19 – 26
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    This week our Mystery Topic is the crystal labradorite—specially requested by CATALYST’s editor, Greta deJong. Labradorite is an iridescent stone that can be found in shades of gray-green, dark gray, black, or grayish-white. It is comprised of layers that refract light in such a way so as to create flashes of blue, gold, green and copper red.

    Posted in Novice's Grimoire
  • May 12, 2016
    The Novice’s Grimoire: May 12 – 19
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    Welcome back Novices! This week we are talking about pine oil. Besides being a holiday favorite and a prickly friend, the pine tree and its parts have many various uses. It is believed that the pine tree originated in Austria and Russia, and from there spread around the world. In some Japanese households, a sprig of pine is placed over the front door to keep joy within the house. If a cross is made of pine needles and set before the fireplace, it is said that evil cannot then enter the household. In order to make oneself immune to bullets, one may try collecting pinecones on midsummer’s eve, then eating the nuts from the pinecones daily—maybe don’t try this one... But let us narrow our focus on the oil from the pine tree.

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