Bright Future

Bright Future

CATALYST converses with Sonita (pron. So nee TA), Afghani rapper-turned-Utah school girl.

By Katherine Pioli

A slight girl, her smooth black hair half revealed by a slipping head scarf, holds a spoon to her lips like a microphone and stands above a crowd of school girls as she belts out a rap in Farsi that they gleefully chant back to her. Fortune cards! Buy your fortune from me! My future is bright. Don’t worry about me. The girl is Sonita (pronounced with the accent on the “a”) Alizadeh, a brave young Afghani refugee in Iran (now a resident of Utah) and the subject of the film Sonita, by Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami. The film won the Audience Award at the 2015 International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam last fall, and was a selection at last month’s 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

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Gardening Trends

Gardening Trends

Syncing with nature.

CATALYST isn’t big on rehashing materials from marketing and publicity firms. But once a year, one organization produces a press release that makes us, well, swoon. It’s the Garden Media Group, and they define annual trends regarding garden, landscape design and green living, based on worldwide re­search and just the kind of wishful thinking we appreciate.

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Garden Like A Boss

Garden Like A Boss

How to prune for bumper fruit.

By James Loomis

Every year, without fail, I’m ready to declare “SPRING!” months before the calendar gives consent. Sometime in February, when a 48-degree day feels like T-shirt weather, the soil peeks its dark little face out of the melting snow and immediately begins talking dirty to me. It might only be February, but this guy can no longer tolerate clean hands and confinement.

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Dancing with the Dead

Dancing with the Dead

Get clear, free, creative and emotionally present...in the cemetery.

By Stephanee Grosscup

I go walking, almost daily. I like to walk uphill. It’s great exercise and the view of Salt Lake Valley (from what I call the Top Of The World) is fantastic. Here’s my routine: A familiar play list of music and a consistent path. This path leads me to the City Cemetery. This is where I go for my daily dose of dancing with the dead.

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

The origins of Valentine’s day and insights to fertility and successful copulation.

By Nicole deVaney

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate the 14th of Feb­ruary? Why more than 58 million lbs of chocolate are sold during Vale­n­tine's week? It's the most important holiday for florists, accounting for 32% of annual sales. What’s up with yet another corporate-sponsored holiday? We’re still pulling the pine needles from the carpet & sweating off the love handles of Christmas! If you were to Google the origins of Valentine’s Day, you might find stories filled with blood and gore surrounding the death of two different saints by the name of Valentine. The stories are shrouded in mystery, as neither legend as to what truly happened can be confirmed.

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  • Feb 11, 2016
    Sophie Says: Catalyst Winter Playlist Song #4 - "Yes I'm Changing" by Tame Impala
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    Somewhere between the fog of poor air quality, haste and embarrassment I write you from the large hiatus in blog posts. I certainly hope I can make clear the ingenuity of Tame Impala’s ability relating to the human condition with their honest lyrics and their bold sound. Tame Impala, AKA Kevin Parker (he writes, plays and arranges virtually all of the music), has been my musical beacon since I found him in 2010. Currents, their third full-length album narrated and brought light to dark places in 2015 and now into 2016 for me, personally.

    Posted in Sophie Says
  • Feb 11, 2016
    The Aquarium Age: Feb. 10-16
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    Alert! Last week there was an astrology error in the Weekly Frequency—fortunately, that’s something that doesn’t happen often! I wrote that the Sun/Mars square was ending but I was a week early. My apologies to those who expected grumpy attitudes and irritated outbursts to have faded away by this week. If you’re reading this column for the first time, the Sun signifies vitality, Mars represents assertion, and squares signal friction—so a Sun/Mars square raises the specter of those Disney Dwarfs we seldom hear about—Angry, Irate, and Hostile—apparently all of whom now work for Trump.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Feb 05, 2016
    The Aquarium Age: Feb. 3-9
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    The pace of regular routines accelerates this week—the planets are forming potent combinations that not only support ambitious endeavors but also provide the potential for powerful insights that add depth perception to what might otherwise be seen as mundane events. This astral acceleration is likely to be a bit bumpy, and emotional bodies (yours or others’) might be upset by the surprising developments and unexpected outcomes that are part of the planetary package. But there’s no need to anticipate that those unanticipated twists and turns will be negative—they are simply unforeseen, a condition of these transformational times that’s becoming increasingly commonplace. As always, the best way through uncertainty is to stay confident in your ability to stay centered within. Then, do you best to integrate your principles into action.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Feb 02, 2016
    Sundance Film Festival Review: Holy Hell
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    Will Allen is a family man: he believes that unity, honesty, and love are invaluable virtues to the family unit; honesty being the most important. So, when Allen found out that his “father” had been lying to his sisters and hurting his brothers, he left, and made a documentary about his family life. Will’s family just so happens to be a cult. Yes—Waco, Jonestown, and a rather more famous “family”—a cult.

    Posted in Sundance

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