Alternative Therapies, Health

A Doctor with the Time to Listen: A different approach to wellness through naturopathy

“If you want to practice medicine, you better find something else,” an allopathic doctor once adviseded a sincere young pre-med student. Babbie Lester heeded that doctor’s words an …

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Community, Culture

Brazilians in Utah

Sitting at a long steel commercial kitchen countertop in her chef’s apron, Perola Drogueti spoons a thick creamy pudding of condensed milk from a large metal bowl and smears it int …

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Community, Politics, Social Justice

Who You Gonna Call?

It’s weird to have to hesitate before calling when you need the police: Will the cops make a situation worse? Cops killed more than 100 unarmed American black people in 2015. This …

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Garden, Permaculture

I Love Bindweed

In the world of permaculture, this weed has a worthy job to do. I love bindweed. (Or morning glory, if that’s what you prefer to call it, or Convolvulus, if you’re a proper geek.) …

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Calystegia sepium is a plant with showy white flowers. However, because of its quick growth, clinging vines and broad leaves, it can overwhelm and pull down cultivated plants including shrubs and small trees.

Community, Culture, Relationships

Breaking Free: From “MILF & Cookies” to “Eyes Wide Shut”

Risque Soiree has  an active clientele  in Utah. People still talk about Stanley Kubrick’s weird and kinky last film… the one where Tom Cruise leads us into a world of seduction, w …

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Ask Umbra: What’s the greenest way to get rid of hornets and yellow jackets?

Q. Dear Umbra, What’s the most environmentally responsible way to deal with hornets and yellow jackets nesting near people? Sprays seem pretty toxic to everything (not just the sti …

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Food & Health, Garden, Local Harvest

Ask Umbra: Is it safe to eat veggies grown near a busy city street?

Q. Dear Umbra, I was getting all excited to plant some herbs and maybe veggies in containers on the balcony of my new apartment this summer. But the balcony faces out to a busy roa …

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Garden, Home, Nature

The Urban Almanac

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural worldAUG 1 Today is Lammas, the beginning of the fall harvest season. AUG 2 NEW MOON. This month has two birt …

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Intuitive Arts

Metaphors for the Month

Your essence creates the forms you experience in your life. The more willing you are to dive deep into your essence, the more clear the reality becomes because you are no longer ne …

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Enjoy

Slightly Off Center: Summer Memories

The “lunch beep” vacation was about 48 summers ago but I remember it like it was yesterday’s selfie. In the days before all cars had entertainment centers or air conditioning and n …

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Politics, Social Justice

You Decide: Terrorism and the Responsibility of Choice

When we think of terrorism—both conceptually and literally—most of us will immediately think of it as an outside, threatening force that we must protect ourselves from. It is somet …

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