Green Jell-O for the Genius Loci

Green Jell-O for the Genius Loci

Earth Day and Poetry Month

By Amy Brunvand

Can poetry save the Earth? Frankly, I think it’s a splendid idea. Lately I’ve spent quite a lot of time out in the streets trying to save the Earth,3 and it’s clear to me there has been a communications breakdown. The potential for catastrophic environmental crisis is making our present situation increasingly dicey, yet it often seems like the wrong people are trying to address the problems in various unhelpful ways.

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Editor's Notebook: Keeping CATALYST Awesome

Editor's Notebook: Keeping CATALYST Awesome

So much comes down to a conversation.

By Greta Belanger deJong

As we go to press, we are in the midst of our first fund-raiser as a nonprofit (March 31: Love Utah Give Utah). A huge hug and thanks to those who havecontributed from December 2015 through March 28. You mean the world to us.

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The Awkward Conversation

The Awkward Conversation

It takes patience and love on all sides.

By Billy Palmer

Allow me to tell you a story, one that serves as an analogy for the awkward conversation that often ensues when a white person and a person of color discuss the topic of race and racism. It goes something like this: A woman, standing at a train stop with a blindfold on, asks a man tied to the tracks when the train will arrive. The man on the tracks responds, “I don’t know, but I’d rather be in the train than under it.”

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Can We Prevent Aging?

Can We Prevent Aging?

Following our ancestors’ feast-or-famine diet may improve our lives.

By Katherine Pioli

For most of us, that seems like a strange and perhaps unproductive question. Of course not, should be the obvious answer. Time goes on, we age along with every other living thing (and even non-living things if you consider phenomenon like erosion a sign of aging). But one group, the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the federal government’s National Institute of Health, felt that asking the question, “Can we prevent aging?” was indeed worthwhile and, in 2012, they released a report on just that topic.

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2016 Planting Guide

2016 Planting Guide

Time to get your garden on!

By Staff

Print-out and save! Our 2016 Planting Guide is here! Planting times, depths, spacing, first and last frost dates, and more! A comprensive CATALYST guide to getting your garden in gear.

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  • Apr 28, 2016
    The Novice’s Grimoire: Apr 28 – Mar 5
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    Hello again! This week we are taking a brief look at the mystery and misunderstandings surrounding the art of palmistry. Palm reading, palmistry, Chiromancy, all synonymous, are a practice by which one can tell an individual’s future, simply by observing the lines on one’s hands. But palmistry as a true art encompasses so much more.

    Posted in Novice's Grimoire
  • Apr 28, 2016
    The Aquarium Age: Apr. 27 - May 3
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    Mercury begins its second retrograde phase of the year early tomorrow morning, and as it “turns around” and joins a several other retrograde planets, it turns the next several weeks into a frustrating but nonetheless powerful review. Be prepared to spend more than a moment reviewing, reflecting and reconsidering plans and projects already in motion. Just be aware, this retrograde phase includes revisiting recent strategies as well as decisions made during 2015. This Mercury Retrograde joins Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, all retrograde, and the combined effect of this aggregation, particularly the Mars Retrograde, is sure to inhibit and interfere with the routines of daily life. Nothing is moving quickly—and even if you think it is, it isn’t moving as fast as it could. So keep those patience pills handy—you’re going to need them to handle the slog.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Apr 22, 2016
    Remington & Weasel: A Play of Politics and Love With Director Robin Wilks-Dunn and Playwright L.L. West
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    Chris Remington, a slick film professor, prowls the stage. The setting—a private university, in a makeshift theatre classroom. The audience is comprised of restless undergrad students. Watching. Waiting. “Oh. My. God. You are so fucking adorable . . . every stinkin’ one of you. Why, I could just suck you up with a turkey baster and squirt you into some secret, time-capsule, Tuff-Shed contraption. ...And now it’s gone – poof – the cherry’s popped . . . and you’re all staring at me like I’m that crazy-ass, liberal, godless professor that your grandmother warned you about....”

    So, Chris, our loose-cannon professor, is a man or women? Think about it. Think hard... Got it?

    Posted in Musings with Z. Smith
  • Apr 22, 2016
    The Novice’s Grimoire: Apr 21 – 28
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    Novices, at the end of my orange blossom oil post, I said we had accidentally skipped our herb discussion, normally set for the first week of the month, and would this week be covering chamomile to correct that mistake. I now realize that no mistake was originally made, as the valerian root post at the beginning of the month was that herb discussion, and that this week was supposed to be our Mystery Topic; but, alas, it was already too late. So, to make all things even, we’ll do chamomile this week and two Mystery Topics next month.

    Posted in Novice's Grimoire

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