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Editor's Notebook: Our Family Table

Editor's Notebook: Our Family Table

Food tastes better when you know where it came from.

By Greta Belanger deJong

Eating is a practical matter. We all need, in some fashion, to do it. Under the guise of family management, it also becomes culture. My mother arose to make me breakfast every morning of my grade school and high school career, we’re talking everything from cereal and milk to French toast (made with homemade bread), tomato soup and hamburgers. Dinner was planned at the lunch table. The shelves of the fruit cellar—that dark room in the basement that everyone else called the root cellar—were lined with bottled produce.

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The Just-Right, Real-Tight House

The Just-Right, Real-Tight House

Solar, top-quality windows, spray-foam insulation, double-offset studs, motion-sensored fans—and geothermal energy make this a green dream house.

By Jane Lyons

The brains behind the eclectic structure going up on the site of the old T Street Market in the Avenues is ShruDeLi Ownbey, a woman so talented a teacher and harpist she twice received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. But music is not Ownbey’s only passion. So is having a net zero emissions home, a dream she and her husband Ray, a retired English professor, are slowly, painstakingly realizing on this small property in Salt Lake’s lower Avenues.

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A Musical, Meditative, CATALYST-Concocted Love Story

A Musical, Meditative, CATALYST-Concocted Love Story

Classical composer Phillip Bimstein gives his partner, yoga & meditation teacher Charlotte Bell, the birthday gift of a concerto on the Brahma Viharas.

By Sophie Silverstone

Music was my first meditation,” says Charlotte Bell, as she serenely reflects on her youth, when she was first learning to play an instrument. “It was as if I was returning to something I was missing when I found [Buddhist] meditation later in life.”

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Maxin' the Fall Garden

Maxin' the Fall Garden

Plant a garden now!

By James Loomis

Summer garden, I have a confession to make. I’m no longer in love with you. I can’t take it anymore. You’re just so demanding, always needing me to water you and weed you, all while it’s HOT outside and my friends are leaving for rafting trips and festivals. When we entered this relationship I was hungry for zucchini and tomatoes, but seriously, you’ve been smothering the sauce right out of me. I can’t take it anymore. I’m leaving you, summer garden. But I still wanna be friends.

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Peace by Design

Peace by Design

Books that matter.

By Ann Larsen

We asked residential designer Ann Larsen to share with us the books that have most informed her work. Here, she tells us about her two favorites.

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Wolves at the Door

Wolves at the Door

A biocultural approach.

By Maximilian Werner

When wildlife biologists or other researchers are out in the field doing science and gathering data, they are trained not to project, emote, or intervene when, say, they see a malnourished fox sitting by a stream or a wolf pack take down and devour an elk calf. In fact, the quality and the value of their work depend on their ability to detach from their personal feelings. Although science is not immune to error, as far as we know it is more reliable than any other kind of knowledge, particularly when it comes to providing us with the information we need in order to make responsible decisions about wildlife and the environment that supports it.

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  • Aug 13, 2015
    The Aquarium Age: August 12-18
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    It’s another wacky week, here on planet Earth, and trying to make sense of almost anything is going to require a level head that’s able to discern the true from the false and the fact from the fiction. Even if you’re the most practical, most wise, and most insightful observer of human nature and current events, you’re still likely to be surprised by the unforeseen plot twists and sudden reversals of fortune that are possible—okay, probable—this week. The best way through the morass of stupefying phenomena is compassion, even for the people who are contributing to the chaos.

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  • Aug 05, 2015
    The Aquarium Age: Aug. 5-11
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    I certainly don’t mean to sound cavalier about the great many trials and travails so many of my fellow travelers are currently experiencing and have been experiencing for quite some time. But I’m beginning to feel as if I have “Post Traumatic Astro Disorder.” So much so that even positive planetary configurations trigger my duck-and-cover response. (And I don’t think the planets are causal, with the exception of Mercury Retrograde and Uranus anything.) But this week is yet another week of unusual plot twists and turnabouts—or better yet, toss-abouts—so many that even the unimaginative are likely to feel like roustabouts. Daily life increasingly resembles a circus—but not necessarily the good kind (if there is such a thing).

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Jul 30, 2015
    The Aquarium Age: July 29 - Aug. 4
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    The erratic pace of recent weeks continues, but as the days and nights of this week unfold, certain tensions settle down. Don't misunderstand; we're still in the midst of several significant transitions, and nervous systems reflect the flux. But moods are moving away from confrontation as a way of spending excess energy. The impetus for personal freedom also persists, but this week it actually becomes more refined, if only because the motivation behind that drive toward independence is more grounded than it has been in a long while.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Jul 22, 2015
    July 22-28
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    You'll need a steady inner compass to keep you on track this week—the astral winds are strong, so strong that nervous systems are in need of extra care. Even if you like being buffeted by powerful currents or you enjoy the surprise of unforeseen detours, you'll need some sort of homing device keep you on course through the week's twists and turns. Also, moods are more than a little testy, especially today and tomorrow—actually, most of next week—as many struggle to contain anxiety about what's coming next.

    Posted in Aquarium Age

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