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A Conversation About Condoms

A Conversation About Condoms

Adolescent and family therapist Monica Dixon tells teens: Be prepared.

By Greta Belanger deJong

When sexologist Alfred Kinsey published the first Kinsey Reports in 1947 and 1953, 6% of the women questioned had had sex by age 16, compared to 21% of 16-year-old males. It was before the Pill; before the Summer of Love (1967, for all you youngsters); and on TV, couples (married, of course) slept in separate beds. Sixty years later, evaluations show that 37% of 16-year-old males have already had sex—and 40% of 16-year-old females.

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Garden Like a Boss: It's Alive!

Garden Like a Boss: It's Alive!

A conversation with Dr. Elaine Ingham, renowned soil microbiologist.

By James Loomis

We've all heard that classic organic gardening mantra, "Feed the soil, not the plants." But what does that mean exactly, and who is it I'm feeding? Can't I just dump on some Miracle Gro, like the infomercial tells me? No, you can't—not if you want to grow like a Boss.

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Herbs in Contraceptive History

Herbs in Contraceptive History

Herbs have a long history as the best hope for pregnancy prevention.

By Merry Lycett Harrison

Throughout the ages, some plants have been counted on as the best hope for prevention of pregnancy and have been used as either a spermicide or as an abortifacient. In researching the topic, I learn that the phytochemicals provided by the herbs work along different pathways in the body to interrupt the natural cycle of conception. All the methods require well timed applications.

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Calling All Bug Detectives

Calling All Bug Detectives

Join the search for the elusive Utah firefly.

By Diane Olson

Christy Bills has a crazy cool job. As entomologist and collections manager at the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU), she spends much of her time playing detective. Her inbox is eternally full of "OMG! What is it?!" emails containing the bug version of mug shots. Sometimes she gets a squashed spider or cicada or Mormon cricket in the mail. Other speci­mens (some alive, some not) are delivered to her office. She receives all with great interest and good cheer.

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Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger

A latter-day heroine.

By Alice Toler

Margaret Sanger's mother went through 18 pregnancies, giving birth to 11 live children. She died exhausted, turbeculitic, and suffering with cervical cancer, at the age of 49. Margaret grew up to become a nurse working in the slums of the East Side of Manhattan, where she witnessed woman after woman forced into the same frequent childbirth that had wrecked her mother's health.

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Biochemistry 101

Biochemistry 101

Know your (sex) hormones.

By Rain Kennedy

Pregnant. I sat on the bathroom floor stunned by what I read on my at-home pregnancy test. I had gone through the what-if-I'm-pregnant scenario in my head every month of my life since my first period, even if I hadn't had sex that month, but this time wasn't a creation of my over-active imagination. I was 23 and pregnant and nowhere near ready to start having kids. How could I have been so stupid?

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Fertility Awareness

Fertility Awareness

Conception and contraception start with understanding the cycle.

By Giuliana Serena

Fertility awareness (often referred to as the Fertility Awareness Method or FAM) is a practice of making real-time observations of a variety of fertility signs made by the female body, to determine one's likelihood of fertility on any given day of the cycle. Is it effective? Rates are often cited as low as 75%* for typical use, in fact, the US Department of Health & Human Services cautions that "if preventing pregnancy is a high priority, more effective methods of birth control should be chosen."

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Contraception: A Short History

Contraception: A Short History

From ancient times to the 1838 invention of vulcanized rubber.

By Alice Toler

Babies are a joy, but the results of unwanted pregnancies range from the problematic to the downright dangerous. Humans have always been concerned with controlling when we have babies, and how many babies we have; in fact, contraception was so important to ancient Egyptian women that they buried contraceptive recipes in their tombs, so that they would not have to have babies in the afterlife unless they really wanted them!

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  • Jun 24, 2015
    The Aquarium Age: June 24-30
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    I'm not sure what to say—the tragedy in Charleston has been discussed extensively and eloquently by many others. It's hard to find words to express the great suffering of that event and all the other tragedies we have endured and are likely to continue to endure until we find a way to heal the hate infecting the hearts of so many.

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  • Jun 18, 2015
    The Aquarium Age: June 24-30
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    I'm not sure what to say—the tragedy in Charleston has been discussed extensively and eloquently by many others. It's hard to find words to express the great suffering of that event and all the other tragedies we have endured and are likely to continue to endure until we find a way to heal the hate infecting the hearts of so many.

    Posted in Aquarium Age
  • Jun 12, 2015
    The Aquarium Age: June 10-16
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    Welcome back, dear readers of the Aquarium Age. Only one more day until Mercury Retrograde ends—it's over tomorrow, June 11, at 6:33 p.m. EDT—and what a long, winding, mind-bending retrograde it's been. Some days sped by like the winged feet of Hermes himself, with quick plot twists and instant agenda shifts, all packed with the power to turn even well-made plans topsy-turvy.

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  • May 21, 2015
    The Aquarium Age: May 20 - June 10
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    I am taking off for all—well, almost all—Mercury Retrograde. For those new to Mercury Retrograde, here are the rules: Expect communication and travel snafus of every variety. If you can, put off lauching anything new until after June 11--and at best, June 15. Instead, use this time to review, reflect, and reconsider what is already in motion. See you back here on June 10, 2015. By the way, I am still reading charts; I'm just not writing the column during the retrograde.

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Regulars and Shorts

  • June in the Garden & Kitchen

    Spring is finally warming up, promising luxuriously long summer days and bountiful gardens. This is my favorite time of year—farmers market season is beginning, it's not too, too hot, and the variety and diversity of fresh produce increases greatly.
    by Alison Einerson

  • Yoga Pose of the Month

    Finding continunity: Utthita Parsvakonasana.
    by Charlotte Bell

  • Film: Elder

    Putting a face with a name.
    by Jerry Rapier

  • On the Cover

    "Tuxedo Cat" by Lucia Heffernan

  • Slightly Off Center

    Dronie of Your Ownie.
    by Dennis Hinkamp

  • Environews

    Environmental news from around the state and the West.
    by Amy Brunvand

  • Metaphors for the Month

    Think (and listen) first: Planning an astro- and tarot-based strategy for June.
    by Suzanne Wagner

  • Bone Broth

    Tastes good, feels good, easy and inexpensive to make.
    by Nicole deVaney

  • Shall We Dance?

    Global Water Dances: Dancing for clean water everywhere.
    by Amy Brunvand