CATALYST was conceived in the Spring of 1981. It hit the newsstands in April of ’82. You are holding in your hands the 33rd April edition of CATALYST. You’ll see some of those 33 covers in this issue. Perusing all these Aprils, we see some perennial stories: This is the month when we ramp up the garden coverage. (Actually, this is the first April where we’ve not.) We’ve published enough garden info through the years that we could easily do a whole book called The CATALYST Guide to High Desert Gardening. April is also the month of the annual legislative roundup.More...
Have you ever wondered about that cheerful upside-down basket that represents the Beehive State? Everyone recognizes it as a beehive, but I can bet you've seen it only on Utah Highway Patrol cruisers, the Great Seal of Utah and a lot of old Salt Lake City buildings. The skep hive, as it is called, was chosen as the Utah territory's symbol in the 1840s by Brigham Young.More...
I had come home broken-hearted and crying. My best friend had just announced that she didn't want me talking to her. We were in middle school and I wasn't cool enough anymore. Upon hearing the news, my mom responded with an irritating nugget of motherly advice—go make new friends. It was about the last thing that my teenage ears wanted to hear. I didn't need to be told how to make things better. I just wanted to talk. I needed someone to listen.More...
Hey all you conspiracy theorists, I've got news for you. We're not being controlled by the U.N., I.M.F., FBI, CIA, LDS, Illuminati, Comcast, or Fox News. Nope, it's much bigger—and smaller—than that. As it turns out, our thoughts, actions and emotions are pretty much controlled by bazillions of microorganisms. We're under the thumbs, so to speak, of a bunch of thumbless organisms, including bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and who knows what all else.More...
I'm trying very hard to feel good about what happened in the Legislature regarding air quality this session. After all, eight bills designed to reduce emissions passed into law—seven more than last year. In an era where it's hard to find bipartisan support for anything, legislators on both sides of the aisle voted for—and funded—these bills. And when the dust cleared, $4.6 million was approved in new air quality spending, including much-needed dollars for the underfunded Department of Air Quality.More...
From above, the ponds on the south end of Great Salt Lake look like pink and purple cuts of stained glass. From the ground, they look like fields of snow and ice. But the true identity of the lake is not immediately apparent until one slips into its waters and floats. A drive along the lake's southern shore also gives a clue to this secret identity. There, an old and rusting factory tower displays the iconic image of the Morton Salt girl with her little blue dress and tilted umbrella and a spilling jar of salt under her arm.More...
For cosplayers, creating and wearing the costume of their hero is an act of holy devotion. I know this because, at a quick pace and for a fee, I am sometimes employed in making these costumes. Just ahead of Salt Lake's first Comic Con last September, I found myself working on costumes for two young male clients who met one day in my studio.More...
The veils between the universes grow increasingly thin this week, and as this transparency clarifies what was previously hidden, we have almost too many opportunities to witness what's already in motion. Too many simply because it's possible to view both the causes and the conditions, negative as well as positive, and it takes a clear mind to maintain such discernment. From now until the beginning of May, astral activity allows a lucid view of how the past intersects with the present to create the future. Pay attention: It's important to walk between these many worlds carefully, not because the path is particularly dangerous—although some will say it is—but because during times such as these, the gods have little tolerance for hubris, and an arrogant misstep could take a long time to repair.
It's always interesting when the stars make "confrontation" their default setting. And I'm using "interesting" in that enigmatic and loaded way we've come to use the phrase, "May you live in interesting times"—a phrase wrongly attributed to an ancient Chinese curse, but nonetheless part of our modern vernacular. Robert Kennedy used it in his University of Cape Town speech on June 1966.
A deep hum underscores the routines of daily life, this week, and you won't have to listen too closely to hear it. But even if you can't identify its heavy rumble, you're more than likely to feel its pulse. We're in the gravitational pull of the fifth exact Uranus/Pluto square that occurs on April 21, and its relentless intensity has the power to place many of us into situations, conversations, and declarations we might otherwise avoid — even if we've visualized those moments in the privacy of our own minds for quite some time.
It's "Psychic Sensitivity Week" here on Planet Earth, so don't be surprised if skins, yours or others', feel more than a little thin. And because so many of us are already sore and bruised from what is best described as the unrelenting intensity of simply trying to get through the days, lots of us are sure to be more than a tad reactive. As you attempt to deal with this hypersensitivity—again, yours or others'—try to notice how often you fall into old attitudes as a way of defending yourself from being overwhelmed; not just overwhelmed by how much is happening around you, but also overwhelmed by how much personal growth is still necessary to ride these waves of change, skillfully.
Depth psychologist Theresa Holleran to speak at April's Jung Society.
—by Greta Belanger deJong
The omnivore's solution.
—by Jane Laird
A Dog's "Howl," with apologies to Allen Ginsberg.
—by Dennis Hinkamp
Time to fly.
—by Charlotte Bell
What's new around town.
—by Sophie Silverstone and Katherine Pioli
Allow the storm of April to change out the old for the new.
—by Suzanne Wagner
You see those voluntary contribu-tion list on your state taxes every year. Which ones to say yes to?
—by Katherine Pioli
Utah legislature cleans the air (a little bit, maybe); Sierra Club rates 2014 legislature; ski industry launches new bid to grab Wasatch; civil disobedience highlights plight of Yellowstone bison; Ogden pro- motes the business of bicycling.
—by Amy Brunvand
"Melissa, Goddess of the Bees."
—by Cat Hawkins
Garage on Beck and Stoneground owner advocates for the community.
—by Sophie Silverstone