CATALYST Weekly ReaderOctober 25 - October 31

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In This Issue
Of Meat and Marrow
Birds in the Lab!
Cantu's Autumn "Open Kitchen"
Practical Magic class
Buddha Path Meditation
The Science Behind the Magic
Scientist in the Spotlight: Pyrogeography with Andrea Brunelle
The Aquarium Age
Dear Friends and Family,

I've just returned from the Bay Area, where associate publisher John and I attended the 24th annual Bioneers conference along with Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch co-owners Brandie Hardman and Ron Johnson. We heard from the awesome Janene Benyus, who made famous the word "biomimicry" ~ to find solutions by observing and copying nature. David McConville explained his similar but different approach to problem-solving: "cosmomimicry," directing our vision outward to patterns and structures in the universe. Highlights for me were the U of U's own renowned tree biologist Nalini Nadkarni, and a post-conference opportunity to walk in the fields with Bob Cannard, a hardcore Nature devoté and personable Sonoma County farmer made famous by his association with Alice Waters and Chez Panisse. This man is brilliant ~ maybe even as smart and outspoken as my brother, author Jerome D. Belanger (author of
Enough! A Critique of Capitalist Democracy and a Guide to Undersatnding the New Normal).
Seeing old friends: We had a lovely lunch with Benjamin Hummingbird Spears, who talked about the goodness of being a gay man in Oakland over SLC. We also met up with Tom Price, whom John used to build Burning Man art cars with. Tom, a founder of Black Rock Solar, now lives in Berkeley and works for a company that manufactures the planet's only carbon-negative gasifiers. That's a story that needs more telling!

I came home with exciting new books, a list of more books to buy locally, a dozen iPad documents and a head full of ideas. Yes, I will share.

Quick ~ if you haven't read your October CATALYST yet, please do so. This month we talk about "pinkwashing" ~ with a plea for breast cancer prevention before cure; a look at the so-called Molly deaths; the birthing of an air quality activist; the conclusion to our Chakra series; big changes in the CATALYST office; and lots more. Pick it up on the newsstand or access it online at

Thank you for reading!

~ Greta Belanger deJong

P.S. You can read my Editor's Notebook column here!
Event picks for
October 25 - October 31  


Oct. 25-26, 8p (also Oct. 27, performance only, 4p).  

Rose Wagner Center, 138 W 300 S. $12.50-$27.50 (party requires call-in reservation and is an additional $12.50/$10, "beverages" included; 801.355.ARTS).    


Halloween for adults: a scary "rock opera dance circus" with a whole lot of gizmos, mylar and costume changes. Oh, and some of CATALYST's favorite dancers. (Dance preview, this issue.) See you on the dance floor. 



Sat. Oct. 26, 12-2p.  

Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way. Free.    


Join the HawkWatch crew and some of their fine feathered friends for the opportunity to observe live raptors up-close and examine a variety of specimens ~ feathers, eggs and claws. Meet the HawkWatch experts, discover how to identify common birds in our community, and learn about local bird conservation efforts in Utah. 


Sat. Oct. 26, 5-9p. 

Cantu's Culinary Creations, 2163 S. Richard St. (55 W.) 801.359.6035.Free. 


Chef Daniel Cantu makes fabulous organic food for catering and home delivery. (He catered last January's "CATALYST 100" event.) Twice a year he invites us all over to his place to taste his newest culinary creations. RSVP requested.

Sat. Oct. 26, 2pm/$20 for class; 7pm/$10 covers space and supplies for ritual. Please bring food for pot luck. Crone's Hollow, 2470 S Main. 


Class offers solutions for everyday magical needs with spellcrafting, candle and ancestor work and more. Taught by Griffin ap Ced, manager of The Green Man, Crone Hollow's "sister store" in Los Angeles. See their online listing for a detailed (and awe-inspiring) description of this event.


Followed by the Earth Haven Coven Samhain Ritual, a working for the dead. Recommended for those who have lost a loved one in the past year. Bring a photo or an item belonging to that person. ADULTS ONLY. Grounding with food after is essential.  


Sun. Oct. 27, 1:30p. Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.  

For increasing positive thinking and happiness in this world, this group meets regularly to learn and practice The Buddha Path.


Tues. Oct. 29, 1:30p. Swaner EcoCenter, 1258 Center Dr., Park City. $2.   

Celebrate 4-H National Youth Science Day by participating in all kinds of Harry Potter themed experiments and learn about the science behind them!  Activities for all ages.


Fri. Nov. 1, 2-4p. Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way. Free (Included in Museum Admission.) 

Join University of Utah pyrogeographer Andrea Brunelle to learn about the geographical spread of fire in the past and the present.   

Blog Updates 

I proclaim before every reading: The planets are not causal, but there are two exceptions to that rule: (1) Mercury Retrograde, and (2) all Uranus interactions. It's an astrological conundrum. And for the next several weeks, daily life provides plenty of opportunities to live through the paradox. Mercury's final retrograde phase of 2013 began on October 21 and ends on November 10. Most of us know too well how to sing the Mercury Retrograde Blues especially the choruses devoted to frustration and angst about computer glitches, travel snafus, and equipment problems. For those of you new to the Retrograde Blues, Mercury symbolizes all things related to communication, as well as negotiations, commerce, and travel. And because Mercury is also known as an infamous trickster, during a retrograde phase, when this quick moving planet appears to be moving backwards, all things under its vast domain tend to go behind instead of ahead. Be prepared for communication damage control...(read more).