CATALYST Weekly Reader ~ Resources for Creative Living
Feb. 12 - Feb. 19

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Dear friends & family,

CAT staffer Katherine Pioli, a veteran gardener, is dreaming of seeds. Last year she grew and loved the "tricolored" carrots from Renee's Garden. She's also excited about heirloom tomato seeds she got from local seed saver Dave Thurber.

Me? I'm intrigued by Malabar spinach; a far-distant relative of spinach as we know it, it loves heat, climbs as far as you'll let it, looks beautiful and tastes good, too.

What about you? Hit "reply" and let us know what seed project you are excited about for your garden this year. We'll compile your comments into a story.

And now, I'm going to go find my sweetpea seeds. Those fragrant, cold-loving blossoms get their best start now and also provide an excellent February passtime for antsy gardeners.

See some of this week's events, below.

Greta Belanger deJong
Editor and publisher, CATALYST


Event picks for
Feb. 12 - Feb. 19
Thursday, Feb. 12, 7p.The Leonardo, 209 E 500 S. $5.
Ten storytellers picked at random have five minutes each to tell us all a true tale, live onstage, without notes. Have you ever been attached to someone, to something, to a culture, a continent, a dream, an idea, a belief? Have you ever become unattached? What can you tell us about non-attachment? We are attached to the idea of hearing stories about attachment. 18+ (21+ bar; bring ID). Hosted by the delightful sister team of Giuliana Serena & Francesca Rosa. Sponsored by Utah Humanities Council and CATALYST.

Friday, Feb. 13, 7p. Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S 200 E. Free.
For this evening Teresa and Hal will take inspiration from Teresa's just-released book, The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off), to celebrate some particularly Western views on virtue and vice. (See story, Feb. CATALYST.)
Saturday, Feb. 14, 8:30a-5:30p.
Two Arrows Zen at Artspace, 230 S 500 W. $35 half day/$60 full. 

Beginners will learn about meditation in a supportive atmosphere. Those familiar with the practice will find an environment conducive to deepening that practice.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 10a-2p.
Dave's Health and Nutrition, 880 E 3900 S; 1817 W 9000 S. Free.

Free aromatherapy, wellness, skin care, & nutrition classes at both locations. Find a 20% coupon all beauty products in the February CATALYST, or mention that you found out about it from CATALYST. (They'll thank you, and so will we!) 

Saturday, Feb. 14, 10a-2p. 
Rio Grande Depot, 
300 S Rio Grande St.

Saturday's forecast says 64°, making this winter market particularly pleasant. Come fill your shopping bag with good food. In addition to farm-fresh produce, dairy, eggs, meat, specialty foods & fresh-baked goods, today there's a chocolate festival!

Saturday, Feb. 14, 11:30a. 
Inner Light Center, 4408 S 500 E. Free

Join thousands throughout the planet for the 13th Annual WORLD SOUND HEALING DAY. At 12 noon, those gathered will sound forth for five minutes with the tone "ah," created and projected with the energy of compassion and love, sending a sonic valentine to Gaia, our Mother Earth.

The Inner Light Center is "a metaphysical, mystical, spiritual community dedicated to personal  empow­er­ment and transformation."

Saturday, Feb. 14, 7:30p. Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. 138 W 300 S. $40.
Sister Dottie S. Dixon returns to host RDT's 10th annual signature fundraiser & choreographer competition, featuring all past winners in a battle of the Iron Choreographers.   
Saturday, Feb. 14, 9p. The State Room, 638 S State. $18. 
Jerry Joseph has worn a lot of hats over more than three decades in the music trenches -- righteous rocker, hyper-observant cultural observer, spiritual & political firebrand, force of nature live performer -- but the bedrock of what he does has always been songwriting of the highest caliber.
Thursday, Feb. 19, 7-8:30p.
Anderson-Foothill Library, 
1135 S 2100 E. Free. 

An Evening  with Rumi and Sufi teachings hosted by Rumi Poetry Club and Interfaith Roundtable of Utah. 
Blog Updates 
A sing along to a Christmas favorite,

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Said the smart phone to the smart TV...
Do you hear what I hear?
Everything is coming back online.
Do you hear what I hear?
The sigh, the sigh of retrograde relief
As Mercury finally goes direct.


Well...isn't it a little like Christmas?

The detours, delays, and (dare I say it) the snafus of the last several weeks fading in the rearview mirror, and the path ahead finally clear-at least of retrograde issues. It's enough to make a technophile fall on her knees and sing of wonder and joy. What's more, there's not a lot of lag time bringing the routines of daily life up to speed. Uranus, the planet that illuminates trouble spots with its thunderbolts of lightning, is continuing to inspire innovation and invention, and that translates into something new replacing the tried and true-but only when necessary. As a counterbalance to that Uranian fire, several planets are stirring the sentimental waters of Pisces, which translates into richly woven emotional threads. Be prepared for feelings...lots and lots of feelings. (I won't say, "Nothing more than feelings....)

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