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The Bartenders Box: Drinks Delivered to Your Door

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Craft cocktails had become a signature drink in Utah—we all knew what orgeat was, expected fresh-squeezed juice, learned to love obscure and local liquors. Even a two-ingredient classic—like gin and tonic—required artisanal tonic and locally made gin. No more Gordon’s and Canada Dry. Speaking of dry, that’s what happened when COVID hit. Except for a few of us who know someone (and here I should give a shoutout to my nephew Adrian Duran) we were back to the basics. Craft cocktails involve a lot of work that goes on before the bartender starts slinging your drink together. So as COVID convinced more people to stay at home and entertain less, locally-lauded barmaster and owner of Top Shelf bartending services Casey Metzger came up with a better idea: The Bartenders Box.

Delivered to your door, the box holds everything you need for a true craft cocktail: fresh-squeezed juices, specially made elixirs, infusions and garnishes (all protected by insulation and a coldpack), a recipe card and even a little easel to put it on while you shake it up so you can hold forth like a real pro. Scan the QR code and watch the video to learn how to get that wrist-snap just right. Each kit is based on a specific liquor—gin, rum, tequila, etc.—and makes at least eight cocktails. Obviously—this is Utah—you provide the booze. A great gift, a great party for two or four, and a great tasting cocktail (cheap at the price) in the comfort of your own home.

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Movie Night at Redman: Play it Again, Please!


What a glorious thing is a full-size movie screen! I’ve become so accustomed to TV- and computer-sized viewing, the sight of those giant images kind of took my breath away. I’m not kidding.

We were the guests of City Home Collective (and thank you) last night at Redman Studio Motor Cinema. A few containers arranged around Redman’s back lot accommodate a full-size movie screen to create a semi-permanent pop-up cinema as part of Salt Lake Film Society‘s efforts to keep movie-going alive in the time of Covid.


We watched Casablanca. Yes, again. This is a movie that never ages, the problems of three little people amounting to more than a hill of beans in a world of crazy. Every line has become a meme. And in a drive-in nobody minds if you recite the lines right along with Ingrid and Humphrey and the always-delightful fat man or cry when the French strumpet sings La Marseillaise.

There is a slight dissonance watching Casablanca during these Covid-warped times—everyone in the movie except Rick is longing to get to America, land of the free. You might find yourself thinking, “What?? I think you might head for Canada, instead.”

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The Utah Symphony REIMAGINED.

One year ago, I was invited to sit on stage and in very close proximity to the entire Utah Symphony orchestra during a rehearsal: On Stage with the Utah Symphony. What a difference a year can make. The 2020 season came with COVID, and our beloved Utah Symphony was forced into exile. What was to be their 80th Anniversary Gala on May 16, 2020, at Abravanel Hall was canceled. The concert was to include two original selections from the Utah Symphony’s inaugural 1940 concert: Johann Strauss, Jr.’s majestic “Emperor Waltzes” and “Moldau” from Smetana’s Má Vlast, as well as Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, to be performed by Joshua Bell, one of the most celebrated violinists of this generation.

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On Stage with the Utah Symphony. Under the direction of Connor Covington, the symphony rehearsed Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”, an American classic, Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” as well as Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with a guest performance from Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova.

With six months of silence, the road back to Abravenal has been a slow and thoughtful one. Much had to happen to ensure everyone’s safety, confidence and ultimately bring back to us the reason we attend a Utah Symphony performance in the first place: To enjoy it. Hired in the midst of the pandemic their newly appointed president and CEO Steven Brosvik says, “In our preparation and evaluation to reopen, we took in the recommendations of several experts including epidemiologists and a chemical engineering team from the U, analyzing airflow and optimum safe distancing.” The plans also have included the scaling back of the size of the orchestra to 40 members (strings-only) until a larger stage expansion can take place and limiting the audience to 400 max. “The ticket office has been extremely busy in accommodating to subscribers, Brosvik says, “All people involved have been incredibly patient and understanding.”

“I’ve felt like a little kid who has been promised ice cream for many weeks,” says Music Director Thierry Fischer, “When we were first introduced to the new arrangement and spacing on stage, it felt strange as orchestra members are accustomed to being in very close proximity with one another.” With only one other symphony orchestra reopening in the United States, Maestro Fischer says, “I personally fought to bring about this reopening, and there were many obstacles. It was a long process with many long meetings. It was a fascinating experience allowing questions, concerns, and strong feelings. It brought about a new leadership approach and dimension of collective building, looking at each point of view. It has been incredible.”

Maestro Fischer said, “It’s not about being upset, it’s about making things happen. Our responsibility is bigger. To succeed here we realized that we have to do it totally together and building collectively.”

USUO consulted with Tony Saad and James Sutherland, who as chemical engineering professors from the University of Utah created a software analytical program 10 years in the making to determine the existing air-fluidity (flow) and intake on the performance stage and throughout the auditorium. By testing several different approaches they were able to make their most favorable safety recommendations. With this study in conjunction with other research by a local epidemiologist, the USUO leadership formed a strategy based upon their reports. James Sutherland said, “We often worried about making Theirry Fischer upset with the changes, and if it would still work for them?” Standing close, Maestro Fischer said, “It’s not about being upset, it’s about making things happen. Our responsibility is bigger. To succeed here we realized that we have to do it totally together and building collectively.”

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Hideout Continues to Pursue Annexation of Summit County Land

Hideout’s ongoing annexation attempt of land in Summit County won’t relent. What began with a hastily-signed, clandestine bill—H.B. 359—from a July special legislative session has become an ongoing saga exposing deep rifts in visions for the future of the Wasatch back. On one side are supporters of development being imperative to meet inevitable growth goals for the area. On the other are those who demand transparency and clear public benefit behind building. In the middle is Hideout, a municipality of approximately 1,000 people in Wasatch County which has doubled down on its unpopular effort to annex land from neighboring Summit County.

A quick recap for those who haven’t been paying attention. The aforementioned H.B. 359 was amended with language allowing a municipality to annex unincorporated land across county lines without outside approval. The amendment passed with little to no discussion, allowing Hideout to pursue annexation of land near Richardson Flat. Developers Nate Brockbank and Josh Romney—Mitt’s son, who has since been bought out of development rights by Brockbank—secured a pre-annexation agreement with Hideout to build a Kimball Junction sized development on the land. After intense public outcry and resistance from Summit County and Park City officials, lawmakers who initially supported the bill subsequently repealed it during an August special session, claiming the bill had been misrepresented to them. After a lawsuit by Summit County and an injunction from a district judge, it appeared the Hideout annexation was dead, a special interest project gone awry and exposed to the light of day. But Hideout wasn’t finished.

On September 10, Hideout began a new process to annex land in Summit County during the 60-day window before the repeal of H.B. 359 goes into effect. The revised annexation plan includes about 350 acres straddling Richardson Flat Road, reduced from the 650 sought in the initial annexation agreement. Hideout now has 30 days from September 10 to hold a public hearing, after which it can officially annex the land and determine how it’s developed.

The Hideout Council contends the town requires commercial amenities like grocery stores, gas stations, retail spaces, mixed cost housing and even a school. Hideout councilors and Brockbank insist everything has been done above board, according the letter of the law, arguing the town’s expansion is essential to gaining political legitimacy. Outside observers, however, find the unilateral process unseemly. H.B. 359 was quickly repealed by state legislators upon the public discovering its implications, showing there’s very little appetite for the move from anyone outside of Hideout.

Hideout itself was incorporated under a short-live state law, H.B. 446 in 2008. The town announced a public hearing about the proposed annexation will be held on October 12 and 6:00 p.m. If you have input on the issue of Hideout’s annexation or the way it’s been pursued, make sure to attend. It will most likely be virtual event due to public health restrictions.

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Artist of SLC: When Art Venues Close, Online Sales Can Boom


In the beginning, Issac Hastings found himself in a collective space with a bunch of different artists and thought that being a painter was the only way to go about his work as an artist. Later, wanting to explore other options, he came across a screen printing press shop and was pulled in by the medium of ink, how tactile it was, how altering the layers and amount of ink could change the look, and began to pursue designing his own T-shirts. With his first design, Isaac was invited to set up a table at an open studio event and quickly sold out: IHSQUARED was born. A participant in Craft Lake City for 10 years in a row, for several years he also traveled the arts festival circuit all around the country. Then COVID hit.

And a mural, too..

Evan Jed Memmott and Isaac Hastings pulled out the rollers and brushes to

give their mural at Clever Octopus (2250 S. West Temple,) an upcycled arts and crafts business, a more “screen-printed” look and feel, using a technique that is more common to their method of spreading ink than mural painting. As explained by Isaac, “We were able to achieve texture and dimension, not by shading or traditional spraying, but with only a few colors. The illusion of depth is from the spacing between lines, or from the placement and proximity of dabs or dots of paint.”

Now Isaac sells his original tees and tapestries online— Recently he added a tarot deck. And fortunately, while art and music festivals were canceled, online sales continued to climb. For a closed event in Seattle, Isaac announced an exclusive sale for those living in Washington, and the response was favorable, “Folks usually wait to see me in person versus buying online. This was the biggest feeling of love ever, to ll orders and be supported, it was awesome.”

Isaac explains his dark-themed or even frightening designs: “I find a lot of beauty in the increments of life. We’re here as long as we are here—experiences have made me appreciate the life death balance. I love ecosystems, the grim reaper in the form of the vulture to clean up the bones and also allowing things to survive and thrive. Sometimes it’s gnarly and scary, but such is a part of everything.”

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Running through Coronavirus


I took unhurried, shuffling steps. What freedom. It had me humming the theme song from “Chariots of Fire” and feeling like Springsteen in ’75 while largely ignoring the searing pain building in my lungs with each breath. “At the very least it’s a healthier form of coping,” I thought as I raggedly struggled up a steep incline and tried to pin my attention to the view of Mount Aire.

All it took was a few weeks of COVID- related lockdown before the novelty of eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and day drinking without a hint of remorse had worn off. The allure of another half-baked streaming series had long since faded and reading the news did nothing but ll me with dread. It was amid these pensive doldrums that I rediscovered the simple pleasures of going for a run, and I wasn’t alone. A widespread side effect of coronavirus is a running renaissance in Utah. Are you ready to join?

Why Run?

In some minds running exists solely as a punishment for loafing during a high school sports practice or as an excruciating way to abate the consequences of less responsible decisions. But it needn’t be a crucible of self-improvement. It’s about getting outside, breathing fresh air and taking control of something, anything. Running is catharsis, and we could all use more of that right now.

Gearing Up

Part of the beauty of jogging is, unlike skiing and biking, it doesn’t require much gear. One item, however, can make or break your run right out of the gate: shoes. “We’re seeing a lot of new people running right now, and we can help make it safer and more comfortable,” says Eli White, Sales Manager and trail running coach with Salt Lake Running Company (SLRC). “We do video gait analysis to help match your biomechanics to the right shoe.” SLRC’s gait analysis sorts runners into the right shoe category, neutral, light stability or motion control, before refining the selection to match each runner’s foot shape, arch height and terrain choice.

“Every foot is different, so we want runners to try several options and nd what’s best for them. The right shoes go a long way towards preventing common injuries like plantar fasciitis and post tibial tendonitis,” White says.

Salt Lake Running Company: 2454 S 700 E, SLC, 801-484-9144,


Trail running might sound dif cult, but it can aid in injury prevention. “When you run on a trail every step is different. This helps keep from overloading the same tissue,” Voss says. Here

are a few easy to moderate trails that are perfect or those dipping their toes into off-road running.

MILLCREEK CANYON PIPELINE TRAIL—A moderate grade and wonderful views of surrounding mountains make Pipeline a runner’s dream.

PARK CITY HAPPY GILMOR—The consistently smooth trail starts at the North Round Valley trailhead and winds up through sagebrush and gambel oak.

great option for a quick after-work outing with mellow hills and an idyllic panorama of the city.

Start Slow

“Start more slowly than you think,” says Ryan Voss, Doctor of Physical Therapy with Mountain Top Physical Therapy in Park City. “It’s easy to add miles quickly at first. Modern shoes are great for performance, but they can hide feedback and allow us to do too much before we’re ready.”

Especially for those of us jumping right o the couch and into some miles, we significantly stress muscles, tendons and ligaments we’ve been neglecting. Pay attention to your body, and don’t start slamming anti-inflammatory drugs to mask the pain. “Running is very dynamic but also repetitive in how it stresses our tissues,” Voss says. “Common areas new runners will feel pain are the bottom of the foot and Achilles, the front and side of knees, and around the hips. As soon as you feel pain, take a few days off.”

Voss emphasized how injury is frequently tied to tightness in areas apart from where pain is felt, particularly originating in the hips. “Hip flexibility provides stability to our other joints and our back. Stretch those hip flexors, quads and hamstrings. Dynamic stretching before running and static stretching after you’re done. A little prep work goes a long way to prevent injury,” he says.

Mountain Top Physical Therapy: 1794 Olympic Pkwy, Park City, 435-575-0345,

Hitting Your Stride

Once you’ve made it through your initial miles, maintain a conservative long-term plan as you build up distance. Even if you suddenly dream of running an ultramarathon, you need to conscientiously work towards that goal without skipping steps.

“A good rule of thumb I use with runners I’m coaching is to not increase mileage by more than ten percent from one week to the next,” says White. “I recommend a three week build cycle with small increases in mileage followed by a lower volume week to allow your body to recover and make those adaptations to get stronger.”

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Like to eat out? Do it now or forever shut your mouth.


THE POINT: If the independent restaurant you love is open—for take-out, for patio dining, for socially distanced indoor dining—support it. Go eat there. It’s fine that we all have a renewed interest in cooking at home, but great restaurants are an essential part of life in a great city. Go. Eat. Tip.

This report came today from National Restaurant Association:

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“Six months following the first shutdown of restaurants for the coronavirus pandemic, the restaurant industry is in limbo. According to a new survey released today by the National Restaurant Association, nearly 1 in 6 restaurants (representing nearly 100,000 restaurants) is closed either permanently or long-term; nearly 3 million employees are still out of work; and the industry is on track to lose $240 billion in sales by the end of the year.

The survey, which asked restaurant operators about the six-month impact of the pandemic on their businesses, found that overwhelmingly, most restaurants are still struggling to survive and don’t expect their position to improve over the next six months. The findings include:

  • Consumer spending in restaurants remained well below normal levels in August. Overall, sales were down 34% on average.
  • Association analysis shows that the foodservice industry has lost $165 billion in revenue March–July and is on track to lose $240 billion this year.
  • Our research estimates that for 2020, at least 100,000 restaurants will close, but the initial scope of closures won’t be known until government statistics are released in the months ahead.
  • 60% of operators say their restaurant’s total operational costs (as a percent of sales) are higher than they were prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • On average, restaurant operators say their current staffing levels are only 71% of what they would typically be in the absence of COVID-19.”

This is dire news for all of us—most acutely for restaurant employees, but also for diners. Remember, you’re actually helping people when you go out to eat.

What Will a Ski Day Look Like During COVID?

Credit: Utah Office of Tourism

It already snowed in Utah, which means many of us have already begun daydreaming about blissful powder turns and perfectly groomed corduroy. That inconvenient little pandemic we’ve been trundling through has our minds wandering to happy places as a coping mechanism, but hey, who doesn’t love having something to look forward to? The resorts will be open, and the lifts will spin. Praise Ullr! Despite the more rosily optimistic predictions, however, it doesn’t seem we’re going to have this global scourge anywhere near under control for the upcoming winter. A day of skiing will look a little different during the Winter of COVID.

Most of the conversations around the upcoming winter I’ve been privy to have been filled with wild speculation about altered mountain operations. Perhaps sensing the growing concern among the skiing masses, Vail Resorts has gotten ahead of the pack, attempting to allay concerns and set expectations for the upcoming season. We’ve already covered how Vail has implemented a reservation system skiers must use each day they want to ski at Park City to limit guest capacity—a concept likely to be replicated in some form by most Utah resorts—and now Vail’s detailed how the nuances of lift riding and dining will be impact your day on the hill.

Clearly not all resorts will utilize identical methods and restrictions, but it’s safe to assume some variant of this model will be in place at your favorite mountain. Employee temperature checks and health screening will be ubiquitous, and all guests are going to have to wear face coverings when interacting with staff or entering buildings, but we’re already used to that. Let’s get to the details.

Riding the Lifts

Chairlift and gondola rides will be designed to maintain physical distancing. Does this mean longer lift lines or less crowded slopes? Maybe. I don’t know. Your guess is as good as mine. Anyway, here’s how they plan to achieve that goal.

  • Related Parties only on each chair or in each gondola (guests skiing together count as related, so you needn’t be with your aunt and brother to have a chairlift chat)
  • Two singles can be seated on opposite sides of a four-person lift
  • Two singles or two doubles can be seated on opposite sides of a six-person lift
  • Two singles can be seated on opposite ends of “larger” gondola cabins (A bit confusing and possibly terrifying. I believe this applies to the Quicksilver Gondola and not to the Red Pine Gondola, for example)

Getting Tickets

We’ve been through this in greater detail already, but showing up to the hill to buy a day pass probably isn’t going to happen this season. Luddites aren’t going to be happy, but planning and capable use of technology are going to be paramount this season.

Eating in the Lodge

Sorry, but I refuse to repeatedly use the term “dining.” Back in my day we “ate” at the mountain. But I digress. Here’s how Park City plans to manage on-mountain eating.

  • Restaurants, including full-service sit down ones, will be open
  • Capacity will be limited and managed at entrances
  • Seating both indoors and outdoors will be spaced out
  • At quick-service restaurants, only ready-to-go hot and cold food options will be available in an effort to accommodate more people
  • Packaged beer will be available but full-service bars will be closed
  • No cash transactions
  • You can eat your own food in the lodge like the good old days!
  • Loitering will be frowned upon

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Can’t We All Just Get Along?

“In the end, the bigger number wins,” says Adrian, a resident in a Sugar House whose home borders the west stadium wall of the Westminster campus on 1200 East, “One day it was wooded, bustling with wildlife and native plants, the next day it was all gone.”

Dumke Field, originally Dane Hansen Memorial Stadium, was opened in 1949 (70 years ago). It was a gift of the George Hansen family in memory of a son, Lt. Dane Hansen, class of 1940, who lost his life in World War II. Seating 1,200 it was used for soccer and several collegiate activities.

This is a tale of two sides, a small, liberal arts college wishing to keep its NCAA DII status by installing new stadium lights, and the closely bordering area between its stadium and a residential community. Cohabitation between big and little special interests can often be tricky.

Founded in 1875, Westminster College has come a long way since its first year with 27 students, moving to the current campus location in 1911 in Sugar House. Since, they have continued to expand and develop into a fully independent, privately funded, nondenominational liberal arts institution with selected graduate programs. And most recently, The Princeton Review named Westminster College as a Top Green College. Go Griffins!

In 2005, Dumke Field was transformed into a 2-level parking structure (and voice echo chamber) with the soccer/athletic field on top.

Next to the current stadium, Adrian’s grandparents built their home 60 years ago, and eventually, this became her home. Back then many parts of the Westminster campus were still undeveloped and the forested area was once her path to school. Young Adrian would walk with her siblings and friends, they would place large rocks and cross the stream close by. As the college grew, the stadium has also evolved, and close-by neighbors have made accommodations and learned to live with all that came with it: The crowds, the players, the loud music during games and the lights. Adrian says, “Along with the college games, several of our local high schools would come to play on this field.” Although she pointed out that in Westminster’s history, these events did not take place late at night, so the disturbances were over at a reasonable time and a more serene neighborhood could then resume.

Love thy neighbor as thyself?

You want your college experience to matter, with opportunities for social life; interactions with people you wouldn’t otherwise meet; and support for your academic, personal, and professional goals. We invite you to discover your passions, find your people, and build a home.”

—Westminster College homepage

In 2005, Dumke Field was transformed into a 2-level parking structure (and voice echo chamber) with the soccer/athletic field on top. Now 15 years later, the field is in need of upgrades, and according to Westminster, the NCAA expects its member institutions to provide quality facilities.

So this summer a big construction project came to the little woods between Westminster and Adrian’s home. It’s the twilight zone, an undeveloped dead-end that is city-owned and contained a walking path with mature trees and native landscapes (and lots of quail). All of which were quickly removed and installed were large concrete posts in preparation for a new addition to the stadium: big-league NCAA lights.

“There was very little that anyone looking on could do, I did my best to preserve some of my favorite trees and shrubs, and can yell pretty loud,” says Adrian, but nothing changed or was considered as she made several pleas with Westminister’s administrators and athletic director prior to and during construction. She says, “The athletic director mentioned that the new lights were a requirement to receive an NCAA affiliation.”

From Westminster College: “We are installing new lighting on Dumke Field in order to comply with NCAA lighting requirements. No games and no night games are currently scheduled due to the pandemic. When our student-athletes are able to resume competition, the college will hold games within Salt Lake City noise and light ordinances. With our neighbors in mind, the college selected lights that would be the least invasive while still meeting NCAA requirements.”

For the record, the new lights aren’t small, in fact, they’re huge. But Westminster assures, “The lights going in will have almost no glare and much less light spill than most high school stadiums.” The NCAA Division II membership opens up dollars, sponsorship, recruitment and many other beneficial opportunities for this independent, liberal arts college.

What did Westminster do to educate, work with the needs of the residents prior to construction? They shared, “We contacted neighbors prior to the first crews working on the area. The college notified them there would be activity and noise occurring behind the field for removal of the diseased trees and overgrowth. Neighbors were provided contact information and arranged an informal meeting (everyone was masked and distanced) at the site to hear concerns and explain the project. We communicated that neighbors will be notified again before the poles go in. The city fully permitted the project and did not require community notification or input.”

But the question remains: Even if the needs of a private entity exceed those of the surrounding neighborhood, and even if they are needing that status to continue to expand, was the way they went about it okay? Westminster seems to think so, but Adrian certainly doesn’t.

Why don’t you let President Beth Dobkin know how you feel?

COVID & Classes – How to Organize a Campus

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For students attending the University of Utah this fall, only one thing is clear: The semester won’t start with the traditional big opening assembly at Kingsbury Hall. The 2019-2020 school year dribbled to an end in COVID chaos—graduation ceremonies were held online or in car parades, classroom time was cancelled before school was officially over and summer classes and plans were scrambled. For schools everywhere, from kindergarten to graduate programs, Fall 2020 looks just as confusing. With COVID-19 raging across the country, whether or not—and most especially, how—to resume classes is a question. Even after school starts, things may change.

According to the midsummer statement from the University of Utah, the plan was for classes to resume in a mixture of in-person and hybrid form on August 24th. Safety measures will be in place, including mandatory mask-wearing, amended class sizes and daily body temperature checks. As a hybrid semester, in-person classes will finish by Thanksgiving and after that all instruction including exams will be online.

“This is more labor for everyone—to learn about additional resources, rent out laptops, supply wifi, Bluetooth. It’s a cultural shift for many, sharing information, not overloading them with too much, and it will require from us as faculty a different level of care,” explains Annie Isabel Fukushima, assistant professor at the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah. With a hybrid model, laboratory or other classes that require one to be physically present will be hard or impossible to replicate online. Fukushima says to adjust to the lack of in-person instruction during the Spring semester, she met more frequently with students one-on-one virtually, but of course, for larger classes, that wouldn’t be possible, “As faculty, we will have to connect and find new ways to reach out to students, via Canvas (a software platform designed to facilitate teaching and learning), emails and virtual meetings.”

From a student’s perspective, Merry Joseph, U of U undergraduate senior studying Biomedical Engineering & Psychology says, “I’m prepared to go to fewer on-campus events in person and am training myself to feel comfortable wearing a mask for longer durations so that I can wear it during lectures and whenever I’m in common areas at the U.” During the transition to online learning in the Spring, Joseph found it difficult to stay motivated, but having successfully gotten through the Spring 2020 semester she feels more prepared and comfortable for taking online classes in the fall.

What is the cost of college this fall?

Pandemic issues bleed into economic ones, as higher education institutions are figuring out who will receive tuition discounts with on-campus, off-campus or hybrid models. If students must return to campus only to get sent home a few weeks later, how can schools justify charging regular tuition? And if they finish remotely, it seems like students are going to not only want, but will demand, a discount.

Some universities and colleges are weighing out tuition pricing alternatives like a reset, earn-up points, “pandemic” rebates (a free semester encouraging students to stay enrolled) or a la carte pricing course options.

What about cheating?

With more classes, quizzes and exams going virtual, the question arises, how do you ensure students are keeping their eyes on their own papers?

“As educators our surveillance must shift. We have to look at different kinds of assignments to better monitor what students are learning, such as through discussion boards, fostering open virtual discussions, and communicating through video responses. This requires us to think differently about how we assess learning,” says Fukushima.

“We will all have to adjust our expectations.”

“This is going to change the way people learn. We are learning how online mechanisms can work with teacher and peers. Until we have a vaccine and a cure, physical distancing is necessary for public health reasons—going forward this definitely will change how people learn.”

“All the uncertainty surrounding this pandemic has been overwhelming at times,” says Joseph, “With cases increasing in Utah, I’m worried how things will be once school re-opens and students are on campus. But it’s reassuring to know that the U has a team that’s monitoring this pandemic and is prepared to change plans if necessary.” By the time you read this, plans will likely have changed.

“Right now, everything feels up in the air. I know the university is in the process of rebuilding the course schedule to try to make in-person classes possible, but with the recent spike in cases, this feels less likely by the day,” says Matt Potolsky, English professor at University of Utah. With a household member who has compromised immunity, Potolsky has asked that all his classes be virtual this term. “I commend the university for giving faculty lots of lead time to adapt to changing circumstances, but the trend line in Utah is not promising. I really don’t know what’s going to happen—that’s the biggest challenge.”

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How to Bring Your Vintage Ring to the 21st Century

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Vintage is the new black. More and more people getting down on one knee are choosing to present a vintage engagement ring to their soon-to-be-spouses. Vintage rings offer a glimpse into history and an elegance that is rarely matched in modern styles.

That said, vintage engagement rings are excellent options, but combining the old with the new can make for a hybrid ring that will stay in the family for generations to come!
Interested? Here’s everything you need to know about vintage engagement rings and how you can bring yours into the 21st century.

What to Know About Vintage Engagement Rings

It’s challenging to come up with a definition of vintage, especially when it comes to jewelry. As time passes and old styles become even older, more and more styles are added to the “vintage” category. However, the consensus is that anything older than 20 years can be considered vintage.

This isn’t to be confused with the term “antique” which generally refers to anything made at least a century ago. Vintage engagement ring styles typically span multiple decades and are considered style eras. We’re currently in the modern era with the most popular vintage eras ending over 70 years ago! Here’s a breakdown of the most popular eras:

● Victorian Era 1837-1901: The Victorian Era coincided with Queen Victoria’s rule of
England. Gold and silver paired with diamonds, pearls, and other jewels ruled the era.
Snakes were incorporated into many designs.
● Edwardian Era 1901-1915: This era didn’t last very long, but it’s known for bringing
platinum to the public eye. Ornate rings decorated with diamonds and pearls were
● Art Nouveau 1890-1910: Intricate designs inspired by flowers and delicate lines
characterized this era. Art Nouveau Era rings generally feature free form designs with
little symmetry or limitations in materials.
● Art Deco Era 1920-1945: The Art Deco Era was inspired by a French architect, with
clean pieces, inspired by geometrical shapes, and symmetrical. Platinum bands and a
mix or jewels were common during this era.
● Retro Era 1939-1950: This era is characterized by bold designs with bigger and more
vibrant jewel tones. Yellow gold was used most commonly, but white gold and platinum
were also popular.

True Vintage vs. Lookalike Vintage Rings:

True vintage rings are generally harder to find and more costly than their lookalike counterparts. Vintage rings are also referred to as “heirloom” rings, as they are commonly passed down from generation to generation within families. As time passes, it becomes challenging to find true vintage rings, especially from older eras. That’s why many individuals choose lookalike rings modeled after the style of the era of their liking. It’s generally a cheaper option and easier to add a personal touch.

About Lab-grown Diamonds

One of the easiest ways to bring your vintage ring dreams to fruition is to utilize lab-grown diamonds. The combination of a vintage ring and a lab-grown diamond marries the beauty of the past with the future technologies. What’s more futuristic than a real diamond made in a lab?

Lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds that are completely identical to their mined counterparts. They’re less expensive and more environmentally friendly than mined diamonds. In short, they make the perfect complement to an older engagement ring, by injecting some 21st-century technology and glam.

Final Thoughts

Vintage engagement rings are perfect for any occasion. Their timeless beauty transcends
fashion trends and makes for the perfect unique piece for any proposal. Though choosing a
vintage engagement ring can be challenging, it’s certainly worth the outcome! Take your time, do some research, and consider melding the old and new with a vintage engagement ring and a lab-grown diamond.

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Lisa Bickmore: Letting New Light into the Literary Arts

Lisa Bickmore was working on her fourth book when she met some challenges and limitations in the by-now-familiar but always-arduous traditional process of publishing. She was inspired to take a different route.

Lisa Bickmore

NAME: Lisa Bickmore (publisher, professor English SLCC)


WEBSITE: AUTHOR OF THREE BOOKS OF POEMS: Haste (Signature Books, 1994), flicker, 2014 Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press, and Ephemerist (Red Mountain Press, 2017), published in Tar River Poetry, Sugar House Review, SouthWord, Hunger Mountain Review,, Quarterly West, The Moth, In 2015, Eidolon’ Ballymaloe International Poetry Award.

As member of literary arts and film boards, a writer and avid reader, Bickmore noticed an increasing number of authors who were supplementing their books with links to digital and other modal content. She was especially inspired by an interview with the indigenous American poet Jake Skeets about the photo on the cover of his book, “Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers.” The article explored the reasons the portrait of his uncle—murdered two months after the picture was taken—was chosen, and delves into the complexity of the project and Skeets’ writing. Bickmore shares, “I realized that other people might not have bumped into that essay, and how much more interesting the book would be to those who encounter that material.”

Her ideas led to the foundation of her own literary press. She gathered a board of diverse and leading-edge literary artists to help build a new expanded way to engage readers from multiple entry points: visual, spatial, gestural and alphabetic. The goal is to enrich the printed word with video interviews, audio content, readings and insights that go along with the poems.


She calls the idea “the book and.” The press’s metaphorical name, Lightscatter Press, was inspired by her father’s work as an optical physicist: “When light encounters an object, it bends and scatters: as a form of energy, it passes through the air, then shifts and deflects in ways not entirely predictable.”

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Britt Bakes Bread

During the early morning of March 18, 2020, and prior to the earthquake, Britt Jursik was baking bread in her kitchen. When it hit the magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter scale, she ran towards her boyfriend and together, somewhat bewildered, they crouched under a doorway. Shortly following, and after a brief assessment with no real damage (other than drawers flying open and a hanging light fixture going wonky), she decided to follow through with the original day’s plan to bake and deliver fresh loaves of challah to her promised customers. It was on that very strange yet memorable day, Britt decided to go forward and step off her job in sales—invent a name, purchase the domain and obtain the necessary licenses—and Challah Back Dough was born.

Jursik has always loved to bake. For her baking business, she chose to focus on challah (traditional braided egg bread prepared for the Jewish Shabbat.) Britt explains, “I was attracted to the unique braids. Making challah is a fulfilling, natural and fun way to bake bread. I appreciate cuisine and craft beer and to me, this is a marriage of the two.”

Her variations on challah aren’t “traditional” but delicious and flavorful nonetheless: “OG” whole wheat with a salted crust; Albedo or white bread with honey and egg wash; Rye; the Beet-Ric (beet powder and turmeric added;) and Pretzel. She also makes gluten-free versions and chocolate babka. Preorders are necessary and Jursik makes all the deliveries herself. Britt “doughnates” 10 percent of her bread to charity and participates in local food co-ops.


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Edible Flowers: Put the Bloom on your Plate

Edible flowers

Edible flowers were a big hit in the culinary ‘80s, and why not? Now they’re back (and why not?) They make the most gorgeous garnish ever and the subtle fragrance and taste of edible flowers add easy elegance to salads, soups and even main dishes. Crystallized petals or flowers add surprise to sweets and drinks.

At Cucina, Chef Joey Ferran makes a pesto with dandelions. The Rose Establishment honors its name with rose petals in pastries. At Hell’s Backbone Grill, you’ll find flowers sprinkled exuberantly on everything and the Jamaica (hibiscus) margarita at the late Alamexo was a best-seller. So get with it and go grocery shopping in your garden.


Wester Garden Center offers guidelines:

  • Only consume organically- grown flowers.
  • If you’re not sure something is edible, look it up before eating.
  • Use flowers in moderation— don’t serve a whole bowl of blossoms. Duh.
  • Only use the petals—not the pistils, stamens or stems.
  • Here are some wild and garden flowers you can harvest for the dinner table: Dandelion, Indian Paintbrush, Rose Petals (Great in spinach salads), Nasturtiums, Hibiscus, (Find dried hibiscus, or Jamaica, in Hispanic or Latino grocery stores), Violets and Pansies, Herb Flowers (basil, lavender, wild mustard.)

Western Gardens, 1550 S. 600 East, SLC, 801-364-7871; 4050 W. 4100 South, 801-968-

How to crystallize flowers: 

Wash flowers or petals and let them dry thoroughly on a paper towel. Beat one egg white with 1⁄4 teaspoon water. Pulverize granulated sugar in a blender or use super fine sugar. Place a rack over another paper towel and using a small new, clean paintbrush, carefully paint each flower or petal completely with egg white. Be sure there are no bare spots. Sprinkle the flower or petal with sugar to totally cover and place on rack until dry.

Last night’s vigil for Breonna Taylor. ...

Deep breath in. Deep breath out.
Have a peaceful Tuesday evening ☮️

Everyone could use a breath of fresh air! 🌞⁠

Be sure to follow social distancing rules on the tails. 🌲 Check the link in bio to read our convo with the Executive director of the @mtntrailspc foundation, Charlie Sturgis, about being part of the covid-19 solution. ⁠

Be gentle with one another, Salt Lake ❤️

Our September-October issue is on stands now! ⁠

Salt Lake magazine has traditionally devoted its September-October issue to travel, describing trips to destinations all over the world. This year, confined by COVID, we’re looking closer to home. ❤️⁠

Stay well and be sure to pick up our latest issue or subscribe to our magazine through the link in bio!


Happy Monday 🏞
Who else is dreaming of the weekend? 😴

“The power of the people is always stronger than the people in power." - Angela Johnson⁠

Check the link in bio to read our Q & A with protest organizers. ⁠

Photo credit: Max Smith @phhhhhhhhhhhotos⁠

It's getting HOT in here! 🌞 Check out our list of the best swimming spots in Utah to cool down at! Link in bio. ⁠

Have a safe and responsible weekend, Utah! Oh and P.S. Wear a mask ❤️⁠

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Something fishy is happening on the eastern edge of the Jordanelle Reservoir... ⁠

A municipality is attempting to annex unincorporated land across a county line without that county’s approval. If this sounds like madness, that’s because it is. Read the full story though the link in bio. ⁠

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Summertime slush! Soft cold slurpy sweet treats- the classic seasonal delight. 🍧⁠

Here’s where to get the best and how to make them yourself, check the link in bio! 🍭

We're a little red rock crazy this weekend if you couldn't tell. (But how could we not be!)⁠

🏜️ Check out 3 pup friendly hikes in our beautiful Moab 🐶 Link in bio! Happy Hiking! ⁠

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