Yoga, Snowflakes, A Night Out: How You Can Help Sandy Hook

By Amanda Bloom

  The great support shown to the Newtown community within the last few days has been nothing short of remarkable.  Numerous funds have been set up, music and art shows are being organized, t-shirts have been designed, and boatloads of stuffed animals have been donated…. Read more »

St. Rose of Lima Church vigil in Newtown. Photo by Jim Dietter.

Yoga and Action

Robert Rae

by Rebecca Rose Goetz, MPH It takes more than just knowing to spark a thought or an idea to life. Action takes courage and trust. by Rebecca Rose Goetz, MPH     “All know the way; few actually walk it.” -Bodhidharma I show my high… Read more »

Yoga & Love

Robert Rae

by Rebecca Rose Goetz, MPH YOGA AND LOVE. Two of the most powerful words I know. They both conjure up images, feelings, and even physical sensations in the body. Is there a connection between the two? Absolutely. by Rebecca Rose Goetz, MPH     “A… Read more »

When Was the Last Time You Were This Happy?

Amanda Bloom

  Just hearing the audio from this video by expeditioner Aleksander Gamme made me smile and laugh out loud.  Gamme and the story behind this video was featured on an episode of RadioLab back last winter; the episode is titled “Bliss.”   The video is… Read more »

Water World, Part 3: Water Births

Robert Rae

by Allan Richter and Linda Melonefrom Energy Times A NEARLY PAINLESS DELIVERY for mom and a gentle welcome into the world for baby make water births sound almost too good to be true. But it’s all legit, according to Barbara Harper, RD, CD, CCE, founder… Read more »

Water World, Part 2: Swimming & Water Workouts

Robert Rae

by Allan Richter and Linda Melonefrom Energy Times For an exercise program that’s easy on the joints, strengthens muscles and improves your cardiovascular fitness all at once, just add water. Exercising in an indoor pool or outdoor lake benefits all ages and fitness levels. by… Read more »

Vatican Censors Nun’s Book on Sexual Ethics

Alessandro Speciale

  A long-simmering conflict between the Vatican and American nuns erupted again in early June when the Vatican’s doctrinal office issued a scathing critique of a popular book on sexual ethics by Sister Margaret A. Farley, one of the first Catholics to teach at Yale… Read more »

The Soul of Medicine: Spiritual Perspectives and Clinical Practice

Robert Rae

by Linda Ross For many years now I have found that a regular practice of spirituality and prayer is a healthy way to enjoy life. Apparently I am not alone.   I am among those being chronicled in Harvard Medical School professors John Peteet’s and Michael D’Ambra’s new book, The Soul… Read more »

The Real Life Survival Guide: Stuff

Duo Dickinson

  Words have meanings. “Stuff” is both verb and noun, and both its uses have a generically unpleasant sensibility.   Beloved icons of past eras are neither “stuff,” nor do we “stuff” them anywhere. But the last 50 years have created more stuffed stuff than… Read more »

The Hang-ups of Nostalgia

Robert Rae

by Joshua L. Durkin As with most of what is written, this essay began with a furious thought and some scribbles that tried to capture a bizarre alacrity that had come over me, and also the profound notion—which is pompous—that I had spiked into a… Read more »

Rise Up to Violence Against Women on Valentine’s Day

Allison O Leary

  At 12:35pm on February 14, Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) will join with activists around the world for ‘One Billion Rising’,  the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls founded by… Read more »

Revitalize Mind and Body in the Shower Daily

Lindsay Chimileski

  Although it has become just part of the routine, showering has the potential to be not only an enjoyable and invigorating treat, but also a revitalizing therapy. By simply alternating the faucets, you can boost your immune system, increase metabolism, enliven healthy circulation of… Read more »

Nurse Fired for Refusing Flu Shot

Ehris Urban

  Jacqui Coveney, a registered nurse, has worked in Hartford Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the past eleven years. She, like many other nurses around the country, was recently terminated from her job for refusing to get a flu shot.   The original flu… Read more »

Moving through Space and Spine with Gyrotonic

Amanda Bloom

by Nora Allen GYROTONIC®, an exercise methodology that provides both a cardiovascular workout with intense muscular stimulation, stretches muscles while also stimulating the connective tissue around the joints of the body.  The physical movements are synchronized with different breathing patterns, creating a range in the… Read more »

MCCA Opens New Outpatient Facility in New Haven

Lee Bodkin

  MCCA (Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism) has announced the opening of their newest outpatient addiction treatment facility in New Haven, Connecticut (MCCA is an advertiser on The Mercurial). Treatment for alcohol and drug addiction as well as mental health disorders is offered at the… Read more »

Licorice as Treatment for Barrett’s Esophagus

Lindsay Chimileski

  Licorice, or Glycyrrhiza glabra, is a legume and member of the Fabaceae, or pea family. It has been used for over 3,000 years to treat a variety of ailments. Currently, medical studies support the use of licorice for the treatment of inflamed intestinal tissues,… Read more »

How the End of World War II Made Us Fat

Lisa Miller

  American waistlines are expanding – this isn’t news. And really, the cause isn’t revelatory either – people expend fewer calories than they consume – simple math. We’ve been trending this way for the last sixty years, and for very good reason. The post-war era… Read more »

HealingNewtown Arts Space Opens Its Doors on Valentines Day

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut

  HealingNewtown Arts Space, a project of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission and supported by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and Connecticut’s Office of the Arts, will officially open its doors on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14 with an open house from 3 to… Read more »

Harmonyum Healing Now at Take Time in Bethel

Amanda Bloom

by Amanda Bloom Christy Doyle would get a Harmonyum treatment everyday if she could.  Doyle, a 39-year-old Bethel, Connecticut resident (she looks much younger, which she attributes to Harmonyum), is a Harmonyum practicioner as well as a reiki Master, and she has recently begun to… Read more »

Gay Marriage Could Be Our Oprah

Joshua L. Durkin

Marriage is a definition, a union, a locus of power, a good institution between consenting adults, a symptom of lineage, a word used by the violent and angry to excuse their violence and anger, a tax break, a religious rite—but the core of our national… Read more »

Molly McCaffrey, creator of 'The Real You Project'. This is the photo she submitted to her project, which is dedicated to showing real people looking beautiful, "flaws and all."

Embrace Your Flaws with ‘The Real You Project’

Ehris Urban

  As my mother and I scrolled through the photos posted on Molly McCaffrey’s The Real You Project on Tumblr, we felt like we were missing something. According to McCaffrey, who also writes a biweekly healthy lifestyle blog, I Will Not Diet, this photo project features… Read more »

Danbury Woman to Compete in the National Yoga Asana Championship

Ehris Urban

  “Yes, there is such a thing as competitive yoga,” explained 26-year-old Danbury resident Leila Noone, the 2013 Connecticut State Yoga Asana Women’s Champion, in an interview. Ms. Noone’s first-place ranking qualifies her to compete at the National Yoga Asana Championship in New York City… Read more »