News, culture & curiosities in Greater Danbury, Connecticut, New England, and the Milky Way.

Licorice as Treatment for Barrett’s Esophagus

By 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 »


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 »

Expeditioner Aleksander Gamme.

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 »

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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 »

Take Time Relaxation Center and Art Gallery, Bethel CT

Danbury Launches Underage Drinking Awareness Campaign


  MCCA (Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism), and Stand Together Make a Difference (Danbury’s local substance abuse prevention coalition), have partnered to launch a media campaign and ask parents, students, community leaders and community members to “stand together to reduce underage drinking.”    The key… Read more »

Salton Sea Beach, California.

A Visit to Salton Sea


  I made a decision to go to Salton Sea in the middle of July last summer. Located 110 miles northeast of San Diego, California and 70 miles north of Mexicali, Mexico, Salton Sea is way out in the Sonoran Desert, 226 feet below sea… 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 »

Connecticut State Yoga Asana Women’s Champion Leila Noone performing Scorpion Pose. Photo by Laurie McDonagh.

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 »

The HealingNewtown Arts Space on Queen Street.

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 »

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 »

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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 »

Alamay photo.

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 »


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 »

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

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

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 »

A memorial with 26 candles in front of St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, built by Michael Agius Sr. and Michael Agius Jr. of Newtown.

“We Are Standing With You”

Mercurial Staff

  It has been an unfathomably tragic few days in Newtown, Connecticut following a mass shooting that left 28 people dead on Friday, December 14.  The local, national, and international community has shown Newtown great support and sympathy in the wake of this tragedy.  Here… Read more »

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An Extra-Sensory Performance by Keith Zalinger

Ryan Bair

  One night last October, the chalkboard outside of Anna Liffey’s Pub in New Haven said “Magic Show”. I’m certain that some of those attending expected sword-swallowing or rabbits out of hats or women sawed in half. Without a doubt, the impression given by the… Read more »

Boets, at back, with a client at Motus Studio.  Photo by Matthew Macauto.

A Return to Body Mechanics at Motus Studio

Amanda Bloom

  When was the last time you utilized your body’s full range of motion in a workout, flexing your feet as far as they could go, rotating through the entirety of your joints, and bending at every possible point of your spine? For me, it… 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 »

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 »

Baptismals Anonymous – Or, How to Baptize the Dead

Robert Rae

by Joshua L. Durkin In 2010 a pact was agreed upon between the Mormon Church and Jewish leaders that the Mormon Church would stop baptizing dead Jewish Holocaust victims after lists of names were discovered that indicated they had been posthumously baptized. Even alive humans… Read more »