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

Trimming the Fat, Keeping the Soul

By Allan Richter

  With its roots in slavery, soul food has deep historical meaning for many African-Americans. But the call to honor a rich heritage is at odds with the need to reduce the excess fat and sugar found in the standard “down-home” diet. A new generation of black chefs… Read more »

Smothered Chicken, Succotash, and Mashed Potatoes. Photo courtesy of Tom Hirschfeld and Food52:
Smothered Chicken, Succotash, and Mashed Potatoes. Photo courtesy of Tom Hirschfeld and Food52:
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Newtown Youth & Family Services Expanding

Matt Plourde

  If you live in the Greater Newtown, Connecticut area, you may have found yourself wondering what Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc. (NYFS) is. You may have found yourself asking, “What is NYFS doing for me and for my community?   Answering these questions is… 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 »

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News Feed Anorexia

Duo Dickinson

  My laptop’s MSN home page is a revelation.   I am so techno-lazy that I never select a homepage – I just go with what is there after someone in my office loads up my latest software vessel. But the latest load-up reveals a… Read more »

Adam Chiara file photo.

Insurance Department Finalizes Exchange Rates

Christine Stuart

  The question of cost has been on everyone’s mind since Connecticut first decided to set up its own health insurance exchange under Obamacare. On Monday, Connecticut residents got their first look at the unadjusted rates — meaning, the rates without the inclusion of offsetting… 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 »

The newest book from the Danbury, Connecticut-based publisher For Beginners: 'Gender & Sexuality For Beginners,' written by Jaimee Garbacik and illustrated by Jeffrey Lewis.

A Timely Book: Gender & Sexuality For Beginners

Rebecca DiFabbio

  Gender & Sexuality For Beginners, written by Jaimee Garbacik and illustrated by Jeffrey Lewis, was just released to stores worldwide on June 11. For Beginners is a Danbury, Connecticut-based illustrated documentary nonfiction book series that tackles a variety of subjects—from architecture to Plato to Ayn… Read more »

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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 »

Belchertown State School in Massachusetts.  The institution was closed in 1992.  Photo by Katherine Anderson.

The Archival Opportunist

Katherine Anderson

  How often does one actually stop to consider the urban landscape? The average individual might occasionally glance at a city block and lament how the neighborhood has changed, observing the number of abandoned buildings lining the streets. Few people will stop to wonder what… 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 »

Army Sergeant Joel Tavera is one wounded veteran aided by Building Homes for Heroes.  Danbury's Memorial Day 5K will benefit the organization.

Danbury Memorial Day 5K Benefits Wounded Veterans

Ted Killmer

  Every year, the City of Danbury, Connecticut hosts an annual Memorial Day parade. This year the Danbury Police Department and CityCenter Danbury have planned a 5K road race on the parade course immediately before the start of the parade. This year’s 5K will benefit… Read more »

Steven and Sandy, the subjects of Debbie Lum's 'seeking asian female.' Photo by Debbie Lum.

Documentary: White Men Who Love Asian Women

Mercurial Staff

  seeking asian female is an eccentric modern love story about Steven and Sandy—an aging white man with “yellow fever” who is obsessed with marrying any Asian woman, and the young Chinese bride he finds online. Debbie Lum, a Chinese American filmmaker, documents and narrates… Read more »


Vets At Risk Of Suicide Not Getting Adequate Post-Discharge Care

Lisa Chedekel

  Nearly a third of veterans deemed at high risk for suicide don’t receive the recommended follow-up care after they’ve been discharged from Veterans Health Administration inpatient mental health facilities, according to a new report from the VA inspector general.   The report — which… Read more »


Lyme Disease Conference at WCSU May 14

Robert Taylor

  Prominent national figures engaged in Lyme disease diagnosis, treatment and advocacy will be featured speakers at a seminar to be held as part of the Lyme Awareness Month Health Fair on Tuesday, May 14 at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.   The Ridgefield Lyme… Read more »