You Can Keep Your Hat On

By Robert Rae

by Nicole Monroephotos by Christine Molnarfrom Alternative Control CT Hats! There is no article of clothing more expressive than a hat. It saddens me that the days when a person didn’t leave his/her house without a hat have long passed. Once a fashion necessity for… Read more »

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 »

Year in Review: Outstanding Magazine Covers

Robert Rae

by Stefanie Botelhofrom FOLIO: 2011 WAS A YEAR of redesigns and relaunches, as magazine covers aimed to provoke (and as a result, to sell). Some efforts amounted in positive buzz and hiked newsstand numbers; others inspired seemingly unending rounds of media heckling (Newsweek’s July 4th… Read more »

Woman Of Heart and Mind

Robert Rae

by Kristin HankinsBrought to you by Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical Institute On December 8, 2011, President of Yes! Grace Rocks, Inc. Jane Martellino was honored as the first recipient of the Heart of Women award from Connecticut’s Women’s Business Council of Greater Danbury. However, an… Read more »

Why Wall Street Bankers Won’t Go to Jail

Amanda Bloom

by Amanda Bloom As we near the one month mark in the now international anti-corporate greed movement known as “Occupy Wall Street”, many protestors are calling for the arrest of the “bad bankers” behind the economic fallout. Protestors who march on roadways without permission will… 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 »

When the Saints Go Marching In

Robert Rae

by Rebecca Cosgrove WHEN HURRICANE KATRINA spiraled towards New Orleans five years ago, I had never been to the city, knew very little about it, and had no pressing desire to go there. But as I watched the disaster unfold, I was urged to get… Read more »

When I Buried My Dog

Robert Rae

by Joshua L. Durkin I was sixteen when I buried my dog. It was in the afternoon and my brother and I threw dirt on our dead dog wrapped up in his favorite puke green throw that even when washed smelled of him. I can… Read more »

What to Wear to The Rapture

Robert Rae

by Allie McConnellfrom Analogue Chic What’s a girl to wear for the end of the world? by Allie McConnellfrom Analogue Chic     What’s a girl to wear for the end of the world? Stylewise, you have two main choices: I. The SavedYou can go… Read more »

What a Wunderful Class

Amanda Bloom

by Amanda Bloom “In the mid-16th century, Wunderkammern, so-called cabinets of curiosity, began to appear in Europe. The objects contained in these sometimes beautiful collections included works of art, fossils, unusual biological specimens and reputedly mythological objects, such as horns of unicorns (later revealed to… Read more »

WestConn Students Stand Against Anti-gay Remarks

Robert Rae

by Jason Pratley from The Echo   In the last two months there have been five or more examples of bigotry against homosexual students living in Fairfield, Litchfield and Pinney residence halls at Danbury’s Western Connecticut State University.   They ranged from derogatory remarks such… Read more »

WestConn Creates Music Scholarship in Memory of Sandy Hook Victim


  Western Connecticut State University has created a music scholarship to honor the memory of 6-year-old Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.   The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund was established to pay tribute to Márquez-Greene’s… Read more »

Water World, Part 4: Drinking Water Safely

Robert Rae

by Allan Richter and Linda Melonefrom Energy Times No wonder so many health advocates recommend that people drink eight glasses of water a day, or more when you exercise. Water helps flush out toxins, carry nutrients to cells, ease digestion, regulate body temperature and is… Read more »

Voters Approve Same-Sex Marriage for the First Time


  In a historic turnaround, the ballot box is showing America’s shifting attitudes about same-sex marriage. After gay marriage rights died at the polls dozens of times in the past, on Tuesday they passed in at least two states. Rarely do popular votes reflect such dramatic… 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 »

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 »

Trimming the Fat, Keeping the Soul

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 »

Tiny House, Tiny Expenses

Robert Rae

by Laurie Lawlessphotos by Alec Jordan More and more people are turning to tiny houses as an economical way to live.  Tiny houses are houses built with the least amount of square footage necessary.  They can range anywhere from 85 to 1000 square feet depending… Read more »

TIME Does a Romney Double Take

Robert Rae

by Stefanie Botelho from FOLIO: IN AN INTERESTING MOVE,, TIME magazine will run the cover art from its December 12, 2011 issue again on its January 16, 2012 issue. The photo of Mitt Romney’s picture is the same in both treatments, but the headlines and… Read more »

Through Eyes of Wonder

Robert Rae

by Invisible MeAn “Art of Trespassing” installment IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE what this life would be like if I wasn’t painfully aware of the need to make sure my inner child is as happy as my exterior adult – if I did not allow myself… Read more »