The latest installation in the long running Chicken Soup for the Soul collection of books offers stories about hope and miracles, or coincidences, depending on one’s view. Local readers will note two familiar names in the list of contributors: Scarlett Lewis, who lost one of her sons on 12/14, and New Hope Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Solomon. Psychic medium John Edwards, in the book’s foreword, points out that while “miracle” usually creates a vision of something epic — Moses raising his staff in a Cecil B. DeMille movie comes to mind, as does the story of a mother who finds the strength to lift a car off her child — it doesn’t have to be all that mind-blowing to be considered miraculous.
Area nonprofit groups are hoping to hear from regular supporters and new fans when the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF) presents its second annual online Day of Giving. FCCF is again collaborating with Bank of America with the 24 hours of online donations.
It is the little nuances that make the difference when biting into a Cadbury Dairy Milk bar made in the United Kingdom versus one made by Hershey’s in the United States, said Lisa Whitmore, who owns UK Gourmet in Newtown, along with husband Nigel, a native of England. Hershey’s has owned the rights to manufacture Cadbury products in the US since 1988, but connoisseurs of the English-made product poo-poo any comparisons. That poo-pooing has turned to boo-hooing recently, though.
It could be an idyllic family scene from any one of many homes in Newtown: three older children clustered about a baby in a bouncy seat, while the fire in the fireplace crackles behind them and the adults chat amicably nearby. This family picture, though, is a special blend of children and adults. One of the adults is Hazel Ricardel-Alquilos, a native of Cebu in the Philippines. The “baby” is her son, Bezalel, such a wisp of a 2-year-old, at just 15 pounds, that it seems one puff of wind outside the door could send his frail form tumbling.