Denise Dances: A Return to Perfect Health - Body, Mind & Spirit!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Girl Worth Fighting For!

A GIRL WORTH FIGHTING FOR! "Go to your tent! I think it's time we took this war into our own hands!" URGENT NEWS FROM THE GENERAL! WE'RE NEEDED AT THE FRONT! It's about time we be marching off to battle!/ In a thundering herd we feel a lot like cattle!/ Like a pounding beat our aching feet/ Aren't easy to ignore! Hey! Think of instead/ A girl worth fighting for! Huh? That's what I said:/ A girl worth fighting for! I want her fairer than the moon/ With eyes that shine like stars! A girl will marvel at my strength/ Adore my battle scars! I couldn't care less what she wears or what she looks like!/ It only depends on what she cooks like!/ (Beef! Pork! Chicken! Mmmm!) Bet the local girls thought you were quite the charmer!/ And I'll bet the ladies love our men in armour!/ You can bet what we have missed the most since we went off to war!/ Whatta we want? A girl worth fighting for! A girl will think I have no faults/ That I'm a major find! Uh -- how 'bout a girl who's got a brain? who always speaks her mind? (Nah!)My many ways to turn a phrase/ Are sure to thrill her -- He thinks he's such a lady killer!/ I've a girl back home who's not like any other! Yeah, the only girl who'd love him is his mother!/ What do we want more than victory/ to line up at our door? Whatta we want? A girl worth fighting for!/ Wish that I had/ A girl worth fighting for! A girl worth fighting -- (Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners? SOS 6:10) WALT DISNEY PRESENTS: Mulan.(to you, Julia!!!...* * * :)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Movin' On -- Already!

ISSUE OF SAFETY Mon 12/07/09 11:26 AM -- I have actually been looking for another place to live since Fall 2006. I haven't found anything within my price range. I feel my needs are pretty simple. I haven't felt safe where I live at Westridge since Fall 2007, due to "stalking" behavior of the residents. I have called the police on four separate occasions. The first incident with RM as clear cut and the police were very helpful. I have written a letter to the Board who refused to get involved. However, my credibility is threatened because the behavior of some other residents is hard to prove. I feel they are trying to drive me away because there is something illegal going on within the place. It is not a stretch of the imagination to suggest that the M's may be involved in illegal financial schemes, in light of their bragging about making large donations locally and overseas. I also feel they use their wealth and status to bribe and influence people. They know everyone's business in town. Isn't it about time someone looked into their business? I also like living in New London and being somewhat independent. I would also like to feel safe where I live. Thanks for your help. DENISE. Did ya GET the memo???

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Defying GRAVITY: ON THE EVE OF NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS - 2010 - (1) I resolve not to slander my next door neighbors, my landlord, my family, my friends, any debtors, and all acquaintances past and present on this blogspace...BUT I am not above playfully pointing out faults and short-comings once in a while (you feel free to do the same). Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord. He who laughs last laughs best (saith Joel Osteen last Sunday). (2) I resolve to realize the gravity of my Situation at The Residence and I promise to stay out of trouble next year! (3) I resolve not to drink and drive in the new year. (4) I resolve to stop blogging and stick to reviews of movies, concerts, theater, and art exhibits on and share what's happening in my town next year. (5) I resolve to type my novel, "Fool's Gold," the story of my life in NYC-1987-90 on (6) I resolve to complete all seven panels of my "Mural of Long Island Sound" just in time for February. (7) I resolve to commit to indoor OASIS from about 8-9am on most mornings. (8) I resolve not to partake in toxic relationships (which are detrimental to my health). (9) I resolve to gravitate to relationships that are mutually satisfying and beneficial to the good of all concerned; and (10) I resolve to frequent places of business and places for lunch where the people are nice and civil to me and where no one is too familiar with my past...:) MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY! HAPPY NEW YEAR, TOO! For those of you who shun New Year's Eve, check out Buscetto's Bash at the Beach for $10 on Jan. 2, 2010. THIIIIIINK SUNSHINE!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


COMING MAAP (Making Art Affordable to the Public): "The Race" and "Seeing the Light." Panels #3 and #4 of my "Mural of Long Island Sound" in seven panels to be on display at my Midwinter Artist Reception at my home in New London on Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 1:00pm. Wine & Cheese. Snax! For more info, go to:

Thursday, December 17, 2009


(Whenever something good happens...)
Debbie shuffled the cards. Work, she thought. Her boss. No, Mike. The whole situation. Her job. She handed the Tarot Cards back to her roommate, Mari Anne. They sat on the Oriental rug on the apartment floor. None of the guests had arrived yet, although the party officially started at nine. A wide array of chips, pretzels, hot dogs and the like waited on the dining room table. The red-orange Poisonous Punch looked enticing. Mari Anne spread out the cards.
"OK," she said. She pointed to the middle row. "You're artistic. You want to get out of your present job situation." "Yeah," Debbie said. She did not like having her fortune read, but it made a great pre-party warm-up. "Water indicates emotion. Water comes up a lot in my cards because I'm so emotional."
Debbie did not think that Mari Anne appeared to be very emotional.
"The cups. Water. You're very emotional. And you're artistic. Here's the Death Card."
"Huh?" Debbie gasped.
"No. The card does not usually mean death, but the end of something. An illusion."
The end? To her job? A new job in the same company? Or a different company altogether. She hoped not. An illusion. Her job? Men?
"Young man? That would be Mike. What does it say?"
"A purely intellectual young man. Ruthless. He will use any means to gain his own ends. Peaceful exterior masking intense passion. Secret violence and craft."
"Does he have a calm exterior?"
"No, not really." Debbie thought of Mike's fast movements and quick energy.
"Now, what's your relationship like?" Mari Anne asked at this point.
"Well..." Debbie hesitated.
"Does he...toy with you?"
"Yes," Debbie said.
"Because here, it has a picture of a web. You know, like how the spider plays with the fly? He doesn't know if he wants you or not, but it's there to play with," Mari Anne wriggled her fingers.
"But I like that," Debbie said naively.
"But beware of that," Mari Anne warned. She looked worried. "I think you're looking for love at work."
"What else does it say?"
"Champion, guardian, hero." Her boss? No, Mike. He had done alot for her.
"Let me see. Anything else? I don't mean to dwell and make you keep reading it over and over," Debbie apologized.
"No, that's OK," Mari Anne said. "A young man, with a contradictory mind, supporting many conflicting ideas and designs. Desires power. Ruthless. Elastic, elusive mind."
How wierd. The cards were spinning a kaleidoscope picture of Mike's complicated mind. Newly forming patterns, ever-changing. His young face. His crooning voice. His sudden meanness. A changling. What you see is not what you get. Being inside Mike's head, although she did not want to be. Seeing it as it really was. But she had to know.
"The pursuit of material things and dull business matters." Her boss? No, Mike once again.
"This card means the possibility of love. And this card means a disappointment in love."
"Huh? Which will it be?"
"We don't know. It could be either. But you will succeed, no matter what. Just cut through it! is what it's trying to say." Mari Anne cut through the air with an emphatic motion of her hand.
"Lasting success," she continued.
Debbie imagined a roomful of applause and a dinner party she was giving in her home. She imagined recognition through the years, best loved stories, continuing achievements, reknown.
"Now, this row represents things you cannot change." Mari Anne pointed to three cards. "Catholicism. The belief that you have to suffer for every reward. You can succeed and have love, too. But you will succeed, no matter what."
"I have always thought that. That I would be successful, but nothing else. You know when you just know you'll be really successful?" Debbie said. She imagined a banner with the word SUCCESS! Gee, she thought. This prediction really spells out Success in flying colors!
"Total feminitity. This is something you cannot change and you should always be proud of that," Mari Anne said.
Well, she was.
"Also, you're fortunate. You may not believe that, but you are."
"You know, I am fortunate. But I never think I am," Debbie realized.
"I'm that way, too," Mari Anne said. "Whenever something good happens, I try to find something negative. I say, 'Yeah, but..."
0736D...Spring 89
VOCAB: (Once a teacher, always a teacher!) (1) stranglehold: 2: a force or influence that chokes or suppresses freedom of movement or expression.
(2) familiar: 3: a spirit often embodied in an animal and held to attend and serve or guard. b: one who frequents a place. (3) familiar: adj. [ME familier, fr. OF, fr. L familiaris, fr. familia] 1: closely acquainted: INTIMATE (a ~ family friend)...FOOL'S GOLD...COMING SOON...on

Monday, December 14, 2009

Cruel Intentions

CRUEL INTENTIONS AN EDUCATION Sat Dec 12 09 1:05pm 1 Nianti Pg13 1 Ad Mat$6.00 Now playing at Niantic Cinemas. The sins of the fathers are visited upon the children. Vocabulary: (Once a teacher, always a teacher!) (1) corroborate: [L corroboratus, pp. of corroborare, fr. com- + robor -, robur strength]: to support with evidence or authority: make more certain syn see CONFIRM. (2) restitution: [ME, fr. OF, fr. O. restitutio, fr. restitutus, pp. of restituerre to restore, fr. re- + statuerre to set up - more at STATUTE] 1: an act of restoring or a condition of being restored as: a: a restoration of something to its rightful owner b: a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injury 2: a legal action serving to cause restoration to a previous state. (Ah, but it confuses you, doesn't it? It isn't quite clear; is it? -- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Directed by Victor Fleming. Novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Another Holiday Concert 12/19

ANOTHER HOLIDAY CONCERT Harkness Chapel, Connecticut College. New London, CT. (Where else???) Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009 at 8pm. Tix on sale at ECSO Box Office on State Street; $20 adults; $18 students and seniors. The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra is teaming with the Eastern CT Symphony Chorus for this holiday concert in an affordable venue. Directed by Mark Singleton, the chorus consists of 75...and is the only remaining symphony chorus in the state. (I did have the pleasure to meet a member of the symphony chorus wh happened to be in the audience of an April 2007 ECSO concert at the Garde. His wife had diabetes and he recommended to me reading the book: "Younger Next Year.") An ensemble of musicians will accompany the Chorus. For more info, go to: or visit the ECSO Box Office on State Street in New London. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

"You Are My Sunshine"

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. Discovery Ch. 54, 8am. "Discover the Champion in You," -- Joel Osteen. Today's message, #445: "Speaking the Blessing." For more info, go to: The reason some adults struggle today is because their parents didn't speak positive praise over them. If it's not too late...Whose are those negative voices in your head? And where did they really come from? Whispering negative things in your ear...And how many more relationships will it take before you recognize those negative voices? And when are you going to finally learn to say "No!" And who will finally come along to break those chains of love? Who is that stranger in your midst? And how much longer are you going to ignore her?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

New London, CT. Ya better watch out; ya better not cry! ya better not pout; I'm telling you why! Santa Claus is coming to town! 37 readers on my blog yesterday. Thanx for reading, everyone. Comments welcome. Trample me. Maybe when my account reaches $10, I can start getting paid for my life story! (I've got to see this movie! I've got to see it; I've got to see it. Are we going? We're going; aren't we? If we don't go, I'm going to be mad!!!...* * * :) P.S. Be kind to a widow; you'll have good luck! (Denise...Denise Dances...2009)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

More-on Facebook

MORE ON FACEBOOK -- Anywhere, USA. For those of you who are my Facebook Friends or would like to be, -- check out Ed's Opinion Page of the Hartford Courant. Often sparks a lively debate, especially if you don't get into idle comments much. How come nobody comments on any of my highly controversial, volatile blog posts? How come nobody talks to me? Go ahead -- trample me! I can take it. I'll bounce back and get right back up on my feet again!

No More Scary F-Places

No more scary more scary places. New London, CT. I stayed home today. Safe inside from the pouring rain. From my window up high, I announced that God is in charge! He is greater than my Situation. And who did I see fall on his face in the rain down below? The bigger they are, the harder they fall! For today, I will keep my suspicions to myself. I was never so happy to return to The Residence on late Saturday night, December 5th; after a day spent in the pouring rain in NYC. (I caught a big chill and couldn't warm up for the life of me!) For those of you who have lived there or visited NYC in the rain, you know it SUCKS to be in NYC in the rain! But I actually found it easier than dealing with the residents where I live. "The strangers shall fade away and be afraid out of their close places..." on the Animal Planet this afternoon, I saw one white gazelle amidst dozens of browns..."they sense the one who is different; who doesn't fit in, and they harrass the one until they leave...their chances of survival =...once again, I couldn't do it without you, my Guardian Angels here on earth and my one in Heaven! my splitting headaches which I had all summer and into the fall are GONE as are most of the "strangers in my house!" Never mess with somebody you thought was a nobody; they might just turn out to be Somebody!!!..* * * :)...So when you're near me, darling, can't you hear me calling -- SOS! The love you gave me; nothing else can save me -- SOS!!!...*** :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Psalm 18

Psalm 18 (verses 17-21; 27-28; 32, 34-42; 45, 47-49.
He delivered me from my strong enemy; and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
They prevented me in the day of my calamity:
but the Lord was my stay.
He brought me forth also into a large place;
He delivered me, because he delighted in me.
The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
For thou wilt save the afflicted people
but wilt bring down high looks.
For thou wilt light my candle:
the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
He teacheth my hands to war,
so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation:
and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
Thou hast enlarged my steps under me,
that my feet did not slip.
I have pursued mine enemies and overtaken them:
neither did I turn again till they were consumed.
I have wounded them
that they were not able to rise:
they are fallen under my feet.
For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle:
thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
Thou hast also given me
the necks of mine enemies;
that I might destroy them that hate me.
They cried, but there was none to save them:
even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.
Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind:
I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
The strangers shall fade away,
and be afraid out of their close places.
It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.
He delivereth me from mine enemies. Therefore will I give THANX! YEAY!
(Ain't no wrath like a woman scorned. Don't f*** with me, WM. No contest.)
I've bounced back from the negligence of the Public Healthcare System. From the wrath and scorn of most of my neighbors (and others). THIS TOO SHALL PASS -- but not soon enough! You haven't heard the last from me!!!...* * * :)
Who is she that cometh forth as the mountain, clear as the sun, fair as the moon, and terrible as an army with banners??? (SOS)

Monday, December 7, 2009

"Call of the Coast"

CALL OF THE COAST Florence Griswold Museum. Old Lyme, CT. For a review of this art exhibit from the New York Times and to view paintings, go to: Please feel free to COMMENT on whose review you like better. (My feelings won't be hurt. They've been trampled often and I always bounce far.) So tell me soon: Am I destined for greatness or is God planning to make a martyr of me??? (Intuitive...a little psychic...I pick up cues from the environment...empath...deductive reasoning...) COMING SOON: photos of "The Race" and "Seeing the Light" (almost finished!) to "Aplomb" soon to follow, then "On the Rocks" and "Seagulls All Around." The series should be complete by late January, just in time for my MidWinter Artist Reception, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010 at my home in New London. I hope to see you there!

The Big Chill

THE BIG CHILL Sat., Dec. 5, 2009. New York, NEW YORK. Georgia O'Keefe: ABSTRACTION. Sept. 17, 2009 - Jan. 17, 2010. Whitney Museum of American Art, Madison Avenue at 75th Street. For more info, go to:  and
Mamma Mia! described by New York Magazine as "a cardboard-y musical pasted together out of ABBA's greatest hits. Audiences can't get enough of it, though." Winter Garden Theater, 1634 Broadway at 50th Street (212)563-5544. Discount same day only tix available at TKTS booths at Duffy Square, Broadway & 47th Street. Music & Lyrics by Benny Anderson; Bjorn Ulvaeus. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. This is the Broadway debut of the star, Alyse Alan Louis, a May graduate of NYU (New York University). (Ah, lived across from NYU on Mercer Street, summer 1988. Could often see the dancers rehearsing from my apt through the large glass windows of NYU. My mother got a report from the phone company, informing her that my phone was bugged.) What're you, crazy? Think you got problems? Are you kidding me? I don't get no respect!!!...* * * :). Why "The Big Chill?" It rained, all day Saturday. I stood in the rain for about an hour and a half in order to get a discount theater ticket to Mamma Mia. Quick review: A young woman plans her white wedding to her high school sweetheart. Yearning to know her real father, she invites three of her mother's boyfriends from the past to the Greek Isles to give her away at her wedding. Guess who she chooses? I especially enjoyed the passion of the show's number, SOS. Some of the numbers seemed an impromptu routine in an all girls' (albeit middle-aged -- that word I hate!) hotel room; something that could be acted out by you or me! others; did have that glitter, verve and sparkle! as did the story's happy ending!

Sunday, December 6, 2009



Where are those happy days, they seem so hard to find.
I tried to reach for you, but you have closed your mind.
Whatever happened to our love?  I wish I understood.
It used to be so nice, it used to be so good.

So when you're near me, darling, can't you hear me --
The love you gave me, nothing else can save me --
When you're gone -- How can I even try to go on?
When you're gone -- Though I try, how can I carry on?

You seem so far away though you are standing near.
You made me feel alive, but something died I fear.
I really tried to make it out -- I wish I understood.
What happened to our love, it used to be so good.

So when you're near me, darling, can't you hear me --
The love you gave me, nothing else can save me --

When you're gone, how can I even try to go on?
When you're gone, Though I try, how can I carry on?
So when you're near me, darling, can't you hear me --
And the love you gave me, nothing else can save me --

When you're gone
How can I even try to go on?
When you're gone
Though I try, how can I carry on?

When you're gone
How can I even try to go on?
When you're gone
Though I try how can I carry on?

(Mama Mia, Wintergarden Theater, Broadway & 50th, Sat., Dec. 5, 2009)  On Saturday morning, I woke up early, as usual.  In the predawn darkness, as if from another galaxy, the tune of Mama Mia by ABBA came to me from far away...


Today I am proud to present to you:
The Work of the Stonington Printmakers Society
November 22, 2009 - January 29, 2010
This post is in honor of my sister Kelley and to express my support for her work. Kelley has a BA in Fine Arts and a BA in Interior Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and is owner of Kelley Interiors in Mystic. The opening reception was Saturday, replete with ongoing demos. I am sorry to have missed it; but I got rained on in New York instead as I waited in line for approximately an hour and a half for Mama Mia! (yep, it was worth it!) Georgia O'Keefe is at The Whitney on Madison & 75th. More later! ( many many, many raindrops...falling from the sky...falling from my eye...tears, healing tears...baptism...born again.) I was very excited (and relieved of that all-consuming Catholic guilt) when I got her email message today. I will definitely go see it -- and you should too!
It's all good! There's enough to go around!

Friday, December 4, 2009


Look at me
I will never pass for a perfect bride or a perfect daughter
Can it be
I'm not meant to play this part --
Now I see
That if I were truly to be myself
I would break my family's heart.
Who is that girl I see
Staring straight back at me?
Why is my reflection someone I don't know?
Somehow I cannot hide who I am though I've tried.
When will my reflection show who I am inside?
When will my reflection show who I am inside?
(My, my. What beautiful blossoms we have this year. Look. This one's late. But I'll bet that when it blooms, it will be the most beautiful of all.)
(from The Ballad of Hua Mulan)
The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all. (But THAT was in another lifetime!!!...* * * :) Denise...Denise Dances...2009.
This post is dedicated to my beautiful niece Julia. (Out of the mouth of babes...!)

A Stranger in Your Midst

A STRANGER IN YOUR MIDST New London, CT -- THE BLIND SIDE Sat Nov 28 09 1:05pm 1 Nianti PG12 623 1 Ad Mat$6.00 A mind is a terrible thing to waste. "This is my extended family. I'm lucky to have a family that understands. I knew that some people here today would be sad because they don't get visitors." -- Donna, CNA, Bayview Health Center, Niantic, CT. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 2009. "I get along with your father. We understand each other." To me, this movie is about Lee Ann; not Michael Oher. (sp?) Which proves the point that we are not here to showcase our own talents. We're here to use our talents to help others. (Who is that girl? I know she's in there, somewhere. She's nice...and quiet...) Who is that stranger in your midst? And how much longer are you going to ignore her? At the end of the movie, I felt Paula compelling me to sit still and watch the credits. To feel whatever it was I was feeling. But I got up and walked out of the hushed, lit movie theater of still filled seats. I don't know where the dizziness came from. I hate crowds; did I pick up everyone's vibes in the theater after the movie? Low blood sugar? did eat a very sticky chocolate mint donut with mint chips before the movie. The full moon about to pop? Who is that stranger in your midst? And how much longer are you going to ignore her? Denise...Denise Dances...2009.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Facebook Fame

Hi! This blog will be posted on Networked Blogs on my Facebook account soon, so all of my Facebook friends can read me. What is black and white and read all over??? Hopefully, having Facebook friends can take the place of foooooooooddd! This crappy weather creates carb cravings. "Perfect Size 12" jeans in jeopardy! I hope the Muse will come again soon.  In regards to prior posts, God put me in this post for a reason.  Once I have completed my "assignment," he will place me in a better situation.  God -- You owe me big time!  (Will I get in trouble for that?)  Friends, I want to thank all of you who have remained faithful readers to my blog.  Hope to attract more than nine readers a day soon!  GOD CAN HANDLE IT.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cry Me a River!

CRY ME A RIVER! Yes, cry me a river. In viewing a post of prior weeks ago, I long to be standing on the banks of the Lieutenant River in Old Lyme, of a beautiful October afternoon. (Well, maybe next fall...) This weather -- SUCKS!! Great sleeping weather, though. Sixteen hits to my blog yesterday. (Only one today.) Thanx for reading; everyone! (P.S. You don't have to believe me. But then again, you don't have to live there either!!!...* * * :)'s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a beauty; would you be mine? could you be mine? (if you're so smart, why ain't you rich?) Denise...Denise Dances...2009.

Monday, November 30, 2009

"Let's Get Crackin'!"

Vocab: (Once a teacher, always a teacher!) (1) slander: [LL scandalum stumbling block, offense -- more at SCANDAL] 1: the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation. (2) harrass: fr. harer to set a dog on. (Will someone please tell the woman upstairs to keep her German shepherd on a leash? I have an important social function to go to!!!) 1: to worry and impede by repeated raids 2a: exhaust, fatigue. b: to annoy persistently. (3) stalk: stelan to steal 1: to pursue quarry or prey stealthily 2: stalking horse: something used to mask a purpose. (4) lynch law: the punishment of presumed crimes or offenses...without due process of law. (5) bribe: 1: money or favor given or promised to a person in a position of trust to influence his judgement or conduct. (6) launder: [ME launderer. L. lavandus, gerundive of lavare to wash - more at LYE. (7) impervious: 2: not capable of being affected or disturbed. (8) restitution: restituerre to restore, fr. re + statuerre to set up. 1: an act of restoring or a condition of being restored: as...b: a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injury. (9) prosper: L. prosperare to cause to succeed, fr. favorable. 1: to succeed in an enterprise or activity; esp: to achieve economic success 2: to become strong and flourishing ~ vt: to cause to succeed or thrive syn see SUCCEED. (10) modus operandi: [NL] a method of procedure. (11) modulate: modus measure 3: to vary the amplitude, frequency, or phase of a carrier wave or signal in telephony, telegraphy, radio or television. (12) module: b: a usually packaged functional assembly of electronic components for use with other such assemblies. What're you waiting for? Christmas? What're you crazy? Think you got problems? Are you kiddin' me? I don't get no -- don' f*** with me!!!...* * * :)'s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a beauty; would you be mine? could you be mine?...Why don't YOU step out from that lens, my friend? And capsize, with all the lies that YOU'VE been living in???...* * * :)...There is only one thing left to do. Get busy! I must carry on! Land ho!!!...* * * :)...Does it come as no surprise to now...that I would say...that I would consider my return to perfect health payment enough???...* * * :)...I've GOT to see this movie! I've GOT to see it; I've GOT to see it!Are we going? We're going; aren't we? If we don't go; I'M going to be mad!!!...* * * :)...Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with bannners (SOS)???...* * * :). Denise...Denise Dances...2009.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Up Next

UP NEXT..."New London: Tree City, USA?" and Bio of Edgar Allen Poe, infamous 18th century poet and "Diabetes Denial: article excerpts..." (from Miss Diagnosis!)..."The Race" is finished and "Seeing the Light", now in progress, (indoor OASIS, "Northeast Corner") are coming soon to Soon to follow: "Aplomb," "On the Rocks," and "Seagulls All Around..." The Mural of Long Island Sound in seven "panels," 16 x 20, oils on canvas should be complete around the middle of January. (To be reproduced into prints and notecards.) To be made available at one of the summer outdoor art festivals (2010). Hopefully, I can paint some summer beach scenes, too. Just in time for my Midwinter Artist Reception on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, 1:oopm. All Friends & Family Welcome. Catch the buzz!!!...* * * :) DRIVE CAREFULLY THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND!

Monday, November 23, 2009

What about Westridge???

THE VILLAGES AT SHORE LANDING Ocean Reef Spacious Studios, 1 & 2 BRs & Townhomes Ocean Club Charming Studios & 1 BRs Gull Harbor CONDOMINIUMS Stylish One BRs Sandalwood Unique Quiet Studios & One BRs Professionally Managed By: TARRAGON What about Westridge Gardens? 65 is the business address. What about 57 Westridge Road???

JOB 42:10-17

And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came there unto him all his brethren and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters...And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his son's sons, even four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days.

New Moon

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. (SOS 8:6) Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned. (SOS 8:7) TWILIGHT SAGA Sat Nov 21 09 1:00pm 1 Nianti PG13 147 1 Ad Mat $6.00 She could be you or me. Kristen Stewart is Bella in Twilight Saga: New Moon. WE ASK FOR YOUR COOPERATION IN REFRAINING FROM UNNECESSARY CONVERSATION AND NOISE WHICH COULD BE AN ANNOYANCE TO OTHER VIEWERS IN THE THEATER. She suffers neglect from the less-than-perfect conditions at home and her dysfunctional parents, left in the care of her single dad. The Twilight Saga of "teen vampire romance" has created quite the buzz since the premiere of the movie "Twilight" last year. Set against a realistic backdrop of panoramic views of mountain vistas in the Wild West, the dark movie set reflects the isolation and despair which the young heroine Bella feels. The movie takes a supernatural turn when Bella is forced to choose between "teen werewolf" Jay (Taylor Lautner) and "aging vampire" Edward (Robert Pattinson) in a final showdown of fangs! Proving that true love does exist! it's out there! it's worth waiting for! and it's transcendant. And it may arrive in a way that you would least suspect; when you least expect it! (When love comes around, comes knocks you down!)

New York, New York!

New York, New York. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, Connecticut College Dept of Art History. The bus departs Cummings Art Center at 8:00 am and departs from New York aat 8pm in the vicinity of 56th / 57th and Madison Avenue, Atrium of the IBM Building. Going down Fifth Avenue, the bus will make the following stops: (1) Guggenheim Museum - 5th Ave & 89th St.; (2) Metropolitan Museum of Art - 5th AVe. & 82nd St.; (3) Whitney Museum (there's a Georgia O'Keefe exhibit!) - 5th Ave. & 75th St.; (4) Museum of Modern Art - West 53rd St.; (5) SoHo - Corner of Broadway * Houston; and (6) Chelsea - 23rd St. & 10th Ave.

In Concert: "Windy City Preview"

IN CONCERT: Windy City Preview. Sun., Nov. 22, 2009. 2pm. Leamy Hall Auditorium. United States Coast Guard Academy. Today, "a more challenging concert." The program started abruptly at 1400 hours and without innuendo, with "Celebration" by Edward Gregson and conducted by CDR Kenneth W. Megan. Ending triumphantly, it was immediately followed by "The Star-Spangled Banner." Following closely, next up was a rollicking "March, op. 99" by Serge Prokofiev, and arranged by Paul Yoder. Today's concert is a preview of The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL on Dec. 16, where thousands of musicians converge. The United States Coast Guard Band will be the featured performer. For more info, please go to: After intermission, the Pulitzer Prize winning "Recoil" by Joseph Schwanter featured "amplified percussion" and "expansive piano." One of my favorite selections today, a sense of impending danger!!! Amidst the haunting voices of "the choir," much clamor! Clanging, pounding, crashing! loved it! CWO Richard E. Wyman has a way of communicating with the band. Next came the Three Cabaret Songs by William Bolcom and arranged by MUC Ian Frenkel. First, the lovely MU1 Lisa Williamson sang the sinister song, "Black Max," followed by the halting, grinding "Waitin'," and finally the rousing tune of "Amor!" which featured a cheeky performance by Williamson who has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. The concert ended with "The Stars and Stripes Forever," one of my personal favorites which was conducted with gusto by CDR Megan and recalls a memorable trip to Block Island with my sister Kim one summer, where we applauded the infamous Fourth of July parade. The Holiday Concert will take place on Sunday, December 13 with two scheduled performances at 2pm and a full concert at 7pm, featuring the Shoreline Bells. For more info, please go to:

Friday, November 20, 2009

"Does It Come as No Surprise...?"

DOES it come as no surprise...that I would still now...that I would consider a return to perfect health payment enough???...* * * :)...(Denise...Denise's easy! learning is half the fun! once a teacher, always a teacher!) ...didn't get to see The Box, not playing in Niantic. There's a price to pay for everything. Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it good thing will He withhold from those who love many many, many raindrops...falling from the sky...falling from my eye...tears, healing tears...I cain stan' the more pain...Be quiet. Big boys don't cry. Big boys don't cry...Biiiig girls! they don't cry, ay, ay! they don't cry! it's just -- an alibi! Tears, healing tears...I cain' stan' the mo' pain...notorious...rebirth...RENASCENCE! You've all read my story. How much do YOU think it's worth???

Thursday, November 19, 2009

"Be Careful What You Wish For"

THE BOX Now playing. Niantic, CT. (I've got to see this movie. I've got to see it; I've got to see it. Are we going? We're going; aren't we? If we don't go; I'm going to be mad!!!...* * * :) careful what you wish just might get it all...(Denise...Denise Dances...2009)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bottlenose Dolphins at Montauk

Montauk Point, Long Island, NY -- Aug. 2, 2009. See bottlenose dolphins live off Montauk Point! across Long Island Sound from Ocean Beach in New London! Coming Soon: "The Race" and "Seeing the Light" -- panels #3 and #4 of my Mural of Long Island Sound in seven "panels," 16 x 20" oils on canvas. For more info go to: Catch the buzz!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

How much longer?

57 Westridge Rd., New London, CT. How much longer are you going to let this person in your midst fall through the cracks? you know, the one with a little bit of talent? and compassion? goes a little against the grain? forced to fly below the radar, so to speak? and when is everyone else going to realize there really is something going on at The Residence? before it's too late? Why don't YOU step out from that lens, my friend? And capsize, with all the lies that YOU'VE been living in???...* * * :) (If she says, step out from that lens, my friend, one more time, I'm going to throw up! all over my Cobb Salad! to you, Paula!) (Denise...Denise Dances...2009) Thank God for Guardian Angels, here on earth, and my one in Heaven who has walked into the Light. 8am, 11-16-09, Ocean Beach. She didn't want to spend another Thanksgiving alone. :) (Bring out the holly....!)

Monday, November 16, 2009

So...You Think You Can Dance?

"So you think you can dance?"   FREE Ballroom Dance at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London.  Friday, November 20, 2009Free lesson 7-8pm. Open dancing; 8-10pm. Leamy Ballroom.  Don't forget your driver's license. Semi formal / casual. No jeans! Bring your friends! Learning is half the fun! (Once a teacher; always a teacher!!!...* * * :) (Denise...Denise Dances...2009)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

View of Montauk Light

Coming Soon: "The Race" and "Seeing the Light," a view of "Montauk Point Lighthouse" from New London, CT. Have ya seen it? does anyone out there know how to obtain an image of Montauk Point Light, as you would see it, coming from New London, CT? I've tried googling to get the right viewpoint, to no avail... it's for my "Mural of Long Island Sound." It is a beautiful area and I've enjoyed viewing it, of a rainy Saturday afternoon. Thanx!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Just Another Day in The Neighborhood?

New London,'s a...beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood; would you be mine? could you be mine? it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a beauty, would you be mine? could you be mine? Well, whatta you expect? It's November! Smooth music beckons at the ECSO Saturday night. Need help editing my new website, soon! Coming next: "The Race" (3). Wow, I didn't realize how BIG the High Speed Ferry is! Soon to follow: "Seeing the Light" (Montauk Point) (4); and "Aplomb" (that is actually Plum Island out there; just off of Orient Point) (5); and "On the Rocks" (6). Then, "Seagulls All Around" (now, I get the picture -- it is easy to see that Little Gull and Great Gull Islands lie just past Cormorant Island) (7). Averaging just two paintings per month, I can see that I could be done with my "Mural of Long Island Sound" in seven panels around the first week of January 2010. I should be able to churn out just a few more beach scenes in time for my Midwinter Artist Reception on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010 at 1pm. All Friends & Family Welcome.

Monday, November 9, 2009

ECSO, 11/14

Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra is at The Garde Theater, New London, CT. November 14, 2009. Saturday at 8pm. PIANO VIRTUOSO: Peter Serkin. Conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada. Beverages served at Intermission. :)

"You're an Artist"

'YOU'RE AN ARTIST. You see things differently," my best friend Paula said one afternoon at Ocean Beach, before the boardwalk renovations were complete. I made a comment on the intersecting lines of the boardwalk as it was undergoing construction. And here is the moment where her trusty advice was given. "You're an artist." I guess she is right. My paintings probably won't make a million dollars at Sotheby's Auction, posthumously. We may also never find out what's really going on at The Residence. But I've started to carve out an existence for myself in this, the biggest little town, New London, Connecticut. I'm happy with what I do. Striving for a presence in the community. Trying to Save Ocean Beach! (portion of all proceeds...)OK. So my long ago written novel, "Fool's Gold" may never sell. Might not even get published. I didn't fare well in the Big Apple for too long. "I wonder what's going on. I'd really love to know!" "Some political scandal," Debbie replied cryptically. "It's definitely more than what we think." (I've got to see this movie. I've got to see it; I've got to see it. Are we going? We're going; aren't we? If we don't go; I'm going to be mad!!!... * * * :)...

Didja See It?

DIDJA SEE IT? Sunday, November 8, 2009 New London, CT. Today I would like to share the "spotlight" with my sister Kim. Check out The Day on 11/8/09. Yeah, that is my little sister in the Big City. My stay was short-winded, but I hope to get a novel about life in NYC in the 80s published someday (even on-line). Admittedly, I don't care that much for money or things. I just want to be famous! Also, did you "see" the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra's October 17 concert, broadcast on 94.5 Fine Arts Radio Sunday afternoon at 3:00? I hope you did! Wasn't it awesome? If you enjoyed this beautiful music with its many textures, layers and moods as much as I did, go see the ECSO on Saturday, November 14. Right here in downtown New London, live at The Garde Theater. Piano Virtuoso, Peter Serkin, 8pm. Tix $28-$52. Call 860-443-2876 or go to: Sponsored by The City of New London, the Towns of Groton and Waterford and Bank of America. Beverages served at intermission. (There's enough to go around!) :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

ECSO Broadcast 11/8

Hello, Everyone! I am excited to tell you that the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, October 17 performance will be broadcast on WMNR Fine Arts Radio, 94.5 on Sunday, November 8 at 3 pm. I was too busy trying to SAVE OCEAN BEACH that night!
"Our Own Classical Idol"
Star-Isle by Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Featuring Stephan Tieszen, ECSO Concertmaster (celeb. more than 20 yrs)
Symphony No. 5, Op. 64, E minor by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Thanx, Everyone!

Thanx, Everyone! Got 52 hits on my blog yesterday. Did I create that much of a buzz on MAAP? I finally got the URL correct, but I need help editing my website! Thanks to "P" at the Computer Lab at Groton Library, for all of your help. Denise (P.S. I used to attract about 20 readers a day. It got down to 15, then 9, then 7. Keep reading, everyone! More to come!)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Other Artists

Whose styles I wish to emulate...

Janice Causey...
Block Island Art Festival...
August 8 & 9, 2009...
For more info, go to:

Kate Knapp...
at the Jessie Edwards Studio...
Her artwork was shown in August, but I missed it!...
Also, go to: (August 8, 2009)...

Zen Chuang...
Mystic Art Festival...
August 2008...
for more info, go to:


The First Impression (Trip to Old Lyme)

THE FIRST IMPRESSION Old Lyme, CT. Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009. Photos. Here we have: (1) Impressionist Denise poses on the bank of the Lieutenant River behind the Flo Gris Museum. (2) Denise -- a future Old Lyme Impressionist painter? (3) "Chunking out:" No more donuts! Hey. I'm only human, too. From raisins, apples, and lite yogurt! (4) portable picnic lunch on the grounds of The Gris. (5) Downriver. (6) Across the River. (7) Upriver. (8) Children gather for the "Wee Faerie Village" exhibit. (9) First Impressions, Lasting Impressions...(10) and (11) "The Rambles" sculptural exhibit by North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty. Inspired by the location, he uses truckloads of freshly harvested native tree saplings. (12) A Fall Scene.


COMING SOON...Thanksgiving, of course...and "New London: Tree City USA;" and Bio of Edgar Allen Poe; and photos of my artwork from indoor OASIS: please go to:

Today you will be able to view: (1) "The Beach by Long Island Sound;" and (2) "Against the Wind." Next will be: (3) "The Race." Soon to follow: (4) "Seeing the Light." (5) "On the Rocks." (6) "Seagulls All Around" and (7) "Aplomb." In case you haven't guessed, it will be a mural of Long Island Sound in seven "panels," 16" x 20" Oils on Canvas. (American Impressionism?) These are taken from photographs and inspired by the many hours I have spent at Ocean Beach this past summer 2009 and into the fall. MidWinter Art Reception in my home around Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. All Friends & Family Welcome. Hopefully, I can reproduce my artwork into prints and notecards and sell originals and reproductions at one of the outdoor art festivals in Summer 2010. After the holidays, that nice, cool, clean relaxing time in January; more inspiration awaits. You will have to a-wait, too! (Denise...Denise Dances...2009.) (Hint: More inspiration from Ocean Beach and "stuff" I began last Spring.)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"Film Noir" turned Slasher "B"???

FILM NOIR...turned Slasher B movie??? New London, CT. It was an organized society, a secret society. During the darkest days of my life, I lived among them. High Society. No one believed me. If I lived in the hood, they would. One tells the other tells the other. "You're up early." "Are you working?" "You look nice." One is stationed outside, around the exact time I leave in the morning. When I return home, someone is stationed in the front lobby. "So-and-so did this and so-and-so did that. I did this and I did that. What did you do today?" What're you doing? What're you doing? What're you doing? "Are you working?" "What do you do all day?" "How much rent are you paying?" "What are you doing today?" One tells the other tells the other. Gathered around the front hall lobby. High noon. Gathered around, just about the exact time I come home most days. Someone standing outside, at the time I usually leave in the morning. "They watch every little thing you do" -- barely uttered beneath bated breath, former next door neighbor (MF), at Cruise Night, Summer 2008. "Spoiled brat!" spat out across a crowded restaurant, the family pizza place I used to frequent (Fall 2006). (Thought she was legally blind - EP). Who invited you? Standing outside my door. Dinner with a friend one evening, November 2007. Ex-ballroom dancer, 81-year-old lady. Just because. Sixty something chain smoker stood outside in front as I escorted my dinner guest to her car. The next day: "The Europeans have wine with dinner. We don't." (MM) Next door neighbors down the hall had never bothered me about anything before. Before November 2007. Following me to my car when I would leave for the Pequot Cafe in Groton, most weekday mornings, about 10:30. Feigning concern for my car but not offering assistance. Door slammed very hard, directly over my head, one afternoon at 2:30pm, the time I usually come home, on Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. Ducked into the side hallway; took the center staircase instead. Had been gone all day Saturday on a bus trip to NYC and returned around 11pm that same night. Summer 2008: Like an angry German Shepherd, he paced the area around thBolde carBoldports, to the right of the building until I came home; circling, striding aggressively toward me as if to drive me out. But I had nowhere to go. Father in a nursing home. Family stopped calling me. Best friend passed away in June 2007. Stare, stare. Ogle, ogle. In my face. As if he knew my secrets. Leery, scary, stately old "security guard" by the side stairwell. Leads to the carports. Long abandoned by me. On a rainy, eery night last December. Called a board member crying, one day in mid July 2008. "Do you need money?" (MM) Walking, stalking the third floor hallway. From the time I get up in the morning until the time I go to bed at night. "You're talking about people who have a lot of time on their hands." If I don't get them; they're going to get me!!! (You have to deal with that.) (I'm not responsible.) (I don't know anything.) What're you crazy? Think you got problems? Are you kiddin' me? Don' f*** with me!!!...* * * :)...TO BE CONTINUED...Carried out in a black coffin? No. That was the public healthcare system. Carried out in a white bag? Dead at 50? No. Not me. (The nearby woods. Perfect place to dump a body. No one would ever know...) Wanna be startin' somethin'? (P.S. I couldn't do it without you, my Guardian Angels here on earth and my one in heaven.) Sorry, guys! That's all I've got for ya!

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Beautiful Spirit

MICHAEL JACKSO Sun Nov 01 09 1:20pm 1 Nianti PG 128 1 Ad Mat$6.00...THIS IS IT: Michael this movie, I sensed a beautiful, gentle, pure spirit...almost feminine in nature. Ethereal. Very disciplined and focused. The only time his anxiety became apparent was when he spoke to the producer about the mike being too loud in his ears, like a fist pounding his ear. Even so, he spoke in a gentle, loving way. Overly sensitive. Too good for this world. Could it be it was his time? That his exit wasn't too soon. The natural order of things. Dead at 50. Know I won't be. Wish I could be as nice as he. Taut, muscular legs. Perfect condition. He was trying to reach us with this movie. To get a simple message across to us all, as if he knew he would be leaving us soon. Even so, more spirit than human at the time of this movie. Perfection. Love each other. We're all in it together. Start with the man in the mirror. Change your ways. Don't leave it up to "them." Do something about the planet in the next four years or it will be too late. "What have we done?" I'm looking at the man in the mirror...I'm asking him to change his ways...if you wanna make the world a better place, you better take a look at yourself and make that change...(I have to see this movie. I have to see it; I have to see it. Are we going? We're going; aren't we? If we don't go; I'm going to be mad!!!...* * * :)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

"I Don't Get No Respect!"

OK, here I go again! I DON'T GET NO RESPECT! I applied for a CT Business Tax ID number for my new business venture, MAAP. The application cost fifty bucks. I got a letter in the mail. They told me I owned 'em another fifty bucks. The fee went up October first. I mailed the form on October 14th. I was too busy trying to Save Ocean Beach! (Talk about bein' an SOB.) I drove up to the "Flo Gris," first time ever, last Thursday, October 22nd. It was a beautiful day. Nevermind that. The museum admission is nine bucks. Had a coupon for a dollar off. They had that "airy fairy" thing goin' on. I got rooked fourteen bucks! I made a second visit to "the Gris" the following Thursday, October 29th. To see the new exhibit, "Call of the Coast." Still had the "airy fairy" thing goin' on. I said: "Look. I was here a week ago. I'm not interested in the fairies. I'm here to see the new exhibit." I got in for the price of a student. Minus the dollar coupon. Six bucks. Didn't get no receipt. Can't claim it as a tax write-off. No program brochure neither. Two trips in two weeks. Woulda cost me sixteen bucks total for museum admission. Cost me twenty. I still got rooked four bucks! " There were some small children gathered around the fruit trees outside. The lady docent at the Griswold Mansion called it a circus. You wanna see a circus? I'll show you a circus. Take my life! Please! Are you kiddin' me? Think you got problems? What're you crazy? I don't get no respect!!!"

Friday, October 30, 2009

Call of the Coast

CALL OF THE COAST...Old Lyme, CT. Thursday, October 29, 2009. Second visit to The Gris. Much chillier than the first. First up, Monhegan Island, off the coast of Maine, a 17th century fishing outpost discovered by painters in the 19th century. In 1903, Robert Henri arrived, a well-known leader and teacher of the Ashcan School. Along with him came the artists Rockwell Kent, Edward Hopper, and George Bellows, before World War I. During the 1920s and 30s, the rise of abstraction came "as painters found geometry, color and movement in the rocks and waves of the famous island." Charles Ebert (1873-1959) painted "Foot of the Cliffs," Oil on Panel. From Greenwich to Old Lyme, CT to Monhegan Island in Maine (1909) -- he painted in a "high key Impressionist palette." "Seeking authentic experience and the quiet life," Robert Henri (1865-1929) painted "The Gray Woods" (c. 1911), Oil on Panel, featuring a "wet on wet" look. Henri considered summer his "great season of work." From 1903-1918, Monhegan formed a community of modernist artists. OK. I've had just about enough excitement for one lifetime. But I have de feelin' it's not over yet! I have a headache. I think I should go now. This is what my day was like yesterday. I think I'll take it. Can't say I don't wish I could have seen all of those 125 police cruisers drive past my house this morning on the way to Ocean Beach! (Denise...Denise Dances...2009) Back to work. It's Saturday; got to finish this post on my visit to The Gris Thursday. The artists sought "simplicity, purity, and honesty" in contrast to modern city life in New York." They found in Monhegan, "the absence of the distractions of everyday life and the stimulus of new surroundings," "in a primitive locale." Charles Ebert (1873-1959) tried unsuccessfully to make a living as a freelance illustrator. His wife Mary Roberts encouraged him to abandon illustration for landscape painting. "Monhegan Headlands" (1909), Oil on Canvas is one of the more recognizable works of art today. The artist George Fellows called it "an eternal subject," his "Matinicus" (1916), Oil on Canvas, portraying a dreary New England fishing village on said island, producing "many views of the working waterfront." Andrew Winter (1892-1958) is one of the more interesting personas, I found, in this exhibit, "Call of the Coast." He painted "Island Home, Monhegan," (1947), Oil on Canvas -- capturing the moody midwinter brisk weather with stark contrasts in light and shadow. A former Merchant Marine, he attended the National Academy of Design (1921-1925). Following that, he pursued a fellowship in Rome and Paris in 1925. As a seascape and landscape painter in New York in the 1930s-40s, "the combination of his love for the sea and the arts...made Monhegan Island an ideal setting for his work. He frequently rowed around the island...looking for unusual vantage points...and...worked for the local fishermen...built ship models...wooden carvings...and..a tapestry from wool...he dyed himself...a scene of Monhegan harbor based on one of his oils." ON OGUNQUIT -- "a small fishing village on the coast of southern Maine served as the unlikely fault line between two artistic cultures in the twentieth century." Both camps -- traditionalists and the avante-garde -- Bostonians and New Yorkers -- found a ready home in Ogunquit." (aside: I lived in New York City 1987-1990. In Boston from 1990-91, I survived a year of hardship, barely making ends meet, cashiering in a grocery store and shopping at the Haymarket, cooking the same meal to eat for the entire week! Ugh! I took to New York like a duck to water, but burned out early. The office had an awesome cafeteria and I lived on Chinese take-out outside the office. Even though I venture to New York for day trips, it is exhausting for me now. I never quite took to Boston, at all, but I did make many friends while I was there.) The art colony of Cos Cob (CT) was founded by John Twachtman, leader of the Art Students League of New York. "Cos Cob artists maintained a quieter profile than Old Lyme for fear their community would lose its charm if over run by tourists." (But then, what would there be to complain about???) The colony was based at the Holley House, an 18th cnetury Victorian mansion turned inn for "the Cos Cob set." (From the windows of the Amtrak train, this Connecticut town looks beautiful but the art colony sounds pretty boring to me.) "Taken together, Old Lyme and Cos Cob represent archetypes of the American colony, especially by providing conviviality in the countryside for a generation of artists." What do YOU think? I found the Old Lyme Art Colony to be much more interesting than any of the two in Maine or the other one in Connecticut. (Denise...Denise Dances...2009)

Just Another Day in the Neighborhood!

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood...would you be mine? Could you be mine? It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a beauty, would you be mine? could you be mine? -- 4am, Ocean Beach Park, New London, CT -- Close to 125 police cruisers drove through The Neighborhood this morning, unbeknownst to me. Just another day in the neighborhood. A day I'd decided I'd had just about enough. Let loose on the neighbors that infamous bad temper o' mine, just coming up on 5am. Seems the rats were breeding again! Think they'll think twice before they do it again. Long as I live under their roof. Trouble falling asleep last night, due to the disturbing noises I heard next door. And this morning, AGAIN! it's aaaaaaa.....beautifuldayintheneighborhood, a beautifuldayforabeautywouldyoubemine, could you be mine? I have always wanted to live in a neighborhood just like this...i have always wanted to have next door neighbors just like you...Down the street, at Port & Starboard Banquet Hall, at Ocean Beach, just about 4am...over a hundred members of the police forces in Southeastern Connecticut gathered for a celebration breakfast. A sting operation uncovered and 75 arrests made! I arrived at Ocean Beach, lunch in tow, promptly at 10:30am. Just a few cruisers remained. Unsuspecting, I asked a Norwich police officer about the morning's event. Thanks to all the police officers and staff involved in Southeastern Connecticut. You make us believe in miracles. Just watch the news tonight! It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood; Would you be mine? Could you be mine?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Coming Soon!

COMING SOON...Photos of my artwork at indoor OASIS: "The Beach by Long Island Sound" and "Against the Wind." (Soon to follow: "The Race!") I hope to have this series of paintings done by Christmas!...and hope to host a Mid Winter Artist's Reception at home around Feb. 7, 2010...Friends & Family Welcome, but please, no next door neighbors! (hee, hee! well; isn't that better than LOL???) For more info go to: Hopefully, Wednesday, the firstfruits of my artwork will be posted online from Groton Library where the staff is very helpful! well as a special surprise photo, to be revealed...Bio on Edgar Allen Poe, the famous and tragic poet of the 18th century...and another sojourn to Old Lyme, on Thursday, where the new exhibit, "Call of the Coast: Art Colonies of New England" has just opened; featuring the art colonies of Old Lyme and Cos Cob, Connecticut and Ogunquit (been there in early 90s; very nice there!) and Monhegan, Maine...October 24, 2009 - January 31, 2010. (What're you, crazy? Think you got problems? You think I'm kidding? I don't get no respect!!!...* * * :) (Denise...Denise Dances...2009)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Dem Bones

DEM BONES I been so lonely... Since my buddy done gone away... De good Lord done called her on home... She done passed away... I know she be leavin' me heah soon... To go on ahead o' me, an' walk into de Light./ But don' you be goin' gent'l, my good buddy, into dat good night./ My buddy, she soon be ready, to walk into de Light./ She soon be leavin' me heah, to walk into de Eternal Light./ Jesus is comin'... To whipe all of de tears away... There won' be no mo' pain... After de judgement day./ My buddy done said... She won' be goin' nowhere... Till de good Lord be takin' care o' me./ She be stayin' on heah, till de good Lord be takin' care o' me./ But I have de feelin' someday soon... My buddy gone to be leavin' me heah to stay!/ She be headin' on home, but she won' ever be far away./ She be leavin me heah soon, until de judgement day./ She be sayin' to me... "Dem bones o' mine, dey got ole!"... An' she be sayin to me, just de other day --/ "Dem bones o' mine, dey be so cole an' lonely!"/ But I be walkin' down the trail,/ At de ole Ocean Beach... Just de other day... And I heared my good buddy say:... "De sun be feelin' so warm... On my bones today!... I ain' feelin' no mo' pain... As I wait to see you all again on de judgement day!"/ And my good buddy, she be sayin'... "Dem bones o' mine!... Dey was so cole an' lonely!... Dem bones o' mine!... Dey ain' cole an' lonely no mo'!"/ But somehow, sumptin' be tellin' me... My good buddy, she will always be watchin' over me! By Denise Hickey, written on 10-21-08, Ocean Beach Nature Walk (into the Light), New London, CT

Saturday, October 24, 2009


AJIACO (Stirrings of the Cuban Soul) -- Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT. Admission is always FREE to New London residents. Just show your ID. "In 1939, the anthropologist Fernando Ortiz characterized Cuban culture as ajiaco, a rich stew...the ingredients...include Catholicism brought in by the Spaniards; the spirituality of the Yoruba slaves and their cultural traditions from Africa and the Chinese indentured servants who brought Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism...the indigenous people, such as Tainos...were almost wiped out by the Spaniards...Cuban art visualizes the universality of life." Ortiz is the author of such books as "El Engano las Razas," (The Deception of the Races), Havana, 1946 and "Los Bailes y El Teatro de los Negros en el Folklore de Cuba" (The Dances and Theater of the Negroes in the Folklore of Cuba), Havana, 1985. The exhibit featured Picasso style paintings in oils, acrylics and mixed media on canvas, often echoing the theme of "Madonna and Child." "Syncretism" features the blending of religions and cultural heritage. In this avante garde art exhibit today, I found the installation "Crowning of the Earth" by Juan Boza (1941-91), of Cuban descent who lived in Brooklyn, NY, to be the most fascinating. It features "earth and mixed media" to include glitter and acrylic paint. Colorful and vibrant, the installation contains dried corn and gourds at its base, a sphere consisting of cowrie shells and white feathers protruding from it (a planet?), with the only recognizable form a painted snake, and crowned by upright red feather dusters reflecting a bird's plumage. During the 18th and 19th centuries, an estimated 750,000 to 1M African slaves were brought to Cuba to work on the sugar plantations. Upon their freedom in 1866, they agreed to identify their religion with a Catholic saint. Flora Fong (1949), of Cuban descent and living in Miami, FL created one of the more recognizable, familiar and appealing works of art to me, "Eight Red and One Black," (2001), Oil on Canvas. Using bright, primary colors, several red fish and one black inhabit a goldfish bowl, resonating with color as a vase of bright, yellow flowers adorns the table. Belkis Ayon, (1967-99), of Cuban descent who lived in Havana, creates a collograph, using black and white with subtle grays, "Siempre Vuelvo," (I Always Return), 1994. A person in black silhouette whose eyes only show, is dressed in white scales, and carries a domesticated animal over her shoulder. "Belkis Ayon sought, through her prints, to merge the myths and conflicts of the patriarchal society of the Abakua (a secret male society or brotherhood) with Catholicism and issues of feminism "in a postmodern, feminist, secular society." ...Tomas Sanchez (1948), of Cuban descent who lives in Florida painted "Landscape with Shore" (1986), Oil on Canvas. Interested in religion and spirituality, "the philosophical notion of detachment, of remaining calm and objective in order to see beyond the surface of the mundane world to one's own inner spirit...the artist or viewer who is wrapped up in the external form of things may fail to experience the more elusive reality of a work of art." "The power of the artwork to transform the mind and soul." That it did. A realistic style of painting -- the tropical trees, flora and fauna along a lagoon that could be on the Cuban or Florida coast is calm, even primal. WHEN YOU GO: The museum is located behind Connecticut College on Williams Street. This exhibit runs until Feb. 21, 2010. The museum is open weekdays and Saturdays 10-5, Sundays 1-5. For more info, go to: If you enjoy this exhibit, consider going on one of the bus trips offered by Conn College to New York through the Dept. of Art/ Art History. The cost for the bus is $40, open to the public. With many stops along Fifth Avenue/ Museum Mile, midtown and downtown. The bus departs promptly at 8am in front of Cummings Art Center. I hope to make the sojourn on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Lasting Impression

A LASTING IMPRESSION -- Old Lyme, CT, Thursday, October 23, 2009...."a landscape that was intimate, rural and soothing at a time when America was becoming urban, industrial and restive" is what brought the American Impressionist painters from New York City to Old Lyme, turn of the 20th century. The first artist to arrive on the scene, Henry Ward Ranger copied the Old Master's style of nostalgia for the American past using the Tonalism style of painting with a monochromatic brown color scheme. Ousted by Childe Hassam (1859-19350) upon his arrival in 1903, the well known Impressionist painter deemed the Tonalists "brown gravy school." He deemed the Griswold Boarding House "just the place for high thinking and low living." He introduced the American Impressionist style of painting, derived from French Impressionism, "featuring bright colors and flickering, broken brushstrokes to capture a fleeting impression"of rural New England. The other artists to arrive began painting "en plein air," outdoors in the fresh air. There were about 200 to 300 artists in Old Lyme at the turn of the century. Florence Griswold (1850-1937) for whom "the Flo Gris" or "the Gris" is named was born the daughter of a prosperous sea captain who bought the mansion for his bride. She outlived her parents' and sisters and faced an uncertain future as an unmarried woman at the age of 50. She decided to take in boarders, considered a socially acceptable occupation at the time. "Her optimism was unquenchable and her personality so persuasive that everyone who went there came under her spell." The Lyme Art Colony was one of the largest and longest lived of the American Art Colonies. From May to October, she hosted up to 16 guests at a time, artists who often travelled with their families and solo, as well. For room and board, she charged $7 per week. For the use of a studio, she charged $5 per month. She hired a team of domestic help, usually immigrants. By 1910, after ten seasons of painters, the Griswold House was in need of repair and modernization. She took out a second mortgage for "a rural retreat with romantic associations of a simpler, bygone era." Indeed "I can feel it today." On a balmy Thursday afternoon, I made the easy trip from New London to Old Lyme via I-95. The museum is located just off the highway at Exit 70, where the Old Lyme Art League and the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts reside. I felt as if I'd stepped back in time, as I munched on apples, raisins and yogurt and walked along the Lieutenant River behind the Flo Gris mansion and conclave of museums, studios and galleries. Yes, photos to come soon. It is unfortunate that I didn't have a long white dress to don, along with a white bonnet and paintbrush as I posed on the banks of the Lieutenant River! By train from New York, they came. By the ferry "Colonial," they crossed the River to Old Lyme. By foot or carriage, they arrived at the Florence Griswold House, greeted by Miss Florence herself. "Despite their affection for the town, the artists at times felt obliged to pull pranks on the local elites, such as barking at their carriages from behind the trellis that shielded the side porch." "Often outfitted in country tweeds, knickers and backpacks, the Old Lyme artists carried paintboxes filled with brushes, palettes, tubes of paint, and small canvas boards out into the open countryside to paint directly from nature. They painted under endlessly varying conditions and endured the distractions of both mosquitos and curious onlookers." Just when America was poised on the edge of modernity, these painters looked backward to Old Lyme's colonial houses, churches, old-fashioned gardens, and well known landscape as evidence of a stable, timeless order far removed from the dazzle of the ephemeral. (Yes, I brought my notepad and I write fast!) Indeed, I felt as if I'd stepped back in time, back to my childhood in the country, in Montville in the 60s. The artist whose style I would most like to emulate at this time is Will Howe Fotte (1874-1965) in "Summer" (c. 1913), an oil on canvas which features boldly applied strokes of contrasting purples, yellows, and greens. For more info, go to: P.S. I've known about "the Gris" since Summer 1994 when I worked for the Southeastern Connecticut Tourism District in New London. Yesterday was my first visit. It won't be my last. (Denise...Denise Dances...2009)

On Being an SOB

ON BEING AN SOB -- New London, CT. The next meeting for Save Ocean Beach (SOB) will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6:30pm, Senior Center, behind the Courthouse on Broad Street, New London. "No one can do everything, but everybody can do something." Coming Soon: "The Beach by Long Island Sound" and "Against the Wind" on MAAP --

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Coming Soon!

COMING's Gold! Coming a theater near you??? (I've got to see this movie. I've got to see it; I've got to see it. Are we going? We're going; aren't we? If we don't go; I'm going to be mad!!!...* * * :) you, Paula!

"I Don't Get No Respect!"

OK. You don't believe me. I'm used to this. But consider this. The first apartment I lived in upon moving out of my parents' house, tender age of 23, Fall 1984 -- Windham Center. A brick two-story Victorian. Owner by the name of Louis Cavannah. Owned Cavannah's Corner in downtown Willimantic -- just across the street from the Willimantic Thread Co. (now defunct). He said it was a "convenience store." Yeah, it was that kind, all right. Attended college, ECSU, 1984-87. Got a degree in English. Paid for my education, cashiering nights in a grocery store. Moved to New York after a two month stint in Hartford upon college graduation. Late Spring 1987. A fire-damaged prewar building just outside Times Square. They called it "Hell's Kitchen" back then. (What're you crazy??! -- to you, Lynne!:)...Take my next apartment. Summer 1987. An art deco-rated studio in the East Village. Down below, the street hustlers chanted "smoke sense" all day long to passersby. Take my next apartment. "Movin' on up!" (yeah, to the East Side) Got a piece of the sky, on East 94th and Third. Moved to a luxury highrise a few blocks away from Spanish Harlem. Room with a view. Former roommate from college and I shared a two bedroom on the 14th (really 13th floor) with a young woman and her boyfriend. Who happened to be the nephew to Ferdinand Marcos. (Don't know what happened to the shoes.) Got used to the men in tan trench coats watching us from down below. Following us to the Surf Club on Friday evenings. What??? You think I'm kiddin'? Ya think you got problems? Are you crazy??? I don't get no respect!!!...* * * :)

Free Ballroom Dance at the USCG

The next FREE Ballroom Dance and One Hour Lesson at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy right here in New London (Leamy Ballroom) is scheduled for Friday evening, November 20th at 7pm. The free one hour lesson at 7pm will teach two different ballroom dances (perhaps the Lambada? :)...Practice what you've learned from 8-11pm to a variety of recorded music. OK, so you may never learn to dance exactly like Michael Jackson or Wilhelmina Triple-Slut-skaya -- but it's easy! Learning is half the fun! Bring your friends! (Once a teacher; always a teacher!!!...* * * :)...For more info, go to: Don't forget your driver's license! No jeans! Wear comfortable shoes!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What Am I Going to Do Next?

OK, I've had a chance to sit outside in the grass outside Groton Library (where no one knows me -- safe from "the mob" and "papparazzi.") Here is what I must do. OASIS (Outdoor Art Studio - isolated scene) has moved indoors, northeast corner for the Fall and Winter Solstice. Start painting about 8-9, most mornings. Increase the studio time to two, three hours in Winter. (Then reward myself with an hour of "Charmed!") I MUST do my outdoor walk AFTER lunch. To me, there are four choices: Ocean Beach Boardwalk (NL), the neighborhood by "Paula" (NL), Harkness Park (W) and Poquonnock Plains Park (Groton) and possibly, Poquonnock River Walk (Groton). The Lunch / Noon Hour when people are out and about seems to be the safest way for me. I still like Subway! Aaand, lay off the donuts! if I want to remain a "perfect" size 12 (which suits me fine). Free Coast Guard Concerts and Free ballroom dances at the CG monthly. ECSO -- in New London -- which I love! Other than that, stay safe! Stay home and watch Turner Classic movies!

Coming Soon...

Coming Soon..."I Don't Get No Respect" (other residences I have lived)...and would like to get a photo of myself with Cider at the Estate Known as Paula, Forgotten but Not By Me...and photos of two completed paintings for MAAP, "Against the Wind" and "The Beach by Long Island Sound." I like 'em, I hope you do, too! There is only one thing left to do. Get busy! I must carry on! Land ho!!! (Denise...Denise Dances...2009)

CSI - New London???

CSI -- NEW LONDON. Here we have the "covert covert;" been the recent topic of my blogspeak; and the place I seek to "avenge" soon. Here lies Denise...Never Found Love??? Here we have (got the knife in my hand; might as well drive it in!) VOCAB: (1) bribe: n [ME, something stolen, fr. MF, bread given to a beggar] 1: money or favor given or promised to a person in a position of trust to influence his judgement or conduct 2: something that serves to induce or influence (2) launder: [ME, launderer, fr. MF, lavandier, fr. ML lavandarious, fr. L lavandus gerundive of lavare to wash more at LYE 3: slander: [ME sclaundre, slaundre, fr. OF exclandre, fr. LL scandalum stumbling block, offense -- more at SCANDAL] 1: the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation 2: a false and defamatory oral statement about a person -- compare LIBEL slanderous adj. slanderously adv. slanderousness n. (Why don't YOU step out from that lens, my friend??? And capsize, with all the lies, that YOU'VE been living in???) (You have to deal with that.) (I'm not responsible.) (I don't know anything.) OK, everyone. It's time to pump out this cesspool of gossip and covert activity. There is only ONE thing left to do. GET BUSY! I MUST carry on! Land ho!!!...* * * :) Denise...Denise Dances...2009.

Groton Fall Festival

GROTON FALL FESTIVAL, Poquonnock Plains Park, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. Sponsored by: Groton Business Association (a division of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce)...Here we have, just in! Dynamic Demo from Gabrielle's Kickboxing Studio, with many locations in Southeastern CT; "extreme fighting;" AVCRAD's Blackhawk Helicopter on display; and "carnival in the park." a local business expo took place here, which I found to be very helpful and encouraging for the future of "MAAP." For booth registration info for Fall 2010, go to: