Thursday, May 21, 2009
DID YOU CHECK YOUR BLOOD SUGAR? Sept. 29, 2006 (West Side Middle School, GROTON, CT) At the traffic light, I asked God to help me get through the day. If he did, I promised, I would not go out with my group, "Work Hard Play Hard" that night. If He would just get me through the day... Nausea...dizziness...fatigue...dirorientation...too much information...I promise...I'll stay home tonight. Just get me through the day. Walk down the hall, dressed to the max. Forty five minute periods. Boxed in. Bells buzzed. Teacher's Room. Twenty somethings discussed dating with people their parents' age. I thought I knew what I wanted. Two slices of greasy pepperoni pizza downed with a can of diet Coke. Time's up. Back to class. "You're 44 and you've never been married????" Seventh grade science. Food and nutrition. Whole foods are better than processed foods. Any food in its natural state is better. But starchy, processed foods are cheaper. Nausea. Dizziness. Disorientation. Budget woes. Hunger. Fatigue. Anger. I got up. Left my backpack in class, on the science lab counter. Went to the ladies' room. Told a kind teacher I felt dizzy. She walked me to the nurse's office. I entered to a roomful of young students. "I..I feel dizzy...I feel dizzy..." I uttered. "You can have my seat," a young female student from Home Ec sewing class said. "You need it more than I do." I need to call someone. Who can I call? Your mother? No. No. Your father. No, no! My friend. He's on a two-hour lunch. My best friend. She doesn't have a car. Can't someone just pay for me to take a cab home? Message from the Principal: We don't think you're well enough to drive home. We need the number of someone we can call, so we can release you, he said softly. Wrote my sister Kelley's cell phone number on a piece of paper. She's going into an important meeting. She'll come as soon as she can. "She's always going into an important meeting." Punctured my finger tip. Checked my blood sugar. "Seems OK." Wrapped canvas around my upper arm. Checked my blood pressure. SKY HIGH!!!! Teacher's aide seemed pissed. "You better behave tonight, Miss Hickey!" That from Ms. Lew-Roca, the Math teacher. Upon eyeing my multicolor drop earrings. Pale pink blouse. Purple and green silk scarf. Denim ruffle skirt. Black tights. Schoolgirl sandals. She's calling your mother. Oh. OK. "I hope you're happy that I'm bringing home SALAD for dinner." I think she should BE SEEN. "Pequot Health Center." I said. "No. Seaport Medical. That's near my job site." Got there. Didn't take my insurance. Couldn't tell me how much it would cost. Used their phone to call Kelley. Saw her still outside in the parking lot, talking to someone. Left their phone dangling on the desk. Ran outside. The rest is history. Did you check your blood sugar? Did ya get the memo? Does it come as no surprise to you...That I would say -- That I would consider my return to perfect health payment enough?? ... ... * * * * * * :) !
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Happy Memorial Day Holiday Weekend! Drive safely, everyone! Don't do anything I wouldn't do. Hope to see you at the Spring Celebration Student Art Show, Opening Reception at Granite Street Gallery in New London. Sunday, May 24th, 5-7 p.m., Wine & Cheese, Snax, Art for Sale. As always, see ya at the beeeeeeaaaach!! Take care & Stay Safe, (maybe stay off the roads and stay home - a novel idea!) Denise
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Ready, Here goes...."When I grow up, maybe I'll be a singer in a band...And I'll drive all across the land...With my friends all in a van...And a microphone in my hand...STOP. Look both ways. Ready, go. 4 and 1-2-3! 4 and 1-2-3! Once more, with feeling, this time! 4 and 1-2-3! 4 and 1-2-3! (cha-cha-cha!)
SAVED IN THE SUPERMARKET PARKING LOT -- Groton, CT (Sat., May 16, 2009) After I checked out, around 4:00 in the afternoon, I turned in my powerball lottery ticket. And I said: "If it's not a winner, I won't be mad." In the parking lot with my grocery cart, a young Hispanic man with child in tow approached me with a message in hand. And I quote: LIVE IN THE LIGHT. If we say that we share in life with God and keep on living in the dark, we are lying and are not living by the Truth. But if we live in the Light, as God does, we share in Life with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus washes all our sins away. If we say that we have not sinned, we are fooling ourselves, and the Truth isn't in our hearts. But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away. (1 John 1:5-9) COME TO THE LIGHT AND RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE. Once again, Jesus spoke to the people. This time he said, "I am the Light of the world! Follow me, and you won't be walking in the dark. You will have the Light that gives life." (John 8:12) You have accepted Jesus. Now keep following him. Plant your roots and let his teachings be the foundation for your life. Be strong. And be grateful. MAKE YOUR LIGHT SHINE. You used to be like people living in the dark. But now you are people of the Light. So act like it and make your light shine. Be good and honest and truthful, as you try to please God. (Ephesians 5:8-10) PAUSE AND REFLECT: How will you demonstrate your commitment to follow Jesus? In what ways will you make your Light shine? By not making a god out of money. By not being greedy. By trusting in God to meet all of my needs (not "mamnon.") IGLESIA (Church). ROCA DE SALVACION (Rock of Salvation). 39 Circle Avenue, Groton, CT 06340.....GOT GOD???? May I add here on this beautiful day in May: "That I would consider my return to perfect health payment enough?/!!!***Take care, all! Love ya! -- Denise; Denise Dances...2009
Granite Street Gallery, 47 Granite Street, New London, CT. Presents... A Celebration! Student Art Show. Opening Reception: Sunday, May 24, 2009. 5-7 p.m. "Wine & Cheese". Art for Sale. Until June 4. Gallery Hours: Mondays 7-9 pm; Tuesdays 9:30-Noon, 12-2, 7-9; Wednesdays 6:30-9:30 pm; Thursdays 7-9. CLOSED MEMORIAL DAY Hope to see you there! Otherwise, see you at the beeeeeaaach! Dancing Denise
Monday, May 18, 2009
I'm going now. You could say it's a beautiful day. If you like the rain and the fog. The rain and the fog has its own magic. Anything is better than noise and traffic. Would like to take a bird-watching walk along the Poquonnock River Boardwalk, where I will give appropriate traffic signals. Next on the agenda: Saved in the Supermarket Parking Lot...Station Break...Black Maxx...and "Cosmo Talks to Jay Presson Allen (Who Would Rather Write)" and "It Was a Wonderful Life: Frank Capra: 1897-1991." OK, it is obvious by now that I have hopes and dreams, resurrected from the 80s, of at last publishing my novel and selling my converted screenplay, "All That Glitters (Isn't Gold:)" A Black Comedy? (Film Noir) Genre? Oscar? Oscar! (a Kodak moment) Tony?...
I was lonely for myself... I didn't know that yet... But I must say... That I've been born... Agaaaaaaiin!... There's a place deep inside me... Place deep inside me... And it's there I want to live... There I want to live... There's nothing more I want from Life... And nothing more that I can giiiiiive!... There are things all around me... (things all around me)... I use them... They make me smile!... But all these things... They come and go... What's here now... Won't be here in a while... In a while... (Violin Solo)... I want someone... Who understands me... But more than this... I want to find... The place in here... That brings us... peace of mind... peace of mind... peace of mind... peace of mind... peace of mind... peace of mind... peace of mind... Andy Gordon, Original Songs, 1989