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

Friday, September 25, 2009

Welcome Back, Father Frank!

WELCOME BACK, FATHER FRANK!  Seven years ago, during what I feel was the worst time of my life, I met Father Frank at St. Joseph's Church in New London.  I had hit rock bottom.  I had just turned 40. I was suffering severe depression over the realization that I'd missed out on starting my own family.  It didn't help that I had just been fired from a corporate daycare center, not over any wrongdoing on my part, but what I will call "a technicality."  Facing my future as a Grocery Bagger at 40.  With a Master's Degree.  Experienced in crisis intervention, Father Frank became a good friend with whom I could confide my troubles.  A year or two later, he was transferred, first to Montville and then to Plainfield.  I got up this morning.  I didn't leave the house at my usual time.  I left when I felt it was "safe" to do so.  And who did I run into at Subway-Colman but Father Frank himself!  I greeted him by name.  He didn't recognize me.  Guess the transformation is obvious!  Of course, he remembered me and I welcomed him back.  Back to New London.  WELCOME BACK, FATHER FRANK!  Guess this means I will have to get all dressed up on Sunday mornings now, drag myself back to the 10:30 Mass!!!...* * * :) (Denise...Denise Dances...2009)

Thursday, September 24, 2009


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Here you will see my new venture, with photos now.  From left to right, top to bottom:  my room at the Rose Farm Inn (birthplace of MAAP); June photos of OASIS; photos and my first painting inspired by the fields in back of the Rose Farm Inn, I proudly present to you -- "Dream House!"  Enjoy!  There's only one thing left to do.  Get busy!  I must carry on!  Land ho!  The Artist Known as Denise.


JEEPERS CREEPERS, where'd you get those peepers, jeepers, creepers, where'd ya get those eyes...MELODY OF LOVE...return to me and always be my melody of love...BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY...He's the boogie woogie bugle boy of company B...IN THE ra mi fa so la ti do!

CHATTANOOGA CHOO-CHOO...riding along, on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo...

Flowers Bloom...

Outside of Pequot Health Center! Groton, CT. Once again, thanks everyone! All the best, Denise. (9/24/09)

Meet Cider!

MEET CIDER! at the Estate Known as "Paula," Forgotten but Not By Me.

Lovin' Summer!

"Hung Out to Dry" at my Spot, where tranquil breezes always flow...where Fisher's Island Sound meets Long Island Sound...Gonna walk around...the Beach by Long Island Sound...and the Spot where my commemorative board, the ode to my friendship with Paula lies.

A Sorry Estate of Affairs

A SORRY E-STATE OF AFFAIRS...190 Vauxhall Street, New London, CT. (Lewis Crandall, 1889) -- "City of New London Homeowners Funds Available -- Call now to see if you qualify for a deferred or low interest loan for housing rehabilitation, energy conservation, lead abatement and handicap accessibility modifications. Funding available for income-qualified, owner-occupied..." A Sorry Estate of Affairs, the Estate Known as "Paula," at 190 Vauxhall Street, Forgotten but Not By Me. Funds available. Available to whom? A low interest loan. Alone. A loan needs to be paid back. She said you have to agree to live in your residence for three to five years in order to qualify. A sorry state of affairs. Toilet bowl broken, second floor. A hole in the bathroom floor. A hole in her roof over her bedroom third floor. From a January storm. "A challenged environment. I took the grand tour. Those dolls are worth something." All sold. Sold to various flea markets all over the state. By the cleaners hired by Probate to do the job. "Have you seen it? Nobody wants to go in there. Of value to whom?" Frightened, she looked back. With nothing but a pale green blanket, she clutched it to her chest.She had let the tall grass grow in her back yard. Good fences make good neighbors...


SCAPPINOS, Part Three. "At Scappino's, there's no need to hurry. Just sit down with friends and family...relax. Enjoy good conversation, great food, award winning desserts and of course, our fabulous selection of imported wines." "Warm, fuzzy, nostalgic. Big smile." Mike commanded. "Good finish," he said. Sept. 23, 2009. 8:45pm. Shaw's Cove III. New London, CT. Mike Massa, Producer,, Schenectady, NY. (Well, things DO go better for me in New York!) INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL VOICEOVERS. (With a BA in Communication from Maris College, young and engaging, he said he always had an interest in voices. Fortunately, his parents were supportive.) Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009. 8:55am. (VOICE COACHES, 518--) "Yes, it's entrepreneurial." THE CRITIQUE: "The read was too fast. Slow down. Not clear. Good character, emotion. You obviously enjoyed it." RECOMMENDATION: Commercial and narrative for children. Audio books, CDs. Public Service Announcements (pro bono). There are many books and CDs on the subject. Radio commercials are usually done by the employees of the radio station. (Temp Receptionist, Q105, Groton, CT, 1992 or 93). Pay range: between $100-$150 and $400-$600. Typical job lasts one hour with 6-7 pages of copy. Can be done at home over the phone or in studio. "In a B-Market such as New London or Schenectady, it's easier to get work. "You're the only one who is capable of keeping yourself from doing what you want to do." You're The Talent. "Better with age." (more range)...(Denise...Denise Dances...2009)

Portraits of the Divine Feminine

PORTRAITS OF THE DIVINE FEMININE...New London, CT. Sept. 12-Oct. 10, 2009. Now Showing at the Hygienic Art Gallery, 79-83 Bank Street. "This show explores the feminine forces represented in sacred myths and religions." Artists Renee Rhodes (Sculpture in Bronze) and Rebecca Guay --Acrylic/Gouache (a mix between tempera and watercolor) with oil glaze -- portray their love of Greek mythology here in downtown New London. TRIPLE GODDESS -- Artemis: The Virgin...Wild virginal...Lady of the Beasts...LOver of Wilderness: Huntress...Amazon Shamaness...Aloof from the Masculine...Independent. ...Persephone: Innocence to Maturity...Initiation...Transformative Journey into Darkness...Maturity through Initiation in the Shadow Realm...Journey from Victim to Queen...Dual Nature of Light and Dark...Medium...Visionary....Hecate: Wise Woman / Crone...Light Bearer...Guide at the Crossroads...Discernment...Watches over at Times of Transitions at Birth and Death...Protectress at the Threshold of Inner and Outer Worlds...Companion and Guide.For more info, go to: Show support for your local artists and art galleries. Do it today! (Denise...Denise Dances...2009.)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


COMING SOON: More photos -- "Meet Cider" at the Estate Known as "Paula," Forgotten but Not By Me. More photos of OASIS, "Dream House" (my first painting created there) -- these for my new website MAAP -- and flowers outside of a location yet to be disclosed! Also, "The Carousel at Ocean Beach!" (You are such a kid!) Tomorrow, I plan to visit Fort Trumbull so I can write about "The Burning of New London," inspired by my visit for the Coast Guard Concert which took place there on Labor Day Weekend. Next, my rendering of "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe with a biographical aside of this haunting character. Yet another writer who was famous in his own time, something I aspire to be. Got back on Facebook -- check it out!(Denise...Denise Dances...2009)

"Up For Discussion"

UP FOR DISCUSSION -- New London, CT. I would like to open up the forum for discussion on my latest post, TRAGIC. The only place I know to do this is at the Bean & Leaf Knitting Group, Washington Street, NL, which meets every Saturday morning, about 10:00 until --? Where I know to expect conversations "of my caliper." First, I would like to reassure you, the Reader, that I do not believe I was Sylvia Plath in a past life, as she died in 1963 and I was born in 1962. Secondly, as an English major, it was difficult to get through the courseload at ECSU, especially as many a writer met a tragic end. Paula used to say that she knew I didn't believe in suicide as an alternative for anyone, as she knew I was Catholic. Many a writer has met a tragic end this way. Didn't mean to scare ya. "UP FOR DISCUSSION SOON." See ya soon, ladies! -- Denise.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Gala Opening Concert: ECSO

EASTERN CONNECTICUT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA...Gala Opening Concert. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 - 8pm. Garde Arts Center, New London, CT. Meet Our New Music Director: Toshiyuki (Toshi) Shimada. Jeffrey Biegel, Pianist & Guest Soloist. FREE POST CONCERT RECEPTION FOR MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE TO GREET TOSHI. For tix, call (860)443-2876. Or go to: Sponsored by Friends of the Symphony. "I am honored to be the new music director of this already superb orchestra. It is my intention to work with the musicians to give you great concerts. Beyond the concert hall, it is my pleasure to become involved in the community. I intend to be highly visible at area events and get to know the people whom we serve. It is my hope that my activities in the community will open communication for a two-way street and that the community will not only continue to embrace the ECSO but, that more opportunities and other ways to serve the people of Southeastern Connecticut will develop from these connections. I look forward to meeting you!" -- Sincerely, Toshiyuki Shimada...Come on, people now! Show your support for Toshi! The cost for a ticket is much less than the cost to go see a rock concert!!! Denise...Denise Dances...2009.

Getting Paid to Talk

304 - Getting Paid to Talk: An Introduction to Professional Voiceovers -- Shaw's Cove III. New London, CT. Wednesday, Sept. 23. 6:30-9:30pm. Note: I'd taken this class some years ago through NL Adult Ed. The Voice Coach was a working professional who had an abundance of enthusiasm and energy for his job. He offered to each of his students the opportunity to listen to and appraise our voices, outside of class hours. Whenever I would greet him with the customary "How are you?" he would reply: "I'm always fantastic." He loved his job. His advice to me was: "You have a sincere, genuine voice. You should do PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS." Interjection of Humor: In the past, a couple of my friends would joke that I could earn a good living doing -- well, uh -- phone sex!! But after reading the novel by Nora Roberts, "Brazen Virtue" (the first novel I ever read by her) -- NOT!!!...* * * :) Denise...Denise Dances...2009.


TRAGIC...Last night, I slept. Fully. Remuneratively. Gwyneth Paltrow. SYVLIA. The story of legendary American poet, Sylvia Plath. (Universal Studios, 2004.) "They reviewed you, all right. Poetry, page 11." Essentially commercial. Borgeouis. Poetic. Nakedly ambitious. Who the hell do they think they are? On a Fullbright scholarship in England, she meets Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig), a British poet on the verge of literary acclaim and admiring women. At a lodge party for the Women's Union, she meets her critic. "I read your poems. As soon as I saw them, I knew they were the real thing. Great big crashing poems, not blubbering baby stuff like the others. Colossal. Magnificent. Great blowing winds on steel girders." He reviewed HER poems, "the ones you ripped to shreds." Spontaneously spewing poetry at all hours and whirling around society and the swing dance floors to the sounds of the Big Bands, popular to that era -- they married four months later..."The Black Marauder. One day, I'll have my death of him."..."It is this sense of threat, as though she were continuously menaced by something she could see only out of the corner of her eye that gives her work its distinction."Her first book got one review. "But it's a good review." His first book "won prizes." "So, are you managing to write at all with the baby?" "Me? Oh, no. But Ted is. And that's really all that matters, isn't it? I mean, he's the real poet in the house." "Sometimes I feel like I'm not solid. I'm hollow. There's nothing behind my eyes. I'm a negative of a person. It's as if I never thought anything. I never wrote anything. I never felt anything. All I want is blackness. Blackness and silence." On Saturday, I danced. On Sunday, I wrote. Last night, I slept. Fully. Remuneratively. (Denise...Denise Dances...2009). EPILOGUE: On February 11, 1963, Sylvia Plath committed suicide. She was found dead in her kitchen, having inhaled gas from the stove. A year later, Ted Hughes oversaw the publication of her last manuscript of poems. The collection, "Ariel" became one of the most celebrated and widely read books of poetry of the 20th century and made Sylvia an icon to generations of readers. In 1998, Ted Hughes broke a thirty-year silence about Sylvia with the publication of "Birthday Letters," a series of poems telling the story of their relationship. He died of cancer a few weeks later. Directed by Christine Jeffs. DVDs and books available at Groton Public Library.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Ballroom Dance Party-USCG

BALLROOM DANCE PARTY New London, CT. Hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy; International Ballroom Dance Club. Date: Friday, Sept. 25, 2009. NO COVER! Time: 7-8pm: Free Beginner Lesson, Waltz and Cha-Cha. 8-11pm: DANCE. Location: Leamy Ballroom, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 27 Mohegan Avenue. Uniform: Casual Dress, NO JEANS. For more info, call (860)444-8334 or email: DON'T FORGET YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE! Denise...Denise Dances...2009.

Save the Last Dance for Me

SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME -- A Small Town in Southeastern CT. He shows up at the dance. HE: I'm not sure I know all the right moves. SHE: I'd be glad to teach you. There's an hour lesson before every dance. It's the latest craze. (After the lesson) SHE: I have a table where my friends and I are sitting tonight. Are you staying for the dance? HE: Yeah, sure. SHE:Care to join us? HE: Yeah, OK. SHE: Will you be jealous if I dance with someone else? HE (obviously hurt)Uh, yeah. Why do you say that? You know I only came here to see you. SHE: Well, then. Why don't you ask me out on a REAL date? HE: I dunno. Whatta you like? SHE: Oh, dinner. Dinner and a movie? HE: Yeah, OK. What do you have in mind? SHE: Well, what do YOU have in mind? HE: (names a restaurant) SHE: Yeah, I love regular food in a casual place. HE: (names a movie) SHE: I've been dying to see that movie! (Inside the theater) SHE: I'm thinking there's more going on at The Residence than we think. HE: I'm thinking the same thing. SHE: Are you thinking what I'm thinking? HE: I think it's about time we cracked this case. SHE: I'm thinking...Oh, shut up and kiss me!!!...* * * :)...THE END. (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!!!)