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

Friday, January 15, 2010

"On the Waterfront"

NEW LONDON HARBOR is one of the best natural harbors on the eastern coast of North America. It is a tidal estuary protected by the natural breakwater of Fisher's Island, New York. At forty feet deep, the river's 500 foot wide channel has been improved by dredging and provides a short and direct outlet to the Atlantic Ocean and the sheltered waters of Long Island Sound. The harbor can accommodate commercial and military ships as well as recreational boating facilities. The panoramic vista before you displays the diversity of this region's economy and its continued reliance on maritime and water dependent industries. (SOURCE: the ubiquitous CT-DEP??? Speaking of; I just took a walk along the Poquonnock Riverwalk here in Groton. The winter cold displays a sense of quiet solitude where answers always abide.) Please stay tuned for more posts on the history of New London.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Al Parque!"

AL PARQUE! Until the nineteenth century, most gardens were secret. (That is, private or open only to a select few.) After the political and social upheavals of the period, public parks became an essential part of life for middle and working class city dwellers. Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) painted numerous views of Paris' first public park, the Tuileries Gardens. WILLIAMS MEMORIAL PARK New London was a wealthy city in the mid 1800s largely due to its success in whaling and other maritime ventures. Parks were an obvious outlet for beneficial impulses. A progressive New London mayor, Charles Augustus Williams' idea of creating a park in this location was a bold one -- for the area was then occupied by the City's Second Burial Ground (established 1793). Williams consulted renowned landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead, who drew up plans for a park. Bodies in the cemetery were exhumed and moved to Cedar Grove Cemetery in 1886. Williams Memorial Park made the district an attractive place for wealthy New Londoners to live. Today, the area displays many fine examples of the favored architectural styles of the mid 19th to early 20th centuries: Italianate, Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, as well as Tudor Revival and Gothic Revival. HEMPSTEAD HISTORIC DISTRICT Free African Americans have lived and worked in this Neighborhood since Colonial times. In the 1890s, both blacks and whites bought homes through the efforts of abolitionist and developer, Savillon Haley. Travelers on the Underground Railroad were aided at the Joshua Hempstead House (1678), an abolitionist home. The District has remained an integrated neighborhood with the Shiloh Baptist Church on Garvin Street; a street named for 20th century Civil Rights leader, the Reverend Albert Garvin. I am proud to be a part of New London's most progressive neighborhood and plan to visit the local haunts of the past soon. Hey. Cut me some slack! How would YOU like it if, after YOU died, someone dug up YOUR grave and moved your body to another location???...* * * :) (Denise...Denise Dances...2010.)

The Secret Garden

...they find that the garden, in turn, is healing and uplifting to them...THE SECRET GARDEN, Frances Hodgson Burnett...the garden as sanctuary of shelter or seclusion, and the garden as a retreat where body and soul are restored... Early Persian gardens were enclosed to shield them from a harsh desert climate; within their walls was a paradise of shade, cool water and fragrant flowers. For medieval Europeans, nature was hostile and unpredictable...walls served to keep it out of the safer, domestic domain. The enclosed cloister garden is...the model for all the secret gardens that followed. In the Renaissance and Baroque eras, the quest was...for privacy: tall hedges created outdoor rooms, giardini segreti, where...amorous intrigues -- were concealed from the curious. The scholars' gardens of China and Japan, away from the cares of the world were...conducive to contemplation. In early modern times, new urban populations relied on public parks for their experience of definition...not secret gardens, they none-the-less provided a...get-away for those living and working in crowded, insalubrious conditions. Today, overstimulated urbanites can find refreshment and solitude by walking through a verdant city park. (SOURCE: SECRET GARDENS, An Art Book and Engagement Calendar 2010, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Copyright 2009).

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Re-scheduled Concert!

THE EASTERN CONNECTICUT SYMPHONY CHORUS Harkness Chapel, Conn College, New London CT. Wed., Jan. 13, 2010 at 7:30pm. Tix still available; $20. ($18 Students and Seniors). Stop by the ECSO Box Office corner State & Meridian. Or call (860)443-2876. Or go to: or email Sheri at PROGRAM: Excerpts of Mendelssohn's "Elijah" and seasonal favorites. Chorus consists of 75 voices and 20 musicians from the ECSO; directed by Mark Singleton.

Monday, January 11, 2010


What's the new year without a little more VOCAB??? (Once a teacher, always a teacher!!!...* * * :) (1) IGNOMINY: n. pl. -nies [MF or L; MF ignominie, fr. L ignominia, fr. ig- (as in ignorare to be ignorant of, ignore) + nomin-, nomen name, repute - more at NAME] 1: deep personal humiliation and disgrace 2: disgraceful or dishonorable conduct, quality or action syn see DISGRACE. (2) ciphony n [cipher + telephony]: the electronic scrambling of voice transmissions (3) siphon vb siphoned, siphoning vt - to convey, draw off or empty by or as if by a siphon - vi: to pass by or as if by a siphon. Why don't youuuuuu step out from that lens, my friend? And capsize, with all the lies that YOU'VE been living in??? -- before it's too late...* * * :)