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

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What's Next?

Wildflower Notecards:
(for sale at M.A.F.)
Sketches in pencil and pastel of "Echinacea Purpurea"
Which grows with wild abandon at Ocean Beach
As well as a Spin-off of Georgia O'Keefe:
"Echinacea Purpurea" Up Close and Personal!
(In Pastel)
It ain't easy being Georgia O!
Backyard Scenes 2009 (Series):
"Paula," a colored pencil symbolic sketch (for me)
OASIS moves outdoors for:
"Robin in Red Maple" (Oriental Brush..with Haiku?) for sale at M.A.F.
("The Familiar" -- at a later date)
("Pachelbel Pine" -- at a later date)
This series is meant to express the joy discovered in ordinary things...
In Early Spring.
Renoir-Style Summer Beach Scenes
(Series of 3-4 paintings in Gouache on Canvas) for sale at M.A.F.
"al fresco" in the style of the Old Lyme Impressionist art colony!
Deadline: June 30, 2010.
Sketches of Block Island Summer Scenes
(for Paintings in Fall 2010 at Lyme Academy of Art Continuing Ed course)
Carousel Scenes
Mural of Mini Golf Course (in TEN panels???) --
Hope to see you at Hygienic Bizaare Bazaar next Summer 2011
and return to Mystic Art Festival in Summer 2011!
What're you, crazy? Think I'm kidding? I don't get no respect!!!...* * * :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Opening Reception
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Wine & Cheese, Hors D'Oevres
Small Cash Donations
If you go, you will see: "On the Rocks"
Panel 6 of "Mural Of Long Island Sound."
Over 100 artists submitted over 200 pieces of work.
I hope to see you there!!!
(Denise...Denise Dances...2010)
I hope to have all seven panels of "Mural of Long Island Sound" on display at the Hygienic in a future cooperative art exhibit before putting them up for sale at the Mystic Art Festival on August 14 & 15, 2010... Wish me luck!!!...* * * :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

More on MAAP!

Today, check out MAAP at: where I have added: "Seagulls All Around," the 7th and final panel in "Mural of Long Island Sound." My next project is the Wildflower Sketches for notecards of the "Echinacea Purpurea" which grows wild at Ocean Beach in summer. Also appearing is "Mural of Long Island Sound" in six panels -- on my couch! (There is no excuse to be a couch potato! Spring is here!!!...* * * :) Does it come as no surprise to now...that I mean what I say...when I say...that I would consider a return to perfect health payment enough???...* * * :)

Groton Family Farm

GROTON FAMILY FARM, Saturday, April 10, 2010...Earlier that day -- Sheep Shearing took place at the barn inside the Groton Family Farm at 70 Fort Hill Road. For more info, go to: Dr. Warren Burrows is a part time surgeon at Pequot Health Center, off Exit 88 in Groton. In his "retirement," he chose to save the family farm. Come and visit the rams and ewes, and chickens, here in Groton! Pasture raised eggs along with fresh fruits and vegetables for sale all summer long.


Cate Charles Gallery--April 3-28, 2010.
Opening Reception Saturday April 3, 5-8pm
Stonington Village, at the Borough
Stonington, CT
Kelley J. Hickey
Alien Series - Earthlings
Linocut 4 1/2 x 6 (SOLD)
Linocut, 4 x 6
Alien Series UFO
Linocut, 7 3/4 x 6
Kelley stands beside her work; sisters Kelley & Denise (a face only a mother could love)...Not you! the dog!!!...* * * :) (Saturday, April 10, 2010)

Watch Your Back!

Time for a timeout! Go to: For more info, go to: Watch your back! Swimming is great excercise, during the summer months at Ocean Beach, as some of you well know, or indoors at the New London High School pool. As a lucky resident of New London, CT, I have access to Ocean Beach in the summer and a Swimmer ID card for $5 in the off season entitles me to some extracurricular swimming on some Thursday and Sunday evenings. I find swimming to be very relaxing, soothing and joyful as some of you do, including my niece, Julia. Due to a non-serious collision, Summer of '94, I have suffered intermittent backaches, mostly in my lower back and sometimes across my shoulder blades. I can't sit still for very long and I can no longer take employment which requires any length of time sitting still. Summer is coming! Opening day for the Season at Ocean Beach is coming upon us very soon! (Does it come as no surprise to now...that I would still mean what I say...when I say...that I would consider a return to perfect health payment enough???...* * * :) Denise..Denise Dances...2010.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Up in Smoke!

MARIJUANA ENTHUSIASTS GATHER AT CALIFORNIA CANNABIS (SATIVA) EXPO Daly City, CA -- Medical marijuana users near San Francisco lit up Saturday at the opening of the two-day international Cannabis and Hemp Expo, where vendors displayed bongs, vaporizers, hash brownies and other marijuana-related products. Organizers of the event at the Cow Palace said they insisted on having an on-site medicating area before holding the expo. Under a white-canopied courtyard, young adults in baggy jeans and baseball caps smoked alongside aging hippies. In 1996, California voters approved a measrue that allowed sick people to use marijuana if they have doctor referrals and an ID card. But marijuana advocates want to take it a step further. In November, voters will consider a ballot measure on whether to legalize and tax pot in California. -- ASSOCIATED PRESS. (Noooo, Officer! That's not pot growing on my windowsill. It's zucchini. Really! I'll bring some zucchini nut bread over to the station, once I get my garden growing outside at Williams Park Apartments this summer!!! I promise!!!...* * * :) (Denise...Denise Dances...2010)


Last year (2009), more than 500 participants helped to raise $71,637 in New London. The top company team was the WCTY 97.7 FM Walk Team, which raised $7,930 and the top walker was Hamden resident Chris Getman, who raised $19,190 (can you believe that?)...the highest amount statewide. The 2009 Travelers Walk for MS brought together 9,335 participants statewide and raised $116 million. This year's fundraising goal is $1.22 million. This year's Walk for MS is sponsored by St. Francis Hospital. For more info, call (860)913-2550.

What is MS?

What is MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS? Multiple Sclerosis (or MS): sclera (hardening); osis (condition of) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS vary among individuals and are unpredictable. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people who are affected by the disease. Thought to be an "autoimmune" disease, the body's own defense system attacks myelin, the fatty substance that protects the nerve fibers of the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord -- The Central Nervous System. Damaged myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis). Nerve impulses which travel to and from the brain are distorted or interrupted. MS is not a fatal disease. Symptoms include: tingling, numbness, painful sensations, slurred speech, and blurred vision. Some people, such as my father, experience muscle weakness, poor balance, poor coordination, muscle tightness, tremors and paralysis. Problems with bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction are common. Fatigue is a major concern for many. MS can cause forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating, mood swings and depression. Symptoms may come and go, appear in any combination and be mild, moderate or severe. An estimated 400,000 Americans have MS. Most are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. My father was diagnosed while I attended college at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. I was in my early twenties at the time, which would make him close to the age I am now , late 40s, when he was first diagnosed! On Sunday, April 18, 2010, I walked for MS, the 2.5 mile route, for the first time in over ten years. (Does it come as no surprise to now...that I mean what I say...when I say...that I would consider a return to perfect health payment enough???...* * * :) (Denise...Denise Dances...2010) For more information, contact the National MS Society at 800-344-4867 or go to: or

Walk the Talk!

SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2010
Start at Clark Center Auditorium
Right out of campus onto Montauk Avenue
Right onto Granada Terrace
Right onto Pequot Avenue
Arrive at Rest Stop #1
Back of the dunes
Waves crashing on sand
Wind whispers in tall dune grass...
Continue on Pequot Avenue
Sun breaks through the clouds
Ocean waves roar
High tide
Seagulls swimming
Sun shines on surf.
Birds singing
Tulip blossoms blooming.
Right on Jerome Road.
Cold wind washes over me.
Clouds darken the sky.
Left on Hillside Road.
High white house
Tennis courts.
Secret enclaves.
"I won't always be with you.
If you ever feel uncomfortable in a place,
pick up your things quietly and leave."
Cold embrace.
Right onto Ocean Avenue.
Arrive at Rest Stop #2.
Are we there yet?
"The walk hasn't even started yet."
Right onto Gardner Avenue.
Left onto Montauk Avenue.
End at Clark Center Auditorium on right.
Written by Denise Hickey on Monday, April 19
the First One to Walk on Sunday, April 18.