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

Friday, May 14, 2010

Coming Soon to Fool's Gold!

COMING SOON to Fool's Gold: (From Prologue...) to the PRELUDE to the -- CHAPTER ONE!  For more info, go to:


COMING review of THE GRAVEDIGGER EPISODE. For now, content yourselves with link found on Facebook:!/video/video.php?v=1465786765990


Keep the coffee on the home fires, both WP Apts, "Suite 803," and the Bean & Leaf Cafe! No time to rest! But I have to rest, after this for Clean-Up Day tomorrow! On my routine walk through the Neighborhood today, I picked up a copy of the New London Times at random. Forgot to give them my new address! Now that I have the attention of at least 12 of my readers (anon hits to my blog yesterday); due to my selective use of the f-bomb? I'm asking you to please check out the issue of the Shoreline Times-New London (or go to:; May 13 for a review of the HYGIENIC FIFTH CROSSING JURIED ART EXHIBIT. No, I didn't make this article by quote or "honorable mention." Not even a photo of "On the Rocks!" Guess you better get down there before the show ends on Saturday, May 22nd, if you want to see "On the Rocks" in the flesh. Or you could just go down to Ocean Beach. Now, I feel it my duty to attend the next SECAPA meeting at the GROTON LIBRARY on Monday, May 17 where Marisa Nadolny, Editor of the Shoreline Times newspapers will be Guest Speaker at 6:30pm. Also, there is a meeting of the Save Ocean Beach Group (SOB) on Thursday evening, May 20th, 6:30pm, Ocean Beach Park! to kick off the Summer 2010 Season! I plan to donate a portion of all proceeds from the sale of artwork related to Ocean Beach to Save Ocean Beach! creating an incentive to buy my artwork, thereby profiting both me and SOB! Keep the coffee percolating -- but not after 1pm!!! P.S. Will there be food???...* * * :)(Denise...Denise Dances...2010) -- Fran Likes This.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Job 42

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 sons' sons,
even four generations.
So Job died, being old and full of days.
(Job 42:10-13, 15-17)

Has Society Run A-Mok?

THE PILL CHANGES EVERYTHING. On this day 50 years ago, the Food and Drug Administration approved "the pill." Availability of the world's first commercially produced birth control pill -- Envoid-10 made by the G.D. Searle Co. of Chicago -- would transform society. Women now had control of their own reproductive freedom. Moral sexual standards began to shift. Family planning gained prominency. Development of the pill was initially commissioned by birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger and funded by heiress Katherine McCormick. Sanger had opened the first birth-control clinic in 1916. Gregory Pincus, a biochemist, and John Rock, a gynecologist, had begun work on development of a birth control pill in the early 1950s. Clinical trails began in 1954, proving the pill to be safe and effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies. Has society run a-f---???

Integrity vs. Despair: "Take this Bread"

INTEGRITY VS. DESPAIR: Take this Bread PANERA BREAD RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEES FOR EXCELLENCE The Howley Bread Group, parent company of Panera Bread, has recognized employees for excellence in Waterford, Edna Baisdon of New London was named "Associate of the Year." -- Patricia Daddona (The Day). I would like to offer my congratulations to my former boss at Shop Rite in New London, Edna Baisdon for her well-deserved award. At least I can say that my last job wasn't as a grocery bagger (four years, the longest I've ever had the same job), but as a Classroom Aide at West Side Middle School in Groton. Nearing the age of 40, my prospects didn't look good. But I learned to love something I hated. I learned the aisles so well that I could answer the customers when they asked me where any item was located. Aisle thirteen, left side, all the way to the end, second shelf from the bottom...I did well as a front-end bagger, putting away returns (as long as I could work alone); polite and friendly to the customers, bagged their groceries just right, even went out to the lots on occasion to return carriages; loss prevention, and did a stint in Seafood, but hated Bakery (you know, where you have to work as a part of a team???); even suffering mild burns on one occasion! I actually enjoyed working Sundays (every one); with the high school kids, thought it was refreshing. Edna was bossy but understanding. When she was admitted into the hospital, I visited her. When she was injured, she had to stop working. Now she's back and she's bad! I wish her the best. Every Saturday morning, Panera delivers bread to us at Williams Park Apartments. I'm able to provide "expertise" by assisting with the bagging of the bread on most Saturday mornings. This Saturday, May 15, 2010, I am proud to offer my humble services during the City of New London Volunteer Clean-up Day at Williams Park Apartments. (Free T-Shirts! Pizza! I'm on it! I'm on it! do ya wanna join me? do ya wanna join me?) Did you also know that as part of "Project Neighborhood" at Shop Rite, every morning, I went out to the lots with another co-worker to pick up garbage all along the front and back parking lots and along Bayonet Street? My young helper Erica once complained, "I feel like I'm doing Community Service." As for me, -- I liked it!!!...* * * :)

Robin in Red Maple

D.H. Hickey Maple Tree
Watercolor Pencil on Strathmore Paper
11" x 14"
(27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Mystic Art Festival (MAF), August 14 & 15, 2010
(prints available)
COLOR SCHEME: Sky Blue Sky...
a few white swirly clouds...Leaves - Italian Red - near center of trunk...
Lime green centers...Purple lines outer edges...
Red near top and Sun...
Pale orange center of tree.
Williams Memorial Park
Hempstead Street, New London, CT
Red maple behind park bench


WILDFLOWERS Ellen Robbins, American, 1828-1905. Watercolor. In the years following the Civil War, Americans showed a preference for native plants and old-fashioned flowers, in nostalgia for the simpler life -- real or imagined - that had existed before the turmoil of war. Many painters, too, turned away from showy, "florist's" flowers and focused instead on wildflowers like these. (Coming Soon to for: "Echinacea Purpurea" in watercolor pencil and in pastel crayon, a spin-off of Georgia O'Keefe, "O'Denise."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Coming Soon!

COMING SOON  "Robin in Red Maple" is done!  Next to follow are 2-4 Renoir Style Summer Beach Scenes, painted al fresco (that's outdoors) in the Old Lyme Impressionist Style in Gouache on Canvas board.  Next up:  "Four Seagulls on a Rock."  That will wrap it up for the Mystic Art Festival on August 14 & 15, 2010! For more info, go to:
Gosh! I need a break!  All work and no play makes Denise a dull girl!  Honeeeeeey, see you at the beeeeaccch!  (Got my Ocean Beach parking pass!)

Stenger Farm

HIKE OF THE WEEK: Stenger Farm...Waterford, CT. Stenger Farm is a 95-acre property, just up the street from a busy intersection and the Stop & Shop plaza. But walk into what was once a dairy farm and you'll leave behind all the traffic, noise and bustle of suburban life. Here, birds chirp freely, trees creak as you walk by, and fishermen idle by the large pond at the heart of the property. You'll see a deer or rabbit on the farm's many open fields. You'll never feel more charmed by nature. For more info, go to: and

History of NL: Williams Memorial Park

HISTORY OF NEW LONDON: Williams Memorial Park
Hempstead Historic Neighborhood
Today's Williams Memorial Park was the earlier Second Burial Ground
New London was a wealthy city in the mid 1800s, due to its success in whaling and maritime ventures. Families displayed their wealth in opulent houses, but many sought to bestow a public legacy. Parks were an outlet for beneficial impulses. The urban park movement was inspired by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, who taught that parks could reduce the harmful effects of rapid urbanization. This idea captured the imagination of a progressive New London mayor, Charles Augustus Williams.
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 Olmstead, who drew up plans for a park despite inherent difficulties. Bodies in the cemetery were exhumed and moved to Cedar Grove Cemetery in 1886.
Residents built impressive new houses. In conjunction with the fashionable Second Congregation Church, 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 nineteenth through early twentieth centuries: Italianate, Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Tudor Revival and Gothic Revival.
All I could see from where I stood/ Was three long mountains and a wood;
I turned and looked another way, And saw three islands in a bay.
So with my eyes I traced a line/ Of the horizon, thin and fine,
Straight around till I was come/ Back to where I'd started from;
And all I saw from where I stood/ Was three long mountains and a wood.
(from RENASCENCE, 1917, by...Edna St. Vincent Millay!!!...* * * :)

Spring Ephemeral

Wildflower Walk - Noon-1pm, Connecticut College Arboretum, New London, led by Glenn Dreyer, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Spring Ephemerals...Pink Azalea (pinksters)...Ferns (invasive)...Wild Geranium (3 weeks early due to climagte change this year; not global warming) grow where conditions are optimal (good soil)...Virginia Bluebells (mertensia virginica)...Yellow Ladyslipper (rare in CT, pink is more common)...Great Trillium (pure white fades to pink)...Foam Flower (Tiarella Cordifolia)...Cinnamon Fern...Solomon's Seal...Toadflower...Canada Mayflower...Creeping Phlox...Christmas Fern...Wood Anemone...Royal Fern...Mayapple...Bleeding Heart...DECIDUOUS FOREST. Highly Recommended: "Newcomb's Wildflower Guide."
(Picnic in the park, anyone?) For an interesting diversion, go to: