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

Thursday, September 30, 2010

How Good It Feels...

HOW GOOD IT FEELS...to sleep through most of the night, for hours, after about a year of basic insomnia due to stress and transition of moving to a new apartment building in a new neighborhood.  I feel "grounded" now, have traded DE-CAF after 12 Noon, from the High Test Coffee at the Bean & Leaf (not to be knocked!) The Routine: Get up with the alarm...Have breakfast...read book and morning prayer after breakfast...OASIS indoors (8-9am)...and "Charmed!" 9-10am.  Synchronizing my morning routine to my BIRD CLOCK got me through my stay at Westridge Gardens during the year 2009 (more later...or maybe not!)
Blog hits are numbering in the 20s these days with peak hits when I post photos and artwork.  MORE PHOTOS to come...CAROUSEL SCENES: "Lady in Blue" and "Carousel" (almost done) to http://sites.google.com/site/makingartaffordabletothepublic/
With so many readers seemingly interested in what I have to say, -- "You better be good!!!...* * * :)
Next up: Ask for better weather, meaning cool, breezy, and sunny or cool, breezy and overcast to enjoy walks in the Great Outdoors. (This hot weather sucks!) Coming soon to OASIS and MAAP: "Blue Elephant" and OILS OF BLOCK ISLAND: Familiar Scenes...as well as DOWNTOWN RAINFOREST. Other PHOTOPS: Williams Memorial Park: The Elegance of a Bygone Era and A patch of Echinacea Purpurea on the Hillside (before the hot sun scorched them to black exo-skeletons-- I got an A in High School Biology! :) (Stay tuned for "Bones" tonight, FOX TV, 8pm).

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Strong Enough

STRONG ENOUGH
  Cheryl Crow

God, I feel like hell tonight...Tears of rage I cannot fight.
I'd be the last to help you understand...
Are you strong enough to be my man?

Nothing's true and nothing's right...So let me be alone tonight.
Cause you can't change the way I am...
Are you strong enough to be my man?

Lie to me...I promise I'll believe.
Lie to me...but please don't leeeaave.

I have a face I cannot show...I make the rules up as I go.
It's try and love me if you can...
Are you strong enough to be my man?

When I've shown you that I just don't care...
When I'm throwing punches in the air...
When I'm broken down and I can't stand...
Will you be strong enough to be my man?

Lie to me...I promise I'll believe...
Lie to me...But please don't leeeaave!

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Marijuana Possession

On September 6 at 2:30a.m., State Police reported a West Side Road home for a complaint about a loud party. (The troopers had visited the same residence the night before for the same reason.) Upon arrival, police report hearing loud shouting and smelling "the strong pungent odor of burnt marijuana." The troopers went to the backyard and found a group of people passing a pipe filled with marijuana. Police charged Briana Therabue, 22, and Casey Brennecke, 22, both of Boulder, CO, with possession of marijuana. They were processed at the police station and issued summons to appear in Fourth Division Court.

Link to ECSO!

For an awesome review of last Saturday evening's concert by the ECSO, check this out! I most enjoyed Naoka Takada, in a flurry of red, and the Prism Rhapsody by Keiko Abe -- explosive bursts of sound from the outset!  YEAH!  For more info, go to:  http://www.ectsymphony.com/content/view/95/137/

To hear a re-broadcast of this concert, tune in to Fine Arts Radio 94.5 FM on Sunday, October 17 at 3pm.

P.S. I got her autograph at the Champagne Reception, post concert and mingled a bit. :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy Birthday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! March 3, 2003

Cruisin'


HISTORY OF NEW LONDON: Williams Memorial Park

The Obelisk, corner Hempstead and Broad, erected 1889, honors the 21st Connecticut Regiment of Civil War volunteers. Recruited almost entirely in eastern Connecticut, the 21st served from August 1862 to the end of the War (1865). The 21st was composed largely of New London residents, fervent in the Union Cause,with 1200 Army recruits and a large number of sailors.
(From: HEMPSTEAD HISTORICAL NEIGHBORHOODS, City of New London, US Dept. of Housing, Urban Development, Community Development Block Grant, and CT Humanities Council.)
May 19, 2010: An Eyewitness Account:
We used to walk through the park at ten o'clock at night, from the store. There was a jail where the church (Shiloh Baptist?) is now. The cops would put the drunks in there for the night. There were sailors -- thousands of them!
MORE RECENTLY IN THE LAST DECADE (Same Eyewitness): There were hookers in the park, having sex. You didn't need HBO. Guys knock girls down. Could pull you into their cars.
In medieval Europe, the Night Watchmen were the first actual policemen. The night watchmen walked through the cities of Europe at night to protect the people from danger. The night watchmen would shout so that people would not sleep so soundly that they were in danger of a fire in their home or of thieves. (From a TV special, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.") (The residents of Williams Park Apartments would like to thank our local Night Watchmen - the New London Police Department - for their constant vigilance and protection -- and for coming to our monthly meetings!!!...* * * :)

BRIEF ON SEX

BRIEF ON SEX Next weekend, on Sat. Oct. 2 - Sun., Oct. 3, 2010; the 20 member New London Clergy will address issues on sexuality in their church services.  With brief excerpts from four belief systems, differing yet similar, I do not wish to impress my opinions on my readers.
The Clergy has decided to address, in particular, teenage sexuality, due to the plague of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) run rampant among young people in New London County. From October 1997 to late 1998, I had the opportunity to enroll in costly ballroom dance lessons at Arthur Murray Studio in Niantic, CT. Brian, the previous owner once said, "Dancing is the sex of the nineties." He said that in Victorian times, in strict society, men and women danced together at public functions in order to have close physical contact with the opposite sex. He said, "By dancing closely together, being held, bodies touching; each person would feel like they 'got something.'" (Suffice it to say, I guess I "got a lot of it" back then!)
In an article in The Day entitled "On Faith and Sexuality," by Kate Ott, on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010; and four articles by select local clergy men and women of different faiths, I have chosen to briefly excerpt their opinions here.
FATHER DEAN A. PAGANOS, Pastor of St. Sophia Hellenic Orthodox Church, 200 Hempstead St., New London, CT.  "According to the Revelation of God's Word, the only lifestyle sanctioned for the proper expression of sexuality is marriage. It is in marriage that sexual relations are holy, pure and natural, with the ideal relationship being between one man and one woman forever.
The reasons cited are: to please God, to avoid heartache, to avoid STDs and pregnancy outside of marriage. But the primary reason is that one will be able to give of oneself in complete purity.  Sex is sacred.
Dr. Imran Ahmed, President of the Islamic Center of NL, 16 Fort Street, Groton, CT. For Muslims, as well, based on the Qur'an and Hadith, sexual relations are confined to marriage between a wife and husband. Modesty in dress and behavior between women and men figures prominently as a means of showing self control. Islam does not condone "sex-loitation" devices, such as: using sex in advertising, exhibitionism, free mixing, and risky behavior resulting in many social ills and diseases. Modesty, Decency and Mutual Responsibility.
THE REVEREND CAROLYN PATIERNO, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 19 Jay Street, New London, CT. The emphasis is on developing and maintaining healthy and loving relationships in order to avoid societal ills such as: domestic violence, inequality, STDs, unintended pregnancy. Cultivating "relationships of mutual power and consent" is important. "Justice begins with healthy, loving, and equitable relationships."
Rabbi Carl Astor, Leader, Congregation Beth El, 660 Ocean Avenue, New London, CT.
"Most non Orthodox rabbis are supportive of alternative life choices and non-judgemental." The non Orthodox synogogues are open with regard to membership of gay and lesbian couples. Values include: Respect for one another, modesty in public, honesty in relationships, and mutual consent. "Start with Adam and Eve."
My closing remarks: From 2000-2009, I resided on Westridge Road, just down the street from the Congregation Beth El and I am supportive of the belief system expressed by Rabbi Carl Astor in this article.
In January 2010, I moved to Williams Park Apartments, just down the street from St. Sophia Hellenic Orthodox Church. Ironically, this church and its teachings embody the values upon which I have tried to model my life.  True, this is an ideal. From an English major, "Truth is beauty and beauty is truth." (Denise...Denise Dances...2010!)

Banned Books

D.H. Lawrence - Lady Chatterly's Lover...J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone...Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner...Maya Angelou - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings...Mark Twain - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn...Alice Walker - The Color Purple...Stephanie Meyer - Twilight (Those are my sister Kim's hands, by the way!)...David Guterson - Snow Falling on Cedars.

These are just a few of the titles of books recently challenged or banned, on a display table at the Groton Public Library on a rainy Tuesday morning in late September. (You should check out the Display Case, just outside the main entrance! It's just a short drive, and well worth it, over the bridge if you're in New London and points south.) BANNED BOOKS WEEK: CELEBRATING THE FREEDOM TO READ comes to Groton Public Library, the Week of September 25 - October 2, 2010. The Library has a display of books that have been challenged or banned in communities throughout the United States. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 (two years after I graduated high school, where The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger was required reading). More than a thousand books have been challenged since then, occuring in every state and in hundreds of local communities, in public schools, bookstores, and libraries.

You may have read the book.  You may have seen the movie.  You may have heard of the book but never read it.  Why not check it out now? Visit your local library today. Celebrate your freedom to read -- before it's too late.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Almost Oktoberfest

ALMOST Oktoberfest.  On Friday, October 1, 2010, from 6-9pm, BEER, chowder and live music will be served at the end of the Ocean Beach Boardwalk, near the Nature Walk. I myself plan to skip the Fest, but to take this opportunity to walk safely (if my ankle is healed) on the OB Boardwalk at night! If you can afford the cost of $30 in advance, $35 at the door, please support the New London Rotary Foundation Charitable Projects.

FIREFLY BEACH

"She seemed quiet," Clea said. "Is she upset about something?"

Augusta sighed. Why couldn't they just have fun? Why did everything have to become so serious and moody? She hadn't raised her girls that way. She had given them free reign.

While other mothers watched every move, Augusta had let her daughters explore and grow. She had fought her protective instincts and allowed Hugh to take the girls hunting. He had wanted to teach them to fend for themselves, and she thought he had done it. All those nights alone on the mountain! Yet, here they were, worried about Skye, just because she had wandered out of sight.

"I'm sure she's fine," Augusta said.

FROM "FIREFLY BEACH" by Luanne Rice, page 224. Bantam Books, a div. of Random House, New York, NY, Copyright June 2001.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accomodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. It also applies to the United States Congress. To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

FAIR HOUSING ACT

The Fair Housing Act, as amended in 1988, prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and national origin. Its coverage includes private housing, housing that receives Federal financial assistance, and State and local government housing. It is unlawful to discriminate in any aspect of selling or renting housing or to deny a dwelling to a buyer or renter because of the disability of that individual, an individual associated with the buyer or renter, or an individual who intends to live in the residence. Other covered activities include, for example, financing, zoning practices, new construction design, and advertising.

The Fair Housing Act requires owners of housing facilities to make reasonable exceptions in their policies and operations to afford people with disabilities equal housing opportunities. For example, a landlord with a "no pets" policy may be required to grant an exception to this rule and allow an individual who is blind to keep a guide dog in the residence.

For more info:
Office of Program Compliance and Disability Rights
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
US Dept of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street, SW Room 5242
Washington, DC 20410

or go to:  http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo

(800)669-9777

http://www.fairhousingfirst.org/
(888)341-7781

For publications, you may call the Housing and Urban Development Customer Service Center at:
(800)767-7468

Additionally, the Department of Justice can file cases involving a pattern or practice of discrimination. The Fair Housing Act may also be enforced through private lawsuits.

International Day of Peace

The Groton Library commemorated the International Day of Peace last Tuesday, Sept. 21 with a full day of activities, co-sponsored by the local group "Hands Against Hate." The IDOP was established by a United Nations Resolution in 1981. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. In 2002, the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the IDOP.

"Hands Against Hate" is a coalition of organizations committed to exploring issues of prejudice based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, and sexual orientation. The Groton Library is a founding member of the organization.