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

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sneak Previews

COMING SOON..."More on the Myers-Briggs Test Instrument?" (INFP) "Yeah, you know: I never find perfection."  INFP, that's me! Introverted, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving.  As you get older, they say the weaker functions, the third and fourth become stronger.  Does that mean the first two functions become weaker? (Not in my case.)...and Previews of my artwork to come.  More on: "Girl Looks Outside." (almost done, finally)...and more LYRICS to my favorite songs...and the last few chapters of "Fool's Gold," as well as follow-up stories and poems from my past! There will be more on Diet and Excercise, as those are the principles on which my blog, "Denise Dances" is originally founded, of course. And that because God has blessed me, I feel it my duty to help you.  (You know...Does it come as no now...that I mean what I say...when I say...that I would consider a return to perfect health payment enough???...* * * :) (She's baaaaack!)

See You All on -- Yes, Monday!

26 hits this past Monday!  Thank you all and hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.  If you watched "Smallville" on the CW which aired the same episode for two weeks in a row, you can see that the holidays aren't all peaches and cream for many families.  However, I can truly say that I feel I got the "Currier and Ives" Thanksgiving this year!  If you watched "Smallville" to the end this past Thursday evening or the one before that, you can see that, although the family members originally struggled and clashed egoes, there truly was a happy, peaceful ending.  ("And to all a good night!") Until next time, Denise

From now on, I plan to update my posts to "Denise Dances" and "Fool's Gold" weekly, live from the Groton Library.  I feel too much computer use stifles my creativity, creates headaches, and other conflicts! After stockpiling my posts all week, I will have time to decide whether I truly want to "publish" or not! For "MAAP," photos of my latest artwork to come soon, I promise!

From the New London Library, which is here in my back yard; I can more easily use the computers for email checking and web surfing. (As the computer kicks you off after a half hour -- and yes, that ongoing scrutiny from the new next-door neighbors!  "The more things change, the more they remain the same!" -- To you, Lynne!)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Be Sure to Visit...

...the Burrows Farm, Corner Route 117 and Route 1 /Fort Hill Road in Groton, CT. Take I-95, Exit 88. Directly across from the Groton Town Hall and Fitch Middle School.  There you will see: Buster the Duck and his new friend, the big white dog (his buddy passed away last winter), another big white dog, a white hound dog, two ponies (or are they miniature horses? or donkeys?) and a brown billy goat! The rams are put to pasture behind the Groton Library today.  Be sure to visit Sam the Ram (black), Jerry (brown) and the assorted wooly black, brown and white fellas and ewes. (How do I know their names? WORD OF MOUTH: The farm owner is Warren Burrows, part time surgeon at Pequot Health Center, where the caring staff has helped me return to perfect health in my recent past.) Divers chickens abound as well as a rooster, but I've had enough of those! (Coming Soon to MAAP! For more info, go to: ...But I'm not going to tell you yet!  Merry Christmas, Everyone! (Denise...Denise Dances...2010!)

Outside Time

I need some outside time!  The sun just came out and if I don't get my fresh air walk today, I probably won't sleep tonight.  Where will my walk take me this afternoon?  Probably past the rams at Burrows Farm -- to Dairy Queen. There goes my diet!  Stay safe, indulge a bit and see you back here after the Thanxgiving Holiday! 

It Had to be Hugh

A collective sigh of relief came from ABC when the ratings for the 81st Annual Academy Awards (broadcast live from the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles) arrived. The telecast was coming off an all-time low in 2008, blamed largely on the lack of blockbusters. The box office potency of this year's contenders wasn't much better, leading to prognostications that the audience would be even smaller. But 13 per cent more viewers tuned in to see host Hugh Jackman sing and dance his way through a revamped show. Is an encore in the works? Here's how the telecast fared in recent years.

2009: BEST PICTURE: Slumdog Millionnaire (36.3M Viewers) (Guardian Angels came to my rescue! Started drawing, MAAP and painting.)

2008: BEST PICTURE: No Country for Old Men (32.0M) (The tides turned against me. Started my blog, "Denise Dances.")

2007: BEST PICTURE: The Departed (40.1M) (Began the uphill journey to returning to perfect health. Paula passed away. Dad admitted to Bayview. Neighbors misbehaving.)

2006: BEST PICTURE: Crash (38.9M) (I crashed.)

2005: BEST PICTURE: Million Dollar Baby (42.1M) (Conditions changed for the worst at my job.)

2004: BEST PICTURE: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (43.5M) (Things started to change, at first, just in my personal life.)

2003: BEST PICTURE: Chicago (33.0M) (My niece Julia was born on my birthday. I saw this movie with Paula at Mystic Art Cinemas)

2002: BEST PICTURE: A Beautiful Mind (41.8M) (Got depressed. Got hired at Shop Rite. Got sent on Cruise to Central America in the Western Carribbean by my family for my 40th birthday!) (Got SSD.)

2001: BEST PICTURE: Gladiator (42.9M) (Met Paula -- This was one of her fave movies)

2000: BEST PICTURE: American Beauty (46.3M) (Moved to New London, CT)

1999: BEST PICTURE: Shakespeare in Love (45.6M) (After several stints in temping and substitute teaching, I attempted to teach High School English at Ellis Harvard Regional Vocational Technical School in Danielson, also a temporary one-year position - but I didn't make it through the year!)

1998: BEST PICTURE: Titanic (55.3) (I was "full time" ballroom dancing at Arthur Murray and worked as a one year temporary Special Education Aide at Fitch Middle School in Groton)

1997: BEST PICTURE: The English Patient (40.1M) (Substitute Teaching)

1996: BEST PICTURE: Braveheart (44.9M) (I only saw the rendition by the young, male French figure skater at the time)

1995: BEST PICTURE: Forrest Gump (48.3M) ("And that's all I have to say about that!"
(Pursued Master's degree in Education)

1994: BEST PICTURE: Schindler's List (45.1M) (Still temping)

1993: BEST PICTURE: Unforgiven (45.7M) (Don't let that be YOU this holiday season!!!...* * * :)
(Adult Education art classes at Montville High School gave way to full-time temping.)

(SOURCE: Nielsen Media Research)

A Lesson on Love

1 Corinthians 13

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,
And have not Love;
I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries,
and all knowledge; and though I have all faith,
So that I could remove mountains, and have not Love,
I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be burned,
and have not Love, it profiteth me nothing.

Love suffereth long, and is kind;
Love envieth not; Love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own,
Is not easily provoked,
Thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity,
But rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Love never faileth:
But whether there be prophecies, they shall fail;
Whether there be tongues, they shall cease;
Whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part and we prophecy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come,
then that which is in part shall be done away.

When I was a child, I spake as a child,
I understood as a child, I thought as a child:
But when I became a man, I put away childish things.

For now we see through a glass, darkly;
But then face to face:
Now I know in part;
But then shall I know even as also I am known.

And now abideth Faith, Hope, Love,
these three;
But the greatest of these is

"I'm Hungry!"

Time for lunch ("en mi caro.") Be back in ten.  Vist the rams, too.  More to come. "A Lesson in Love," It Had to Be Hugh, THE LAST DAY. Remember: You read it here.

The Effect of Diet on Depression

DIET DEPRESSION A study by Felice N. Jacka, a scientist at the University of Melbourne in Australia, found that the Western style diet, featuring processed meats, pizza, fried foods, white bread, sugar and beer -- increased the odds of depression by 52 %. Surprisingly, a diet of fruit, salad, fish, tofu, beans, nuts, yogurt, and red wine did not seem to prevent depression. What does help?  The article recommends a diet of vegetables, fruit, grass-fed meat, fish and whole grains, an eating pattern that reduces the odds of depression and anxiety disorders by 35 % and 32 % respectively and independent of physical activity and other lifestyle factors). NUTRITION IS EVERYTHING! (From "Mood News" by Lois B. Morris, Allure Magazine, August 2010. ("You read too much.")

What's Your Beef?

FATIGUE  Lean steak Beef may pick you up from a slump by supplying your body with IRON, which helps red blood cells bring energizing oxygen to all of your organs and tissues. Nine to 16 % of women in the United States are anemic, but many more are iron-deficient, Somer says. "A standard anemia test won't pick up on iron deficiency, so ask your doctor for a ferritin test. If your level is below 20, you are deficient in iron." Your body absorbs iron more efficiently from animal protein than it does from vegetable sources. (FROM: Self Magazine, "Eat to Beat" by Leah McLaughlin) The article suggests lean cuts of steak such as filet mignon or sirloin and poultry such as turkey and chicken and seafood such as clams and shrimp. "Then use your newfound energy to cook up more healing meals! (On a budget?  I have found that with the crockpot and accompanying recipe book, I can cook awesome beef stew with some beef chuck and vegetables purchased at the local grocery store. For a quick stop, I have also found the Wendy's Restaurant chain to have the best and most healthy burgers, thus far. For lunch on most days, I find the deli counter at the local grocery store's Italian roast beef as well as turkey breast to make awesome sandwiches! For frozen dinners (in order to get the variety you need at the right price as a single person household), I find Marie Callendar (meat, vegetable and potato dishes) and Stouffer's (meat and potato only) to be the most satisfying in the situation at hand.

Girl Looks Outside

COMING SOON TO MAAP: "Girl Looks Outside," Oil on Canvas," 16" x 20" by Denise Hickey.  Inspired by my visit to the "Flo Gris" in September during FREE admission week to New London residents. (See Blog Post of Sept.  16, 2010, RETROSPECTIVE.) Two artists met as boarders at The Gris and got married, thus inspiring "Beatrice at the Door," (circa 1910), Oil on Canvas, by Harry Hoffman (1871-1964). "Chuluota" House means beautiful view.  Who, me? Nooo! The Lieutenant River!!!...* * * :)  For more info, go to:

I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts!

Still don't believe me? For further info regarding James van Praagh, co-producer of the hit TV Series "Ghost Whisperer," (starring Jennifer Love Hewitt), send a SASE to:

7985 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 109-135
West Hollywood, CA 90046

ectoplasm: ektos, "outside" or "external" and plasma, "something molded or formed." A colorless, odorless substance which weighs about 8.6 grams per liter (less than one ounce). It's found in most people, but especially developed in mediums and can be seen in a dark setting, as it is sensitive to light.

Radio Broadcast of ECSO Concert

On Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 3pm
There will be a broadcast of the ECSO Concert at The Garde Theater
which took place on Saturday evening, November 20th, 2010.
On WMNR 94.5 fm Fine Arts Radio!
"Memories & Echoes"

Pay special attention to "Ritual" by Schnittke. Silence, foreboding - Drama! Van de Vate, featured female composer's "Gema Jawa" I found to be beautiful, sad and mournful. (Both pieces feel to me, reflections of my life?) The Violin Concerto in D Minor by Sibelius, I found to be piercing and complex. Dvorak's "Symphony No. 8" - Cheerful enough but went on forever with too many different movements for me (also mirrors my life). Stay tuned in January! Keep your dial turned on to 94.5 Radio on Sunday afternoons in 2011.