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Friday, January 14, 2011

In Closing

Thanx to everyone who is continuing to read my Blog-o-sphere. Which now includes: "Denise Dances," "Fool's Gold," "MAAP," Twitter, Facebook and Facebook Marketplace. Yeah, there's more. But not today. Hey. I got a life to live. I got work to do. I don't get paid to do this. I don't know anything!!!... * * * :) So, in closing, thanx for reading yesterday and today. There have been about 19 hits the past two days. Still stuck digging yo'self out of the snow? UP NEXT will be some more fun stuff from the WW magazine Fave Painting and Commuter Style quizzes. (One to suit you?) The photo of the Nativity Scene with me at St. Joseph's Church in New London was taken on Christmas morning, 2004. UP NEXT I will post photos that seem like pure Alaska! Outside of the Groton Library, yesterday and today: the outdoor garden and reading area in the snow...and the ewes and rams in the back meadow along with their good guardian, the white shepherd dog!  Mush!


If you are lucky enough to come and visit me at Williams Park Apartments, this is what you will hear: JAZZ. Background music of the illegal speakeasy cafes of the Prohibition Era...and has been the background music in both my apartments at Westridge - and here at WP Apts - the past ten years in New London! In the 1960s, jazz became less popular with the advent of rock 'n roll. But I still prefer jazz!


The One Book: Every Young Child program is a collaboration among 12 libraries in Southeastern Connecticut. The goal is to encourage children and adults to read together often by providing opportunities for such interaction.  Various events will take place at each of the participating libraries from January to March 2011. This program is made possible through the generous donation through the Estate of Edmund O'Brien to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut in Fall 2008. "Love Our Libraries" Iniative. The libraries who received the generous donations are: Groton Public Library, Bill Memorial Library - City of Groton; Ledyard, Lyme, Mystic & Noank Library, New London Public Library, Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library - Old Lyme; Raymond Library - Montville; Stonington Free Library, Waterford Public Library, and the Wheeler Library in North Stonington.  There are also programs in place to promote outdoor walks and literacy: now at the Ocean Beach Boardwalk and Poquonnock Plains Park in Groton.  (Hey. My motives are pure. Are yours?)

"Screen Gems"

Beloved by Hollywood, Cartier creations are now movie mainstays...STAGE FRIGHT: (1950) Marlene Dietrich flaunted countless carats in the classic Hitchcock thriller.
OCEAN'S ELEVEN: (2001) Brad Pitt sported his own 18k gold and moonstone Tank ring in the Vegas caper.
IRON MAN: (2008) Gwneth Paltrow showed off a glam 18kt white gold and diamond Tank Francaise wathc.
SEX AND THE CITY: (2008) In the movie, Kristen Davis donned a deco-inspired Le Baiser du Dragon necklace.
(SOURCE: In Style Magazine, 2010.)

Fave Painting: Sensation Seeker!

WHO, ME? Quick: Pick Your Favorite Painting! (2) "Starry, Starry Night," by Vincent van Gogh. You're a sensation seeker! Blessed with super-keen senses and great sensitivity, you're constantly seeking stimulation. No wonder you're at your happiest when exposed to change. In short, novel experiences are to your brain what water is to your body: ESSENTIAL. (Do you mean to tell me that I actually LIKED going from place to place for a while, and having all of THOSE jobs? What're you, crazy? Think you got problems? I don't get no respect!!!...* * * :) (Denise...Denise Dances...2011!) SOURCE: Women's World, Nov. 2010. Up Next: Yours!

Commute: Music!

WHAT DOES YOUR COMMUTE SAY ABOUT YOU? "Love music, music and more music!" You're open-minded! Spending some quality time with your favorite tunes helps you shut out any nine-to-five frustrations. And you love the shuffle on your iPod or the unpredictable playlist on the radio, because you thrive on the brain-boosting musical surprises that keep your creativity revved. Even if you take the same route every day, your mind is constantly exploring artistic avenues that veer just a bit off the beaten path. (....Why can't she be like one of those mall chicks?  You know, lunch at the mall with her girlfriends and jsut go shopping???... * * * :) Baby, you're a fire-work! - Katy Perry. (SOURCE: Women's World weekly magazine, 11/15/2010.)


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Recreating the happenings of that first Christmas night at Bethlehem is one of the most tender and endearing Christmas traditions. In 1223, at Greccio, a small mountain town 40 miles from Rome, St. Francis of Assisi placed an ox, a donkey, some sheep and a small infant on a bed of straw. Midnight Mass was celebrated next to this simple, beautiful setting. It was the FIRST NATIVITY SCENE. The Creche was born. Today, throughout the world, in every Catholic church, in every Catholic home, the Creche is part of our lives!

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Coming February! (I hope.)

On the Table

The next meeting of Williams Park Apartments in New London, CT will take place on the third Wednesday of the month, January 19.  I plan to speak my mind, which is simply: WHAT IS THE POLICY IN REGARDS TO VISITORS?  As an adult, diagnosed with a disability (which hasn't done me much justice in this world); I am allowed to live in what was once considered "Senior Housing." But times are tough and the law is on my side.  Given their choice, senior citizens could do a lot worse than to have me for a neighbor (unless they unwisely decide to "mess" with me).  All I have to say once again is this:  If YOU continue to scrutinize the lives of innocent people (this time, on all the security cameras we are surrounded by), I feel compelled to ask you this:  WHAT DO YOU HAVE GOING ON THAT YOU DON'T WANT ANYONE TO KNOW ABOUT? I've spent the last two decades of my life working very hard and putting myself through school simultaneously.  Why is it that my own mother can't come for a visit without being subject to scrutiny (as well as me, the next day)? I know that the law is on my side.  At the next meeting, I plan to ask the simple question: WHAT IS THE POLICY CONCERNING VISITORS?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Paintings for Sale

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Happy New Year!


White Cap

Thwack! This is what it often feels like to be me.  The more golf balls you hit, the more they just keep rolling off the top, and comin' back at cha!

Nativity Scene/St. Joseph

Thanx again!

Thanx for reading, Everyone! I got 19 hits on Tuesday, before becoming snowbound Wednesday! Very glad to be in my "home away from home," Groton Town. If you want to read anything more, controversial, check out "The Day" here in New London. Almost every day, it seems, there is an article on the New London Housing Authority. Always, it seems, something is being investigated.  Thanx, everyone, as it gives me a chance to air my views on other things. I got work to do! They don't pay me to do this! (Hey. I need a place to live. I like it here, for the most part. I don't know anything!!!... * * * :)

Goldstar Bridge No. 5

COMING SOON! "Goldstar Bridge No. 5," SCENES OF MINI GOLF COURSE in Acrylic Folk Art -- for a future project!

Prelude to: Crossing the Bridge - "Sixth Crossing Juried Exhibit" at the HYGIENIC in April 2011. As well, Paula's imminent "crossing over," when all things work out for me (real soon). ("She won't leave until you're taken care of.")
Prelude also to: BACKYARD SCENES: Pachelbel Pine -- also for a future project!

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COMING SOON: CAROUSEL SCENES: Lady in Blue, Carousel, and Blue Elephant.
"The Hills Are Alive;" "Girl Looks Outside;" "Seaside" (outdoor oil sketch); and the first painting of OILS OF BLOCK ISLAND (almost done!)...Most likely in early February 2011, you will be able to view my latest works of art. Unless you stop by for coffee. Hee, hee.
(Denise...Denise Dances...2011!) 803.

"Do You Hear What I Hear?"

Behold, I bring you tidings of great joy,
Which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David,
A Savior,
which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger.

LUKE 2:10

COMING SOON to MAAP. For more info, go to:

"Wish You Were Here"

CDs in Plastic Pockets discovered in the snow at "Paula!"

(1) In Between Dreams - Jack Johnson (my favorite thus far)

(2) The Complex - Blue Man Group

(3) Time Without Consequence - Alexi Murdoch

(4) The Score - FUGEES

(5) Best of Sugar Ray (and 14:59) (Hopefully, with a little more TLC, I can dust off the dirt and get this CD to play.)

(6) The Fallout - DEFAULT

(7) Unwritten Law - Elva & She Says

Found Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at about 11:30AM in front of "Paula."

("Love, Paula...looking forward to a fun year.")

ECSO on 94.5 Sun., 1/16/11

The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
will be on 94.5FM Fine Arts Radio on Sunday, January 16 at 3pm.

A re-broadcast of the concert which took place on Saturday, November 20, 2010
at The Garde Theater in downtown New London.

"Memories & Echoes"

Pay special attention to "Ritual" by Schnittke (1924-1998). As described in a prior post, this song features the dark, foreboding undertone - the prelude to the first half of my life? - which I found particularly appealing.

"Gemma Jawa" was composed by Nancy van de Vate (born in 1930), one of several featured female composers of the 2010-2011 concert season.

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Up 'n Coming! 1/29/11

The HYGIENIC ART XXXII Exhibition will take place with an Opening Reception on Saturday, January 29, 2011, starting at 8pm on Bank Street in downtown New London. FREE Admission and Food; small fee for drinks including soda, bottled water, and wine. "Come as you are!" Meet the artists! ("I'm here! Come and check out "Seagulls All Around / Wish You Were Here;" Panel #7 of my Mural of Long Island Sound in 7 panels.) 

This exhibition is well known for original and diverse works of art, with NO JUDGE, NO JURY, NO FEE, NO CENSORSHIP. Originating from the "Salon des Independants" in Paris, France, held since 1884; the exhibit is a Protest to the rigid rules of The Establishment. French Impressionists who were "not accepted" into the rigid arts Establishment created this movement. Those artists included: Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Edouard Munch, Henri Rousseau, Paul Cezanne, and Modigliani, among others.

The intention was to have a show without jury or reward so that all forms of expression could be presented to the public without restriction. ("Come on, hear the noise!")

New London's only Winter Festival also features local music, theater and independent film screenings throughout the weekend in various downtown locales. Check "The Day" on Thursdays for more details. Do drop by!!!...* * * :)