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

Friday, January 21, 2011

Myers-Briggs is back!

Happy New Year!  More! on the Myers-Briggs Test Instrument (MBTI). Because of what "the first half" of my life has been like, you know, wandering around the "desert" for forty some odd years without any direction -- I am presenting to you as many facts on the Myers-Briggs Test as I can. It seems so simple that medical tests and aptitude tests could have been performed for me around Day One.  But I had to live this long to see how the other half lives -- and to realize that "The Other Half" has had the way paved for him. Which reveals the difference between the social classes. But God is not a respecter of persons. He doesn't care what your background is.
In order that more young people with talent, promise and compassion do not become overlooked -- as I have -- I am presenting more facts on the Myers-Briggs Test Instrument today and in the next couple of weeks.
Shoulda-woulda-coulda been done the day I was born.  Coulda been done by my high school guidance counselor. College advisor. But by the time I got to the docs in New London....overlooked.  Overbooked.  Don't let what happened to me happen to YOUR child.  I have a niece Julia, born on my birthday, who I love very much. And I know she loves me, despite circumstances preventing me from seeing her very often in the past three years.  (If I don't hear about the girl scout cookies soon, I will truly feel I have been ERASED AND REPLACED.) I don't know how ANYONE could have the power to separate me from my niece, but I acknowledge that God is in control.  So -- YA BETTER WATCH OUT! (Oh, yeah...isn't it something about the "family coffers?")... So, this post is in honor of my niece Julia and in support of children everywhere. Another thing I would like to add here, for those of you who are listening is this:
How many times have YOU raised YOUR voice in the presence of a child?
Argued with someone in the presence of a child?
Bad-mouthed someone in your family, for no good reason, in the presence of a child?
In other words, why don't YOU step outside that lens, my friend? And capsize, with all the lies that YOU'VE been living in? I have.) But remember this: God IS in control. And he is

More next week.




Nevermore?! Poe "toast-er" fails to show, again. BALTIMORE. Maybe the time for nevermore is finally here. For the second year in a row, the mysterious Poe toast-er failed to show up at his namesake's Baltimore grave Wednesday morning. And the curator of the Poe House is about ready to give up on the ghost. "I will be here in 2012, but that will be it," said a weary Jeff Jerome, who stayed by Poe's gravesite until 5:45am waiting for the toast-er. "If he's a no show, I will officially pronounce the tradition dead."
For some 60 years, the toast-er would appear every January 19, Poe's birthday, to pay tribute to the author, a Boston native who died October 7, 1849, in Baltimore.
Arriving at the gravesite without fanfare, he would leave behind three red roses and a bottle of cognac. Then he would quietly disappear into the night. Speculation over the true identity of the Poe toast-er has raged for years.  (Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, there came a walking as if someone were if someone were a-stalking, stalking past my door...!)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Commute: Audio Book!

COMMUTE STYLE: "Audio Book!" You're focused and carefree! Listening to books on CD while driving improves your focus and relaxes you at the same time, research reveals. Whether you're listening to a classic like "Pride & Prejudice" or a pop culture phenom like "Twilight," {both excellent movies); you always have your head in the game and your eyes on the road {I hope}. And your ability to concentrate on details while projecting a Zen-like calm inspires others to have instant faith in you.

(SOURCE: Women's World, Weekly Magazine, 2010)

Studio M

Mara Gillen Beckwith, owner of Studio M, llc, has relocated her shop from 217 Thames Street in Groton to 29 Cottrell Street in Mystic. The new location has a huge front gallery and more working space for conservation framing & printmaking classes. The new location also has two designated parking spaces on the side of the building. The new number for Studio M, llc is (860)536-5000. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

On Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 9-3pm. COMING SOON. Save Ocean Beach - BOARDWALK CRAFT & TAG SALE. When you come, just in time for the Season Opening (a week or so before); you will see me, the Artist, Denise and my wares. You may also see my sister Kelley who is rapidly becoming an avid print-making pro! She has several art gallery shows under her belt in the past year, as have I, -- and a couple of  prizes and one sale as well! Come and see! You decide...WHO IS THE NEXT GREAT ARTIST?

(It ain't what you do; it's the way that you do it!)


James Franco is everywhere. Studying at four schools, writing fiction, having a gallery showing, starring in a daytime soap, producing short films, appearing in Gucci ads -- and he may even get an Oscar nod. If only he'd apply himself, think where he could be!

(SOURCE: In Style Magazine / December 2010)


Christmas 2000. We all exchanged gifts, as usual. But that year, we had decided to try something different. For our Secret Santas, hand-picked, we each chose to make our own gifts! It was the most memorable Christmas the Hickey family has ever had!
I drew my bro'-in-law, Eric's name. I decided to create a painting just for him. My sister Karen told me he loved big red barns. So I decided to drive around the Montville-Salem area and photograph red barns.
I was a nervous wreck. First year in my like-new, plush-y wall-to-wall green carpeted rented condo.
I'd slept over, the night before at my family's in North Stonington. I remember walking into the A.C. Moore store the next morning in slippers! In the freezing cold.
I hadn't done any painting since 1993, at a couple of art classes in the back of the Artware Store in Groton, CT.
Somehow, I was able to spread newspaper all over my bedroom carpet and blast the "Salsa Caliente" dance-on-the-beach show, on Univision Television in my living room as I painted the rural red barn scene with passion and gusto! I was a nervous wreck.
But Eric's reaction was well worth it. "It's beautiful! I love it!" he blurted. And later that week, he called to tell me again. He and my sister Karen then invited me to go see a movie with them at Madison Art Cinemas ("Amelie?" or "Chocolat?")  P.S. DID THE DOG EAT IT???


HYGIENIC XXXII "Salon des Independants" Art Exhibit. Opening Reception: Saturday, January 29, 2011. Beginning at 8pm. FREE Admission. FREE food. Small fee for wine and bottled drinks. For more info, go to:
Come on down and check out my painting, "Wish You Were Here / Seagulls All Around," Panel #7 in Mural of Long Island Sound. (Come on down and see if the public thinks my painting is worth...dick.)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Up Next

There is always more grist for the mill! Come on! I live in News London, but the grist always seems to find me, anywhere I go! There will be a FREE concert by the United States Coast Guard Band on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 2pm, right here in my back yard: The Garde Theater in New London, CT. The Hygienic XXXII is Saturday, Jan. 29th, 2011. My bad!

Go Rams!

Photos taken in Summer & Fall 2008 at Burrows Farm, Groton, CT.


Up Next: "The Hygienic Art Gallery," tomorrow, which is Thursday, Jan. 20th. I am proud to say that I am a supporter of the arts, as displayed by the students of New London and Waterford High Schools.  Please check out this bright, colorful and uplifting show at the Hygienic on Bank in downtown New London, before it closes this Saturday (I believe). The Hygienic is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, (11 or 12Noon - 3pm or 6pm) and FREE of charge to the public.
Also, please be sure to check out the HYGIENIC XXXII "Salon des Independants" and see many outspoken works of art, including my own, "Wish You Were Here,/ Seagulls All Around" Panel # 7of Mural of Long Island Sound in 7 panels. The Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, January 22, beginning at 8pm. FREE to the public. Free food.  Small fee for soda and wine.
P.S. At this moment, I wish to congratulate my two special friends, Irma and Al F. who have been very helpful to me in the past and are a beautiful, living example of Christian love and compassion. I've invited them to come to my show, but if they can't make it; I will understand. They have a perfect alibi.  I would like to congratulate Irma & Al on becoming great grandparents - for the first time - any day now! Thanx and congratulations once again!
(Denise...Denise Dances...2011!)

INTRO: The Single Mom of Cactus County

Up Next, on Fool's Gold: THE SINGLE MOM OF CACTUS COUNTY. For more info, go to:


Time for a Station Break! Way past my normal lunchtime, being 12:15pm, but I was waylaid this morning at home while trying to leave. Yeah, I'm at the Groton Library today. What up? 38 hits on Tuesday! Thanx for staying with me, Everyone.  And remember, I never walk away from a good fight. (Well, not for long anyway. Not where justice is concerned...Hey. I got work to do. I got a life to live. I don't get paid to do this. I don't know anything!!!...* * * :)

All Moved In, Part I

ALL MOVED IN By Kathleen Edgecomb, Staff Writer, THE NEW LONDON TIMES.  October 7, 2010. Sue Shontell, acting director of the New London Housing Authority for more than a year, was appointed permanent director of the agency last week. The Housing Authority unanimously named Shontell, a New London native, to the position during its monthly board meeting at Riozzi Court elderly housing project.
"It's been a very interesting year, and you've brought us through that quite well," Chairman David Collins said. Shontell, 49, took over as acting director in July 2009, replacing Joseph A. Abrams, who went out on sick leave in June 2009 and resigned in August 2009. The executive director's salary is listed in the 2010-11 budget at $75,752, but Shontell and the Authority have yet to negotiate her salary. Margaret Reyes, a former member of the Authority and a resident of Riozzi Court, said Shontell is a good choice. Reyes was on the Authority in 2003 when Shontell was hired as a clerk. She watched Shontell work her way through the organization.
"She knows a lot more now than she did then," said Reyes. "She was learning, but she was very quick on her feet. Now she's very knowledgeable and very accessible."
Reyes said she's found Shontell willing to listen to complaints and responds quickly.
"She's gotten respect from tenants because she's earned it," she said. "This has been a long time coming. She's good. And if she continues to have an open policy, things will continue to improve."

Last year, when Abrams left, the Housing Authority, which has been on HUD's list of "troubled agencies" since 1998, was being investigated for not properly administering about $900,000 in federal capital programs.

An auditor at HUD's Office of Inspector General found that the Housing Authority also could not account for $91,000 in unsupported administrative fees.

The Authority, which manages 224 units of federal housing and 580 units of state housing, also owed about $2.8M in unpaid water and sewer fees and utility bills. HUD had recommended the Housing Authority hire an outside agency to run its day-to-day operations. But during the past 14 months, Shontell has managed to redirect $380,000 in federal stimulus money that was supposed to be used for playground equipment and parking lots to more essential needs like buying new hot water heaters and upgrading elevators.

She set up a payment plan with Northeast Utilities and recommended the Authority adopt an internal controls policy that spells out guidelines for housing staff that will safeguard assets, verify the accuracy of accounting data, and ensure all policies are in compliance with federal and state regulations.

In August, HUD sent the Authority a letter saying management had improved and left the decision of whether or not to hire an outside management company up to the five-member Board. The Board unanimously opted to keep its management and praised Shontell for addressing and fixing many of the agency's systemic problems.

During her tenure as acting director, Shontell also helped in the final negotiations for a ground lease with Carabetta Organization for a $48M deal to renovate and then manage 302 moderate income housing units at Bates Woods and Briarcliff.

A six-year lawsuit is still pending that alleges inhuman living conditions at Thames River high-rise apartments, but lawyers for the tenants and the Housing Authority agreed this week to talk about a possible resolution.

("Wheeeeen...I fight Authority, Authority always wins...! - John Cougar Mellencamp)


"Ritual" (FROM ECSO Program Notes, Sat., Nov. 20, 2010)

Ritual                              Alfred Schnittke

"Alfred Schnittke, a Russian composer, studied music in Vienna from 1946-48 and at the Moscow Conservatory (1953-1958)."

"He earned his living mainly by composing over 60 film scores, which he wrote in traditional style, according to Soviet guidelines. However, his signature pieces are far from traditional, reflecting a more avant-garde style, using classical harmonics as well as dissonance and references to other works -- all within the same piece. He was little known, here in the West, until the 1980s, with the arrival of Russian expatriates."

"In the end, while in poor health, he complied with the request from the Yugoslav Embassy in Moscow to compose a piece to celebrate the liberation of Belgrade, which occurred in October 1944, on its 40th anniversary. He composed the music to "Ritual" with his own intention, 'In memory of the victims of World War II.'"

"Ritual begins with a simple dirge, commemorating the victims of World War II, evolving from silence and darkness to 'a cantillated (chanted melody) crescendo' and returns again to silence."

If you were able to listen to 94.5FM Fine Arts Radio on Sunday afternoon, January 16; you know what I'm talking about. ("Don't it sound real good?")

Earlier that Sunday morning, while watching Discovery TV; I listened to Joel Osteen's weekly inspirational broadcast as he mentioned being thrown into "the second oven." He referred to the Potter as He molds his "Work of Art"into a beautiful being.

As I see history repeat itself, I feel the heat of "the second oven" as well. As the dirge to "Ritual" resounds in my apartment, overlooking the historic waterfront district in downtown New London, I wonder if I will truly be in a safe harbor ever again.

("I've got to see this movie! I've got to see it; I've got to see it! Are we going? We're going; aren't we? If we don't go, I'm going to be mad!!!...* * * :)


Before the Fall

BEFORE THE FALL...Sisters, Fall 1993 (?)  Denise, March 3, 1962...and Kelley, March 2, 1963...and -- Julia, March 3, 2003!  What happened last year?  MARCH 3, 2010...Why did (Auntie) Denise spend her birthday alone???