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

Friday, February 4, 2011

RED CARPET: Drew Barrymore

The Academy Awards are fast approaching this season, live from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood....Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, I believe.
Q: Do you enjoy getting dressed up -- or dread it?
DB: I love style. It's such a wonderful, glorious, fun platform to be expressive on. And like everything else in life, not everyone is gonna like it or agree with it.
Q: What about the Red Carpet?
DB: Do you know what I would love? To die on the Red Carpet. No, I love to succeed on it, but I don't want to do it conventionally. What I don't understand is, why is there a barrier between the runway and the Red Carpet? At fashion shows, the boundaries are gone. But on the Red Carpet, there's this line. And I want to walk past that line.
Q: How do you see your style evolving?
DB: The older I get, the more I just try things out and have fun and play. Life is way too short for the nice, low bun. But this is coming from the girl who is wearing tie-dye leggings and a Tee shirt with a spider on it.
Q: Do you have a pre Red Carpet ritual?
DB: I have a little dressing room, and every time I'm in it; I couldn't feel luckier. My girlfriends and I get dressed together and drink champagne and make a party out of it. The Red Carpet shouldn't breed fear. It should be a celebration.
Q: You have such a sense of fun and theatricality, but you always look like yourself. I love that -- it's like a favorite painter whose style you recognize no matter what the picture is.
DB: How nice that you compared me to an artist! Painters speak from their heart and soul and vivid imaginations, and non one should be told not to. Painters don't speak the same language as Red Carpet commentators -- and I say: "Let's stick with painters!"

(FROM: In Style magazine, February 2010.)

(I'm...too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt. On the catwalk. On the catwalk, babe! I'm..too sexy for my cat. Too sexy for my cat! On the catwalk, babe!)

(Denise...Denise Dances...2011!)

Up Next: Work from Home

It's the way to go! Who says I don't work? Don't get to meet a lot of people that way. Until you put your work "out there" in the various local venues, which for me are:

HYGIENIC XXXII, "Salon!" Come and check it out! Bank Street, downtown New London. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. (But you can see "Wish You Were Here," just inside the window from Bank Street!) Almost Famous? Close enough!

("I'm comin' out!")

Up Next: Work Outside the Home

Grow Your Own Garden!

Start your own garden this Spring! (1) Find a sunny spot. If you don't have a back yard, a deck or balcony will do. Seeds need light, heat and water (but not too much).
(2) Find out what vegetables grow best in your area. Go to: and plug in your own zip code!
(3) Plant a rainbow garden -- vegs of many different colors. Or lean and tie three sticks together. Train "pole bean vines" or pea vines to grow upwards.
(4) Or, if you're like me and you worked very hard all last summer -- and you missed the first three weeks in July and the first half of August at the beach -- You -- and I -- will stick to Container Gardening of herbs, hot peppers and possibly Topsy Turvy tomatoes -- on the glass coffee table beneath the windows of our Southern Exposure facing apartment!
Happy Spring, everyone! I can feel it. Happy - Early - Spring!

P.S. Always remember that plants, like people need lots of love, attention and care in order to grow and be their best.

(Denise...Denise Dances...2011)

Shopping for Clothes

Find amazing bargains, even Designer labels and unique finds -- at Consignment Shops. Find a shop in your neighborhood at or
You won't regret it. While I lived in Forest Hills, Queens, I often frequented "Instant Replay." Here in New London, there is the Jumble Shop at St. James Church on Federal Street. While a dancer at Arthur Murray, I found many great deals on dresses at Rita's New to You Shop in Waterford.  Shop thrift! There's one in every neighborhood. For more great deals on designer labels, which are enduring fashion, check out TJ MAXX in Groton or Norwich, CT.


COMMUTER STYLE: Chat on hands-free cell. You're a SOCIALLY SAVVY GO GETTER! You're tenacious with just the right amount of aggression needed to get things done. And that can-do spirit comes from your sure-footed social skills: Whether you're negotiating a play date or ironing out the details of a work project, you know how to balance tact, finesse and assertiveness. That you can do all this while in the driver's seat of your car shows that you are -- well -- in the driver's seat of life, too!

Note: However, if you plan to chat on your cell from your vehicle, hands free or not -- IT WOULD BE WISE TO PULL OVER TO A SAFE PLACE FIRST, BEFORE YOU DIAL AND CHAT. "The life you save may be your own and those of the ones you love. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!



Pick Your Fave Painting: "La Reve"

(1) If you favor "La Reve," (the dream) by Pablo Picasso, you're a BIG PICTURE SMARTIE! You're able to see things from every angle, joining random information in seamless harmony. As open minded as they come, you'll throw out your own arugment if convincing new info comes along. After all, you're as humble as you are smart.

(FROM Women's World weekly magazine, 1/17/11.)

Google Earth: Spain

Visit the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. Go to GOOGLE EARTH, that icon of the earth on your computer screen. Or visit your local library, where computer use is often FREE to the public. "Google Earth," "Madrid, Spain," "Prado Museum." Here, you will be able to view masterpieces by Rembrandt, El Greco, Goya, etc. Unveiled in January 2010, the 14 clickable paintings are ultra high resolution images taken by photographers and a team of 4 computer technicians. Go see and check out Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights."

el Ano del Tigre

EL APASIONADO TIGRE  Obtendras mejores resultados y gastaras menos energia si logras mantenerte flexible al apreciar ciertas situaciones. De esa forma podras desarrollarte con mayor equilibrio, hasta que logres controlar tus emociones. TRABAJO 7 PROYECTOS: Si logras potenciar tus habilidades para observar con cautela, viviras una magnifica etapa. Darte la distancia suficiente para calcular con las mayor precision posible tus movimientos, te permitire adaptarte a las circunstancias egun se prenenten. Tendras una gran confianza en que todo funcione corno debe ser.

(FROM: Vanidades magazine, March 2010. Last year was the Year of the Tiger, "del 14 de febrero de 2010 al 2 de febrero de 2011. For more info, check out CHINESE ASTROLOGY.) Born in 1962, I was born in the Year of the Tiger, as well as Paula and my mother and father, in 1938. Last year, 2010 was the most successful year I've had yet, as far as my new vocation, as an Artist goes. As far as personal relationships, isn't there always room for improvement?)

(Denise...Denise Dances...2011) The Year of the Rabbit.

White Cap!

How many more golf balls will it take...before...she finally hits one...OUT OF THE PARK! (Ready? Here goes...)

Yooouuu keep saying you've got something for me.
Something you call love, but confess.
You've been messin' where you shouldn't have been a messin'!
And now someone else is gettin' all your best.

These boots were made for walkin'!
And that's just what they'll do.
One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.
(Doon, doon, doon, doon, doon...!)

You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin'!
And you keep losin' when you oughta not bet.
You keep samin' when you oughta be changin'.
Now what's right is right, but you ain't been right yet.

These boots are made for walkin'!
and that's just what they'll do.
One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.
(Doon, doon, doon, doon, doon...!)

You keep playin' where you shouldn't be playin'!
And you keep thinkin' that you'll never get burnt.
Ha! I just found me a brand new box of matches, yeah!
And what he know you ain't had time to learn.
(Are you ready, boots! Start walkin'!)
(Dah, dah, da, da! Dah, dah, da-da!, Dah, dah, da-da!...!)

(Hey. There's more where that came from. Try me.)

Denise Hickey
with Nancy Sinatra


In honor of Black History Month (whatever happened to L-O-V-E?) -- I proudly present to you this public service message about an enduring heroine. (Nooo, not that kind!)...ROSA PARKS was born in 1913. Forty two years later, in 1955, the African-American woman was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white rider in Montgomery, ALABAMA, a turning point in the battle for civil rights. After her death at 92, Parks' casket was transported aboard a similar bus to lie in repose in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, making her the first woman to receive that honor!

(So, why don't you all take a break from the Superbowl Celebrations or if you're lucky enough, the love-in; to remember Rosa Parks this February. If you read your TV Guide, check out listings for any specials which may air regarding ROSA PARKS.  Last year, I had the priviledge to watch a TV Movie, telling the story of Rosa Parks. I hope you will be as fortunate as I was to see this timely movie.

I am proud to be a resident in the most progressive neighborhood in New London, the Historic Hempstead District, where the first free blacks were able to live in their own homes along this magnificent streetscape.  Let's work together to keep our neighborhood safe. We all have a part to play. Do it today.



Hello Sunshine!

GOOD MORNING! Live from the Groton Library. (Yes, the 2 big white dogs are OK. The rams? Haven't checked yet? My footprints have made a lasting mark, though!) I want to thank everyone on this pre Superbowl Weekend for reading! 56 hits on Tuesday! And to take this chance to welcome any new readers I may have picked up over the HYGIENIC XXXII WINTERFEST WEEKEND! And to say hi from this neck of the woods, as well.  I'm back. Thanx for reading. Keep on reading! I've got lots more stuff. Seems to me, when you live in News London, there is always more "grist for the mill!"

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

42 and 30 hits!

On this rainy and miserable day here at the New London Library, I would like to thank everyone who has read my Blog-o-sphere in the past two days. I have picked up some new readers over the past weekend, I expect. I hope you enjoy your time here in my public domain and that you like what you see. But always remember, writers, artists and musicians always risk rejection. Not everyone will like what you do or like you. It is very important to stay true to yourself at all costs -- or guess who pays the price? You do! And I do! I've paid the price with my health. I have serious health issues which remain.  The stress of everyday life doesn't help.  I am happy for what I now have, but I would like to take my stress level down quite a few notches. As they say, you can't go anywhere on an empty tank of gas. Or should I say, at the top of the pay scale where I live, about $12,500 a year! Where I live, they don't know how much I have, but they think I am rich.  (Happy now?)

(Denise...Denise Dances...2011)

Monday, January 31, 2011

"We outta hee!"

ON MY LUNCH HOUR TODAY: (It's a good idea, you know. Remember, all work and no play makes you or me a dull person!) On the "arctic tundra" outside the Groton Library today: My sole footsteps crunched in the snow ("subterranean layer?" permafrost?) I made my mark, the only one, on the Groton tundra. The two big white shepherd dogs sat in the sun in a far off pasture as I approached the barbed wire fence guarding the rams. I called out to them and they looked up, surprised to have any visitors in the vast isolated winter wonderland. Finally, the rest of the herd emerged from their tents. I counted one black ram (Sam), one brown ram (Jerry) and five off white / brown rams and ewes. (REMEMBER: I used to be a "familiar" at Pequot Cafe just up the street, which closed for good in August 2009. I got to know many of the people who work there at Pequot Health Center and helped me in my return to perfect health. One of the employees is the owner of the Burrows Family Farm.) If I were able to get closer, I could tell the males from females: the males (rams) have horns and the ewes (females) don't.  COMING SOON TO MAAP in March 2011: "A Peacable Kingdom," by "Denise Hicks." (That's not the real title, but it is how I signed it!)  For more info, go to:
Baaaaah! Nah-ah-ah! "We outta hee!"


Obstacle Course!

"Don't let that deter you." FOR MORE INFO, go to:

2010 Worst Ever!

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Full House!

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HYGIENIC XXXII "Salon des Independants." Sat., Jan. 29, 2011 - Opening Reception. I spoke and joked with several couples out for a night on the town. A gentleman said he thought my painting was reminscent of the 1970s classic movie, "Jaws." "Didn't they have a sign like that?" he said. I agreed that my painting holds that same retro vibe for me, but within a much earlier decade, the 1950s: an antique postcard. Another artist agreed that "they used to say that." (WISH YOU WERE HERE!)

I laughed about the "toilet bowl" by Simon John as I spoke to another couple. (This is Connecticut!)  "He is the porcelain artist," his friend said.

Man's best friend, a black dog with curly hair, a Portugese Water Spaniel pranced around the gallery.

A very slim, very attractive woman walked in. I recognized her immediately as Ann Nyberg, news anchor for Channel 8 TV News for the past two decades. I approached her without hesitation.  "Excuse me," I said. "Are you Ann Nyberg?" She turned and looked at me with intensity and said yes. I was struck with awe by her stunning good looks in person, with sparkling blue eyes, chiselled features, and silvery blond hair in a modern choppy cut very flattering to her face.

"You are so beautiful!" (I admit it, I gushed.) "Well, you are cute!" she answered in surprise.

I told her I'd watched her on Channel 8 news for many years. And that I also went to the two live televised gubernatorial debates held here in New London at the Garde Theater last October, for which she was host.  "Wasn't that - ?" she sighed.  "Times are tough, so people have strong feelings," I said. "There is no apathy. It was good to be a part of it." I explained the rowdy and boisterous behavior of the crowd that first night. "You have a good point," she said. I told her I was in teaching for a while, so I knew what it was like, the need for crowd control (a talent I will never possess!)

I showed her my painting, "Wish You Were Here," and she said, "You should keep doing this!" It's not offensive, she admitted. With a beautiful, soft voice very similar to that of Denise D'Ascenzo, anchor on Channel 3 Eyewitness News; Ann Nyberg came across as nurturing and motherly as well. Are we all part of that generation of women where warmth and nurturing was once instilled, while still pushed into the business world?

She admired the ocean scene, as well as the texture in my painting, and I gave her my business card with my art website on it so she could check out all of my other artwork, as well. Newsworthy?

I let her know that there was were many other activities going on in downtown New London that night.

I am happy to say that I had enough cash on hand this year to buy myself a glass of white wine, as well as a glass of soda at the Opening Reception, unlike last year as I sweat it out once again at the end of the month!

I got re-acquainted with a young woman from my past, "Pola Esther," otherwise known as Enya, a waitress from Ocean Pizza who is originally from Poland and happens to be an artist in residence at the Hygienic Art Gallery Cooperative. "You draw energy from others' ideas and this creates more energy and more ideas," was the gyst of our conversation. "Enya" has transformed into "Pola Esther," a pretty and sparkling new figure in the local landscape. I wish her the best!  Check out her latest exhibit, coming to the Lighthouse Square art gallery, beginning February 4, 2011.

(UP AND COMING FOR FALL 2011: My new series of paintings, "The Transformation: I, II and III. For more info, go to:

Next up, I enjoyed seeing the Fire Wizards of New London, New Haven, and New Jersey, as they twirled batons of fire in their own unique styles in the cold snow-covered Hygienic Art Park of a winter night. Young women and men danced with fire as they performed daring feats, featuring even one daring fire-eater! (Hey! Ya wanna be the fire to my ice???...* * * :)

After an hour, my feet were frozen but that was all. A line extended out the door of the Hygienic. A police cruiser ws parked just outside the gallery on Bank Street. Several cruisers and a couple of foot patrolmen circulated through downtown New London during the evening. Feeling protected and safe, I decided it was time to go home (9:30pm).

(My Guardian Angels, here on Earth and my One in Heaven were out in full force that night. May I remind you to remember and respect all of our public service workers who are constantly working while we are all playing! And the sacrifices they make in order to make our world a better place.)