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

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Free African Americans have lived and worked in this neighborhood since Colonial times. In the 1840s, both blacks and whites bought homes (some still standing) through the efforts of abolitionist and developer, Savillon Haley. Travelers on the Underground Railroad were aided at the Joshua Hempstead House (1678) an abolitionist home. The District has remained an integrated neighborhood, with the Shiloh Baptist Church on Garvin Street; a street named for 20th century Civil Rights Leader, the Reverend Albert Garvin.  Got ghosts?  I am proud to be a resident in the most progressive neighborhood in New London, once the wealthy and fashionable Hempstead Historic District surrounding Williams Memorial Park.

White Pick-up

What a difference a day makes! I feel like a million bucks -- although I don't have it -- after a mid morning walk on Ocean Beach.  Brisk and cold, but at least the sun was out, I logged about 45 minutes of light walking on the boardwalk and around the mini gold course today.  However, it appears that "old sins" cast long shadows as a "ghost" from my past approached me at the end of the boardwalk, at My Spot, where the Thames River meets Long Island Sound. As I deal with new neighbors in The Place where I live now, I find it difficult to shake the old ghosts of my past...from The Residence. Bill. Next door. White pick-up. 832 CRN. I would like to bid farewell to some old ghosts of my past as I confront the new ghosts at The Place (Wanted: Dead or Alive).

(Denise...Denise Dances...2011) Once again, I would like to thank allll of my Guardian Angels, the ones here on Earth as well as my One in Heaven!!!...* * * :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

44 hits!

Regardless of who is reading me today, I just want to say thanx once again! I am always trying to pick up new readers, as well as to keep the "old." Also, regardless of who is "watching" me, I plan to live my own life, especially as my 49th birthday looms very near (Thursday, March 3, 2011). I'm still here and I do plan to "stay safe" in my own place as well as to live my own life outside of The Place. (Welll. isn't that better than...The Residence?) I would also like to add that once my mind is made up, I can be very stubborn. I'm very well aware of the games some people play.  You ain't foolin', not one single bit.
(I know: Me-ow!)

Almost Time!

It's almost time to go home for the day. I admit I'm feeling a mite disgruntled. It's been strangely quiet on the roads, the past coupla days. I know I shouldn't complain but...even the rams took off when they heard my footsteps crunching in the remnants of the frozen snow alongside the Groton Library. They ran as far as the back pasture behind the farmer's house on Fort Hill Road, Route One, here in Town of Groton, the place where I feel the most comfortable, safe and at peace. However, a walk along Route One rewarded me with the greetings of two small ponies at the Burrows Family Farm today! I also spied a brown billy goat not far from the rams and chickens (had enough of those in my life) in that back pasture near the farmer's house.  It's OK to feel safe, protected and loved -- but is being coralled all day really a good thing for anyone of all God's creatures, great and small? I admit it. It's the calm before the storm. The Triple Hickey Birthday Celebration, that is!

Have at it, Denise, Kelley, & Julia! We can eat our cake...and have it, too!

Now to get home. But, oh yes, you will see me. On the security camera overlooking the parking lot. And the one just outside the entrance to the lobby. And the one inside the lobby. And the one by the elevator doors.  Don't even think about taking the stairs. There is an eye in the sky on about every other stairwell, as well.

What're you think this creature's chances of survival -- in the wild -- are? ("Don't let anyone know you're afraid." Why are people moving out in droves?)

Denise Hickey
Williams Park Apartments
New London, CT
("Too many hands")

P.S. I'm not going to let this one rest. I have the right to live my own peace. -- DH

The Single Mom of Cactus County

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Experience the travails of young Debbie as she "takes Manhattan" by storm, departing the Big Apple for The Hub, before returning to a small town in Southeastern Connecticut and then, taking on the Wild West!

Come on and join the fun! Find out what life is like in the Desert Southwest -- in the early 90s!  Read all about it in my novella, THE SINGLE MOM OF CACTUS COUNTY.

Up next on Fool's Gold: New York Re-visited. With poetry mocking corporate life in midtown Manhattan in the 80s. Then, even more of a blast from the past with a trip down Memory Lane to Willimantic, CT, former home of The Shaboo. (But that was just before my time!) Coming Soon: Poetry from my college days at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, where I spent a lot of time at the Dean's Office...Cafe, that is.  Dancing!

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


RENASCENCE / 1917 by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Over these things I could not see: These were the things that bounded me.
And I could touch them with my hand, Almost, I thought, from where I stand!
And all at once things seemed so small My breath came short, and scarce at all.
But, sure, the sky is big, I said: Miles and miles above my head.
So, here upon my back I'll lie And look my fill into the sky.
And so I looked, and after all, The sky was not so very tall.
The sky, I said, must somewhere stop And - sure enough! - I see the top!
The sky, I thought, is not so grand; I 'most could touch it with my hand!
And reaching up my hand to try, I screamed, to feel it touch the sky.

( took off like a shot fired out of a cannon from New London this morning -- Why?)

Time for a Break

This reader is ready to take a break. Some fresh outdoor air and excercise and a visit with the rams is a necessity for continued longevity, health and well-being; as she finds it difficult to trust her neighbors. ("The more things change, the more they remain the same.")

Denise Hickey
Williams Park Apartments
New London, CT

Can Churches Pull Their Weight?

Can churches pull their weight and pay taxes? With all the uproar over the new tax increases, the time has come to bring up a long overdue proposal: the taxation of religious institutions. The property tax alone for churches, mosques, and synagogues across the state would be substantial. These buildings often occupy prime and expensive real estate. Add to that a tax on income they receive from their various tithes and donations, and the dollar amount grows exponentially. If this plan were put into effect, it would go a long way to helping to alleviate our budget troubles. Imagine what it could do on a federal level. I anticipate indignation from the religious right for suggesting this, though given the fact most of the "new tax" outrage is coming from that quarter it seems odd. Where is that tea party patriotism we hear about? Is it really prefereable to cut education programs? I know it would be career suicide for any politician to suggest implementing this plan -- a sad statement in the 21st century. However, the state is in crises and everyone should pull their weight. Religious organizations should lead by example or admit they're in it for the money.

Brian Simpson
Gales Ferry
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011
The Day, Letters to the Editor

This reader is in agreement. This reader does not fear retribution via "fire and brimstone" as she has already been there.  Please see my earlier post, "Wonderful Town," near November 2008.

Denise Hickey
New London, CT


MOVIE * * * * "Gigi" (1958): Lerner and Loewe adaptation of Colette's story about Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier, Hermione Gingold.  ("Thank heaven...for little girls!")  The producer of this movie, winner of 9 Academy Awards, was unable to obtain the movie rights for the broadway play, "My Fair Lady." Some call it "the best movie/musical ever made."

Be sure to catch The 83rd Annual Academy Awards, live from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, on Sunday evening, February 27, 2011. Beginning with the Red Carpet fashion wrap at 7pm and the Ceremony at 8:30pm on ABC TV.


Who Wants to be an Oscar winner? By Ken Fox for TV Guide Magazine. (Feb. 16-23, 2009)  BEST PICTURE: The Nominees...The Curious Case of Benjamin Button...Frost / Nixon...Milk...The Reader...and Slumdog Millionnaire. WILL WIN: Slumdog Millionnaire! (Unlike other nominees, this tale of an impoverished Mumbai teen who stands to win big on Who Wants to be a Millionnaire is still gaining momentum. The timing -- and the movie -- couldn't have been better.

SHOULD WIN: Slumdog Millionnaire. (Bursting with energy and boasting an ingenious script, this small miracle mixes harsh realism, comedy, romance, action and even a Bollywood style dance number in the year's most exuberant movie package.

(Guess I will have to catch it on DVD -- at Blockbuster!)

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

Be sure to watch The 83rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony with the Red Carpet at 7pm and the Ceremony at 8:30pm on ABC TV on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

UP Next!

The good stuff will have to wait.  Enjoy SCITUATE on

Errands beckon tomorrow to Waterford and East Lyme.

Perhaps Thursday.  Enjoy the bulk of my work which I usually post on Tuesdays, live from the Groton Library. (The rams outdoors have a calming effect on me. Why? Didja ever hear of a back-handed ram?)

"All good things come to those who wait."  Guess I got some mighty good things coming to me! Are we there yet???...* * * :)

It's getting late.  Sorry to "break curfew!"

Until next time,


Up Next

UP NEXT: More on the Oscars, Valentine's Day weddings, RENASCENCE by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and GOING HOME (for more info, go to:

Station Break

It's time to take a break and get my OUTSIDE TIME in. I really don't do well at all, cooped up inside the house on most days (except Sunday, my day of rest).  And to have those ollllld people stalking and staking me out --- ewwwwwhhh!

Life's a Climb!

I can almost see it: that dream I'm dreamin'!
But there's a voice inside my head saying:
"You'll never reach it."
Every step I'm taking...Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction. My faith is shakin'!
But I gotta keep tryiiiiiiin'! Gotta keep my head held hiiiiiiigh!

There's always gonna be another mountain!
I'm always gonna wanna make it move.
Always gonna be an uphill battle.
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose.
Ain't about how fast I get there.
Ain't about what's on the other siiiiiide!
It's the climb!

The struggles I'm facing! The chances I'm taking!
Sometimes might knock me down but
No, I'm not breakin'!
I may not know it but these are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most, yeah!
I...just gotta keep going! And I gotta be strong!
Just keep pushing on, cause!

There's always gonna be another mountain!
I"m always gonna wanna make it move!
Always gonna be an uphill battle.!
But sometimes I'm gonna have to lose.
Ain't about how fast I get there.
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side!
It's the climb!

Yeah, yeah!

There's always gonna be another mountain!
I'm always gonna wanna make it move!
Always gonna be an uphill battle!
Sometimes you're gonna have to lose.
Ain't about how fast I get there.
Ain't about what's on the other side!
It's the climb!

Yeah, yeah, yea!

Keep on moving! Keep climbing! Keep the faith. Baby!

It's all about, It's all about the climb!
Keep your faith, keep your faith. Whoa, O whoa!

LIFE'S A CLIMB by Miley Cyrus

I would like to dedicate this post today to my beautiful niece Julia, who will be eight years old on Thursday March 3 (and I will be....!)

(Denise...Denise Dances...on March 3, 2011!)

OASIS: Field Notes - Schoolhouse No. 4

"Schoolhouse No. 4" (SCENES OF MINI GOLF COURSE).

It's Spring!

Yellowgreen theme. Reminds me of bright Spring mornings atr Memere Hickey's house on Pequot Road (in Uncasville, CT). The back yard. Dandelions. Freshly brewed coffee. The sunlight streaming into her house. She lived in a white shingle duplex house. My parents lived next door with my sister Kelley and me for most of our childhood (before moving to Swanty Johnson Road in Montville and finally, near the high school).

The campground like feel of the mini golf course at Ocean Beach, the grass, the pine trees and overgrown hedges remind me of my childhood, those pure and simple days, living in the countryside of Montville, Connecticut.

Paint: a few dandelions.
a robin or two.
the skinny black cat perched on top of the rocks, just outside the "schoolhouse."

Coming soon to MAAP. For more info, go to:

More on the Desert SW


"Desert Solitaire" by Edward Abbey, "the old true world of the deserts"

"Behind Adobe Walls" by Landt and Lisl Dennis

"The Archaeology of Ancient Arizona" by Jefferson Reid & Stephanie Whittlesey

"Ancient Ruins of the Southwest" by David Grant Noble

"A Pima Remembers" by George Brown


"Everyone in this town came from different places and for different reasons. Some were down on their luck, some were lost, and others were simply drifting. But that's the funny thing...This town didn't have many streets, and there were no giant skyscrapers or fancy condominiums. It was just what it was: home.
A place for them to take a long breath and find out what made them happy. It did that a lot, sneaking up on people and making them happy before they even knew it."

FROM: "2000 Kisses" by Christina Skye. For more info, go to:

For more info on the Desert Southwest, check out THE SINGLE MOM OF CACTUS COUNTY, up next at:

A Thanksgiving Prayer


Oh, God, when I have food; help me to remember the hungry.
When I have work, help me to remember the jobless.
When I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless.
When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer.
And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency
And bestir my compassion.
Make me concerned enough to help, by word and deed,
Those Who Cry Out
For what we take for granted.

Samuel F. Pugh

2 Lefevre Lane
New Rochelle, NY 10801
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Art for Life!

What? "Art for Life XVIII" Annual Auction

Where? Mystic Art Center, Water Street, Mystic, CT.

When? Saturday, April 9, 2011. 7pm.

Why? To raise funds for Alliance for Living of New London, CT, the only AIDS service organization in Southeastern Connecticut. Funds raised by the sale of artwork will provide:
*Food, Meals, Housing
* Transportation and Medical Assistance
* Accesst to doctors, dentists and pharmacies

Who? To improve the quality of life for people affected by HIV and AIDS.

How? Funds are raised by the sale of artwork at an auction attended by major corporate sponsors.

For more info, go to: or contact Cheryl Sharp at (860)447-1239, ext. 229. The Living Center is located in a brick building on 154 Broad Street in New London, CT.

BENEFACTOR'S RECEPTION: 6-7pm. Includes "heavy hors d'hoevres".
Tix $50-$125.00 (FREE admission for artists).

Doors open to public: 7pm.
Tix: $25. in advance/ $35. at the door.

Hope to see you there! Up for auction will be "The Hills Are Alive," a view of the historic waterfront district in downtown New London (from outside my living room window in October 2010).