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

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


(Well, whatta you expect? My name originates from Dionysius, the Greek god of wine.) UP NEXT: A trip back in time to ancient Greece. Let's check out their beliefs systems in the hereafter, after all. I will see you all here, next week. Same place, same time. Until then, take care. Don't do anything I wouldn't do. Denise

King Tut!

ANCIENT EGYPT The oldest texts which reveal a belief in the afterlife are inscribed on the pyramid walls of Sakkara, dating back more than 4000 years ago. A ritual transports the dead Pharoah, or King, into the next world, using spells and prayers. "The Papyrus Book of the Dead" includes instructions for the newly risen Soul, in the correct responses to tests. "The Papyrus of Ani," dated 1320 BC, reveals 'the weighing of the heart' against a feather. The soul is judged by the gods and either rewarded or punished. The royal tombs of Ur in Mesopotamia, now Iraq, dated 2250 BC contain household furniture and other goods. "The Egyptians believed that while the body resided in the tomb, an ethereal 'double' grew from it and rose toward Heaven" where abides "a place of happy feasting and lovemaking." (-- I'm there! DH)


UP NEXT, Out to lunch! As promised yesterday, (I felt drawn back to this Peacable Kingdom here today)...I will have for you...A visit to Ancient Egypt and Greece as well, to explore their belief systems (briefly) re: life after death. UP NEXT: Prize-winning fiction, featuring "The Secret of Cherrygrove Manor." For more info, go to: and other suggested reading. ALSO: The American Dream: Are You an Aspiring Writer?... It's time to visit the rams & chickens out back...and the lambs in the pasture along Route 1. There are vegetables and honey for sale (on the honor system) ice cream cone at DQ! Denise...Denise Dances...2011.


interlude: n [ME enterlude, fr. ML interludium, fr. L inter- + ludus play -- more at LUDICROUS] 1a: a light or farcical entertainment presented between the acts of a mystery or morality play or at a fete. b: a farce or comedy derived from these entertainments. 2: a performance or entertainment between the acts of a play. 3: an intervening or interruptive period, space, or event: INTERVAL. 4: a musical composition inserted between the parts of a longer composition, a drama or a religious service. FOR MORE INFO, GO TO: Or call the Granite Theatre of Westerly, Box Office at: (401)596-2341. A/C. Fully loaded! NOW PLAYING: "Lend Me a Tenor" (Ken Ludwig)....June 24-July 24. UP NEXT: "Shut Your Eyes and Think of England," opening on July 29 (2011). (I would like to dedicate this post to the Spirit of my friend, Russell Cavanaugh, in honor of his earthly birthday on July 17, 1928.)


Good morning, everyone! Yes, I had big plans to go to Ocean Beach today, but I am postponing my plans due to the humidity and chance for isolated T-storms today. I am giving up My Spot so that other people can enjoy it, as well. I plan to frequent OB as much as possible this summer, as I missed out on much of July and August during last summer 2010, due to the extreme heat and humidity and other circumstances beyond my control. In order to maximize YOUR time at the beach, here are some crucial tips to....AVOID HEAT STROKE. (1) DRINK UP HOURLY. Don't wait until you are thirsty. Drink 1-2 eight-ounce glasses of water or other unsweetened drink per hour. If excercising (not advisable in the extreme heat); but drink 2-4 glasses of water per hour. (2) MADE IN THE SHADE! Between 11am-3pm, wear a wide-brimmed hat with "shades" or sit under an umbrella or tent. (I've noticed that it seems to become even hotter during the hours of about 1:30-3pm, as the sun would be at a slant before it sets.) (3) CHECK YOUR MEDS. Some meds can make you more sensitive to high temperatures. (Can't stand the heat? Get outta the sun!) (4) REPLACE LOST MINERALS WITH SALTY SNAX. Heavy sweating depletes your body of the salt and minerals it needs. Bring potato chips, pretzels, peanuts, or cheese and crackers. (5) GO TO THE MALL! Especially if your home or car does not have air-conditioning! (6) USE YOUR MICROWAVE. Instead of the oven or stove, when at all possible. WARNING SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE: * Skin that is red and hot. * Cramps in muscles and / or abdomen. * Heavy sweating or lack of sweating. * Headache. * Dizziness or nausea. If symptoms are accompanied by confusion, faintness, staggering, hallucinations, or agitation, SEEK EMERGENCY HELP. (Dial 911, talk to a person in position of authority, go to the nearest first aid station or drive to the local ER to seek treatment.) SOURCE: "Women's World" weekly magazine, Summer 2010. THINK SUNSHINE....and See you all at the beeeaaaach!

Judith Torrea Wins Reporters Without Borders BOB Award

Judith Torrea Wins Reporters Without Borders BOB Award

Monday, July 18, 2011


Friday, July 15, 2011 was the four-year anniversary of the Memorial Service for my best friend, Paula. Normally coinciding with Sailfest Weekend, the occasion befits the effervescent personality of Paula, during her earthly incarnation. (And, I suppose, that in the afterlife, as well.) So it was last weekend during Sailfest that I celebrated my earthly friendship of 6 years (2001-2007) with Paula. On Saturday, I walked through town; headed straight for Custom House Pier and enjoyed the youthful band, "Silver Hammer" as they rocked on the waterfront. I then walked past all the jewelry stands to the Hygienic Art Park where I enjoyed the Shoreline Acoustic Music Festival, chilling in the afternoon sun with a glass of cold white wine. I ducked into the Bean & Leaf Cafe, which was a mistake, as the "high test" iced tea kept me awake all night! I checked out the latest art exhibit at the Hygienic where many talented artists abound, including painter Kim Abraham and local photojournalist and avid bicyclist; Adam Campos. Her abstract expressionist paintings of the Galapogos Islands and the creatures who inhabit it were rendered in bright colors in oils (my preferred medium) and acrylic. As a biology major, Adam takes pleasure in the beauty of nature and simple things, such as the photography of flowers, dragonflies, and butterflies, as well as the female form and dancer's legs, portrayed by shadowbox. On the second day of SAILFEST, I was off to an early start as I headed back to Custom House Pier, repeating my routine of the day before. The "Soul Shakers" Band prevailed, a swing band, also befitting the personality of Paula....(we used to attend the Shoreline Swing dances together during the 6-year reign of our friendship, which take place at the East Lyme Public Library and Community Center....where I will have a sole exhibit in September!....) I grabbed an oceanside seat for most of the day. Up next, I went back to the Hygienic Art Park to sit and listen to the "Silver Hammer Band" once again, and kick back with a couple of "cold ones." This time, the young, talented band took it down a few notches with some soulful, acoustic sounds from the past. For more info, check out their schedule at: However, on Friday, July 15, 2011; I felt a totally different vibe. On the 4-year anniversary of my best friend Paula's memorial service AND the eve of my best friend 2's birthday (July 17); I felt the taste of sorrow mixing in my throat, along with all my troubles of late. I cried what Oprah would call "the ugly cry" on my way to Ocean Beach. However, it was a beautiful day and my several morning swims were "Ambrosia!" As the clouds rolled in and the air became quite cool, I left the beach to return home early and was relieved to find the way clear of most people! I returned to Ocean Beach later for a short time, to have a celebratory cold one and watch the ferries chug along Long Island Sound before abruptly heading home. I would like to thank My TWO Guardian Angels in Heaven for their love and friendship here on Earth and their continued guidance from well as for sending me this beautiful...Ambrosia! weather for most of this Summer 2011. As for some of you, this I have to say: "You made your bed. Now you can sleep in it!!!...* * * :) (Denise...Denise Dances...2011!) -- 4 Years Later!

Hot Flashes!

Often, the first symptom of perimenopause, which leads to menopause, that time in every woman's life often referred to as The Change, is INSOMNIA. "Estrogen and progesterone promote sleep; when levels of these hormones drop during perimenopause and menopause, you're biologically primed to be more awake. (It sucks!) Add to that "hot flashes" and "night sweats", and it's clear why sleeplessness is a big problem for women in their middle years." WHAT TO DO. EXCERCISE! "An ongoing study at Wayne State U in MI suggests that menopausal women who do 30 minutes of aerobic activity 5x a week sleep significantly better, says Jean Davis, Ph.D., R.N.; an associate professor of nursing at the U." (SOURCE: Good Housekeeping magazine, September 2005). SUGGESTION: Experts advise that the prescription drug, Zoloft cuts the symptoms of menopause by about 60 %. Although I am not a strong advocate of much of prescription drug use; having suffered many, many side effects of said; having been promised those would "take the edge off," I strongly suggest talking to your doctor about options. According to Paula, Hormone Replacement Therapy is not a good idea, as you would be trying to put back into your body that which it is trying to rid itself (of). Coupled with other crises that often appear in "middle age" (hate that word!); it is very important to keep up to date with all medical tests and appointments to insure all systems of the body are working properly. Thus, the name of my blog: "Denise Dances: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT!" The last thing I would like to add is that it is very important to have someone to talk to: someone whom you trust. It can be a teacher, preacher, counselor....or...."Just a good friend!" Step outside that lens, my friend! (Denise...Denise Dances...2011) -- 1 Year later!


UP NEXT...Good morning, Everyone! from the Groton Public Library, home of the rams and lambs -- out back and at Burrows Farm, grazing in the meadow alongside Route 1. UP NEXT, "Anniversary," which describes my celebrations of my friendship with Paula, on the dawn of the four-year anniversary of her Memorial Service at St. James Episcopal Church as the festivities of SAILFEST raged on outside the stuffy quarters. However, this year is different, as this anniversary also coincides with my friend Russell's birthday on July 17, further proving to me that our destinies are linked. UP NEXT, "Interlude," a fitting tribute to my friend, Russell, in honor of his earthly birthday, July 17 (1928). Ironically, my grandmother, Memere's birthday was on July 11 (1907). UP NEXT: "Hot Flashes!" helpful hints for going through "the change of life." STILL UP NEXT: A visit to Ancient Egypt and King Tut, as well as Greece, as I explore the history in belief systems about life after death. COMING SOON TO MAAP! "Manisses Nativity Scene" in OILS OF BLOCK ISLAND....and..."The Familiar" (BACKYARD SCENES) well as: "Pachelbel Pine...with Robin Feather Study" (BACKYARD SCENES / OF MINI GOLF COURSE). I've been hard at work all winter and all spring! Time to show my work! For more info, go to: COMING TO MAAP in August? September? October? (gotta get some moula to develop my film! :) UP NEXT: Check out my prize-winning fiction in "The Secret of Cherrygrove Manor." For more info, go to:


Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven. (Mathew 5: 13-16) IMPRESSION OR IMPACT? Who has made a difference in YOUR life? Impact, collision! Sometimes, the impact is a gentle collision, such as my friendship with Russell Cavanaugh (August 17, 2009 - April 16, 2011). At other times, however, the collision can be very difficult at times, as with my best friend, Paula! (2001 - 2007). On Sunday morning, July 17; which would have been Russell's earthly birthday (1928); I listened to the sermon of Dr. Charles Stanley, on a traditional red-carpeted altar in front of a seated, modest crowd. Impression or impact? Collision! he said. He said we have an obligation to impact the people around us, as he spoke of Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount. He describes the followers of Jesus Christ as the salt of the earth and the light of the world. It is the Will of God, he said, that we live in such a way that we impact everyone around us. Salt, he said, is a "valuable commodity" which "makes a difference" wherever you live and to those whose lives you touch. Where there is animosity and resentment, pride and arrogance, it is because "they" want what you have. Salt is from evaporated seawater, which needs to be purified from the garbage and debris surrounding it. Light points the way and leads to "transformation." This doctor, in his gentle way, next spoke of "a praying grandmother" and the impact she has. With this, I thought of my paternal grandmother, Memere, Juliette Hickey (1907 - 1979)whose aura surrounds my new apartment, as the antique desk she once gave to me seems to be a focal point as I sit at my kitchen table for meals, and when I sit on the couch to watch TV or read or admire the view. Jesus says: "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life." For more info, check out Dr. Charles Stanley, who is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Go to: or call (866)652-6574. Or go and meet him at one of his scheduled book signings in cities located throughout the United States.
Wishing you all of the merriest things, A wonderful old-fashioned Christmas brings.
Denise, and the best of everything in the future. See you at the beach.
Cheers, Russ
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