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

Thursday, August 18, 2011


25 hits last Tuesday. Not bad! I guess everyone is returning from their vacations and getting back-to-school shopping under control. It is good to stay "in control," but no one is in control or has control all of the time. Take a look at some of these "beauts" where I live. Safety first! In retrospect, this summer has had its difficulties, but there is nothing so healing as an invigorating swim in the ocean, even weathering the waves. The morning swims have been restorative to my health this summer, through June, July and now, late August. Swimming is what Russell loved to do best, and I've spent this summer processing the loss of my dear friend. My loss; Heaven's gain. Regardless that he has been "promoted" to Guardian Angel, along with Paula, I, as well as many of you are feeling the loss of his earthly friendship and other relationships very strongly. Nobody said it was gonna be easy, but swimming while remembering Russell has been very healing. Try it sometime! During the month of September, it is sure to be delightful. C'mon! Remember Russ(ell)! Enjoy the legacy he has left for us! I shall return to this format, probably sometime next week. See ya then. Live from the G. Library, home of the rams and lambs! (Denise...Denise Dances...2011)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


There's always something. UP NEXT: Moving right along in the ancient belief systems of yesteryear, I will present to you next, BUDDHISM...and ISLAM. Then, CHRISTIANITY. Then, Australian Aborigines. And finally, the Native American belief system. Take your choice! COMING SOON TO MAAP! "Manisses Nativity Scene" early September. FOR MORE INFO, go to: -- I'm a believer!


COMING SOON! MAAP goes to the East Lyme Public Library for the entire month of September 2011! In a Solo Art Show featuring 20 original paintings & drawings by..Denise Hickey. INCLUDING: the CAROUSEL SCENES series of 3...Oils from the early 1990s...the BACKYARD SCENES series from 2010...Oils of Ocean Beach, including the MURAL OF LONG ISLAND SOUND (in 6 panels)...and a Sneak Preview: SCENES OF MINI GOLF COURSE: "Covered Bridge No. 15." Most will be for sale! Just in time for Christmas! ("All good things come to those who wait...and don't talk :). The East Lyme Community Center is located on Society Road, just off of Route 161, and can be reached via Exit 74 from I-95.


ANCIENT BELIEFS: Hinduism and Buddhism. Is there life out there? I'll say! -- Rams, lambs (growing big and woolly now); two donkeys standing under a tree; chickens (lots of them); and the goats are around somewhere. I heard the big white dogs barking as I ate lunch out back this afternoon but I remain undaunted, as always! The people of early India did not believe in reincarnation. After death, man went to a heavenly place with the gods if he was good, and to Hell if he was evil. The Iranians shared this belief. The prophet from Iran, Zoroaster founded the religion called Zoroastrianism around the 6th or 7th century B.C. INDIA: 6th or 7th Century B.C. A complex religious system emerged, from a fusion of Aryan and Sumerian influences. Between 1700 and 1200 B.C., the Aryans, a tribe of nomads from Europe invaded Northern India. Their religion was based on sky worship which absorbed the gods and goddesses of Greek and Roman mythology. Around 3500 B.C., the Sumerians settled in Babylonia. They brought abuot a cultural revolution which has influenced society to the present day. Each settlement had its own deity. HINDUISM. A hierarchy of gods emerges, who are all parts of a unifying principle, "a force said to exist throughout nature and in all men." (The religions of India are the only ones which believe that after death, the soul merges with a greater being.) HINDUISM has no founder, but a body of texts known as the "Veda," meaning wisdom. The Vedic texts express a belief in rebirth and transmigration as well: "the soul may be reborn in the body of an animal." THE LAW OF KARMA is the reason for rebirth! that the soul keeps returning to a mortal existence until all lessons of spiritual evolution are learned. Before branching off into BUDDHISM, allow me to pause right here and tell you what I think. ("You give your opinion." -- R.C.) From 3500 B.C., when the Sumerians settled in Babylonia and influenced HINDUISM, I feel that the belief system which emerged is the closest to the truth, "my truth." I try to respect all beliefs and do not wish to "convert" anyone to my way of thinking. Just to inform, to give choices, and most of all, to give HOPE to "non-believers." I believe in "the Force said to exist throughout nature and in all men." Anyone can see a Design in the flowers and plants and trees in Nature, in animals, and in the human body, with its complex systems and the way it works (if you take care of it properly.) I doubt the idea of the soul actually merging with a greater Being upon death. I am not sure about transmigration, but my friend Paula did believe that humans can re-incarnate as animals. (Please see earlier posts of Summer 2008, "Paula," etc.) HINDUISM: The search for "Brahman" (or "Atman"): the unifying principle which binds the Universe. It leads to mystical states of mind, "the cosmic consciousness." It shows the cosmos as spiritual and alive,...that death is an absurdity, that everyone and everything has eternal life. UP NEXT: Buddhism! -- Have I made a believer out of you yet?...(SOURCE: "The Afterlife," by Jenny Randles and Peter Hough, Copyright 1993. The Berkeley Publishing Group, New York, NY. (Denise...Denise Dances...2011!)

Ancient Chinese Secrets!

"No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it." "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." (FROM: Walt Disney Pictures Presents: MULAN. 2004 release.)

The Confident Woman

"....Maybe you had negative messages fed to you since you were a child. It could have been parents who had troubles themselves and took their frustrations out on you. It could have been a teacher who delighted in belittling you in front of the rest of the class. Perhaps your parents excessively compared you to another sibling, {overtly or covertly} {sic}; giving you the impression that you were flawed. You may have experienced one or more broken relationships and became convinced it was your fault. But whatever the reason for your self-doubt and negative attitude toward yourself, it has to change if you truly desire to enjoy God's best in your life... Resist and refuse to let doubt convince you that good things won't happen to you and your family; aggressively expect good things! Ask God to give you divine supernatural favor and then expect to see it in your life daily! (SOURCE: "The Confident Woman Devotional," by Joyce Meyer, Copyright 2011. FaithWorks: Hackette Book Group; New York, NY.) For more info, go to:

Disney - Bring honor to us all (mulan) Lyrics

Disney - Bring honor to us all (mulan) Lyrics


I think that went pretty well; don't you? UP NEXT...we will finally have those ancient belief system summaries for you; culled from my very own independent research...including Hinduism & Buddhism as well as a few others. Today, I would like to include a summary of songs from the movie, "Mulan" and present them here for all of you to enjoy. UP NEXT...Solo Gig in September! (Just in time for Christmas!) and COMING SOON TO MAAP! (Psst! "Manisses Nativity Scene" (OILS OF BLOCK ISLAND) in September!) For more info, go to: (P.S. It's amazing what people will stoop to when they owe money. But remember this: I'm not in this alone!!!...* * * :) -- (Denise...Denise Dances...2011). And now, it's time for lunch and the rams & lambs out back!

Discovering Mulan

DISCOVERING MULAN...A team of creative people, employed by DISNEY in Feature Animation spent 3 weeks in China in June to July 1994. The movie took 5 years and 700 employees to create and produce! An artist on the team journeyed to the caves of Magou?...and copied the ancient paintings on the cave walls related to the Northern Wei (?) Dynasty. Dark caves -- drawing -- while holding a flashlight! Pam Coats, Producer of FEATURE ANIMATION for Disney said, after three weeks in China: "I felt an affinity to the people and the culture...noticing the interaction; the importance of the story of Mulan to the people. And I came home and said, We are going to do the story justice. And we're going to try to use all the really great research we got there and put it in the movie." (SOURCE: "Walt Disney Presents MULAN: Special Effects, 2004 Release.") Note: It appears that a few "cuckholds" have been on the scene for quite some time, who would use other people for their own selfish, evil and greedy purposes. Just remember: Whatever you are doing now -- is going to return to you -- a thousand fold!!!...* * * :) (Denise...Denise Dances...2011!)

"My Voice"

MY VOICE. No, I'm not "going away." "Denise Dances" - May 23, 2008. "MAAP" website - June 2009. "Fool's Gold" book blog - June 2010 - July 2011. All my life, three years (3) has been the maximum amount of time I've been able to work the same job before burning out, resulting in physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. I worked for McGraw-Hill Financial Services in NYC from June 1987 until October 1990, 3 years and 4 months. The longest I've ever held the same job was at Shop Rite in New London from March 2002 until April 2006, (4 years) until serious physical health problems forced me to quit, as my body continued to undergo "The Change" around the ages of 40-44. Yes, "The Change" and the changes within the body and temperament do start to occur, perhaps even as early as the 30s, but most definitely in the time period called "Middle Age," that time in a woman's life known as "The Change," a woman in her 40s! (If you haven't checked it out; you should!) I. I started the "Denise Dances" blog at the encouragement of my college colleague, Deb Nieman (see her blog, "Antiquity Oaks.") I began my blog to expose what I felt was the negligence of the public healthcare system, according to my own experience. However, a crime scene began to emerge in places where I've lived, which has actually been the case in many situations throughout my life since I "moved out" to attend college in Fall 1984. "Crime X 3" is enough for me. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not cut out for it. It's time to step outside and allow those with the right equipment to take over! "No one can do everything but everyone can do something." ("Denise Dances," May 23, 2008 to the present: 8/15/11.) II. Making Art Affordable to the Public is the business of my art; which I created in June 2009. The business end I refer to is the actual "showing" or exhibiting of my paintings and drawings in local galleries and public places in Southeastern Connecticut (SECT). "MAAP" is also the website where I showcase my paintings for on-line viewing, created in June 2009, as well. III. OASIS is the name I gave my studio which originally began outdoors in July 2009. Outdoor Art Studio - (isolated scene) at the observation deck, end of the Nature Walk at Ocean Beach! However, once I began painting, in earnest, indoors in October 2009, my "studio" remained OASIS. OASIS, October 2009 to present, August 2011 (2 years). I plan to continue to paint (OASIS) and display my paintings in public (MAAP). However, due to fast approaching burn-out, I'm considering just 4 Art Shows in 2012: (1) the Mystic Art Center member show in February; (2) the "Art for Life" auction at Mystic Arts Center to benefit the "Alliance for Living" in New London, March 31, 2012; and possibly a summer exhibit at Mystic Arts Center; as well as a Fall show at the East Lyme Public Library. IV. "Fool's Gold" book blog: June 2010 - July 2011. I'm happy to say that I am done with the F.G. book blog, for now. This blog began as an on-line version of my novel, based upon my life in NYC in the early 1980s. As time went on, I became addicted to this format and enthusiastically added my: "Tales of Brookline;" "New York Re-visited," "The Single Mom of Cactus County," "Poetry of NYC," and "Poetry of ECSU," as well as finally my prize-winning fiction, "The Secret of Cherrygrove Manor." Who says I don't work? "Why don't you just enjoy your life?" Paula once said. I think it's enjoy the fall...the beautiful weather before it gets cold...outdoor walks...good food...and of course, some more painting; outdoors and in! The idea of keeping a "private journal" has entered my mind...! (Denise...Denise Dances...August 16, 2011!)

Teenage Dream Lyrics

Teenage Dream Lyrics: "Katy Perry Teenage Dream lyrics in the Teenage Dream Album. These Teenage Dream lyrics are performed by Katy Perry Get the music video and song lyrics here. You think I'm pretty without any make-up on You think I'm funny when I tell the punch line wrong"