Saturday, September 10, 2011
FEMA OPENS RECOVERY CENTERS TODAY (Hartford) -- Gov. Danniel P. Malloy announced Wednesday that Federal Emergency Management Agency centers will open today (Thursday, Sept. 8) in every county of the state to help homeowners and businesses affected by Tropical Storm Irene. The recovery centers are staffed with state and federal disaster recovery specialists and representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Those with damage or losses as a result of the storm are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting by either calling (800)621-3362 or going on line at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or http://www.m.fema.gov The New London County center is at the Groton Senior Center, 102 Newtown Road in Groton (Exit 88 off of I-95 from New London; take right off the exit ramp). The Senior Center is on the right, past the church.) The Middlesex County center is at the Department of Police Services, 6 Custom Drive in Old Saybrook. The Windham County center is at Quinebaug Valley Community College, 742 Upper Maple Street in Danielson. (Isn't that the street where I used to live?)...The centers were open at noon last Thursday and close at 7pm. Regular hours will be: 9am to 7pm Monday thru Saturday, and 10am - 3pm on Sunday. The TTY number is: (800)462-7585.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Dorothea Lynde Dix ((1802-1887) initiated the most widespread reform for the "mentally ill" (quotes mine) that occurred during the nineteenth century. Her first experience in mental health reform came about as a result of an opportunity to conduct a Sunday school class in a jail where she found mentally ill people kept in unheated cells because "the insane do not feel heat or cold." One of the conclusions of her research was that by merely improving the living conditions of the mentally ill, their illness could be greatly alleviated. Dix played a major role in founding 32 mental hospitals, 15 schools for the "feebleminded" (quotes again mine), a school for the blind, and numerous training facilities for nurses. All that must happen in order for a tragic injustice to crumble is for someone to confront it. (Boldness mine, too!) That person must have perseverance and must not be easily defeated by opposition. It is totally amazing what one woman can accomplish if she will press forward confidently rather than "shrink" (quotes mine! :) back in fear. (SOURCE: "The Confident Woman Devotional," by Joyce Meyer, Copyright 2011). If God wanted to slaugher and martyr me, He wouldn't have taken Russell to be My Guardian Angel x2! -- Denise A. Hix, "A Confident Woman" (1962-!!!...* * * :)
("The reason you're in the situation you're in is because YOU made a mistake. You moved to New York and that was a mistake!") (January 2005) The reason I'm in the situation I'm in is because I made a mistake. In the Fall of 1997, I was "seduced" by FREE ballroom dance lessons from a studio franchise; which came to me from -- of all things, my love of GARDENING -- through a Michigan Bulb Company catalogue flyer insert. I had my first lesson. I liked it. I came back for more. At the end of this "trial period," the studio owner said: "Do you have $500?" I didn't. And I didn't want to put it on a credit card. I had a job, as a Special Ed Aide at Fitch Middle School (my favorite job, remember?) in Groton (the place of my blessing). I took a second job. It was at Brookstone in the Crystal Mall and I knew the manager, himself a graduate of the UNH Master's degree in Education program (1995-96). From 1997-1998, I had a full-time day job at Fitch Middle School; 3-4 evenings a week of Group (dance lessons) at the studio. Just for the Christmas season, I took a second job at Brookstone on alternate evenings and weekends. By the time my seasonal job ended in January 1998, I became very sick with a common cold, sore throat, etc. I'm ashamed to even try to remember how much of my hard-earned cash I spent on ballroom dance lessons from the Fall of 1997 until my next job; a temp assignment at Pfizer in Groton ended (July 1998-January 1999). It was in the Fall of 1998 that I accepted that "first date;" once again, "seduced" by fine dining, symphony concerts, and that first trip to Key West, FL in the Winter of 1999. ("You're a little depressed. There's medication...!") --When does "a little depressed" become "a lot depressed?" Even back then, it was obvious. What? you ask. When my temp assignment at Pfizer ended in January 1999, my art lived on, in the Pfizer Family & Employee BARE (Bringing Art to the Research Environment) Exhibit from February to May 1999. ("Spring Freshet," circa 1993.) The costly ballroom dance lessons and a total of 4 costly dance competitions became fewer and fewer as my income went down and my unemployment went up in Winter-Spring 1999, and well into the next decade! When I was "let go" from my job as a First Year Teacher at Harvard H. Ellis Regional Vocational Technical School in Danielson, I was further "seduced" by the low rent offered to me at a luxury apartment by the beach in New London. From rising unemployment...and under-employment...to Depression...to disability and the Public Healthcare System...to increasing physical health problems, concurrently occurring with "The Change" (2006)...to a sudden change in my friend's behavior (Fall of 2004)...and changes to my work environment at Shop Rite in NL (January 2005-April 2006)...changes in the behavior of my nosy neighbors at The Residence (Fall of 2007)....leads to CSI-New London...and ("Pride goeth before a Fall!")...CSI #2. "I'm Denise Hickey. And the reason I am in The Situation I'm in today is because --- I made a mistake!!!...* * * :) (Denise...Denise Dances...2011!) -- 14 years later!
....grew out of Hinduism in the 6th Century B.C. As the individual personality progresses through a series of graded paradises, a pure spiritual state of "Nirvana" is attained. Ultimately, though, the soul must continue its pilgrimmage. In Buddhism and Hinduism, Hell does exist. But it's not necessarily permanent. In Buddhism, Hell is entered by a "Bodhisattva," who then releases other inmates. A "Bodhisattva" is a highly evolved spirit and on the way to becoming a Buddha, due to merit gained through previous earthly lives. In Chinese, Tibetan, and Japanese Buddhism, Yama is the judge of the dead. He is the son of Vivasvant, the first mortal to die and move forward to...The Afterlife. (SOURCE: "The Afterlife: An Investigation into the Mysteries of Life After Death," by Jenny Randles and Peter Hough, Copyright 1993, The Berkeley Publishing Group, New York, NY.) For further reading on the subject of Life after Death; check out "Embraced by the Light," (by Grace Easley, I believe)....and "Talking to Heaven" by James van Praagh (co-producer of the TV series, "Ghost Whisperer;" you know, the one starring Jennifer Love Hewiitt). -- Both books are usually available at the Book Barn, on Main Street in downtown Niantic.
UP NEXT! Back to the Ancient Belief Systems: BUDDHISM. Up Next: "You Made a Mistake!"...and finally, "Confront Injustice." That's all I have for you today, folks! As I try to avoid my "stalkers," I have opted to take my "dirty laundry" elsewhere! :)
What? It's time for lunch already? I just got here! Oh, well...OASIS has resumed, as of Tuesday, September 6, 2011. OASIS: Field Notes - "Summer Scene." For all of you avid followers of my MAAP website, I'm sorry I haven't been up to par in the past few months, in posting photos of my most recent works of art. I have a stockpile of 5 rolls of film, dating back to last Fall 2010; yet to be developed. COMING SOON to MAAP! "Art Show at City Hall / TSETSE Gallery" in May 2010. The long awaited "Manisses Nativity Scene," of course. (OILS OF BLOCK ISLAND). Just in time for Christmas!..."Pachelbel Pine...with Robin Feather Study" (BACKYARD SCENES / OF MINI GOLF COURSE.) And "The Familiar" (BACKYARD SCENES). For more info, please go to: http://sites.google.com/site/makingartaffordabletothepublic/ Just be patient, OK? (I should be the one to talk. :)
Hi! Live from the Groton Library today. I'm back! First of all, I would like to say that I feel extremely blessed to have remained unscathed in the wake of Hurricane Irene. She is a remember to all of us that health and safety are two of the most important things in life and should not be taken for granted. In other words, quit yer b***ching about "the little things." It is daunting to hear on the local news each evening about the stress of many homes in the area being without power for about a week or longer. The things we all take for granted! I hope and pray that we are all able to get back on track with our daily lives soon and that most of you have been able to escape the "wrath" of Hurricane Irene, "unscathed," as well. As I've often said, I've survived many situations of danger throughout my life of being a "young," independent adult and I would like to add, "unscathed." Let's hope my victories, and yours, as well -- Continue! (Once again, I couldn't have made it this far without you, My Guardian Angels here on Earth; and -- My TWO in Heaven!!!...* * * :)