Queen Mama Donna
Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, award-winning author, popular speaker, and workshop leader
whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to
millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD, an acclaimed quarterly journal
and writes a column for UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.
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The Queen's Chronicles
Offers upbeat, practical, and ceremonial inspiration for all women who want to enjoy the fruits of an influential, passionate, and powerful maturity.Each issue of The Queen's Chronicles features:
HAIL QUEENS!Musings and commentary by Queen Mama Donna Henes on all aspects of sovereignty and empowerment.QUEENS AND SHEROESStories about exemplary role models of extraordinary valor and moral authority. ARTICLES OF SPECIAL INTERESTTo Self-identified, Self-expressed, accomplished women of a certain age.THE QUEEN'S COURT A virtual gathering of sovereign women - our dear peers - who graciously offer guidance, encouragement, and support to each other.THE QUEEN'S CORRESPONDENCELetters from Queens in response to content in The Queen's Chronicles.WHERE THE QUEENS ARELetters, stories, and photos from Sister Queens worldwide sharing news of their regal Queen Circles, projects, and gatherings. KUDOS TO THE QUEENSCongratulations to Queens in our ever-expanding circles for their sweet successes and accomplishments.CIRCLE OF CONCERNListing Queens who have requested positive energy and spiritual support in aid of their healing.And So Much More! ARCHIVED ISSUES
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ever true to the process and power of exploration and discovery,
declines to ask or tell "How To." Rather, she impels, implores, "Why
Not?" And "If not now, honey, when?" -QMD
The transition from Maiden and Mother to Queen can be a difficult one, fraught with hard lessons and lots of loss. It takes great determination and courage to confront and embrace the changes brought about by the midlife passage.
It can be really helpful during this confusing time to have the inspiration, advice and encouragement of a counselor, coach, or mentor - someone who has been there and done that and is ready to help you do the same.
Queen Mama Donna offers upbeat, practical and ceremonial guidance for individual women and groups who want to enjoy the fruits of an enriching, influential, purposeful, passionate, and powerful maturity.
TURN YOUR MIDLIFE CRISIS INTO YOUR CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT!
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Sessions are available in person and by phone. To make an appointment, call 718-857-1343 or email the Queen at TheQueenOfMySelf@aol.com
I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.
-Anna Freud, 1895-1982
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A Ritual Workshop With Mama Donna Henes
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78 Fifth Ave at 14th Street
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May 31-June 1
Saturday 10AM-9PM & Sunday 10AM-3PM
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Includes workshop tuition, four meals, one night's lodging,
labyrinth walk, fire ceremony, and amulet bag.
Mama Donna will be giving several workshops at this annual
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Have Crown, Will Travel!To discuss booking Queen Mama Donna for a reading, presentation, workshop, or a keynote address in your area, call her at 718-857-1343 or e-mail her at TheQueenOfMySelf@aol.com
Kudos to the Queens!
Nancy Azara, NY; Tiffany Ludwig, NJ; Amanda Means, NY; Renee Piechocki, PA; Joyce Cutler Shaw, CA; Patricia Smith, NY, and Nina Sobell, NY; on the exhibitions of their artwork.
Martha O. Adams, NC,What Your Heart Needs to Know; Stephanie Caparrell, NY, The Real Pepsi Challenge; Linda Montano, NY, Letters of Linda Montano edited by Jennie Klein, NY; Honor Moore, NY, The Bishop's Daughter; Allie Roth and Evelyn Rysdyk, ME, Spirit Living Magazine; Amy Sherman, FL, Distress-Free Aging: A Boomer's Guide to Creating a Fulfilled and Purposeful Life e-book; Marion Weinstein, NY, Words of Power: Transform Your Life; on their new publications.
Ilona Granet, NY on her commission to paint the ceiling of the Swedish Embassy.
Pat Worth, CT, on her marriage to Michael Young.
Deirdre Mullane, NY; on the opening of her new business, Mullane Literary Associates.
Circle of Concern
Please Offer Your Purest Thoughts, Your Heart-Felt Prayers, Your Great Good Feelings, And Your Very Best Blessings For Healing and Peace of Mind to:
Adele H., NY; Adele LB., NY; Amy, TX; Daile, NY; Deni, NY; Dominique, NM; Donna, NY; Gail, OH; Geraldine, CA; Ilene, NY; Irma, FL; Jo, AZ; Kimi, NJ; Letitia, VA; Linda, NJ; Maude, NY; Naomi, NY; Paddy, ND; Sharon, NJ; and Sherli, NY.
May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:
Virginia G. Haft
Dina Montagna LaBarre
Please send your requests for physical and spiritual healing and positive energy so that the powerful women of The Queen's Court might send their prayers and blessings to you in your time of need.
What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?
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Where the Queens Are
New York City
My Coronation was a profoundly moving experience. It had been a very challenging year for my partner, Randi and me. As a result of a car accident, she had three surgeries. In between surgery two and three, our apartment was flooded. We had to pack up our home and move out so that our floors and walls could be repaired. Of course, there was also the usual work drama, family trauma, and all the anxiety that goes with living in a very self destructive society. When my partner first mentioned that she had decided to organize a Queening ceremony for me, I sighed and thought it sounded like a lot of work. I guess I was burnt out!
Randi was wise. She explained our situation to Mama Donna and they agreed to precede the event with a blessing of our home, followed by a special healing blessing for Randi. Our friends would then arrive for the Coronation.
Under Mama Donna's supervision I smudged and blessed our home: every corner, closet, and drawer. We cleaned out the old and invited blessings to enter. Purifying our castle felt like an important part of my coronation. I felt sovereign in my own space. I then participated in the blessing and healing of my partner. I felt strongly in touch with the Goddess within myself who in Her fullness is healer.
Our friends showed up like clockwork. I had felt somewhat self-conscious about all of this, but they showed up so enthusiastic about the ceremony! They are all such beautiful Queens and I told them this as we began our ceremony.
My friends are a mixed bag spiritually: Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, and Questioning. A few have a little familiarity with Earth centered spirituality. Only my partner and I actually celebrate Pagan traditions. Mama Donna was wonderful in her guidance and leadership; putting all at ease, explaining each step along the way in a manner that was simple, yet profound.
It was so beautiful to see my friends blessing each other. The beautiful things they said to each other touched my heart so deeply. In the days after the coronation, every one of my friends informed me that they felt healed by participation in the ceremony. Magically our cat, Patrick, has also joined our circle and participated in his own special way. Since his "Queening" he has been far less aggressive and much more relaxed.
I felt so uplifted by the Coronation. I felt very close to the Goddess of my Heart. One of the aftereffects has been a very strong calling to spend more time with the Goddess and I have found myself meditating daily. The Coronation did awaken very positive feelings about being a woman of "a certain age," but I do not feel that I have reached a stage of self-satisfied completion. Not at all! There is so much more to be done! I am very aware that I have the opportunity to express myself with the wisdom gained from living this life. So much to do and express; so much to love and be grateful for!
I encourage every woman to embrace Her Inner Queen! The world needs what we have to offer.
-Queen Maureen Bobrovnicky, NY
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What an extraordinarily exciting and gorgeous time of the year spring is. Life is bursting out all over. Buds, blossoms, and babies everywhere! Is it any wonder that May is the month of the Mother? Mothers are the progenitors of life and the providers of sustenance for the living.
In this season of teeming birth and growth, we honor the Mother Goddesses, Mother Earth, and our own mothers, as well as our own mothering selves.
We don't need to have given birth to a baby to be a mother, and in fact, nearly one quarter of the Baby Boom generation chose not to bear children.
The archetypal Mother is biological parent as well as the Mother of Invention. She produces and reproduces - be they children, books, businesses, careers, or political causes. Then She labors endlessly to nourish and sustain the fruits of Her passion: Her family, Her business, Her home, Her job, Her projects, Her clients, Her students, Her community.
Full with nutriment, She is the ultimate cosmic creator, nursemaid, caretaker, and provider. She is committed to the well-being of those around Her, and the daily domestic and productive concerns of the material world are Hers. Endlessly reliable, dependable, solid, and sure, She is the woman whose work is never done.
And now, ensconced in the sovereignty of our middle years, our active mothering days done, and done very well, indeed, we are called upon to extend our mothering instincts to include our Selves. To be our own Mother.
To nurture our own well-being. To hold our deepest needs in tender trust. To care for our personal concerns and inspire and encourage the development of our best potential. To honor our purpose. To celebrate our passion. And to embrace our power.
I do hereby declare and decree that Every Day be Queen Mother's Day!
Best regal blessings,
The Queen is firm in the Defense of Her time, Her space, Her boundaries, Her priorities, Her preferences, Her ethics, Her needs, Her desires, Her safety, and Her sense of well-being. -QMD
Queen of Mother's Day
If the name Julia Ward Howe is familiar at all today, it is as the writer of the American anthem "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." But she was famous in her lifetime as poet, essayist, lecturer, biographer, and social reformer.
She worked to end slavery, helped to initiate the women's movement in many states, and organized for international peace - all at a time, "when to do so was a thankless office, involving public ridicule and private avoidance," she noted.
Julia Ward was born into privilege in 1819 in New York City, the third of the six children of Julia Rush Cutler and Samuel Ward, a wealthy banker. She was tutored at home and at private schools in literature, languages, science, and mathematics. She was fluent in French and German and red Greek and Latin with ease.
Her mother died when Julia was five. The death of her father when she was twenty, left her with the wherewithal to pursue her interests. She went to Boston to meet Wiliam Ellery Channing, Charles Sumner, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, all well-known intellectuals of the time.
During that visit, she also met Samuel Gridley Howe, the pioneer educator of children with multiple handicaps and founder of the New England Institute for the Blind (later the Perkins Institute). A courtship began, and a wedding followed in April, 1843. Though strongly attracted to one another, both expressed misgivings before their marriage. The couple had five children in twelve years.
In 1848 Julia had poems published in two anthologies, much to her husband's displeasure and her own despair at his refusal to accept her writing. She enjoyed a rare and brief opportunity to work with her husband in 1853 when he edited The Commonwealth, a free-soil journal, and she contributed social and literary criticism. But for most of her marriage she was unfulfilled and frustrated by his lack of respect and support.
Every life has its actual blanks, which the ideal must fill up, or which else remain bare and profitless forever.
A collection of Julia's poems, Passion Flowers, was published anonymously in 1854, and the author's identity quickly became an open secret. Her husband "was very angry about the book," Julia wrote to her sister, "and I really thought at one time that he would have driven me to insanity, so horribly did he behave." In her journal she wrote: "I have been married twenty years today. In the course of that time I have never known my husband to approve of any act of mine, which I myself valued. Books-poems-essays-everything has been contemptible in his eyes because not his way of doing things. . . . I am much grieved and disconcerted."
In 1857 another book of Julia's poems, Words for the Hour, came out, and in the same year her play, The World's Own was performed in New York and Boston. In 1860 her report of a trip to Cuba was published in the New York Tribune.
The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness.
During the 1850s Julia joined William Lloyd Garrison's anti-slavery group. When the Civil War broke out, a friend suggested that she write new and better lyrics for the popular patriotic song, "John Brown's Body." Late that night, the words to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" began forming in her mind. Careful not to wake the children, she groped in the dark for pencil and paper and wrote the poem. In February, 1862, The Atlantic published "The Battle Hymn," paying its author $5. Gradually the song caught on until it swept the North.
In 1868 when she was 49 years old, Julia Ward Howe co-founded the New England Woman's Club. She served as president of the New England Woman Suffrage Association from 1868-77 and 1893-1910. In 1869 she and Lucy Stone led the formation of the American Woman Suffrage Association. From its first issue in 1870 she edited and contributed to the Woman's Journal founded by Lucy Stone.
During the first two thirds of my life, I looked to the masculine idea of character as the only true one. I sought its inspiration, and referred my merits and demerits to its judicial verdict. . . . The new domain now made clear to me was that of true womanhood-woman no longer in her ancillary relation to her opposite, man, but in her direct relation to the divine plan and purpose, as a free agent, fully sharing with man every human right and every human responsibility. This discovery was like the addition of a new continent to the map of the world, or of a new testament to the old ordinances.
Her friend Higginson noted the change in Queen Julia as she discovered this new Queenly domain: "It gave a new brightness to her face, a new cordiality in her manner, made her calmer, firmer; she found herself among new friends and could disregard old critics."
In the 1870s, during the Franco-Prussian war she began a one-woman peace crusade that began with an impassioned "appeal to womanhood" to rise against war. She translated her proclamation into several languages and distributed it widely. Queen Julia initiated a Mothers' Peace Day observance on the second Sunday in June and held the meeting for a number of years. Her idea spread, but was later replaced by the Mothers' Day holiday now celebrated in May.
In 1908 Julia Ward Howe was the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Not long before her death Smith College accorded her an honorary degree. During Howe's last years younger women sought her out and interviewed her. Her advice to one visitor was "Study Greek, my dear, it's better than a diamond necklace." On her 91st birthday a reporter asked her for a motto for the women of America. She recommended, "Up to date!"
When I see the elaborate study and ingenuity displayed by women in the pursuit of trifles, I feel no doubt of their capacity for the most herculean undertakings.
Julia Ward Howe died on October 17, 1910. Maud Howe Elliott wrote, "A long succession of meetings of commemoration were held by her church, her clubs, the many associations she had founded and worked for. So great was the outpouring of love and reverence that it seemed as if her beloved name were writ in fire across the firmament."
Shine on, Queen Julia!
Mother's Day Proclamation
This is the original Mother's Day proclamation, written by Julia Ward Howe in Boston, 1870 when she was 51 years old. It was an impassioned appeal to womanhood to rise against war in response to the barbarity of the Franco-Prussian War. She was appalled by "the cruel and unnecessary character of the contest. . . a return to barbarism, the issue having been one which might easily have been settled without bloodshed."
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have heart, whether our baptism be that of water or tears!
'We will not have our great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.'
In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limits of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consider with its objects to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.
Let us take her eloquent plea for peace to heart. In the name of all the mothers all through time beginning with the creatrix Mother Goddesses and in the interest of our precious Mother Earth, let us lend our voice, our time, our money, our energy and our passion to the cause of peace on the planet.
A Mother's Day Proclamation
"Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have heart, whether our baptism be that of water or tears!"
-Julia Ward Howe, Boston, 1870
She couldn't anticipate that we'd sip champagne at fancy brunches, turn her fervor into a hallmark holiday
In the name of womanhood and of humanity
Julia Ward Howe set her soul upon a nobler task
We will not have our great questions decided by irrelevant agencies
Set her courage upon loftier aims
Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause
She spoke of blood and bone
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience
She invoked the language of the womb
We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs
She sounded a clarion call for unity
I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limits of nationality may be appointed
Against all adversity, she audaciously sought to abolish war
to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international question,
She meant for all of us to mother the world
the great and general interests of peace.
She meant for us to mend our rivalries,
go to our rooms until we cooled off,
kiss and make up, the way she knew we could
if we'd just listen to our mothers
-Queen Mary Immaculata Saracino, CO
Knowing through Her personal experience what is true
and valuable, and having learned, usually the hard way, to be proactive, She pledges Her royal Self to defend and promote all that is precious. -QMD
Marian Wright Edelman stands for the safety of children. She is like the Hindu Mother Goddess Durga who rides a tiger through the jungles with her swords raised high in defense of her children. You don't mess with Durga. And many a politician and bureaucrat have learned that you don't dare interfere with Queen Marion, either, when the welfare of children is at stake.
Marian Wright Edelman is a lawyer, a passionate educator, activist, reformer, children's advocate, administrator and the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund.
Born in 1939, she grew up in Bennettsville, South Carolina, one of five children. Her father, a Baptist preacher, died when she was 14. He implored her on his deathbed, "Don't let anything get in the way of your education." And she didn't.
She went on to study first at Spelman College, then abroad on a Merrill scholarship. Following her European studies, she traveled to the Soviet Union with a Lisle fellowship. She graduated from Yale Law School in 1963 and went to work at the NAACP first in New York and then in Mississippi, where she became the first African American woman to practice law.
Her work was in support of racial justice issues connected with the civil rights movement. She also helped get a Head Start program established in her community. "When I fight about what is going on in the neighborhood, or when I fight about what is happening to other people's children, I'm doing that because I want to leave a community and a world that is better than the one I found," she has written about her work.
If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at
Marian met Peter Edelman, an assistant to Robert Kennedy during a tour of Mississippi's poverty-ridden Delta slums, and the next year she moved to Washington, D.C., to marry him and to work for social justice in the center of America's political arena. They had three sons.
Queen Marian continued her civil rights work in Washington where she helped to get the Poor People's Campaign organized. She also began to focus more on issues relating to child development and children in poverty.
Service is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.
In 1973, she established the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) as a voice for poor, minority and handicapped children. She served as a public speaker on behalf of these children, and also as a lobbyist in Congress, as well as president and administrative head of the organization.
The agency served not only as an advocacy organization, but as a research center, documenting the problems and possible solutions to children in need. For decades, she has been tireless in her defense of children. She has also advocated for pregnancy prevention, child care funding, health care funding, prenatal care, parental responsibility for education in values, reducing the violent images presented to children, and selective gun control in the wake of school shootings.
I'm doing what I think I was put on this earth to do. And I'm really grateful to have something that I'm passionate about and that I think is profoundly important.
Marian Wright Edelman also published her ideas about education and child welfare in several books, including the best seller, The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours.
Queen Marion was awarded the prestigious MacArthur "Genius" Grant in honor of her dedicated efforts, and she is the recipient of 65 honorary degrees. Her father would be proud! As are we.
We are living in a time of unbearable dissonance between promise and performance; between good politics and good policy; between professed and practiced family values; between racial creed and racial deed; between calls for community and rampant individualism and greed; and between our capacity to prevent and alleviate human deprivation and disease and our political and spiritual will to do so.
The Queen's Correspondence
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Letters In Response To The April 2008 Issue
Dear Queen Mama Donna:
Thank you so much for your Queen's Chronicles - always inspiring and uplifting - and planting trees is dear to my heart and mission. It was great to read about the courage of Wangari Maathai and be reminded again of all that she has done.
I have been involved with a non profit group planting trees in Michoacan Mexico in and around the monarch butterfly habitats - 3 million trees planted thus far. This is not only to protect the monarchs, but to help the local people have access to fire wood and to harvest trees sustainably for economic survival, as well as protect the source of water and prevent soil erosion. Even though there is so much illegal logging in the area, we have to continue to plant more and more trees, which encourages more of the same - for the sake of our planet. If we all planted trees wherever we were and helped others to do so what a difference it could make
When all the trouble in our world, all the negative actions and ocurrences on our planet, feel overwhelming, you remind us all that collectively our individual efforts do add up to shift the balance to a more positive future.
Thank you for all you do to keep the flames of spirit burning.
-Maraleen Manos-Jones, NY
P.S. If anyone is interested in helping our Mexican reforestation project please donate at http://www.lchpp.org/. Every 50 cents pays for one tree to be planted.
What wonderful articles in The Queens Chronicles! I wanted to let you know I have joined you ahead of time. I'm on the Grounds Committee at church. I had the opportunity last fall to pull out by hand a 4 1/2 foot Sugar Maple Tree Sapling. The tree was bent and twisted from growing up around and between the roots and branches of an Andromeda Bush on the grounds. I did not want to throw it out. It was too close to Winter to replant it and not knowing exactly where I could plant it, since I live in a condo, I brought it home. Planting the tree with love, straightening its trunk gently with stakes, saying prayers and diligently watering it weekly; it seems to have adjusted to the 10 inch pot I placed it in. It appears to have forgiven me, too, for the time I was so busy I didn't see the bark shriveling from lack of water! Now the bark is firm and I await the buds to open. Anything is possible! I may even give it a name, if one comes to mind.
My fiancé and I also had the opportunity to help clear and maintain the overgrown paths of Rogers Fort Hill Park in Lowell, MA. We learned so much and had such a wonderful time that we volunteered our services for future events. It's great being outdoors and bringing it indoors when you can. Blessed Be!
I loved your idea of giving back and bringing something positive, as opposed to just the not doing of something negative. After all, I am an action-oriented woman! All blessings,
-Queen ElanaMarie, NY
You ARE THE Queen! That issue was incredible!!!! I'm so humbled and honored to be in your court, you lovely lady!
I absolutely love your Queen's Chronicles. Thank you so much for putting in the time to getting it together and out. You certainly seem to be moving ahead in your work and more active than when you were younger. What a wonderful example to those of us boomers who are afraid that reaching a certain age means that everything stops.
I really enjoyed the recent issue of The Queens Chronicles. Thanks for reminding me about saving trees and caring for the environment. And thanks for keeping me in your Circle of Concern and prayers. This means so much to me.
Editor's note: I was as good as my word and planted 10 baby trees that I got from the Arbor Day Foundation (http://www.arborday.org). Unfortunately, none of them took - or at least, not yet. But I did discover four volunteer trees growing in the flowerpots on my terrace. Those I repotted and nourished. Already, one is over a foot tall. Then after presenting a Queen of My Self workshop in Mohegan Lake, NY, the host, Queen Matilde Cathy presented me with a zillion tiny Maple tree sprouts that she had thinned out from her garden. I took them home and planted as many as I could, and then gave the rest away as part of my May Day ritual. Participants took these baby trees home with them and planted them in their gardens and neighborhood parks. This communal royal effort is responsible to getting well over a hundred new Maple trees into the ground.
Letters In Response To The February 2008 Issue
Good morning Queen Mama Donna,
If nothing else, I am a remarkable researcher. I spend hours upon hours per day seeking women that are re-claiming their lives after age 40. Somehow, I stumbled upon your site and was intrigued by your message. Thank you so much for sending me your book. It will become a part of my personal library.
Let me tell you about me. I am a 46-year old African American woman who was raised in rural Georgia. I had very little access to anything that was not related to farming, boot-legging, or women in a mad race to have babies as fast as they could. My only escape was reading, and books exposed me to every possibility. After a chaotic life of troubled relationships and three children before age 21, I decided to become the Queen of My Self. After years of cleaning houses for the rich and famous, I became a literary publicist at the age of 40 by sheer determination. My first client ended up being one of the biggest names in African-American fiction and the rest is "her-story." I have decided to help Boomers promote their campaigns. There is a great market and need for usable information and with the proper marketing, we can encourage women to be excited about their lives.
I have absolutely no idea why I am sharing all of this with you, but I feel compelled to do so. Please stay in touch. I am sure that you are someone I would like to know. Best regards,
From a Supportive Brother:
Hi, Queen Mama
I'm a firm believer in Female supremacy and Female-led relationships. I also believe that our supreme deity is Female. The day I discovered the divinely intoxicating and unconditional love of the Goddess was the most profound experience of my life.
Men have screwed things up nearly to the point of no reparation and it's time for women to decide the future course of societal affairs. I only hope I can live long enough to witness a peaceful, progressive worldwide Matriarchy. Thank you for the work you do.
With much respect, Goddess bless you.
-jo, via MySpace
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