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The Queen's Chronicles
The Newsletter of The Queen of My Self Community
December 2008
In This Issue
Hope
Queen of the Silent Dark

About
Queen Mama Donna
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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 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/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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When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it.
- Maya Angelou


A Queen Event
Near You

Chipko

GLOBAL

DECEMBER

Thursday, December 25
9:45-10PM EST
RITUAL RADIO WITH MAMA DONNA
My 15 Minute Festival of Lights Radio Special
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JANUARY

Thursday, January 1
5:45-6PM EST
RITUAL RADIO WITH MAMA DONNA
My 15 Minute New Year Radio Special
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January 1-30

By appointment
NEW YEAR SALE: INTUITIVE TAROT READINGS
with Mama Donna
In person or on the phone
718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
$100 (1/3 off regular $150)


NEW YORK

DECEMBER

Sunday, December 21
6:30AM
7:04AM Solstice Moment
7:11 Sunrise
REVERENCE TO HER: 34th ANNUAL WINTER SOULSTICE CELEBRATION: A CEREMONY TO BRING BACK THE SUN
A family friendly event. Bring kids, dogs and lots of spirit.
Grand Army Plaza (by the Fountain)
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
FREE


JANUARY

Saturday, January 31
1-4PM
PSYCHIC PROTECTION FROM ENERGY VAMPIRES:
Spirit-Depleting People, Places and Predicaments With Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman
Learn how to protect yourself against the predators and parasites who steal away your personal power and resolve.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
$40. If prepaid
$50. At the door


FEBRUARY

Sunday, February 22
2-4PM
YES, THEY DID! A PHOTOGRAPHIC CELEBRATION
OF WOMEN WHO DARED!
Collectors and curators Daile Kaplan and Donna Henes will offer a visual presentation of extraordinary women.
The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
718-638-5000
FREE with museum admission


Saturday, February 28
10-4PM
BECOME THE QUEEN OF YOUR SELF: MEANING, MOXIE AND MAJESTY IN MIDLIFE
A ritual workshop with Mama Donna Henes
The Grace Within
195 Blue Point Avenue
Bluepoint, New York 11715
631-772-6469
thegracewithin@yahoo.com
$100. (includes crown and amulet bag of royal treasures)

MARCH

Sunday, March 1
12-5PM
INTUITIVE TAROT READINGS
With Mama Donna
The Grace Within
195 Blue Point Avenue
Bluepoint, New York 11715
631-772-6469
thegracewithin@yahoo.com
$100.

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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
 
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Recent Articles about QMD:
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Arizona Daily Star
Variety Magazine column Stylephile feature
Martha Stewart online
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Recent Articles by QMD:

Women's Wellness Magazine
Global Grind
SIBYL Magazine
In LA Magazine


Regular Columns:

Always in Season
Spirit Living
Creative Essence Magazine

Ask Your Mama
The Oracle
Catalyst
New Age Journal
UPI Religion and Spirituality
Wisdom Magazine

Wisdom of the Queen
Aspire Magazine


Regular Articles:
Ezine Articles
Soulful Living Magazine
Self Growth
Shaman Portal
Global Goddess


YouTube:
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Mama Donna Blesses Wall Street
Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman
Vernal Equinox with Mama Donna
Interview with Marion Weinstein


Recent Radio Interviews:
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Kudos to the Queens!

Helene Aylon, NY; Carol Sun, NY; Christine de Lignières, NY; Robin, Tewes, NY; and Diane Torr, Scotland; on the exhibitions of their art work.

Patricia Smith, NY,
for the fabulous review of her work in Art in America.

Trebbe Johnson, PA,
The World is a Waiting Lover: Desire and Quest for the Beloved; Marion Weinstein, NY, Words of Power: Transform Your Life, The Art of Manifestation; on their new books.

Carmela Tal Baron, NY,
for her performance in the film, "Don't Ask."

Jane Meredith, Australia,
on her marriage; and Linda Mayo Perez, NY, on her engagement.

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Send your good news, achievements, accomplishments, successes and  celebrations so that our international circle of sovereign sisters can send you blessings and accolades.

 
And we are glad to so. It is a joy and a privilege to share in the fortune of another woman. I recently heard Oprah say the saddest thing ever - "The hardest thing about being successful is having someone to be glad for you."

It takes a centered and confident Queen to break that pattern. There are 60 million thrones out there. One for each of us. There is plenty of purpose, passion and power for us all. May we use it well!

It is important that you recognize your progress and take pride in your accomplishments. Share your achievements with others. Brag a little. The recognition and support of those around you is nurturing.
- Rosemarie Rossetti


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:

Amy, NY; Amy, TX; Barbara, CA; Berenice, NY; Carol. NY; Carolyn, MA; Daile, NY; Deni, NY; Dominique, NM; Donna, NY; Edie, PA; Gail, OH; Geraldine, CA; Ilene, NY; Irma, FL; Jo, AZ; Joan, ME; Josie, MI; Karel, ME; Kimi, NJ; Letitia, VA; Linda, NJ; Linda, NY; Lucia, TX; Lynne, NY; Mary, TX; Maureen, NY; Marjorie, NY; Naomi, NJ; Randi, NY; Roberta, NY; Susan, NY; Susan, MA; Terry, CA; and Valerie, CA.

May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:

Jesusa Layson Langdon, CA
Odetta, NY

Bettie Paige, CA
Rosetta Reitz, NY

With Sincere Condolences:

Dell Williams, NY
Amanda Gordon, NY

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.

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
- Helen Keller


Being The Light

One by one, in tiny increments,

candle by candle, gesture by effort,
wish by prayer, concern by care,
we feed the life-fires of the soul
and light the infinite universe,
little by little from within.
- QMD

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Where Has All The Darkness Gone?
         
For Mama Donna Henes,
Urban Shaman

Where has all the darkness gone?

What Maestro Dylan Thomas called "the close & holy dark"?

The midnight hour & the hours before & after?

Where can we go to see a starry sky, the pearls of the Milky Way,
the glittering constellations
set off  by darkest night?

Our whole civilization conspires
to show us everything in the glaring light -

the street lights, the store signs,
the porch lights, the driveways, the highways, the headlights.

Where has the mystery of night gone?

I adopted a black mother cat once, & named her Mystery a.k.a. Ms. Tree.

Wisely, she fled from civilization.

If I knew how, I would too,

I would too.

- Queen Karen Ethelsdattir, NJ


It is my hope that as more and more women rise to reign in the fullest potential of our supremacy, we will harness our purpose, passion, and power and direct it toward creating a more balanced and peaceful world. This is the legacy of Her majesty.
- QMD


Purple Crown


Turn Your Midlife Crisis
into Your Crowning Achievement!

Hail Queens!

The week leading up to the Winter Solstice is the darkest of the year. True, the week following the solstice is just as dark, but the energy is different. After the solstice, the dark gets a tiny bit lighter each day as the world as we know it on the Northern Hemisphere turns toward spring. But now, presolstice, we are spinning further and further into the pitch. And it's damn dark out there.

The days have shriveled to a skeleton flicker of light. The frozen nights are endless. These are dim, drab times. No flowers, no foliage. No insects, few birds. No animals out and about. The Earth Herself is congealed with cold. Dark death and Arctic gloom surrounds us. How do we know that the sun, too, won't die, its flame of life extinguished forever? How do we know that it won't just go off and leave us, abandon us to the night?

Wrapped in the dark womb of the weather, it is not difficult to imagine the terrifying prospect of the permanent demise of the sun and the consequent loss of light, the loss of heat. The inevitable loss of life. Without the comfort of the familiar cyclical pattern, the approach of each winter with its attendant chiaroscuro would be agonizing. The tension intensified by the chill.

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.
- Corrie Ten Boom

With the death of the sun, the world would be cast back to the state that it occupied before creation, the classical concept of chaos. The black void. The Great Uterine Darkness. It is from this elemental ether that the old creatrix goddesses are said to have brought forth all that is. This sacred spark of creative potential that is contained within the primordial womb is one of humanity's oldest concepts. The visual symbol, which represents it, a dot enclosed within the circle, is also extremely ancient. Still in common use today, it is the astronomical notation for the sun.

Among the most archaic images of the sun is the brilliant radiance that clothes the Great Goddess. The great Mother of the pre-Islamic peoples of Southern Arabia was the sun, Atthar, or Al-Ilat (later to become Allah). In Mesopotamia, She was called Arinna, Queen of Heaven. The Vikings named Her Sol, the old Germanic tribes, Sunna, the Celts, Sul or Sulis. The Goddess Sun was known among the societies of Siberia and North America.
       
Chipko     Shamelessly
     orange like a
     parrot's beak,
     arousing with a lover's
     touch the clustered
     lotus buds,
     I praise this
     great wheel the sun -
     rising it is an
     earring for
     the Lady of the East           
     - Vidya Kara
       11th Century Sanscrit


She is Sun Sister to the Inuit, Sun Woman to the Australian Arunta, Akewa to the Toba of Argentina. The sun has retained its archaic feminine gender in Northern Europe and Arab nations as well as in Japan. To this day, members of the Japanese royal family trace their shining descent to Amaterasu Omikami, the Heaven Illuminating Goddess.

According to legend, Amaterasu withdrew into a cave to hide from the irritating antics of Her bothersome brother, Susu-wo-no, the Storm God. Her action plunged the world into darkness and the people panicked. They begged, beseeched, implored the Sun Goddess to come back, but to no avail. At last, on the Winter Solstice, Alarming Woman, a sacred clown, succeeded in charming, teasing and finally yanking Her out, as if from an earthy birth canal, and reinstating Her on Her rightful celestial throne.

Other cultures see the Goddess not as the sun Herself, but as the mother of the sun. The bringer forth, the protector and controller, the guiding light of the sun and its cycles. According to Maori myth, the sun dies each night and returns to the cave/womb of the deep to bathe in the maternal uterine waters of life from which he is re-born each morning. The Hindu Fire God, Agni, is described as "He who swells in the mother."

It is on the Winter Solstice, the day when the light begins to lengthen and regain power that the archetypal Great Mother gave birth to the sun who is Her son. The great Egyptian Mother Goddess, Isis, gave birth to Her son Horus, the Sun God, on the Winter Solstice. On the same day, Leta gave birth to the bright, shining Apollo and Demeter, and the Great Mother Earth Goddess, bore Dionysus. The shortest day was also the birthday of the Invincible Sun in Rome, Dies Natalis Invictis Solis, as well as that of Mithra, the Persian god of light and guardian against evil.

Christ, too, is a luminous son, the latest descendant of the ancient matriarchal mystery of the nativity of the sun/son. Since the gospel does not mention the exact date of His birth, it was not celebrated by the early church. It seems clear that when the church, in the fourth century AD, adopted December 25 as His birthday, it was in order to transfer the heathen devotions honoring the birth of the sun to Him who was called "the sun of righteousness."

Oh Sun, source of light, love and
power in the universe

Whose radiance illuminates the whole Earth,
illuminate also our hearts
That they, too may do your work.
- Sanskrit prayer for peace

sun dance
Painting by Krysta Lynn Brown

The return of the retreating sun, which retrieves us from the dark of night, the long nights of winter, is a microcosmic recreation of the origination of the universe, the first birth of the sun. The Winter Solstice is an anniversary celebration of creation. Since the earliest of human times, it has been both natural and necessary for folks to join together in the warmth and glow of community in order to welcome the return of light to a world that is surrounded by dark. And through the imitative gesture of lighting fires, like so many solar birthday candles, we do our annual part to rekindle the spirit of hope in our hearts.

With blessings for a New Year filled with unlimited hope and infinite faith,


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Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.
- Anne Lamott

ChipkoI am feeling a most urgent  
obligation
not to mention, suggest or 
even imagine
any but the most positive
possibilities.
But only project willful
wishful thinking.

I know the world is still
turning
so there must be a chance 
for peace.
- QMD


This image and text by Queen Mama Donna
is available for purchase as a poster
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Queen of the Silent Dark

Portrait Photo of Helen Keller   Helen Keller was a most  
   extraordinary human being, who 
   lived her entire life in darkness  
   and silence. Despite her
   deafness, she heard the
   universal truths. Despite her 
   blindness, she saw the light of  
   spirit, justice and love. She 
   glowed with its warmth. And
   she ignited it in others.

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therein to be content.

She overcame profound physical disabilities to achieve her own ambitious personal goals, and in the process, gained enormous social and political influence, which she exercised for the benefit of all.

Helen Keller was born a healthy child on an estate in Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1880. When she was nineteen months old she contracted an illness described by doctors as "an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain," which was possibly scarlet fever or meningitis. She recovered quickly, but was left blind and deaf before she learned to speak.

An unusually intelligent girl, little Helen had little real understanding of the environment and events around her. As she grew from infancy into childhood, her confusion and frustration drove her to become wild and unruly as she lashed out at an incomprehensible world.

At that time, her only communication partner was Martha Washington, the six-year-old daughter of the family cook. The two girls created a personal sign language. By the age of seven, she had over 60 home signs to communicate with her family.

Helen's mother took her to an eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist in Baltimore for advice. He put her in contact with Alexander Graham Bell, who was working with deaf children at the time. Bell directed the Kellers to the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston. The school sent teacher and former student Anne Sullivan, herself visually impaired and only 20 years old, to Alabama to become Keller's instructor. And the rest is history.

This was the beginning of a new life for Helen Keller and the start of a 49-year-long relationship between Helen and Anne during which they were mutually devoted and inseparable until the day that Anne died. Helen was always to call the fateful day that Anne arrived, "The most important day I can remember in my life."

Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan
Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan

Anne's first task was to instill discipline in the spoiled girl. Keller's big breakthrough in communication came one day when she and "Teacher" - as Helen always called her - went to the outdoor pump. Sullivan started to draw water and put Helen's hand under the spout. At the same time, she traced into the other hand the word "w-a-t-e-r." Suddenly, the signals had meaning in Helen's mind. She knew that "water" meant that cool wet liquid which flowed over her hand.

Immediately after this "Aha" moment, she stopped and touched the earth and demanded its letter name. By nightfall she had learned 30 words. Sullivan taught her to speak using the Tadoma method of touching the lips and throat of others as they speak, combined with finger-spelling letters on the palm of her hand. Later Keller learned Braille and used it to read not only English but also French, German, Greek, and Latin.

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.

She wrote her first book, The Frost King at the age of 11. At the age of 22, Keller published her autobiography, The Story of My Life, with help from Sullivan and Sullivan's new husband, John Macy. It includes letters that Keller wrote and the story of her life up to the age of 21, and was written during her time in college.

Even when she was a little girl, Helen Keller said, "Someday I shall go to college." And so she did. In 1900, she entered Radcliffe College. Her admirer Mark Twain had introduced her to Standard Oil magnate Henry Huttleton Rogers, who, with his wife, paid for her education. In 1904, at the age of 24, Keller graduated from Radcliffe magna cum laude, becoming the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

She continued to study throughout her life. In recognition of her wide knowledge and many scholarly achievements, she received honorary doctoral degrees from Temple University and Harvard University as well as from the Universities of Glasgow, Scotland; Berlin, Germany; Delhi, India; and Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Throughout these years and until her own death in 1936, Anne Sullivan stood steadfastly by Helen's side, laboriously spelling book after book and lecture after lecture, into her pupil's hand. With her assistance, Helen wrote two more books after college. The World I Live In was published in 1908 giving readers an insight into how she felt about the world and Out of the Dark, a series of essays on Socialism, was published in 1913.

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Keller went on to become a world-famous speaker and author of 12 books and numerous articles, which have been translated into more than 50 languages, including Marathi, Pushtu, Tagalog, and Vedu. Keller and Sullivan traveled to over 39 countries, making several trips to Japan where she was exceedingly popular. Keller met every US President from Grover Cleveland to Lyndon B. Johnson and was friends with many famous figures, including Nehru, Alexander Graham Bell, Charlie Chaplin, William James and Mark Twain.

She was an avid supporter of many causes - a tireless advocate for people with disabilities, a suffragist, a pacifist, a radical socialist, a birth control supporter, and a co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. Keller and her friend Mark Twain were both considered extreme radicals at the beginning of the 20th century, and as a consequence, their progressive political views have been forgotten or glossed over in popular perception.

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

Queen Helen was surround by magnificent Queens, each one a dear friend and dedicated, invaluable assistant. When beloved "Teacher" died in 1936, Polly Thompson, a young woman from Scotland who was the housekeeper of the Keller-Sullivan-Macy household, stepped forward to become Helen's secretary and constant companion. Keller and Thompson moved to Connecticut where they lived for the next 24 years when they were not traveling worldwide to raise funds for the blind. Thompson had a stroke in 1957 from which she never fully recovered, and died in 1960. Then Winnie Corbally, a nurse who was originally brought in to care for Polly Thompson in 1957, stayed on after Thompson's death and was Keller's companion for the rest of her life.

Helen & Thompson
Helen Keller and Polly Thompson

Helen Keller died at home on June 1, 1968, a few weeks before her 88th birthday. Her ashes were placed next to her beloved companions, Anne Sullivan Macy and Polly Thomson, in the St. Joseph's Chapel of Washington Cathedral. Her public memorial service was attended by her family and friends, government officials and prominent persons from all walks of life. In his eulogy, Senator Lister Hill of Alabama expressed the feelings of the whole world when he said of Helen Keller, "She will live on, one of the few, the immortal names not born to die. Her spirit will endure as long as man (sic) can read and stories can be told of the woman who showed the world there are no boundaries to courage and faith."

Queen Helen Keller saw with her nose and heard with her hands, and the world was a very beautiful place to her. And because of her.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.
The Incredible Smeller of Helen Keller

There are people who are color-blind, people who
are tone-deaf. Most people are smell-blind and deaf.
- Helen Keller

Close your eyes. Now cover your ears. How to even begin to comprehend the parameters of Helen Keller's perception of the world? Eighty-eight years in the dark silence!

When people lose one or more of their senses, the remaining ones often become more developed than those of the average person. Although Helen Keller grew up both blind and deaf, her other senses were extremely fine-tuned. In fact, she was a world champion smeller!

She could tell one type of rose from another by its fragrance. She could also distinguish between different kinds of mushrooms, including poisonous ones, by smell alone. She could even smell a storm coming hours before there was any visible sign of rain.

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One of Helen Keller's most amazing abilities was to be able to know what sort of work someone did without looking at them or talking with them. Her clues were the faint traces of odor that clung to their bodies and clothes. For example, the smell of wood, paint, chalk or leather could tell her if someone was a carpenter, an artist, a teacher or a shoemaker.

When someone entered a room she was in, she could determine where in the house that person had just been, simply by the scent that she or he carried with them from the kitchen, the nursery, the sickroom, the garden, the office or the garage.

Smell also served as a diary for her. She was not able keep a diary or a photo album, so she stored her memories in her mind. And every memory had a smell. The aroma of a daisy or cherries or clean laundry would remind her of some incident in her life. She recognized people by their individual scents and would be able to recognize them even after many years.

In her magnificent book, Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman, pays tribute to Helen Keller as "the most famous prodigy of the nose." She goes on to say, "Helen Keller had a miraculous gift for deciphering the fragrant palimpsest of life, all the 'layers' that most of us read as a blur."

Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.
- Helen Keller

The Queen's Correspondence

Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to the Queen's Chronicles. Please keep your comments coming. And do feel free to make suggestions about content you would like to see. Or anything else, for that matter. It is a joy to connect with you.

Letters In Response To The November 2008 Issue

I really thank you for the Hale biography. I had no idea she started Thanksgiving, and the mention of Miriam Makeba, and all the poetry.
- Terese, NY

So wonderful to get all the news, blessings and well wishes. You are doing an admirable job of daily extending love around the globe.
- Diane, Scotland

Thank you so much for this and for all that you do to keep our spirits alive and well in the city. Love and light,
- Evelyn, NY

Well spoken, my friend! Circles of women are changing the world! Thanks for your work and presence for the global family. Lots of love from SisterSpace,
- Sharon, WA

So beautiful, Mama Donna. Thank you.
- Aysa, PA

Thank you for the research to find the stories - wouldn't you know a woman made sure Thanksgiving became a national holiday! Now we all know! Another great issue. Thank you.
- Margaret, NY

Your newsletter was fabulous as always!!!!!!!!!!! Full of grace-filled wisdom and good cheer. Thanks for lifting my spirits and reminding me of all the many things around me for which I am truly grateful - you and your newsletter included! Blessings and love,
- Mary, CO

Thank you for profiling Sarah J. Hale, one of the heroines
of my childhood! Blessings,   
- Linda, NY

Thanks Donna. I'm working to find each and every blessing in every moment. Once you get started, they flow like water.
- Nancy, NC

Thank you so much for the beautiful newsletter - you're such a gift to us! love and peace,
- Cat, NY

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The Queen's Court

The Queen's Court is a gathering of sovereign women of a certain age - our dear peers - who graciously offer guidance, inspiration and encouragement to each other.

We Queens know what we know. And we know a great deal. Our experience has made us wise. So, feel free to consult with our cyber counsel when you are need of sage advice or wish to explore a particular topic of interest.

Who knows what can come out of these sister alliances we are building?  
-QMD

Here are two invitations from Queen sisters in our Royal Court:

Dear Queen Donna!
I loved the quote you gave about gratitude in your last newsletter. It got me thinking about the possibility of inviting your e-news readers to submit personal stories of gratitude about former marriages for my book-in-progress, The Benefit of the X: Personal Stories of Gratitude. The closing date for entries is January 31st, 2009. Visit http://www.benefitofthex.net for further information and examples. With much aloha,
- June Dillinger, HI

Dear Queens,
I see a clear vision of women co-leading our country and networking with women circles in other countries. Together we are transforming agendas from money, greed and power to people, relationships, sustainability and peace. Women need to lead in changing the world.
Do you see yourself as part of a powerful circle of women who act as leaders within the United States? Women who represent human values and can quickly call women into action to stop policies and actions that diminish human dignity, threaten family stability, endanger or ignore children's needs, and entrap families in the United States? I am holding space for such women to gather to discuss and implement these circles:

Calling for Women Leadership for the United States within Global Circles of Women Leaders

We will meet Saturday January 17, 2009 in the Seattle, Washington area to begin this circle leadership. The cost of the day is $55.00. If you are interested in joining us, register with a $20.00 deposit. Sent to S. Maynard, 23505 Peterson Drive, MLT, WA 98043. If you want more information, contact me: 425-774-1142, space4sisters@yahoo.com, or www.sisterspace.net.
- Sharon Riegie Maynard, WA

Please send your questions or responses to thequeenofmyself@aol.com. Your letters will be printed in the next Queen's Chronicles.


Where the Queens Are

Chipko

AUSTRALIA

 
Dear Queen Mama Donna,
Special greetings to you at this time of Solstice. I think of you because it is Summer Solstice here in Australia - a special season of the Queen/Empress when Gaia is in Her Fullness and pouring it forth. I have noted this theme particularly in post #3 on my forum here with a link to your Bio.
Much Love in your great work.
- Glenys Livingstone, Australia, learning to be Queen all year long.


Beryl
Beryl, Glenys' Queen Mum

P.S. Here is a photo of my own Queen Mum. She didn't get to keep the crown. It was just for the event - of winning "Queen of the Ball."  You know, one of those things where women are judged for their "beauty." But never mind, she looks fabulous and regal, and this has been an alluring image for me my whole life. I also wore the dress myself as a teenager (in 1971 I think). I cut it to below the knees and wore it with black shiny lace-up boots. (You know those days!)


What regal activities are you up to? Please send your Queenly news!