The Queen's Chronicles
Inspiration for an Influential, Passionate and Powerful Maturity
April 2009
In This Issue
Saving Mother Earth
Eco Sheroes

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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You are right when you say that the midlife transition is a hard one. Is it ever! But, thanks to your kindness and wise counseling, I am getting through it with a minimum of suffering and a maximum of Self-growth. I look forward to our weekly phone sessions, because I feel so great afterwards. I can't thank you enough.
- Doreen, MN


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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.


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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


Ever since I first introduced The Queen as a helpful archetype for midlife women, I have received hundreds of requests for detailed instructions on how to become a Queen.

"Dear Mama Donna," women would write, "I want to be a Queen, too. How do I access my power? How can I feel good about myself? How do I change my life? How do I find magic and spiritual wisdom? How do I know what to do? How do I learn how to rule?"

The reality is that I cannot possibly know how anyone else will attain her Queendom, I only know how I came into mine, and that is largely through hindsight. The truth, my truth, at least, is that there is no one true truth. We must each find our own way in this world.

As a shaman, I teach through example, but not through dictum. I can and do offer information, exposure, personal experience, encouragement, inspiration, suggestions and support to my constituents, but I cannot - dare not - pass judgment or establish rules and laws. It is simply not for me to say.

When you come to me for help and spiritual guidance, I listen to your concerns and embrace your needs. I pat you on the back, give you a good, swift kick in the butt, or let you cry on my shoulder, as needed. I can tell you what I did in such and such situation, how I did it, what I learned from this or that lesson, but I cannot tell you what you should do. How do I know what your soul needs?

Only you know what you know. I can, of course, aid you in reaching into the well of your own deepest wisdom, and help you to hear the messages from your best inner Selves. And I can offer tools and practices to help you develop the confidence to follow your own purpose, path, passion and power.

A woman who I have been working with recently told me that I had changed her life. "Well, no, of course, I didn't, honey," I assured her. "You changed your own life." The fact of the matter remains that I could not give her what was not already hers.


It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.
- Sally Field

A Queen Event
Near You

Blue Point, Long Island Queens



FRIDAY, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Mama Donna offers 15-minute readings for only $25! Free wine and refreshments.
Kris Waldherr Art and Words
1501 Newkirk Avenue
(entrance on Marlborough Road, around the corner)
Brooklyn, NY 11226
For info: 347-406-5811


SUNDAY, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop
Learn the basics about the tarot. This beginners workshop will be required for future tarot classes.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
$40. If prepaid
$50. At the door



MAY 1-31

1/3 off reading for May Birthdays. In person or by phone.
For info: 718-857-1343


(rain date: May 10, Sunday)
Mama Donna will conduct a participatory Hudson river cleansing ceremony as the grand finale of the Hudson River Pageant (1-5PM). Please contact Mama Donna to join her Blessing Band for this event.
Gansevoort Street at the river

MAY 17
SUNDAY, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop
An in-depth study of the Major Arcana. Tarot 101 required prerequisite.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
$50. If prepaid
$60. At the door

MAY 31
SUNDAY, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop
An in-depth study of the Minor Arcana. Tarot 101 required prerequisite.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
$50. If prepaid
$60. At the door



JUNE 1-30

1/3 off reading for June Birthdays. In person or by phone.
For info: 718-857-1343



SUNDAY, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop
An in-depth study of the spreads.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
$50. If prepaid
$60. At the door

JUNE 11-14
Mama Donna will be giving several workshops at this annual gathering.
Information and registration:

SATURDAY night/SUNDAY morning,
1:30 AM event starts
1:46 AM Solstice moment
A sizzling Celebration of Summer. Drumming in the dark!
Pier 16 South Street Seaport
For info: 718-857-1343

A sizzling Celebration of Summer. A family friendly event. Bring kids, dogs, drums and lots of spirit.
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, Queens
For info: 718-956-1819


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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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Mama Donna Blesses Wall Street
Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman
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My first thoughts are that I should not let people down, that I should support them and love them.
- Princess Diana

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Earth Day Every Day

Hail Queens!

Earth and woman share a correspondence of function, a facility for creativity and abundance, a worldly wisdom. Each is primary and potent. Even in appearance, are they the same. Just as the roundness of the Earth and Her cyclical seasons resonate in every woman, the surface shapes and internal configurations of the Earth are defined by the physical attributes of the female physique.

The soil, smoothly moist and rich, arid, cracked and parched, is Her skin; and the lush foliage, the fuzzy moss, the spindled grasses, are Her many splendid tresses. The trees are arms, legs, limbs, which reach out and dance in all directions. The roots, feet firm on the ground. Gems and crystalline minerals make Her strong skeletal system; and the rivers, creeks and streams are the blood that flows through Her veins.

body map  The air is Her hot breath, Her
  holy exhalation. The seeds of
  plants are Her sacred  
  monthly flow. Her pregnant
  belly is indicated in the
  rounded hills and Her
  mountainous breasts swell all
  the way to the sky. The
  valleys reflect the soft
  shapes of Her cradling elbows
  and comforting lap. The
  ocean is Her womb, the
  saline-rich source of all life.
  Rock clefts like labia, and
        artwork by Anthony Peters          vulvic caves are passageways into Her cavernous interior; the power of Her hallowed deep places, palpable.

Mother Earth, Mother Nature, has Her moods as well as any woman might. Her emotions, like the weather, are mutable and span the full spectrum. She rainbow-glows, radiant in health and beauty. She twinkles like the stars; sparkles with good humor. She grows overcast, gets dark, oblique, breezy and cool. She weeps with dew. She simmers and hisses on slow burn. She vents her steam. She quakes in anger. She rumbles and grumbles and tears the house down. She sparks, bursts, erupts, explodes, implodes in passion. She can be gentle, generous, humorous, dependable, destructive and very, very scary.  Hell, indeed, hath no fury like an earthy woman scorned.

Mother Earth, universally worshipped as the fertile, female provider, protector and parent, was always treated with great dignity and care. Cultivated fields were left to rest one year in seven lest they become worn out with the never ending work of producing food, and wars were routinely put on hold during the planting season. Woman was cherished as the incarnate daughter of the Great Cosmic Queen, because she embodied the same supreme capability of life. Her natural understanding was held in esteem, and her body, its terrestrial contours, reminiscent of those of Mother Earth, was respected. Once upon a time, that is.

A rather bizarre form of pornography, known as pornotopia,earth woman was produced during the Victorian period in England. Mother Earth was personified as a voluptuous female landscape laid bare to the voyeuristic viewing pleasure of man who surveys the scene before him from the perspective of a fly promenading upon Her full-figured splendor. Her hills and caves, rises and recesses, were described in somewhat smarmy terms which were meant to elicit the fascinating, fearsome, forbidden Oedipal fantasy of a man mounting his own mother in lust. Where in the past, the Earth had once been revered, She was here reviled, defiled, desecrated. Stripped bare of Her powers, She was reduced to a passive sexual object, sacked and soiled.

Today the body of the Earth, our first mother, is routinely bruised and abused. Raped and burned; dug and dammed; dynamited and nuked. As many as one hundred distinct species of plants and animals are disappearing from existence each day, directly or indirectly due to human domination. And the bodies of women everywhere fare no better.  

How in the world did The Good Earth - the very material (from the Latin, mater, meaning, "mother") of life itself - get to be a dirty word? Or "Mutha," for that matter? According to the esteemed Oxford English Dictionary, dirt means, "grime," "stain," "smut."  Dirty  is "lewd," "defiled," "contaminated," "dingy," "unsanitary," "filthy," "polluted," "foul." Not one mention of dirt as the flesh of the Goddess, as the source of the nutrients that nourish us, as the bosom of the Mother that will cradle us when we die. How did it come to pass that the Earth Mother whose grace we depend upon for absolutely everything has become so thoroughly sullied? And more important, how can we repair the damage?

We can begin by commemorating Earth Day in Her honor. Since 1971, Earth Day has been celebrated to remind the people of the world of the need for continuing care which is vital to Earth's safety and our own. The vernal equinox was originally chosen as the official date to honor Earth for its symbolism - equilibrium and balance - in order to encourage and inspire a universal sense of interdependence, cooperation, and unity. Now we celebrate it on April 22, which had, heretofore, been Arbor Day.

The vernal equinox calls on all mankind to recognize and respect Earth's beautiful systems of balance, between the presence of animals on land, the fish in the sea, birds in the air, mankind, water, air, and land. Most importantly there must always be awareness of the actions by people that can disturb this precious balance.
- Margaret Mead

On Earth Day the United Nations Peace Bell is rung to initiate a moment of global equipoise when people worldwide can join in a renewed heartfelt commitment to the protection and care of our planet. The United Nations Earth Day event is the centerpiece of an annual global holiday that strives to awaken a common objective of local and global harmony with nature and neighbors.

The original Earth Day proclamation states, "All individuals and institutions have a mutual responsibility to act as Trustees of Earth, seeking the choices in ecology, economics, and ethics that will eliminate pollution, poverty, and violence; foster peaceful progress; awaken the wonder of life; and realize the best potential for the future of the human adventure."

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There is no social-change fairy. There is only change made by the hands of individuals.
- Winona LaDuke

Last month, two billion people worldwide participated in Earth Hour by turning off their lights as a visual demonstration of the dramatic difference made possible by each individual coupled with the efforts of others. But one hour, one day is barely a beginning. Let one hour, one day inspire two, twenty, two hundred. Let every day be Earth Day.

With every blessing from Mother Earth and every blessing for Her,


Saving Mother Earth

A single day in April isn't enough
to honor our Mother, save the planet
that is her body, restore her ocean womb,
revitalize the atrophied arms and legs
of her continents, remove the smog
from her pristine lungs, replenish all that's
depleted by the lust for profit
over prosperity. Human hearts so greedy
for commerce they call deforestation progress,
think cloning is a medical advancement,
see artificial life as the wave of the future,
as if civilization can only advance
by killing or dismemberment,
by acquisition or annihilation.
How to survive a world of paper or plastic,
hybrid or gas-guzzler,
genetically altered seeds,
cloned cows, chemical poisons in the water,
run-off from the mouths of politicians
who think global warming is good for business.
What's to be gained when
globalization soils our souls,
breeds a false sense of interconnection,
feigns compassion predicated on
corporate exploitation, skimming money
off the backs of underpaid workers,
trafficking in human life, in weapons
of destruction, raping the land of its bounty,
the rivers of their life-sustaining powers,
denying whole nations their dignity and worth.
That's no way to treat our Mother,
no way to save our planet,
no way to mend our broken spirits,
no way to change the world.

- Mary Saracino

Eco Sheroes

I have always believed that if it is at all possible to save our planet Earth from the destruction that we have wreaked upon Her, that if it isn't already too late, then it is we - women of a certain age - who are the ones who can and will do it. These Queens have affirmed my faith.

There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.  
- Brooke Medicine Eagle

Sharon Beder  Sharon Beder, Australia (DOB?)
  Civil engineer and leader in
  environmental and water supply issues

  Professor Beder's work focuses on the 
  social, political and philosophical aspects
  of engineering and environmental
  politics, ecologically sustainable
  development, environmental principles and policies, and socio-political dimensions of environmental economics. She has been Chairperson of the Environmental Engineering Branch of the Institution of Engineers, President of the Society for Social Responsibility in Engineering, and a director of the Earth Foundation Australia. She is now the Environmental Education Coordinator at the University of Sydney.

Rashida Bee  Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla,
  India (1960- and 1956-)
  Grassroots environmental activists

 *See The Queen's Chronicles October 2007
  Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla,
  two illiterate village women, took it upon
  themselves to seek justice for the
  survivors of the poisonous gas leak from a storage tank at a Union Carbide pesticide factory into the heart of Bhopal city, which killed 8,000 people instantly. More than 20,000 deaths in the years since have been attributed to the disaster. Since 1984, the two women have tirelessly continued their efforts to exact justice from the giant chemical companies responsible. They have inspired support from all over the world.

erin brockovich  Erin Brockovich, United States (1960-)
  Legal clerk and environmental activist
  Erin Brockovich was instrumental in
  constructing a successful case against the
  Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
  of California in 1993, despite the lack of
  a formal law school education. The case
  alleged contamination of drinking water with hexavalent chromium in the southern California town of Hinkley. Brockovich went on to participate in other anti-pollution lawsuits. After experiencing problems with mold contamination in her own home in the Conejo Valley, Brockovich became a prominent activist and educator in this area as well.

Gro Harlem  Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway (1939-)
  U.N. commissioner for sustainable

  Gro Harlem Brundtland is a politician,
  diplomat, physician, and international
  leader in sustainable development and
  public health. Dr. Brundtland
  spearheaded the movement, now worldwide, to abolish cigarette smoking through education and persuasion. She was a two term Prime Minister of Norway, and has served as the Director General of the World Health Organization. She is now Special Envoy on Climate Change for the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Rachael Carson  Rachael Carson, United States 

  Biologgist, ecologist and nature writer
  Rachael Carson is widely regarded to be
  the mother of the modern environmental
  movement. Her groundbreaking book,
  Silent Spring challenged the practices of
  agriculture, scientists and the government, bringing to light the environmental hazards of common post-WWII pesticides. She was attacked by the chemical industry and some in government as an alarmist, but courageously spoke out to remind us that we are a vulnerable part of the natural world, subject to the same damage as the rest of the ecosystem.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier  Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Canada-Inuit

  Climate change activist  
  Sheila Watt-Cloutier has worked on a
  range of social and environmental issues
  affecting Inuit, most recently focused on
  persistent organic pollutants and global
  climate change. She is the President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, which represents the interests of Inuit in Russia, Alaska, Canada and Greenland. In 2005, she launched the world's first international legal action on climate change, alleging that unchecked emissions of greenhouse gases from the United States have violated Inuit cultural and environmental human rights as guaranteed by the 1948 American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man.

Amrita Devi  Amrita Devi, India (17??)
  Founder of the Chipko Movement in
  defense against deforestation  

 *See The Queen's Chronicles April 2008
  Amrita Devi organized a large group of
  peasants from 84 villages in Rajasthan in
  an effort to protect the forests from
  being cut on the orders of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. In one day in 1730, 363 protestors were killed by the axes that were meant to fell the trees. This event was the inspiration of the modern Chipko Movement, a grass roots association of women peasants who act to prevent the cutting of trees and to reclaim their traditional forest rights. The movement has now spread throughout India and has had far reaching impact on the global green movement.

Lois Marie Gbbs  Lois Marie Gbbs, United States (1951-)
  Grassroots environmental activist and
  community leader

  Lois Gibbs became involved in
  environmental causes when she learned
  that her neighborhood, Love Canal, in
  Niagara Falls, New York was built on a
  toxic waste dump. With no prior experience in community activism, Gibbs organized the Love Canal Homeowners Association, which she led in a battle against the local, state, and federal governments. After years of struggle, 833 families were eventually evacuated, and cleanup of Love Canal began. Her efforts also led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

Jane Goodall  Jane Goodall, England and Tanzania

  Primatologist, ethologist, 
  anthropologist and conservationist

  Jane Goodall's holistic methods of
  fieldwork transformed not only how
  chimpanzees are understood, but
  influenced scientific thinking regarding the evolution of humans. In addition to being an animal rights activist, her involvement in tropical forests has led her to be actively involved in a number of environmental issues, and to found the Roots & Shoots, an international children's environmental education program and the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education, and Conservation.

Fatima Jibrell  Fatima Jibrell, Somalia (1950-)
  Environmental organizer and educator
  Fatima Jibrell founded Horn of Relief to
  train young people to organize awareness
  campaigns about the irreversible damage
  of unrestricted charcoal production,
  which has deforested Somalia and led to
  widespread famine. As a charcoal alternative, she has spearheaded the development of solar cooking stoves. She teaches women and youth to build small rock dams to slow the runoff during the brief rainy season, which nourishes vegetation, crucial in slowing the growth of arid lands.

Winona LaDuke  Winona LaDuke, United States-
  Anishinaabeg  (1959-)

  Activist, environmentalist, economist,
  and writer  

  Winona LaDuke is an ardent
  representative of indigenous
  perspectives. At the age of seventeen she
  spoke at the UN on behalf of Native Americans. She is a founding member of Women of All Red Nations and director of the Land Recovery Project on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. An inspiring speaker, she was the 1996 and 2000 vice-presidential candidate of the Green Party, the first Native American to run for national office. The author of All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life, she is currently the Executive Director of Honor the Earth, an organization she co-founded with the Indigo Girls in 1993.

Wangari Maathai  Wangari Maathai, Kenya (1940-)
  Environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize
 *See The Queen's Chronicles April 2008
  Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt
  Movement in Kenya In 1977, in response
  to the serious problems caused by
  deforestation: soil runoff, water pollution, difficulty finding firewood, lack of animal nutrition, and poverty. The Green Belt program has planted more than 30 million trees to prevent soil erosion and to provide firewood for cooking fires. In recognition of her monumental efforts, she served both in Parliament and in prison. In November 2006, she spearheaded the United Nations Billion Tree Campaign.

Olya Melen  Olya Melen, Ukraine (1980-)   
  Environmental attorney
  Olya Melen is a firebrand attorney who
  used legal channels to halt construction
  of a massive canal that would have cut
  through the heart of the Danube Delta,
  one of the world's most valuable
  wetlands, a World Heritage Site, and biosphere reserve. The organization Environment-People-Law (EPL) filed lawsuits to prevent construction and Melen tried the case. She was denounced by the notoriously corrupt and lawless pre-Orange Revolution government, but the judge ruled that the canal development flouted environmental laws and could adversely affect the Danube Delta's biodiversity.
Satomi Oba  Satomi Oba, Japan (1951-2005)
  Anti-nuclear activist
  Satomi Oba was long-time campaigner
  against nuclear proliferation with
  particular concerns for human rights and
  justice. After the Chernobyl accident in
  1986, she fought against nuclear power
  plants. She was the Director of Plutonium Action Hiroshima, and an active participant in the Rainbow Serpent Network of women throughout Asia and the Pacific working to end nuclear weapons and power. She also worked for the No Nukes Asia Forum, the Abolition 2000 Global Council, and  the Global Network for Peace in Spacer.

Dai Qing  Dai Qing, China (1941-)
  Journalist and environmental activist
  Dai Qing reported on a conference in  
  1989 about the impending Three Gorges
  Dam on the Yangtze River. Her
  subsequent research led to the
  publication of the book Yangtze! Yangtze!
  in which she denounced the dam as "the most environmentally and socially destructive project in the world." Dai claimed that there was a potential risk for the Yangtze River and the Yellow River to dry up, leading to sandstorms in Inner Mongolia and environmental influence on Korea, Japan, and even the west coast of the United States. After Tiananmen Square, the book was banned and she was jailed.
Dame Anita Roddick  Dame Anita Roddick, England

  Entrepeneur and environmental

 *See The Queen's Chronicles October 2007
  Anita Roddick was the founder of the now
  world famous Body Shop boutiques in
  1976 in Brighton, England, long before fair trade and Earth-friendly businesses were fashionable. The Body Shop opposed product testing on animals and tried to encourage development by purchasing materials from small communities in the Third World. She also invested in a wind farm in Wales as part of her campaign to support renewable energy, and the Body Shop set up its own human rights award. Roddick's last struggles were against globalization and sweatshop economies.
Vandana Shiva  Vandana Shiva, India (1952-)
  Physicist, eco-feminist, and author
  Vandana Shiva is a champion for women's
  rights and the global food supply. She
  fights for intellectual property rights,
  biodiversity, biotechnology, and
  bioethics through her intellectual
  contributions and her activist campaigns. She got her start as an environmentalist by participating in the nonviolent Chipko movement during the 1970s. The movement, whose main participants were women, adopted the tactic of hugging trees to prevent their felling. She is one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization and a spokesperson for the global solidarity movement.

Marina Silva  Marina Silva, Brazil (1958-)
  Defender of Brazilian rain forests and
  human rights

  Marina Silva, a former rubber tapper was
  frequently at odds with development
  interests, including powerful farmers and
  ranchers who are seeking to turn the
  Amazon into Brazil's agricultural breadbasket. In 1994 she was the first rubber tapper ever elected to Brazil's federal senate. There she built support for environmental protection of the reserves as well as for social justice and sustainable development in the Amazon region. Deforestation decreased by 59% from 2004 to 2007, during her implementation of an integrated government policy. In May 2008 she was forced to resign due to her oppositional views on hydroelectric dams, biofuels, and genetically modified crops.

Celsa Valdovinos  Celsa Valdovinos, Mexico (DOB?)
  Rural environmental activist
  Celsa Valdovinos began her
  environmentalist career by organizing
  youths and women for clean-up efforts to
  remove the garbage that their neighbors
  dumped in the fields, and she continued
  her work from there. Because of Valdovinos's efforts, some rural communities in the impoverished state of Guerrero have recovered forests, obtained water services and developed gardens, but these advances were paid for with military harassment, forced displacement, threats, and the imprisonment of her husband, who, like her, is a local environmental leader. Today Amnesty International fears for her safety.
We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road - the one less traveled by - offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.
 - Rachel Carson

The Queen's Correspondence

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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 March 2009 Issue:

Thanks for your wonderful, articulate, and inspiring newsletter!  
- Josie, CA

Thanks so VERY much for The Queen's Chronicles. As a 'pink' girl myself, I absolutely loved your recent "In the Pink" issue and learned so much from it. I was blessed to see the Pink Moon while on vacation in Florida and didn't realize why it was so gorgeous until I read your newsletter. I've been wearing pink as my signature color for years. Now I know why and will continue to wear it with even greater honor for women everywhere. THANKS again for your uplifting messages. With gratitude,
- Margrit, NY

I love that you find and share so many inspiring stories about such extraordinary women around the world. I always feel uplifted after reading The Chronicles. It makes me think that I, too, can make a difference in the world by pursuing what I believe to be right. It gives me courage and incentive. Priceless!
- Jane, NH

Please keep these newsletters coming. They are incredibly rich with information and inspiration. I thank your for your dedication to the empowerment of women and the celebration of our contributions.
- Rachel, OH

I love the section called, "Where the Queens Are." We are everywhere! Now I am inspired to gather some local Queens and share these fabulous newsletters and hopefully share some projects and conviviality. Cheers!
- Susan, Ireland

Thanks for another very inspiring issue.
- Dominique, NM

Thanks for The Queens Chronicles. So much good reading!
- Nancy, NC

I enjoyed your newsletter as always.
- Melissa, NY

This is so cute, thanks! xoxoxo.
- JujuMama, GA

Letters in Response to
Queen Mama Donna's Writings Elsewhere:

April Fools Day:

Mama Donna, you teach us so much about the things we thought we already knew about. Thank you...no joke!
- Stephanie, NY

A great piece. Thanks so much! For me, it's a thread of the Baubo tradition, which I've adopted as the other half of my Hecate. I mean, c'mon; we can't be serious all the time now, can we? In fact, the dark edges and ironic whiffs and patent absurdities become, as my years pile up, ever more obvious and juicy and Sark-like. You are in the spirit of the South West coyote trickster and skirt-lifter,   
- Jo, AZ

You are the best writer/researcher/historian!! Love it!! I just tweeted some of these sentences with your byline!! Go writer/priestess woman go!
- Sheryll, CA

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If you have been wanting to start or join a Queen group, you are not alone.

I'm wondering if there are any organized Queen groups and if so, are there any in Southern New Hampshire or Northern Massachusetts? Thank you!
- Nancy Merz Nordstrom, NH

Dear Queen Nancy,
There are several organized Queen's groups across the country and in Europe, but none that I am aware of in New Hampshire or Massachusetts. Most ongoing Queen groups are formed as outgrowths of a day long or weekend Queen of My Self workshop, during which the women bond and wish for their connection to continue. I am publishing your query in the hopes that Queens in your area who are interested in establishing such a group will contact you.
With best royal regards,

Please Submit Your Royal Reports

Tell us about your Queen Group: who, what, where, 
   when, why?
What Queenly topics do you explore?
What projects do you engage in?
Describe some golden moments.
Send pictures!

Kudos to the Queens!

Nancy Azara, NY; Cristina Biaggi, NY; Dara Birnbaum, NY; Darla Bjork, NY; Suzanne Cheryl Gardner, WA; Joyce Kozloff, NY; Annie Lanzillotto, NY; Beverly Naidus, WA; Micki Watanabe Spiller, NY; Robin Tewes, NY; Diane Torr, Scotland; Mierle Laderman Ukeles, NY; Linda, Vallejo, CA;
on the exhibitions of their artwork.

Carolyn Lee Boyd, MA, The Temple of the Subway Goddess; Elizabeth Cunningham, NY, Bright Dark Madonna; Stacey Joiners, FL, You Deserve The Royal Treatment, A Woman's Guide to Living Royaly; Chloe Jon Paul, MD, Entering the Age of Elegance: A Rite of Passage & Practical Guide for the Maturing Modern Woman; Susan Reynolds, CA, My Mom is My Hero; on their new books.

Terese Svoboda, NY, on the publication of her poetry in the New Yorker.

clapping handsSend 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

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.

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