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The Queen's Chronicles
Inspiration for an Influential, Passionate and Powerful Maturity
Summer 2009
In This Issue
First Lady of the Garden
The First First Lady of the Garden
De Sancta Maria
High Queen of the Kitchen Garden
Try Saying This

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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What a ride this has been. My midlife transition has been so hard. There have been so many changes - some good, some bad - that I can barely keep up with my own life. I shudder to think what I would have done this past year without your incredible support. Life is still hard, but I know that I have a great ally in you. Thank you a million times for being there with me and for me.
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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.
 
xxQMD

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Regular Articles:
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Inauguration Purification Ritual. Part 1
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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.
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Try saying this silently to everyone and everything you see for thirty days: "I wish you happiness now and whatever will bring happiness to you in the future."
 
If we said it to the sky, we would have to stop polluting;
if we said it when we see ponds and lakes and streams, we would have to stop using them as garbage dumps and sewers; if we said it to small children, we would have to stop abusing them, even in the name of training; if we said it to people, we would have to stop stoking the fires of enmity around us. Beauty and human warmth would take root in us like a clear, hot June day. We would change.
 - Joan Chittister


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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

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In case you were wondering what happened to the June issue: I was felled by a very nasty flu in June and was in bed for the better part of the month, so I have combined the June and July issues. Please note that there will be no August issue. Have a fabulous summer!

Hail Queens!
 
Being an urban being, I have never had a garden where I grew food. My terrace is devoted exclusively to flowers, food for the soul, for sure, but with the exception of the day lilies they are not edible.
 
My container garden gives me immense pleasure. I love digging in the dirt with my bare hands. No gloves or trowels for this Queen, thank you very much. I cherish the feel of the earth on my skin and don't mind getting it under my nails. That is why the Goddess invented scrub brushes and soap, after all. I even make my own rich fertile soil by composting dead leaves and food scraps in a garbage pail.
 
I can spend hours on end dead-heading my plants and picking off the dry leaves one by one. I tend my garden with love and care and it cultivates me in return. My plants are my dear friends, my children, really. They have been with me, loyally flourishing and flowering for decades. All of my geraniums, for instance, are from cuttings from one small plant that I had on my windowsill in my Greenwich Village apartment in 1969!
 
My ceremonial space, Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven, is an indoor garden paradise decorated with vintage yard furniture and filled with plants. Some of these I have had for 30 years or more. Some I have inherited from family and friends who have passed on. I am so glad to be the caretaker of these living memorials. Their spirit is alive in the plants that they loved and nurtured. And everyone who enters this sacred space feels the green healing energy.
 
Once upon a time I grew weed(s) for imbibing from the seeds in my stash. This crop, too, was food for my soul. But that was then and this is now. And now I am drawn to plant and raise some foodstuff. My options are limited by space constraints, but the time feels right to start with some herbs and maybe some berries or baby lettuces. Or maybe it is too late for this season. I don't know. I will have to do some research. What I do know is that I want to taste what I grow.

The first gatherings of the garden in May of salads,
tomatoradishes and herbs made me feel like a mother about her baby - how could anything so beautiful be mine. And this emotion of wonder filled me for each vegetable as it was gathered every year. There is nothing that is comparable to it, as satisfactory or as thrilling, as gathering the vegetables one has grown.
-Alice B. Toklas
 
With best blessings for nourishment from Mother Earth,


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First Lady of the Garden

michelle obama in garden  Michelle Obama created quite 
  a stir when she announced that
  she was going to plant a
  vegetable garden on the South
  Lawn of the White House.
  Although Roslyn Carter had a
  small herb garden and Hillary
  Clinton grew a few vegetables
  in containers on the White House roof, Obama's garden is the first serious vegetable garden since Eleanor Roosevelt planted her Victory Garden more than 60 years ago.
 
Famous chef and restaurateur Alice Waters had been campaigning for a White House Vegetable Garden since the early 1990s and after hundreds of letters, she finally found a receptive audience in the first lady. Since the inauguration, Madam Obama has emerged as a vocal proponent of healthful eating and a "big believer" in community gardens.
 
On the Vernal Equinox, Obama broke ground for a White House fruit and vegetable garden with the help of 25 fifth-grade students from Bancroft Elementary School and initiated a public campaign to help Americans better understand where their food comes from.

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Her vision for the 1,100-square-foot organic garden was to grow as many as 55 varieties of vegetables, berries and herbs including lettuces, arugula, eggplants, squash, fennel, rhubarb, cucumbers and sweet and hot peppers. White House chefs will use the produce to prepare meals for the family and for official functions, and some of the produce will be donated to Miriam's Kitchen, a soup kitchen near the White House. In addition, her plan called for a beehive near the garden.
 
The most important function of the garden according to Obama, is to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at a time when obesity and diabetes have become a national concern. "My hope," the first lady said, "is that through children, they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities."

It's bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children's health than the pediatrician. 
- Meryl Streep
 
The garden has been growing beautifully, thanks to a mild and rainy spring and after only two months it yielded 90 pounds of produce including broccoli and green beans and "one beautiful eggplant." Herbs have been harvested every night and are not included in the 90 pounds.
 

On June 17, Queen Michelle invited the same students who helped to till the soil and plant the seeds back to the White House for a harvest party in the garden. The lettuce, snap peas, beans, kale, collard greens, and chard were all ready to be picked. The kids took in 73 pounds of lettuce and 12 pounds of peas and one lone cucumber. They were then ushered into the kitchen to learn how to prepare fresh vegetables. The day culminated in the homemade feast.
 
The garden's bountiful output has been produced without using chemicals, fertilizer or herbicide. The underlying White House soil was enriched with crab meal from the Chesapeake Bay, green sand compost, and lime powder.
 

michelle obama harvest  The first lady
  emphasized that she
  did not want people
  to feel guilty if they
  did not have the 
  time or the space
  for a
garden: there
  are still many
  changes they can
  make. "You can begin in your own cupboard," she advised, "by eliminating
processed food, trying to cook a meal a little more often, trying to incorporate more fruits and vegetables."

"For urban dwellers who have no backyards, the country's one million community gardens can also play an important role," Obama said.
 
Queen Michelle's garden has inspired the first ladies of several states to follow in her muddy footsteps, including Maria Shriver, First Lady of California, First Lady Katie O'Malley of Maryland, First Lady Carla Markell of Delaware, and First Lady Jane Beshear of Kentucky, There are now also new edible gardens on the grounds of the state capitals in Arkansas, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Vegetable gardens in Arkansas, Georgia, Ohio, South and Carolina predate the White House garden. And Texas has had a vegetable garden at the governor's mansion since the 1870s!
 
How will your garden grow? What you seed is what you get!
 
A garden is the best alternative therapy.
- Germaine Greer


The First First Lady of the Garden

eleanor roosevelt in her garden  At the beginning of World War II,
  resources of all kinds were
  diverted to support the war
  effort. As the war began,
  America was in the middle of an
  agricultural revolution and
  productivity was increasing
  dramatically due to
  mechanization and the introduction of pesticides, herbicides, new hybrid crops, and synthetic fertilizers. However, the war interfered with this dramatic burst of productivity as farmers became soldiers and the rationing of gasoline put a strain on both food supplies and the ability to transport fruits and vegetables to market. Because only processed foods and dry grains could be reasonably transported to our troops and allies, canned foods and meats were heavily rationed.
 
A grass roots home gardening movement began to take hold, but Claude Wickard, the Secretary of Agriculture, believed in a top down, industrial approach to food production and he thought that home gardens would be an inadequate "feel good" attempt to feed the country and our war machine. Enter Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady. She was convinced that home gardens were the answer to the frightening dilemma of how to feed not only the troops, but the folks at home, as well. And she was right. Her determination and leadership would change the course of the war and prove that massive amounts of food production could quickly and efficiently be decentralized.
 
Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
 
She promptly planted a "Victory Garden" on the front lawn of the White House. This inspired people across the country to plant  gardens in backyards and on apartment-building rooftops, with the occasional vacant lot commandeered for the war effort and put to use as a cornfield or a squash patch. During World War II, sections of lawn were publicly plowed for plots in Hyde Park, London to publicize the movement. In New York City, the lawns along the vacant Riverside were devoted to Victory Gardens, as were portions of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
 
Secretary Wickard relented when faced with the not so victory gardensubtle political pressure of this extraordinary woman, and soon 20 million Victory  Gardens planted and nurtured by 50 million inexperienced, first time citizen farmers produced 9 to 10 million tons of fresh fruits and vegetables, providing nearly 50% of the nations needs. Pressure cooker sales grew from 66,000 in 1942 to 315,000 in 1943 as a new nation of urban and suburban food producer began to can their own fruits and vegetables.
 
The Fenway Victory Gardens in the Back Bay Fens of Boston, Massachusetts and the Dowling Community Garden in Minneapolis, Minnesota, remain active to this day as the last surviving public examples from World War II. Most plots in the Fenway Victory Gardens now feature flowers instead of vegetables while the Dowling Community Garden retains its focus on vegetables.

De Sancta Maria

Hail to you, O greenest, most fertile branch!
You budded forth amidst breezes and winds
in search of the knowledge of all that is holy.
When the time was ripe
your own branch brought forth blossoms.
Hail greetings to you!
The heat of the sun exudes sweat from you
like the balsam's perfume.
In you, the most stunning flower has blossomed
and gives off its sweet odor to all the herbs and roots,
which were dry and thirsting before your arrival.
Because of you, the heavens give dew to the grass,
the whole Earth rejoices;
abundance of grain comes from Earth's womb
and on its stalks and branches birds nest.
And, because of you, nourishment is given the human family and great rejoicing to those gathered around the table.
And so, in you O gentle Virgin,
is every fullness of joy, everything that Eve rejected.
Now let endless praise resound to the Most High!
 
- Hildegard of Bingen


High Queen of the Kitchen Garden

alice waters  When it comes to
  food, Alice Waters
  is a legend. At age
  64, she has done
  more to change
  how we Americans
  eat, cook and think
  about food than
anyone since Julia Child.
 
She was only 27 years old in 1971 when she opened her French bistro Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, today considered one of the finest restaurants not just in the United States but in the world.
 
Waters has produced eight cookbooks, but she's more famous as the mother of a movement that preaches about fresh organic food grown in a way that's good for the environment. The movement, called "slow food," is a healthy alternative to "fast food." The world-renowned chef and restaurateur hopes that a slower, more sustainable approach to the food we eat will keep us healthier and the planet greener.
 
High-tech tomatoes. Mysterious milk. Super squash. Are we supposed to eat this stuff? Or is it going to eat us? 
- Annita Manning
 
Waters has been preaching the virtues of cultivating clean, fresh whole food for decades. Since 1993 she has been petitioning - some might even say pestering - American presidents to establish a vegetable garden on the White House grounds. And she finally succeeded. Queen Alice was the inspiration and role model for Michelle Obama's garden.
 
She has also overseen the establishment of a sprawling, urban victory garden - a real vegetable garden in front of City Hall in San Francisco, which she calls "the ultimate symbolism."
 
Waters has expanded her influence to the next generationalice waters & kids by creating another garden, that she calls "The Edible Schoolyard." Waters got a local middle school in Berkeley to create a course where kids learn about growing food right on the school grounds and then cooking and eating it. "This is an effort to bring kids into a new relationship to food," she explained.
 
Did you ever stop to taste a carrot? Not just eat it, but taste it? You can't taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie.  
- Astrid Alauda
 
Today, the Edible Schoolyard project sponsors affiliate school gardens around the country. Acting as the Honorary Chair of the California School Garden Network, Maria Shriver, First Lady of California has picked up Alice Water's standard and established more than 6000 edible school gardens.
 
One of the earliest events I did as California's First Lady was to visit Alice Water's Edible School Yard in Berkeley to see first-hand what it was all about. I remember the cool crisp air, the fresh smells, but more importantly, I remember the look of joy on the face of the children after they had worked hard their garden. Over the years, I have seen how gardens have positively transformed students, schools and communities. Gardens are a wonderful resource, and I truly believe in the life lessons they teach and the lives they touch - and that every school and community should have one.  
- Maria Shriver


Queenie Plants Beauty
 
While researching gardens I ran across the irresistible story about a woman in Shelby, NC, known as Queenie, who single-handedly transformed her community from a barren wasteland to a flower-filled garden oasis.
 
She began her greening campaign
in 2003 when she moved into the Esther Village apartments, which were surrounded by desolate bare dirt. So she carried some plants over bucket-by-bucket from the yard of a woman who had died in a house nearby.
 
 "I wanted to fix up the community and make it look good, so I started putting flowers out and I've been doing it ever since," she said. "I water them by myself. I put them out by myself."
 
She started in the area at the end of her apartment, and has gradually put flowers around the edge of the complex and in beds at the office - and "it's all because flowers make a place look better," she said. "I just get enjoyment out of it because it's something to be joyful about." She modestly exclaimed, "I like a beautiful place!"

Queenie has transformed the dirt expanses into a bloomingqueenie
  oasis, complete with bushes,
  hostas,
ferns, elephant ears,
  petunias, marigolds and some
  vegetables. Because she doesn't
  have a spigot on her end of the
  complex, the 68 year old
  gardener carries in the water
  needed to keep them alive. Even
  after her knee surgery. "I still get
  out here and do it. I don't let
  anything stop me."

 

A garden is evidence of faith. It links us with all the misty figures of the past who also planted and were nourished by the fruits of their planting.
- Gladys Taber
 
"When my mother was living, she had nothing but flowers, so I walked in her foot pattern," she said. "I wanted to do as she did, clear until the end."
 
Queenie, indeed!

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Letters In Response To
The May 2009 Issue:

Once again, you've outdone yourself! The nation's first mother was terrific. Why haven't I heard about her? A real role model.
- Terese, NY

I enjoyed this issue very much, Donna, especially the article about the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and Barack Obama's mom. Good stuff!!
- Diane, Ontario, Canada
 
Another rich, nourishing, informative Chronicle. Thank you! One little thing, though: Yes, there has been a Father Earth in mythology. The ancient Egyptians considered the earth male and called him "Geb." But for me, the Earth is Mother, as you expressed so well in your luscious description of Her. Our generous, loving, creative Mother. Thanks for your wonderful newsletters and loving spirit into the world. Blessed be,
- Vajra, OR 

Editor's note: You are totally correct. Unfortunately I only remembered Geb after I hit the send button! Thanks for the clarification.
 
What a beautifully conceived and written package. Enough nourishment for a long, long time. You are truly gifted.
- Susan, NY
 
What a marvelous newsletter. Thank you for including me in your number. Here's to the New Vision for us all. Peace and blessings,
- Deirdre, TX and UK
 
Thank you so much for this lovely newsletter.
- Anita, NY
 
I just absolutely love The Chronicles. I can't say it enough, and I tell other women who may be interested who come into our practice all about your web site and the book.
- Kim, FL
 
I love your upbeat attitude and it excites me to see one who takes a lighter view and shares it. Thank you. I am going to be 53 and I am gorgeous darlin', just like you! Lot's going on and we are the agents of change. Let's buckle our seat belts, put up our tray tables, and lift out of the old and into the new. What a fabulous ride.
- Cynthia, HI

Letters in Response to
Queen Mama Donna's Writings Elsewhere:
 
Blessings For A Smooth Mercury In Retrograde

Loved, loved, loved this. Practical, specific but open to interpretation. xxx and thank you.
- Gail, NY
 
Wow! Perfect timing as I'm in negotiations with a publisher again! By the way your essay is beautifully written. Do you remember your book tour here when Mercury was in retrograde and everything was out of whack?
- Terry, CA
 
Editor's note: Do I! That retrograde Mercury played havoc with all my well-laid plans!
 
Thank you for presenting the positive aspects of Mercury Retrograde. I always dread its arrival, but this makes it more of a "do" than a "don't." As a Gemini, I, too, am ruled by these events.
- Cathy, NY
 
Wow! Thank you so much for this, gorgeous Queen Mama Donna! I have wondered why it has been so hard for me to write anything lately, let alone meet any deadlines. Now, I have the answer! I still have to make those deadlines though....@#%*&**@! Goddess give me inspiration and energy even as Mercury retrogrades!! (Gotta pay those bills.) Blessed be to all for reflection, reassessment, rebooting, and re-energizing!!
- Sheryll, CA

This was so unbelievably helpful, oh my word. So so helpful. Exactly what I was looking for and needed to hear. I'm gonna print it up and put it over my desk. I, too, am fixed on a very important project to go up on June 10th and the next few weeks are crucial in pulling all of the elements together. And I feel internally geared up for a big letdown somewhere along the way - but I don't want to go looking for that either. Instead, non-attachment seems to be the word du jour. I just can't attach much ego or anything else to any ideas, or notions I have right now. Or even how I expect something to look. But it's the rest time I am finding hard to find. And I don't know if I should carve out special time for it now - to rest, recharge, assimilate. I don't trust the present atmosphere so I feel like I have to be doubly on top of my game just to stay ahead and not drown in the current - which keeps me working not resting.
- Lee, NY

I have a friend who says she was born on another planet and under several retrograde planets. I'm not sure about the first assertion, but the second makes sense. She's always lots happier when planets are retrograde and her life seems to go better for her at those time. I think they do, as you say, clear her mind.
- Barbara, CA
 
Very well said! Thanks for the beautiful words.
- Nancy, NC
 
Thanks for your Mercurial blessings!
 - Nancy, MA

WOW!!! I so appreciate the blessings you have shared. It all rings true and the challenge will be to go "against the grain" of the typical, urban way of "scheduled, techno-living". I just wanted to share that I treated myself to a four-day quilt retreat last week (smack dab in the middle of the busiest time for my gardening business). I finished a quilt top that I began 3 years ago!  Completing old projects is most satisfying! Your article was just what I needed!
- Susannah, NY
 
Thank you for this. It's wonderful. Very helpful, useful and interesting.
- Rita, MN
 
Thank you for this great advice. I'll take it! I'm going camping in Canyonlands National Park (southern Utah) next week and shall use the time to meditate, hike, and be at one with Mother Earth.
- Anne, AZ
 
You've given me the most clear and understandable explanation of Mercury retrograde that I've ever had. Thank you! It sounds almost relaxing to me now.
- Joan, CA

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

The Queen's Court

Lucretia's Crown  The Queen's Court is a gathering of
 
sovereign women of a certain age - 
  our dear peers - who graciously offer
  information, 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 council/ 
  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

The Mother's Day issue raised the question of what it is to be a mother. I invited you to share your thoughts, stories, and experiences of the many modes and moods of motherhood. Here is a response from a sister Queen:
  
I went to a Catholic Church on Mothers Day and the priest asked all mothers to come to the front of the church for a special blessing. Even though I do not have children, I went up to be blessed as a mother. Since I have been performing as Mother Teresa of Calcutta, I felt free to receive this blessing. 
 
I have always made art about my life. Now that I have Dystonia (a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures), I have made videos about it and performances about it and more recently, found myself "being" Mother Teresa of Calcutta, as a performance. When I put on the Mother Teresa white sari with blue trim, apply the make up and play the audiotape of her talking about the poorest of the poor, I feel as if I am doing a real and positive honor to her memory.
 
My body goes into a big spasm as soon as I put on the costume. My experience while doing this performance is that I have the freedom to twist and turn and shake and am not self-conscious or embarrassed by my tremors or stooped posture, because I am just a person with a movement disorder! In fact, I am not just any person but as Mother Teresa, I am a saint who has aged and is cramped up from having served millions of people all her life! The movement disorder in this case becomes a badge of courage and symbol of holiness, not something that is shameful or to be hidden!
 
So again, I have used my life, to make good art and I thank Mother Teresa of Calcutta for letting me see through her eyes. Maybe she will even heal me???

- Linda Montano, NY

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

Circle of Concern

namaste 
  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:


 
  Art: Garden Lady

Alice, CA; Amy, NY; Berenice, NY; Blanche, NY; Bonnie, CA; Carol, NY;  Chrissie, NY; Daile, NY; Deborah, NY; Deni, NY; Donna, NY; Edie, PA; Ellen, NY; Erica, NY; Gail, OH; Geraldine, CA; Janet, NY; Jo, AZ; Josie, MI; Kate, NY; Kimi, NJ; Letitia, VA; Linda, MD; Linda, NJ; Linda, NY; Lucia, TX; Lynne, NY; Margaret, NY; Mary, TX; Maureen, NY; Marjorie, NY; Naomi, NJ; Randi, NY; Regina, NY; Roberta, NY; Robin, CA; Sharon, FL; Shirley, IN; Susan, NY; Susan, MA; Suzanne, NY; Terry, CA; Valerie, CA; and Yvette, NY.

May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:

Juliette de Bairacli Levy, Greece
Ricci Cortez, TX
Farrah Fawcett, CA
Fairy Milli, Australia
Willette Sanders, GA
Neda Agha Soltan and all the innocent protesters, Iran
Barbara Vogel, FL

With Sincere Condolences:

Clara Cassi, 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.

Dear Sisters,
I just got news yesterday that the woman that I am sitting in for is returning part-time on Monday. I feel shaken by the prospect and that my position here is potentially threatened. It is shaking my trust in Providence. What I need is energetic support to stay in touch with my confident, competent Self as this unfolds. I want to stay out of reactive mode and in my power. Would you help me with this in any way you can? I know that many of you are being stretched yourselves with challenges that threaten your own well-being. Know that I am holding you all in my own prayers and in my own energy work. Blessings Be!
- Winona, NM
  
Please all readers,
Send Dr. Aruna Mehta your good prayers and support through the air. She is an Ayurvedic physician and woman's doctor who has delivered 2000 babies in India. She is like a light house of the cosmos, radiating love and energy and is now ill and needs spiritual support. Thank you.
- Linda, NY
 
A friend of mine, named Deborah Peagler needs your help. She is a lifer prisoner doing time for killing her abusive partner before he could kill her. She's been in prison too long already and is facing a merciless Parole Board. She should have been home by now. Deborah has been diagnosed with cancer and is receiving chemo. Paperwork has begun to shuffle to request a compassionate release, so that she can be with her family in the end. My friend may die, but she wasn't sentenced to death in prison. I'm asking you to help me, help her. Please take a few minutes right now to go to a web site that has been set up for her. That site is www.freedebbie.org. You can find out more about my friend, as well as a prepared letter of support for her release. Simply sign that letter and process as instructed. Your signature could make all the difference. Please, do it now while you're at your computer. If you can get others to sign as well, great! The more, the better. Thanks.
- Theresa, CA
 
Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life - a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.
- Princess Diana

Where the Queens Are

Lucretia's Crown

CALIFORNIA

Here is a list of the interesting things this Queen has done in the last year:
 
1. Packed up and moved cross country from Illinois to California without having a place to live. Took a dog, two cats, and a teenaged daughter with me.
 
2. Started writing way outside my comfort zone... and had the stuff picked up for publication.
 
3. Experiments with e-dating.
 
4. Fell in love and got engaged to an e-date.
 
5. Sang karaoke in front of a packed bar, despite not being totally drunk.
 
6. Swam in the Pacific Ocean - at night.
 
7.  Nearly stepped on a rattlesnake. (fortunately, aforementioned teenaged daughter has better eyesight than her mother). Yes, this counts as an interesting thing.
 
8. Wrote an entire book in less than six weeks, and had it picked up for publication.
 
9. Launched successful "Book Doctor" business.
 
10. Launched my own monthly radio show on blogtalkradio.
 
smoky
  I'm sure there's more. But the point
  is, yes! We Queens rule!
 
   Smoky Trudeau,
   Hacienda Heights, CA




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