The Queen's Chronicles
Inspiration for an Influential, Passionate and Powerful Maturity
November 2009
In This Issue
Kitchen Queens
Martha Washington's Great Cake

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 for the Huffington Post and 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.

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.


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I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. 
- Agatha Christie

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The writing of this issue has been punctuated by a series of shopping runs and sous chef prep duties in anticipation of the Thanksgiving dinner that we are in the process of planning. I have been making lists and checking them thrice, assembling ingredients and scrubbing the kitchen. By the time we eat on Thursday afternoon my partner and I will have collectively devoted five days in all to its creation.
We, like everyone else I know, have both been so tired - so over worked, over stretched, over extended, over committed, overwhelmed - that my first thought about how to celebrate Thanksgiving was to have a circle dinner. That is, a meal consisting of round organic frozen turkey burgers and round organic frozen sweet potato pancakes and that awful canned cranberry sauce of my childhood cut into rounds. I thought I would be thankful for not having to cook.
I actually like to cook. And I especially like the ritual of women cookingcooking this particular meal. Thanksgiving is a primal time of cooking for days and for eating and overeating and eating leftovers for days. It is about bounty and abundance, appreciation and gratitude, connection and interdependence. It really is a Circle Thanks Giving. Thanks for the circles of our near and dear. Thanks for the cycles of the seasons, of the moon, of our lives. Thanks for the cosmic sphere that we live on, which supports and defines our living. And there is no better way to express that thankfulness than with some luv'n from the oven.
Dining with one's friends and beloved family is certainly one of life's primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul satisfying and eternal.
- Julia Childs

Food is the fuel of the energetic life force and, as such, it has always symbolized abundance, well-being and fertility. To eat is to ingest the divine essence of the universe itself. Food and drink taken together in community and in company with the deities becomes more than a meal. It becomes a benefit. A feast, a spiritual festival, a holy communion. A frank recognition and celebration of the flesh. A time out of time to enjoy the carnal arts, to indulge the appetites, feed the hungers and sate the thirsts with full understanding of the ephemeral transcendence of life... for tomorrow you may die.
Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.
-Erma Bombeck
Hospitality, especially generosity with food, has always been a valued expression of honor among people everywhere. It was, in point of fact, a stark necessity of survival, and remains so in many places to this day. Among most native American nations, a visitor, any visitor at all, is immediately offered something to eat. It doesn't matter how many guests, how unexpected, how early or late, or how few provisions a family possesses. Actually, in my experience, those families with the fewest possessions are often the freest with them. Guests, of course, are obliged to eat in order to uphold their part of the bargain. People feed each other. Period.

Then, with good friends of such attributes
and good food upon the board, and good wine in the pitcher, we may well ask, When shall we live if not now?
- M. F. K. Fisher
Eating is a much older occupation than cooking. Until our ancestors learned how to use (let alone how to make) fire, they ate everything cold and raw. And until they had perfected the fabrication of more appropriate vessels, cooking consisted solely of roasting. While it is possible to cook directly in the coals or to heat liquid in a stone crevice, a tightly woven basket, or a bladder bag by the addition of successive hot rocks, it is not efficient or easy to control. Pots and ovens vastly expanded the culinary vocabulary of humanity by adding boiling, steaming, stewing, frying and baking to the fundamental barbecue.
The Egyptians were the first to employ the chemistry of fermentation when they invented leavened bread and beer five thousand years ago. Tomb murals show an exquisite array of tableware: spoons made from metal, wood and ivory; goblets fashioned of glass, alabaster, porcelain, rock crystal, bronze, silver and gold. The oldest cookbook in the world, the Hon-Zo, was compiled by Shennung, a Chinese emperor in about 2700 BC. In the nearly five thousand years which have transpired since it's publication, we have learned very little new about food that Shennung didn't know.

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Thirteen hundred stone tablets that record the food habits of the Assyrians were discovered at the site of the majestic palace of Mari. Included were a marketing list for a two-day feast held in 1800 BC in the royal gardens and catered by Ilukanum, the first chef in history mentioned by name. The king, it would seem, ate quite well - fresh and smoked fish, mutton, beef, pork and fowl, carefully fattened then grilled, broiled or roasted; many varieties of breads and molded cakes made with honey, oil, sesame seeds, raisins and dates; fruits, figs, pomegranates, pistachios and pears, fresh and dried; special delicacies like shrimps and truffles. Dishes were flavored with cumin, coriander, garlic, ginger, fennel, mustard and thyme. A simple, yet sophisticated cuisine.
The Romans ate absolutely anything that swam, walked, crawled, hopped, flew or slithered. Quail, pigeon, peacocks, pheasants, ostriches, thrushes, camels, boar, dormice, grasshoppers, eels, land and sea snails. Hadrian was particularly fond of a dish made from pheasant, peacock, sow's udder and wild boar flesh all baked together in a crust like a grotesque meat tart. In 69 A.D., the emperor Vitellius sent warships to gather ingredients "collected in every corner of the empire from the Parthian frontier to the Straits of Gibraltar" for a votive offering to the Goddess. Of all his attempts to please Her, She most preferred a divine repast of "The Shield of Minerva," an elaborate concoction consisting of charfish livers, pheasant and peacock brains, flamingo tongues, and lamprey entrails. Yum.
Food, glorious food!
We're anxious to try it.
Three banquets a day -
Our favourite diet!
Just picture a great big steak -
Fried, roasted or stewed.
Oh, food,
Wonderful food,         
Marvelous food,
Glorious food.
- Lionel Bart
  From Oliver

Bon Appetit!
Yours for food for all,

Kitchen Queens
Women have long documented their domestic knowledge and experience by keeping written manuscripts of recipes for food, medicines, inks and cleaning supplies, in order to pass it down through the generations of their families.

Janet Theophano stated in her book, Eat My Words, that cookbooks are celebrations of identity. Connections to people, places and the past are embedded in the recipes women kept and exchanged, transformed, and adapted to the changing world.
  Martha WashingtonMartha Washington's Book of Cookery
  is such a hand written manuscript
  cookbook, which was given to her in
  1749 and used in her household for
  fifty years. This manuscript describes
  cookery from the English Mother Land
  and includes cuisines of the
  Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. It
  also offers recipes reflecting America's produce and colonial history.
annaAnna Weckerin was the first woman to
publish a cookbook. Ein Köstlich New
Kochbuch (A Delicious New Cookbook),
released in 1598 went through many
editions up through the 17th century. Her
recipes include a roast salmon with a sour
sauce and an eel pie, as well as more familiar German dishes like Bratwurst and Lebkuchen.
house wife  In 1727 Eliza Smith authored The
  Compleat Housewife. She had
  worked for many years as a cook in
  upper-class houses where she
  acquired considerable expertise in
  preparing and serving fine food. Her
  writing reveals great self-assurance,
  for she attacked English attitudes
  toward food and women cooks. In her Preface, she chides the male culinary writers of her time, and stresses her years of experience as a woman in the kitchen, in order to establish her authority.
The English author Hannah Glasse published The Art of hannaCookery Made Plain and Easy, which was a staple of American households during the Revolutionary War. Her emphasis on the use of plain language in her Preface was to retrieve cookery from the professional male chefs, who were accused of writing for male professionals with complex techniques. Glasse was a pioneer in giving recipes for ice cream, chocolate and vanilla, which appeared in the family recipes of the Washington, Jefferson and Franklin families.
beeton  Another outstanding English author,
  Isabella Beeton, wrote the Book of
  Household Management. It 
  represented traditional fare and solid
  Victorian values. Although it contained
  a few extravagant recipes, the author
  devoted many pages to plain family
  fare. These pages were removed in
  later editions. Her recipes were the
  first to list ingredients before the method of preparation. She included information on the management of children, the doctor and legal memoranda. Nearly two million copies of her first book sold by 1868. 
In 1796 Amelia Simmons published the first American Amelia Simmonswritten cookbook. She was the first to create an awareness of indigenous cookery in America. She printed the first corn, squash and pumpkin recipes; and she was the first to recommend the use of potash, a forerunner of baking powder. An orphan and domestic worker, she wrote in her Preface, that the book is calculated for "the improvement of the rising generation of females in America, particularly for those females in this country, who by the loss of their parents, or other unfortunate circumstances, are reduced to the necessity of going into families in the line of domestics, or taking refuge with their friends or relations, and doing those things which are really essential to the perfecting them as good wives, and useful members of society."
Mary Randolph  The Virginia House-Wife, published in
  1824 by Mary Randolph was the most
  influential American cookbook of the
  nineteenth century. It documented the
  cookery of the early days of the
  republic and was the most cherished
  of kitchen manuals. Born into wealth,
  prominence and status, Mary Randolph
  introduced a sumptuous cuisine influenced by English, Indian, African and Creole flavors.  
Another extremely popular American author of the early
Eliza Leslienineteenth century was Eliza Leslie. She was introduced anonymously in 1828 as "a lady of Philadelphia" writing Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats. Her second cookbook, Directions for Cookery in its Various Branches, was published in 1837 and had fifty printings. She also authored the first book on French Cookery. Her writing made Eliza Leslie a Philadelphia celebrity. She had the reputation of being a brilliant woman with a sarcastic wit and heady opinions. 
Fannie Farmer published her most well-known work, The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, in 1896. She introduced fannie
  the concept of using standardized
  measuring spoons and cups, as well as
  level measurement. This classic
  American cooking reference contains
  1849 recipes, from milk toast to
  Zigaras à la Russe. She also included
  essays on housekeeping, cleaning,
  canning and drying fruits and vegetables, and nutritional information. The book was so popular in America that cooks would refer to later editions simply as the "Fannie Farmer Cookbook," and it is still a top seller over 100 years later.
Farmer was first a student and then the principal of the Boston Cooking School and later created Mrs. Farmer's School of Cookery. She began by teaching gentlewomen and housewives the rudiments of plain and fancy cooking, but her interests eventually led her to develop a complete work of diet and nutrition for the ill, titled Food and Cookery for the Sick and Convalescent.
Clementine Paddleford was an American food writer activ
Clementine Paddleforde from the 1920s through the 1960s, writing for several publications, including the New York Herald Tribune, the New York Sun, The New York Telegram, Farm and Fireside, and This Week magazine. She was the first journalist in American history to take food as a serious subject to write about.
She was also a pilot, and flew a Piper Cub around the country to report on America's many regional cuisines. She traveled more than 800,000 miles between 1948 and 1960 in the pursuit of great food. One of her assignments was to report on the cooking and food aboard a US Navy submarine, which took her aboard the USS Skipjack for a cruise. In 1960 Paddleford published her tome How America Eats, a collection of 12 years of her columns.
Julia Childs discovered a penchant for French cuisine when
julia childs  she moved to Paris at the age of
  40, after spending World War II as
  a spy. She attended the world-
  famous Cordon Bleu cooking
  school for six months and then,
  with two Fellow graduates, she
  founded the cooking school
  L'Ecole de Trois Gourmandes
  (The School of the Three Gourmands). With a goal of adapting sophisticated French cuisine for mainstream Americans, the trio collaborated on a two-volume cookbook titled Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961). Published in the U.S., the 800-page book was considered a groundbreaking work and has since become a standard guide for the culinary community.
When she later moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, she promoted her book on the Boston public broadcasting station, and prepared an omelet on air exhibiting her delightful, straight-forward, casual demeanor and hearty humor. The response of the public was so immediate and overwhelmingly enthusiastic that she was invited back to tape her own series on cookery for the network. 
The French Chef TV series premiered on WGBH in 1962 and succeeded in changing the way Americans related to food, Over the years, the wild and wonderful Julia Child inspired countless home cooks to expand their horizons and make cooking a joyful pleasure. The show was syndicated to 96 stations throughout America and won both a Peabody Award and an Emmy Award in 1966.
Alice Waters has carried the baton of innovative, influential Alice Waterscuisine into the present day where she has updated it to meet the current needs of people and the environment. Her world famous restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California is credited for developing California Cuisine, which emphasizes the use of organic, seasonal, locally grown food prepared simply. The quality of ingredients ensures great taste.
Like Fannie Farmer, Alice Waters believes in the health-giving properties of good food cooked with love. She teaches that the international shipment of mass-produced food is both harmful to the environment and unhealthy for the consumer. She has authored or co-written 41 books that promote her culinary philosophy, including the seminal Chez Panisse Cooking.
A pioneer of the popular Slow Food Movement, she expanded her influence on cooking and eating by creating the Edible Schoolyard program. This innovative curriculum has been introduced into the entire Berkeley school system, and with the current crisis in childhood obesity, has attracted the attention of the national media. Her educational example was the inspiration for Michelle Obama's White House Garden, which she created with the children from a local school.
Each of these women introduced an original concept, philosophy or standard to culinary herstory, each one offering more depth and nuance to the art of cookery.  They were truly Queens of the kitchen who had their cakes and ate them, too.
Compliments to the chefs.

Martha Washington's Great Cake

The first First Lady was reputed be a generous hostess with a deliciously bountiful board.
Original Cake Recipe
"Take 40 eggs and divide the whites from the yolks and beat them to a froth. Then work 4 pounds of butter to a cream and put the whites of eggs to it, a spoon full at a time till it is well work'd. Then put in the Youlks [sic] of eggs and 5 pounds of flower [sic] and 5 pounds of fruit. Two hours will bake it. Add to it half an ounce of mace and nutmeg, half a point [sic] of win [sic] and some frensh [sic] brandy."
Adapted Cake Recipecake
10 eggs
1 pound butter
1 pound sugar
1 1/4 pounds (20 ounces) flour
1 1/4 pounds (20 ounces) fruit
2 1/2 teaspoons ground mace
2/ 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
2 ounces wine
2 ounces French brandy
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Separate egg whites from yolks and set yolks aside. Beat eggs whites to the "soft peak" stage. Cream butter. Slowly add the beaten egg whites, one spoonful at a time, to the butter. Add sugar slowly to egg whites and butter again, one spoonful at a time. Add egg yolks. Add flour, slowly. Add fruit.
Since Martha Washington would have used anything that was seasonable or available dried, and since nuts were considered a fruit, for this adapted version use the following:
5 ounces of pear, peeled, cored and diced (about 1 large pear)
9 1/2 ounces of apple, peeled, cored and diced (about 2 medium-to-large apples)
3 1/2 ounces of raisins
2 ounces sliced almonds (about 1/2 cup)
After fruit is added, add ground mace and nutmeg, wine and brandy. You can use cream sherry and other sorts of wine. Madeira, one of George Washington's favorites, would certainly be an appropriate choice. Lightly grease and flour a 10-inch springform cake pan. Put batter into pan and place in oven. Bake for about 75 minutes. When done, remove cake from oven and cool.
18th-Century Icing Recipe
Taken from one of Martha Washington's cookbooks
"Take two pound of double refin'd Sugar, beat and sift it very fine, and likewise beat and sift a little Starch and mix with it, then beat six Whites of Eggs to Froth, and put to it some Gum-Water. The Gum must be steep'd in Orange-flower-water, then mix and beat all these together two Hours, and put on your Cake: when it is baked, set it in the Oven again to harden a quarter of a Hour, take great care it is not discolour'd. When it is drawn, ice it over the Top and Sides, take two pound of double refin'd Sugar beat and sifted, and the Whites of three Eggs beat to a Froth, with three or four Spoonfuls of Orange-flower-water, and three Grains of Musk and Amber-grease together: put all these in a Stone Mortar, and beat these till it is as white as Snow, and with a Brush or Bundle of Feathers, spread it all over the Cake, and put it in the Oven to dry; but take Care the Oven does not discolor it. When it is cold paper it and it will keep good five or six weeks."
Adapted Icing Recipe
Beat for 3 minutes:
3 egg whites
2 tablespoons 4X sugar (confectioner's sugar)
Repeat additions of sugar until you have used 1 1/2 cups
Add 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons orange-flower water
Beat until the icing is stiff enough to stay parted when cut through with a knife. Smooth it onto the top and sides of a cake. Let it dry and harden in a 200-degree oven for 1 hour. (Note: Icing will be brittle and will shatter when you cut into the cake. Don't be surprised when this happens.)
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Letters In Response To
The October 2009 Issue:

My son, Noah, is one of the scientists on the moon rocket experiment that recently made headlines with the two-part strike on the moon. While I am generally against littering, I am in favor of recycling. This particular experiment adopted the use of two parts of the rocket booster used to put a satellite in orbit around the moon, and converted them into the impact rocket, and the observer rocket, both of which obliterated on impact. The data collected by the first rocket booster stage hitting in the shadow of the south pole crater, sending up a somewhat smaller than predicted plume, and the following observer section which flew through the plume, recording a huge amount of information, have sent back very valuable information that can be used in furthering our understanding of the geology of the moon, whether water is in fact present, as believed to be, and to understanding the origins of the universe, in some small ways. The impact itself was disappointing only in the absence of visual signs of the impact, indications of the less than dramatic nature of the event. I hope that you and my sisters will take a more tolerant view of this kind of science project, which involved conserving and data collection for what would have otherwise been just detritus of another launch. Sincerely,
- Jane, MA, Fellow Queen of My Self
As always your newsletter is very inspiring. I was thinking of you when I recently visited the MacDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, Texas. In your Women on the Moon section, I was pleased to see Annie Jump's name as one of the women recognized on the moon since I had written down a quote of hers in the Observatory exhibit which I thought you would enjoy. Her full name was Annie Jump Cameron and she lived from 1863 to 1941. "Deafness, caused by an illness in my mouth, was an advantage for my work. By removing my hearing aids I could work without distractions, enabling me to classify 120 stars every hour. I think of the stars' compositions as the architecture of the celestial mansions and their classification as the streaming of celestial tribes." Don't you love that last sentence? A great astronomer, a brave woman and a poet. Thinking of you,
- Dominique, NM
FABULOUS information on the Moon! We shall share in Sunday Services and give all credit and honor to you, Queen Mama Donna!!! Love and respect and admiration,
- Ava, CA and the Women of the Goddess Temple down here in Orange County
The notion of bombing the moon is completely insane.
- Lauren, AZ
Is the new moon crater we bombed called "penis?"
- Heather, MN
This really is just amazing - I don't know how you do it. Literally.
- Deirdre, NY
Thanks for the words. I always read your Chronicles avidly. Love,
- Gail, OH
I enjoy getting The Queen's Chronicles and learning history, hearing people's stories and "meeting" the new Queens.
- Nancy, NC
Thank you for your Chronicles. I always read them through and enjoy them so much. You are a very good writer.
- Fiona, Montenegro
I just read this and it is brilliant. I didn't know any of it. Keep up the good work
- Nan, TX

Love your newsletter. You're doing such great things! I wish much abundance and joy in all you do. Sincerely,
- Pam, CT
I've recently started working at a Western medical center at the insistence of the medical director who is sure that much of dis-ease has a spiritual basis. Good for him, I say! What I want you to know is that your book is the one I recommend more than any other! Midlife women are suffering all sorts of dis-ease because we don't know how to claim our Queendom. Your book shows them the way every time. I so appreciate your willingness to do your own work and then share it with the rest of us - it's working! Much love and gratitude,
- Susan, MA

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

The Queen's Court

moon goddess  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.

Busy, busy, busy Queens are we. As much as I adore my work, I sometimes find it frustrating. Often my to-do list is longer at the end of the day than it was when I started in the morning. I was raised with a gross misconception. I was always told that if I worked hard enough, I would get it done. But that is so untrue. I have discovered that the more I do, the more I have to do! So if we are all so busy all of the time, what do we do to regenerate our Selves?
The Queen learns to redirect back into Her Self some of the love, strength and support that She gives so freely to others.
In the September issue I published two letters from Queens describing how they take time for themselves for centering and pleasure. And I asked this question, "What do you do to soothe, to pamper, to nurture, to center, to calm, to heal, to inspire, to excite your Self?
How do you do it? When do you do it? And most importantly, do you do it?!"
Here are two responses:
Your question was perfectly timed. It caught me in a moment of complete overload. Overwhelmed with work, point person for my 40th high school reunion, President of my local Toastmasters group, trying to grow Women of Wisdom (not necessarily in the order of importance). I am tired, lonely, hungry, cranky. I promised myself that I needed to say no to whatever comes my way for a bit. I need to stick to that.
- Vicki, PA
The Queen is firm in the Defense of Her time, Her space, Her boundaries, Her priorities, Her preferences, Her ethics, Her needs, Her desires, Her safety, and Her sense of well-being. 
I live in the country and I try to remember every day why I live here and how much I love being in nature. Everyday without fail, I take a walk, even if it only lasts 10 or 15 minutes. This is my time to be quiet. It really helps when I get too stressed out with all my responsibilities. Sometimes when things really feel tight, I literally run outside for a few breaths of air. The deep breathing helps, too.
- Claire, MI
This is such an important topic that I repeat this query and hope you will respond for the next issue.
"What do you do to soothe, to pamper, to nurture, to center, to calm, to heal, to inspire, to excite your Self?
How do you do it? When do you do it? And most importantly, do you do it?!"

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

Kudos to the Queens!

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  The Queen allows Herself to feel
  worthy, entitled, and esteemed based
  on the success of Her own efforts,
  accomplishments, and growth.

  - QMD

Helene Aylon, NY; Judith Bernstein, NY; Stephanie Brody-Lederman, NY; Deborah Feller, NY; Janet Goldner, NY;  Meryl Laderman Ukeles, NY; Susan Mogul, CA; Linda Montano, NY; Angela Omulepu, CA; Sarah Reynolds, NY; Annie Sprinkle, CA; Elizabeth Stephens, CA; Robin Tewes, NY; Diane Torr, Scotland; and Carol Witten, CA on the exhibitions of their artwork.
c. bangs, NY,
(with Les Johnson and Greg Matloff) Paradise Regained (Book); Deborah DeNicola, FL, The Future That Brought Her Here: A Memoir of a Call to Awaken (Book); Donna DeNomme, CO, and Tina Proctor, CO, Ophelia's Oracle (Book); Diana S. Dodson, CA, It's Your Life, Take Charge (Book); Ariel Gobert, TX, Red Hot Revolution (book); Heide Goettner-Abendroth, Germany, Societies of Peace: Matriarchies Past Present and Future (Book); D'vorah J. Grenn, CA, Talking to the Goddess: Powerful Voices from Many Traditions (Book); Carmen Harra, NY and FL, The Eleven Eternal Principles (Book); Danielle Rama Hoffman, WA, The Temples of Light: An Initiatory Journey into the Heart Teachings of the Egyptian Mystery Schools (Book & CD); Rev. Kimberly Marooney, CA , The Be-Attitudes (Book); Galina Krasskova, NY, Day Star and Whirling Wheel: Honoring the Sun and Moon in the Northern Tradition (Book) on their new publications.
Daile Kaplan, NY,
on her award from The American Appraisers Association and Barbara Love, NJ, on being named Feminist of the Month by The Veteran Feminists of America.
Blanche Wright, NY,
on her parole from Taconic Correctional Facility after 30 years of incarceration.
Randi Anderson, NY,
on her exciting new job, and Siobhan and Mahassan Glynn, NY, on their new home.

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

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  Please Offer Your Purest
  Thoughts, Your
  Prayers, Your Great Good

  Feelings, And Your Very Best
For Healing and Peace
  of Mind To:


Carol, NY; Cat. NY; Chrissie, NY; Devidam NY; Edie, PA; Ellen, NY; Gail, OH; Geraldine, ID; Glenys, Australia; Jill, PA; Jo, AZ; Kimi, NJ; Letitia, VA; Linda, NY; Lucia, TX; Lynne, NY; Reid, DE; Shari, NY; Shirley, IN; Smriti, CA; Susan, NY; Terry, NY;
and Yvette, NY who are in the process of healing themselves from accident, injury or surgery.
May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:

Jo Carson, CA
Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, NY
Rosalie Davies, PA
Julia Edelen, MO
Janice Hines, GA
Alice Hutchins, CA
Cheryl Pettitt, WA
Alice S. Rossi, MA
Ingrid Sackowitz, NY
Lise Nocle Sade, WV
Nancy Sperp, NY
Marcia Steigerwald, IN
Loise Thomson, BC, Canada
With Sincere Condolences:

Cristina Biaggi, NY
Miriam Bird, NY
Charoula Dontopoulos, Greece and OH
Bridgette Edelen, MO
Deborah Fredricks, WV
Terry Laszlo-Gopadze, CA
Kathy Schmidt, WA
Ranelle Melton, IN
Mickie Weinstein, PA
Marcie Topp, BC, Canada
I am writing today to ask for any help you may be able to offer to the people and the animals and earth spirits up in this New York region. We are being threatened by the "natural gas industry" and the time is coming nearer! As you may already know they (Haliburton, Chesapeake Energy, Schlumberger and many others) are packaging this "natural gas" as a healthy alternative that is locally accessible, they are leasing land , seducing local farmers and other land owners w $$$ and then setting up drills and planning to use a new and very harmful practice called hydrofracking which uses a tremendous amount of water to extract the gas while also depositing Methene and Benzene and other chemicals into the earth. They are paying people $$$ to silence those who have had health issues related to the gas drilling. PLEASE do what you can to support us in maintaining a healthy land for the animals and our children. For more info you can connect with www.shaleshock.org. Thank You. Bountiful blessings,
- Careyana, 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.
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

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I am finally going into Queen mode! After 17 years, I am retiring from my seasonal SolstiCelebrations. Each event took 500 hours of my time. Producing events that attract 1000 people is for young folks. I have a lot more than free labor and organization to give the community. I have wisdom.
One thing that kicked it off was being put on an interfaith panel on the local large daily newspaper, where I write every week. Each week I weigh in with the Earth-centered spirituality perspective, but really I speak for the spiritual-not-religious crowd as well. Both are the fastest growing faith paths. Most of them are not affiliated with a particular group. As a result, they rarely have a place at the interfaith table. I'd like to change that.
Instead of big seasonal festivals which too many of the amy martinsattendees see as a big party, my group Earth Rhythms will be bringing in concerts and lectures from spiritual leaders that resonate with this field. All these things feed my writing career, which has been on hiatus for too many years. Now I will have a lot more time to write. I'm also developing a web site for the cultural creatives in North Texas, bringing together the holistic, environmental, spirituality, Earth-centered and progressive causes communities. If it floats, I'll take it to other cities. So Queening indeed!
- Amy, TX

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when, why?
What Queenly topics do you explore?
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