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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of substance, though I feel fragile as I come back together again in my
midlife. Because my journey has always been inner and deep, I find mirrors,
only occasionally that reveal the truth of my experience. Thank you. Thank you
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Are you looking for meaning, moxie, magic and
majesty in midlife?
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.
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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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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
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
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.
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
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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
A woman who I have been working with recently told me that I
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"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
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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.
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.
like to cook. And I especially like the ritual of cooking 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
- Lionel Bart
food for all,
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
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 Washington's Book of Cookery
is such a hand written manuscript
was given to her in
1749 and used in her household for
fifty years. This manuscript describes
cookery from the English Mother Land
includes cuisines of the
Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. It
recipes reflecting America's produce and colonial history.
Anna Weckerin was the first woman to
publish a cookbook. Ein
Kochbuch (A Delicious New
released in 1598 went through many
editions up through the 17th
recipes include a roast salmon with a sour
sauce and an eel pie,
as well as more familiar German dishes like Bratwurst and Lebkuchen.
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
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
Cookery 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.
Another outstanding English author,
Isabella Beeton, wrote
the Book of
Household Management. It
represented traditional fare and solid
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
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 written
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."
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
manuals. Born into wealth,
prominence and status, Mary Randolph
sumptuous cuisine influenced by English, Indian, African and Creole
Another extremely popular American author of the early
nineteenth 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.
the concept of using standardized
measuring spoons and cups, as
level measurement. This classic
American cooking reference contains
from milk toast to
à la Russe. She also included
essays on housekeeping,
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
Clementine Paddleford was an American food writer active 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
she moved to Paris at the age of
spending World War II as
a spy. She attended the world-
school for six months and then,
with two Fellow graduates, she
founded the cooking school
L'Ecole de Trois
(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 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
Alice Waters has carried the baton of innovative,
influential cuisine 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
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 Recipe
1 pound butter
1 pound sugar
1 1/4 pounds (20
1 1/4 pounds (20
2 1/2 teaspoons ground
2/ 1/2 teaspoons ground
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
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
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Susan, MA
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Your letters will be printed in the next Queen's Chronicles.
The Queen's Court
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.
Queens know what we know.
And we know a great deal. Our
experience has made us
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 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?
Queen learns to redirect back into Her Self some of the love, strength and
support that She gives so freely to others.
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?
do you do it? When do you do it? And most importantly, do you do it?!"
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.
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.
This is such
an important topic that I repeat this query and hope you will respond for the
do you do to soothe, to pamper, to nurture, to center, to calm, to heal, to
inspire, to excite your Self?
do you do it? When do you do it? And most importantly, do you do it?!"
send your questions or responses to email@example.com. Your
letters will be printed in the next Queen's Chronicles.
Kudos to the Queens!
Queen allows Herself to feel
worthy, entitled, and esteemed based
success of Her own efforts,
accomplishments, and growth.
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,
exhibitions of their
bangs, NY, (with
Les Johnson and Greg Matloff) Paradise Regained (Book); Deborah DeNicola, FL, The Future That Brought Her
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,
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.
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."
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!
is important that you recognize your progress and take pride in your
accomplishments. Share your achievements with others. Brag a little.
The recognition and support of those around you is nurturing.
- Rosemarie Rossetti
Circle of Concern
Please Offer Your Purest
Thoughts, Your Heart-Felt
Prayers, Your Great Good
Feelings, And Your Very Best
Blessings For Healing and Peace
of Mind To:
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
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
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 attendees 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
Please Submit Your Royal Reports
us about your Queen Group: who, what, where,
Queenly topics do you explore?
projects do you engage in?
some golden moments.