The Queen's Chronicles
Inspiration for an Influential, Passionate and Powerful Maturity
January 2010
In This Issue
Farewell Queen Miep
Creole Queens
Haiti's Fallen Sheroes

Queen Mama Donna


Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, award-winning author, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD, an acclaimed quarterly journal and currently 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 offers intuitive tarot readings and spiritual counseling and works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.

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

SATURDAY, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop 
Learn the basics about the tarot. This beginners workshop will be required for future tarot classes.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
$50. If prepaid 3 days before class.
$60. At the door.


1/3 off reading for February Birthdays. In person or by phone.
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One of the eight power days in the wheel of the year. Open your heart and let the light in. Please bring a candle in a holder.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
Advance reservation required.
SATURDAY, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop 
Learn the basics about the tarot. This beginners workshop will be required for future tarot classes.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
$50. If prepaid 3 days before class.
$60. At the door.
FRIDAY, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Mama Donna offers 15-minute readings for only $25! Free wine and refreshments.
Kris Waldherr Art and Words
1501 Newkirk Avenue
(entrance on Marlborough Road, around the corner)
Brooklyn, NY 11226
For info: 347-406-5811


SATURDAY, 1:00-5:00 PM
A spirited, sensual, celebratory ceremony for women to ignite your Self-love. Evoke, embrace, exalt and enjoy your beauty, wisdom and power! Drumming, chanting, dancing, luscious treats. Please dress in your ceremonial best.
Be really red!   
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
$40. If prepaid
$50. At the door
FEBRUARY 20, 27, MARCH 6, 13, 27, APRIL 3
6 SATURDAYS, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop 
An in-depth study of the tarot. (The beginners Tarot 101 workshop is required for this series.) Major Arcana, Minor Arcana, Suits, Numerology, Royal Cards, Spreads are covered.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
$50 per class
$240 ($40/class) for the entire series if prepaid by 2/13/10
Students from past tarot classes are welcome to take single make-up classes.

MARCH 1-31
1/3 off reading for March Birthdays. In person or by phone.
For info: 718-857-1343
**TELESEMINAR: PSYCHIC PROTECTION FROM ENERGY VAMPIRES: Spirit-Depleting People, Places and Predicaments
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop 
Learn how to protect yourself against the predators and parasites who steal away your personal power and resolve.
Register for all 3 teleclasses in the series (the first Wednesday each month)**
Only $60
(April 7 - Spiritual Spring Cleaning: Detoxing Body, Mind, Spirit, and Home
May 5 - Staying Centered in Stress, Storm, and Chaos: Holding the Spirit in Hard Times)
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A family friendly event. Bring kids, drums, percussion instruments and plenty of spirit. Call to volunteer.
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APRIL 1-30
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**TELESEMINAR: SPIRITUAL SPRING CLEANING: Detoxing Body, Mind, Spirit, and Home  
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop 
Learn how to detox and declutter in order to sweep away the detritus that clogs your body, fogs your brain, and bogs you down. Purify and sanctify your body, mind, spirit, and living/working space.
$60. if you register for all 3 teleclasses in the series**
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APRIL 13, 2010
Radio interview with Maryanne Comaroto on Maryanne Live!
APRIL 14, 2010
Radio interview with Raven Blair Davis on Woman Power Talk Radio

APRIL 29 - MAY 2
Mama Donna is a guest workshop leader and ritualist. Hosted by the Panthean Temple.
For information: 203-660-1369

MAY 1-31
1/3 off reading for April Birthdays. In person or by phone.
For info: 718-857-1343
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop 
Learn simple body/mind/spirit techniques to help you keep your perspective, sanity, clarity, equilibrium, good cheer and positive attitude intact during the toughest of times.
$60. if you register for all 3 teleclasses in the series**
For info: 718-857-1343


Have Crown,
Will Travel!

To discuss booking Queen Mama Donna for a reading, presentation, ritual, workshop or a keynote address in your area, call her at 718-857-1343 or e-mail her at TheQueenOfMySelf@aol.com

Donna Henes is a regular and cherished speaker at the Omega Institute. The response to her present-ations is always a rapt audience. She is articulate, insightful, and totally engaging.
- Lois Guarino, Director
People and Culture
Omega Institute
Rhinebeck, New York

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Regular Columns:

Always in Season
The Huffington Post

Ask Your Mama
Pagan Pages
The Oracle
New Age Journal
UPI Religion and Spirituality

Recent Articles about QMD:

*The Daily Beast
*The Village Voice
*100 Predictions by Top Psychics
Huffington Post
NY Arts Examiner
New York Times
Irregular Times: New Unfit to Print
Village Voice
Whole Life Times
Common Ground
Chicago Tribune
Houston Chronicle
The Columbia State
Bloomington Pantagraph
Lexington Herald-Leader
The Fort Meyers News-Press
The New York Observer
Boston Patriot Ledger
Minneapolis Star Tribune
ODE Magazine
Gaia Community
Arizona Daily Star
Variety Magazine column Stylephile feature
Martha Stewart online
CA Psychics Newsletter

Recent Articles by QMD:
Women's Wellness Magazine
Global Grind
SIBYL Magazine
In LA Magazine

Regular Articles:
Ezine Articles
Soulful Living
Shaman Portal
Global Goddess

Mama Donna Blesses the Fleet
Blessing of the Hudson River
Eggs on End spring Equinox Ceremony with Mama Donna
Mama Donna Blesses the Halloween Parade
Inauguration Purification Ritual. Part 1
Inauguration Purification Ritual. Part 2
Stock Exchange Blessing with Mama Donna
Mama Donna House Blessing
Mama Donna Blesses Wall Street
Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman
Vernal Equinox with Mama Donna
Interview with Marion Weinstein

Recent Radio Interviews:
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What the Animals Tell me Radio with Flash Silvermoon
*Spirit 2 Spirit Connection Radio with Aricia La France
Intuitive Soul Radio with Laurie Huston
Passions and Possibilities
Charmed Life Radio with Victoria Moran
Nurturing the Nurturers with
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Dr. Teena Cahill
Authors Read
Mama Donna's New Year Radio Special
Mama Donna's Christmas Radio Special
Living Juicy Radio
Positive Living Radio
Romance Radio
Journey to Self #2
Full Power Living
Journey to Self #1
Women's Radio
Mother's Day Special
Soul Connections
Karen Tate Radio Show
Studio1 Thinktank
Blogtalk Radio
KZYX Radio

Women Talk Live Radio
Heal Yourself Talk Radio with Rebecca White
Personal Life Media
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Apologies for the lateness of this issue. The Queen Team is in the midst of a personnel change, which set our schedule back some.

A fond and grateful farewell to Yana Kraeva, the cyber-Queen of The Chronicles. Thank you for your expertise and diligent work. Great good luck on your return to Russia.

Welcome to Sarah Reynolds who will inhabit the cyber-throne beginning with this issue. Thank you so much in advance.  The crown is now yours!

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  Hail Queens!

  The terrible events of the
  last decade have shaken our
  naive privileged delusions of
  safety and exemption from
many of the harsher realities of life. We have been forced to face the fact that nothing in the world is permanent. Nothing lasts forever. Nothing is ever really completely safe. There is no such thing as security. Anything, anything at all, can happen at any moment. And in that moment, we are changed forever, as well.
How the hell can we cope with such uncertain times? (And all times are uncertain.) Life is a dangerous proposition all the way around. Nobody makes it out alive, after all. We never know, from day to day, from minute to minute, when a crisis will arrive unannounced on our doorstep. We never know when or how we will be called upon to rise to a critical, pivotal occasion. Yet we would like to think that we would be ready, willing and able to handle whatever may come our way. Like any good scout, we aim to be prepared.
But being prepared in the way of the Scouts can get you only so far. Sure, it is always a good idea to have a well-stocked pantry, tool box and first aid kit, just in case. It behooves one to be smart, to be alert, aware, vigilant, careful and calm. But there is simply no way - given the infinite variety of diabolically creative forms that death and destruction can take - to be prepared for any conceivable contingency.


How can we predict and plan for every possible danger when we are confronted with scenarios that no sane person could ever invent? Who, save for Hollywood's most obscene illusionists, could possibly have conjured the unthinkable traumas that we have been exposed to - if not personally, vicariously, and certainly psychically? Let alone prepare for them?
Two well-heeled, well-coiffed Japanese tourists in London were struck and killed by lightning striking literally out of the blue as they strolled through Hyde Park. The wire, it would seem, on their under-wire brassieres had attracted the deadly bolt. How could we ever anticipate anything so bizarre?
A few years ago, a woman I once knew was walking with her husband and two adolescent sons along Boston harbor one sunny Sunday afternoon. They were eating ice cream and looking at the ships when a freak wind came along and knocked one of the boys into the water, never to be seen again. Imagine. Life is so fragile that an errant wind could literally blow you away forever.
The only way that we can truly prepare ourselves for unanticipated emergencies is to center ourselves in the present moment. To pay attention. To be ever mindful. To really be here now. If we can focus on the immediate, rather than obsess over the past or try to anticipate the future, we will have the presence of mind to assess each situation as it arises. And we will be able to be flexible in our response to it.
I have a friend who tends toward panic. The woman craves security. Just watching the dizzy ups and downs of my ever-precarious economic circumstances over the years drives her to distraction. When the vagaries of my life make her especially nervous, she will demand, "What, exactly, are you going to do?"
Exactly? "Well, I will do such and such," I brazenly reply, not because I know that to be true, but because I feel compelled to come up with an answer to ease her concern and worry on my behalf. Of course, the correct and honest answer always has to be, "I don't know. It depends. I have to see. I have to think. I have to feel. I have to meditate. I have to consult the cards. I have to do what seems right at the time." This is not being irresponsible. It is the ultimate response-ability.
Eventually, I came to understand that she was asking the wrong question in the first place. It is not so important to know what we will do in any given situation. The crucial thing is to know that we will be able to do something. To have confidence in our ability to think on our feet. To have faith in our own assessments, instincts and intuition. To be able to figure it out as we go along. To believe in our good intentions and our courage to do whatever is called for.
I remember so vividly the last cogent conversation that I had with my dear friend Jimmy a few days before he died. I asked him what lessons he had learned having had to deal with a mortal disease for so many years. What did all that pain and suffering come to in a spiritual sense? He replied that he had learned that he had inside of himself the resources that he needed in order to do what he had to do. He had never known that before, he told me.
What a valuable lesson. But I don't want to die to learn it. It seems to me that the secret to successful preparation is mindful presence. To live the life that we have, while we can, as best as we can, and to appreciate every single minute of it. L' chaim!, the Yiddish toast, "To life!" recognizes, embraces and salutes life in the full range of its scope and complexity. It celebrates all of it - the good, the bad, the ugly, the indifferent - for tomorrow we die.

Meditating Woman

Yours for an evolved response-ability,

Farewell Queen Miep

  Queen Miep Gies
  Miep Gies, the woman who  
  sheltered the Frank family
  and saved Anne's diary for 
  posterity, died this month
  at the ripe age of 100.

  She was born Hermine
  Santruschitz in Vienna to
  Christian parents in 1909.
  In 1920 she moved to Leiden to escape food shortages and was raised by a Dutch family who moved to Amsterdam two years later. They nicknamed her Miep.

In 1933, she went to work as an office assistant for Otto Frank, who was director of a pectin producing company.
Gies and her husband became family friends with the
Franks and when Otto asked for help, they agreed to
hide him and his family in a secret warehouse annex.

From July 1942 until August 1944 she brought them daily groceries and served as their link to the outside world.
After 25 months in hiding, the Frank family was taken
away to the death camps, but an Austrian SS officer
spared Gies from arrest out of sympathy - on the
condition she promise not to flee.

"There is nothing special about me," Gies wrote in a book first published in 1987. "I have never wanted special attention. I was only willing to do what was asked of me
and what seemed necessary at the time."

Gies found Anne's diaries in the debris left by the raid and kept them in her desk drawer without ever reading them. After the war ended, when it became clear that Anne was not coming back, she handed them over to Anne's father.
They were published in Dutch in 1945 and in English two years later. It has been translated in 30 languages. As of this writing it was an amazon.com best seller in three categories.
This apparently inconsequential diary by a child, this "de profundis" stammered out in a child's voice, embodies all the hideousness of fascism, more so than all the evidence of Nuremberg put together.
- Dr. Jan Romein, Dutch historian, 1946
After the war, Queen Miep gave public speeches to keep Anne's memory alive and she corresponded with people around the world to promote peace and other causes. She also campaigned against holocaust denial. Gies received honors from several governments and institutions, and last year had an asteroid named after her by the International Astronomical Union.

Miep Then & Now
Helping people who are in danger is not a matter of courage but from making a decision that every human being has to make in his life when he or she distinguishes between good and bad.
- Miep Gies

Creole Queens

All eyes have been on Haiti of late. Our hearts go out to those who have lost so much, especially those who had so very little to begin with. So many of us have thought of Haiti as being a desperately poor, severely undeveloped, politically corrupt and brutal, socially unstable and environmentally devastated place.
While all of these statements are true, Haiti has always been a country rich in natural beauty, cultural uniqueness and well-deserved national pride. Haiti was the first independent nation in Latin America and the first black-led republic in the world when it gained independence as part of a successful slave rebellion in 1804. 
But perhaps the most valuable Haitian treasure is the generation upon generation of strong willed, out-spoken, effective, ethical and influential women leaders.


Anacaona 2Anacaona, or Golden Flower, was born in 1464 in Yaguana (today the town of Léogâne), the flourishing capital of Xaragua, the most prosperous and heavily populated of the indigenous Taino kingdoms at the time of the European invasion.

Both her brother and later her husband were two of the five most powerful chiefs in the land. And she, herself, had a powerful matrilineal heritage. Anacaona and her brother Bohechio negotiated as a team with Columbus when he demanded tribute from the local tribes. Their talks were friendly and successful.

She became Queen of Xaragua after her brother's death. Her husband Caonabo, suspected of having organized the attack on La Navidad, the Spanish settlement on northern Haiti, was captured and shipped to Spain, dying in a shipwreck during the journey.

As Queen, Anacaona was widely admired for the ballads, ballets, poetry and plays that she composed as well as for the elegance of her court. Her realm of Xaragua was the only Taino kingdom on the island that had not succumbed to Spanish conquest. In 1502, a new Spanish governor arrived with some 2500 troops. He requested a meeting with Anacaona, and in 1503, the Queen and other chieftains of the province prepared a lavish reception for him and his men.

In the middle of the entertainment, the governor gave a signal, and the Spanish seized the Xaraguayans, tied them to poles and killed them. Eighty Taino leaders were slaughtered. Anacaona was saved that night, but was captured, and, in September 1503, she was taken to Santo Domingo where she was hung.

Queen Anacaona is still very much revered in Haiti, where she is considered to be a primordial founder of the country. She is immortalized in the intertwining histories of both Haiti and the Dominican Republic where many places bear her name. The renowned Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat wrote Anacaona Golden Flower, an award-winning novel in dedication to the befallen chief.
Anacaona, captive-bred Indian
Anacaona, the primitive region
Anacaona, I heard your voice
As she wept as she moaned
I heard Anacaona
From your anguished heart
Your freedom never came ...
- From a song by Cheo Feliciano
Esther Boucicault
HIV/AIDS Activist

Esther Boucicault  Born in Saint-Marc in 1960, 
  Boucicault was diagnosed as
  HIV positive in 1995. Following
  the AIDS death of her husband
  and her son who was born HIV
  positive, she decided to
  dedicate herself to saving
  others from the same fate.
 In December 1998, she was interviewed on a private TV station about her illness. This was the first time in Haiti that a person with HIV/AIDS had gone public in such a way. Her testimony provoked a scandal in Saint-Marc, and she endured the hostility of the families of both her first and second husband.
Undeterred by the scorn, Boucicault has established a foundation to work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and provide medical and psychological aid to those carrying the virus.
Accompanied by health professionals, she tours Haitian towns giving information and advice to young people. She encourages the use of condoms, believing that even though this is contrary to Catholic religious morals it is more important to speak frankly to adolescents about the dangers they face in a country where more than 5% of adults are HIV positive.
Following Boucicault's example, others with HIV/AIDS have come into the open, and, in 1999, a number of them got together to form the National Solidarity Association. Today, no anti-AIDS campaign takes place without them. Young and old come to hear them speak, and there is no longer the outrage that such public discussion once provoked.

The Queen does not bite Her tongue nor does She withhold Her views. She makes Her beliefs perfectly clear, assumes full response-ability for them, and then takes action to effect change for the betterment of all.

"Things have changed a great deal," she said of the decade since she disclosed her status. "For example, there was a survey in Haiti that showed that most people wouldn't need to keep it a secret if a member of their family had HIV/AIDS. It's no longer this super illness where the victim must be isolated from the rest of the world."

Marie Chauvet

Marie Chauvet  The best known and most prolific
  of Haiti's female novelists,
Chauvet was born in
in 1917. Her first
  novel, Fille D'Haiti
(1953), about
  the mulatto daughter
of a
  prostitute who tries to escape
  origins in the hypocritical world
  of the Haitian elite, was awarded
  the Prix de l'Alliance Francaise.
La Danse sur le Volcan (1957), depicting the events
leading up to the Haitian Revolution, was translated
into English and Dutch.

Chauvet's most famous work, the trilogy of novellas, Amour, Colere et Folie, was published in Paris in 1968. The author was unable to return to Haiti from France because the novel dealt with the behavior of corrupt Duvalierist officials and the sadistic Tontons Macoutes. Her husband begged her not to publish it, and when she did so over his objections, he not only left her, but also bought and destroyed all the copies of the book sent to Haiti. She died in exile in New York in 1975, and was only awarded national honors after the end of the Duvalier dictatorship.
Rose Anne Auguste
Nurse, Social Worker, Human Rights Activist

Rose Anne Auguste  Marie Carmèle Rose-Anne
  Auguste was born in 1963, in
  Jérémie. During the 1970s she
  attended the Pressoir Jerome
  School in Jérémie, and later
  studied at Port-au-Prince's
  Lucien Hibert College, where
  she received her baccalaureate in
  1984. She went on to study at the National School of Nursing, earning her diploma in 1988. While there, she established a nurses' student union.
Auguste then worked for a variety of non-governmental organizations in central Haiti, but was in Port-au-Prince at the time of the 1991 military coup. She risked her personal safety to rescue patients at the general hospital when soldiers came to finish off those wounded while resisting the coup.
In 1992, with help from Partners in Health, she founded the Women's Health Clinic located in a heavily-populated hillside shantytown to the south of the capital. Originally only meant for women, it grew to treat more than 200 women, men and children each day.
Auguste has also provided counseling for female victims of gang beatings and rape. In 1994, she received the Reebok Human Rights Award, which she later donated to Partners in Health in support of destitute women in Haiti.
Auguste remains outspoken about Haiti's legacy of poverty and violence, reporting human rights abuses to international organizations and working to make the local healthcare system more responsive to victims of repression. She was one of 1000 women worldwide who were proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.
I firmly believe that the overwhelming majority of women need to fight with determination against social inequalities.
- Rose Anne Auguste
Yvonne Hakim Rimpel
Feminist, Journalist

Yvonne Hakim Rimpel  Born in Port-au-Prince in 1906,
  Rimpel was a founder of the first
  Haitian feminist organization, the
  Women's League for Social Action.
  It was established in 1934 by a 
of women intellectuals,
and activists from
  the middle and
upper classes,
  and played an
important role in
  politics for the
next 25 years,
  focusing mainly on
legal rights:
  suffrage, access to
education and  equality for married women. In 1951, she founded Escale, a bi-weekly news revue, and for six years she was its director, driving force, and main editor.

The Constitution of 1950 gave women a limited right to vote (with their husbands' permission), but it was not until 1957 that they obtained full equal suffrage. Rimpel supported Louis Déjoie in the presidential election that year and was an active participant in the electoral campaign.
When François Duvalier emerged as winner, she criticized the manipulative engineering of his victory. On the night of January 5th 1958, the vicious dictator Duvalier sent a group of masked Tontons Macoutes to Rimpel's house. They dragged her off into the night. The next morning, she was found lying naked in a street in Petionville, beaten unconscious, covered in blood, and probably raped. After two months in the hospital, she recovered, but she never wrote again. She maintained her silence until her death in June 1986.

Haiti Women
Haiti's Fallen Sheroes

The 2010 earthquake claimed the lives of three of Haiti's most prominent sheroes of women's rights. Myriam Merlet, Magalie Marcelin and Anne Marie Coriolan, founders of three of the country's most important advocacy organizations working on behalf of women and girls, are confirmed dead.
One returned to her Haitian roots to give voice to women, honor their stories and help shape their futures. Another urged women to pack a courtroom in Haiti, where she succeeded in getting a guilty verdict against a man who battered his wife. A third joined the others and helped change the law to make rape, long a political weapon in Haiti, a punishable crime.
Myriam Merlet
Author, Activist

Myriam Merlet  Merlet fled Haiti in the
  1970s. She studied in
  Canada, steeping her-
  self in economics,
  women's issues,
  feminist theory and 
  political sociology. In
  the mid-1980s, she returned to her homeland.
I felt the need to find out who I was and where my soul was. I chose to be a Haitian woman.
- Myriam Merlet
She was a founder of Enfofamn, an organization that raises awareness about women through media, collects their stories and works to honor their names. Among her efforts, she set out to get streets named after Haitian women who came before her.
Myriam Merlet was until recently the chief of staff of Haiti's Ministry for Gender and the Rights of Women, established in 1995, and still served as a top adviser.
"She was very bold," said Eve Ensler, who, at Merlet's insistence, brought her play The Vagina Monologues to Haiti and helped establish safe houses for women in Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien. "She had an incredible vision of what was possible for Haitian women, and she lifted their spirits."
She was 53.
Magalie Marcelin
Lawyer, Actress

Magalie Marcelin  Magalie Marcelin, who
  appeared in films and on
  stage, established Kay Fanm,
  a women's rights organization
  that deals with domestic
  violence, offers services
  and shelter to women and
  makes micro loans available
  to women working in markets.
A study of Haitian women and girls conducted by Kay Fanm right before the disaster showed that an estimated 72 percent had been raped, and at least 40 percent of the women surveyed were victims of domestic violence.
Two years ago, Marcelin was prosecuting a man for wife beating. Hoping to deflect the political clout of the defendant in court, she asked for women to come out in droves and pack the courtroom. The women won and the man on trial was convicted of battery.
In an interview last year with the Haitian Times, Marcelin spoke about the image of a drum that adorns Kay Fanm's public awareness stickers. "It's very symbolic in the Haitian cultural imagination. The sound of the drum is the sound of freedom, it's the sound of slaves breaking with slavery."
She was believed to be in her mid-50s.
Anne Marie Coriolan
Political Organizer

Anne Marie Coriolan  Anne Marie Coriolan served with
  Merlet, as a top adviser to the
  women's rights ministry. Coriolan
  was the founder of Solidarite
  Fanm Ayisyen (Solidarity with
  Haitian Women, or SOFA), an
  advocacy and services
  Coriolan helped bring rape - long used as an instrument of terror and war - to the forefront of Haitian courts. Before 2005, rapes in Haiti were treated as nothing more than crimes of passion. That changed because of the collective efforts of these women activists, and the others who they inspired.
"She loved her country. She never stopped believing in Haiti. She said that when you have a dream you have to fight for it," her daughter Wani said. "She wanted women to have equal rights. She wanted women to hold their heads high."
She was 53.

Helping Hands
With the three leaders gone, there is concern about the future of Haiti's women and girls. Even with all that's been achieved, the struggle for equality and against violence remains enormous. "The chaos that's taken over the devastated nation heightens those worries," warns Taina Bien-Aimé, the executive director of Equality Now, a human rights organization dedicated to women. "And humanitarian emergencies have been linked to increased violence and exploitation in the past," she said.
Let us honor the lives and contributions of these three brave Queens by continuing to struggle for the rights and safety of women and girls everywhere.

The Queen's Chant

African Warrior Woman

I am Queen Nzinga.

I am Queen Amina.
I am Harriet Tubman.
I am Mbuya Nehanda.
And Behold! 
I've been pushed!

Down!  To the ground!
With only my bare hands
To use as a cup.
But I have fought many wars,
Plus untold battles,

- Nilene O. A. Foxworth

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.

I have recently received a flurry of letters from women offering definitions and descriptions of Queendom. Here are a few. I hope that they will spark some response from you, the loyal, royal sisterhood who comprise The Queen's Court. Please keep your missives coming.
Declarations of Queendom:
When I told my partner, Sheriden about "regalicious" from the December Queen's Chronicles this morning, she coined another word. "Well," she said, "it's Queendomonium around here today!" It's all yours! Queendomonium! We laughed till she cried. Congrats on another swell newsletter as always.
-Susan, MA
I just celebrated my 69th birthday on December 4th, so I guess I am a Queen!!! If being a Queen is part of your state of mind, then, Queen Donna, I too, am definitely a Queen, and I hope to remain one for many years.
- Debbie, OH
I thought about you when during a yoga class we did the Queen pose. How appropriate that there is a Queen pose!
- Susan, CA
You were right when you wrote in The Queen of My Self, "There are no 10 easy steps to sovereignty." Becoming the Queen of my own life has been the hardest thing I have ever done, and also the most rewarding. It seemed natural to love and honor my husband. It was easy to love and nurture my children. But it has been a struggle to come to love, honor and nurture myself. I am still working on it, and every day I feel more like a Queen.
- Queen Isabella, VA
The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. 
- Roseanne Barr
I would love to further this discussion. Do send in your definitions, descriptions and declarations of Queendom.

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

The Queen's Correspondence

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

Letters In Response To
The December 2009 Issue:

I'm really happy to know that you are finally requesting donations for The Queen's Chronicles. It is first rate and it shows that you take a lot of time and heart to do it. It is inspiring, and I always look forward to reading it.
- Terry, CA
Here is my contribution toward the continuation of The Queen's Chronicles. While I recognize that the effort takes a great deal of time and money, the finished product is priceless! I just love reading it every month, and be assured that I forward every one to my entire book club and my garden club and all my friends. Please keep them coming.
- Sarah, OR
I always enjoy reading The Queen's Chronicles, especially this issue. Thanks!
- Saundra, CA
I love the book publishing story. Very inspiring. Taking the "reigns" in your own hands!
- Linda, NY
What an inspiring tale. How great that you had the courage to walk your talk. We Queens everywhere are so grateful that you did. Thanks for your wisdom and your regal example.
- Sharon, MI
Nice to read your story. Thankfully I never went the publishing route, but I did try this summer. I thought I'd see about moving my book to a major house, and went to Book Expo in America in New York. I got ten publishers very interested, and received rejections from them all. But the comments were interesting. So life hasn't changed when it comes to them understanding the importance of the book - I think they do it just by their personal opinions - and so they don't think there's an audience, even though I receive lots of emails from people thanking me for the book and telling me how it's changed their lives. Publishers don't get it, or don't see how women are seeking this information. Blessings on the work you do!
- Kris, WA
Good for you, Donna! I hear you.
- Camille, CA
You look fantastic! Love the caftan. Great color for you. I've been wearing caftans for years. I used to attend many black-tie parties, and I couldn't afford to buy new gowns each time, so, I started shopping the clearance section at Lord & Taylor, Saks, Nordstrom and other stores in their lingerie departments when I traveled around the country. Amazing the fancy gowns and caftans I would find at bargain-basement prices. (In fact, my son Seth requested I wear one of them for his wedding.) I always looked elegant, perhaps because I always felt elegant. As always, this was a great Chronicle. I always look forward to them.
- Debby, OH

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

Kudos to the Queens!

clapping hands rotated
  Where there is a woman, there is 
  - Ntozake Shange


Nancy Azara, NY; Barbara Hammer, NY; Carey Lovelace, NY; Beverly Naidus, Rachel Rosenthal, CA; WA; Annie Sprinkle, CA; Diane Torr, Scotland; Linda Vallejo, CA
and Martha Wilson, NY on the exhibitions of their work.
Deena Metzger, CA, Ruin and Beauty (Book); Eva Pel, Holland, Observations of a Celebration, Netherlands and New York 2009 (Book); Batya Weinbaum, VT, Opening Palms (Book); and Rubie Wilkie a.k.a Sista Flame, GA, DISTRAKSIONS (Book) on their new publications.
Elaine Silver, FL for being honored as A Woman as Visionary.
Sarah Jenkins and Erica Ryland, Mrs. and Mrs. Jenland, CT on their marriage (performed by Queen Mama Donna).
Dr. Jane Petro, MA on her retirement.
Debbie Lubar, MA on the birth of her first grandchild.
Linda Mayo Perez, SC, on her move to the South, and Hilary Mandel, British Columbia, Canada, on her change of residence.

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

Helping Hands Circle 
  Please Offer Your Purest
  Thoughts, Your
  Prayers, Your Great Good

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


Amy, NY; Annie, MA; Betty, AL; Carol, NY; Cat, NY; Chrissie, NY; Deirdre, NY; Devidam NY; Edie, PA; Ellen, NY; Gail, OH; Geraldine, ID; Glenys, Australia; Jane, NY; Jill, PA; Jo, AZ; Kimi, NJ; Letitia, VA; Linda, NY; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Lynne, NY; Marcia, WA; Matild Cathy, NY; Naomi, DC; Reid, DE; Shari, NY; Shirley, IN; Smriti, CA; Susan, NY; Terry, NY; Wai, NY
and Yvette, NY who are in the process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury or surgery.
Amy, NY; Carol, NY; Daile, NY; Kayla, NY; Lee, NJ; Lois, NY; Margo, NY; Meryl, NY; Nancy, NC; and Roslyn, NJ the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves. 

May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:

Lois Barleman, CA
Dr. Wendy Callander, OR
Judith Clarke, WA
Mary Daly, MA
Dr. Christine Marie Dislin, Nova Scotia, Canada
Leslie Leonelli, FL
Deborah Luppold, OR
Kate McGarrigle, Quebec, Canada
Linda Marie Small, MA
Paula Sperry, CO

With Sincere Condolences:

Toni Armstrong, CA
Anna McGarrigle, Quebec, Canada
Ann Podolske, MA
Cathy Reiter, OR
Carole Smith, OR
We send special blessings to the people of Haiti - to those who have lost their lives, their loved ones, their homes, their livelihood and their plans.

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.

Compassion literally means to feel with, to suffer with. Everyone is capable of compassion, and yet everyone tends to avoid it because it's uncomfortable. And the avoidance produces psychic numbing - resistance to experiencing our pain for the world and other beings.
- Joanna Macy

Where the Queens Are

moon goddess


2010 is the time of New Beginnings
And I choose to take my
Artist Name: 
Amber Penrose
I am asking you all to call me Amber
From now on!
This name chose me and
It feels wonderful and right to be
Called Amber! 
Amber Penrose
As I live out the rest of my days as
The Artist I was always called to be!
My request is that you start calling me
Amber from now on.
This is my New Story
The Artist Amber A. Penrose
Is in the house!
- Amber A. Penrose, CA

Mona Amber Artist

Please Submit Your Royal Reports

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

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.

Lucretia's Crown

Turn Your
Midlife Crisis
into Your Crowning Achievement!