The Queen's Chronicles
Inspiration for an Influential, Passionate and Powerful Maturity
August 2010
In This Issue
Queen Defender of the Watery Realms
Of Pelicans and Perdition
A Tale of Two Waters
N'Awlins on My Mind
Dancing Queens

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, Beliefnet 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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My dear sister Queens,

Writing The Queen's Chronicles is a joy and an honor - a labor of true love - but, the fact remains that it takes a great deal of time and effort and requires the services of a techno-cyber Queen to be able to offer it each month. Consequently, after two years of publishing, the royal coffers are sadly diminished and in desperate need of replenishing.
Your donations will allow me to continue to provide you with a monthly offering of information and inspiration for an influential, passionate and powerful maturity.
I thank you so much for your royal support. With your help, The Queen's Chronicles can maintain its mission to promote meaning, moxie, magic and majesty to women in midlife.
With regal blessings,
xxQueen Mama Donna


Thanks for your ongoing, unending support. I am so happy! I worked so hard on self-reflection this year spending a lot of time by myself. Getting involved in canoe paddling, trying to move forward. Life is so
challenging. I can't believe this is where I am after all I went through. Finally! Thanks!
- Carol, NY
Are you looking for meaning, moxie, magic and majesty in midlife?

Consult the
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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.


Further information: www.thequeenofmyself.com
Click on Individual Consultations.

Sessions are available in person and by phone. To make an appointment, call 718-857-1343 or email the Queen at TheQueenOfMySelf@aol.com

We are far more than we allow ourselves to be.
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A Queen Event
Near You

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Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY



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

Wednesday, 8:00 PM EDT
The Art of Retreat
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop. 
Learn how to establish a dedicated block of ritual time to concentrate on a regime of radical Self care.
Register for all 3 teleclasses in the series only $60.
For information, click here.

Monday, 11:30 PM EDT
Interview with Nancy Ferarri on Feel Free in the O.C. with Nancy T. Radio.

Monday, 12 PM EDT
Interview with Deidre Hughey on 3 Steps Forward Radio.

Wednesday, 6:30 PM
Join Mama Donna for a sunset ceremony on the first day of Fall.
This is a family friendly event. Bring kids, dogs, drums, percussion instruments and plenty of spirit.
Grand Army Plaza, Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn.
Meet at the Fountain. 2/3 train to Grand Army Plaza
For info: 718-857-1343

Thursday, 6:00 PM
Mama Donna leads a ceremonial procession through lovely Victorian Maple Grove Cemetery. The event culminates in a participatory flotilla of lit memorial lanterns in the lake at sunset. This annual event is inspired by Asian Ancestor Worship rituals.

Maple Grove Cemetery
127-15 Kew Gardens Road
P.O. Box 150086
Kew Gardens, New York 11415-0086

Friday, 7:00 - 9:30 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, 11:00AM - 5:00PM
Mama Donna's Spirit Shop
Mama Donna will be at the park all day with special ceremonial supplies from around the world for all your ritual needs. Stop by and say hello!
Battery Park, Manhattan.
1, 5, W trains
For info: 718-857-2343
Free with a can or box of food for the hungry

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

Wednesday, 8:00 PM EDT
The Power of Positive Thinking
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop.
Learn how to identify and articulate your wants and needs, how to set your goals and how to support them with your attitude.
Register for all 3 teleclasses in the series only $60.
For information, click here.

OCTOBER 9 & 10
Saturday, 12 PM -
Sunday, 5:00 PM


* Are you a woman who runs with the wolves?
* Do you walk on the wild side?
* Are you in touch with your inner Amazon?
If you answered "Yes," this weekend is for you.
If you answered "No," this weekend is definitely for you!
Join Mama Donna Henes, Pat Worth and Denahee the Timber Wolf for an extraordinary experiential tranceformational weekend.
Greenfyre Farm, Royalston, MA
$250.  If paid by September 22
$275.  After September 23
All Inclusive: workshop and rituals, ceremonial supplies, wolf walk fees, accommodation, four meals and snacks. Travel on your own.
For more information:


Thursday, 6:30 PM
Mama Donna will read from this fabulous new anthology of women's inspirational stories.
Quest Books
240 East 53rd Street
New York, NY
For information:
Complimentary wine and snacks.

Saturday, 12:00 PM-4:00PM
With Mama Donna Henes
This unique event includes storytelling from ethnic cultures around the world, as well as soup making, candle making and soup sampling!
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, NY 11004-1129
For information:
(718) 347-3276
$20 Adults
$10 Children under 12

Sunday 2:00 PM
Mama Donna's Blessing Band orientation meeting and rehearsal for the world famous parade. Contact Mama Donna to join the Blessing Band.
For info: 718-857-1343
$25 To cover costuming and supplies


Friday, 6:00 PM
Mama Donna presents the opening ritual for the Three Sisters Fall Fling Retreat, which will continue through Sunday, October 31.

Catherine Hall at Seva Retreat/Elkins Estate
1750 Ashbourne Road
Elkins Park, PA
For information and reservations: innerfling@gmail.com


Sunday, 6:00 PM
Mama Donna and her glorious Blessing Band lead the world famous parade with blessings. Contact Mama Donna to join the Blessing Band.
For info: 718-857-1343

1/3 off reading for November Birthdays. In person or by phone.

For info: 718-857-1343

Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Celebrate the Latin American Day of the Dead on one of the eight power days in the wheel of the year. Please bring death related objects for the altar (which you will take home with you.) and 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.

Wednesday, 8:00 PM EST
Reading the Road Markers Along Your Path
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop. 
Learn how to recognize the symbolic language of your dreams and visions as it manifests in your daily life and how to interpret the messages that it offers.
Register for all 3 teleclasses in the series only $60
For information, click here.

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


Tuesday, 6:00 PM
With Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman & Friends
This soulstice is an especially Celestially Auspicious Occasion, as it is also the New Cold Moon and a total Lunar Eclipse!

Call for location


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
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Make sure to visit The Queen's Emporium, which specializes in all manner of elegant, practical, and frivolous goods to fulfill all the royal needs and fantasies of The Queen of Your Self. Therein you will find a choice collection of goods to augment and accessorize your royal prerogative.

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The Queen's Oil of Empowerment is a dandy little ritual. Every morning I bless my Self before going out into the world. It helps me stay in a place of personal sovereignty.
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My women's group starts every meeting by blessing each other with power.
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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

The Queen of My Self: Meaning, Moxie and Majesty for Midlife Women


Recent Articles about QMD:

The Huffington Post
The Examiner - Part 2
The Examiner - Part 1

Recent Articles by QMD:
Nurturing Family Relationships
InspireMeToday Inspirational Luminary
LA Times
Spirited Woman Part 1
Spirited Woman Part 2
Spirited Woman Part 3
Spirited Woman Part 4
Tales from the Velvet Chamber

Regular Articles:

Recent Radio Interviews:
Universal Hope Radio with Gail Bongalis

Amazon Author Page:

*NEW - Mama Donna's 35th Annual Spring Equinox Celebration
*NEW - Mama Donna Blesses the Hudson River Again
*NEW - Mama Donna's Summer Soulstice Celebration

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 Hail Queens!

  Earth is the only 
  planet known to have
  water. It is, in fact,
  covered with water over 70% of its surface. Oceans and rivers, ponds and streams, lakes and falls, glaciers and seas run like veins through a living body, carrying refreshment and nutrients to all its parts.
And we, being children of this Earth, our mother, mimic Her makeup in our own bodies, which are also comprised of close to 80% water. Before we are born, we are cradled in the belly of our creator, suspended safely in an ocean-sac of fluid. Tethered like embryonic astronauts, tied to the source of our sustenance, each in our own saline universe.
Once we are born, and for as long as we shall live, we need to consume quantities of fresh water daily in order to maintain smooth functioning of our systems. Deprived of adequate water, we quickly become dehydrated - a state in which we can survive for only a very few days. Without water, we die.
Because water is such an essential element, it has come to stand for the origin of all life - cycles, seasons, species - and its sacred renewal. The Hindu Vedas refer to water as the Most Maternal, the original sea at the beginning of time from which the whole world emerged. In India, water is seen as the bearer and preserver of life, coursing through all of nature as river, as rain, as dew, as sap, as blood, as sweat, as tears, as milk.
To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.
- Rachel Carson
The Egyptian Great Goddess of the Watery Heavens, Nut, whose worship was already ancient by the time of the first dynasty, was represented by a celestial cow. Bovine symbol of motherhood, She is the first ocean of creation and mistress of all waters. She leans over the Earth in a protective attitude, Her bent form framing the sky. She carries the sun on Her back and wets the ground with the nourishing milk from Her universal udders.
Krista Meyeroff

Goddess figures carved in the Neolithic period, which have been found throughout Europe and Anatolia, depict the divine Mother Goddess with Her breasts incised with chevrons. These V-shaped symbols associated with both birds and water suggest the life-giving showers She sends us from the sky. Arctic hunting peoples still see, as they have since Paleolithic times, Her breasts in the shapes of the clouds above.
About eight thousand years ago the planet experienced a drying trend of several centuries duration. Rain was sparse, water scarce. Figures from this period, which were unearthed in the Balkan region of Europe, bear witness to the aridity of those times. They depict seated women holding big bowls on their large laps. There is something humble in their demeanor. Are they simply sitting, waiting patiently for rain to fall? Or is this a posture of petition? Invocation? Devotion? Divination?
Mother Sea, mother to millennia of mothers, is one of humanity's oldest images. She is the Goddess of the Waters of Life. Our Lady of the Holy Water, whose cosmic womb is an archetypal symbol of birth and re-birth in many creation myths worldwide. She arises from the primordial ocean. She is fully capable of issuing forth, all alone from Her own body, life in all its forms. Which She then supports as well. A proficient provider, She produces and shares the stuff of survival, wet nurse to all Her offspring.
I am the woman of the great
expanse of the waters

I am the woman of the great
expanse of the divine sea

She is the Woman of the Flowing Water
She is the Woman of the Flowing Water
She is a woman whose palms are like spoons
She is a woman with hands of measure.
- Maria Sabina
Mami Wata
Mama Wata

Water is elemental. It is essential. It is what makes life possible. What part of this truth don't people understand? It's simple. You foul the water, you make yourself sick. Yet our species continues to continue on our merry way blithely poisoning the waters of life. What will our children and grandchildren drink? How will the plants and animals survive?
It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.
- Rachel Carson
What is it going to take to change our dangerous and destructive ways? Apparently the hundreds of oil spills all over the world from the Gulf of Mexico to Nigeria to China in 2010, which leaked or spilled millions of gallons of diesel or crude oil into streams, wetlands, groundwater, air and seas, didn't seem to make an impression.
We Queens are the protectors of Mother Sea, Mother Earth, Mother Nature. If we don't step forward and act in Her defense, who will?
With blessings for the waters of the world,

I have laid at the
edge of the ocean
and turned my
heart to the
waves, followed
streams and rivers
to their
and dipped my
hands into springs
and drunk deeply.
- Betsy Damon

Queen Defender of the Watery Realms

  Rachael CarsonWith the publication of Silent Spring
  in 1962, Rachel Louise Carson,
  biologist and nature and science
  writer, set off a nationally
  publicized struggle between the  
  proponents and opponents of the
  widespread use of poisonous 
  chemicals to kill insects - which she predicted would have harmful effects on air, earth and water. Her vociferous defense of the natural world led to a world wide environmental movement.

Rachel Carson was born May 27, 1907, on a small family farm near Springdale, Pennsylvania. She credited her love of nature to her mother, who once wrote in The Saturday Review of Literature, that she had taught her daughter "as a tiny child joy in the out-of-doors and the lore of birds, insects, and residents of streams and ponds." 

As a child, she exhibited an exceptional talent for writing. She began writing stories - often involving animals - at age eight, and had her first story published when she was eleven.

She enrolled in the Pennsylvania College for Women in Pittsburgh with the intention of making a career of writing. First she specialized in English composition. Later biology fascinated her and she switched to that field, going on to graduate work at Johns Hopkins University.

She then taught for seven consecutive sessions at the Johns Hopkins Summer School. In 1931 she became a member of the zoology staff of the University of Maryland, where she remained for five years. Meanwhile, her childhood curiosity about the sea stayed with her. She absorbed all that she could read about the biology of the sea and she undertook post-graduate work at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

In 1936 she was offered a position as an aquatic biologist with the Bureau of Fisheries in Washington. She continued with the bureau and its successor, the Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1937, an article, "Undersea," in the Atlantic led to her first book, Under the Sea Wind, published in 1941. This was followed by her appointment as editor-in-chief of the Fish and Wildlife Service, blending her two specialties of biology and writing.

The Sea Around Us
, published in 1951, made her world famous, and she received numerous honors. They included the Gold Medal of the New York Zoological Society, the John Burroughs Medal, the Gold Medal of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia and the National Book Award.

Meanwhile, in 1952, she resigned from her government post to continue her writing. Rachel was no armchair naturalist. To gain experience the hard way, she once sailed in a fishing trawler to the rugged Georges Banks off the Massachusetts coast. Her third book, The Edge of the Sea was published in 1955. The sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life, from the shores to the surface to the deep sea.

Rachel Rock Water

In the late 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation and the environmental problems caused by synthetic pesticides. "Chemicals are the sinister and little-recognized partners of radiation in changing the very nature of the world - the very nature of life," she wrote.

The sprays, dusts and aerosols are now applied almost universally to farms, gardens, forests and homes - non-selective chemicals that have the power to kill every insect, the good and the bad, to still the song of birds and the leaping of fish in the streams - to coat the leaves with a deadly film and to linger on in soil - all this, though the intended target may be only a few weeds or insects.

Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the surface of the earth without making it unfit for all life? They should not be called 'insecticides' but 'biocides'.

Silent Spring, her book on this topic brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented portion of the American public. Silent Spring spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy - leading to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides - and the grassroots environmental movement the book inspired led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

On April 3, 1963, the Columbia Broadcasting System's television series "C.B.S. Reports" presented the program "The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson." In it, Queen Carson said:

It is the public that is being asked to assume the risks that the insect controllers calculate. The public must decide whether it wishes to continue on the present road, and it can do so only when in full possession of the facts.

We still talk in terms of conquest. We still haven't become mature enough to think of ourselves as only a tiny part of a vast and incredible universe. Man's attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature.

But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself. The rains have become an instrument to bring down from the atmosphere the deadly products of atomic explosions. Water, which is probably our most important natural resource, is now used and re-used with incredible recklessness.

Now, I truly believe, that we in this generation, must come to terms with nature, and I think we're challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves.
Carson Silent SpringHer books won her huge fame (or notoriety, depending on what side of the argument one was on) as well as significant monetary reward, which she used to continue to research and write. Queen Rachel died from complications of breast cancer on April 14, 1964, at the age of 56. She was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.
Like water, be gentle and strong. Be gentle enough to follow the natural paths of the earth, and strong enough to rise up and reshape the world. 
- Brenda Peterson

Of Pelicans and Perdition
By Mary Saracino

In the deep heart of ocean waters
a voice sings
of pelicans and perdition
of sullied shorelines and greed-scarred shrimp

of wailing whales and spewing oil
of dark, black blood gushing
from the severed aorta
of our Great Mother Earth
a grief-crazed Cassandra
howling at the weeping moon

her prophetic admonition racing
through the desecrated waters
a Sibyl's siren-call

warning, warning, warning
us to mend our ways, save our souls

before it is too late. Pelican Oil 2
- Mary Saracino, CO
A Tale of Two Waters

water bottle  On the train from Delhi to Jaipur, we
  were served bottled water, where
  Pepsi's water line Aquafina was the
  brand of choice. On the streets of
  Jaipur, there was another culture of
  water. At the peak of drought, small
  thatched huts called Jal Mandirs (water temples) were put up to give water from earthen water pots as a free gift to the thirsty. Jal Mandirs are a part of an ancient tradition of setting up
carrying waterPiyaos, free water stands in public areas. This was a clash between two cultures: a culture that sees water as sacred and treats its provision as a duty for the preservation of life and another that sees water as a commodity, and its ownership and trade as a fundamental corporate right. 
- Vandana Shiva

N'Awlins on My Mind

I was compelled to write this song shortly after Katrina and I can't let this day of infamy go by without remembering those we lost, those who will never be counted and all the precious animals whose lives were needlessly placed into another kind of Diaspora, On this five-year anniversary I contain my fury at the fact that still so many of these people have not been helped and with BP have been shafted yet again. I send the people and animals of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast many, many blessings and a wake up call to the politrikx (sic) that continue to hold this part of the country by the short hairs. We will not be fooled again.
Today I will sing my song in their honor
- Flash Silvermoon, FL

By Flash Silvermoon Goddesstunes 2005
The dead are walkin' down the streets of N'Awlins
And I feel their footsteps break night's silent scream [2x]
No honky-tonk piano rings out on old Bourbon Street
And the wind howls ghostly through the trees
Seems like someone just forgot 'bout the people of N'Awlins
When the water comes up there's no place to go  [2x]
I feel the Spirits gatherin' out on old Congo Square
And Mamselle Marie Laveau she's a standin' there
[Afro rhythm drum break]
Blood mix with mud through the Bayou flood  [2x]      

Children in the streets with not enough to eat
Gris gris gumboyaya Gris gris gumboyaya  [3x]
Sacred Jambalaya
[these words continue in background under rap]
Children starving in the streets not enough to eat
Not enough to drink 
Livin' in dirt and stink
No roof over their heads 
Too many needlessly dead
What could be in their heads to bring the aid so slow?
People got no where to go
How could they not know
What millions of us knew, but these monied few
just had too much to do -------- oh wade in the water
wade in the water children 
wade in the water someone's in trouble in the waters
Don't leave them all alone
Damballah take them home  [2x]
Dancin' with the Snake...Until the levee breaks
Damballah Damballah Damballah Damballah Aweido [3x]               
Don't leave them all alone
Damballah take them home       

katrina escape
Dancing Queens

This video is called Sun, but these women are so sinuous and sensual that they seem like they are moving through water. May their Queenly gestures serve as a healing force for the waters of the world. Click on the image below to join them in the ebb and flow of their ecstatic dance.

Click image to watch on YouTube
Dancing Queens

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

 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.


In the last issue I published letter from two women who were seeking support from our community of accomplished Queens to give them the courage to follow their dreams. Here are some of your responses, suggestion sand advice.
Q. Help! I am stuck. I want to start my own landscaping business. I have the training, the know-how and the experience, but I don't have the courage. I am terrified. I am scared of going out on my own. I am scared that I will fail. I also think that I am afraid that I will succeed. How weird is that? My ex-husband used to put me down and I am sure that I am internalizing his criticisms of me. But I don't know if I can break free of my fear. Do you have any suggestions to help me?
-Patti, IA
A. Dear Patti,
Good for you. You're truly ready. Here is the best thing I know to do about fear: LOVE IT. Gather up your fears like rampant under-bed dust bunnies (I call them fearbunnies.) and put them in your heart like a brood of children. Let them talk to you, and answer them back from your Queenly self. The Queen in you has gathered her resources. Fear is the last reason to hold back. One of the best things I ever learned to do was love my fears. It works every time. Advance congratulations on the wild success of your landscaping business,
- Susan, MA
It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
A. Dear Patti and Loraine,
I think it is great that you are both on the cusp of actualizing your dreams, but recognize that the movement, the effort, the success scares you. And how wonderful that you each reached out to the Queen's Court for support from other women. Keep all us Queens in your mind as you move forward. We are here behind you. Carry on!
- Dinah, IA
There are hazards in everything one does but there are greater hazards in doing nothing.
-Shirley Williams
Q. I have read what you had to say and I am one of those women that needs the support and encouragement to rise and shine!! I will be starting to write my first children's book and I need all the vision within me and some insight from close and far!! It has not been an easy road over the years and between you and me, my life is a book. I would love to count you as my new-found friend. I know that you were sent to me on this journey so we may connect. God Bless and thank you sincerely.
- Lorraine, Ontario, Canada
A. Dear Lorraine. How exciting! I am sure that your children's book will have insights and wisdom that you have gained from your difficult experiences. Now you have an opportunity to share your hard-won wisdom with children. Best of luck to you.
- Claire, WI
I gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which I must stop and look fear in the face...I say to myself, I've lived through this and can take the next thing that comes along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Letters In Response To
The June/July 2010 Issue:

I love your e-letter. Very classy and full, full of information. I read through the piece about the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. I do believe that was a piece of deep inspiration from the Universe to all of us. Something deep down tells me Harper was aware of this. I'm tempted to re-read it at this point.
- Karen, NY
I was so taken with the women who lobbied and spoke and wrote for freedom and equality. How much we take for granted 150 years later! Makes me want to get more involved in working for what I believe in. Thank you for the reminder and inspiration.
- Crista, Nova Scotia, Canada
Thank you for keeping me on your list for healing - so kind, and thank you for your great stories about Harper Lee and Sojourner Truth, which I enjoyed. Love
- Glenys, Australia
What great articles in your newsletter!!
- Mari, VA
Thank you for your consistently wonderful Chronicles. Every issue is just so interesting and inspiring, too. You do so much research. It is a treasure and so are you.
- Deb, NH
I loved your latest Chronicles. As always you are amazing. Did your fund-raising result in any consequential help? I feel that it was way too discreet.
- Dominique, NM
There was some modest movement, but I really do need substantial support for this work. (Hint, hint!) www.donnahenes.net/queen/donateqc.shtml
Thanks so much for your concern and also your donation.
Love it, love it, love it. Your articles are always so informative and insightful. Truly. Keep 'em coming, Queen Mama Donna!
- Mary, CO


Please send your 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 most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do.
- Amelia Earhart

Judith Bernstein, NY; Darla Bjork, NY; Susan Mogul, CA; Lorraine O'Grady, NY; Robin Tewes, NY and Linda Vallejo, CA on the exhibitions of their work.
Annie Lanzillotto, NY and Linda Montano, NY on their performances.
Dorothy Atalla, Conversations with the Goddess: Encounter at Petra, Place of Power (Book); Anique Radiantheart, Australia, Kwan Yin - Light of Compassion (CD) on their new publications.
- Sherli Evans, CA on her 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

Helping Hands Circle 
 Please Offer Your
 Purest Thoughts,
 Prayers, Your Great 
Feelings, And
 Your Very Best
For Healing
 and Peace of Mind To:


Alice, NY; Amy, NY; Ann, NY; Annie, MA; Betty, AL; Carol, NY; Carol, PA; Cat, NY; Chrissie, NY; Edie, PA; Ellen, NY; Erica, England; Gail, OH; Geraldine, ID; Glenys, Australia; Helena, NY; Jo, AZ; Kathy, RI; Kimberly, CA; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Letitia, VA; Linda, NY; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Matild Cathy, NY; Nancy, NY; Naomi, DC; Pearl, NY; Randy, MA; Sheri, NY, Sid, PA; Shirley, IN; Smriti, CA; Terry, CA and Yvette, NY who are in the process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury or surgery.
Amy, NY; Chrys, NY; Erica, England; Gail, NY; Kayla, NY; Lee, NJ; Lois, NY; Nancy, NC and Roslyn, NJ, the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.
May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:
Dori Ann Ateele, MD
Annette Berkobien, MI
Kathy Breitenger, IN
Rev. Joyce Crowder, MA
Trishka Doherty, NY
Heryl Fuller, MO
Jan Gladys, Australia
Devra Klieman, DC
Gloria McKinnon, MI
Esther Morse, NY
Renae Ogletree, IL
Ann Louise Podolske, MA
Anne Marie Svoboda, NE
Dr. Kathryn Wright, MI
With Sincere Condolences:

Phaedra Bonewits, NY
Sue Brooks, MI
Helena Miele, NY;
Terese Svoboda, NY
Pat Worth, MA
Robyn Zeiger, MD
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.

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy. 
- Joann C. Jones

Where the Queens Are

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What follows is the description of her participation in the clean up efforts on the Gulf Coast by Carolyn Vetro, a Merchant Marine and a very brave sister Queen and Chronicles subscriber. Her words are illuminating and give a much clearer picture of what is being done than the disingenuous PR pap perpetrated by BP.
Pier Head Jump                                       
May 2nd started as an unremarkable Sunday. I had been on the beach (mariner term for being out of work) for
2 1/2 months and was staying close to home waiting for a ship. Mid afternoon my phone rang. The captain of the Maine Responder called and asked if I would help sail the vessel to Florida or possibly to the Gulf of Mexico. My usual work is with union deep-sea vessels, but I am on a list to "augment" on the Maine in case there is an emergency.  
The Maine was the last east coast responder activated to sail to the Gulf of Mexico to respond to the Deepwater Horizon spill. If I wanted the work I had to get to the boat within a couple hours. Such short notice for a ship job is called a "pier head jump." As it was the weekend, my neighbor was home and drove me to the wharf in Portland, Maine where the vessel is docked. 
The Maine Responder is one of about 15 vessels operated by the Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC). This
nationwide company and the Responder vessels were a product of the Exxon Valdez accident. The public outrage over lack of preparedness for an accident of any kind resulting in a spill led to the development of plans, training, equipment, ships and barges. The Responder vessels carry long sections of oil boom, a small boat to tow the boom, a skimmer and other oil spill clean up equipment. 
Maine Responder

I was told I would be needed only for a few days. As things worked out, one of the permanent crew had to go home, as his wife was due to deliver their baby, so I was able to stay on board for several weeks and work at the spill site.
We worked at the site where the Deepwater Horizon Platform had sunk with the remains of 11 workers who were unable to escape the explosion, fire and sinking. We did not have TV or newspapers and very little radio reception. Anyone ashore saw and heard more news than we did. (We were the news.) 
From my perspective, the command was disorganized. They would call all the skimming vessels and tell them to go to the same location from different directions (which does not work!) instead of having vessels follow each other and covering territory more efficiently without the risk of playing bumper boats.
I saw very little Coast Guard presence. Once in a while a patrol boat or helicopter would be in the area. A large commercial supply-type vessel was the command boat and generally made everyone annoyed at their directions and the way they addressed everyone. A Navy officer wannabe called everyone "gentlemen." (No comment...) There were times when we had oil collected in the boom and they would tell us to drop it and go somewhere else without skimming what we had. 
Dispersants emulsified the oil and made it nearly impossible to skim some days. The use of dispersants appears to be a cosmetic fix. Some days the command had us in areas with oil slick ribbons where we could see fish, porpoise and birds who would be doomed within days. Other days we were in heavy oil and could skim successfully. Some of the skimmers would report collecting so much oil they would have to discharge to a barge every other day. Our Captain decided decanting (letting the oil separate out of the water, then discharging the water), was more efficient, so when we went to a barge roughly once a week, we discharged oil, not water.
  oil cleanup

There were thousands of what I believe were man of war jelly fish with tall balloon-like sails and tentacles 5 to 10 feet long caught up in the boom and oil pocket. I know at least one contractor who became tangled in tentacles when they brought the boom in one night. He had a very sore arm for a couple days. 
There was a waterspout one evening. A waterspout looks like a tornado on the water. The next day it rained and the entire vessel including the bridge deck was covered with a rainbow sheen. The air was filled with fumes in the oily patches. The water at the site was covered with a sickening green/purple/yellow sheen as far as the eye could see. The water looked like a strange substance from another planet.       
We had MSRC Responder personnel from various ports who were in charge of the boom, skimmer and boom boat. The contract laborers who were the Responder assistants were mostly from the Gulf of Mexico states. Their stories of Hurricane Katrina experiences were chilling. Some of them lost everything. Now they had another disaster to deal with. They were kind fellows who resembled an ice hockey team, missing lots of teeth and one eye.

 oil cleanup 2

One man was on parole and apparently had an epiphany. He was the best worker. He was referred to "as the brains of the group" and was in charge of the others for most of the time I was there. I rather enjoyed these people as shipmates. They were "southern gentlemen" (of sorts) and always offered to help with whatever I was working on and were always respectful, polite and funny. When I met one, he said to me in a classic southern dialect, "Ma'am, you must be a Yankee, you have an accent." There was a very civil "war" consisting of taunting and teasing between the "Yanks" and the "Rebs" especially around the subject of northern versus southern cooking and seafood.
When the permanent crew member I was working for returned to the vessel, I had to leave. Also, the Responder vessels are not meant to be lived on for more than a few weeks at a time and the regular crew was beginning their rotation. As the Responder ships had to stay on scene, crew boats transferred personnel the 50 odd miles to and from Venice, Louisiana. Arrangements had been made to have us ride a crew boat to Venice, stay overnight, then fly out of New Orleans the next day. When the crew boat arrived, the first challenge was transferring crew. The joining crew had to jump down to the Maine's deck and those of us departing had to clamber over tire fenders on the side of the crew boat. All I could think was Please God, don't let me fall! 
The crew boat mate was an excellent assistant. Sea bags (luggage) were transferred and we thought we were on our way. The crew boat zipped around the site to numerous boats, transferring supplies and people. It then traveled north to other response vessels closer to shore. It was well past dark and it became obvious there would be no hotel stay that night. The crew boat captain and crew were friendly and allowed me to visit their bridge.  We had a nice chat and I left the bridge to find a seat for the rest of the trip. At approximately 0600 (6:00 AM to landlubbers) we arrived in Venice. The Maine Responder captain was able to set up another ride to the New Orleans airport. 
Now that I can read, hear and see the news again, I can only hope that the well can be permanently capped, the clean up finished and our Gulf Coast citizens can get their lives back.

Carolyn Vetro, ME
Thank you so much, Carolyn for all of your efforts on behalf of Mother Earth and Mami Wata. You make us proud!

Mami Wata

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It is my hope that as more and more women rise to reign in the fullest potential of our supremacy, we will harness our purpose, passion, and power and direct it toward creating a more balanced and peaceful world. This is the legacy of Her majesty.

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