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Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, award-winning author, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD, an acclaimed quarterly journal and 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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OCTOBER 29
Friday, 6:00 PM
REVERENCE TO HER: A GODDESS GUIDE TO POWER
Mama Donna presents the opening ritual for the Three Sisters Fall Fling Retreat, which will continue through Sunday, October 31.

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Elkins Park, PA
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At the harvest, one can easily imagine that the Earth Goddess has offered up Her life in the form of the fruits of the land, and that in doing so, She commits the supreme sacrifice. She expends all of Her generative energy. It is as if Mother Nature in autumn is in the midst of Her menopause, Her sacred seed spent. In grateful response, people fed Her fresh blood to replenish Her powers of procreation.
 
India has long practiced sacrificial obeisance to Mother Earth. As late as the nineteenth century, the Kandhs of Bengal sacrificed a person for the Earth Goddess, Tari Pennu, in order to ensure healthy crops and immunity from disease. Blood was especially important in the cultivation of turmeric, which needed it to develop its rich, red color.
 
Aztec hymns tell us that Tonacacihuatl, Our Lady of Substance, was once the Goddess of the Hunt, Blood and Night, but as the people grew to depend more on agriculture, She evolved into the Earth Goddess. The son of Her fertility was the corn, which was depicted as being identical with the obsidian knife which was Her symbol.
 
Here, too, fertility, death and sacrifice are connected. The husking of the corn is perceived as the same act as the tearing out of a sacrificial victim's heart, both accomplished with the obsidian blade. At the celebration of the broom harvest of the Earth Mother, first an older woman, and then a young girl were beheaded and their blood spread on fruit, seeds and grain to guarantee abundance.

Autumn, a time to harvest
When vegetables give up their lives,
For the lives of you, people.
Oh, people, don't be sorry
Death is part of life,
one day you will die, too.
 
- Shefali Parikh
Grade 5

At the Autumn Equinox purification feast of the ancient Incas of Peru, families first bathed and then anointed their bodies with a substance called zancus, which was made from grain mixed with human blood. It was also applied to the thresholds of their homes as a protective charm. The Indians of Guayaquil, Ecuador, used to sow their fields with blood and human hearts to assure the harvest.
 
The sacrificial victim was meant to be an embodiment of the grain, and was chosen because of some obvious resemblance to it. For example, the Aztecs would kill young victims to represent young corn and mature ones to stand for the ripe. The Marimos of South Africa would choose a short, fat man, round as a seed. The Skidi Pawnees of North America would fatten their female victim before the kill to assure an abundant crop of plump corn.
 
The identification of the victim with the grain is also evident in the means of execution. A West African queen used to have a man and a woman killed with the implements of cultivation, hoes and spades, and then buried with the seed in the soil. One of the sacrificial practices of the Aztecs was to kill the victim by grinding her or him, like the maize, between two millstones.
 
  With the martyred death of the
  sacrificial victim, the
  fertile blood seed, like the grain,
  brings life anew to the world.
  And, thus, the circle is complete.
  The death of the old grain, the
  old sun, the old season, feeds
  the continuing life of the people.  
  The death of a representative
  person is then offered as 
  repayment of the ultimate debt
of life. Death feeds life feeds death, the enduring saga of the eternal cycle of survival.
 
And, because the struggle is so strong, so long, those who thrive, like the grain, to the ripe age of maturity, rate our utmost admiration. The autumn ones. The old ones. The ancestors. The Queens. The Crones. The matriarchs. The ones who remember. The ones who know. The ones who show and tell, the ones who teach. The ones who pass the past and fuel the future. The ones who have gone to seed.
 
Sprout seeds for me, I want them growing
in the yellow chalk of my bones.
 
- Juana De Ibarbourou

What a glorious deed, indeed! To bring forth from one's Self the fertile possibility of continuity! To imbed the stuff of one's Self in the soil and grow there! Only a culture, such as ours, critically out-of-touch and at emotional odds, divorced and dangerously disassociated from the divine life and death cycle of reality, could possibly consider "going to seed" a derogatory description of aging.
 
With blessings for a bounteous harvest season,

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Our old women gods, we ask you!
Our old women gods, we ask you!
Then give us long life together,
May we live until our frosted hair
Is white; may we live till then
This life that now we know!
 
- Tewa Prayer to the Corn Mothers

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  Agriculture accounts
  for 28 percent of
  greenhouse gas
  emissions in India,
  mainly methane
  emissions from paddy
  fields and cattle as well
  as nitrous oxides from
  fertilizers.
 
Multiple stresses from global warming are impacting India and the entire Asian continent - water scarcity, groundwater salinity, food insecurity and hunger, loss of livelihoods and problems in downstream agriculture that depend on glacial melts.
 
A collective of 5,000 women, most of them in their middle years, spread across 75 villages in Andhra Pradesh, in the arid interior of southern India is now offering a chemical-free, non-irrigated, organic agriculture as one method of combating global warming.
 
These dalit (the broken) women who are at the very bottom of India's stratified society, now demonstrate adaptation to climate change by following a system of interspersing crops that do not need extra water, chemical additions or pesticides for production.
 
The women grow as many as 19 types of indigenous crops to an acre, on dry, degraded lands that they have been regenerating with help from an organization called the Deccan Development Society (DDS).
 
DDS has helped these women acquire land through government programs for dalits and offers assistance in the formation of sanghas or local self-help groups that convene regularly and are self ruled.
 
In Bidakanne village, 50-year old Samamma, standing in her field, points out the various crops, all without water and chemicals, growing in between the rows of sunflowers: linseed, green pea, chick pea, various types of millets, wheat, safflower and legumes. The sunflower leaves attract pests and its soil depletion is compensated by the legumes, which are nitrogen-fixing.
 
"In my type of cropping, one absorbs and one gives to the soil, while I get all my food requirements of oils, cereals and vegetable greens,'' says Samamma.
 
Samamma's plot is smaller than one acre and produces, in addition to other crops, 75 pounds of red horsegram, 100 pounds of millet and 25 pounds of linseed. She keeps half of her crop and sells the rest on the open market.
 
The women now run a uniquely evolved system of crop financing and food-distribution that they have mapped out themselves. The subscription cost to join the Sangha is by a fistful of grain. Those borrowing grains from this community grain bank then pay back five times the borrowed amount in grain.
 


The collected grains are then sifted for good seed and the rest is either sold in the open market, sold to members in crisis at low rates, or distributed to poor families in the village.
 
"I check the earheads of grain for good seed", says 55-year old Akkama, seed bank manager in Hulugera village. "It's a system handed down to me from my ancestors." The women have stored over 50 different varieties of seeds from local cereals such as millets, wheat, red gram, linseed and sorghum.
 
The money collected from open market sales every year is deposited in regular banks and the interest earned from them is used to finance loans for members who again complete the cycle by paying back their loan in grain over five years. 
 
The participating farmer women come from the poorest rungs of society. Narsamma, 55, says she worked as a laborer 25 years ago, earning a pittance. She heard about DDS's self-help group in a neighboring village and approached the organization for help.
 
She has now provided education for five children, two of whom work in NGOs, built a new house and bought cattle and land with DDS and government support.
 
"Now, when landlords come to me for borrowing seed, I can laugh,'' says the feisty woman who has traveled to London, Peru, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, talking to local farmers about the ecologically sound agriculture practiced by the Queens of Andhra Pradesh.


As I Go Into The Earth
 
As I go into the Earth,

she pierces my heart.
As I penetrate further,
she unveils me.

When I have reached her center,
I am weeping openly.
I have known her all my life,
yet she reveals stories to me,
and these stories are revelations
and I am transformed.
Each time I go to her I am born like this.
Her renewal washes over me endlessly,
her wounds caress me;
I become aware of all that has come between us,
of the noise between us,
the blindness, of something sleeping between us.
Now my body reaches out to her.
 
Susan Griffin
Excerpted from Unremembered Country

Three Sisters Gardens
 
  Corn, beans and squash were
  among the first important crops
  domesticated by ancient
  Mesoamerican societies. Corn
  was the primary crop, providing
  more calories or energy per acre
  than any other. According to
  Three Sisters legends, corn must
  grow in community with other
  crops rather than on its own.
  It needs the beneficial company  and aide of its companions.

According to the Iroquois, corn, beans and squash are three inseparable sisters who only flourish when planted together. People of many tribes throughout Turtle Island used and still use an intercropping system, which grows corn, beans and squash crops simultaneously in the same growing area that is typically a rounded mound of soil. In a Three Sisters planting, the three partners benefit one another. Corn provides support for beans. Beans, like other legumes, have bacteria living on their roots that help them absorb nitrogen from the air and convert it to a form that plants can use. Corn, which requires a lot of nitrogen to grow, benefits most. The large, prickly squash leaves shade the soil, which prevents weed growth and deters animal pests. The three sisters also complement each other nutritionally.
 

Corn is the oldest sister. She stands tall in the center. Squash is the next sister. She grows over the mound, protecting her sisters from weeds and shades the soil from the sun with her leaves, keeping it cool and moist.
 
Beans are the third sister. She climbs through squash and then up corn to bind all together as she reaches for the sun. Beans help keep the soil fertile by converting the sun's energy into nitrogen filled nodules that grow on its roots. As beans grow they use the stored nitrogen as food. Bean vines also help stabilize the corn plants, making them less vulnerable to blowing over in the wind.
 
This sophisticated, sustainable system, which has provided nourishment for generations without irrigation or chemicals, provides long-term soil fertility and a healthy diet.


The Cherokee Legend of The Three Sisters
As told by the Bird Clan of East Central Alabama

A long time ago there were three sisters who lived together in a field.
 
These sisters were quite different from one another in their size and way of dressing. The little sister was so young that she could only crawl at first, and she was dressed in green.
 
The second sister wore a bright yellow dress, and she had a way of running off by herself when the sun shone and the soft wind blew in her face.
 
The third was the eldest sister, standing always very straight and tall above the other sisters and trying to protect them. She wore a pale green shawl, and she had long, yellow hair that tossed about her head in the breeze.
 
There was one way the sisters were all alike, though. They loved each other dearly, and they always stayed together. This made them very strong.
 
One day a stranger came to the field of the Three Sisters - a Mohawk boy. He talked to the birds and other animals - this caught the attention of the three sisters.
 
Late that summer, the youngest and smallest sister disappeared. Her sisters were sad.
 
Again the Mohawk boy came to the field to gather reeds at the water's edge. The two sisters who were left watched
his moccasin trail, and that night the second sister - the one in the yellow dress - disappeared as well.
 
Now the Elder Sister was the only one left.

 

She continued to stand tall in her field. When the Mohawk boy saw that she missed her sisters, he brought them all back together and they became stronger together, again.
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With the question of power - its uses and abuses - on my mind, I reached out to the Facebook fans of The Queen of My Self to see what power means to other Queens of Themselves.

Q. What does power mean to you?
 
A. Power to me is knowing what you stand for and not backing down, but having the humility to admit when you are wrong, or adjust your position when you have grown. All while being true to yourself.
- Sarah Jane, WA
 
A.
Power is my Goddess-given right to live my life as a free agent.
- Saundra, UT
 
A. Power is being 100% yourself and not compromising based on what others want you to be, do or say. It is also not giving anyone else free rent in your head - which is essentially giving your personal power over to them!
- Christine, OH
 
A. To thy own self be true
- Micklo, CA
 
A. A Queen's power should be used to further her life's path and to help along her sisters to do the same thing. We can do much to improve the lives of others if we use our power to do so.
- Katharine, Denmark
 
A. It means knowing how to access my life force energy, what activates it, what zaps it, and granting myself permission to do whatever it takes to stay connected to this inner fountain of youth! It is my chi!
- Daina, MI
 
A. To me power means being able to say the hard stuff with grace and non-attachment!
- Judith, NY
 
A.
Responsibility.
- Ruth Ellen, England
 
A. Power is the life force within us and around us. And the ability to tap into it.
- Cristie, ND
 
A.
In the mind of the Goddess (A Bitch) is a Woman of Strength, Power and Wisdom. Never take offense to this title of Queenship. And those who use this word are aware of its Goddess meaning. Blessed be the Woman who holds her own.
- Janel Oriana, NY
 
A.
I KNEW someone would say "bitch!" It just reminds me of the well worn saying "Well behaved women rarely make history." I had a conversation with a friend one day about Madonna who is one of my favorite examples of a powerful woman. I said I realized that she has a tendency to step on toes, act bitchy and make some doubt her sanity. I then realized I was one of those people, and I was perpetuating that view of a very powerful woman who has pissed a lot of people off with her creativity and confidence. I don't agree with everything she does, but she does it well!
- Kimberly, IA
 
A.
To me, true power is changing the world simply by the force of being exactly, only, and completely who you are.
- Carolyn, MA
 
Q. What does power mean to YOU?
 
If you have ever been called defiant, incorrigible, forward, cunning, insurgent, unruly, rebellious, you're on the right track!
- Clarissa Pinkola EstÚs


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 goddessThanks so much for taking
 the time to respond to
 The Queen's Chronicles
.
 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 August 2010 Issue:

So glad you referenced so many of the female water divinities in the last issue. Consider including Yemaya (Yemanja, Iemanja) in that list. She is the Yoruba representation of the orisha of the sea. She is the mother of the other orishas, and has her realm of office in the salt waters of the earth. An orisha is sort of like a god/goddess. The faith traditions that reverence Yemaya are Candomble (typically practiced primarily in Brazil), Santaria, and other Yoruba based traditions. Her daughter Oshun (Oxun) is the orisha of the sweet water. Her realm is any of the rivers, lakes, ponds, etc. that are not salty water.
 
The destruction of the water/wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico affects ALL divinities associated with water. We must look at these wanton acts of ignorance and arrogance with a concern for their connectedness to the violence directed toward women. Remember the bombing of the moon? As women of faith, awareness, power and purpose, let's think about ways that we can collectively direct our energies (psychic, intellectual, emotional, and physical) toward soothing and calming the life left in these waters. And also let's direct those same energies toward solutions.
Thank you for your wonderful publication.
Regaliciously,
- Linda Queen of Delight, NJ 
 
Dear Queen Linda,
Thanks for mentioning the water orishas. I plan to do another issue completely dedicated to water and will surely include them as well as other water goddesses from other cultures. And I couldn't agree more about the importance of us Queens standing as protectors of Mother Earth and all of Her creatures and creations.
- QMD

Thank you for another thought provoking letter reflecting on the essential need for our Feminine Leadership in saving humanity and Mother Earth. In looking at Rachel Carson's prescient writing about planetary water a half century ago it struck me that her salient comment, "Chemicals are the sinister and little-recognized partners of radiation in changing the very nature of the world - the very nature of life," is even more applicable today. Worse, it is now not only true of the 'external' waters of Mother Earth, but now equally true of the internal environment of our bodies that we poison willingly through the chemicals we call drugs. Our highly politicized medical system in refusing to recognize Vibrational Medicine and working with our bodies as the energy we are, instead continues to make millions prescribing chemicals that, under the best of circumstances, have many negative side effects in addition to the hoped for positive one. Additionally by being extracted from the "whole" of their natural origins, less than half of them are helpful to less than half the people that take them; a pernicious unbalancing of our natural systems that has rendered us among the least healthy people on the planet. Increasingly recognized by the public as 'whistle blowers' from within the FDA, Medical, and Insurance Companies document the validity long reported by others, we Queens can first be better examples ourselves, and second raise the public dialogue required-as did Carson-that in our day is the acute call to more responsible stewardship of our bodies and our earth.
- Christine, PA  

As usual I thoroughly enjoyed The Queen's Chronicles and passed it on to other people to read. I loved how you talked to Patti about fear...to learn to love and respect it. By the way, Jane Fonda LOVED your book!
- Cristina, NY
 
Thanks for sending me your incredible pages. I can't believe you can sustain such columns with info, people, etc. You must have TONS of computer knowledge to do that. Congratulations. I'm overwhelmed by all the work you do. Unbelievable.
- Suni, NV
 
I just sent in a donation for The Queen's Chronicles and wanted to thank you for all the hard work, scholarship, and fun packed into the newsletter. I always look forward to reading what you have to say and learn something new each time. You are a goddess and a treasure. Thank you and blessed be,
- Donna Fontanarose, Rabuck, AZ
Director, Center for the Sacred Feminine in Tucson
 
Continued thanks for your incredible work! I'll send you a donation and forward your newsletter. With incredible gratitude,
- C., NY
 
I love you newsletter and reading about all the wonderful things you are doing!
- Terry, CA
 
I have been enjoying your newsletter and reading your inspirational nudges for making a difference.
- Robin, GA
 
Beautiful work, as always, Mama Donna!
- Nancy, MA
 
As always, I enjoyed reading this edition of The Queen's Chronicles
- Saundra, CA

 

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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Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.
- Mary Kay Ash
 

Roslyn Drexler, NJ; Karen Fitzgerald, NY; Barbara Hammer, NY; Joyce Kozloff, NY; Suzanne Lacy, CA; and Yoko Ono, NY on the exhibitions of their work.

Ellen Goldman, NY; Linda Mary Montano, NY; Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens, CA on their performances.

Amy Martin, TX, Holy Smokes: Loose Herbs & Hot Embers for Intense Group Smudges & Smoke Prayers (Book); Mary Saracino, CO, The Singing of Swans (E-book); Terese Svoboda, NY, Pirate Talk or Mermalade (Book); Diane Torr, Scotland, Sex, Drag, and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance (Book); and Kris Waldherr, NY, Ask the Queens (Advice Card Deck); on their new publications.
 
Hilary Mandel, British Columbia, Canada on her new career.

Pauline Oliveros, NY for receiving an honorary doctorate from DeMontfort University in Leiscester, UK.
 
Susan Heaney, NY on her new home.

Terese Svoboda, NY on her newly empty nest.

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
Heart-Felt
 Prayers, Your Great 
 Good
Feelings, And
 Your Very Best
 Blessings
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; Dana, CA; Edie, PA; Ellen, NY; Erica, England; Gail, OH; Geraldine, ID; Glenys, Australia; Helena, NY; Jo, AZ; Kathy, RI; Kimberly, CA; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Laurie, CA; 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; Teresa, NY; Terry, CA and Yvette, NY who are in the process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury or surgery.

Linda, NY; Meryl, NY and Patricia, Australia who would benefit greatly from some spiritual support.

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:
Jill Johnston, CT
 
With Sincere Condolences:
Ingrid Nyeboe, CT
 
If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, extraordinary things begin to happen.
- Loretta Girzartis
 
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.


Where the Queens Are

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NEW YORK

The Queen of England was in New York City in July for a whirlwind six hours in order to visit Ground Zero and the British Garden memorial in Hanover Square to pay her respects to the 67 British subjects who were victims on 9/11.
 
As it happens, our Cyber Queen extraordinaire, Janet Fish, designer and web mistress of The Queen of My Self site just happens to live on Hanover Square. These photos were taken from her window:

 

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Message from H.R.H. (The other Queen)
 
To: The citizens of the United States of America
 
From: Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 
 
In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should  look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.) Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not
fancy). Your new Prime Minister,David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed. To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following
rules are introduced with immediate effect:
 
1.  The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (Look up 'vocabulary').  
 
2.   Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U. S. English. We will let Microsoft know this on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.'
 
3.    July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday. 
 
4.    You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse. 
 
5.    Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler, although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public. 
 
6.  All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour. 
 
7.  The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it. 
 
8.  You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar. 
 
9.  The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. Australian beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion. 
 
10.  Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie MacDowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater. 
 
11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full Kevlar body amour like a bunch of nannies). 
 
12.  Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game, which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the Australians first to take the sting out of their deliveries.
 
 13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad. 
 
14.  An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776). 
 
15.  Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality  biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season. 
 
God Save the Queen! 


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


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