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The Queen's Chronicles
August 2012
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Friendship is the Comfort
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I recently spent three days and nights with four very old friends in a lovely country house in Connecticut. We were there to help Sarah prepare for the annual fair on the village green that she directs - a huge endeavor with zillions of details to attend to. Not unlike my public ritual events.

 

On the night before the fair we stayed up to all hours preparing the descriptive cards for the silent auction. There we were, five midlife women up way after our bedtime, drinking white wine and trying to come up with snappy slogans for all 90 lots in the auction.

 

Well I tell you!

 

We were completely slaphappy. Shouting out these ridiculous phrases in praise of Dottie's Donuts, The Well Manicured Pet, and the Agway. Punning around shamelessly. We just laughed and laughed. Huge, full, deep belly laughs. "When was the last time," I thought to myself, "that I have laughed so hard for so long?"

 

 

 

I actually remember when. It was at a wonderful brunch that I gave for six friends. Diane, who is always funny, was on a roll that day and kept us in stitches for several non-stop hours. We laughed the entire afternoon away. It was last fall. Totally wonderful, but entirely too long ago.

 

I have known Sarah, Erica, Daile, and Kay for decades. They are beloved family for me. Yet I see them for food and fun so rarely. We live in different places and we are all always so busy. It was such a delicious joy to have so much uninterrupted quality time together. Being in their company was like being in the embrace of the Goddess, Herself.

 

Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time.

- Georgia O'Keefe

 

My all time favorite film is Jules et Jim by François Truffaut. There is a beautiful scene in it where these two men, old best friends and the wife and child of one of them, a loving chosen family, are sitting around after a meal. They are sated and happy, comfortably quiet and content. Completely safe with each other. Out of the sweet silence Oscar Werner whispers, "An angel passes."

 

That is exactly how I felt in Connecticut. It was a perfect time. Nothing could ever feel better than the close companionship of loving women friends enjoying each other's company. An angel definitely passed that night.

 

Hail to us and our dearest friends one and all!

  

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Friendship is the Comfort

Friendship is the comfort, the inexpressible comfort,

Of feeling safe with a person,

Neither having to weigh thoughts, nor measure words,

But pouring all right out just as they are

Chaff and grain together

Certain that a faithful friendly hand

Will take and sift them.

Keep what is worth keeping

And with a breath of comfort, blow the rest away.

- George Elliot

 

 

Friends in Deed  


 

I love working and playing in groups of women. I was never in a college sorority, so my first experience was in the feminist consciousness-raising group that I joined in the late 1960s. And what an eye-opening, empowering experience it was.

 

We were a very diverse group brought together by our Bohemian, politically radicalized lifestyle. Our backgrounds could not have been different: the Detroit ghetto, patrician Manhattan, an Israeli kibbutz, the suburbs of the Midwest. We were artists, academics, shop girls, political activists. We were married, single, mothers, lesbians. And the more we talked, the more we shared, the more we realized that our upbringing and current status as women was virtually the same. We were united in our quest for liberation and personal fulfillment. 

 

Our group stayed together for well over a decade. We shared each other's struggles, sorrows and victories. We helped each other overcome obstacles and achieve goals. We saw each other through advanced degrees, first books, childbirth, divorce, love affairs, coming out, mental breakdowns, addiction, abuse, illness and death. These women have a very special place in my heart.

 

In the mid 70s I served on the Heresies magazine collective that published the groundbreaking issue on The Great Goddess. We met often for nearly two years endlessly discussing every detail of our joint project. The process was equally invigorating and maddening, but in the end hugely fruitful. A group of us who first met working on that amazing seminal issue still meet monthly for wine and sushi, continuing Goddess research and mutual cheerleading.

 

In the late 70s I joined DISBAND, a band comprised  of women artists who couldn't play instruments. Our collaboration, fun, argumentative and mutually respectful, produced many clever, ironic, prescient and powerful performances of social commentary and feminist pride. Today, 30 years later, we are still invited to perform.

 

I now belong to two long lasting groups of women who came together through our work - one, a non-profit arts education organization where I used to teach and the other, the cemetery where I am still the ritualist. Each of these groups of women meet quarterly to share fabulous dinners and revel in each other's excellent company.

 

In 1971 I hitch hiked through Europe with my then best friend, Donna Manganello. We were video taping interviews with women in the nascent Women's Liberation movement in Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Italy. In addition to all of the pamphlets we collected, my reading material for the duration of the trip was The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, the perfect accompaniment to our project.

 

I have not reread it in all these decades, so my memory may be cloudy, but the theme that has stuck with me most over these past four decades is her portrayal of women's friendships. It was the friendship between her women characters that provided the rock solid continuity of support for each other through the ups and downs of their studies, careers, love affairs, marriages and divorces.

 

You know, whenever women make imaginary female kingdoms in literature, they are always very permissive, to use the jargon word, and easy and generous and self-indulgent, like the relationships between women when there are no men around. They make each other presents, and they have little feasts, and nobody punishes anyone else. This is the female way of going along when there are no men about or when men are not in the ascendant.

- Doris Lessing

 

 

 

Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City agreed when she speculated, "Maybe our girlfriends are our soul mates, and guys are just people to have fun with."

 

New research bears this out. A study just published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reports a considerable connection between the number of friends and the psychological wellbeing for both men and women in midlife. However, the impact of a dependable support system of friends was much, much greater for women.

 

The study authors surveyed 6,500 Brits born in 1958 when they were 42, 45 and 50 years old. When they first entered the study, the participants self-reported on their happiness, whether they were married, the age they left school and whether they currently held a job. Most people said they were pretty content with their life and happily married.

 

When they turned 45, the researchers asked the same people how many times per month they met up with friends or family. Around 40 percent of men and 33 percent of women said they had six or more friends they met up with regularly. Sadly, about 10 percent said they had no friends.

 

When the researchers assessed their subjects' happiness and friendship statuses again at the age of 50, the results showed a significant association between an active network of friends and psychological wellbeing, especially for women. These findings held up regardless of whether a person was married, had a job or had mental health issues in the past.  

 

The British study isn't the first to emphasize the importance of adult friendships. An Australian study even found that a thriving social life can lengthen a person's lifespan, after studying seniors living in community and residential care facilities.

 

But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
-Dinah Maria Mulock Craik 

 

Somewhere There is a Woman


Somewhere there's a woman
 
Who's all alone and blue 
In spite of all the friends she has 
(But feels she can't talk to). 

Somewhere there's a woman - 
You may have seen her tears. 
She'll tell you that she's tired, 
But she won't confess her fears. 
Somewhere there's a woman 
Who's doing her utmost best 
To put the past behind her, 
But each day brings a new test.

Somewhere there's a woman 
Who's trying to hang on 
To fragile hope of better days 
And the strength to face each dawn. 
Somewhere there's a woman 
Who knows not where to turn 
For she's been hurt so many times, 
It's hard her trust to earn. 

Somewhere there's a woman; 
You pass her everyday. 
Perhaps you've even tried to help, 
But don't know what to say. 
Don't try to guess the reasons 
For everything she does. 
You have not seen what she's seen; 
You've not walked where she was. 

Please try to understand her, 
Though you won't be able to. 
Reassure her that she's not the cause 
Of what she's going through. 
Do what you can 
To smooth her road, 
Make her smile, 
Lighten her load. 

You may not believe it,  
But yet it's true: 
Somewhere there's a woman 
That might have been you.

© M. J. Coull 2004
 

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Greetings! I am seeking your advice. A friend is very ill with a lung condition that has plagued her since childhood. The condition has deteriorated rapidly over the last two years and now today she is at home on oxygen, fighting for her health.

 

I would like to perform a healing circle with some of our female friends. Not having done this before I seek your counsel on how to perform this ritual. My hope is to bring her to my home, which is a healing space, and the circle would be performed here.

 

She is losing hope and needs a boost, and we know that the healing power of women can achieve that. She has no daughters nor any close friends and lives with her husband and son. I know the time spent here would be a boost since she loves my home and enjoys spending time with me and my daughters.

 

I am grateful for your spirit,

- Frances, SC

 

Dear Frances,

 

I am so sorry to hear about your friend. It is very sad. I agree that a women's healing circle is just the ticket.

 

There are no rules about ritual. It all comes down to your intention. You need to be clear about that. Is it to boost her mood? Is it to recharge her hope and energy? Is it to heal her? Is it to reverse her condition?

 

It sounds to me like you are thinking about a circle of women to support her and surround her with compassion and comfort. This is lovely. Just make sure that you understand what you want to achieve. And that the entire group is in agreement. Keeping your intention in mind, whatever you do will be correct.   

 

Create a safe space for the ritual. Do something to define the circle. Draw its circumference with ribbons, with chalk, with oil, with blessings. The idea is to consecrate a space inside of which is holy and safe and protected. I like to pass around a vial of oil and have people bless each other around the circle.  

       

Offer many blessings: bless each other, bless the elements that comprise all of life and existence, bless yourselves.

Express your intention for the ceremony. Maybe have each woman offer something to your friend: a thought, a prayer, a poem, a story, a memory.

 

Why not ask each woman to bring a small, meaningful amulet (a lucky stone, shell, crystal, etc.) and as part of the ritual, have her explain what her amulet is, why it is special, and why she is offering it as a gift. Collect them all in a bag to give to your friend so that she can carry a continual reminder of the energy and hope offered by the group.

Light candles as symbols of hope and cheer.

 

You might have her sit or lie in the center of the circle and everyone reach out and touch her with hands extended in love and support to impart your intention for her wellbeing.

   

All of these are only suggestions. If an idea comes to you, do it. Follow your own instincts. Whatever you do will be filled with love and well meaning. And she will feel that love and it will buoy her. And it will also strengthen the connection of all the women in the group, bringing you even closer in your shared intention for community and mutual support.

 

It is dear of you to do this. You are a good friend, indeed! I think your circle will be highly appreciated by every single woman who participates in this ceremony of woman support. It will be healing on many, many levels.

 

With blessings of compassionate concern,

 

xxQMD

 

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Letters In Response to the July 2012 Issue

 

I have been receiving your wonderful newsletters and announcements for a long time now and I support your work in "Spirit!" I have longed to come and join your group and have fun with you all!Personal matters have kept me away but we are connected in cyber space!

- Amber, CA

 

I live in the middle of nowhere and do not have a local community of like-minded women. So The Queen's Chronicles is like a life-line for me. I always read all the letters and the responses in the Queen's Court. It is great to feel a sense of the women who wrote them. I would love to meet them all, but in the meantime, I really like feeling connected. Thank you to all you Queens out there.

- Barbara, OK

 

I stumbled across you yesterday, or should I say I was lead to you, because as soon as I started reading your website content I did an internal high five and felt like crying simultaneously. It can get so lonely travelling along the road and it is so reassuring to find some like-mindeds, and I now feel like I am not going completely spare. Thanks for doing what you do!! Love,

- Lyn, Australia

 

Thank you Queen Mama for all your work and outreach. I really do feel like I am connected to you and to all the other women all over the world who identify themselves as Queens. It is a very inspiring community and we have you to thank for creating it.

- Shellie, FL

 

The Hawaiians have an inspirational saying, "I ka laulima, I ka lokahi ke ola," which means "Because of unity and working together, we have well-being and thrive in life." Aloha,

- Sharan, HI

 

I love the Queen! The archetype resonates with me, like finding a missing piece of the puzzle. As a once married, now single, childless-by-choice 41-year old, I am realizing that there is no established fit for women like myself. I suspect there are a lot of 40-something Queen aspirants out there, either people like me or those that married very young, divorced, and whose children are now grown. Anyway, thanks for sharing your insight about the Queen!

Lisa, FL

 

Just listening to the rebroadcast of your interview about the Queen on Ecstasy Hour Radio and enjoying what you're talking about. I am loving being a Queen! Thanks,

- Sarah, Australia

 

I would like to commend you not only on the great substance, but on your clear, lighthearted, poignant, and poetic style of writing. Every sentence is a gem, a juicy apple I bite into and savor in my mind.

Ksenija, CA

 

Mazel tov!You are amazing!

- Monique, NY

 

Congrats on the 50th issue! Brava! Here's to a long and fruitful run!

- Mary, CO

 

Gorgeous! Congratulations!

- Camille, CA

 

 
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Allessandra Belloni, NJ; Barbara Hammer, NY; Pauline Oliveros, NY; and Elaine Silver, FL; on their performances and/or performances of their work.

 

Sister Joan Chittister, PA, Aspects of the Heart: The Many Paths to a Good Life (Book); Ellen Gruber Garvey, NY, Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Book); Kris Katsudo Oster, CA; The Goddess Guide to Business Bliss (E-book);and
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Emma Amos, NY, Helène Aylon, NY; Nancy Azara, NY; Ilona Granet, NY; Siobhan Grice, Wales; Suzanne Lacy, CA; Sheila Pepe, NY; Alison Pou, NY; and Linda Stein, NY; on the exhibitions of their artwork.  

 

Christine Mills, NY, on her exciting new job.

 

Martha Wilson, NY, on receiving the Specific Object 2011 Publication of the Year Award.

 

Deanna Katz, OH, on her Golden Wedding Anniversary.

 

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! 
Creating a Circle of Concern

 

The results are in. Recent experiments carried out in the contemporary scientific and medical communities have consistently proven what traditional healers and mystics throughout time and culture have always known.

 

Prayer works.

 

Test after test show that patients who were prayed for - even at a distance, even by strangers, even without their knowledge - recovered much quicker than those who relied only on conventional western medical practices. These provide ample demonstration of the curative efficacy of fervently focused intentions and compassionate acts of devotion. 

 

     

 Since we know that everything in this marvelously complex universe of ours is inextricably inter-connected, it stands to reason that the lines of communication and communion that join us are already in place. When we travel along these energetic avenues of our affiliation we extend our reach and our benevolent response-ability in ever-wider networks.

 

Ultimately, our caring creates a sort of spiritual circulatory system that pumps lifeblood to all of its parts. If we honor and nourish it, this magnificent pulsating web of our interdependence can serve us as an emergency safety net, breaking our falls and softening our blows.

 

Over the years I have received hundreds of requests from folks who want me to pray for them. I always do, of course. Of late, these compelling messages have increased many-fold. I have created a special basket on my altar to contain these petitions for prayer. There they lie in state on beds of dried flowers surrounded by amulets promoting healing, compassion and peace.

 

I regularly light candles to help fuel their purpose. But think how much more meaningful and potent it is when we all join together to concentrate our power-for-good toward the healing of ourselves, each other and Mother Earth.

 

We don't accomplish anything in this world alone ...and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.

-Sandra Day O'Connor

 

When we articulate our care and concern for others and send that energy out into the world, we are creating another strand of the web that affirms our interconnectedness and binds us inextricably to each other. This web is our safety net. It will catch us if we fall.

 

In every issue of The Queen's Chronicles we extend the circumference of our concern and share our prayers, cares and whispers of uplifting support. We create a spirit circle of empathy and emotional encouragement, which expands in all directions and dimensions to surround and embrace everyone in need of such succor.

 

If you would like our extended community of caring souls to send spiritual energy to you or yours in times of hardship or in times of joy, please send your request to Always in Season. I will print your appeal for prayers and positive thoughts in your own words (space permitting.) Or, if you prefer, you may simply send the names of those who are in need of special spiritual sustenance.

 

Thank you so much for caring and sharing your concern.

 

Somewhere There's A Woman

   

Somewhere there's a woman  
Who's all alone and blue 
In spite of all the friends she has 
(But feels she can't talk to). 

Somewhere there's a woman - 
You may have seen her tears. 
She'll tell you that she's tired, 
But she won't confess her fears. 
Somewhere there's a woman 
Who's doing her utmost best 
To put the past behind her, 
But each day brings a new test. 

Somewhere there's a woman 
Who's trying to hang on 
To fragile hope of better days 
And the strength to face each dawn. 
Somewhere there's a woman 
Who knows not where to turn 
For she's been hurt so many times, 
It's hard her trust to earn. 

Somewhere there's a woman; 
You pass her everyday. 
Perhaps you've even tried to help, 
But don't know what to say. 
Don't try to guess the reasons 
For everything she does. 
You have not seen what she's seen; 
You've not walked where she was. 
 
Please try to understand her, 
Though you won't be able to. 
Reassure her that she's not the cause 
Of what she's going through. 
Do what you can 
To smooth her road, 
Make her smile, 
Lighten her load. 
 
You may not believe it,  
But yet it's true: 
Somewhere there's a woman 
That might have been you.

 

      

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:

 

 

 

 

Adrianne, NY; Alison, TN; Amora, FL; Amy, NY; Bebee, DE; Betty, AL; Chrissie, NY; Dana, CA; Dani, WI; Dee, NY; Deni, NY; Dominique, NM; Gail, WA; Glenys, Australia; Gloria, CA; Jo, AZ; Judith, NY; Karen, NJ; Kathleen, PA; Kay, NY; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Lorie, KY; Lydia, CO; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Mari, VA; Marna, NY; Mary, MD; Michelle, NY; Nancy, NY; Naomi, DC; Pat, MA; Patsy, NY; Pearl, NY; Roberta, NY; Ruth, NY; Sandi, NY; Sandy, CA; Sharon, NY; Shelley, NY; Shirley, IN; Sherli, CA; Sid, PA; Smriti, CA; Susan, MA; Susan, NC; Terri, FL; and Yvette, NY; who are in the process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury, or surgery.

 

Amy, NY; D. Barbara, NY; Beverly, NY; Carol, NY; Gaetana, NY; Glenys, Australia; Joanne, NY; Kimberly, NY; Kimi, NJ; Linda, NY; Linda, NY; Maureen, NY; Meryl, NY; Dee, NY; Patricia, Australia; Regi, CA;Sheryll, CA;Susan, NY; and Svetlana, NY; who would benefit greatly from some spiritual support.

 

Ali, VT; Annie, NY; Chrys, NY; Deni, NY; Erica, New Zealand; Gaetana, NY; Gail, NY; Hemetra, PA; Kat, NY; Kathrine, Denmark; Lois, NY; Marla, NY; Nancy, NC; Roslyn, NJ; and Sharon, FL; the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.

 

May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:

Sandra Eldredge, WISimone Frat, France

Rosemary Keefe NM

Mindy Lederman, FL

Marcia Richter, NJ

 

With Heartfelt Condolences:

Doris Burkemper, NM

Christine Frat, France

Robin Ray Rowland, FL

 

Prayer requests:

 

I feel heartbroken lately by all the news. Nature, war, violence, greed. It is a hard time. I am encouraging everyone to dedicate all activities to the benefit of those who are suffering and begin speaking out about the use of bombs to solve problems.         

- Laura, NY

 

My mother, Barbara, AKA Mama P, will go before the Board of Parole Hearings on August 29, 2012 at anytime that morning. She's scheduled for 10:30 A.M., but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. The time schedule varies. I'm asking that you join me in prayer from across the miles in unity on August 28th at 7 PM Pacific Time. I will be praying that God's will be done and I hold hope that it includes a suitability finding for my mother. May He guide her in what to say and how to say it so that the panel is moved to mercy to do the justifiable thing in granting her parole. Please pray with me. Thank you.

- Theresa, CA

 

Please add my name to your healing circle next time.  Things are going very badly for me both financially and physically. Normally, I'm a very, very, very positive person, but it's getting tougher.

Debbie, OH 

 

Your mentioning my mother in the Circle of Concern was very meaningful. I burst into tears, wonderfully caught in the web of all our connections across time and space as women. And my ground shifted some, just for that moment (but maybe more than I know.)

- Linda, NY

 

 Helping Hands

 

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. 
 

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

- Maya Angelou

Parallax


You never know  
What will change the world- 
a word lightly spoken, 
a touch from a stranger, 
a glance from a woman 
in a red dress, 
or a flower opening in your garden. 
What you do know 
down deep in your bones 
is that the cells have 
lined up in a new arrangement, 
muscles grown 
where before was weak and hollow, 
and when you woke up this morning, 
something else was on your mind 
because the old furniture had moved 
around to make room. 
A momentary alignment of planets 
has opened a door somewhere. 
You never know how or when, 
only that it means 
Everything.

 

© Lenore Horowitz 2012

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After a 6 month leave of absence, I will resume my Queen column on Beliefnet beginning on the 4th of September.

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