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The Queen's Chronicles
September 2012
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Friendship is the Comfort
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Somewhere There is a Woman
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We have been inundated lately on all fronts - astrological, spiritual, political, economic - with threats of terror and trauma. These are indeed very scary times. What is at stake is our safety, our peace of mind, our centered inner selves, our very lives and the lives of all the species who share our planet home. Indeed, our Mother Earth, Herself, is very vulnerable right now.


What to do?


We can shrink in fear and wallow in our worries, just close down. OR we can use this time to work toward the expansion, openness, and love that we all know in our heart of hearts is possible.

 I won't be made useless

I won't be idle with despair

- Jewel

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Some might argue that we don't have any choice in this upside down dangerous world and that we can't affect what will happen. But even if we can't immediately alter the course of human events on the world stage, we can certainly create change in our own lives and in all of the lives that we touch.


Our thoughts are the seeds of that change. We know that worrying is like praying for what we do not want. Instead, let us put our intentions, attention, and energy toward what we do want.


Dr. Christiane Northrup writes, "Use your thoughts wisely. Understand their power. Thoughts have a tendency to become their physical equivalent. This is one of the fundamental laws of the universe. Another one is the law of attraction, which states that 'like attracts like.' Because it is consciousness that creates reality, the kind of consciousness you hold - your vibration - actually creates the kind of life you're living."


So our first order of business must be to stay positive. To entertain only positive possibilities. To imagine only affirmative alternatives. To surround ourselves with wholly uplifting, life-affirming people and influences. To align ourselves solely with the greater good so that our actions will be born of only the finest of our best intentions.


What we all have to do from now on is to stay alert, stay centered, stay connected, and most important of all, keep talking. Talking, writing, singing, protesting keeps the light of truth and tolerance shining upon the hidden agendas of governments, corporations, institutions, and individuals. Silence, like the dark of night, shelters nefarious deeds. Silence forgives violence.


I have been haunted recently by the words written by Martin Niemoller, a Protestant pastor and head of the anti-Nazi Confessing Church. According to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, he was arrested for "malicious attacks against the state" and spent seven years in Dachau and Sachsenhausen until 1945 when he was released by the Allies.   


"In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Catholic. Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up."


The media likes to portray peace, environment and human and animal rights protesters as a fringe element of whining malcontents teetering on the margins of proper society. The truth is that those who step forward to speak their mind are happier and healthier folks than most.


Protesting is not complaining nor is it sending out negative messages. Pro means "for," "in favor of." Test means, "to speak," as in "testify" and "testimony". So, protest actually means, "to speak for." Protest is a completely positive endeavor.


A study by John Drury, professor of social psychology at the University of Sussex in England, shows that it is good for you to protest. Even though protesters may be depressed about the state of the world, their physical and mental ailments improve dramatically as a result of taking part in a group effort for change and the betterment of conditions.


Involvement in social causes and participation in political demonstrations banishes sensations of isolation, discouragement and impotence and replaces them with an exhilarating awareness of connectedness, well being and empowerment.


So let us actively resist the urge to freeze when we are frightened and overwhelmed. Instead, let us breathe deeply to fill ourselves with the air of the ages, the oxygen than can calm us, the breath of new inspiration. And as we exhale, we can sing, chant, talk, shout out our reverence for life and our sacred prayers for peace.


Be bold.

           Make a statement.

                                     Make a stand.

                                                        Make a difference.


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Canto Jondo


Canto jondo is a term used to reflect a specific style in poetry, dance, theater and specifically connected to a flamenco vocal style and gypsy music. It is as if it is the song beneath the song that you see. The deeper song. The one you have to lose your voice to find. Lose your skill to discover.


The result of living a life where we don't even know what we are truly passionate about - and cannot access the ability to take action on it is not a life most of us are interested in continuing to live. Lack of direction. Not knowing our Purpose. The lost ability to say yes to our calling and follow it as if it is the most important thing in the whole world. It is, right?   


Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?

-Caroline Myss


What is YOUR canto jondo? Your very own deep song?  


The poem caught in your throat like a ragged bone or bruised butterfly?


The one that lives under the old scar that won't give up its stitches?  


The image that won't leave you alone?  


That haunts your waking dreams to be understood?


What is it the raven is trying to tell you, right now, today,

this moment, do you hear the call?  


What is the internal territory that makes you shake in your boots?  


Quake in your nightgown?


I have something to say!

I am something!

I have a song.

I don't know what it is...

but it is here..

beneath the bones

of this, not looking how I wanted it to, but willing to do the work to re-invent this self.  

This life.


I am worth the work it takes to make me come back to life.


I am worth making my life a quest. 


What if my life depends on discovering my canto jando?



- Shiloh Sophia McCloud  


Pussy Riot


Pussy Riot (gotta love that name!) is a collective of Russian feminist punk-rock musicians based in Moscow. The group of approximately 12 members came together in 2011. Their trademark is the bright balaclavas that they wear to cover their faces in public. And when they are interviewed they use nicknames to protect their anonymity.


The aura of mystery that they project is necessary, because they stage unannounced, provocative and outrageous performances about Russian political life in unauthorized public locations, such as the Yelokhovo Cathedral, Lobnoye Mesto in Red Square, on top of a trolleybus, or on a scaffold in the Moscow Metro. They film and edit their performances and post them on the internet.


On February 21, 2012, five members of the group staged an illegal performance on the altar of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which they called "Punk Prayer - Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!" 


On March 3, two of the group members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were arrested and charged with hooliganism. A third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was arrested on March 16. They were held in custody without bail for four months until their trial began in late July.


On August 17, 2012, the three members were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, and were each sentenced to two years imprisonment.Two other members of the group have reportedly left Russia fearing prosecution.


Pussy Riot Band Members In Russian Orthodox Church (Punk Invasion)


Raging Grannies

The Raging Grannies are social justice activists, all women old enough to be grandmothers, who dress up in clothes that mock stereotypes of older women, and sing songs at protests. They typically write the lyrics themselves, putting their political messages to the tunes of well-known songs. Their activism includes peace and environmental causes.


They are great models of the French saying, "When women lose their blood, they gain their voice."


Renegade Raging Grannies
Legitimate Rape
Nina Simone


In September 1963, a Ku Klux Klan group bombed a Civil Rights activist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four little girls and injuring many others. This was the moment Nina Simone decided it was time for her to take part in black activism. This terrible event was an inspiration for her song "Mississippi Goddam."  


Her explicit lyrics showed the anger and frustration that she felt against the US government, which was trying to gradually move to equality between blacks and whites. But to her, "doing things gradually" was only going to "bring more tragedy."


63-Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam
Mississippi Goddam


Nina Simone Live At Montreux 1976 - Backlash Blues
Backlash Blues


Jennifer Berezan

The longtime environmental activists and spiritual teachers, Joanna Macy and Jennifer Berezan, chartered a plane and flew over the Tar Sands mining regions of northern Canada (Jennifer was born and raised in Alberta) to see for themselves the devastating effects of this massive oil dredging on the once pristine boreal lands.

After their flight Berezan wrote this hauntingly beautiful song (a eulogy, really) about the desolation they witnessed.


Oil Sands Fly Over: My Memory Forever with Jennifer Berezan, Joanna Macy and Anne Symens-Bucher
Oil Sands Fly Over: My Memory Forever
Dixie Chicks

During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the Dixie Chicks performed in concert in London on March 10, 2003. During the introduction to their song "Travelin' Soldier," Natalie Maines, who along with band members Emily Robison and Mertie Maguire, was a native of Texas, said: "Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."


Conservative media commentators claimed that she should not criticize President Bush on foreign soil. Maines responded, "I said it there 'cause that's where I was." Maines' remark sparked intense criticism - to say the least. The Chicks were banned from most radio stations and huge demonstrations were held where former fans brought their CDs to be bulldozed.


In 2006, the unrepentant Dixie Chicks released the single "Not Ready to Make Nice," which directly addressed the political controversy that had surrounded the group for the previous three years.


Justice was finally served at the 49th Grammy Awards Show on February 11, 2007, when the group won all five categories for which they were nominated, including the top awards of Song of the Year and Record of the Year, both for "Not Ready to Make Nice," and Album of the Year, for Taking the Long Way. Maines interpreted the wins as being a show of public support for their advocacy of free speech.


Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Not Ready To Make Nice

Disband was an all girl band in New York City from 1978-1982. The core members, Ilona Granet, Donna Henes, Ingrid Sischy, Dianne Torr, and Martha Wilson, were artists, none of whom knew how to play instruments.  


Disband's cutting edge satiric songs were popular with the Feminist art audience due to songs like "The Girl's Bill of Rights," "Look at My Dick," and "Fashions." They performed in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Ithica, La Jolla, Toronto, Rome and Florence before they disbanded.


Thirty years later, in 2008, Disband reunited to perform at the Museum of Modern Art's P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center as part of the exhibition "Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution." Since then, they brought their show to Philadelphia and Seoul, Korea.

DISBAND at PS1 in 2008, Part 1

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Letters In Response to the August 2012 Issue


This is a beautiful newsletter. I have a warm smile on my face!

- Shari, NY


One of your best. Sending as a reminder to all of my friends. You will be getting new subscribers. Peace,

- Elayne, PA


This issue of the Chronicles reminded me of that old Girl Scout song: "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other's gold."

Thanks for the happy memory.

- SueEllen, NE


I flagged this Chronicle because I liked it so much and wanted to express that and oops! here it is nudging toward October now. Well, better late than never. I keep hoping you'll show up out here one of these days.  I, too, love Jules and Jim. 

- Sherli, CA


Love your newsletter this month.

- Barbara, NY


I'm surrounded by women friends in midlife, and with rare exception, they are all vital and fully engaged with life. Like the Queen, we feel like this is the best time in our life; focused, loving and grateful are we. 

 - Daria, Chicago, IL


Unfortunately, my dearest friends have fallen away from me over the years. Some have moved away. And some have passed away. This last wonderful issue made me feel that I am connected to other like-minded midlife women, and for that I am grateful. They feel like new friends, at least in spirit. Thanks for sharing.

- Debbie, AZ


I again LOVED your newsletter, and thank you wholeheartedly for sending out with love and community to all the Queens who read it. As I come into my 60's I realize more and more how important friends are, and I have a very unique group I am sure you will be interested to hear about.


I lead and direct Twisted Gypsies which is a community dance group that performs at community events in the Hudson Valley and in particular the Catskill Mountains. We are a sassy group of Wise Women, whose average age is well in the 50's, and we have one performer who is nearing 70! We perform Gypsy Style Tribal Belly Dance with lots of skirt and flourshiment. It's the most ancient of dances, and the most sacred for it epitomizes through movement the Goddess within us all. With the wisdom of our years we also bring an element of seasoned artistic flair to our performances. We stand in the center of this swirling group of performing sisters with grace and beauty that only we as Wise Women possess.



These women have become a truly wonderful group of friends. Through dancing together we have found many strengths and benefits that dance brings to our bodies, minds and spirits, and the bond we share within this circle of dance is immeasurable. Not only have we found an outlet that gives our feminine bodies delicious exercise and therapy, but we've connected in a way that fosters a deep friendship between one another. Not one of us is without maladies or problems, but with the support of our "tribal sisters" we have weathered them with increased hope of a positive outcome.


Twisted Gypsies is a fantastic outlet for our creative minds and spirits. We have been drawn to this dance, just as we have been drawn to each other. This core group of "students" I teach is paramount to the mission of my instruction and that is to bring women together in a community to support each other in any and every way possible. For me and my tribal sisters it is an important lifeline that we share, for each contributes in a big way to the healing process we all need at times.


For me it is a blessing beyond measure for this is the most important thing to me - to nurture the feminine spirit in every way possible. Through my passion and love of dance, and the power that lifts us up together as a group, I believe I am doing just that.


Please keep your newsletters coming, so I can continue feeding my soul with all the fulfilling delights it entails! Warmest Blessings,

- Queen Perizad (Charlene Roberts), NY


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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
Lillian Slugocki, NY, The Blue Hours (E-book) on their new publications.


Emma Amos, NY, Helène Aylon, NY; Nancy Azara, NY; Ilona Granet, NY; Siobhan Grice, Wales; Suzanne Lacy, CA; Sheila Pepe, NY; Alison Pou, NY; Bé Van der Heide, Spain; 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! 
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Adrianne, NY; Alison, TN; Amora, FL; Amy, NY; Bebee, DE; Bettye, NY; Betty, AL; Chrissie, NY; Dana, CA; Dani, WI; Dee, NY; Deni, NY; Dominique, NM; Gail, WA; Glenys, Australia; Gloria, CA; Jo, AZ; Joan, NY; Judith, NY; Karen, NJ; Kathleen, PA; Kay, NY; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Linda, SC; Lorie, KY; Lydia, CO; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Mari, VA; Marna, NY; Mary, MD; Michelle, NY; Nancy, NY; Naomi, DC; Pat, MA; Patsy, NY; Paula, NT; 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, NJthe caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.


May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:

Shulamith Firestone, NY

Jessica, NY


With Heartfelt Condolences:

Tirzah Firestone, CO

Lourdes Lopez, NY


Prayer requests:

Please send warm thoughts to Bettye Lane, who is now in Beth Israel Hospital. Bettye will soon not be with us. Many of you know that Bettye Lane is the fabulous photographer who has taken photos of the Feminist Movement since 1971. Her photo graces the cover of Feminists Who Changed America. Thank you,

- Jacqui Ceballos, AZ and Dell Williams, NY (Veteran Feminists of America)



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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. 


If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

- Emily Dickinson

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