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The Queen's Chronicles
May 2013
In This Issue
You Were Made For This
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Telling It Like It Is
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There is a marvelous French saying that "When a woman loses her blood, she gains her voice." How true.

 

When we reach a certain age, we are hit with the stunning and empowering realization that we are free to speak our mind. Who says we have to be silent? Be nice? Be compliant? Be weak? Be scared? Be lady-like?

 

No way!

We are experienced and wise and we know what we know. Secure in the knowledge that we can rely safely upon our instincts and abilities, we are now free to use the full force of our personal power and act as agents for positive change.

 

We cannot turn away from imperfection, nor avert our gaze from the gruesome details of life. We must open our eyes - as well as our ears and our hearts - even wider in order to witness, to learn, to help, and to heal. We must not shrink from our responsibilities to protect and preserve the very forces of life.

 

We must open our mouths, as well, and speak boldly our hard-won truths with a confident authority, conviction and compassion that commands respect and response.

 

We Queens do not bite our tongues, nor do we withhold our views. We make our beliefs perfectly clear, assume full response-ability for them, and then take action to effect change for the betterment of all.

 

We have been socialized to respect fear  

more than our own needs for language and definition,  

and while we wait in silence  

for that final luxury of fearlessness,  

the weight of that silence will choke us.  

The transformation of silence into language and action  

is an act of self-revelation and that always seems fraught  

with danger. We fear the very visibility  

without which we also cannot truly live

- and that visibility which makes us most vulnerable  

is that which is also the source of our greatest strength.

- Audre Lorde

 

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You Were Made For This 


 

by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

 

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

 

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

 

I am not afraid. I was born for this.

-Joan of Arc

 

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

 

Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

 

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

 

We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn't you say you were a believer? Didn't you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn't you ask for grace? Don't you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

 

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

 

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

 

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One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these - to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

 

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

 

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

 

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

 

And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything,  

you risk even more.

- Erica Jung

Do Something!



"So much to do, so little time," you may think. "So many wrongs to right."

 

And you might well ask, "What can I do? What can just one person do?"

The answer is DO SOMETHING!

Do just one simple thing.

You've got to start somewhere.

Start small.

 

Allot 15 minutes a day to speak out on issues that are meaningful to you. Make your opinion known.  

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Contact your representatives and urge them to vote in a way as to really represent you. Send emails. Sign petitions. Make phone calls. Write letters to the editor of your local paper. Write a check.

 

Fifteen minutes a day is definitely doable - just a brief break in your busy schedule. It is possible to accomplish quite a lot in just 15 minutes a day. And those short quarter-hours sure add up"

 

15 minutes a day is almost two hours a week.

15 minutes a day is eight hours a month.

15 minutes a day is 60 hours a year.

15 minutes a day over a year is two and a half days. 

 

 

Do what you want, do what you will,

do what you have to, do what you

think you cannot.

 - Alice Hoffman 

Free Lynn Stewart


 

  

Lynne Stewart and I worked together at a public school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the late 1960's. I was the art teacher and she was the librarian. We were also in the same consciousness-raising group, a revolutionary and empowering life-changing experience.

 

We were both ardent feminists and anti Viet Nam War agitators. We marched together for legal abortions and civil rights. And we worked together in the school organizing teachers and parents to change the misogynistic and racist policies of our Neanderthal principal.

 

Lynne went on to become a well-known and respected lawyer dedicated to representing controversial, poor, and often unpopular defendants, as well as defending the civil rights and liberties of all citizens. Her latest (and last) client was Sheik Abdel-Rahman.

 

In November 2003 she was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism. She was convicted on these charges, though they were trumped up in the paranoiac aftermath of 9/11.

 

Her conviction meant automatic disbarment and a sentence of 28 months, which she served. Then in 2010 she was re-sentenced to 10 years in Federal prison.

 

She has served four of those years and is presently dying from stage four breast cancer that has spread to her lymph nodes, shoulder, bones and lungs, because she was denied proper medical care in prison.

 

There is now a worldwide effort pushing for her compassionate release so she can receive appropriate care or (worst case scenario) die at home. This effort has been spearheaded by Bishop Desmond Tutu, Ramsey Clark and Dick Gregory along with countless others.

 

Please visit her website: lynnestewart.org, to read her complete story and sign the petition to free her. Thanks so much.

Telling It Like It Is


 

Alan Simpson, the Senator from Wyoming calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security " to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. Here's a response in a letter from Patty Myers, a woman of a certain age in Montana.  

 

You tell 'em Queen Patty!

 

Hey Alan, let's get a few things straight!!!

 

1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit) for FIFTY YEARS.

 

2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).

 

3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud.

 

4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and "your ilk" pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age, 67. Now you and your "shill commission" are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.

 

5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money from Medicare to pay the bills.

 

6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you incompetent bastards spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt. And to add insult to injury, you label us "greedy" for calling bullshit to your incompetence.

 

 

 

Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU:

 

1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?

 

2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?

 

3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?

 

4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

 

It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the "greedy" ones. It is you and your fellow nutcase thieves who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.

 

And for what? Votes and your job and retirement security at our expense, you lunk-headed, leech.

 

That's right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic, political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.

 

And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.

 

P.S. And stop calling Social Security benefits "entitlements." WHAT AN INSULT!!!! I have been paying into the SS system for 45 years. It's MY money - give it back to me the way the system was designed and stop patting yourself on the back like you are being generous by doling out these monthly checks.

 

We do not have a money problem in America.

We have a values and priorities problem.

- Marian Wright Edelman

Menopausal Maniac


 

A prevalent archetype of the assertive midlife woman in popular culture is the Menopausal Maniac.

 

The following was sent to me by a male friend. Hmmm. . . 

 

Dear Tide:

 

I am writing to say what an excellent product you have. I've used it all of my married life, as my mom always told me it was the best. Now that I am in my fifties I find it even better! 

 

In fact, about a month ago, I spilled some red wine on my new white blouse. My inconsiderate and uncaring husband started to belittle me about how clumsy I was, and generally started becoming a pain in the neck. One thing led to another and somehow I ended up with his blood on my new white blouse as well! 

 

I grabbed my bottle of Tide with bleach alternative and to my surprise and satisfaction, all of the stains came out! In fact, the stains came out so well the detectives who came by yesterday told me that the DNA tests on my blouse were negative and then my attorney called and said that I was no longer considered a suspect in the disappearance of my husband.

 

What a relief! Going through menopause is bad enough without being a murder suspect! I thank you, once again, for having a great product.

 

Well, gotta go, I have to write to the Hefty Bag people.

 

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The Queen's Court is a gathering of sovereign women of a certain age - our dear peers - who graciously offer information, guidance, inspiration and encouragement to each other.

 

 

We Queens know what we know. And we know a great deal. Our experience has made us wise. So, feel free to consult with our cyber council/counsel when you are need of sage advice or wish to explore a particular topic of interest.

 

As you may recall, Queen Deanne of British Columbia, Canada wrote to The Queen's Court in the last issue sharing her frustration at not being allowed to set up women only classes in the institutions where she has been working. In my response to her, I suggested that she bypass the male dominated system and establish herself in other venues, especially those run by and for women. Here is her response to mine:

 

Dear Mama Donna,

Your lovely letter could not have come at a better time and my strength and fortitude are doubled with your support - thank you. I have been busy like a bee, buzzing all around my territory and I think I have found the treasure I have been seeking! 

 

A small independent dance studio that caters mostly to children and has studio space for rent in the morning - perfect for my mature women's programmes!  I feel I can now move forward and upward.

 

I am sincerely grateful for the support you gave me in your letter. As you know, repeating something gives it power and I have had so much negativity repeated to me lately, that I was beginning to suffer some self doubt - but positive words also gain power through repetition, and so your words, added to my own and those of the wonderful women who support me have emboldened me.  Now people should look out, because here I come!  As I said, this is not the first time I have faced such antagonism, and I doubt whether it will be the last, but with determination and tenacity women like me will prevail.

 

I send you an abundance of blessings and also my love,

- Deanne, BC, Canada

 

Brava, Queen Deanne! Way to go!

xxQMD

Action is the antidote to despair.

- Joan Baez

 

I would love to continue this thread of discussion. Please send your thoughts, opinions, and personal experiences in response to Queen Deanne's query.

 

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Letters In Response to the April 2013 Issue  
 

I agree with your suggestion to turn our attention from anger to creating positive change. Let our anger fuel our resolve to do some good in the world. As always you inspire me to rise to every occasion. I depend on these monthly messages to rev me up. Thanks for that.

- Phyllis, MI

 

You go, Queen Mama! I, too, am pissed and determined to be strong and vocal. I stand with you in sister solidarity.

- Gloria, SC

 

Thank you Donna, for yet another wonderful issue for women, by women, about women.

- Charlene, NY

 

This book,  Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
, kinda reminds me of the lead piece in your last newsletter, which was particularly good.

- Erica, CT

 

Wow, I love what I've read: the emphasis on thought as event. Tremendous stuff.

- Nancy, NY

 

I so appreciate the edification and information!! Thanks for ALL you give to the world and for all your branches that reach out and offer shade and sustenance to so many! I also just read your Bio and Mission Statement on your site: www.donnahenes.net. You definitely are one AMAZING WOMAN!  I'm so glad you are out there doing what you do! Bless you! Blessed be,

- Amalya, CA

 

Thanks for the consistent high quality of your thoughts and words. Super job!

- Mae, GA

 

Love your regular newsletters. 

- Jane, MA

 

May I run this lovely kick ass piece as a Moonlady column with book buying links? 

- Amy, TX, Editor, Moonlady News

 

Dear Amy,

But of course! And many thanks.

- QMD

 

You might enjoy this article, "Old Glory: Wearing Our Age Proudly." All three of the women pictured are wearing crowns. They would benefit greatly if they knew you existed.   

- Francine, NY

 

Dear Francine,

I loved this piece. Thanks for sending it. I contacted the writer and asked her permission to reprint it in The Queen's Chronicles. She was thrilled! Look for it in the June issue.

- QMD

 

Are there any menopause support groups that meet in or around Park Slope? I just turned 50, am a poet and a professor at the New School, and am experiencing an exceedingly challenging ( = horrible) transition into this next phase. I am so not acting like a Queen, but I know I can, and would love to learn from others who've reached that height.  Any information is deeply appreciated. Very sincerely,

- Sharon, NY

 

Dear Sharon,

Yes! Your wish is my command! There is a four session Sister Spirit Blessing Circle this June in New York City. And beginning this fall there will be live group tele-calls that Queens everywhere can join. I look forward to your participation. And, of course you can consult the Midlife Midwife (http://www.thequeenofmyself.com/consult.shtml)for one-to-one help. Blessings for a joyful life change.

- QMD

 
 
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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We extend hearty congratulations to our multi-talented circle of Sister Queens for their impressive accomplishments and successes.

 

  

 

You get whatever accomplishment

you are willing to declare."

- Georgia O'Keeffe

 

Alessandra Belloni, NJ; C. Carr, NY; Barbara Hammer, NY; Marjorie Kouns, NY; Judith Molina, NY; Linda Mary Montano, NY; Lorraine O'Grady, NY; Pauline Oliveros, NY; and Reno, NY; on their performances and/or performances of their work.

  

Betty Brown, GA, There and Back: An Elder's Solo Global Pilgrimage (Book); Sharon Cadiz, NY, Traveling Directions For Women (Book); Max Dashu, CA, Women Shaman: The Ancients! (DVD set); Rivka Edery, NY; Trauma and Transformation (book); Patricia Monaghan (RIP) and Michel McDermott, WI, Editors, Brigit: Sun of Womanhood (Anthology); on their new publications.  

Lauren Curtis, NJ; Stephanie Diamond, NY; Karen Finley, NY; J. Ruth Gendler, CA; Holly Hughes, NY; Luba Lukova, NY; Aviva Rahmani, ME; Syma, NY; and Mierle Laderman Ukeles, NY on the exhibitions of their artwork.

 

Martha Wilson, NY, on the honorary doctorate she received from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

 

Mary Sharratt, England, on winning the 2013 Nautilus Gold Award for her book, Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen.

 

Deirdre Mullane, NY, on her new home.

 

Please 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! 
 
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; Bebee, DE; Bettye, NY Betty, AL; Chrissie, NY; Dana, CA; Dani, WI; Dolly, NY; Dominique, NM; Gail, WA; Glenys, Australia; Gloria, CA; Indiana, CA; Jacqueline, CA; Jo, AZ; Joan, ME; Joan, NY; Judith, NY; Karen, NJ; Kathleen, PA; Kay, NY; Kaylin, MD; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Linda, SC; Lisa, NJ; Lorie, KY; Lydia, CO; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Mari, VA; Marna, NY; Mary, MD; Mary, OH; Michelle, NY; Nancy, NY; Naomi, DC; Pat, MA; Patsy, NY; Paula, NT; Pearl, NY; Roberta, NY; Ruth, NY; Sandy, CA; Sharon, NY; Shelley, NY; Shirley, IN; Sherli, CA; Sid, PA; Smriti, CA; Susan, MA; Susan, NC; Terri, FL; Urvashi, NY; andYvette, NY; who are in the process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury, or surgery.

 

Amy, NY; D. Barbara, NY; Beverly, NY; Carol, NY; Diana, FL; Eleni, 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; Barbara, NY; Chrys, NY; Deni, NY; Erica, New Zealand; Gaetana, NY; Gail, NY; Hemetra, PA; Kat, NY; Kate, 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:

Charley "Sue" Crelia, NJ

 

With Heartfelt Condolences:

Charlene Roberts, NY

Lorraine Tilbury, France

 

Prayer requests:

I would love to have my mother's name put on the list for those passing for the next issue. Her name is Charlcy "Sue" Crelia, who passed on April 23. I was fortunate to have her contact me almost immediately after she died, she brushed up against my arm in the hallway, and I felt her presence surrounding me, then an image of her face that was radiantly happy, looking at me and smiling as she mouthed the words I Love You. What a precious gift she gave me. Mom has reached Goddess Status on the Astral Plane where all Mothers Reside, and she will be sorely missed here on earth, but what a party she's having up there now! Blessings and Peace abounding,

- Charlene Roberts, NY

 

Beginning in mid-November, my mom, who I care for, broke her arm at her shoulder, and i had to help her with even toileting. Just as she was healing, in February I broke my back. And a couple of weeks ago she had a stroke in her eye, blinding that eye permanently. 13+ weeks after breaking my back (the doctors said the break was very serious), I'm still recovering, and may need surgery, which I'm told could kill me. So, I'm playing "can you top this?

- Mary Hazlett, OH

 
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. 
    

Words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.

- Sarah Fielding

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