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It is my hope that as more
and more women
rise to reign
in the fullest potential 
of our supremacy,
we will harness
our purpose,
passion, and power
and direct it toward

creating a more balanced
and peaceful world. 
This is the legacy of Her majesty.
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Turn Your  
Midlife Crisis
Your Crowning Achievement! 

Earth Month Every Month

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Hail Queens!
 April is Earth Month.

Would that we would spend an entire month in service to Mother Earth. Let alone every minute of every hour of every day from now on.
Best regal blessings of respect and reverence, 
Dear Mother Earth, I Owe You Big Time

I've seen several outrageous television commercials recently that blithely extol the benefits of throwaway dust rags and floor mops and disposable baby bibs, of all things. Apparently the landfills are not yet filled to over-flowing capacity with Pampers as I had assumed.
Knowing myself to be a concerned citizen and certified Queen of Reducing, Re-using and Recycling, I feel morally indignant in the face of such crass waste. The mere sight of The New York Times Sunday Edition stacked in high piles at the newsstand fills me with queasy guilt. Heaven forbid I should buy one. Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees. Times 52. Yikes!

As it is, the average American uses about 749 pounds of paper every year, which adds up to a whopping 187 billion pounds per year for the entire population, by far the largest per capita consumption rate of paper for any country in the world. I can't find an exact statistic for how many trees per person we use each year for paper goods, wood products and newsprint, but it is estimated to be 7 trees for each of us. And that is not counting the meat we eat, which is raised on deforested land.
I take my own bags to the grocery store. I use cloth napkins and hankies and refuse to use paper towels, opting instead for sponges and rags. I print out proof sheets from my computer on the backside of discarded paper. When I used to drink coffee, I used the same paper bag day in and day out for café con leches-to-go, my record being 65 days worth of caffeine-carrying with one single bag.
All of this conservation is well and good, but what have I done lately? What did I do today? This is an important distinction: what did I do versus what did I not do. The issue is not how many trees did I save, but how many trees did I plant? I am 69 years old. That means that I should have planted 483 trees by now to replace those that I have used. While I have conducted quite a few tree-planting ceremonies over the years, I still owe Mother Earth a new orchard or two.
Maybe it is self-defeating to think that we should be giving up comforts and luxuries in order to be more environmentally correct and connected. Such negative terminology doesn't make acting conscientiously seem like a very attractive prospect, but rather like some sort of deprivation that would appeal only to martyrs. That's just bad psychology - completely unproductive, if you ask me. The medicine does not have to taste bad in order for it to work well.
Perhaps it is more fruitful to think not of giving something up, but rather of giving something back. It is the most elemental and universal rule of etiquette that if you take something, you replace it; if you use something, you replace it - plus some. While saving and conserving are admirable virtues to be commended and encouraged, being generous and proactively responsive is equally crucial to our survival, body and soul. Take less. Give more. I call that eco-response-ability.
It is pay back time!
So, let's plant trees everywhere - in our gardens, on our terraces and roofs, inside our houses, throughout our parks and schoolyards. Even those of us who live in the most crowded cement cities can join a community garden or participate in a park clean-up and planting day.

We can "buy" acres of rain forest to give as gifts or have trees planted in honor of all the special occasions celebrated by friends and family. We could adopt a neighborhood or a stretch of highway and help take care of it.
We could take a page from Lady Bird Johnson, and like a brigade of green guerillas, spread out and scatter wildflower seeds along every interstate, in every vacant lot, strip mall and avenue median.

I hereby pledge to plant as many trees as I can this spring. Won't you join me?
Eco-Queens Speak Out

The French have a marvelous saying:

When a woman loses her blood, she gains her voice.

The New York Subways sport this sign:
If you see something, say something.
Queens speak up and say what needs to be said
in defense of what they know is right and worthy
and in the best interest of women and society as a whole. 

A Queen has got to say what She has got to say!

Rose Bird, Chief Justice of California Supreme Court 

We have probed the earth, excavated it,  
burned it, ripped things from it,  
buried things in it, chopped down its forests,  
leveled its hills,muddied its waters, and dirtied its air.  
That does not fit my definition of a good tenant.  
If we were here on a month-to-month basis,  
we would have been evicted long ago. 

Wangari Maathai
Well, I don't only think that the biosphere is in trouble,
I know it is. I just have to look around in the environment in which I live. In my own part of the world.
I keep telling people, let us not cut trees irresponsibly.
Let us not destroy especially the forested mountains.
Because if you destroy the forests on these mountains,
the rivers will stop flowing and the rains
will become irregular and the crops will fail
and you will die of hunger and starvation.
Now the problem is, people don't make those linkages.

Jane Goodall
I think my message to the politicians who have  
within their powerthe ability to make change is,
'Do you really, really not care about the future
of your great-grandchildren?
Because if we let the world continue to be destroyed
the way we are now, what's the world going to be like
for your great-grandchildren?'  

Vananda Shiva

And while men in power redefine religion
in fundamentalist terms and in support of market fundamentalism, women in diverse cultures mobilize
their faith, their spirituality, their power
to protect the earth and life on earth.
We are either going to have a future where women
lead the way to make peace with the Earth
or we are not going to have a human future at all.  
      Say it like it is, sis!
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Yet, if we put the miraculous, collective power of our hearts and minds together, we CAN solve these problems.

Solutions DO exist and every day, more and more incredible people are rolling up their sleeves and finding creative ways to fix what we once feared unfixable.

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The Green Thing

This sassy gem was sent in by Queen Diane Torr, Glasgow, Scotland.

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

The woman apologized to the young girl and explained,
"We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.

The older lady said that she was right - our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain:

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house - not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

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This is so cool! Thank you for putting me on your list.
- Jill, NY
Fantastic newsletter as always. Thank you for reminding me every month who I AM! 
Cynthia, NC
From my heart thank you for including prayers for my sister in your newsletter. Love & Light,
- Eileen, FL

Women certainly do make the world go round. And I love being part of this circle of women.
- Shannon, UT

Every issue is so different and special in its own way. Don't know how you manage to do it year after year. But sure glad you do!
- Janelle, MS

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

Creativity often consists of merely turning up
what is already there.
Did you know that right and left shoes
were thought up only a little more than a century ago?
- Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

Robin Bady, NY; Ellen Bass, CA; and LuLu LoLo, NY; on their performances and/or performances of their work.
Nancy Buchanan, CA; Lauren Curtis, NJ; Karen Fitzgerald, NY; Ruth Gendler, CA; Janet Goldner, NY; Mierle Laderman Ukeles, NY; Annie Lanzillotto, NY; Luba Lukova, NY; Ana Mendieta (R.I.P.); Linda Mary Montano, NY; Carol Tandava, NY; Martha Wilson, NY on the exhibitions of their artwork.
Sharon Blackie, Ireland, The Delirious Burning Blue (Novel); Glenys Livingstone, Australia; My Name is Medusa (Children's Book); Mary Mackey, CA, The Village of Bones (Novel); Amy Martin, TX, Itchy Business (Nonfiction Book) on their new publications.
Judith Bernstein, NY, on receiving a Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellows Grant 2016

Linda Seigel. NY, on her move.

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; Amy, NY; Babs, NY; Barbara, NJ; Bebee, DE; Berenice, NY; Bettye, NY; Betty, AL; Chrissie, NY; Christine, NY; Dana, FL; Dawn, CA; Diane, NY; Dolly, NY; Dominique, NM; Donna, NY; Dorothy, CA; Gail, WA; Jo, AZ; Gerry, VT; Joan, ME; Joan, NY; Judi, FL; Judith, NY; Karen, NJ; Kathleen, PA; Kathrine, Denmark; Kaylin, MD; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Laurie, OH; Linda, FL; Linda, SC; Lisa, NJ; Lorie, KY; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Margi, NY; Mari, VA; Margi, NY; Marna, NY; Marsha, NY; Mary, MD; Mary, NY; Mary, OH; Mary, CO; Nancy, NY; Nancy, NC; Nona, LA; Pat, MA; Patsy, NY; Paula, NT; Pearl, NY; Reynolds, NY; Roberta, NY; Sally, NY; Sandy, CA; Serpentessa, NY; Sharon, NY; Shelley, NY; Sheriden, MA; Shirley, IN; Sherli, CA; Sid, PA; Sue, CA; Susan, NC; Susan, NY; Terese, NY; Terri, FL; Urvashi, NY; Vicki, MN; Weslea, ME; 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; Diana, FL; Eleni, NY; Gaetana, NY; Joanne, NY; Kimberly, NY; Kyia, MN; Linda, NY; Linda, NY; Maureen, NY; Meryl, NY; Beedee, NY; Patricia, Australia; Regi, CA; Sheryll, CA; Susan, NY; and Svetlana, NY; who would benefit greatly from some spiritual support.
Deni, NY; Erica, New Zealand;  Gaetana, NY; Gail, NY; Hemetra, PA; Janet, CT; Kat, NY; Kate, NY;k; Laurie, OH; Lois, NY; Marla, NY; Mary, CO; Marya, NY; Miriam, NY; Nancy, NC; and Roslyn, NJ; the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.

May Their Spirits Rest in Peace
Patty Duke, ID
Dina Paisner, NY
With Heart Felt Condolences: 
Daile Kaplan, NY
Renee Piechocki, PA
Prayer requests:  

Please affirm perfect health for me. What seems to be a cold had gotten worse. I'm at a medical clinic now waiting to see the doc. I know that all is well and I prefer to keep my contracted agreements to sing 3 times this week. Please know perfect health for and with me. Blessings, love and light,
- Faerie Elaine, FL 
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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.

Healing may not be so much about getting better,
as about letting go of everything that isn't you -
all of the expectations, all of the beliefs -
and becoming who you are. 
~ Rachel Naomi Remen



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