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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 and currently writes for the Huffington Post, Beliefnet and UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum, and serves as ritual consultant for television and films. 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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Since I found you, you have birthed within me new ideas, wonderful emotions (mostly happiness) and awe. I am not only in mid-life but my only child is graduating from HS and I have lost my business. I still don't know what the next chapter will be and most of the time I am afraid. You have been the calm in my storm so often and I love you for that.
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When we expand and grow and the situations of our lives start to flow, when the going is good and the living gets easier, it seems only natural to be thankful. But what about all those times when nothing seems to budge? When we are stuck in the rush hour traffic jam of daily life and our bodies and souls start to feel like banged up bumper cars? When we are tested and pounded and pummeled. When things seem so crazy and out of control we wonder what do we have to be thankful for?

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. 
- Melodie Beattie

The greatest gift of the mind is, perhaps, perspective. Our reflective, rational side keeps us in balance, helps us from running wild with our myopic emotions. "Well," my dear Daile once calmly commented in the midst of an intense work disaster that would normally have driven her quite mad, "at least nobody died." That's it, exactly. If we have a healthy sense of perspective, our lives become infinitely more precious to us and we automatically operate with an attitude of gratitude. In the words of Queen Doris Lessing, gratitude is "to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh."


Those of us who have ourselves been ill, or who care-take others, have earned a certain understanding of this point of view. Aging helps, too. Even so, for most of us it is a daily, hourly, minutely learned lesson - one that we easily forget. One that we would be wise to remember. Despite the fears of political, economic, ecologic, nuclear doom, we all have an amazing abundance of abundance in our lives. Let us give thanks.

We are in possession of the greatest gift of being alive. Let us appreciate the bountiful blessings of breath and food and love. All we have in this world is our life. We owe it to ourselves, the living, to be very, very grateful to be alive in this magnificent world. We owe it to the dead to honor their presence and influence in our life and times. We owe it to the entire complicated universe to live our precious life with full consciousness, conscience, and compassion.

And we owe it to Life, itself, to wake up each morning and retire each night filled with reverence and awe at the mighty miracle of it all, humbled, to have been even an infinitesimal part of the wonder, the wisdom, the intricately woven web of the world.

I don't know exactly what a prayer is. 
I do know how to pay 
attention, how to fall down 
into the grass... 
how to be idle and 
blessed, how to stroll through the fields, 
which is what I have been 
doing all day.  
Tell me, what else should I have done?  
everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to 
do with your one wild and precious life?  
- Mary Oliver  
  "The Summer Day "  
With blessings of profound gratitude, 

Like everyone else I know, I have been so tired - so over worked, over stretched, over extended, over committed and overwhelmed, what with a tight book deadline and trying to do everything else that I already do, plus being out of commission with oral surgeries - that my first thought about how to celebrate Thanksgiving this year was to have a circle dinner.
That is, a meal consisting of round organic frozen turkey burgers, round organic frozen sweet potato pancakes, tiny round frozen organic peas and that awful canned cranberry sauce of my childhood cut into rounds.
I love the symbolism of a Circle Supper to celebrate Thanks Giving when we honor the circles of our near and dear and the cycles of our lives, of all life. When we offer gratitude for the cosmic sphere that we live on, which supports and defines our living.
Besides, I thought I would be thankful for not having to cook.
I actually like to cook. And I especially like the ritual of cooking that particular meal together with my sweetie. Cooking for days and eating and overeating and eating leftovers for days more. There is no better way to express thankfulness than with somethin' luv'n from the oven.
I really, really do not feel like cooking this year.  Nor do I want to go to a restaurant for an exorbitantly expensive meal in public.
I did want to enjoy the traditional once a year menu. I also wanted to ritualize my gratitude, especially during this period of recovery. I wanted to take the time and make the space to honor the cycles and circles of time, of relationship, of spirit.
We we will  order Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and guaranteed leftovers from Boston Market. And the huge amount of money that we will save will go to hurricane and earthquake relief efforts so we can share the bounty of our gratitude at the world table and affirm our place in the circle embrace of humanity.

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Thanks 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 SEPTEMBER 2017 Issue:
Donna, I love your story about your BFF of 50 years. I have a BFF for about 30 years. Her health is not good, and now she never gets out. I phone her once a month and we laugh through our memories. Just about every time we drove any place together we got lost. We also did some heavy-duty shopping Bright blessings to all us queens!
- Barbara, CA
Loved your last Queens Chronicles. Connections are important.
Though I have lost 2 old friends in the last 3 months, it's comforting to know that our last emails were upbeat, funny and full of mutual admiration and love.
- Alfie, NY
Only you can make me cry with a smile on my face in the middle of a Wednesday afternoon. Just read the lovely tribute to our forever relationship and the beautiful picture you included. I was so shocked and surprised that I could hardly contain myself.Thank you for including me in such a lovely way in celebration of friendship. With love, 
- Laurie, OH
I was flipping through a children's book in my classroom this morning and found an illustration of two best friends. It reminded me so much of the early years of my friendship with Vanessa, who's been my BFF since the 5th grade. I texted the pic, and she sent one back. Just taking a moment to express gratitude for having a bunch of close long-term friends in my life ♡♡♡
- Beth, NY
Love the connection thoughts!
- Margi, NY
I love this newsletter!!! Lucky me. Thank you!!
- Kat, MN
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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.

Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny
inner sparks of possibility into flams of achievement.
- Golda Meir
Alessandra Belloni, NJ; Barbara Hammer, NY; Lulu LoLo, NY; 
on their performances and/or performances of their work.

Suzanne Benton, CT; Cristina Biaggi, NY; Darla Bjork, NY;Lauren Curtis, NJ; Mary Beth Edelson, ,NY; Janet Goldner, NY; Susan Grabel, NY; Ilona Granet, NY; Karen Guancione, NJ; Joyce kozloff, NY; Meryl Meisler, NY; Beverly Naidus,WA; Aviva Rahmani , NY; Christy Rupp, NY; WA; Carolee Schneemann, NY; Bonnie Sherk, CA; Nina Sobell, NY; Linda Stein, NY; Martha Wilson, NY
on the exhibitions of their artwork.

Phyllis Chesler, NY islamic Gender Apartheid: Exposing a Veiled War Against women (Book); Maureen Gosling, CA, La tragedia de Donald Trump/The Tragedy of Donald Trump (Video) Kathy Jones, England, Soul and Shadow : Birthing Motherworld, The Healing Journey of A priestess of Avalon (Book)
on their new publications.

To Cheri Gaulke, CA, on winning "Best experimentntal film" at the  LA Shorts Awards for her film, I Am Be.  
To Maraleen Manos-Jones, NY;  on the dedication of The Marbletown Town Hall and Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission's Maraleen Manos-Jones Pollinator Garden.   
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! 
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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:
A drianne, 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; Dorothy, CA; Elfie, NY; Gail, WA; Jo, AZ; Gerry, VT; Joan, ME; Joan, NY; Judi, FL; Judith, NY; Karen, NJ; Kathleen, PA; Kathrine, Denmark; Kaylin, MD; Diane, Scotland; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Laurie, OH; Laurie, MN; Linda, FL; Linda, SC; Lisa, NJ; Lorie, KY; Lydia, CO; 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; 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; Donna, 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.
Erica, New Zealand; Erica, CT; Gaetana, NY; Gail, NY; Holly, NY;Janet, CT; Kat, NY; Kate, NY; Kathrine, Denmark; Lois, NY; Marya, NY; Nancy, NC; and Roslyn, NJ; RUTH, CA
the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.

May Their Spirits Rest in Peace    
Holly Block, NY
Frances Cianni, NY
Mary Cochran, NY
Judt Kesselman, NY
Lydia Landry, IN
Michele Marsh, NY
Kate Millett, NY
Moregan O Zale, CT
Stephanie Sugars, CA
Liz Smith, NY
Edie Windsor, NY
Marcia Zwimer, FL
With Heart Felt Condolences
Jan Cote, VT
P.J. Schimmel, CT

Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart.  
And your story will touch and heal people's souls.
~ Melody Beattie
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.



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