Welcome to the May 2020 Crones Counsel Newsletter .

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”  Albert Camus

May 2020
Summer Solstice Online Gathering

Crones Counsel will have its first ‘online’ gathering June 20th – for the Summer Solstice. It will be at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time; 10 a.m. Mountain Standard time - Arizona, which in summer months is the same as Pacific time; 11 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time; 12 Noon Central Daylight Time; and 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. If you plan to attend, put this on your calendar now. For this first one, there will be no charge.

You will need to do two important things to join this gathering. 1) REGISTER on the Crones website.  Registration is available until June 13th. 2) Make sure you know how to use ZOOM. If you need help with this, ask some of your friends or family OR let us know so we can arrange a practice ahead of time. THERE WILL NOT BE ANY TECHNICAL HELP AVAILABLE DURING THE GATHERING.  This may seem strident but experience has shown us that the whole time scheduled can be taken up resolving one or two participants’ technical problems and to have a successful experience, we just can’t do it.  
What Being a Crone Means to Me
Pat Hanson
By Pat Hanson

Being a crone is an acknowledgement of the cycles of our wo-manhood: maiden, mother and post-menopausal crones that hold ‘cronings’ or ritual celebrations of our connection with each other. Today it is more important than ever that we welcome the many ways we each will pass the baton to our young ones. What better way than with humor to share what being a crone means to me. “YOU KNOW YOU ARE A CRONE IF …”
  • You wobble when you walk and may need a cane for balance.
  • When your prolific offspring have given you great, and even great great grand kids.
  • You wonder when someone calls a friend of yours a prick, when in reality they said Brit.
  • You give up wearing earrings because putting them on interferes with getting your hearing aids in place.
  • To use the TV remote you still use ROKU because the Apple TV remote is so fast you breathe on it and it changes channels. Read more.

If you would like to submit your version of, "What being a Crone Means to Me," please send to before June 5th.
In vincible Summer
By Maggie Fenton

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”  Albert Camus
Maggie Fenton
Some of you are already experiencing the heatwaves of summer but here in the upper Midwest, spring has barely arrived. We had a very long, cool... no cold... spring with multiple nights below freezing when we thought all our fruit crops were doomed. However, nature in all her glory, prevailed and right now it is snowing crab apple blossoms. The other most amazing happening has been the abundance of beautiful birds .. orioles, red breasted grosbeaks, tanagers, bluebirds, indigo buntings, redstarts .. too many to list, that have been so hungry from their long journey, they’re literally at my window in the morning demanding more food. What a gift! Read more.
June Zoom Preparation Meeting

Crones Counsel Board and organizers prepare for the June Zoom Meeting. Register Now .
June Meeting Prep
Summer Solstice Virtual Gathering
Zoom in June
Saturday, June 20, 2020, 10 a.m. PDT, 10 a.m. MST -Arizona, 11 a.m. MDT, 12 Noon CDT, and 1 p.m. EDT.
From Midwives of the Soul

My grandmother once gave me a tip:

In difficult times, you move forward in small steps.
Do what you have to do, but little by little.
Don't think about the future, or what may happen tomorrow.
Wash the dishes.
Remove the dust.
Write a letter.
Make a soup.
You see?
You are advancing step by step. Read more.
Crone Times
The Journal of Crones Counsel, Inc. has a new issue coming in July 2020.

Poetry Corner
What Gives Me Strength
By Kaya Kotzen

It is the women in my life that hold me.
It is the women in my life that mold me.
It is the women in my life that enfold me,
fill my needs, cushion my falls, pick me up,
encourage me to go forth.
It is the women in my life that parent me in ways
I have missed, in times that I need it.
It is the women in my life that feel my tears,
allow them to fall, hug and hold me when
I don't know where to turn.
It is the women in my life who save my life,
breathe my sorrows, share my joys. Read more.

If you would like to submit a poem for the next newsletter, please send it to Kaya Kotzen .
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