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It is my hope that as more and more women rise to reign
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of our supremacy,
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and peaceful world. 
This is the legacy of Her majesty.
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Go in peace, my friends
In the spirit of the Divine Mother of us all:
She who creates and
She who inspires
She who nurtures and
She who bestows
She who heals and
She who defends
She who teaches and
She who listens
May you walk in the beauty
of Her devotion.
May you be safe in the warmth of Her embrace.
May you live up to Her standards of truth and justice.
May you go forth and
live in peace.

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Hail Queens!
Summer has become intolerable for me. It is just too damn hot and I am miserable, sweaty and cranky, much of the time. But when my lit tle pooch, Poppy starts panting in the heat, her little pink tongue drooping out
of her open mouth, I know the Dog Days of Summer have arrived. 
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is sizzling at its most intense. This period is referred to as The Dog Days. Though named after the dog star, Sirius, this is the weather when, according to Noel Coward, only "mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid day sun." This summer is especially bad, with extreme heat waves sweeping much of North America. Our tempers are on boil and even the most innocuous disturbance is enough to send us over the em otional edge. 
The term "dog days" was coined by the ancient Romans , who called these hot and humid days caniculares dies or "days of the dogs" after the star Sirius, Canis Majoris, the "Greater Dog," which is one of the hunting dogs of Orion, the Hunter in the constellation that bears his name. The ancient Egyptians named Sirius the "dog star" after their god Osiris, who was often depicted as having the head of a dog.
Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. In fact, it is so bright that it was once thought that it produced heat. In the summer, Sirius rises and sets with the sun, and beginning in July, the two stars are in conjunction. In the latitude of the Mediterranean region, this period coincided with sweltering days that were plagued with disease and discomfort.
The Dog Days are officially counted as 20 starting days before the conjunction and continuing to 20 days afterward which spans July and August, which are hottest and muggiest part of the season. The ancients believed that the heat from Sirius added to the heat of the sun during this period of conjunction, created a stretch of especially hot and sultry weather. Hence, Dog Days.

The conjunction of Sirius with the sun varies somewhat with latitude. And the "precession of the equinoxes" (a gradual drifting of the constellations over time) means that the constellations today are not in exactly the same place in the sky as they were in ancient Egypt and Rome. Today, the Dog Days occur during the period between early July and mid August.
Although the Dog Days are certainly the warmest period of the summer, the heat is not due to the added radiation from a far-away star, regardless of its brightness. Nor is summer's heat in the Northern Hemisphere caused by our proximity to the sun. Earth is actually furthest away from the solar heat lamp in summer. But, because of the tilt of its axis in relation to the sun, we are blasted by a direct hit of fiery heat.
As I write this, the heat index in New York City is upward of 105 degrees. This summer is especially bad, with extreme heat waves sweeping much of North America.  We are all hot and bothered. Our tempers are on boil and even the most innocuous disturbance is enough to send us over the emotional edge.
This has been the hottest year on record for the entire planet.
Global warming is playing havoc with weather patterns, which in turn affects all plant and animal life. The debate about the greenhouse effect is also revved up to high. In fact, all disagreements are reaching a boiling point, as is evidenced by the ever-increasing and escalating geo-religious-political-economic conflicts around the globe.The world seems to be populated by a pack of wild rabid dogs fighting over scraps.
Time out!

Cool down!
Let us turn our attention to positive solutions and focus our thoughts and actions toward creating peace. Peace of Mind. Peace of
Heart. Peace on Earth. There is still a chance for peace.

With peaceful  blessings,

 Practice Peace

We have been inundated lately from all fronts - economic, political, environmental, astrological, spiritual - with predictions and threats of terror and trauma. These are indeed 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 lovely planet home. Indeed, 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. We know that worrying is like praying for what we do not want. So, instead, let us put our intentions, attention and energy toward what we do want.
We can actively resist the urge to freeze. We can breathe deeply to fill ourselves with the air of the ages, the oxygen than can calm us. And as we exhale, we can sing, chant, talk, shout out our love of life and our sacred prayers for peace.
One by one and all together we must learn and practice the ways of peace, cooperation, compassion, forgiveness, and understanding. We must put our spirit into action and, be the change we seek - in our hearts, in our homes, in our relationships, and in our communities. Surely, this is the humble but firm foundation of Peace on Earth.  We are the world, after all.

The way I see it, we are at a crossroads in our evolution. Either we will figure out how we can all live together on one planet without violence, or we won't. We are modern dinosaurs and it is up to us whether this meteor storm that swirls around us creating devastation in its path will drive us to extinction.

I have just been reading Chang and Eng by Darin Strauss about the original Siamese Twins who were, in fact, from Siam. Here were two men, fraternal twins, a double-boy, physically dissimilar and with radically different and antagonistic personalities who lived for 64 years connected to each other at the chest by a five inch long band of muscle and cartilage which housed their single stomach.
They married two sisters and had 21 biracial children between them - this, in the constrained society of the Victorian American South. These twins managed to make an awkward, untenable, sometimes-unbearable situation work because they had to. They couldn't just walk away or hurt the other without suffering that same harm themselves. They learned how to live together because they had no choice.
Can we do less? If we don't do it who will? And if not now, when? The times could not be more crucial. We must make ourselves accountable.
We need to walk our talk wherever we go, whatever we do, remembering always, that by doing so we do make a difference. Let us each be a sun, sending our caring energy out into the world, shedding light wherever we go. You never know whom you might touch with the radiance of your warmth.
Peace on Earth

Those holy moments before sleep
when the mind lets go
& the hands & the teeth & the jaws unclench
& the body settles into the arms of the bed
& in winter comes the welcome weight of blanket, of cover.
Those holy moments we call peace, may they cover the land,
may they overtake the warrior
May they show us how to cease fighting
among ourselves.
May they unname the enemy,
may they rename her/him
neighbor, friend.
- Karen Ethelsdatter 
Good Will

 Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.
Naomi Shihab Nye

After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,I heard the announcement:If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic, Please come to the gate immediately.
Well-one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress, Just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly. Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her Problem? we told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she Did this.
I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly. "Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick, Sho bit se-wee?"
The minute she heard any words she knew -however poorly used-
She stopped crying.
She thought our flight had been canceled entirely. he needed to be in El Paso for some major medical treatment the Following day. I said "no, no, we're fine, you'll get there, just late. Who is picking you up? Let's call him and tell him."

We called her son and I spoke with him in English. I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and Would ride next to her -Southwest.
She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it.
Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and
Found out of course they had ten shared friends.
Then I thought just for the heck of it why not call some Palestinian
Poets I know and let them chat with her. This all took up about 2 hours.
She was laughing a lot by then. Telling about her life. Answering
She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies - little powdered
Sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts-out of her bag and was offering them to all the women at the gate.
To my amazement, not a single woman declined one. It was like a
Sacrament. The traveler from Argentina, the traveler from California,
The lovely woman from Laredo-we were all covered with the same
Powdered sugar. And smiling. There are no better cookies.
And then the airline broke out the free beverages from huge coolers-
Non-alcoholic-and the two little girls for our flight, one African
American, one Mexican American ran around serving us all apple juice
And lemonade and they were covered with powdered sugar too.
And I noticed my new best friend - by now. we were holding hands -
Had a potted plant poking out of her bag, some medicinal thing,
With green furry leaves. Such an old country traveling tradition. Always
Carry a plant. Always stay rooted to somewhere.
And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought,
This is the world I want to live in. The shared world.
Not a single person in this gate  - once the crying of confusion stopped
- has seemed apprehensive about any other person.
They took the cookies. I wanted to hug all those other women too.
This can still happen anywhere.
Not everything is lost.
Pulsing with the Vibration of Peace

I can be changed by what happens to me.
But I refuse to be reduced by it.
- Maya Angelou
Soon after my son died, I was diagnosed with a heart condition. Though they gave it the medical term of atrial fibrulation and suggested several possible causes, the real reason was clear to me. I was suffering from a broken heart, plain and simple. The anguish of Omar's long illness and the grief at his passing short-circuited the normal rhythm of my life, and hence, my heart.
Rather than follow the rather horrifying intervention suggested by the consulting cardiologist, I opted to try to restore the healthy vibration of its beating by releasing my pain from the inside out. First, and perhaps most important, I adopted a puppy knowing that the joy of loving her would lower my blood pressure and calm my pulse considerably. Which it did. And so have the acupuncture treatments that I receive from my fabulous Chinese medicine practitioner.

Enormously helpful, as well, were the series of biofeedback sessions that taught me how to recognize and consciously control my stress levels. Biofeedback uses electronic measurements to chart changes in pulse rate, skin moisture and muscle tension. The theory is that if we can literally see what agitation looks like and what peace looks like, we can consciously choose between the two. We can decide to alter our emotional landscape and create inner peace.
Following this logic, measuring the vibrational energy of our emotions - from the basest to the highes - could help us shift from our destructive emotional patterns to healthy and healing ones.
David Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. has been compiling just such intensive research involving thousands of subjects and millions of calibrations over a period of 20 years. According to Dr. Hawkins, shame carries an energy level of 20, fear of 100, anger of 150, and pride of 175. The energy level of courage is 200, love is 500, joy is 540 and peace is 600. All levels below 200 are considered to be destructive and all levels above 200, constructive and beneficial.
When our vibration levels fall below 200, we feel disempowered. When we are ashamed, guilty, afraid or angry our spirit is weak and helpless. The dividing line where everything shifts is courage at 200. Courage is the first level of empowerment, enabling us to take responsibility for our own feelings and encouraging us to transform our lower emotions into the higher vibrations of acceptance, joy, love and peace.
It has been said that everything in the world is twice created - first as a thought and then put into action. If this is true, and I certainly believe that it is, then we must do as Gandhi counseled. "We must be the peace that we wish to see in the world." Or, as Mother Teresa has urged, "Spread joy, love and compassion. The fruit of these three is peace." We can choose to live in a state of empowered grace and peace of mind, which is, after all, the foundation for peace on earth

The Queen's Correspondence


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 last Issue:
S o beautiful and inspiring Mama Donna. Separation is an illusion! We all live move and breathe in the Unified Field. 
Much Gratitude as always! 
-Gail, CT
Beautiful and powerful, as always!
- Camille, CA
This is sooooo beautiful!
- Carol, Crete
beautiful truth, thanks Mama Donna
-Gail, OH
I love this. Thank you so much for sharing!!
-Michelle, NY
Beautiful and much needed. Namaste. Peace.
- Elayne, PA
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We extend hearty congratulations to our multi-talented circle of Sister Queens for their impressive accomplishments and successes.

Use anything you can think of to understand
and be understood, and you'll discover
the creativity that connects you with others.
- Martha Beck
Suzanne Benton, CT; Barbara Carrellas, NY; Karen Finley, NJ; Holly Hughes , MI; LuLu LoLo,, NY; Linda Montano, NY; Lynda Rodolitz, NY; Theodora Skipitares, NY; Nina Sobell, NY; Split Britches, NY; Annie Sprinkle & Elizabeth Stephens, CA; Veronica Vera, NY;
on their performances and/or performances of their work.
Eleanor Antin, CA; Nancy Azara,NY; ; Suzanne Benton, CT; Stephanie Brody-Lederman, NY; Lauren Curtis, NJ; Agnes Denes, NY; J Ruth Gendler, CA; Karen Guancione, NJ; Mierle Laderman Ukeles, NY; Ana Mendieta, R.I.P.; Lorraine O'Grady, NY; Barbara T. Smith, , CA; Linda Stein, NY; Hannah Wilke, R.I.P.; Martha Wilson, NY; 
on the exhibition of their art work. 
Allessandra Belloni,NJ; Healing Journeys With The Black Madonna (Book); D'vorah Grenn, CA, Talking to Goddess: Powerful Voices from Many Tradition s (Anthology) ; Mama Donna Henes, NY, Bless This House: Creating Sacred Space Where you Live Work & Travel (Book); Mimi Lobell, R.I.P ., Spatial Archetypes: The Hidden Patterns of Psyche and Civilization (Book); Sharon Mesmer, NY That Time My Ex Made Me the Villain in His Novel( Article: NY Magazine)
on their new publications.  
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    
L inda Campbell, OR
Marcia Duvall, MA
Vicki Eaklor, NY
Josephine Herr, HI
Ann Marie Hershey, CA
Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz,NY
Marcia Pearlstein, WA
Joan Pepper, AZ
Carolyn Ross, OH
Alexandra Swaney, MT
Judith Tilton, NJ
Deepest Condolences:
Nyla Dartt, WA
Leslie Cagan, NY
Virginia Mollenkott, NJ
Carol Osmer Newhouse, CA
Pat O'Brien, NY
Judith Stein, CA
Prayer requests:
Please keep Devorah and Cindy in your thoughts and prayers for healing.
- Genevieve, Italy

The only work that will ultimately bring any good  
to any of us is the work of contributing  
to the healing of the world.
- Marianne Williamson
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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