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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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Happy Anniversary to all my sister Queens with many heartfelt thanks to our royal circle around the globe - in 38 countries and every state and province. Writing is only one half of the equation. You all make it real by reading and sharing and living the exemplary lives of empowered Queens. Thank you so much for your feedback and suggestions and regal energy.

The regular monthly flow of the last couple of issues has been sporatic, (menapausal!) because I have been on a very concentrated book deadline that has taken most of my time and concentration. More info on the book in time.

BUT! In my spare time away from the computer, while walking the dog, or doing the dishes, I have been percolating plans for a really exciting expanded concept for The Queen's next decade.
Stay tuned!

I Want to be a Crone - Someday!

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My maternal Grandmother died at 80. This was pretty old in her day. My mother died just short of her 80th birthday, which pains me still. She was not old. She did not look or act old. But she felt old. She lost interest in what had always pleased and sustained her, and thought that she was too old to pursue other interests. Really, she just gave up. I shouldn't say, "just." She did have cancer. But she gave up caring.
The Great Depression had robbed her of the college education that she craved. Once she became a mother and then a divorced woman with two kids to raise and no child support, she was too busy to think about developing her own passions. And by the time my brother and I were off on our own, she had gotten out of the habit of aspiring to inner growth.
And that is how she died. She quit. She simply quit in her spirit. She was tired and she gave in. On her deathbed, she felt her regrets. How incredibly sad to hear a really smart, successful, independent, dynamic woman bemoan the fact that she had not done this, that or the other thing that she had wanted to do.
My mother was an amazing role model for me in a great many ways, both positive and negative. Her midlife reinvention for herself was an inspiration to me that contributed to the formation of the Queen archetype for mature women. She was an extraordinary Queen in her middle age. Exemplary.
But I think that she thought that she had to give up her crown in old age. She saw nothing appealing about being a Crone. She hated her aging body and considered it a traitor. Nothing seemed to peak her enthusiasm. She worried about being debilitated and dependent. She did not seek, recognize or value the gifts, the huge benefits, of enhanced self-awareness and esteem presented to us during the aging process.
This is one debilitating attitude that I do not wish to emulate. My resistance to identifying myself as a Crone, while still in (the upper reaches of) my middle years is not born of a fear of aging - especially considering the alternative. Every time I see an ad boasting some "Anti Aging" product, I get livid. Not aging means dying, for heaven's sake. I am not afraid of aging. I am afraid of not aging! As Woody Allen put it, "I don't want to be immortal through my work. I want to be immortal through not dying."
I have absolutely every intention of being a very, very old woman, hopefully, the oldest woman who ever lived! My goal is to reach 100 years of wise age - with the caveat that I want to know that I am 100! I absolutely want to be a Crone. Just not yet.
When I grow up to be a Crone, I want to be a Grandma Moses, a Louise Nevelson, a Georgia O'Keefe, a Martha Graham, a Maya Angelou, a Mother Teresa, a Maria Sabina or a Delaney sister - a truly stellar elder whose visionary influence extends far into the future. A wise and wooly sage who is wholly engaged.
But for now and the foreseeable future, I glory in my Queendom. I do plan to move on someday, probably in my late 70s, to the august domain of the Crone, however I prefer to think of her as the Empress. And you better believe that I will be taking my crown with me.

"I have found it to be true that the older I've become
the better my life has become."
- Doris Lessing

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Secrets of Centennarians

Gertrude Weaver, 116
One of the last surviving people born in the 1800s,she credited her long life to simply being kind: "Treat people right and be nice to other people the way you want them to be nice to you," she told TIME in 2014. Weaver also credited her lack of chronic health problems to not drinking or smoking and getting plenty of sleep.

Susannah Mushatt Jones, 116,
The world's oldest living person in 2014 according to a statement from Guinness World Records says she has always kept up on her sleep and held a steady diet of bacon, eggs, and grits for breakfast. Her family told USA Today that her longevity comes from her love of family and generosity to others.

Agnes Fenton, 110
She says her 110 years are due to to downing three bottles of Miller High Life and a glass of whiskey every day. She told ABC News in August 2015 that her booze-filled diet began 70 years ago, when a doctor advised her to drink the "Champagne of Beers" daily after finding that her only health problem was a benign tumor. Fenton followed her doctor's orders for years, even adding some Johnnie Walker Blue Label into the mix, until her caretakers nixed the alcohol.

Adelina Domingues,114
AAdelina had never fractured a bone, didn't take any medications, and never needed to go to the hospital. The secret to her longevity? Never wearing makeup. "I've never been to a beauty shop and I've never been vain," she told the San Diego Union Tribune. Her Union-Tribune obituary also claimed that she never smoked or drank and considered religion to be her best medicine.
Jessie Gallan, 109
An independent soul, she never married. Just three months before she died, Gallan linked the lack of men in her life to her longevity. "They're more trouble than they're worth," she told The Daily Mail. Instead, she spent her life getting plenty of exercise, surrounding herself with nice people, and working hard.

Ruth Coben, 103
Even in her 100s, New York City resident Ruth Coben lifts weights, practices Pilates once a week, and has been known to show off her fashion chops online. She told Advanced Style, a fashion blog that features senior women, that her motto for long life is to celebrate every day and not look at the calendar. She also believes that as long as you are able to move, you can do some form of exercise.
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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 last Issue:
Love this blog, Donna! I have had a vision, for a very long time. A vision where women make up the majority of our government, from local to the Presidency. A vision where compassion thrives. I believe that since women make up more than half of the population of this country, we can take over and do the right things. Your blog give me hope it will be more than a vision. It will take work, but I think it will come true in my lifetime. 
- Nancy, CO
Lovely news Mama Donna ... it made me smile. When enough of us have had enough of this shit ... it will change ... loved the images you posted with the story: spitting flames and raising fists. Raaar!
- Glenys, Australia

I just wish to take a few moments to say thank you . I always look forward to your messages of Hope, Wisdom, and Love!  For now, just Light, Love, prayers from the heart and soul, and Gratitude to you! Faithfully,
- Victoria, NY
Great advice, great commentary.Thanks, I needed this.
- Jane, MA
YAY!!! Loved reading this, D! I feel better already!  
- Kay, NY
Thank you Mama Donna, Queen Donna, for your ever-hopeful words and work in the world!I appreciate you!
With connection, and hope!
Mary Beth, VA
Love It.
- Marya. NY
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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.

"I believe that to create one's own world
in any of the artstakes courage."
-       - Georgia O'Keefe

Alessandra Belloni, NJ; Barbara Hammer, NY; Annie Lanzillotto, NY; LuLu LoLo, NY; Shaina Feinberg, NY;  LuLu LoLo, NY; Gloria McLean, NY; Linda Mary Montano, NY; Kay Turner, NY/TX; Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, CA;
on their performances and/or performances of their work.
Emma Amos, NY;,Eleanor Antin, NY, Jacki Apple CA; Ida Applebroog, NY; Helène Aylon, NY; Nancy Azara, NY; C. Bangs, NY; Suzanne Benton, CT/FL; Stephanie Brody-Lederman, NY; Nancy Buchanan, CA; Marieken Cochius, NY; Lauren Curtis, NJ; Joyce Cutler Shaw, NY; Mary Beth Edelson, NY; Karen Fitzgerald, NY; CA; JNET Goldner, NY; Marcy Gordon, NY; Julie Harrison, NJ; Beverly Naidus, WA; Vernita Nemec, NY; Aviva Rahmani, NY; Martha Rosler, NY; Carolee Schneemann, NY; Barbara T. Smith, CA; Athena Tacha, OH; Robin Tewes,  NY; and Martha Wilson, NY.
on the exhibitions of their artwork.

Daniella Gioseffi, NY, Waging Beauty: As the Polar Bear Dreams of Ice (Book); Karen Guancione, NJ, On Second Thought, (Anthology); Deena Metzger, CA, A Rain of Nightbirds (Book); Marguerite Quantaine, FL, Imogene's Eloise (Book); and Tanishka Tantrika, Australia, Goddess Wisdom (Book and Course)
on their new publications.
Laurie Anderson, NY, on receiving the Wolf Prize; J oy Harjo, OK, on winning the Ruth Lilly Prize; and Patricia Spears Jones, NY, for winning the Jackson Poetry Prize.
Carol Sun, NY, on being named the Best Teacher of the Year.
Suzanne Benton, CT/FL, and Amy Weintraub, FL, on receiving the ACLU Pinellas County Gardner W. Beckett Jr. Civil Liberties Award for our leadership.
Carolee Schneemann, NY,  on receing the Venice Biennale Golden Lion Award 2017.
Dr. Peggy Whitson, TX, for breaking the record for most time in space of any America!

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:
 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; Dorothy, CA; 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; 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.
Erica, New Zealand; Erica, CT; Gaetana, NY; Gail, NY; Holly, NY;Janet, CT; Kat, NY; Kate, NY; Kathrine, Denmark; Laurie, OH; Lois, NY; Marya, NY; Nancy, NC; and Roslyn, NJ; the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.

May Their Spirits Rest in Peace    
Malana Ashlie, Honduras
Tricia Brown, NY
Rose Byrne, AZ
Zoe Chapman, CA
Ellen Frank, BC, Canada
Mitzu Lichtman, ME
Helen Marshall, NY
Jeanne Moreau, France
Ruth Mountaingrove, CA
Yvonne Ogden, WABecky Salokar, FL
Doris Devya Richmond, NY
Helen Thomas, DC
Trish Vradenburg, DC
Diane Torr, Scotland
Diana Winer, FL

  With Heart Felt Condolences  
Kelly Anderson, TN
Barbara Biziou, NY
Kay Dodder, AZ
Shaina Feinberg, NY
Holly Hughes, MI
Theresa Villarino, NY

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.
Where the Queens Are


I teach creative movement to women 'of a certain age' as they say - all Queens of course - and all of us regal. Through creative movement and music they come to learn  self acceptance and self love. We dance to celebrate ourselves and our bodies regardless of age, shape or especially regardless of the way society would like us to be. I give them permission to move their bodies the way they want to move, to twist and turn, bend and reach  - and I tell them to shimmy those hips and flash that smile. I've been teaching for forty five years - I'm sixty seven. My focus is on well being  and  I have borrowed your words many times to share a thought.
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