The Queen of My Self


I see “Begin Again” as an ideal theme for this season. We have the supreme opportunity now in the autumn of our midlife to begin again. How shall we reinvent our Selves? What new programs, projects and passions are on the horizon for us? Please send me your stories of change, transition, and transformation. Our shared experiences serve to inspire and empower us all.

 Thanks.  xxQueen Mama Donna


A full week after the blasts, there are still immense clouds of smoke coming from lower Manhattan. I keep looking for the towers that I used to be able to see from my window. I cannot compute that they are not there. Tonight the sky is crystal blue, the buildings are lit with thousands of twinkling lights and back-lit with a billowing mass of white smoke.

 It is breathtakingly (can I say?) beautiful. What happens when so many souls leave their bodies at once? The glow from their combined spirits is electrifying. May it purify our intentions and power our resolve for peace.


– September 18, 2001



Donna Henes is the author of The Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife. She is the Midlife Midwife™ offering counseling and upbeat, practical and ceremonial guidance for individual women and groups who want to enjoy the fruits of an enriching, influential, purposeful, passionate, and powerful maturity.



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