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The Queen of My Self

The Queen of My Self

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Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, ritual expert, 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, a CD, an acclaimed Ezine and writes for The Huffington Post and UPI Religion and Spirituality Forum. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy where she works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.

Mother Earth Day

posted by Donna Henes

Earth and woman share a correspondence of function, a facility for creativity and abundance, a worldly wisdom. Each is primary and potent. Even in appearance, are they the same. Just as the roundness of the earth and Her cyclical seasons […]

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Memories From an Empty Nest

posted by Donna Henes

By Anna Quindlen All my babies are gone now. I say this not in sorrow but in disbelief. I take great satisfaction in what I have today: three almost adults, two taller than I am, one closing in fast. Three […]

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All Praise the Women of Menopause – Part II

posted by Donna Henes

By Sharon Mesmer First, there was the buying of the white dress, white fake fur jacket and white shoes. I recall my mother and me marching up and down Ashland Avenue, the main shopping street in our South Side Chicago […]

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All Praise the Women of Menopause – Part I

posted by Donna Henes

By Sharon Mesmer For some women, menopause is no big deal. Some say they barely notice it. My mother, long ago, described her menopause this way: “My periods just started gettin’ lighter and lighter, and my harmones settled down, and […]

Nourishing Relationships Interview – Part III

posted by Donna Henes

  NR: Can you tell us more about response-ability? DH: Response-ability is the willingness to encounter each person, situation, event, and emotion with an open heart and an open mind, so that we can respond to the needs of others […]

Nourishing Relationships Interview – Part II

posted by Donna Henes

  NR: What, exactly do you mean by Queen? DH: The Queen is a woman who is still energetic with youth, yet wise with age. She is confident and beholden to no one. She thinks, speaks, acts for her Self […]

Nourishing Relationships Interview – Part I

posted by Donna Henes

Recently I was the guest of Rosemary Lichtman and Phyllis Goldberg, authors of Courage and Lessons Learned: Reaching for Your Goals and partners in their practice, Nourishing Relationships for a virtual book tour on their Blog. http://nourishingrelationships.blogspot.com/2010/08/queen-of-my-self-stepping-into.html The interview is pretty […]

Loving Our Bodies

posted by Donna Henes

It is summer, hot and horny, and I am on a roll. So I am going to continue this theme of beauty, attraction, seduction, sex, love and self-love until I run out of content — or steam, whichever comes first. […]

Blessing of Internal Noise

posted by Donna Henes

—from Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life by Joan Chittister “Remember, Joan, you can’t ever really run away from anything,” my mother taught me. “In the end, you only take yourself with you.” At that […]

SheWomb Moon

posted by Donna Henes

by Leslene della Madre Look up, they said. Look up. See the man in the moon? I looked up. I didn’t see any man in the moon. Why did they all act like there was a man in the moon? […]

Words of Self-Wisdom

posted by Donna Henes

Several of my recent posts have been about the Self, including “What Exactly is the Self?” in which I wrote, “The Self is the sum of all of our parts, and holistically, it is greater than the sum of all […]

To Make A Difference

posted by Donna Henes

by Sister Joan Chittister For a period of time, I drove from Cleveland to Erie on a fairly regular basis, a distance of about 100 miles. Time after time, I put the car on automatic pilot and headed for home, […]

Declarations of Queendom

posted by Donna Henes

by followers of The Queen of My Self Facebook Page What I have seen very clearly, right before my eyes over the years, is that women can indeed mature to very advanced ages, while staying lively and vital and full […]

Poem for the Woman Who Doesn’t Want a Daughter

posted by Donna Henes

By Karen Ethelsdattar I want you to look at yourself in the mirror & say “& God created Woman & she is good” I want you to look at yourself in the mirror & say “God is a Woman” I […]

On Beauty and Age

posted by Donna Henes

By Anne Lamott I was at a wedding Saturday with a lot of women in their 20s and 30s in sexy dresses, their youthful skin aglow. And even though I was 20 or 30 years older, a little worse for […]

Why I am a Queen and Not (Yet) a Crone

posted by Donna Henes

I am not a Crone. I was not a Crone on my 50th birthday. I was not a Crone when my periods were officially declared over after thirteen months of no shows. I was not a Crone at my second […]

I Like Myself!

posted by Donna Henes

Despite the rude awakenings, the unsettling physical and emotional chaos of midlife and all of its frightful, presumed ramifications, an amazing number of women find this stage to be the most personally fulfilling and satisfying of their lives so far. […]

African Queen

posted by Donna Henes

Perhaps nowhere in history were women held in higher standing and regard than in Mama Africa, the birthplace of humanity and the world’s first great civilizations, with its preponderance of matriarchal and matrilineal societies. “You know that in our country […]

I Am Luminous With Age

posted by Donna Henes

By Sister Joan Chittister From The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully “I am luminous with age,” Meridel Le Sueur wrote. Her words give us pause, make us think, call us to the bar of judgment. The truth is that older […]

Our Lady of Supreme Tenderness

posted by Donna Henes

By Shiloh Sophia We raise up our hands in praise  
and in petition. Open up our hearts that we might hear 
Divine guidance flowing through to us 
and through us to others and earth. We have lost our way as […]

Even In Midlife, We Can All Use A Fairy Godmother – Part 3

posted by Donna Henes

Listen to your Fairy Godmother’s advice Take personal responsibility. While it would be nice to clean up our messes and issues with one wave of her wand, we have to be willing to take the journey she invites us on. […]

Even In Midlife, We Can All Use A Fairy Godmother – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Who is The Fairy Godmother? “The Fairy Godmother is an enchantress, a holy sacred mother of the ancient mysteries. She ushers in what we think we do not know or cannot have or dare not express. She offers us gifts […]

Even In Midlife, We Can All Use A Fairy Godmother – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

“Bibboldy … Bobboldy… Boo.” –The Fairy Godmother, Cinderella As far as I am concerned, we can all use a Fairy God Mother. At any age, at any stage, in any situation involving the heart and soul, it’s so reassuring to imagine […]

Mining for Meaning

posted by Donna Henes

The shamanic assumption from which I operate is that every person has her own significant mission in this lifetime: her own path, her own dreams, her own symbols and sensibilities, her own visions and designs, her own way of learning, […]

Sisters, Sisters: The Oy, Oy, Oy of Love – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

By Judyth Hill …continued from Monday… Following an evening when my sisters took a call from a guy she hadn’t met, instead of watching Memoirs of a Geisha and drinking martinis with me — the nerve of her — we […]

Sisters, Sisters: The Oy, Oy, Oy of Love – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

By Judyth Hill   How my sister taught me everything I was afraid to ask. When she was good she was very very good and when she was bad All I know is Mother Goose must have been talking about […]

Time to Take Charge

posted by Donna Henes

2015 was an especially, devastatingly, brutal year for so many people everywhere. So much anger, so much illness, so many disasters, so many deaths. An astonishing array of exceptionally vicious violence perpetrated upon untold millions of innocent folks going about their […]

How will peace come?

posted by Donna Henes

–excerpts from “Peace” in Uncommon Gratitude by Joan Chittister and Rowan Williams (Liturgical Press) …in my mind is the memory of one lone Chinese student who, rising from the midst of the protesters in Tiananmen Square, stood in front of […]

Democratic Womanism

posted by Donna Henes

As we gather our information, facts, feelings, knowings, hearts, minds, energies, dreams, visions, intentions, actions and vibrations for the direction of the elections that are upon us, please review this poem by one of the US’s prominent contemporary poets.  She echoes […]

A Fresh Start

posted by Donna Henes

I don’t know about you, but I am so glad and relieved that we are finally in 2016 And just in time, is all I can say. The house-of-cards-culture of deception, cynical exploitation, excess and greed that has prevailed for […]

What I Know For Sure – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

By Dani Sutliff  I see “Begin Again” as an ideal theme for the next while. We have the supreme opportunity now in the august of our midlife to begin again. How shall we reinvent our Selves? What new programs, projects […]

What I Know For Sure – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

By Dani Sutliff I see “Begin Again” as an ideal theme for the next while. 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 […]

The Health Benefits of Tears

posted by Donna Henes

by Judith Orloff, M.D. For over twenty years as physician, I’ve witnessed, time and again, the healing power of tears. Tears are your body’s release valve for stress, sadness, grief, anxiety, and frustration. Also, you can have tears of joy, […]

Strong Woman: Empowering Feminine Energy

posted by Donna Henes

by Madisyn Taylor What makes a woman confident is her ability to call upon her feminine wisdom. So often in our world we tend to think of strength as a quality that arises from a place of firm determination and […]

Arising of Power

posted by Donna Henes

by Roslyne Sophia Breillat This sacred power available to the menopausal woman is the power of wisdom infused with the power of love. It is the power of the female spirit infused with the power of justice and strength. It […]

New Year

posted by Donna Henes

As we enter the New Year, our thoughts turn to new beginnings, new possibilities, new hope. This fragile interval which separates one year from the next is pregnant with potential. We find ourselves taking time out of time to evaluate […]

Entertaining a New Year

posted by Donna Henes

This fall I went to the 60th birthday party of a very old and dear friend. Due to budget constraints, the venue was the back room of a very funky bar. The refreshments consisted of pitchers of beer and sangria and […]

Like the Goddess Isis, We Make the World Whole: An End of December Celebration

posted by Donna Henes

By Carolyn Lee Boyd The end of December is almost upon us. As we celebrate more familiar traditions of rebirth, renewal and the return of the light, let us not forget ancient Egypt’s Goddess Isis. As you may know, Isis […]

Celtic View of the Dark Time

posted by Donna Henes

This comes from a sister Queen, Jo Coffe. It was really a lift to read your piece about the Dark Time. I have been feeling out of sorts, but it helps just to realize that other people are in the […]

‘Tis the Season

posted by Donna Henes

FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director TO: Everyone DATE: December 1 RE: Christmas Party I’m happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23, starting at noon in the banquet room at Luigi’s Open […]

The Darkest Night of the Year

posted by Donna Henes

The week leading up to the Winter Solstice is the darkest of the year. True, the week following the solstice is just as dark, but the energy is different. After the solstice, the dark gets a tiny bit lighter each […]

When Everything You Think You Know Changes

posted by Donna Henes

by Shiloh Sophia When Everything You Think You Know Changes what do you do then? When all that you dreamed you might cause shifts what do you dream then? When who you thought you were isn’t how then to re-invent? […]

My Own Midlife Crisis

posted by Donna Henes

By Susan Tolles   I can still remember the day when it hit—who was I, and where on earth was I headed? I was sitting at my computer, exploring such sites as Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com and Craigslist, looking for a job […]

A Rising of Power

posted by Donna Henes

by Roslyne Sophia Breillat  This sacred power available to the menopausal woman is the power of wisdom infused with the power of love. It is the power of the female spirit infused with the power of justice and strength. It […]

The Mid Life Crisis is Real

posted by Donna Henes

By Susan Scutti Women get the short end of the stick when it comes to midlife crises. Men get new cars and younger wives and become more distinguished with age; we get depression, weight gain, and an overall sense of […]

Midlife Crisis or Midlife Consciousness?

posted by Donna Henes

Mid Life Crisis: What is it? Is it inevitable? Is it even a real phenomenon? Or is it an invention of the media — that is, corporate advertising trying to sell us things we don’t need? (Not only do we […]

Midlife Questioning: One Writer’s Path to Learning

posted by Donna Henes

by Nessa McCasey Although I’m not exactly sure when I would mark my midlife as beginning, I do know that I have been searching for inner fulfillment for some time. Time and again, I have felt the need to listen […]

Am I Having A Mid-Life Crisis?

posted by Donna Henes

by Carolina Smart You ever have one of those Ah ha moments? Either one you came to on your own volition, or after a conversation with someone else; that someone being a good friend, family member or a stranger. I […]

Extreme Self-Care

posted by Donna Henes

The art of extreme self-care, it seems, is all about making choices–every day, in large and small ways–that support you and your highest interests. Without fail or apology. “The minute you catch yourself saying ‘I have no choice,’ you need […]

Visiting the Temple of Memory

posted by Donna Henes

Have been reading John O’Donahue’s book, Anam Ċara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, which, translated from the Celtic means “Soul Friend” I’m going to copy out for you part of it entitled “The Soul as Temple of Memory” The Celtic […]

Halloween – Spirits on the Loose

posted by Donna Henes

  Halloween offers us a way to engage with our natural fascination with death in a way which is scary yet superficial. We get to acknowledge our fear of death while still having a good time. Halloween descends from Samhain, […]

Broom Goddesses

posted by Donna Henes

Years ago a client, Rose, told me about the death of her grandmother and the fighting that ensued in her family when the time came to divvy up her possessions. This sister wanted the jewelry, that one the china, another […]

Plenty

posted by Donna Henes

  by Lenore Horowitz I love plenty so much more than less, that generous expanse opening, lifting outwards, wheels of petals, new green leaves. So much better than closing down, pulling inward, inside the husk of things. So off with […]

Eco Sheroes – Part 3

posted by Donna Henes

  I have always believed that if it is at all possible to save our planet Earth from the destruction that we have wreaked upon Her, that if it isn’t already too late, then it is we — women of […]

Eco Sheroes – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

I have always believed that if it is at all possible to save our planet Earth from the destruction that we have wreaked upon Her, that if it isn’t already too late, then it is we — women of a […]

Eco Sheroes – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

I have always believed that if it is at all possible to save our planet Earth from the destruction that we have wreaked upon Her, that if it isn’t already too late, then it is we — women of a […]

The Feast of Life

posted by Donna Henes

by Diane Bader I am woman, a seeker after truth, knowledge and Wisdom One who travels secretly, inwardly, on this journey of life, One who seeks to know the Feminine, Who seeks to know the Divine. I hunger and thirst […]

Mirror, Mirror

posted by Donna Henes

  Like most women, I can’t help but notice the parts of myself that have slumped and sagged as I’ve aged. The bags under my eyes now have over-night valises of their own. The veins in my legs and on […]

What Menopause Taught Me – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

By Darcey Steinke … continued from Part 1, posted on Friday  If in my mother’s era menopause was rarely spoken of, in my own it’s a comedic premise. Joke websites have sections specifically for change-of-life humor. “If prison guards were all […]

What Menopause Taught Me – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

By Darcey Steinke Hot flashes are inner apocalypses, singeing the body and the brain. During my first volcanic night sweat, a chaotic force moved through me. Heat rose, busting through the top of the thermometer, and swept through my body […]

What Does Power Mean to You?

posted by Donna Henes

I turned the topic of power over to the FaceBook Queen of My Self page: Q. What does power mean to you? What does it mean to have power? To be empowered? To wield power? To be a powerful Queen? […]

Furious

posted by Donna Henes

I am mad. So very mad. No, that doesn’t begin to describe it. I am pissed. I am angry. I am irate. I am incensed.I am outraged. I am enraged. I am livid. I am GODDESS DAMN FURIOUS. “All men […]

Eating Right During Menopause

posted by Donna Henes

By Kathy R. Byrnes This is a time when women need to realize that their bodies are changing and that eating well and being physically active may make the midlife transition easier My, how quickly the years go by! Menopause […]

Aging Gratefully

posted by Donna Henes

What if “aging gracefully” isn’t your style?. (And how to discover what is.) By Wendi Knox Don’t get me wrong. “Aging gracefully” is lovely. In a quiet, refined, elegant kind of way. Which is great, if that’s “You.” But it’s definitely not “Me.” I was never particularly graceful […]

Thankful

posted by Donna Henes

  At the close of the growing season in autumn, people, like squirrels, like ants, like bees, get busy gathering the great bounty of the land. We forage and harvest, hunt and herd; industriously amassing the abundance proffered by the […]

Autumn Queens

posted by Donna Henes

Today is the Fall Equinox. So it is only fitting that we gather today to celebrate the autumn years of our lives. Let us take this opportunity to take stock of our harvest, that is everything that has made us […]

Begin Again – Today is the Day

posted by Donna Henes

  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 […]

Imagine a Woman III

posted by Donna Henes

Imagine a woman Until we imagine something, it remains an impossibility. Once imagined, it becomes our experience. Imagine a woman who loves herself. A woman who gazes with loving kindness upon her past and present, body and needs, ideas and […]

Women and the Moon

posted by Donna Henes

  Avid moon watcher that I am, I must confess that I never could recognize the face of the Man in the Moon. How could anyone conceivably mistake that face; that round, profoundly gentle face, jolly and eternally indulgent; that […]

Women on the Moon

posted by Donna Henes

There are 68 craters on the Moon with female names. 40 craters bear female names from around the world. 28 are named for actual women who have made contributions to humanity, 27 of whom are scientists and one is called […]

A New Bridge to Cross

posted by Donna Henes

  By Cindy LaFerle     “I was in the midst of a hugely profound change and I wasn’t altogether sure of who I would be when the process was complete.” — Donna Henes, The Queen of Myself I finally figured […]

The Courage to Be Happy

posted by Donna Henes

by Laura Grace Happiness is inward and not outward; and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are. –Henry Van Dyke Happiness is our birthright. It’s the goal of our life. Yes, there will […]

The Worst Day

posted by Donna Henes

It is all in the way we wish to see things. This profound understanding is perfectly expressed in a poem by Chani Gorkin, an extraordinarily wise-for-her-age 11th grade Hasidic girl in Crown Heights, Brooklyn: Today was the absolute worst day […]

Learning to Approve of Me

posted by Donna Henes

  By Joyce Rothman Low self esteem and the desperate need for approval has plagued me since childhood. Never thinking I was enough, surely everyone else knew better than me what I should do or how I needed to act. […]

Cherish Yourself

posted by Donna Henes

By Michelle Morris Spieker Roles in society are expanding more and more. We strive to accomplish, manage, organize, direct, and star — all in an attempt to make our lives richer, fuller, more meaningful. Yet as we look outward for […]

A Revelation

posted by Donna Henes

  By Alicia Keys For as long as I can remember, I’ve hidden myself. It might have started in school when I realized that I caught on to things a little quicker, and teachers started to show slight favor to […]

A Matter of Choice

posted by Donna Henes

  by Joan Chittister Most of us know when we’re at a crossroad in life, when old answers have gone dry, when our souls have gone dry here, when nothing but another choice is possible. Then come the struggle and […]

Peace in Hot Times

posted by Donna Henes

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is sizzling at its most intense in August. This period is referred to as The Dog Days of Summer. Though named after the Dog Star, Sirius, this is the weather when, […]

Attractive or Sexy?

posted by Donna Henes

By Doris Jeanette A clear distinction between being attractive and sexy became clear to me while going over the final version of a book I am working on, “Safe and Sane: Heart-felt Answers for the Pain You Feel.” It is […]

6 Things French Women Can Teach Us About Aging Gracefully

posted by Donna Henes

By Shelley Emling Before moving to the New York City area, I lived in London for seven years. During that period, I traveled more than two dozen times to France, a place where five- or six-week vacations are the norm […]

Payback Time

posted by Donna Henes

Lately I’ve seen several outrageous television commercials that blithely extol the benefits of throwaway dust rags and floor mops and disposable baby bibs, of all things. Apparently the landfills are not yet filled to over-flowing capacity with pampers as I […]

Speaking My Soul

posted by Donna Henes

by Robin L. Silverman I once heard the saying that you could only be sure of two things in life: death and taxes. But when it comes to living soulfully, I can add a third: what you speak is what […]

More is More Day!!

posted by Donna Henes

by Judith Hill This is our More is More Day!! Sigh deeply! Feel that? Yummmmmmm! We get to Be in 100% JOY!  Remember how great this is? What Have You ALWAYS wanted to DO? Climb Machu Picchu? Write the Great […]

How to Become a Devotee

posted by Donna Henes

by Terry Wolverton Submit your eyes to the unfolding textures of pre-dawn light. Utter the riotous syllables of leaves. Relinquish regret; scatter ashes to wind. Run in green spaces; fall in green grass. Rise up. Run farther. Enter a continuum […]

To My Daughter, I Will Beg

posted by Donna Henes

by N’tima Preusser Military wife and new mother   One hundred and seven pounds. I worked hard for that weight. I was light. I was frail. I counted my corn kernels. My skin was colorless, punctuated with clogged pores, and my […]

Successful Aging: Rituals to Increase Energy

posted by Donna Henes

By Helen Dennis, LA Daily News At some point, most of us acknowledge that we can’t do quite as much as we did years ago — and usually not in the same amount of time. If we overdo it, we […]

Interview with a Canadian Queen – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

QMD – When you imagined yourself as a woman in her middle years, how did you imagine your life to be? Is it? I am 62, so I am past my middle years. When I was a girl or even […]

Interview with a Canadian Queen – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

I recently attended a talk by Canadian author Catherine Gildiner and was quite taken with her good humored wisdom. When I read her book, After the Falls, I was hooked. She graciously allowed me to interview her and I would like […]

Am I Having A Mid-Life Crisis?

posted by Donna Henes

by Carolina Smart You ever have one of those Ah ha moments? Either one you came to on your own volition, or after a conversation with someone else; that someone being a good friend, family member or a stranger. I […]

The Feast of Life

posted by Donna Henes

by Diane Bader I am woman, a seeker after truth, knowledge and Wisdom One who travels secretly, inwardly, on this journey of life, One who seeks to know the Feminine, Who seeks to know the Divine. I hunger and thirst […]

Message from Another Queen

posted by Donna Henes

  To the citizens of the United States of America From Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice […]

Field Notes on an Empty Nest

posted by Donna Henes

By Cindy La Ferle (www.laferle.com) Last week I found an empty bird’s nest on the brick walk leading to our backyard. I’m guessing the nest fell from a nearby silver maple; or maybe a neighbor found it while jogging and […]

Full disclosure: I’ve been suffering from Empty Next Syndrome

posted by Donna Henes

By Wendi Knox I know this isn’t a condition that’s commonly discussed. A) Because it’s so uncomfortable. B) Because I just made it up. Of course, there’s lots of talk about “empty nests. ” But you don’t need to be […]

Midlife Matters

posted by Donna Henes

Uncomfortable talks you should have with your Doctor By Dr. Karen Hardart As women move beyond the child-bearing years, their responsibilities and sources of stress can shift and even increase. But the transition from mommy to midlife shouldn’t be a […]

How to Be Visible

posted by Donna Henes

By Rebecca Perkins Reprinted From The Huffington Post  “I’m not interested in being perfect when I’m older. I’m interested in having a narrative. It’s the narrative that’s really the most beautiful thing about women.” – Jodie Foster There used to […]

between wishes and blessings (poem)

posted by Donna Henes

by J. Ruth Gendler may you see the shadows of sky in the ocean may your heart be gentle and steady may you eat organic blueberries and apricots from a beautiful bowl may you travel to the countries (landscapes) that […]

Try Saying This

posted by Donna Henes

Try saying this silently to everyone and everything you see for thirty days: “I wish you happiness now and whatever will bring happiness to you in the future.” If we said it to the sky, we would have to stop polluting; […]

Embracing Womanhood

posted by Donna Henes

When any woman honors herself, all women collectively move closer to becoming what they are truly capable of being. There are many ways and myriad reasons for women to honor and embrace all that they are. And when any individual […]

Transforming Anger into Compassionate Wrath (Part 2)

posted by Donna Henes

By Mari Selby …continued from Part 1, published on Friday, June 5th… Dakinis by their very essence, represent a transformational journey. The Dakini principle is found in all ancient and modern cultures. Thousands of years ago, before being swallowed by […]

Transforming Anger into Compassionate Wrath (Part 1)

posted by Donna Henes

By Mari Selby As 21st century women we will continue to be easily seduced, and then just as easily dismayed, by the media’s “perfect woman” as long as we buy into the outdated feminine ideal of motherly nurturance and essential […]

Dangerous Territory

posted by Donna Henes

Dedicated to Our Great Work in the world, and The Cosmic Cowgirls We are a tribe of truth tellers. Revolution makers. Movers and shakers of things that need moving and shaking. Like hips. And old ideas that need shaking off. […]

On the Queen of My Self

posted by Donna Henes

On Finding Myself Middle Aged With No Role Model I Could Relate To Because I Am Not a Crone We have outgrown our tenure as Maidens and as Mothers, yet old age no longer follows immediately after menopause, which is […]

The Joys of Menopause – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

By Rosanne Barr  More than a few times recently, as a verified old woman, when I’ve been tempted to view life as a swirling, chaotic rush from the womb to the tomb, I’m brought to my senses by the unshakable […]

The Joys of Menopause – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

By Roseanne Barr Sure, menopause is hell. It saps your sex drive and puffs your ankles. But when it’s over, you’re calmer and more connected. Embrace it, sisters! After menopause, I discovered the joy of drinking wine, and of sinking […]

Mom Dreads

posted by Donna Henes

By Tracey Barnes Priestley For the Times-Standard Dear Tracey: My only child leaves for college in a few weeks. I couldn’t be happier for her. She has worked hard in school and is going off to the college of her […]

Witness

posted by Donna Henes

By Shiloh Sophia McCloud Inside of you 
is radiant luminous code. 
Ciphers ripe for deciphering. 
This seeing is what I came here for. 
Some might call me an artist, 
and a poet if they favor me. 
I am merely a […]

Be A Queen: Own Your Power And Glory

posted by Donna Henes

Be a queen. Dare to be different. Be a pioneer. Be a leader. Be the kind of woman who in the face of adversity will continue to embrace life and walk fearlessly toward the challenge. Take it on! Be a […]

Baby Boomers War Against Aging

posted by Donna Henes

By Dr. Glenda Smith Have you noticed lately? There are too many of them to count… “Baby Boomers.” Nearly 78 million of them can be found in this country, to be exact. This figure is not to be taken lightly, […]

The Queen’s Clothes – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

…..Continued from Wednesday’s Post of Part 1…. When I was really young I made all the clothes for my paper dolls, eschewing the ready made ones that you were supposed to cut out. I also made clothes for my other […]

The Queen’s Clothes – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

I am a clothes horse. I love clothes. I love dressing up. I love putting outfits together. I love the treasure hunt of shopping for treasures in thrift stores, which I do whenever I can and wherever I am. I […]

Rain Goddesses

posted by Donna Henes

So far, this spring has been quite a wet one. We have had lots of April showers, which promise a bounteous profusion of May flowers. Because water is such an essential element, it has come to stand for the origin […]

Mother’s Day Poem

posted by Donna Henes

“Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have heart, whether our baptism be that of water or tears!” -Mother’s Day Proclamation, Julia Ward Howe, Boston , 1870 She couldn’t anticipate that we’d sip champagne at fancy brunches, […]

Queen Mother’s Day

posted by Donna Henes

What an extraordinarily exciting and gorgeous time of the year spring is. Life is bursting out all over. Buds, blossoms, and babies everywhere! Is it any wonder that May is the month of the Mother? Mothers are the progenitors of […]

America’s First Mommies

posted by Donna Henes

Whenever I held my newborn baby in my arms, I used to think that what I said and did to him could have an influence not only on him but on all whom he met, not only for a day […]

I think I Am Having a Midlife Crisis

posted by Donna Henes

I found this article on women24, but unfortunately cannot find an attribution for the writer. It is wise advice that proves you are never to young to become The Queen of Your Self: I’m turning 35 on Saturday and I’d […]

My Turning 60 Spring Cleaning

posted by Donna Henes

By Susan Snapp I decided to clean up my home. I hadn’t been able to do “heavy” cleaning since March 2007 because of injuries so you can imagine how dirty it is/was. I started it all by deciding to install […]

Saving Mother Earth

posted by Donna Henes

by Mary Saracino A single day in April isn’t enough to honor our Mother, save the planet that is her body, restore her ocean womb, revitalize the atrophied arms and legs of her continents, remove the smog from her pristine […]

Gardening

posted by Donna Henes

Being an urban being, I have never had a garden where I grew food. My terrace is devoted exclusively to flowers, food for the soul, for sure, but with the exception of the day lilies they are not edible. My […]

Cleanliness

posted by Donna Henes

In winter, we spend inordinate amounts of time inside, dwelling, stewing, stagnating in enforced inactivity. When our hibernating energy finally re-awakens in the spring, it is with a pronounced case of morning breath. After the dust, the must, the rust […]

The Heart Is The Home of Wonder

posted by Donna Henes

By Edie Weinstein, PA www.liveinjoy.org Breathe in the warmth of this place, allowing yourself to feel a sense of welcome It is your own love, your own beauty that beckons you inside How long has it been, since you have […]

Breaking the Taboo about Menopause

posted by Donna Henes

Kim Cattrall talks on Canadian TV about Sensitive Skin, her new television show: Kim Cattrall talked this week about why she wants to give a voice to women our age and the changes and challenges we face. Kim Cattrall is […]

When Life Throws You A Curve Ball


posted by Donna Henes

By Daina Puodziunas Many of us reached midlife with highly developed multi-tasking skills—we figured out how to juggle many balls in the air.  Then life decides to start throwing us curve balls! They come out of nowhere and can easily […]

The Back Story

posted by Donna Henes

It is now over ten years since the publication of The Queen of My Self. This anniversary has sparked introspection, provoked evaluation and evoked some amazing memories. Seizing My Sovereignty Back From Hostile Capturers I was, of course, thrilled when […]

Litany of Elegance

posted by Donna Henes

Blessed is the woman who affirms herself each day Blessed is the woman who believes that beauty comes from within. Blessed is the woman who challenges media stereotypes of aging. Blessed is the woman who dares to try something new […]

Forgiveness

posted by Donna Henes

–from The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister (BlueBridge) The unselfish generosity of forgiveness is a myth. Forgiveness is more important to the one who forgives than it is to the one who is forgiven. Bitterness, once it sinks like […]

The Queen of Excuses

posted by Donna Henes

By Carol Nissenbaum My favorite episode of The Twilight Zone featured Burgess Meredith as a man who longed to read all the books in the world, but didn’t have the time. I was young and don’t remember the whole thing, […]

Mining For Meaning

posted by Donna Henes

The shamanic assumption from which I operate is that every person has her own significant mission in this lifetime: her own path, her own dreams, her own symbols and sensibilities, her own visions and designs, her own way of learning, […]

Life Begins at 42

posted by Donna Henes

Saint Hildegard’s Guide to Becoming a Midlife Powerfrau By Mary Sharratt We live in a youth-obsessed culture. The cosmetic industry pushes wrinkle creams and hair dye on us while celebrities resort to Botox and surgery to preserve an illusion of eternal […]

De Sancta Maria

posted by Donna Henes

Hail to you, O greenest, most fertile branch! You budded forth amidst breezes and winds in search of the knowledge of all that is holy. When the time was ripe your own branch brought forth blossoms. Hail greetings to you! […]

Nature, Our Mother

posted by Donna Henes

In the beginning, there was woman. And she was versatile. She breathed, she stretched, she strode, she sat, she foraged, she trapped, she planted, she cooked, she ate, she bled, she danced, she laughed, she slept, she dreamed, she played, […]

Spring Cleaning

posted by Donna Henes

Happy Spring! In winter, we spend inordinate amounts of time inside, dwelling, stewing, stagnating in enforced inactivity. When our hibernating energy finally re-awakens in the spring, it is with a pronounced case of morning breath. After the dust, the must, […]

Friends for Life

posted by Donna Henes

I love working and playing in groups of women. I was never in a college sorority, so my first experience was in the feminist consciousness-raising group that I joined in the late 1960s. And what an eye-opening, empowering experience it […]

Friends Keep Us Healthy

posted by Donna Henes

What mid-life crisis? How quality time with the girls makes women more optimistic about their future than men By Tamara Abraham Daily Mail, U.K. Most women treasure the time they spend with their closest girlfriends. And according to new research, […]

How to Deal With Your Midlife Crisis

posted by Donna Henes

By Miriam Slozberg When you hear about someone going through a midlife crisis, you usually think of that stereotypical scenario of some guy in his forties impulsively buying a sports car and dumping his wife for a younger woman. Well, […]

What Not to Wear After Age 50: The Final Say

posted by Donna Henes

By Michelle Combs Google ‘what not to wear after age 50′ and you will have your pick of thousands of articles telling you what looks terrible on your old ass body. I want to point out to the writer who […]

Waking Up at Midlife

posted by Donna Henes

By Sharon Blackie It used to be called the ‘midlife crisis’; sometime later, it became known as the ‘midlife transition’. Whatever you want to call it, it happens to us all, somewhere in the middle stages of our lives: usually […]

Creating Self-Love Rituals

posted by Donna Henes

By Cozetta Lageman With so much of our time and attention focused on other people, places, tasks and responsibilities it rarely dawns on us to slow down and spend some time on ourselves, just for the pleasure of the experience. […]

Creating a Sacred Space

posted by Donna Henes

I have grown to love winter. It is a time of being home and laying low. A time of making soup and catching up on my ironing. A time of long, indulgent hot baths and slow starting mornings in bed […]

House Cleaning From the Inside Out

posted by Donna Henes

Our messy thinking and sloppy habits come more easily into focus when our surroundings are tidy and beautiful and filled with only what is meaningful, so that we can release them, as well. A thorough house cleaning, internal as well […]

No Country for Old Women

posted by Donna Henes

by Mary Saracino Howling from the mountaintops wailing from the riverbanks scooping the moon into their waning wombs the old women know that lies kill, distortions maim, hope isn’t enough to feed starving babies, school the ignorant, put and end […]

Mad

posted by Donna Henes

I am mad. No, that doesn’t begin to describe it. I am pissed. I am angry. I am irate. I am incensed. I am enraged. I am livid. I am FURIOUS. “All men are created equal,” states the Declaration of […]

Saving Mother Earth

posted by Donna Henes

A poem by Mary Saracino Mary Saracino is a novelist, poet and memoir-writer who lives in Denver , Colorado. This compassionate and articulate sister Queen calls herself Queen Mary Immaculata. A single day in April isn’t enough to honor our […]

The Legend of Sta. Procrastinata

posted by Donna Henes

I received this gem via email almost ten years ago. I immediately tracked down the source, obtained permission, and arranged to print it in the next issue of Always in Season, which went out of print in 2006. As it […]

In the Dark

posted by Donna Henes

Simple as it may seem, when the lights go out, we simply lose our bearings. The density of the dark makes it impossible for us to fix our positions anymore. We find ourselves alone in the universe, untethered and unprepared. […]

Black and Blue

posted by Donna Henes

Surely the essential quality of winter is its absence of light. And that, so much more than the attendant cold weather, is what so many people dread about it. The long, dark, isolating chill of winter understandably renders many of […]

What Do You Need to Release?

posted by Donna Henes

What do you need to let go of? I asked this question to the many Queens who have joined the Facebook page of The Queen of My Self. What have you already released and what do you still need to […]

Treading the Turbulent Midlife Waters – PART 2

posted by Donna Henes

The notion that 50 years of age could be considered a “halfway” mark is unprecedented in history. We are blessed with an inestimable gift of many more years of life than anyone who ever lived on Earth before us could […]

Treading the Turbulent Midlife Waters – PART 1

posted by Donna Henes

Aging and changing might be inevitable, but it ain’t easy. It precipitates in us a great uncertainty. The myriad dramatic disturbances of modern middle life — menopause, health concerns, the empty nest, divorce, death, and career shifts — create an […]

Women on the Moon

posted by Donna Henes

There are 68 craters on the Moon with female names. 40 craters bear female names from around the world. 28 are named for actual women who have made contributions to humanity, 27 of whom are scientists and one is called […]

Conversations with the Goddess

posted by Donna Henes

Here is a book that might interest you: Conversations with the Goddess: Encounter at Petra, Place of Power by Dorothy Atalla. I had been meaning to read it for some time, but you know how that goes. Finally, I had […]

Take Care

posted by Donna Henes

Recently one of my Midlife Midwife™ Counseling clients called me in hysterics from the supermarket. This was her first shopping excursion since her last child left home. She had been long divorced and now her nest was completely empty. As […]

A Poem about Self Love

posted by Donna Henes

By Karen Clothier   After Octavio Paz   after chopping off all the arms that reached out to me; after boarding up all the windows and doors; after filling all the pits with poisoned water; after building my house on the […]

A Meditation on My Self

posted by Donna Henes

Soul searching, like the practice of any devotion, requires solitude, quiet and quality time. But life is hectic and our inner needs have often been relegated to the bottom of our endless to-do lists, our dreams and desires deferred, left […]

Soup for the Soul

posted by Donna Henes

In the stark dark of the season in the dark of the long night we are compelled to turn inward toward the center. Drawn by an irresistible magnetic force, we are pulled inside of ourselves, inside of our homes, inside […]

A Self- Esteem Exercise

posted by Donna Henes

by Madisyn Taylor Having low self-esteem is a common issue and with some introspection you can start to loosen the grip of this negative thought pattern. Our primary relationship in life is with our selves. No one else goes through […]

Empress Energy: Extending Our Influence Out Into the World

posted by Donna Henes

The Queen is a mature woman who has conquered the challenges in Her life and claimed Her own royal power. She cuts through fear and ambivalence, takes charge, and establishes Herself as the sole ruler of Her Self. She has […]

Hero vs. Heroine

posted by Donna Henes

By Rosalie Maggio, CA www.rosaliemaggio.com The words “hero” and “heroine” convey subtle — and sometimes not so subtle-differences to a reader or an audience. We need to use “hero” for both men and women. In 1939, Amelia Earhart wrote, “No […]

The Arab Woman You Don’t See – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

By Queen Noor of Jordan Women’s new empowerment will not be suppressed easily, however. So far, these have not been the traditional stories about women — especially Muslim women — that tend to show up on the news. Many do […]

The Arab Woman You Don’t See – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

By Queen Noor of Jordan In light of the recent events taking place in the Middle East, North Africa and on the streets of Paris and Sydney, I am moved to repost this article about Arabs who we do not […]

Living Full–Living True: The Authentic Life (Part 2)

posted by Donna Henes

By Suzanne Zoglio, Ph.D. Continued from Friday, January 9th… Once you are clear about what resonates for you and you align your outer behavior with that inner truth, your life will flow in a direction that is exquisitely meaningful. You […]

Living Full–Living True: The Authentic Life (Part 1)

posted by Donna Henes

By Suzanne Zoglio, Ph.D.  In the early stages of life we are often focused on pleasing others…parents, teachers, bosses, and spouses. In an effort to get our needs met, we learn to play by other people’s rules. But as we […]

Where has all the darkness gone?

posted by Donna Henes

For Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman By Karen Ethelsdattir   Where has all the darkness gone? What Maestro Dylan Thomas called “the close & holy dark?” The midnight hour & the hours before & after? Where can we go to […]

Seasons of Beauty

posted by Donna Henes

By Madisyn Taylor As we cultivate our life, our beauty becomes as much about what we are creating and doing as it is about our appearance. We tend to associate youth with beauty, but the truth is that beauty transcends […]

Sacred Seclusion

posted by Donna Henes

Sacred Seclusion enables us to know, own, and honor ourselves as unique, individual entities. To admit our abilities and limitations, our talents and truculence on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual planes, and love ourselves with compassion and no judgement […]

Causes

posted by Donna Henes

By Janine Canan Maybe you think you are determined by your genes, or your karma. Or you think that childhood experiences are more important. Maybe you believe it’s really a matter of the food you eat. Or subtle things like […]

Racism, Survival, and Living Rafts of Support

posted by Donna Henes

by Patricia As children of life, we are equipped by life with the pro-social trait of compassion, because it is essential to the survival of our species. Life gives us what we need to sustain Life, in, through, and around […]

Who Has Lived Well?

posted by Donna Henes

We can’t cage life. We cannot freeze the present happy day under glass. We can’t impale it like a butterfly in a frame. No, life moves inexorably on, whether we go with it or not. It rocks and lurches and […]

How to Avoid a Midlife Crisis – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

A five step plan to live a life with no regrets By Lucy Thackray for Daily Mail Australia Work on your relationships Family and friends are the most important contributor to a happy old age, but are you really investing […]

How to Avoid a Midlife Crisis – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

A five step plan to live a life with no regrets By Lucy Thackray for Daily Mail Australia Midlife thriver, Jane Mathews, author of ‘Midlife Manifesto – a tool-kit to plan the rest of your life’ offers some practical steps […]

Celtic Twilight

posted by Donna Henes

This comes from a sister Queen, Jo Coffey. It is in response to an article that I wrote for this column. It was really a lift to read your piece about the Dark Time. I have been feeling out of […]

This Night We Light

posted by Donna Henes

by Judyth Hill the first of 8: A Miracle…Let there…beeeeeeeeeee……Love! And there is! Fire is our human gift: the Holy makes Light, and a World …and our job: Making Love shine back! First candle says, We Love. Second, side by […]

AAADD: Know The Symptoms

posted by Donna Henes

Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. or Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. Thank goodness there’s a name for this disorder. Somehow I feel better even though I have it! This is how it manifests: I decide to water my garden. […]

Queens Everywhere

posted by Donna Henes

The Queen Not only in England— Let us have queens everywhere!  Queen of Africa Queen of Afghanistan Queen of America Queen of Arabia Queen of the Argentine Queen of China Queen of Columbia Queen of Egypt Queen of Germany Queen […]

Cry Me a River: A Ceremony for Dampened Spirits

posted by Donna Henes

Sometimes our life and times, with its constant bombardment of negativity and steady accumulation of stress, seems like too much to endure. Oftentimes, we aren’t even consciously aware that we are annoyed, upset, dispirited. We simply carry on. We persevere. […]

Earth Speaks to Those Who Listen

posted by Donna Henes

Thank you Queen Elizabeth Hazel from Toledo, Ohio for sending this most beautiful poem. Earth Speaks By Elizabeth Hazel www.kozmic-kitchen.com Earth speaks to those who listen: Maternal lectures in shades of green, Sisterly riddles in coy lagoons and comic swamps, […]

Blood for Bread

posted by Donna Henes

At the harvest, one can easily imagine that the Earth Goddess has offered up Her life in the form of the fruits of the land, and that in doing so, She commits the supreme sacrifice. She expends all of Her […]

Resounding Miracle

posted by Donna Henes

This day, like every day, we wake – we wake! We are the alive ones, the ones here, now, in this world, in this life, in love and able for gratitude.  Sun pouring in on a honey of a morning, […]

The Queen of Thanksgiving

posted by Donna Henes

In addition to all her other contributions to society, Sarah Hale was responsible for making Thanksgiving a national holiday, an effort that she began in 1827. We have too few holidays. Thanksgiving like the Fourth of July should be considered […]

Thanksgiving Prayer

posted by Donna Henes

IROQUOIS THANKSGIVING ADDRESS by Ohenton Kariwahtekwen The People Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. […]

Potlatch – Encouraging Generosity

posted by Donna Henes

A potlatch encourages the flow of resources in a community and reaffirms the importance of community ties. We can learn much from the Native American tradition of the potlatch. It is a tradition that values generosity above all else, and […]

Gratitude

posted by Donna Henes

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 […]

The Universal Golden Rule

posted by Donna Henes

Most of us were raised with some version of The Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” The Golden Rule teaches that we should treat others as we, ourselves, […]

Broken Heart Work

posted by Donna Henes

A Message for those doing the hard work of heart work… by Shiloh McCloud When everything you think you know changes what do you do then? When all that you dreamed you might cause shifts what do you dream then? […]

A Message of Peace

posted by Donna Henes

I have an outgoing message on my answering machine that doesn’t even say, “Hello.” It just starts right in with, “You know there really is still a chance for peace and that chance will definitely increase if we each do […]

Maenad Prophecy

posted by Donna Henes

When kings wage unjust war, When poison fills the skies, When the rich prey on the poor, When hope for justice dies When a spell lies o’er the land, Of malice and of lies, Then a wild and fearless band […]

Imperfection

posted by Donna Henes

by Sister Joan Chittister “This is the very perfection of a person, to find out our own imperfections.” –Saint Augustine Humanity is a mixture of blunders. That’s what makes it so charming, so interesting to be around. Because none of us […]

Two Declarations of Self-Esteem By Queens

posted by Donna Henes

My Declaration of Self-Esteem I AM ME In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me Everything that comes out of me is authentically me Because I alone chose it – I own everything about me My […]

Protest is Good for You

posted by Donna Henes

The media likes to portray peace, environment and human and animal rights protesters as a fringe element of whining malcontents teetering on the margins of proper society. The truth is that those who step forward to speak their minds are […]

Mother Earth’s Gifts

posted by Donna Henes

Throughout world mythology, the goddess of the good ground, the grain, the autumn harvest, has been appropriately portrayed as a knowledgeable mature woman of the world, mistress of all earthly domains. A matriarch. She is the Great Mother who sustains […]

Seeds of a New Humanity

posted by Donna Henes

By Joan Chittister The mystic Julian of Norwich, holding an acorn in her hand in the fourteenth century said of it, “In this is all that is.” The Earth shakes at the thought of the simple truth of it. In […]

I AM – A Poem

posted by Donna Henes

I am the creative fire that connects all humanity to the source of life. I reside gently and timidly in receptacles of unborn potential and I wait patiently to be heard, seen, expressed and shared. I don’t know when my […]

Letting Go Poems

posted by Donna Henes

Letting Go Takes Love To let go does not mean to stop caring, it means I can’t do it for someone else. To let go is not to cut myself off, it’s the realization I can’t control another. To let […]

Letting Go

posted by Donna Henes

What do you need to let go of? I asked this question to the many Queens who have joined the Facebook page of The Queen of My Self. Q.  What have you have already released and what do you still […]

Cleaning House

posted by Donna Henes

Our messy thinking and sloppy habits come more easily into focus when our surroundings are tidy and beautiful and filled with only what is meaningful, so that we can release them, as well. A thorough house cleaning, internal as well […]

What’s Important in Life?

posted by Donna Henes

–from Joan Chittister: Essential Writings Once upon a time, there was an elder who was respected for his piety and virtue. Whenever anyone asked him how he had become so holy, he always answered, “I know what is in the […]

One For All and All For One Once and For All

posted by Donna Henes

Recently I was asked to speak about the shamanic point of view of team building with an emphasis on creating alliances and community. From a shamanic point of view it is redundant to think of reaching out to build teams, […]

Out on a Limb

posted by Donna Henes

By Jan Morris You have stepped out on a limb.  You have made a choice to travel many miles, far from familiar, family, childhood, home.  You have made this choice to grow, to make improvements upon yourself with a vision […]

Letting Go of All that Does Not Serve

posted by Donna Henes

On my birthday this year, a friend presented me with a gorgeous amber necklace that she had gotten in Russia twenty years ago before she immigrated to the United States. Though she felt that it did not suit her, she […]

I Want to Be a Crone — Someday

posted by Donna Henes

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 […]

Empresses of Influence

posted by Donna Henes

The Queen is a mature woman who has conquered the challenges in Her life and claimed Her own royal power. She cuts through fear and ambivalence, takes charge, and establishes Herself as the sole ruler of Her Self. She has […]

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