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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.

Poem for the Woman Who Doesn’t Want a Daughter

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!   Poem for the Woman […]

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Calendar Girls

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!   In 1998 Angela Baker […]

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A Hymn To Venus

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!   A Hymn To Venus […]

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Ancient Venuses

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!   Paleolithic carvings and figures […]

Happy Interdependence Day

posted by Donna Henes

  I was recently invited to address a gathering of clergy who are being trained to serve as resident chaplains in the pastoral care department of a major urban medical center. Specifically, they asked me to present the shamanic point […]

3 Love Poems

posted by Donna Henes

  June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season […]

Self-Love: A Definition – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

  June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season […]

Self-Love: A Definition – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

  June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season […]

Summer of Lust

posted by Donna Henes

  June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season […]

Honey Moon June for Gay Marriage!

posted by Donna Henes

  Gay marriage is finally legal in New York State! Hearty congratulations to everyone who supports equality, liberty and justice for all. And heartfelt best wishes for all those brides & brides and grooms & grooms who can now officially […]

Praise to the Goddess Sun — Our Lady

posted by Donna Henes

    Praise to the Goddess Sun — Our Lady By Shekhinah Mountainwater Praise to the Goddess Sun — Our Lady For She has been born From out the Womb of Self Her Mother And She has danced and played […]

Sun Goddesses

posted by Donna Henes

  In archaic times, people perceived the sun, in its shining prime and glory, the giver of heat and light and life, to be the effulgent force of the female. A passionate aspect of the Great Mother, the versatile Jill-of-All-Trades […]

Two Summer Solstice Poems

posted by Donna Henes

  Here are two poems in honor of the Summer Solstice by our lovely readers.   The Longest Day By Laurie Corzett Earth of sea and land and air Lit into opportunistic life by her mother star Energy for you […]

Fiery Fetes of Summer

posted by Donna Henes

Happy Solstice! Though summer is the season of long, light, hot days, each day actually gets shorter, losing about two minutes of sunlight every 24 hours. Light is not lost lightly. Light equals life for most living things. The grim […]

The Summer Solstice: As Good As It Gets

posted by Donna Henes

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun has been inching its way back into our lives ever since the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Rising slightly earlier each […]

Phenomenal Woman

posted by Donna Henes

June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season for […]

How I Transformed My Life After 50 – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season for […]

How I Transformed My Life After 50 – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season for […]

Where Womyn Gather

posted by Donna Henes

  Congratulations to the winners of The Queen of My Self book giveaway: Terri Miller, FL Anna Mills, OH Clara Vaughan, MO Enjoy!   June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride […]

Our Deepest Fear

posted by Donna Henes

We have now passed the milestone of 250 posts on this Queen blog! Hurray! To celebrate, I will give away 3 signed copies of The Queen of My Self to the first 3 readers who request one. thequeenofmyself@aol.com June is […]

Am I Having A Mid-Life Crisis?

posted by Donna Henes

  June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season […]

Audrey Hepburn’s Beauty Tips

posted by Donna Henes

  June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season […]

What Are Your Experiences of Beauty and Age?

posted by Donna Henes

  June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season […]

On Beauty and Age – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

  June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season […]

On Beauty and Age – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

  June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season […]

Believe in Yourself! – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season for […]

Believe in Yourself! – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

  June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season […]

For the Love of Our Self

posted by Donna Henes

June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy. But while June is the jolly season for […]

Our Mother

posted by Donna Henes

Since May is Mothering Month, I intend to post a diverse array of articles for the rest of the month, about and for mothers.   Our Mother by Dale Allen   Our Mother who art within us Each breath brings […]

Return of the Great Mother

posted by Donna Henes

  Since May is Mothering Month, I intend to post a diverse array of articles for the rest of the month, about and for mothers. Return of the Great Mother Andrew Harvey AT THE END OF HIS LIFE, the great […]

Not Our Mother’s Daughters

posted by Donna Henes

  Since May is Mothering Month, I intend to post a diverse array of articles for the rest of the month, about and for mothers.   Not Our Mother’s Daughters by Mari Selby, VA ”And so our mothers and grandmothers […]

Motherlines

posted by Donna Henes

  Since May is Mothering Month, I intend to post a diverse array of articles for the rest of the month, about and for mothers.   Motherlines By Mary Saaracino, CO   Margaret On the day I was born you […]

The Midlife Queen Mother

posted by Donna Henes

  Since May is Mothering Month, I intend to post a diverse array of articles for the rest of the month, about and for mothers.   For the first time in history, large numbers of women of our generation, especially […]

Motherhood: Pregnancy over 50 – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

  Since May is Mothering Month, I intend to post a diverse array of articles over the next two weeks by, about and for mothers.   Motherhood: Pregnancy over 50 – Part 2 by Cyma Shapiro What strikes me the […]

Motherhood: Pregnancy over 50 – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

  Since May is Mothering Month, I intend to post a diverse array of articles over the next two weeks by, about and for mothers.   Motherhood: Pregnancy over 50 – Part 1 by Cyma Shapiro I’m a little enamored […]

An Empty Nest Poem

posted by Donna Henes

  An Empty Nest Poem By Mary Jean Iron   Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.   Let me not pass you by […]

From an Empty Nest

posted by Donna Henes

  From an Empty Nest 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, […]

A Mother’s Day Proclamation Poem

posted by Donna Henes

  Here is a beautiful response to Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation by one of our own sister Queens.   A MOTHER’S DAY PROCLAMATION By Queen Mary Immaculata Saracino, CO “Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women […]

Mother’s Day Proclamation

posted by Donna Henes

  This is the original Mother’s Day proclamation, written by Julia Ward Howe, famed writer of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” in Boston, 1870 when she was 51 years old. It was an impassioned appeal to womanhood to rise […]

May is Mothering Month

posted by Donna Henes

Hail Queens! Since May is Mothering Month, I intend to post a diverse array of articles over the next two weeks by, about and for mothers. What an extraordinarily exciting and gorgeous time of the year spring is. Life is […]

Time to Mother Ourselves in Midlife

posted by Donna Henes

My dear sister Queens, As you must have noticed, I have been absent for two weeks. My contract with Beliefnet expired at the end of April, but  I am delighted to say that I have been invited to return to […]

Merry Mary May Day

posted by Donna Henes

  May Day is an old European spring fertility and copulation festival held in honor of the trees and their mistresses, the virgin vegetation goddesses. Celebrated as Floralia by the Romans, Walpurgisnacht by the Teutons, Whitsuntide by the Dutch, and […]

Calling all Queens, Empresses and Ladies in Waiting

posted by Donna Henes

Calling all Queens, Empresses and Ladies in Waiting, The Queen is coming to Syracuse, New York on May 14 for a wonderful day at the fabulous Sanctuary Spa. If you have friends in the area, I would greatly appreciaten your […]

Pretty (Damn Effective) in Pink

posted by Donna Henes

The Gulabi (pink) Gang, is a group of about 10,000 women who have banded together to combat male violence and corruption in one of India’s poorest regions, the Banda district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. These brave […]

CODEPINK: Peace Sheroes

posted by Donna Henes

  In honor of the Pink Moon I want to share information about several pink activist  Women’s Groups. CODEPINK: Women for Peace is an anti-war group founded by Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans, Diane Wilson, Starhawk and about 100 other women […]

Blessings of the Pink Moon

posted by Donna Henes

We are now in the energy of the Pink Moon, the name used by the Iroquois peoples. I love that term. And it is so apt. Spring is about birth and new beginnings. The new season is tender and tentative […]

SING WITH THE TREES

posted by Donna Henes

On Earth Day I published the powerful poem, SAVING MOTHER EARTH by Mary Saracino. Here is a follow up poem also by Queen Mary Immaculata, as she refers to herself. SING WITH THE TREES by Mary Saracino, CO Author’s note: […]

Saving Mother Earth

posted by Donna Henes

  SAVING MOTHER EARTH by Mary Saracino, CO 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 […]

Conquering The Evil Queen

posted by Donna Henes

  Tuesday I featured a piece by a young women who is struggling with releasing her “inner mean girl.” The following is by a mature Queen who is dealing with the same issue. They are both succeeding!   Conquering The […]

The Journey

posted by Donna Henes

  The Journey By Mary Oliver One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice — though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the […]

Self-Love Cleanse: Loving the Inner Mean Girl

posted by Donna Henes

  Here is some wisdom about learning to love your Self that was written by a junior at Mills College. Bless her heart for trying to learn at such a tender age what many women are still struggling with in […]

Walk for Water

posted by Donna Henes

  I just returned from Neversink, NY where I was honored to offer blessings for the lovely Walk for Water ritual political pilgrimage oranized by Queen Chrys Countryman. Here is a description of the project in her own words: Walk […]

Power Words From the Wise

posted by Donna Henes

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. –  Ella Fitzgerald Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. – Anais […]

Learning to Approve of Me

posted by Donna Henes

Here is another inspiring story of empowerment sent in by a sister Queen reader. Thanks to all of you who are willing to share your experiences of personal empowerment. Please do keep them coming. Learning to Approve of Me By […]

An Empowerment Story

posted by Donna Henes

Dear Queen Mama Donna, You asked for an empowerment story: In February of this year my 82-year old father had a stroke. He lives 3000 miles away. His wife decided not to call the ambulance, because Dad asked her not […]

Interview with a Canadian Queen – Part 2

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: Coming of Age in the 60s (Viking, 2010), I was hooked. She graciously […]

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 […]

Earth Speaks

posted by Donna Henes

  Earth Speaks By Elizabeth Hazel, OH Earth speaks to those who listen: Maternal lectures in shades of green, Sisterly riddles in coy lagoons and comic swamps, And her epic daughters, Mountain covens meet to ponder immortality. She thinks in […]

Guardian Queen of Earth’s Water

posted by Donna Henes

Author and eco-feminist Vandana Shiva has long been a leading activist for women of third-world countries, farming and water sovereignty. According to her article “Empowering Women,” she suggests that a more sustainable and productive approach to agriculture can be achieved […]

The Arab Woman You Don’t See – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

The Arab Woman You Don’t See – Part 2 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 […]

The Arab Woman You Don’t See – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

  Hopefully, all the bugs on this new server are fixed, so that we can continue this important series about Women and Power.   The Arab Woman You Don’t See – Part 1 By Queen Noor of Jordan Throughout the […]

It’s Pay Back Time

posted by Donna Henes

Hail Queens! It is good to be back online. As I am sure you noticed, Beliefnet had many techno troubles last week and I was unable to post. But I am back! Lately I’ve seen several outrageous television commercials that […]

The Vernal Equinox: Hatching the World Egg

posted by Donna Henes

If the Winter Solstice signals the birth of the sun, then the Spring Equinox exclaims the birth of the Earth — the resurrection of nature from the dark death of winter. The life, which has stayed hidden, in exile or […]

The Nation’s First Mother

posted by Donna Henes

During the last presidential election campaign, we heard scant little about the woman who gave birth to and raised President Barak Obama. This is a shame, as she was an extraordinary woman, who rose from a simple past to achieve […]

Shero Queen of Afghanistan

posted by Donna Henes

Benazir Hotaki’s lifelong work began when she was appointed as a teacher at the Malalai School in Afghanistan. She also served as the headmistress and principle of several schools in Kabul. During her career as an educator, she was awarded […]

Shero Queen of Compassion

posted by Donna Henes

 Miep Gies, the woman who sheltered the Frank family and saved Anne’s diary for posterity, was born Hermine Santruschitz in Vienna to Christian parents in 1909. In 1920 she moved to Leiden to escape food shortages and was raised by […]

Sheroes of Women’s Herstory

posted by Donna Henes

As a follow up to our in-depth exploration of women’s relationship to power, I want to focus on highlighting some notable sheroes in women’s herstory. So for the remainder of Women’s History Month I will share the stories of some […]

Be A Queen: Own Your Power And Glory

posted by Donna Henes

Be A Queen: Own Your Power And GloryBy Oprah Winfrey 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 […]

Hero/Heroine

posted by Donna Henes

Congratulations to the three winners of a copy of The Queen of My Self in yesterday’s give away: Pegi Eyers, ON, CanadaPam Gifford, ORSheri Schultz, MA Hero/HeroineBy Rosalie Maggio, CA The words “hero” and “heroine” convey subtle — and sometimes not […]

Are You a Strong Woman or a Woman of Strength?

posted by Donna Henes

We have reached another mile-high-stone — 200 posts! I wish I could offer 200 free books as a celebration, but, of course, I cannot. However I am offering three to the first three women who contact me at thequeenofmyself@aol.com and […]

Transforming the Nature of Power – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Transforming the Nature of Power – Part 2By Carla GoldsteinDirector of The Women’s Institute at Omega If we can become the transformers of power by cultivating a new way of being together in our everyday lives, then we help reverse the […]

Transforming the Nature of Power – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

    Transforming the Nature of PowerBy Carla GoldsteinDirector of The Women’s Institute at Omega Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, has brought to the world’s attention the need to radically change our relationship to power. To save our planet, we must […]

What Does Power Mean to You?

posted by Donna Henes

I turned the topic of power over to the FaceBook Queen of My Self Fan 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 […]

War on Women

posted by Donna Henes

My dear sister Queens, As you know, I have been focusing on women and our relationship to power. Queens, especially, have the very power that we need. That the world needs. We are mature, experienced, strong and brave. Plus, we […]

The Power of Networking – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

The Power of Networking – Part 2By Dr. Marcia Reynolds, AZ There’s another fear that stops women from leveraging the “who you know” chip: the fear of other women. Hewitt’s article says women worry that if they ask a male […]

The Power of Networking – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

Dr. Marcia Reynolds’ passion is helping high-achieving women examine and strategize their full and amazing lives. Her articles are empowering and inspiring. I posted her article about women’s love of power last week. Here is another interesting piece about our […]

Women and Soft Power in Business

posted by Donna Henes

I came across this article in the Harvard Business Review. It came serendipitously while I was collecting articles about women’s relationship to power. This piece emphasizes that power can be interpreted and employed in different ways. That the concept of […]

Fear of Our Own Power

posted by Donna Henes

Many of you have, I am sure, come across this fabulous writing many times. It speaks to the heart of the matter of women’s dysfunctional relationship to our own power. In my spiritual counseling as a Midlife Midwife™ I dispense […]

The Best-Kept Secret: Women Love Power Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

The Best-Kept Secret: Women Love Power Part  2By Dr. Marcia Reynolds, AZ So why do so many people keep telling women, “Step into your power”? Because women have a hard time saying, “I am powerful,” even though they like the […]

The Best-Kept Secret: Women Love Power Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

I’ve got to tell you, I absolutely love this continuing theme of women’s relationship to power. This is a subject very close to my heart and something that we women need to examine closely and concentrate on if we are […]

Believe in Yourself! A Self-Care Strategy – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Believe in Yourself! A Self-Care Strategy – Part 2By Cheryl Saban, Ph.D, CA How do you start believing in yourself when you’re so used to being a non-believer? How do you begin to care about being you, if you’ve become […]

Believe in Yourself! A Self-Care Strategy – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

    We had a week’s worth of posts about Self-love, and now I would like to return to our previous discussions about women’s relationship to power. The letters and articles have been pouring in and it is my honor to […]

The Real Woman Creed

posted by Donna Henes

In the interest of keeping the Valentine Day energy alive for this entire week, I will be posting messages to stimulate your love for the Queen of Your Self. The Real Woman CreedBy Jan Phillips, CA I believe that within me […]

My Journey to Health, Wealth and Happiness!

posted by Donna Henes

In the interest of keeping the Valentine Day energy alive for this entire week, I will be posting messages to stimulate your love for the Queen of Your Self. My Journey to Health, Wealth and Happiness!By Susan Briggs, Australia I spent […]

Being Pleased With Your Self

posted by Donna Henes

In the interest of keeping the Valentine Day energy alive for this entire week, I will be posting messages to stimulate your love for the Queen of Your Self. I recently received this wonderfully refreshing letter from a sister Queen […]

Valentine Self Care

posted by Donna Henes

In the interest of keeping the Valentine Day energy alive for this entire week, I will be posting messages to stimulate your love for the Queen of Your Self. Today is Valentine’s Day and I am sick. I have been […]

On Valentines and Vulvas

posted by Donna Henes

From the beginning, women were exalted as the image, the echo, the counterpart companion of the Goddess. Their access to ecstasy, imbued with spiritual significance. As priestesses, they tended the fires and fanned the generative flames from Her sex, the […]

Women’s Power – Part 3

posted by Donna Henes

 Women’s Power – Part 3By Max Dashu Female mavericks were also active in the arts and sciences. The renegade nun Okuni originated the Kabuki theater, from which women were soon banned. In Moorish Spain, the poet Walladah bint-al-Mustakfi rejected the […]

Women’s Power – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Women’s Power – Part 2By Max Dashu There’s a striking interplay between women’s spiritual and political leadership, especially in indigenous societies. I’m thinking of of the Evenki shaman Olga who was both chieftain and religious leader of her Siberian village […]

Women’s Power – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

This article was written by a brilliant colleague, who I very much admire. She founded the Suppressed Histories Archives, an archive of hundreds of thousands of images of women of power throughout the ages and across cultures. The piece is […]

Powerful Words

posted by Donna Henes

Here are some wise words of inspiration in regard to your relationship to power. Take them in and feel their energy work on you. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.– […]

Tend and Befriend: The Power of Women’s Friendships

posted by Donna Henes

“Men walk, women talk.” The veracity of this the popular saying was recently proved in a landmark study conducted by two women scientists at UCLA. The long-held idea that the familiar “fight or flight” mechanism was the universal human response […]

Hymns to Hestia

posted by Donna Henes

Hestia, Goddess Of The Hearth And Home By Anne Baird, BC, Canada Hestia is the “unknown goddess.”The few statues that exist of hershow a sturdy matron,dressed in a sensible toga,her face often shadowed by a cowl.Her anonymity is deliberate.She embodies […]

I Like Winter

posted by Donna Henes

We are now past the midpoint of winter. Spring will be here exactly one month from today, the realization of which would normally please me no end. I would have had my fill of dark and cold. But this year, […]

What the Groundhog Sees

posted by Donna Henes

 February 2 is the exact halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is the winter midpoint or cross-quarter day. The duskiest, coldest season is now officially half over! Though the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of […]

Midwinter Purification Rites

posted by Donna Henes

February 2 marks the exact halfway point of winter. Along with the two equinoxes, two solstices and the three other seasonal midpoints, it is one of the eight energy-filled sacred days in the pagan calendar. Purification is the recurrent mythic […]

Heart and Hearth

posted by Donna Henes

Winners of a copy of The Queen of My Self: Kathy Elkind, MAJoanna Matherson, WIYvette Rivera, CA Enjoy! Let us take a break from our ongoing explorations of women’s relationship to power. This week the posts will focus on the […]

The Power of a Woman

posted by Donna Henes

We have just surpassed 175 entries! See below for information about a book give away.** Here is another response to my call for ideas and stories about women and power. Thank you, Tiffany. The Power of a WomanBy Tiffany Mitchell […]

Pretty (Damn Powerful) in Pink

posted by Donna Henes

I wrote this for the March 2009 issue of The Queen’s Chronicles. It stirred up quite a bit of interest and two goddess temples, The Goddess Temple of Qrange County in California and the Southern Oregon Temple of the Goddess […]

Women and Soft Power in Business

posted by Donna Henes

 Here is an interesting article from the Harvard Business Review that adds another dimension to this ongoing exploration of women’s relationship to power. Women and Soft Power in BusinessBy Vineet Nayar The leadership of women in politics, business, and society is […]

The Queen: Lioness of the Psyche

posted by Donna Henes

After putting out the call for thoughts and stories about women’s relationship to power, I received this note: Dear Donna, In a marvelous synchronicity, my latest blog post, which came out this morning is about the exact same thing: how […]

Shine a Light on Winter Darkness

posted by Donna Henes

 Even though the post-solstice days are getting longer — by approximately two minutes a day — the accrual is so gradual that we don’t really notice it for quite a few weeks. In the meantime, most of us grow quickly […]

I Just Stood Up for Myself

posted by Donna Henes

Here is a response to my request for empowerment stories. Thank you, Mambo Queen, for your candor and your courage. Good for you! I Just Stood Up for Myself…And It Feels GoodBy Mambo Queen My ex-husband has been putting the full-court press […]

Hell In Paradise

posted by Donna Henes

Hell In ParadiseBy Yoko Ono This is hell in paradise,We’re all asleep or paralyzed.Why are we scared to verbalizeOur multicolor dreams? When will we come to realize,We’re all stoned or pacified,While the boogie men organizeTheir multilevel schemes? Underqualified for love,Overqualified for […]

The Mighty Queen

posted by Donna Henes

The mighty Queen, the great and wise, brave and compassionate woman ruler, the reigning commander of Her domain, is an expansive, expressive, accessible, energetic archetype who represents a mature female power, authority, responsibility, and influence worthy of our emulation. There […]

We Are Women of the Air

posted by Donna Henes

We are women of the airWe are the breath of lifeWe are the winds of changeWe speak our voice to life We are teachers of the truthWe are students all our lives We are scholars and seekersWe are storytellers of […]

A Woman’s Guide to Power™

posted by Donna Henes

I am fascinated (obsessed) by women’s relationship to power. It is the subject of my next book.* The more I see, the more women I speak to, the more I realize that that relationship is on shaky ground. It is […]

Say Yes

posted by Donna Henes

 Say Yes  By Andrea Gibson    when two violins are placed in a room  if a chord on one violin is struck   the other violin will sound the note   if this is your definition of hope  this is for you […]

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 […]

Let The Resolutions Begin

posted by Donna Henes

 Let The Resolutions Begin By Midlife Crisis in Process  The thoughts and ramblings of a middle age woman who is beginning to realize life requires you to make tough choices that don’t always bring happiness. Let me start by saying right […]

What Is Right With You?

posted by Donna Henes

What Is Right With You?By Kim Mailhot, NH So my amazing friend, Paula, from Little Scraps of Magic, is participating in the Reverb10 writing prompt challenge to examine your 2010 and to set intentions and focus for the New 2011 year […]

Clean Sweep

posted by Donna Henes

Dear Queen Mama Donna, This has been the year from hell. I feel used, abused, and grimy. My entire life has gotten out of control. In my depression I have even let my normally orderly house go. My family is […]

We Shed The Skin Of One Year

posted by Donna Henes

Here is a lovely New Year poem by a talented and wise sister Queen. New/YearBy Mary Saracino, CO We shed the skin of one yearlay bare the fragile bonesof fresh dreamsour serpentine souls slither forwardwe know the way by heartby […]

Happy New Year!

posted by Donna Henes

New Year is a return to the eternal beginnings. Back to where there is only hope and promise and enthusiastic, well-intentioned energy. Back to the original big bang back seat cosmic conception. Back to the future. New Year is the […]

This Is A Test

posted by Donna Henes

Dear Sister Queens, Beliefnet has had a bit of a techno glitch and my blogs have not been posted as per normal this week. So sorry about that. This post is a test. We hope to be back to normal […]

Imagine A Woman

posted by Donna Henes

The last line of yesterday’s post, “The Decade of the Woman is Upon Us,” was “I’m imagining a world run cooperatively by conscious men and women. How about you?” What a wonderful segue to this well known and well loved […]

The Decade of the Woman Is Upon Us – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

The Decade of the Woman Is Upon Us – ContinuedBy Marcia Reynolds Men created the companies, the leadership models and the systems that are breaking down in today’s world. Here in the United States, the rate of change is so […]

The Decade of the Woman Is Upon Us

posted by Donna Henes

As we embark on a new decade, let us make resolutions to live in our sovereign strength. Let us claim, embrace and use our considerable power to create a world that is safe, sane, compassionate and sustainable. The article below […]

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, […]

The Sun

posted by Donna Henes

Blessings of the return of the sun to our (Northern Hemisphere) lives. The SunBy Mary Oliver  Have you ever seenanythingin your lifemore wonderful than the way the sun,every evening,relaxed and easy,floats toward the horizon and into the clouds or the […]

Festivals of Light – Part 3

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is the Winter Solstice and all the multicultural goddesses and festivals associated with the return of the light. The Mayan Indians of Guatemala perform a flying pole dance, palo voladare, in honor of the old, indigenous pre-Columbian […]

Festivals of Light – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is the Winter Solstice and all the multicultural goddesses and festivals associated with the return of the light. Kwanzaa is an African American holiday, which has been celebrated during the solstice season since 1966 when it was […]

Festivals of Light

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is the Winter Solstice and all the multicultural goddesses and festivals associated with the return of the light. A common theme of solstice ceremonies everywhere is the burning of fires to symbolically re-kindle the dwindling sun. People […]

Soulstice Goddess

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is the Winter Solstice and all the multicultural goddesses and festivals associated with the return of the light. Among the most archaic images of the sun is the brilliant radiance that clothes the Great Goddess. The great […]

It’s Damn Dark Out There

posted by Donna Henes

Congratulations to the winners of The Queen of My Self T-shirts:Lorna Lee, MIShari Glantz, ORMichelle Spitzer-Boyd, MAJeannette Prior, UTPhyllis Gabriel, CTWear them in pride! This week’s theme is the Winter Solstice and all the multicultural goddesses and festivals associated with […]

I Like Myself!

posted by Donna Henes

Dear Queens, Congratulations on another milestone! Today is the 150th post of this column. Can that really be? Time sure does fly when you are having fun. And I, for one, have been having a great deal of fun researching […]

The Queen You Are

posted by Donna Henes

Yesterday I posted the glorious “A Creed For Free Women” by Elsa Gidlow. The subtitle is “(and such men as feel happy with it.)” As it happens, many men feel happy with it. Real men, that is. Men who are […]

A Creed for Free Women

posted by Donna Henes

A Creed for Free Women(and such men as feel happy with it.) By Elsa Gidlow I am.I am from and of The Mother.I am as I am.Willfully harming none, none may question me. As no free-growing tree serves another or […]

The More Queenly I Become

posted by Donna Henes

Another post in the series of pieces about women who stand firm in their sense of Self-worth. If you are such a woman, comfortable in your power, please tell me your story. And many thanks to those of you who […]

A Woman Recognizes Potential in Herself

posted by Donna Henes

For the rest of the week, I will continue posting stories of and by women who stand firm in their sense of Self-worth. If you are such a woman, comfortable in your power, please tell me your story. And many […]

I Envision Only Positive Outcomes Today

posted by Donna Henes

For the next week or two, I am going to be posting stories of and by women who stand firm in their sense of Self-worth. If you are such a woman, comfortable in your power, please tell me your story. […]

The Power Of Awakening Your Authentic Soul

posted by Donna Henes

For the next week or two, I am going to be posting stories about and by women who stand firm in their sense of Self-worth. If you are such a woman, comfortable in your power, please tell me your story […]

True to Myself

posted by Donna Henes

For the next week or two, I am going to be posting stories about and by women who stand firm in their sense of Self-worth. If you are such a woman, comfortable in your power, please tell me your story.  […]

Confidence Queen

posted by Donna Henes

For the next week or two, I am going to be posting stories about and by women who stand firm in their sense of Self-worth. If you are such a woman, comfortable in your power, please tell me your story. Confidence […]

The One Flaw In Women

posted by Donna Henes

Women have strengths that amaze men….. They bear hardships and they carry burdens,but they hold happiness, love and joy.They smile when they want to scream.They sing when they want to cry.They cry when they are happyand laugh when they are […]

Native Sheros – Part 5

posted by Donna Henes

On Thanksgiving, we always tell the story about how the native people helped the pilgrims to survive and ultimately thrive in the new world. This is well and good, but there are so many other inspiring stories that could be […]

Native Sheros – Part 4

posted by Donna Henes

On Thanksgiving, we always tell the story about how the native people helped the pilgrims to survive and ultimately thrive in the new world. This is well and good, but there are so many other inspiring stories that could be […]

Native Sheros – Part 3

posted by Donna Henes

On Thanksgiving, we always tell the story about how the native people helped the pilgrims to survive and ultimately thrive in the new world. This is well and good, but there are so many other inspiring stories that could be […]

Native Sheros – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

On Thanksgiving, we always tell the story about how the native people helped the pilgrims to survive and ultimately thrive in the new world. This is well and good, but there are so many other inspiring stories that could be […]

Native Sheros – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

On Thanksgiving, we always tell the story about how the native people helped the pilgrims to survive and ultimately thrive in the new world. This is well and good, but there are so many other inspiring stories that could be […]

The Feast of Life

posted by Donna Henes

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 for inner truth […]

The Queen is Ever Grateful

posted by Donna Henes

Look below for my Thanksgiving gift to you.* Greetings of gratitude to all my sister Queens and ladies-in-waiting everywhere. This daily blog has been a great joy to present, and your comments, your confidences, your confessions and your creative contributions […]

The Queen of Thanksgiving

posted by Donna Henes

Sarah Josepha Hale was born on a farm in 1788 in Newport, New Hampshire. Her early education was provided by her mother and her brother Horatio who taught her what he had learned at Dartmouth. Later on, Hale was self-taught. […]

The Power of Perspective

posted by Donna Henes

When we allow our Selves to expand and grow, when 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 […]

Two Queen Events of Interest

posted by Donna Henes

Many women send me announcements of upcoming events and occasionally one or two stand out as being of special interest to Queens. Here are two events, both taking place on December 2, 2010. One is in Brooklyn, NY and the […]

Farewell to the Chief Queen

posted by Donna Henes

In honor of Aung San Suu Kyi and to celebrate her release, and with a nod to Election Day, this week’s theme is admirable women leaders of democracy. Farewell to the Chief Queen Wilma Mankiller the first female Chief of […]

The Queen Who Would Be President – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

In honor of Aung San Suu Kyi and to celebrate her release, and with a nod to Election Day, this week’s theme is admirable women leaders of democracy. The Queen Who Would Be President – Part 2 Her candidacy attracted […]

The Queen Who Would be President – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

In honor of Aung San Suu Kyi and to celebrate her release, and with a nod to Election Day, this week’s theme is admirable women leaders of democracy. The Queen Who Would be President – Part 1 Victoria Woodhull lived […]

Tribute to the Queen of a Democratic Dream

posted by Donna Henes

In honor of Aung San Suu Kyi and to celebrate her release, and with a nod to Election Day, this week’s theme is admirable women leaders of democracy. Benazir Bhutto  June 21, 1953 – December 27, 2007 Benazir Bhutto, twice […]

Hail The Martyr Queen of Myanmar

posted by Donna Henes

On Saturday, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese human rights and democracy leader, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and folk shero was released from the house arrest in Myanmar that has kept her a prisoner for much of the last twenty […]

I Am a Divine and Beautiful Being

posted by Donna Henes

I AM A DIVINE AND BEAUTIFUL BEING. I CHOOSE TO LIVE EACH MOMENT WITH APPRECIATION ANDCOMPLETE ACCEPTANCE OF MY OWN DIVINITY AND BEAUTY. I CHOOSE TO APPRECIATE AND ACCEPT THE BEAUTY IN ALLBEINGS AND THE PERFECT DIVINITY IN EACH MOMENT. […]

Being Pleased With Your Self

posted by Donna Henes

I recently received this wonderfully refreshing letter from a sister Queen who is definitely pleased with her Self: …Despite the anticipation and the promise of something potentially special, he was not attractive to me. And I think that’s important — […]

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 the […]

Happiness Increases With Age!

posted by Donna Henes

 Despite all of the loss associated with aging: the ability to reproduce, physical strength and agility, pigment in our hair, elasticity in our skin, our children at home, our parents, and on and on, the results of a large Gallup […]

Queen of Rock and Roll

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is Dancing Queens. And Crones. Queen of Rock and Roll I recently saw Tina Turner’s 2008 concert, supposedly the last of her career. She was 68 years old and she took my breath away. She was backed […]

Slow Dancing with the Queens

posted by Donna Henes

Here are some stunning Queens of a certain age, dancing from deep within their souls. These sinuous, sensual women move the way water does. Or silk charmeuse. In waves of slow flow like lava. Fiery molasses. Their ecstatic expressions are […]

Dance, Dance, Dance

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is Dancing Queens. And Crones.To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.– Agnes De Mille I see […]

La Mariposa, Butterfly Woman

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is Dancing Queens. And Crones. La Mariposa, Butterfly WomanBy Clarissa Pinkola Estes …To the visitors, a butterfly is a delicate thing. “O fragile beauty,” they dream. So they are necessarily shaken when out hops Maria Lujan. And […]

Queen of Bellies and Shimmies

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is Dancing Queens. And Crones. My friend Kay is the official folklorist of Brooklyn. A couple of years ago she organized a month long Arab music festival. One of the evenings was a belly dance extravaganza, which […]

Never Underestimate an Old Girl

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is Dancing Queens. And Crones. Talk about Electric Crones. Check out this 90-year old Red Hot Salsa Mama and start dancing! It is never too late and you are never too old. You were wild once. Don’t let […]

Electric Crone

posted by Donna Henes

This week I am offering my own sensual, sexual experiences as Maiden, Mother, Queen and Crone-to be. Electric Crone The brain, the mind, is said to be our most sensitive sexual organ and I have come to absolutely believe it. […]

Red Hot Queen Mama

posted by Donna Henes

 This week I am offering my own sensual, sexual experiences as Maiden, Mother, Queen and Crone-to be. Red Hot Queen Mama The more competent I became in navigating and negotiating the maze of my life, the more practiced and commanding, […]

The Queen of Hearts

posted by Donna Henes

This week I am offering my own sensual, sexual experiences as Maiden, Mother, Queen and Crone-to be. The Queen of Hearts Eventually, time and the winds and storms of my maternal years weathered my once-sumptuous bloom. The galloping growth of […]

Mama Donna: Me as Mother

posted by Donna Henes

This week I am offering my own sensual, sexual experiences as Maiden, Mother, Queen and Crone-to be. Mama Donna: Me as Mother And then, a remarkable thing happened. This Ugly Duckling grew and changed, as if magically transformed. The more […]

Myself as Maiden

posted by Donna Henes

This week I am offering my own sensual, sexual experiences as Maiden, Mother, Queen and Crone-to be. Myself as Maiden I have pretty much always had a current love interest, a paramour, an inamorata-of-the-moment in my life. Ever since elementary […]

The Queen Uses Trouble Well

posted by Donna Henes

Here are selected comments from a discussion on The Queen of My Self Facebook page.http://blog.beliefnet.com/thequeenofmyself/ Q: The Queen does not invite hard times and trouble, but She chooses to use them well. Suffering is the midwife of compassion. – Queen […]

Harvesting Mother Earth’s Gifts of Life

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. A Queen. She is the Great Mother […]

What Do You Weep For?

posted by Donna Henes

Once again Sister Joan Chittister has found the perfect words to express  what I have been feeling.  What Do You Weep For?by Joan Chittister Evagrius of Ponticus, one of the early desert monastics, counseled young monastics: “First pray for the […]

Earth Speaks

posted by Donna Henes

Thank you Queen Elizabeth Hazel from Toledo, Ohio for sending this most beautiful poem. Earth SpeaksBy Elizabeth Hazel Earth speaks to those who listen:Maternal lectures in shades of green,Sisterly riddles in coy lagoons and comic swamps,And her epic daughters,Mountain covens […]

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 […]

Water Most Maternal

posted by Donna Henes

Today is Blog Action Day, an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day. The aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion around an important issue that impacts […]

The Spirit of a Woman

posted by Donna Henes

There is a wonderful new anthology that I would like to share with you. The Spirit of a Woman: Stories to Empower and Inspire is the vision of Terry Lázló-Gopadze, who edited the volume. She collected remarkable true tales from […]

The Back Story

posted by Donna Henes

It is coming up on six 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 Captors I was, of course, thrilled […]

Thank you!

posted by Donna Henes

Yesterday I received so many emails from Queens across the country requesting a book. I am sorry that I had to stop with five giveaway books. Congratulations to the five lucky winners: Mari Aubuchon, KSRobin-elyse Holcombe, CAStacy Lundquist, NVDebbie Stricker, […]

The Queen’s Court

posted by Donna Henes

Look below for The Queen of My Self book giveaway offer.* For more than five years I have been traveling with The Queen of My Self through nineteen states and three countries, meeting and talking with several thousand women and […]

You Are Called

posted by Donna Henes

My synchronistic receptors have been extremely highly attuned lately. As soon as I think a thought, I am gifted with an affirmation of its veracity. No sooner than I think or write something, than some related, really relevant writing by […]

Say Something – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Continued: What we all have to do from now on is to stay alert, stay centered, keep connected and most important of all, keep talking. Talking, writing, protesting keeps the light of truth and tolerance shining upon the hidden agendas […]

Say Something

posted by Donna Henes

It is so damn easy to feel depressed, frustrated and disillusioned right now. These are terrible times of artificial division, manipulated resentment and palpable fear. The real dynamic being played out right now is not about warring religious, economic or […]

Ruin and Beauty – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Continued: Here is a short list of some of the unbearable events of the last few months. One leads to another, relentlessly. Let’s locate ourselves so we can reverse the order. Iraq. Afghanistan. Thousands and thousands of civilian deaths. Agony. […]

Ruin and Beauty

posted by Donna Henes

This has been a year of such violence. Against women. Against strangers. Against entire populations. Against. Against. Against. Always against. Corruption, greed, hate, fear and stupidity combined have perpetuated a barrage of traumatic damage against Mother Earth, Herself, and all […]

Have A Love Affair With Your Self

posted by Donna Henes

A great way to pamper yourself with the attention and affection that we all crave — that we lavish on others, but never think to give to ourselves — is to have a love affair with your Self. These exercises […]

Two More Declarations of Self-Esteem By Queens

posted by Donna Henes

The Empowered Woman The Empowered Woman, she moves through the worldwith a sense of confidence and grace.Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom. Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation and the life she leads […]

Two Declarations of Self-Esteem By Queens

posted by Donna Henes

My Declaration of Self-EsteemBy Virginia Satir I AM ME In all the world, there is no one else exactly like meEverything that comes out of me is authentically meBecause I alone chose it – I own everything about meMy body, […]

Love Your Self

posted by Donna Henes

I stumbled on this blog was delighted at what I read there. As you know, Self-love is a major ideal for all Queens to aspire to. Loving our Self is the foundation for Self-esteem, Self-confidence, Self-identification and Self-fulfillment. And it […]

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 […]

The Full Harvest Moon Queen

posted by Donna Henes

The full moon that occurs closest to the equinox in the fall, the huge, orange Full Harvest Moon is the most spectacular of the year. Because it rises right on the horizon just as the sun sets, it assumes a […]

The Autumnal Equinox

posted by Donna Henes

The Autumn Equinox today ushers in the dark season. The season of diminished light. From now until the Vernal Equinox, six months hence, the nights will be longer than the days. Shade and chill prevail. The year, the season, the […]

Summer Before the Dark

posted by Donna Henes

Doris Lessing’s wonderful book, Summer Before the Dark is as insightful, articulate, and compassionate an account of the process of a midlife woman’s transformation into the Queen of Her Self that I have ever read. She was 64 when it […]

Birthday Pleasures

posted by Donna Henes

Yesterday was my birthday. Those many years ago, I was born on my mother’s birthday. As a child, I was absolutely enchanted by this bit of information. Did I come all wrapped in ribbons, I would ask? Were there balloons? […]

Terms Of Endearment Or Disrespect? – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Here are more responses from readers to Natalie Angier’s article “Just Don’t Call Me …,” (New York Times, Week in Review, Aug. 29, 2010): To the Editor:Having said “ma’am” all my life to be polite, I read “Just Don’t Call […]

Terms Of Endearment Or Disrespect? – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

Continuing from yesterday, here are responses from readers to Natalie Angier’s article “Just Don’t Call Me …,” (New York Times, Week in Review, Aug. 29, 2010): To the Editor:I have to wonder how many women surveyed in your “completely unscientific […]

The Politics of Polite – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Continued from yesterday, Just Don’t Call Me …By Natalie Angier If ma’am is meant as a verbal genuflection to power, the message is lost on many real-life powerful women, like Senator Barbara Boxer, who told a brigadier general to refer […]

The Politics of Polite – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

The following article by Natalie Angier appeared in the New York Times last month. It certainly struck a chord in me. Or should I say, a sore point? Just Don’t Call Me …By Natalie Angier Classes are now underway at […]

Conversations with the Goddess

posted by Donna Henes

Another book that I read on my retreat on Mt. Desert Island in Maine was 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 […]

Your Thoughts on Aging

posted by Donna Henes

Between this blog, The Facebook The Queen of My Self fan page and my monthly Ezine, The Queen’s Chronicles, I get a lot of comments from women everywhere who are transitioning into their own powerful potential as a fully sovereign […]

Message from the other 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 […]

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. Q. What have you have already released and what do you still […]

Letting Go of All that Does Not Serve

posted by Donna Henes

On my birthday last 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 […]

Labor Day Time Out

posted by Donna Henes

On Labor Day, I thought I would honor non-labor, non-work, non-doing — just being. And I plan to celebrate on my back. On the first page of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins; his character calls in “well” […]

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 […]

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