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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Life Begins at 42
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 girlhood. We live longer than ever befo

posted 6:00:00am Mar. 27, 2015 | read full post »

De Sancta Maria
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! The heat of the sun exudes sweat from you like the balsam’s perfume.

posted 6:00:55am Mar. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Nature, Our Mother
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, she prayed. She made art, she made ceremonies, she made love,

posted 6:00:25am Mar. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Spring Cleaning
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, the rust of winter, a thorough spring

posted 6:00:14am Mar. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Friends for Life
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 was. We were a very diverse group brought together by our Boh

posted 6:00:39am Mar. 18, 2015 | read full post »

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