Our Labors and Their Fruits

This early Spring, I planted all my saved seeds from seasons past, realizing they don’t gain in potency the longer I hang onto them. So, with the wrong pots, the wrong placements, the wrong everything, I flung seed into dirt. I even threw some out for the wildlife, up by the leach field. I made … Continue reading Our Labors and Their Fruits

Remembering Layne Redmond

The following essay is from a blog series, 30 Days of Joy, now part of a book in progress, Juicy Joyful: How To Squeeze More Joy From Your Already Messy Life. I am using it as today’s blog post to honor the memory and living legacy of Layne Redmond, master frame drummer and pioneer in … Continue reading Remembering Layne Redmond

21 Day Challenge: Quick Check-in. Where has it taken you?

A quick check-in here on the 21 day challenge to abstain from complaining, criticizing and gossipping: Wow. The first thing that happened over here is I encountered what can only be described as a shitstorm of resistance and some doozie circumstances that really tested my resolve. (Nothing like attempting a communication overhaul during a Mercury … Continue reading 21 Day Challenge: Quick Check-in. Where has it taken you?

Feel the Love

Am I the only one who has these seminal moments, when I wake up wherever I am and "get" something that was staring me in the face the whole time, such that I become consciously aware that it's a meaningful thing to me? The Universe seems to present me with these moments as a way … Continue reading Feel the Love

Steal This Idea (I did.)

It’s radical (I’m about to demonstrate): Ask for what you want. From others. Directly. Okay, I don’t think I have to belabor that, do I? Maybe it’s not such a radical idea for some people: management types, community organizers, politicians. But for us creatives, and for most people in a nonprofessional situation, making a simple … Continue reading Steal This Idea (I did.)

Pull Up Your Big Girl Power Pants (and Come To My Workshop!)

Where did we get this idea we create our own lives? It popped into popular thought – I won’t even try to pinpoint a date – and voila! We evolved from whiny victims of nature vs. nurture into miniature Deities with the power to create life! What is this really all about, this manifestation stuff? … Continue reading Pull Up Your Big Girl Power Pants (and Come To My Workshop!)

Thirty Days of Joy ~ Day 28 ~ Drum Joy

by Phyllis Capanna © 2012 joyreport I’m not going to say anything about drumming that hasn’t been said already. But it would be nearly tragic for me to write thirty essays about joy and not mention a single thing about drumming. Especially since I took time off from writing to go to a drumming convention … Continue reading Thirty Days of Joy ~ Day 28 ~ Drum Joy

Thirty Days of Joy ~ Day 25 ~ No Real Problems

by Phyllis Capanna © 2012 joyreport Today was great. I woke up breathing and stayed that way all day. I also woke up sunburnt and was sunburnt all day, too. I learned that there’d been yet another shooting somewhere in the good ol’ U. S. of A. and after reading the news story, closed my … Continue reading Thirty Days of Joy ~ Day 25 ~ No Real Problems

Thirty Days of Joy ~ Day 24 ~ Beach Day

by Phyllis Capanna © 2012 joyreport Beach day Sand dunes, beach grass, picket fencing, tide coming up a narrow spit congenial gathering of blankets, umbrellas, beach chairs tubes and boogie boards No Lifeguard On Duty Drum finally drum gift given perfect response, delight and “My own drum!” Relentless wind, plastic tube rolling down the beach, … Continue reading Thirty Days of Joy ~ Day 24 ~ Beach Day

Thirty Days of Joy ~ Day 22 ~ A Most Blessed, Happy Life

by Phyllis Capanna © 2012 joyreport Can I just say that I have the most blessed, happy life? Can I start from that today and tell you why I say that? Did you ever have a day that, once it was done, for no reason you can put your finger on, you feel you have … Continue reading Thirty Days of Joy ~ Day 22 ~ A Most Blessed, Happy Life