Monthly Archives: April 2015

Why Do You Do What You Do? Could Be The “L” Word!

Reprinted from Shaman’s Blog at Shaman Drums And More
Molly's Hummingbird Drum
Molly’s Drum

Why do you do what you do?

Well, in my case, I do what I do because I love doing it! Practicing and teaching shamanism and making drums are synonymous with love and gratitude in our household. Spiritual connection. Soul expression. Joy!

Along the way, of course, come opportunities to meet many, many wonderful people. The circle grows, intersects, connects, becomes stronger in service and inspires the heart. In short, friends happen!

And that’s just the way it was when a healer from Florida ordered a drum a while back. Sure enough, Molly Friedenfeld became an instant friend. She was even so kind as to send along a few lovely gifts and write to us with photos about using her drum in her healing practice, which she features on her Website. We were overjoyed!

But there’s more! Take a look.

a healer and an angel
Molly’s work

You will notice that Molly is not only a teacher, author, speaker and spiritual coach, but something else, too. I’m guessing she may not even know it. I think she is one of those special beings mentioned in the Bible as “one like a person,” you know, an angel.

angel drum
An angel’s drum?

Take a look at her site and see for yourself. An angel with a drum.

Stories like this are not unusual in my line of work, however. I am quite used to encountering gifted healers and teachers all the time, many of whom reside on Earth. Yes, they purchase drums and so forth or attend my classes, which is how I come to meet them, but they and multitudes of others like them offer healings in many ways around the world, sponsor get-togethers that you and I can attend to learn things, manage Websites and generally touch people’s hearts with their angel smiles.

You know who you are! Well, perhaps you know who you are. Or perhaps you live who you are without realizing it.

Whatever the case, it is a pleasure to know you.

You remind me of a favorite song by Karl Williams. Fact is, you probably inspired him to write and compose it!

So it comes down to this: You are why I do what I do.

Aho & Namaste,

Comic Books and Heroic Drummers

Reprinted From
The Shaman Drums And More Website
(The Sister Website of Thunder Valley Drums)
Image clipped from an early coloring book.
Image clipped from an early coloring book.

Okay, okay, I have to admit it…again! Since this site and blog are new, I have to restate it in case you haven’t followed the old blog (psssst…..that’s the one you are now reading!). I love old comic books, pulp novels, etc. And occasionally I see a chance to combine them with my profession.

There is so much to admire or to despise in those old publications, beginning with the wonderful art and spanning over to the sometimes despicable money-grubbing publishers who were much worse than even the nastiest villains they featured in their books. They cut every corner they could, way underpaid the often incredibly talented artists and illustrators of the day, printed on the cheapest, shabbiest paper they could find, hoodwinked advertisers, and always promised more than they could deliver. But in the process, and even including the nefarious publishers, a form of folk story-telling emerged which would challenge and even occasionally change the world time and time again.

What I most admire most, though, and continue to focus on when it comes to blogging about it once in a while, is the art. It has given me a sort of hobby, lots of fun, and a mission. In my own little way, I try to help recall the artists and/or the art they created. After all, so much of what we see today in the comic book industry and the increasing spin-offs into television, motion pictures, gaming and practically anywhere else a pixel can reach began with these pioneers. So I key on the art, mostly garnered from Comic Book Plus, and pass it on, sometimes mashing it up for fun and in the spirit that I think it was intended. It makes for wonderful illustrations for my little drum business, too. But it’s most fun when one can take an iconic image of, say, something that once represented the powerful elite’s self-interest and turn it on its head. Like the following for example.

19th Century Illustration
The goddess of…soap?

Oh, Britannia!

The image of the Roman interpretation of one of their conquests, parts of the British Isles and environs, came to be embodied in the warrior goddess figure you see here (minus the flag). She endured to become an icon of a united Britain many centuries after her depiction of Roman power, when she often held a trident, which many believe represents power over the oceans, and a shield. Oh, how far she fell when featured in this soap ad from The Penny Illustrated Paper from the 19th Century.  There’s a lot more info about the Britannia figure here (Wikipedia).

Well, being a part-time comic book geek type, I was impressed by her stance in this depiction with an impressive shield. Surprised it was not drawn to resemble a bar of soap!

“Heroes” Logo”Heroes logo”. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia –

And it just so happened that I discovered the image at about the same time we had been watching reruns of the 2006 TV series “Heroes.” So it seemed the perfect combination to promote a cause we can all agree on. Well, most of us anyway. Maybe.


Heroes Drum For Peace
The Britannia figure outfitted with a drum and drumstick against the background of a mashup of an eclipse, a black fill and some lightning. Ka-pow!

Well, I hope we can all at least agree that the drums of war have sounded too often in our world, and that they can be better used to refresh and renew the rhythm of life. If you can find a good drum circle in your vicinity, you’ll know what I mean. Group drumming is good for your health. (Two sources of note: Study 1, Book Excerpts)

Drum on, Hero.

Aho & Namaste,