Tap Into Transformation, November

Let’s sing, dance, and grow together…while having an absolute BLAST!!

Tap Into Transformation
At the Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65,
Boulder, CO 80304
November 1, 2013 7:00 – 9:00 pm

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I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) Sun-Shiny day.
(Jimmy Cliff)

The November Tap Into Transformation theme, “NEW BEGINNINGS”  kicks off our second year! Come and be part of a dynamic community that tap dances together, sings together, dines together, and this month will create poetry together. You don’t need tap shoes because we have them for you.

Come join husband and wife duo Dr. Jeannine Goode-Allen and Dr. David Sharp in an evening of transformational song, poetry and tap dancing in our gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio in North Boulder. You will laugh, smile and stomp your feet while feeling the joy of moving your body and opening your heart to awe, wonder, beauty, gratitude and more.

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Our world so needs each of us to step out onto the stage of life and make manifest our great potential. Experience us as we pave the way to do this by exhibiting the power of Divinity In Action through our spectacular..and fun.. gifts.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, in a creative community, to share and honor your own gifts, or be inspired to dive into new ones! We will teach you some basic tap steps, and with these tools, we will journey into our hearts to praise, complain, thank and bless. We will create rhythms, poetry, and prayers with our feet and our bodies, individually and as a group.

To Reserve Tickets:
1.888.612.8189 or www.viriditasllc.com
$15.00 admission $10.00 students 

No experience necessary and we provide the tap shoes!
We have food at the intermission, and we will be serving some NOVEL delicacies.

 

Power For Life Now, October Newsletter

On October 4th, Jeannine and I completed our first year of Tap Into Transformation! It is a wonderful way to create community, engage our spirits, exercise our imaginations, move our bodies and break bread together. On November 1st, we will kick off another year using the theme, “New Beginnings.” If you are in the area, come join us! Check out my website for more information.

At the October Tap Into Transformation I introduced a style of poetry that I created over 30 years ago to help me understand the power of a single word. I call them Sharpettes. I have now cleared the final hurdle toward getting this unique form copyrighted and should hear back soon from the United States Copyright Office, now that the government shutdown has ended.

Below, I have included three Sharpettes that were created by participants at the October Tap Into Transformation event:
•    The first line is the word.
•    The second line defines or describes the word twice using four syllables each.
•    The third line uses 10 or 11 syllables to paint a picture of the word.
•    Sometimes, the 4th or 5th syllable of the third line will rhyme with the word on the first line. This creates a heightened search for meaning, but when it happens successfully, can yield beautiful results, as seen in the 1st and 3rd  Sharpettes.

Sharpette
A three-line poem, a snapshot view
Like a window set, briefly, into a word.
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Mountain
Rock unbending; friend so constant
Like a tower of strength behind my back.
Mountain

Savor
A taste of bliss; an angel’s call
Like a flavor bringing time’s defeat.
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If you would like to see more, check out my earlier blogs and newsletters. If you have the hang of it, I would love to see one of your own. Send it to me and I may include it in my next blog or newsletter! And if you want it to be anonymous, but still read, that is perfectly all right. Please let me know.

In February, I will be heading to Los Angeles, California to present at the California African American Museum. It is part of “TARGET SUNDAYS AT CAAM…Telling Our Stories, Experiencing Our Art & Sharing Our History!
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More later as it gets closer, but in doing advance publicity I invite you to check out a radio interview that I did. You can go to my website and click on the audio player in the lower right corner.

May you have Power For Life Now!
David

Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths, October

I began creating what I call Sharpettes over 30 years ago. As a speaker and writer they became my own way of sharpening my understanding of the meaning, power, and energy of a single word. I am sharing them publicly now in hopes that you will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

The first line is the word.
The second line defines or describes the word twice, 4 syllables for each attempt. You may place a comma or semi-colon between each attempt. So, the second line has a total of 8 syllables.
The third line is a simile. It always begins with the word “Like”, and paints a picture of the word in 10 or 11 syllables.

On some Sharpettes the 4th or 5th syllable of the third line will rhyme with the word on the first line itself. This can yield another insight into the word chosen, and provides a unique and fun poetic challenge.

Enjoy!
David

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Dare
Have courage for; be bold enough
Like cliff divers poised and ready to jump.

Cliff Diver

Annie Ruth’s Truths are my renderings of folk wisdom and country common sense, gained from a lifetime of listening to my mom, who has a unique way with words, as well as a witty, joyous and playful attitude to go with it! Always fun or sassy, they tell the truth and can make you laugh, shake your head and go “Hmph!” or even make you shout, “Whaaat?”

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Annie Ruth & David

If you are average looking but folks say that you are ugly… say, “I might ugly to you… but to me you’ve just failed my test. See, I chose this face as a test to find that person who can see my inner beauty, and who is not skin deep. When I find that one I will lavish them with the treasures of my soul. But you are NOT the one… so goodbye.

 

I must write.

To wait or not (I Must Write)

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I once read a piece of prose that said one should not write poetry or lines of prose unless one has lived a long time, seen a lot of things and traveled many places. And then, maybe toward the end of that life, ten lines, that is, ten good lines may be written.

The writer is essentially saying that wisdom is hard to come by. It has been my experience that any endeavor that allows us to contemplate and bring awareness into our lives is valuable at any age, and regardless of the amount of travel one has experienced. I have relatives that spent most of their life on a farm, and the wisdom they lived and could communicate was amazing. They traveled the highways of the heart, which takes you to the places where insight and wisdom actually reside. And they are accessible to anyone who takes the time to go there.

If it is in you to write, or sing, or dance, or cook, or fix cars, or any other endeavor that is deeply felt by you, by no means do I think you should wait to put them into action.

I began writing long before I could travel extensively. Although there is no substitute for personal experience, our modern technology has brought the world closer together. We can now travel the world through our computers and hand-held devices, through artistic modes such as movies and documentaries.

Just as pure art cannot be bound by rules, no one who has the drive to do something should be bound by anything except their own heart’s calling. Each of us must claim the right to create our lives however we envision them.

It is a long way for a snail to travel across my lawn and sidewalk, for it is filled with many hazards, including my own footsteps. It is a long way for an ant to travel to the end of my street. I reckon that ant will never see the ants that live across town. And is it not true that you can be sitting next to a person and be worlds apart?

There is not just travel in the physical form, by car, train or plane. There is also travel from within… through contemplation and meditation and they highway of the heart. I have heard children give brilliant insights who have barely seen life, much less traveled.

I will write because I must write. And, I will trust my good lines to God.

Affirmation:
My deepest instincts are good, and I can act on them now.

Prayer:
Help me to remember that I am always connected to you, my God, who guides me and gives me all the resources I need to succeed.

May you have Power For Life Now!
David

Sharpettes

Join me to learn how to write your own Sharpettes. (Trademark applied for.)  Sharpettes are a new and entertaining poetry form that renews the power of a single word and how we look at the words in our lives. Together we’ll create lyrics for our lives. My first presentation will be on October 4th, 7-9 pm, as part of our October “Tap Into Transformation” event.

Sharpettes defined:

The first line is the word…
The second line defines or describes the word twice, using 4 syllables each time; divided by a comma or semi-colon.
The third line paints a picture of the word in 10 or 11 syllables.
On some SHARPETTES the 4th or 5th syllable of the third line will rhyme with the word itself. This can yield yet another insight into the chosen word. It is also just plain fun (and not always so easy) to find the right word that works with the rest of the line.

Sneeze
A funny sound, a whoosh of air
Like a misty breeze from a breaking wave.

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Serenity
Peace and quiet; stillness and calm
Like eternity whispering through one’s soul.

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