Sharpettes and Annie Ruth’s Truths, January

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.



Convergence point; clear intention
Like purpose aimed at opportunity.



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?”

Annie Ruth & David

Annie Ruth & David


“If you chase two rabbits… you will lose them both.”

Power For Life Now, January Newsletter

Greetings! and… HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Our January Tap Into Transformation was a wonderful event.  Jeannine and I enjoyed the presence of regular attendees plus a few newcomers, which is always exciting for us.  Our dancing was powerful and fun as we created steps from our own joys and challenges.  After our intermission during which we enjoyed a delicious meal we premiered the game SHARPETTES®. I recently received a trademark on the word and have now developed a board game, which is in prototype mode. Stay tuned for further developments.

Sharpettes partial gameboard

The band that Jeannine and I are in, called Knob Mentality, played at the Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on January 12 for a special concert. The concert was a benefit for Tariro, a grassroots non-profit working in Zimbabwe to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by educating young women and girls. We had a blast playing and listening to the other groups from the Kutandara Center where we are learning this beautiful instrument, the marimba.

Knob Mentality playing Kukaiwa

Next month I will be performing at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles on Feb. 2, at 1pm. It happens to be in the museum complex right across from my alma mater, USC. I am, to say the least a little excited. Please tell anyone you know who may be in the area to come. There will also be other performers for this African American History Month celebration, so this should be a great time for all.

I have a book signing and performance coming up at Barnes and Noble in Boulder on February 15th at 1pm in honor of African American History Month. I will sing, perform my poetry and even tap dance to illustrate how the arts contributes to the ability to meet, befriend and transcend life’s obstacles to find peace and joy! Please join me!

Okay, now check this out.
I kind of like this year’s number, 2014. Why?

Because I was born on 2/4.

So let me say it: This is gonna be MY year!


Have you ever said that? Right, then what happened?

New Years resolutions and statements like the above come with their own unwritten warnings and small print. You know the saying, ”People plan, and God laughs.” Of course, it is useful to plan, to decide what you want to accomplish and go for it. It is just that we live in this thing called life. And well, you know the other saying, “The best laid plans of mice and men.” I am sure we have all had our share of experiencing that, yet we can keep hope alive by saying, “Next year!!” which of course is now THIS YEAR. (Can you hear God laughing?)

Well, as my dad use to say, “Keep on livin’ an’ see what happens.” And Doris Day sang the famous words, “Que Sera, Sera, whatever will be will be, the future’s not ours to see, Que Sera, Sera.” This song won the Oscar for best song in the year of my birth,1956. What synchronicity!

So you see, it is already a very auspicious beginning for me (Okay, so I may be reaching a bit). Of course the word auspicious means conducive to success; favorable. But then, I am reminded of the words of Jesus saying, “I have come to announce the favorable year of our Lord.” This is an announcement of a new era, which we are still in; an era of personal liberation and freedom. An era where we are free to grow and become at our own pace, according to our own talents, skills and opportunities.

So, it appears it has actually been my year EVERY year. Karma, as well as the adage “What goes around comes around”, and The Golden Rule all have their say, also. So, where do you net out on all of this? How much control do you think you have over what happens in your year? And how do you tend to react and respond when things do not pan out like you have planned?

It seems, at the very least, that there is plenty of room for personal growth and spiritual development open to all of us, including perspectives on life that are increasingly more vast and expansive, and insights that take us into deeper understandings, if we are willing to go there and do the work.

I think the best statement I can make is that I plan to be open to Spirit’s leading while following through with the things to which I feel called. But what I know I have control of is how I AM in life. I have on my phone the words Be Love – Be beautiful. That is something I am committed to this year. Maybe if I stay more consciously aware of this commitment it will happen.  After all, POWER is spelled c-o-m-m-i-t-m-e-n-t.

What are you committed to this year?

Whatever it is, may you have Power For Life Now.


Be the Key

My mother use to find positive ways to encourage us when life got very demanding, and doors of opportunity didn’t open as easily as we wanted.

She would say, “If they won’t let you in… then let yourself in. Find the key – make the key – become the key… Then watch! They will come looking for you, because you’re the one with the key!

Gold key

And when they ask you, “How’d you do it?”… you can say, “I created myself!”

So, don’t look around. Look within. Don’t look down – look out. And then tell everybody else to… “Look out! ‘Cause here I come.”

Both mom and dad fed this kind of positive but real world wisdom to us constantly. It nourished my sisters and me in ways we couldn’t understand when we were younger, but now repeat to our own children.

My father’s wisdom when he was not in the pulpit delivering a sermon was more personal and very uplifting. He would say things like, “Be big about it.” Or, “Just keep livin’ and see what happens.”

Life was not always easy for them, but they found a way to pass on joy and the recognition of how special life and love and family are.

Recognizing the common encouragements from those who love us can go a long way toward helping us retain hope in life when things are not going our way.

Life’s ups and downs are as normal as the waves of the sea. But from another point of view, it is simply water, as life is simply… LIFE. And we have it. For that we can always give thanks.

There is love all around me… even from the flowers, trees, and the air I breathe.

Help me to remember that the world is created in love, even if it does not always seem so. When I experience life’s hardships, help me to hold on to the truth that love is all around me, and that it is and always will be the most powerful of all ways to heal.

May you have Power For Life Now!