Sharpettes and Annie Ruth’s Truths, December

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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Celebration

Festive event; To honor, praise
Like an acknowledgment with parties and joy.

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Annie Ruth & David Sharp
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?!”

A friend of Annie Ruth was planning a party. The friend was at least 20 years younger than Annie. She told Annie Ruth, who was now 81 years old, she was going to start at 7:00 pm, and hoped Annie and some of her other pals could come. Annie said she and the women she would bring were too old for 7:00 pm parties. She told her friend that she needed to be home before it got dark, and would be in bed by 9:00 pm. She suggested that if her friend really wanted her to be there, then she should start the party at 5:00 pm. “Five?!”, the friend exclaimed. “Yes,” Annie explained, with a wry smile. “That way we can come, even if we’re leaving while everyone else is coming.”

Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths, November

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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money
Money

Cash, currency; Tool of trading
Like drugs; helping needy… destroying greedy

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Annie Ruth & David Sharp
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?!”

I was telling Annie Ruth about a project that wasn’t attracting customers. It seems I had overpriced my services, and was telling mom about lowering the price.

Annie Ruth: “I told you it sounded like too much. Remember, it’s better to have airn than nairn.”

(Translation: It is better to have some than none… or, it’s better to have earnings than no earnings)

Sharpettes and 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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sing
Singer
One who croons songs; has vocal chops
Like a communicator through melody.

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Annie Ruth & David Sharp
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 called her brother-in-law to wish him a happy birthday. She sang a very joyous version over the telephone. Afterwards, Uncle Ray, who loves to mess with folk… said, “Uh, well, thanks for singing, Annie… but don’t quit your day job.” He started laughing, thinking he had ribbed her speechless.

But Annie Ruth, without hesitating even for a moment said, “This IS my day job!

It was Uncle Ray who was left speechless.

 

Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths, September

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

***

Abundance
More than enough; a rich supply
Like the sum of stars in a midnight sky…

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Annie Ruth & David Sharp
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, being the generous Great-grandmother, grandmother and mother she is, invited the kids, the grandkids and great-grandkids over for a dinner. She cooked up a storm… but no one came. They all had some reason or another. However, as life would have it, friends stopped by and of course they smelled the food and wondered if they could partake of Annie’s famed cooking. By the time everyone had come, eaten and left, there was hardly any food left if the relatives who had been invited inquired later in the evening or the next day.

Annie made a list of what she had cooked. The menu was: 2 skillets of cornbread, fried corn, cabbage, green beans and potatoes (mixed together), beef Rice-a-Roni, salad, candied yams, and okra.

When her son called from across the country and heard this story, he said, “Mom, I’m not use to you writing down what you cooked. Why did you make a written menu?” Annie Ruth responded, “I wrote it down to tell ‘em what they wouldn’t be getting.”

 

 

Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths, August

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

***

wine
Wine
Fermented fruit, Sipped and savored
Like love… made with time, passion and patience

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Annie Ruth & David Sharp
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… answering a friend’s query as to how she is doing: I’m fine as wine
and really on the ball…
No windows and no doors
just a hole in the wall.

(Now, the first two lines are easily understood. But the meaning of the last two lines? Your guess is as good as mine.)

 

 

 

Sharpettes and Annie Ruth’s Truths, July

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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hot dog people
Absurd

Foolish, silly; Nonsensical
Like attempting to reach the horizon…

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Annie Ruth & David SharpAnnie 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?!”

A hot dog vendor at a baseball game shouts, “Hey, hot dogs!… Hey, HOT DOGS!

Annie Ruth shouts back, “I don’t like hay hotdogs. I like meat in mine.”

Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths, June

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

***

inspirational card

Inspiring
Deeply moving, touching the soul
Like grand vistas, small miracles, and love

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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 Sharp
On Greeting Cards

David, shopping at the local Walgreens with Annie Ruth: “Mom, did you want to pick up some cards?

Annie Ruth: “I don’t pick up cards, I pick OUT cards.”

This was her way to start talking about how she enjoys buying greeting cards specific to the person and personality.

 

 

 

Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths, May

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

***

glass jar

Glass
See through sand; a clear beach
Like scorched earth becoming windows into life.

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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

Discussing a present I bought mom online for her 81st birthday… It was a jar of little notes, each in their own little envelope. There were 31 – she could open one each day and sort of make her birthday last a month. It was sent to her and arrived right on time. Since I only saw pictures of the gift I ordered I had a question for her:

Mom: Oh, David I love the gift you sent me! And I love the jar it came in.
David: Great. So, how tall is the jar?
Mom: Oh, I don’t know.
David: Well, is it a foot tall?
Mom: Who’s foot?

 

 

 

 

Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths, April

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

***

time

Time
Friend of the young, Foe of the old
Like champagne sipped from gold goblet with leak

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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

 

Leanin’ and Dependin’

Annie Ruth… 81 year’s young:
“In my younger years I was always standing straight and being independent. Now, I’m leanin’ and dependin.”

 

Sharpettes and Annie Ruth’s Truths, March

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

***

dog with bone

Dog
Can be best friend; Licks and slobbers
Like a loyal companion that’s always there.

 

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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


Daughter Celanese was lamenting about the amount of weight she needs to lose. Mom, Annie Ruth, sought to make her feel less stressed about it all, and told her to remember that, “Nobody likes a bone but a dog.”