Power For Life Now, August newsletter

I hope you are all enjoying your summer!

cloud headThis month’s Tap Into Transformation was about breathing out. It is what summer vacation is all about. But sometimes even on vacation we don’t relax, what with all the running around many do in order to see the sites and take in the tourist attractions. Jeannine and I took the theme of Breathing Out and used the song “Sigh” by world artist Praful. It is a beautiful instrumental that musically communicates what it feels like to truly breathe out deeply… and relax.

We had our participants stretch out their muscles first… take deep breaths, and slowly release. We used the tap sounds to tap into those places we need to breathe out in our minds, hearts, souls… and body! After a meal together, which is another way to breathe out in community, we took our time and drew pictures of what it feels like to relax and let go for a while our responsibilities, jobs, duties, issues, worries… and just BE. It was a beautiful experience that I think will stay with us all for some time.

August also brought a wonderful experience of African music our way. Or, I should say we went to go experience it – in Oregon, of all places! Jeannine and I attended ZIMFEST, a weekend of Zimbabwean music. It was held at Western Oregon University. wou - 3

We took classes, listened to concerts and communed with the teachers, students and participants who came to play, learn and share the joy of the Zimbabwean people. Jeannine’s marimba group, Titandare, played in an afternoon concert. CLICK HERE to listen.

I took a Hosho Class. It may look like a simple instrument to play, but can be as complex as you want it, depending on your hearing ability to pick up rhythms and make them so that it fits with what is played by the other musicians.

I learned the process of making these amazing instruments. It takes weeks and months. The gourds have to be picked, dried (which takes many weeks), scooped out, dipped, filled, etc. before they are ready to become part of the music-making world. I took to the instrument so well (kind of tap dancing with the hands) that Jeannine surprised me by gifting me with some as part of our fourth anniversary celebration, which happened to be in the same week.

Being in Oregon was truly wonderful gift. The Oregon coast is gorgeous! We drove from Cannon Beach to Newport. Here are a couple of pics for your enjoyment.

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Wherever your summer has taken you… even if you had a Stay-cation, I hope you have had the opportunity to breathe out some.

And as always,

May you have Power For Life Now!
David

 

 

Wise Guy

wisdom 2Someone called me a wise man recently. It was a childhood friend who was introducing me to someone. It felt strange to be called a wise man, though I am 60 years old and hope I have at least some wisdom. But I don’t think of myself as a wise man. I do think of myself as a man who seeks to be wise; so, why wouldn’t I, at some point become a wise man or at least think I may be?

Probably because I can point out any number of mistakes; current and past; and because I know there are more to come. Probably because I have been in situations where another needed help and I had no clue what to say or do. Probably because I never feel like I know enough. Maybe I am wise but am not wise enough to know I’m wise. Maybe it’s not wise to think of oneself as a wise man… you know, what with pride and all.

I think of myself as lots of other things, and even know that I am those things, including being smart. But wisdom is an achievement beyond mere smarts. Even geniuses are not wise just because they are super smart. And children can exhibit great wisdom though they have relatively little life experience.

So where does wisdom come from?

Wisdom comes from God as a gift of grace. It engages knowledge to a certain extent but surpasses it. It is said that Solomon was the wisest man in the world. When God asked him what he wanted, he said he wanted wisdom. God responded that because he asked for wisdom before anything else, all else would come.

Wisdom waits for us to call upon insight from the divine world.

wisdom pic 1It is hearing spiritual guidance and following it. It involves trusting God’s revelation within us. Wisdom goes beyond calculating mere facts and possibilities. It accesses vision that is deep and expansive. It sees eternal truths and applies them to immediate circumstances.

Wisdom can come from anyone who is willing to see beyond the mere surface of things. And it can come in the form of humor, the arts, or personal life experience shared in conversation. I have taken to collecting bits of wisdom found in the witty sayings that come through my own mother. They are contained in Annie Ruth’s Truths, which are folk humor and witty comments that often lend themselves to deep truths. You can find some of them here on the website. My father, a minister, shared wisdom in a more serious manner. His Sunday sermons were well thought out and shared with deep caring and gravitas.

I find that when I do say something one might call wise, I am grateful. Gratitude is the proper response to wisdom. That, along with humility keeps the door open for more to come through.

However we grow in wisdom, and however much we grow, I am reminded of my grandmother’s saying about maturity and transformation… “I’m not what I want to be. I’m not what I ought to be. But thank God, I’m not what I was!”

Now that is a wise thing to say.

May you have Power For Life Now!
David

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

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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.)

 

 

 

Tap Into Transformation, August

COME AND TAP DANCE!

JOIN US FOR FUN, FOOD AND FRIENDSHIP

TAP INTO TRANSFORMATION


This month’s theme:
 

BREATHE OUT

Summer is a time to breathe out and relax. Come enjoy an uplifting evening as we breathe out the yearnings of our souls and tap dance to the inspiring sounds of Praful’s world music hit, “Sigh.”

We will teach you tap steps
WE PROVIDE TAP SHOES! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

Come join husband and wife tap dancers Jeannine Goode-Allen and David Sharp in their gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio.

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To Reserve Tickets:
1-888-612-8189
Or online at: www.viriditasllc.com

$25.00 At the door
$20.00 Online
$5.00 Discount for students
Ticket includes dinner

 

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.”

Power For Life Now, June newsletter

Greetings,

The June Tap Into Transformation event went off without a hitch, as we accessed our theme… BOLDNESS. Jeannine and I taught a great routine to the classic song, Mack the Knife. After a break to eat, we played a game of Sharpettes. This time Jeannine and I picked 10 people we considered BOLD, wrote Sharpettes for them, and had our participants try and guess them. Here are four of them. I “borrowed” (copied and pasted) them from Jeannine’s newsletter. Thanks honey!


_____?____
Moonstruck actress, I got you babe
Like a singing diva with outrageous clothes.


______?_____
A futbol star, Brazilian joy
Like a wizard, kicking spectacular goals.

And now two more without the pictures.

_____?_____
Prime Minister, British leader
Like an Iron Lady leading the way.

_____?_____
Crossbow in hand, yodeling strong
Like an alpine guy shooting apples off heads.

After several years of being asked off and on whether I teach tap dancing, I have now started teaching again. Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm are beginning classes. Tuesdays at 5:30 pm is an intermediate class. And Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:45 am is set for youth classes.

I am also hosting a camp in July! It is for youth ages 8-13, and is a unique offering of tap dance, acting and performance fun with theater games and such; plus educational games and toys, and success skills for the classroom and beyond! Click on this link to check it out on my web page. http://bit.ly/InnertainmentJuly

Finally, as the summer heats up, may you burn boldly and bright within your own being, shining your love into our world.

And may you have Power For Life, Now!
David

Coincidence vs. Synchronicity

There are coincidences, and then there are synchronicities. A coincidence is pretty much contained in the word…. co – incident. Something that happens at the same time as something else. There is no deep meaning to it (at least as one can figure) and seems random. However, a synchronicity is when something happens that aligns with another happening as a way one can see a connection that binds the two in some way. It is much deeper in meaning than a “mere” coincidence. It can act as a sign, a guide, an affirmation, or a confirmation in one’s life… if… you can see the synchronicity.
 

Now, there is the synchronicity of my wife Jeannine speaking what I think. It happens so often, it is clear it is not just coincidence. I will be thinking something, and she will say it, perhaps 5-15 seconds after I have thought it. Why didn’t I say it? Who knows? Why does she say it? Who knows? But invariably I will then tell her, “I just thought that!” And she will give me a knowing look and say, “There are no private thoughts.”

interracial-couple

 

Now, moving on… I recently received a Father’s Day letter from my mom. I didn’t know it because it was a week past Father’s Day. I got the mail, saw she had sent me an envelope, and I put the mail on the kitchen counter. I had wanted to watch a show I taped, so I made an ice cream cone and plopped myself down to be entertained. I had not made an ice cream cone in almost a year and had forgotten we even had ice cream cones. After the show, I opened my mother’s envelope and there was a $100.00 check plus a $1.00 bill with the attached note to the bill that said, “Have an ice cream cone or two!!” Love Mom, Happy Belated Father’s Day. So, this was not just coincidence… it was much too co-ordinated. But what could be the deeper meaning of a simple ice cream cone note? That energy moves beyond its borders and affects us in subtle ways. Would I have had an ice cream cone had I not touched the envelope? Did the energy of the note make its way into my consciousness and “communicate” to me though I hadn’t opened it yet? What do you think?

Obama ice cream

Lastly, I was recently doing yard work, and had some small plant clippers I used to cut back some vines. I gathered up the vines and bagged them. Then I went back to cut more, and could not find my cutters. I look all over, and they were not to be found. I went into the garage and found another cutting tool. I said to myself, “Well, I am sure they will turn up.” The next morning, I woke up, and went to make a cup of coffee. Out the window I spotted a robin hunting for food. I had seen this robin on many occasions, hunting in our yard. But I had never seen it where it was now. It was standing on the play structure, on the base wood about a foot off of the ground. It was just standing there. I found myself curious and went for a closer look as to what it was doing. As I got closer to the window, it hopped off and landed… right next to the cutter I had misplaced! How I could have missed that yesterday I do not know. But there it was in plain sight… shown to me by… a bird!? So, coincidence or synchronicity?

garden shears    robin

 
I have experienced life being more synchronistic as I continue to open myself to spiritual growth. The sensitivity to Holy Spirit’s guidance, signs, and messages is not contained in only one mode of communication. The creator can use all of creation to speak to us… and does. Hence the challenge of Jesus is clear when he said, Let those who have the eyes to see, see… and the ears to hear, hear.
 
May you have Power For Life, Now!
David

Tap Into Transformation, July

Husband and wife tap dancers Jeannine Goode-Allen & David Sharp
present a community tap dance event

TAP INTO TRANSFORMATION

firework

This month’s theme:

DON’T BELIEVE ME JUST WATCH!

Join us for fun, food and friendship at our gorgeous studio in North Boulder.

Friday, July 1, 2016, 7:00 pm

Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65

Boulder, CO 80304

Tickets: 
$25.00 – At the door
$20.00 – Purchased online
($5.00 Discount for students)

Ticket includes dinner

For tickets call: 1-888-612-8189
Online at: www.viriditasllc.com

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

We will teach you tap steps… and we provide tap shoes for both men and women!

Prepare to have an absolute blast!

 

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

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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.

 

 

 

Tap Into Transformation, June

COME AND TAP DANCE!
JOIN US FOR FUN, FOOD AND FRIENDSHIP

TAP INTO TRANSFORMATION
This month’s theme:

 

BOLDNESS

June 3, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 pm
At the Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

 

Come step into your boldness as we tap dance to one of the iconic songs of our times! You will smile, laugh and stomp your feet while feeling the joy of dancing to great music while creating rhythms with your feet.

We will teach you tap steps…
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY… AND WE PROVIDE TAP SHOES!

Come join husband and wife tap dancers Jeannine Goode-Allen and David Sharp in their gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio.

DS, JGA tap image

Click image above to view video.

To Reserve Tickets: 1-888-612-8189
Or online at: www.viriditasllc.com

$20 General Admission
$15.00 Students