Because pencil sharpening is a significant part of my life: Ticonderoga pencils sharpen and endure better than other pencils.
Because sharp is great for pencils, but not voices: it’s hard to have an edge to your voice if you are holding your eyes soft. (Try it: no matter how frustrated and sleep deprived you feel, if you soften your eyes before you talk, it’ll make you sound like Mr. Rogers.)
Because some of my sharp friends realized this and I’ve learned from them: every potluck needs a way for people to grab their favorite leftovers. Be the awesome person who brings zip bags.