Hope Springs in Maine

Never waste any amount of time doing anything important

when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under! 

C. Joy Bell C.

Hubby and I watched the movie “Hope Springs” after our family drive to Maine–no, not for Dr. Bernie’s couch. 😉  My mom will certainly need a big box of tissues watching Meryl Streep struggle to assert herself after years of submission to a self-absorbed and stubborn husband.  Who doesn’t want to be treated like a queen and spared counting pennies?  Who doesn’t want a husband who looks deeply into your eyes and listens with the heart when he holds you in his arms?  Who hasn’t had to learn that we may or may not want to make things work out after we sail off with Prince Charming into the sunset?

Among the inspiring women I met in Maine are Kim and Denise, proud new owners of the most beautiful epicurean haven (http://EventideSpecialties.com) in Boothbay Harbor, ME.  Their faith in the vision they nurtured for so long helped them move past the fears of “What if?” and keep moving one foot in front of the other towards making their dream come true.  While holding down full time jobs elsewhere, they painted and set up the entire store themselves in happy bright green and maroon–colors that make you grin as you sample their international selection of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  Kim’s mom, Mimi, is a Powerful Goddess extraordinaire with her cheerful smile and curls, tirelessly helping around the store when she’s not doing the laundry for a nearby inn.   These women are vital and active in defining their own success, radiating joy where they have to be.  They are divine role models who show me the power of hope and living with purpose, that we can create our own happy ever after at any age.

Here are photos from our vacation.  I would have loved to share rafting photos, too, but my hands were busy rowing and hanging on for dear life through Level 3/4 whitewater on the Kennebec River–a “must do” family adventure!

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to add you favorite family destinations around Maine and the East Coast.

Denise, Mimi and Kim at Eventide Epicurean Specialties in Boothbay Harbor, ME


Even the monarchs whisper, “Follow your bliss!”

“A Buck A Shuck” Oysters on Saturday nights at

Boothbay Lobster Wharf in Boothbay Harbor, ME

I’m alive and well after eating 4 dozen in 3 days–in a month without an “r.”

After whitewater on the Kennebec River, a relatively tame day on kayaks.

“Monkey C Monkey Do” in Wiscasset, ME for family adventure trapeze obstacle course and ziplines

The view of golf greens, yachts, sky and ocean from the pool at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME

Sunsets that take your breath away and inspire…

… to be the light where you are!

Hurray  for summer!

© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947


Photography for the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mountain
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 01:56:03

    This weeks photos are so fun and so peaceful. Can’t choose a favorite this week, you did it again, Sharky! I can see myself sitting at that harbor enjoying the sunset and having a lobster (my favorite) dinner and a beer with someone very special. You had me laughing out loud with the oyster comment and the photo of that poor man working his fingers to the bone because Sharky Birke has lunch reservations; four dozen?….really?!!

    The family road trip. That brings back some very fun memories. I have been to many places in this country and some in Canada but not that far north east. I do have a very faint recollection of Niagara Falls but either I was very young or I just dreamed it. Thank you Birke family for sharing your vacation road-trip. I will make it a point to see some of those sites someday, less THREE dozen oysters of course. 😉

    After that build-up I now have a movie to see….”Hope Springs”, Meryl Streep always gives wonderful performances.

    Have a restful Labor Day weekend,



    • Powerful Goddess Photography
      Sep 02, 2012 @ 12:30:32

      I admit eating 2 dozens in one sitting was an “accounting error.” We had dined at regular restaurants where the standard oyster order is for 6 pieces. By the time we found this place, I automatically ordered 2 not realizing it me ant 2 dozens here. Of course, being a mom who doesn’t want to waste good food, I had to eat them all–and never again for awhile.

      Enjoy Meryl, Mountain!


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