iPhone 5 Connection

Middle age:  When you’re sitting at home on Saturday night and

the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you.  

Ogden Nash

I toast the iPhone 5 after Apple conveniently made my iPhone 3 email inoperable since the spring.  Most days I wish all the nerds of the world would take an extended vacation so I can catch up on popular apps like Instagram and Camera Awesome.

My kids threaten to stage a rebellion, claiming that I deprive them their basic human rights of owning a laptop and cellphone–“like every other normal kid.”  I threaten to send them to Ethiopia so they know what having nothing really means.  Yes, I do enjoy the quiet in the house when one has the iPad, the other is on the big computer, and the third has the DVD player.  I get a blank stare when I talk about the value of silence or boredom and moments of reflection.   Who needs to mull over feelings, yearnings and imagination these days?

The budding lawyer among them insists this is their future:  constantly occupied by electronics, restless unless hooked onto something wired or wireless.  To me it eerily looks like people living in one roof but inhabiting separate worlds, rushing through meals to finish the next level of Minecraft, oblivious to blue skies and lovely weather outside when lost in another video.   I sound like an old fossil missing the good old days where gatherings didn’t involve scrambling for our phones at every ping and chime.  My early bird husband’s alarm clock jars me out of many sweet dreams even on weekends. There’s no escape from the teeth gritting drone of landscaper’s leaf blowers at all hours of the day.   We are outnumbered by gadgets that rattle the nervous system constantly then we wonder why the rise of nervous and attention disorders?  How are we to nurture our skill for commitment and sustained attention?   Multi-tasking and efficiency in going through our To Do lists are all consuming.  Are we in our list somewhere?

I keep  my cellphone ringer off whenever possible which would make me a very lousy doctor on call.  When I roll out of bed, I have to wrestle with my hand to stop it from instinctively reaching for the iPhone to check messages.  It takes effort to persuade myself to begin my day by sitting quietly and listening to my inner ramblings.  It is a daily struggle to remember that my most important business is to connect with my Self first.

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share how you stay in touch with the person on your end of the line.

© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947

www.PowerfulGoddess.com

Photography for the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother

 Katrina Amato styled by Just Rosy
Makeup : Tomoko Miyamoto
Hair : Yulitzin Alvarez Funes

Woman of Courage


Pain nourishes courage.

You can’t be brave if you’ve only had 

wonderful things happen to you.

Mary Tyler Moore

This bubbly Goddess with her playful curves and glorious head of silver had to look herself straight in the eye to arrive at a difficult professional decision.  She got me thinking about what it takes for courage to overcome fear.

“So many of the models of courage we teach boys and girls are about slaying the dragon, to kill,”  author Riane Eisler wrote, “It’s a courage born out of fear, anger, and hate.  But there’s this other kind of courage:  the courage to risk your life, not in war, not in battle, not out of fear… but out of love and a sense of injustice that has to be challenged.  It takes far more courage to challenge unust authority without violence than it takes to kill all the monsters in all the stories told to children about the meaning of bravery.”

Katherine Martin in “Women Of Courage”:

We lose much when women summarily dismiss their brave acts because they don’t measure up to a narrow definition of traditional courage.  Courage is not about climbing unscaleable mountains, crossing unfordable rivers, flying to unreasonable heights.  Courage is a matter of the heart, a coming home to myself as a woman.  Not a woman trying to be gutsy like a man.

A life of courage is not a single strike but a series of events, an accumulation of dared moments.  It is a constant stretching into places demanding an uncompromised stance.  Courage is magnificent in this way.  It changes us–gives us presence, makes us humble.  It is being emotionally available and authentic even in the glaring light of fame, being less afraid to make mistakes, more eager to see what I’m made of, to seek out challenge and not settle for mediocrity.

Courage can be a fragile, vulnerable thing, a quiet moment.  It can be a deep look into our souls, a stillness with our divinity.  It can be found in the exhalation of love.  In the speaking of truth.  In forgiving and the making of peace.

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share an act of courage you haven’t acknowledged as such.

© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947

www.PowerfulGoddess.com

Photography for the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother

xoxox

120 Years of Vogue

I don’t believe in fashion.

I believe in costume.

Life is too short to be same person every day.

Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door

Here’s a fashion editorial style shoot inspired by Vogue, known for arresting images that make eyes stop and hearts thrill to desires.   The book commemorating its 120th anniversary, “The Editor’s Eye,” is a tribute to eight remarkable women who determined the faces that became icons of various eras and the direction of fashion’s forward movement through their reign as Vogue editors.  These women have turned quirky performers like Barbra Streisand and Cher into style stars, the waifish Twiggy as a celebrity, Patti Hansen into the golden goddess next door.  They created the rise of supermodels Cindy, Naomi, Linda, Christy, marrying art and imagination on glossy pages with productions resembling the scale and ambition of films in recent years.

The challenges of bringing together a variety of talents and personalities are all worth magical moments of collaboration that produce unforgettable images transcending generations.

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share your favorite iconic Vogue photo(s).

© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947

www.PowerfulGoddess.com

Photography for the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother

xoxox

The Art of Seduction

To love oneself is

the beginning of a lifelong romance.

Oscar Wilde

What I love about Kitty Cavalier’s NYC School of Charm and Cheek is that it uses the Art of Seduction to bring fun women together and, more importantly, to teach you the value of seducing your own delicious self!  Drawing from the pain she endured from a lifetime of learning to make peace with her body, Kitty birthed classes that help every woman transform her own perception of whatever shape, age and size she’s in.  Kitty writes:

All of us can use a little peek at how to  use the art of seduction in our day to day life.  Why?  None of us has been taught how to use this as a way to add more pleasure and success to our existence.  When we hear the word “seduction”, our minds instantly go to manipulation and sex.  But seduction is not just something that occurs between lovers.  True seduction is a way of making life itself your lover, and committing to the truest, most everlasting marriage you will ever have – the Divine as it expresses itself through you.

Kitty’s class Seduction is a Spiritual Practice resumes next week in NYC:  www.KittyCavalier.com.

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share what or who has helped you love what you’ve got.

© Sharon Birke

Let’s photograph the seductress in you!

201 697 1947

www.PowerfulGoddess.com

Photography for the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother

xoxox

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