The Daughter of Disco


I had plastic surgery last week.

I cut up my credit cards.

Henry Youngman

When I asked what era she would love to relive, this Goddess was clear:  the 80’s and Studio 54.   Oh, the glamour, the music, the costumes, the parties full of high hopes and high living!  Studio 54 was a Manhattan cocoon that bred a relatively sheltered party world before paparazzi, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook made celebrities too paranoid to mingle.   What used to be an enclave for dressing differently to say “Look at me!” is now drowned out by reality TV.

I love how this Goddess is an open book freely relating her evolving life adventures, her fierce love for her puppy, and her faith in medical miracles to enhance a woman’s looks.    I love a woman who survives tough times yet prevails with a kind and open heart as she reinvents herself.   From constant all night partying in her youth, she is pleased with her very simple nightlife now:   watching TV and sleeping early.  After undergoing a procedure early this year, she ‘s thrilled to see her how these portraits have turned out “Beyond amazing!”  Well aware that other women can judge us harshly for the choices we make, this Goddess has no illusions and says, “Nothing you do to change your face and body will change how you feel inside.”

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share what makes you feel happy already.

© Sharon Birke
Text 201 697 1947
Photography for the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother
Makeup by Wendy Boiardi

Women Of A Dangerous Age

If you do what you’ve always done,

you’ll get what you’ve always got.

Mark Twain

I love this Goddess for owning her life like a rock star, paving her own path of adventure, and saying “Yes!” to possibilities as often as she can.  She is vibrant, sensuous, and comfortable in the full ripeness of her being–having made peace with her fears along the way.  She is great inspiration for those of us who doubt our desires instead of embracing what gives us joy and pleasure.  Growing in age brings us many gifts of wisdom, not the least of which are self-confidence, self-love, and self-acceptance.

Writing her novel “Women of a Dangerous Age” made Fanny Blake realize how safe her own life was:  My life was getting predictable.  Dull, even.  I tend to follow the same routines and avoid what frightens me.  I’ve convinced myself I can’t wear dresses, self-conscious about having big boobs.  My major hurdle was accepting what I saw in the mirror.  Where had the younger, slimmer woman I still carried in my head gone?  My habit of wearing the same styles meant I was holding on to the past instead of making the most of the present.  “Take some risks, step out of your comfort zone,” advised my friends.  So we made a list –and I promised to try them all.

Fill in these blanks:

1. I want to stop…

2. I can’t…

3. I can’t imagine anything worse than…

4. I could dress better if…

5. The phone call I’ve been putting off…

6. What scares me…

And click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share your “Yes” moments.

© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947

Photography for the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother


A Certain Peace

A poem for wives and lovers by Nikki Giovanni

featuring Powerful Goddess Gina Bonati

it was very pleasant
not having you around
this afternoon
not that i don’t love you
and want you and need you
and love loving and wanting and needing you

but there was a certain peace
when you walked out the door
and i knew you would do something
you wanted to do
and i could run
a tub full of water

and not worry about answering the phone
for your call
and soak in bubbles
and not worry whether you would want something
special for dinner
and rub lotion all over me
for as long as i wanted
and not worry if you had a good idea
or wanted to use the bathroom

and there was a certain excitement
when after midnight you came home
and we had coffee

and i had a day of mine
that made me as happy
as yours did you

© Sharon Birke

Text 201 697 1947

Photography for the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother

Angels Among Us

I feel that there is an angel inside me

whom I am constantly shocking.

Jean Cocteau


“What if I don’t like any of my pictures?,” this Goddess asked when she hired me.   She had never liked any photo taken of her in her entire life and was happily surprised–paying me the highest compliment 😉 –when she just had to bring home so many of my photos from her shoot.  She swears every woman should give this experience to herself!

This Goddess dedicates her photo shoot to her favorite angels–her beloved mother and sister.  She holds them close to her heart and not a day goes by that she doesn’t wish they weren’t an ocean away.

She tells me her mom is the most elegant woman who takes great pleasure in dressing up.  On one of their shopping adventures years ago, they found a vision in white silk they couldn’t resist.  This dress sat in the back of her closet patiently waiting to see the light until this moment!   And what a perfect complement to the pearl necklace her mom had given her on her wedding day.  Almost two decades later, these pearls are as timeless and ageless as the angel they adorn here…

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to honor those who bless your life greatly…

© Sharon Birke

Let’s celebrate the angels in your life today!

201 697 1947

Photography for the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother


Ban That Book

Adam wanted the apple only because it was forbidden.

The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent…

then he would have eaten the serpent.

Mark Twain

Who knew this was Banned Books Week?  Who knew some of today’s popular classics were initially shunned?  And how interesting that negative attention and censorship only whets our appetite and enthusiasm (and sales) for whatever is forbidden.

These authors knew how to let judgement slide with humor, if not grace:

J.K. Rowling on accusations that Harry Potter promotes Satanism:

“A very famous writer once said, ‘A book is like a mirror. If a fool looks in, you can’t expect a genius to look out.’ People tend to find in books what they want to find. And I think my books are very moral. I know they have absolutely nothing to do with what this lady is writing about, so I’m afraid I can’t give her much help there.”

Mark Twain to his editor on the Concord Public Library banning The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885:

“Apparently, the Concord library has condemned Huck as ‘trash and only suitable for the slums.’ This will sell us another twenty-five thousand copies for sure!”

And to a librarian on the Brooklyn Public Library’s ban on the same book in 1905:

“I am greatly troubled by what you say. I wrote ‘Tom Sawyer’ & ‘Huck Finn’ for adults exclusively, & it always distressed me when I find that boys and girls have been allowed access to them. The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean. I know this by my own experience, & to this day I cherish an unappeased bitterness against the unfaithful guardians of my young life, who not only permitted but compelled me to read an unexpurgated Bible through before I was 15 years old. None can do that and ever draw a clean sweet breath again on this side of the grave.”

Harper Lee in a 1966 letter to the Hanover County School Board in Virginia after they banned To Kill a Mockingbird from school libraries state-wide:

“Surely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that To Kill a Mockingbirdspells out in words of seldom more than two syllables a code of honor and conduct, Christian in its ethic, that is the heritage of all Southerners. To hear that the novel is ‘immoral’ has made me count the years between now and 1984, for I have yet to come across a better example of doublethink. I feel, however, that the problem is one of illiteracy, not Marxism. Therefore I enclose a small contribution to the Beadle Bumble Fund that I hope will be used to enroll the Hanover County School Board in any first grade of its choice.”

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share your forbidden favorites.

Sharon Birke

201 697 1947

Photography for the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother


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