Enough Coffee, Tea and Milk!

Why is Santa so jolly?

He knows where

all the bad girls live.

George Carlin


What could happen if we all decided to be naughty and leave Santa champagne instead of the usual milk and cookies?  He’d probably lose his love handles, run Rudolph ragged on a wild joyride, and mix up the addresses of our chimneys. Nothing wrong with any of that–worst case, we just might end up finding better gifts under the tree!

Whether you’re traveling (with reindeers) or not, enjoy nibbling on these happy holiday travel treats:

Quick research. If you need an urgent answer or information re your destination, use Twitter as a de facto customer service line for travel companies and hotels.

Get a room upgrade. Be a loyal brand customer, be nice to front desk agents at check in and say “Thank you!” via social media after a great stay.

Tip generously.  At a crowded bar, get attentive service the rest of the evening by tipping generously with your first round of drinks.

Pack these Apps. Viber to call/text globally where there’s Wi-Fi and avoid roaming charges.  Lonely Planet Fast Talk to search by situation or look up local words/phrases. XE Currency for international exchange rates. MPassport to find accredited doctors near you.

Volunteer vacations. Give back while on holiday with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, Globe Aware Volunteers, Habitat for Humanity, or Earthwatch.

For a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities for  your teens: Transitions Abroad

Travel insured. Tip the scales in your favor with Berkshire Hathaway’s Aircare.  At a fixed rate of $25 purchased 24 hours before your departure. this travel insurance offers generous compensation for flight/bag delays and missed connections.

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to add your travel tips for Santa and have the merriest Ho-Ho-Ho’s wherever you go!







© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947



Glamour Portraits of the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother

Stole N Moments


A garden to walk in and

immensity to dream in–

what more could a woman ask?

A few flowers at her feet and above her the stars.

Victor Hugo


This Powerful Goddess tells me she’s been catching her forehead wrinkled too often lately: short tempered and tired from  keeping up with the never ending shoulds of work and home, nagging kids who turn deaf when plugged into their computers, unseen by a husband happy in his cocoon of all work and no play. Her oft repeated stories of discontent have finally bored her–never mind her friends and family.  She declared, “Enough of the blues!”

“But wait!” I asked, “What if we let the blues help tell your whole story?” Aren’t our joys made greater by the distance we rise from our depths?  The fire inside her refuses to be dulled by the gray of routine and obligation.  So there!   A passionate pop of orange with a warm furry stole thrown in.

“Do I really look this good?” she wanted to know.  Only if you take a moment to remember all the parts of who you are!

It is always humbling to witness the Goddess in a woman come out to play and shine through a life affirming lens.  Oh, how she blooms with praise, how she looks infinitely younger as she enjoys herself fully  in the moment!  I feel so blessed to give a woman a glimpse of the fabulousness she takes for granted in her day to day.

No matter how gray the winter, this gardener of her own soul digs deep and blooms in her own garden of delight.

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share what helps you through your winters of discontent.







Sharon Birke

201 697 1947



Glamour Portraits of the Goddess in Every Woman

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