Return to Me


Who is king of your heart?

A Valentine poem in case your Prince Charming doubts…

Return often and take me,

beloved sensation, return and take me —

when the memory of the body awakens,

and old desire again runs through the blood;

when the lips and skin remember,

and the hands feel as if they touch again.

Return often and take me at night,

when the lips and the skin remember.

Return by CP Cavafy (translated by Rae Dalven)

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or best Valentine gift ever.







© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947

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Glamour Portraits of the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother

The Fountain of Age

Age is an issue of mind over matter.

If you don’t mind, it does’t matter.

Mark Twain


From Betty Friedan’s classic “The Fountain of Age”:

The insistence on seeing themselves as young, the denial of age, is the crux of psychological troubles in older men and women.  The changes that age brings are so basic and so numerous that sometimes old defenses and solutions no longer silence the new kinds of anxieties that come with them.

However, even in tasks that demand the muscular strength easier to come by in youth, qualities that may emerge with age–wisdom born of experience, freedom from youthful competitive compassion, cooperation, empathy–can more than compensate for whatever losses that come with age.  The real liberation of age is the amazing lightness and solidity of no longer feeling the need to prove oneself to be the best, to outdo the others, to compete–and of being able to fail.

Powerful Goddess Gina Bonati shares, “I am so pleased with what my body is doing in your pictures.  It is a good, lithe, and strong dancer’s body I thought i had lost!  I am discovering dance again and identify with what I see–the truth that I see and the truth that I sometimes do not see.  Sometimes it is buried, sometimes invisible, sometimes it has seemingly died.  But as these photographs show me, not yet, and maybe, just maybe, not ever.”

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© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947

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Glamour Portraits of the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother


Being Thankful

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.

Gladys Browyn Stern

For those who don’t care for turkey, how about a more unique fine feathered friend?

While cozying with my daughter in bed this evening, she mused, “I must have done something good in my past life to have the family that I have today.”  How did she get so wise, so young?   I tell her everyday how lucky I am to have her and my thoughts meander to how richly blessed I am by the women who generously share their beauty and stories here, by blog readers who add sunshine to my days with happy comments, by family, friends and clients who support and inspire me in countless ways.    Your praise and appreciation for my art feeds my soul and warms my heart!   THANK YOU deeply, truly, sweetly!



Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share whom you are thankful for.

p.s.  Extra special thanks to a most thoughtful blog fan, Mountain, who shared this poem of gratitude.  They say when you see “Anonymous” or “Author Unknown,” it usually means a woman wrote it.   (And as my daughter likes to add with the drama of suspense learned from mystery theater, “OR IS IT?!”)

Be thankful you don’t already have all that you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

Author Unknown

© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947

Portraits of the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother


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