On Top: High Heels

My response to this week’s photo challenge – on top. 

The wearer of these shoes didn’t know I was taking photographs!

These women topped off their special occasion with some fine-looking shoes.

Are you into comfort or style?

At a graduation

At a Graduation

At a New Year's Eve Party

At a New Year’s Eve Party


Showing her shoes to her friend in the restroom

Showing her shoes to her friend in the restroom





A Tribute to Kate Sarrami

Credit: Bing Images

Credit: Bing Images

Today’s post is dedicated to Kate Sarrami from Toronto, Canada.

Most pre-teens want to snuggle up in bed on a Sunday morning, especially on a cold Sunday morning, but not Kate. This morning, while most of us were still in the Land of Nod, Kate stood alongside her mother, my childhood friend with about 7,000 other participants to run the Toronto Yonge Street 10 K. Kate, the athletic 12-year-old could not resist the mother-daughter running challenge her mom proposed to her a couple of months ago.

It was a mere two degrees Celsius when they arrived at the starting point armed with their running attire, warm smiles,  and enthusiasm. The weather was no deterrent to Kate. She was pumped. It was her first official running event and she could hardly wait for the wave of runners ahead of her to step over the starting line. She was all ready to go…ready to hit the asphalt and to cross that finish line before her mama. She did! With a delightful smile on her face and joy in her heart, Kate crossed the finish line in 51 minutes and 34 seconds. As for her mom, she clocked in at 58:56.

Congratulations to Kate for her perseverance in her first running event! Hats off to Kate!

Photographer: R. Sarrami

Photographer: R. Sarrami


Sharon's Collage

Sharon’s Collage



Stress Happens!

“Take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.” ~ Frank Sinatra


Credit: Bing Images

Credit: Bing Images

Stress happens. For some, stress is an iron chain around the neck that keeps them immobile and for others it is simply an occurrence that they work through or doesn’t affect them at all. A personal example – my mom wears the chain and my dad does not even know the word!

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness month? I didn’t until a few days ago. What is one of the biggest stressors in my life? Change. I like to say that I embrace change, but that is not entirely accurate. I often deny and fight it before accepting it. How do I manage my stress? Here are a few things I do in no particular order…

  • Talk to a friend
  • Read – book, article, blog posts etc.
  • Go for a walk
  • Count my blessings
  • Eat something sweet
  • Take deep breaths
  • Cry
  • Find something to laugh about
  • Look at my photo albums or my digital photos on my computer
  • Write
  • Express and show gratitude
  • Remind myself that each day is a gift – it is made up of dual experiences
  • Give myself a pep talk
  • Make a declaration such as, “today I am going to have a great day”
  • Accept that changes are necessary shifts in life. Shift happens!

How do you handle stress that comes your way?

Have a stress-free week!

Manhattan sunset