Pink ribbons are often affiliated with all things "girly"…pretty little hair ribbons for baby girls or embellishments for gift wrapping.  Today, pink ribbons have taken on a whole new meaning as the national symbol for Breast Cancer Awareness. The month of October is nationally known as "National Breast Cancer Awareness Month".

Even if you google "pink ribbons", the top searches generated are the Breast Cancer pink ribbon symbol versus actual pink ribbons.   Separate and aside from the "symbolism" of the pink ribbon is the meaning that it has to someone that has endured breast cancer and for those fortunate enough to have survived. 
One of those people is my sister, Patti.  A breast cancer survivor of 15 years.  Praise the Lord!

I remember the day when she shared the news with me.  My heart sank.  A healthy mother of three young children whose world was rocked after an annual mammogram.  As if that wasn't enough, our mother was also battling cancer at that time.  During this trying time, these extraordinary women remained focused on the needs of their family instead of themselves.  
They kept life moving.

So what's the moral of this story?  Life can change literally on a heart beat.  
Many recite this philosophy but how many really live by it?   If we truly lived it, our actions would be different.

We would stop holding grudges and work towards rebuilding healthy relationships.
Traysays translation:  Act your age!  Put your big girl pants on or man up and say your sorry!  
Some would rather not speak to others for an extended period of time as opposed to resolving quickly in a peaceful manner.
Precious time wasted over trivial things.

We would lift others up instead of tearing them down.
Traysays translation:  None of us are perfect. We all have our quirks.  Focus on the good qualities of that person and why they are part of your life. 

We would put the needs of loved ones first instead of always focusing on our own needs and wants.
Traysays translation:   We need to mean it when we say "Let me know if you need anything"  or "I'm here, if you need me".
Oftentimes, we make these statements conditionally. In other words, I will only be there for you when it's convenient for me. 
There's never a convenient time for a tough time.

We would spend more time being positive as opposed to focusing on the negative.
Traysays translation:  Look at the glass half full instead of half empty.  Our cups runneth over much more than we probably realize.

We would ask God to search our hearts and set us on the straight and narrow path.
Traysays translation:  God sees our hearts.  A clear conscience is priceless.

Life can change literally on a heart beat.  May our actions speak louder than words.

Pink Ribbon on White Door
Shelter Island, NY  2014
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, 
the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1
Sky, Sun, Sea, Surf and Sand
Cape May, NJ   2015
I prefer to keep my photos in their true form without photoshopping, etc.
However, I couldn't resist adding an oil paint filter to this photo of a seagull flying over the Jersey shore.  It makes the mood of the photo that more dramatic.
A good day in Cape May.
This weekend marks the last official weekend of Summer.  
While it may seems a bit of bummer, there's something to be said for entering a new season.
New seasons are like fresh starts and bring a sense of "newness".

New seasonal fruits and veggies become available.  Homemade apple pie anyone?

Trees change their wardrobe taking on new bold colors.

The sun shifts and its warmth provides a different perspective.
I named this photograph "Tower Shadows" because of the two vertical shadows prominently displayed in the photo.  
They represent an eery reminder of the former Twin Towers.  Truth be told, these shadows were not visible when I took the photograph.  They are a merely reflections from an object to the camera lens.

We will never forget…
Where we were on 9-11-01.
The spectacular weather in New York that day. Clear blue skies and crisp air.
Those who lost their lives and lives that were shattered as a result.
Those that helped to save lives.  Those that survived.
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While we still have a few more weeks of the Summer season, this weekend marks the unofficial "end of Summer".    
So I thought it would be fitting to feature a photograph of the Montauk Lighthouse.  

After all, Montauk's nickname is "The End".  
Montauk Lighthouse
Montauk, NY   2013
A brief interruption of Tracey's creations for a Ziggy creation.
One of my BIGGEST FANS sent this to me and, well, I thought it was just too cute not to share!

There are many different ways to reach a destination.
And many different experiences to be encountered while we're on the way.
Beautiful views.
Traffic delays.
Smooth sailing.
Rough Waters.

There are many different ways to handle the many different experiences while on the way to the destination!

Here are some photographs taken this time last year.
East River - August 2014
Throgs Neck Bridge
Throgs Neck Bridge - August 2014
East River - August 2014