Category Stories

Being the Answer to a Stranger’s Prayer

(This story was first Published on Portraits of the Jersey Shore Facebook Page September 2016) Sometimes a post is not about a quote, but instead about a beautiful moment. I was walking down the boardwalk this evening and saw the gentleman on the right out of the corner of my eye. As I was walking… Read More

I Was Totally Blindsided”

“I am happy for the end of an old year. I am moving past a break-up, and am starting afresh. We were together for 13 years. We were engaged and living in upstate PA. We moved to Little Egg Harbor, and broke up. I was blindsided. He really hurt me.  “It’s been rough. But I… Read More

“I Like Getting Dressed Up”

“I am 14 years old, and sometimes I just like getting dressed up, and going out to be around people. I don’t dress like this all the time, but I really like doing it.” (POTJS Note: As I was taking this photo, a woman to my left/his right was walking by with a big smile… Read More

“The Holidays are Always Tough”

“We are from New Jersey, and just moved back from Florida recently. The holidays are always tough. My husband – her father – passed away two years ago. He had cancer for over three years, and I told her from day one, ‘You know there will be a day that your daddy is no longer… Read More

“God Has Me Alive For a Reason”

“I didn’t grow up here. I moved here from North Jersey because my my mom passed away in 2013. I miss my mom so dearly. I’ve seen abuse towards my mom growing up, and I been through it too. I later struggled with addiction for a very long time. A few years ago I was… Read More

Part II (Dreams Can Come True)

Two weeks ago I shared with you all a woman I met who, with her two children, are staying at a shelter having fled from a domestic violence marriage. She told me how her daughter was turning 16 soon, and she desperately wanted to give her a party, but she didn’t have a way. When… Read More

Domestic Violence Survivor (Part I)

Every once in a while, I get sideswiped by a story that I could never had anticipated. This morning was one of those times… I went to Wawa for some coffee. I had no idea of the profound encounter I would have with this cashier, Nakia. After I asked how she was doing, she told… Read More

“I know I am here to help people.”

  “I was born with a rare medical condition called lymphatic malformation. It is not hereditary or contagious. There is no known cause. It occurs during pregnancy. It usually affects the face. I have been dealing with that my whole life. I also was diagnosed with mental illness when I was nine.  “I was never… Read More