I guess it’s easy to say, “We’re at that age when our friends leave us.” But, it still hurts when they do. My dear friend Sharon died Tuesday morning. I won’t go into her illnesses, but she died peacefully in her sleep. For that I’m thankful.

She lived in Chatsworth California, more than 300 miles from me. While we didn’t talk on a daily basis, we did keep in touch via phone calls and infrequent in- person visits. Sharon was a “doer,” taking on various roles at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Granada Hills. She was Sisterhood president, catering chairperson and helped in many other areas. Some how she found time for everyone and everything. As I sit here, I’m at a loss not being able to go down to Southern California for her funeral.

During her last visit here in Sacramento, we went down to Old Sacramento. I remember sitting with her just watching the activity on the Sacramento River. She was diabetic and had neuropathy in her feet. Walking any distance was not possible. So, I’m not going to post the second part of my Napa trip (that will be my next post), but post my recent visit to the Sacramento River Walk. Included in the gallery are some iconic shots, some new scenes and some street photography. I hope this will honor her, especially since I couldn’t say good-bye in person.

Sharon, may your memory be a blessing for all of us who knew and loved you. Shalom.

12 thoughts on “RIP Sharon Brooks Janis: Sacramento River Walk

  1. Very nice tribute to a friend who you obviously really enjoyed. The memories are so important. Sadly, we are at an age when people go – sometimes unexpectedly, sometimes not. This makes it all that more important to let people know you care, value them, treasure them, and don’t be afraid to show it. I am sorry for your loss – it is very hard. Take care, Anne.


  2. Anne, your lovely tribute brings tears to my eyes. I am sorry for your loss. The void left by the loss of a friend can never be filled but memories of our friendship and happy times is a gift that lasts forever.



  3. YOu have a great set of photos Anne, I love the one of that sculpture and then the shadow.
    I’m sorry to hear about your friend. It seems cruel that we will all get to that age.


  4. Thanks Leanne. I’m so glad you liked the sculpture and shadow. I do wish I had my ultra wide lens for that one. But now I usually go out with the camera and one lens. Getting older!


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