Hey, U2–Back Off!

This is what I usually see when I push the home screen button on my phone--my darling grand babies, the closest little people to my heart in the world. Seeing their happy faces makes the unrelenting pounding of technology a little easier for me to deal with. Imagine my surprise, then, when a few weeks ago, I hit the home screen button on my phone and instead saw a bare-chested man crouching and [...]

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

When “I’m Sorry” is the Wrong Thing to Say

I've spent a good part of my life apologizing for myself. I'm not that awful; I just wasn't big on confrontation and figured it was the easiest way to keep the peace. Well, I'm over it. I have a few mantras in my life. One is, "Lord, let me be a blessing to someone today." My latest, however, is, "Sorry, Not Sorry." Read more at Thrive Global. Feel free to share! https://journal.thriveglobal.com/why-im-over-unnecessary-apologies-b8d05b4835db  

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Silence is Golden

Shhh.... I'm a "Shhh-usher." I don't know exactly when I became a "Shhh-usher," but I'm pretty sure it was around the time I had kids. I "Shhh-ushed" people when the babies were asleep (For the love of God, don't wake them up!!!), and then I "Shhh-ushed" the kids themselves when they became, well, kids, who tended to talk, or yell, or blurt things out at inappropriate times. I also "Shhh-ushed" them when I [...]

July 17th, 2017|4 Comments

A New Kind of Independence Day

This post was written two years ago, and now, youngest daughter, Megan, awaits the birth of her first child. I've adjusted to her being a married woman, but the feelings below are just as relevant today. She'll always be my baby, and I think she's just about to learn exactly what that means! I’m just not ready. It’s July, and for Americans, that means Independence Day, which, at its start, signified a young [...]

July 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Let’s Get UN-Comfortable

Most of the time, life is uncomfortable. We start each day putting on our faces (lots of Spackle and paint in my case, usually applied with a tile trowel...), add our work wardrobes, put on heels or some other form of footwear that's definitely not our bunny slippers, and we march into the morning prepared to face whatever comes our way, sometimes counting down the hours until we can go home, climb into [...]

June 12th, 2017|0 Comments

YWCA Women Who Make a Difference

Most of the time, we just go about our business, doing what we do. We rarely think it remarkable, at least not of ourselves. Yet, ask us about our girlfriends, and we can wax prolifically about how amazing they are. There are fantastic women all around us, and blessed are those of us who can call them friends. I'm a lucky lady, because I have incredible friends. Yet, I still find this a [...]

May 16th, 2017|1 Comment

A Give-Away and Book Club Visits!

Photo credit Robyn Graham Photography UPDATE: THE GOODREADS CONTEST WAS A GREAT SUCCESS! OVER 850 ENTERED TO WIN A COPY OF THE WOMAN'S BOOK OF DIRTY WORDS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS! BUT WHILE THE CONTEST IS OVER, BOOK CLUB VISITS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! CHECK OUT THE NEW BOOK CLUB PAGE ON MARYFRANBONTEMPO.COM, AND LET'S GET TOGETHER!   It's time for a Give-Away! Check out Goodreads for a chance to win a [...]

March 31st, 2017|0 Comments