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 [...]

January 19th, 2017|2 Comments

New Interviews

Just in case you needed/wanted to hear more about me, and of course, why wouldn't you, since there's simply never enough of ME online--please note the dripping sarcasm--here are a few recent interviews with links, below: Next Act for Women http://nextactforwomen.com/writing/writing-a-humorous-book-about-midlife/   Recent interviews: The Creative Giant Show with Charlie Gilkey   http://www.productiveflourishing.com/podcast/mary-fran-bontempo/     Happy Hour with Annmarie Kelly and the Victorious Woman Project http://wche1520.libsyn.com/friday-happy-hour-12-9-16   Recent columns:   Best Kept Self--site [...]

December 19th, 2016|0 Comments

The Day I Beheaded Saint Joseph

St. Joe doesn't look happy. Understandably. This is not something of which I am particularly proud, but I did actually behead Saint Joseph. Not the real Saint Joseph, I mean, I'm old, but not that old, and by the way, does anyone know what happened to the real Saint Joseph? There he was, being an earthly dad to Jesus, and all of a sudden...nothing. It's like he was fingered by the [...]

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Ten Ideas to Inspire You

Enjoy the picture--it's all the inspiration you're getting. I'm going to come clean right now: there is nothing inspirational about the stuff coming next. For the last 150 years, at least, that's what it seems like, I've been working my ass off to launch the Not Ready for Granny Panties brand--blogging, writing books, speaking, doing radio shows, media interviews, writing for other people for no money (but we'll give you great [...]

October 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Disappearing in Middle Age

It's a fact of middle age that as we move on in life, we acquire a super-power. Ordinarily, this would be something to embrace, but this super-power comes with built-in disadvantages. Somehow, as we get older, we have the power to become invisible. While there are many times when I'd like to do just that, this super-power refuses to be controlled, and asserts itself at will, especially when I'm standing in line at [...]

October 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Regrets–I’ve Had (More Than) a Few

As I get older, I try and live life with as few regrets as possible. I mean, what's the point? It's not like anyone can go back and get a do-over. Yet, try as I might to rise above past mistakes and missteps, there are a few things I really would wipe away had I a choice. Take home perms, for example. Please. My mother inflicted them on me as a child to [...]

September 13th, 2016|0 Comments