A Give-Away and Book Club Visits!

Photo credit Robyn Graham Photography It's time for a Give-Away! Check out Goodreads for a chance to win a signed copy of The Woman's Book of Dirty Words and a visit to your book club! The link is also in the blog sidebar to your right. When's the last time you won something? Give it a shot! And next up... Calling all book clubs! Are you a book club member? I'd [...]

March 31st, 2017|0 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

Summer Road Trips–Summer, Sweat, and Memories

Ah, the summer road trip. If you lived in Philadelphia, and were a child in the '60's (Yikes!), it's likely your summer involved a trip to the Jersey Shore. The good parts: A cherished week at the beach, summer breeze ruffling your hair, the "rides" a.k.a. the Boardwalk (and yes, it deserves the capital letter, as any kid knows), surf, sand, cotton candy, pizza, and so on. The bad part: Getting there. A trip [...]

August 15th, 2016|2 Comments

A Helmet-Less Summer

Biking without a helmet. Roller skating without a helmet. Jumping off of really high things without a helmet. Climbing trees without a helmet. Is anyone sensing a theme? Okay, I’m older than a lot of moms out there. Much older. As in, I’m a grandmother already older. (Dear God, I still can’t wrap my head around that.) Back in the “old days,” which, for me, meant being a child in the ‘60’s (Gaaaaaahhhhhh!!!), [...]

July 14th, 2016|0 Comments

The Ghosts of Easters Past

White vinegar. As scents go, it's hardly one that you'd think would elicit fond memories. But I'm literally sitting here crying as I think of the ghosts of Easters past. Any mother who celebrated Easter with her kids, at least when my kids were young, remembers the smell of white vinegar. It was the essential component when dyeing Easter eggs. That's what we did back in the day, before those mesh bags filled [...]

March 21st, 2016|1 Comment

Golden Globe Musings

By: Mary Fran Bontempo Last Sunday saw the Golden Globes, the Oscars' drunken cousin, again assaulting the airwaves with its annual public Hollywood A.A. meeting airing on NBC. As an awards season junkie, yes, I watched, and as always, I have some thoughts and opinions, which will never be taken into account by anyone but me, to share. The Globes always make me feel better about myself, especially because it's the one awards [...]

January 14th, 2016|2 Comments

Summer is For Sitting

By: Mary Fran Bontempo As I write this, I'm sitting. But it's not genuine sitting, it's work sitting, which is not the same thing. Summer should involve more sitting, as I note in this latest piece for Women's Voices Magazine. Check it out while you sit down and maybe have a glass of wine--another thing summer should have more of! http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/2015/08/01/planning-a-spontaneous-summer-of-sitting/

August 4th, 2015|0 Comments