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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
This is a re-run, but unfortunately more true now than when I first wrote it. Sigh.... I thought Easter was approaching. The annual plethora of bunnies, colored eggs, chicks and chocolate are everywhere. So it's Easter, right? Not according to my mirror. My mirror is reflecting an animal of a different sort, and it's not a cute bunny or chick. It's a bird, but one associated with a different holiday all together. The [...]
Before we leave the month of love for warmer days (although it's 73 here in Philadelphia today and it's February 24th--Whaaattt?!), here's a little more on love through the years. It may not always be pretty, and sometimes passion gives way to contentment, but honestly? I have no problem with that. In fact, I kind of like it. A lot. Read more in my column for Women's Voices Magazine, here!
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 [...]