A September Reboot

Whether you have children or not, September seems to be a time for hitting the "Reboot" button. As the summer heat wanes and school buses once again carry their charges towards learning (and I get stuck behind them every damn time they're on the road--but I digress...), it just feels right to take stock and reassess, clearing your mind and your desk and figuring out just where you're headed next. The amazing Shauna [...]

August 30th, 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

New Website–A “Woooooo”-Worthy Moment

My daughter is a “Woooooo-er.” She “Woooooo’s” everything that excites her. And if I don’t “Woooooo” her back, she assumes someone’s died. Most times, it’s overkill, but in this instance, I’m with her. So, here it is: www.maryfranbontempo.com is all new! Woooooo!!!!! And www.notreadyforgrannypanties.com has a new look, too! Woooooo!!!!! Same with Twitter, and a brand new Facebook Author page! Wooooo!!!! And Wooooo again!!!! After a complete website, blog, and social media reboot, [...]

August 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Uptown Funk–An “It’s Almost the Weekend” Video!

So, I was going to write a truly brilliant original post for today and then I went onto You Tube and watched Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk again, after which I thought: 1. Is anyone cooler than Bruno Mars? 2. Yeah, it was from last year, but nothing this summer compares. 3. What would I want to see on this site--some blather from me or an awesome video from Bruno Mars? Clearly, there was no [...]

July 28th, 2016|1 Comment

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

A Little Less Freedom, Please

The arguments will continue ad nauseam, until the next horrific killing. Last month, it was people enjoying a night out in an Orlando night club. Last week, a sniper took the lives of police officers in Dallas with an automatic weapon. I'm sick of it. All of the killing. And I don't care what anyone says, Yes, it's the nut with the gun, BUT IT'S ALSO THE GUN. Generally, I stay away from [...]

July 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Food, Fun, and Wise Women–June 30th!

Are you ready for a great night with your friends enjoying wine and munchies? Oh, and learning some great info, too! This Thursday June 30, 4 fabulous ladies (and yes, I’m tooting my own horn–why not?!) will meet in Langhorne from 6-8 PM for a fun and informative evening geared towards women. The ticket price of $20 has been extended through June 30. Women often find themselves in a care-taker role, both in [...]

June 27th, 2016|0 Comments