Summer Road Trips–Summer, Sweat, and Memories

3270428419_1ee3b2f3ec_zAh, 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 to “The Shore” in summer was a journey perilous as any Lord of the Rings saga. No trolls, no mythical beasts, but terrors of a different sort–overheated cars and frustrated fathers.

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2018-10-30T09:39:44+00:00August 15th, 2016|2 Comments

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MARY FRAN BONTEMPO is a speaker, author and humorist who teaches audiences to control their most powerful influence: Self-Talk. Author of The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words, and Not Ready for Granny Panties, Mary Fran proves small changes in self-talk yield big life changes, allowing individuals to redefine their lives both professionally and personally in a rapidly changing world. A Huffington Post and Thrive Global contributor, and regular columnist for Women’s Voices Magazine and Best Kept Self, Mary Fran inspires and motivates readers and listeners to tame the self-talk beast, leading them to personal and professional renewal and success. After thirty years’ experience as owner of a full-service recruiting firm, and finding herself in the middle of a perfect life storm—turning 50, a crashing economy, and most devastating, a son with serious addiction issues—Mary Fran created the blog, Not Ready for Granny Panties, authoring two books in the series and developing a life-affirming brand full of practical wisdom and wit. A frequent media guest and speaker, audiences delight in her empowering and entertaining message.


  1. Mary Fran Bontempo August 30, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Agreed, Alma. And thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  2. Alma Jones August 26, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Yes, I agree as we enter the second phase in life, we are more blessed than ever before, because at this time we know who we are and what we want……at least we are very close to narrowing down the what we want part. Life has a whole new look from this advantage point. In the twenties and thirty’s the view was block by self-centeredness and finding your lane.

    Now that I have traveled in this lane for some time, its familiar yet new, new styles, new ideas, new adventures, and not one of these new”s include a pair of Granny Panties.

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