A Walk on the Wild Side

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 [...]

2018-10-30T09:39:33-04:00March 15th, 2017|2 Comments

Too Hot to Do…Anything

It’s. Freaking. Hot. Excuse the borderline profanity, but frankly, nothing else, aside from the actual profanity, adequately expresses how freaking hot it is. This entire summer has blasted the East Coast--and likely the rest of the U.S., but I'm so self-absorbed and crushed by the heat that I'm not sure--with searing, open the freezer just to stick your head in, I'm going to burst into flames any moment, temperatures. In fact, it's been [...]

2018-10-30T09:39:42-04:00September 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Thankful for Gifts Large and Small

I wrote this post a few years ago, when my best friend moved back to her home state of Minnesota (something I will never understand, especially as winter approaches).  And I've since lost my dog, whom I miss daily (I know a dog isn't a "whom," but she was to me). Anyway, all of the sentiments still hold true. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays! By: Mary Fran Bontempo This year, it’s tissues. Every year, [...]

2018-10-30T09:40:03-04:00December 4th, 2015|0 Comments

What Lies Beneath

By: Mary Fran Bontempo   It’s quite a sad state of affairs. With fall upon us, we gals think about updating our wardrobes. How we look is important to us, and to other women. (Let's face it, our guys couldn't tell you what you wore yesterday, or ever, save your wedding day, when they'd say you wore a white dress, if their lives depended on it.) But we concentrate on things seen. What [...]

2018-10-30T09:40:12-04:00October 7th, 2015|2 Comments

Suiting Up

By:  Mary Fran Bontempo Well, it's that time of year again. Time for women to indulge in the annual ritual of self-loathing known as bathing suit shopping. Bathing suit shopping ranks right up with a woman's favorite things to do--along with the annual visit to the gynecologist and a mammogram. We gear up for it mentally, grit our teeth and just do it, minus the glory of a Nike commercial, choking back the [...]

2018-10-30T09:40:30-04:00July 5th, 2015|4 Comments

My Father’s Hands

By: Mary Fran Bontempo I wrote this piece a number of years ago, but I like to rerun it around Father's Day, because despite the fact that my dad has been gone for twenty years, I still miss him every day. This is for you, Dad, and Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads out there. My Father's Hands I remember my father’s hands. They were perfect “man” hands, large, rectangular, just [...]

2018-10-30T09:40:34-04:00June 19th, 2015|4 Comments

Walkin’ in a Menopause Wonderland–A Cracked Christmas Carol!

By: Mary Fran Bontempo   Every year, the joyous music of Christmas Carols fills the air. However, few songs accurately convey the true experience of the season. Here’s my version (sung to the tune of "Winter Wonderland") for we ladies in the middle. Feel free to sing along!       Walkin' in a Menopause Wonderland   Sleigh bells ring; Are you listenin’? Though it’s cold, my skin is glistenin’. A frightening sight, [...]

2018-10-30T09:41:38-04:00December 22nd, 2014|0 Comments
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