Mary Fran Bontempo

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Self-Preservation for the New Year
Self-Preservation for the New Year Charge!!! That’s the attitude most of us hold towards a new year full of the promise of change. Out with the old,…
Always on High Alert
Every summer about this time, I find myself in a bit of a slump. I’m tired. Tired of the heat, tired of the bugs, just…
When It All Falls Apart
The other day, my website crashed. All I could do was stare in horror at the jumble of words, code and images that had once…
The Storm of Addiction
We’ve had some wild summer storms in my area lately. Thunder, lightning, torrential rain and flooding. Frequently, they seem to come without much warning, aside…
The Codependent Trap
Codependent? Me? No way. To me, being codependent meant supporting someone else’s unhealthy habits and lifestyle—almost encouraging them. And I would never do that. Who…
Questions
So many questions. When dealing with a loved one’s addiction, particularly if the addict is your child, the list of questions is endless. How did…
Finding Peace in Service
What does peace look like? When you’re trying to support someone in active addiction, it’s a question that’s impossible to answer. There is no peace,…
The Blessing of Forgetfulness
What a luxury. This past week, I was blessed to spend several days at the Jersey shore. But that wasn’t the luxury. At the week’s…
Summertime, But is the Living Easy?
Isn’t summer wonderful? Long, warm, light-filled days meant for relaxing and recharging after a dark, cold winter. There’s little more delightful than a summer day…
The Risks of Freedom
As I write this post, it is the day before July 4th, our nation’s Independence Day. On Independence Day of 2020, freedom is a hot…