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    Prioritising me - Jan 31st, 2014
    When I wake up tomorrow it will be February; the shortest month in the calendar year and my birthday month. Yes, by the end of the month I will finally be a 40-year-old woman. I’m not freaked out about that (yet!) because age is only a number, but I do admit that my birthdays have been (in general) times of personal reflection in recent years. Only this year, the reflection has begun a bit early. [more...]

    Inspiration from writers - Jan 4th, 2014
    Tucked away in a wee close off of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is one of my favourite museums in the city. It’s the Writers’ Museum in Lady Stair’s Close and despite the fact that it’s small and the exhibits don’t change, I find it to be a place of inspiration each time I go. [more...]

    2013: A year in (distorted) review - Dec 31st, 2013
    As 2013 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the year’s ups and downs. I’ve been thinking about the good points and the bad points and all of the points in between and I’ve been trying to think of how to recap the year. [more...]

    A little bit of soul - Dec 14th, 2013
    When my friend first invited me to join her for the Edinburgh’s Got Soul concert at The Queen's Hall, I really only agreed because it was a great excuse to see my friend—and because my late husband always said you should never turn down an opportunity to see a live music performance. [more...]

    Am I an imposter? - Dec 4th, 2013
    Last night I went to my first Connect talk, and I was left feeling that I certainly need to connect with Connect a bit more! Connect is for women studying computing, engineering, and the built environment at Edinburgh Napier University and, as I am doing my PhD in the School of Computing, I get to be a part of it. [more...]

    PhD dreams: Week 1 - Nov 22nd, 2013
    It’s been a calendar week since I formally matriculated as a PhD student and a “work” week since my first day as a PhD student. So—as promised—here’s a wee recap! [more...]

    Modern conversations - Oct 20th, 2013
    This evening, I had the awesome privilege of going to a high school play with my way-cool niece (and Goddaughter!) Felicity. And because she thinks I'm way-cool, she let me sit with her and her friends. [more...]

    Falling words - Sep 27th, 2013
    I went to Snoqualmie Falls on my way home from my Olympia/Portland journey and was amused when I noticed words embedded into the steps and sidewalk around the visitors’ centre. I couldn’t find anything about them on signs, so I don’t know if they are meant to form together into a poem, or if they’re meant to spark the imaginations of others—or if they’re just meant to be random falls-related words. [more...]

    Education is Central - Sep 20th, 2013
    I spent a lovely day on the Central Washington University campus today with my lovely niece, Virginia. It was so wonderful seeing the campus all spruced up and ready for the new crop of students (classes begin next week) but it was also wonderful walking around my alma mater more than a decade after graduation. [more...]

    The life of a character - Aug 30th, 2013
    A few weeks before Paul died I began the outline of a book. I was excited about it; Paul was excited about it. He was, after all, the inspiration for the story’s hero. But after he died I realised that I couldn’t write the book as planned. The central story was still there, but the characters would have to change—as would the path that would lead them to the end of the book. [more...]

    To rule the world - May 5th, 2013
    My dream to rule the world began when I was a young child with much smaller aims. I can vividly recall the start of my dream: Whilst taking a cross-country road trip with my family, I noticed that there was a gap between the “Now Leaving [blank] State” and “Welcome to [blank] State” signs. [more...]

    Building bridges - Feb 19th, 2013
    On a ramble through the English countryside this past weekend with my brother-in-law and cousin (also in-law), we came across a bit of the trail where the path had eroded away by a stream, leaving a crevice 2-3 feet deep and 2-3 feet wide—but with very crumbling banks on either side. [more...]

    Dear Old Frances - Jan 29th, 2013
    I’ve just complete another one of the Brooklyn Art Library's collaborative art projects, Letters From Your Childhood, so here I am sharing it with you. Yay! [more...]

    Hope does it - Jan 27th, 2013
    Yesterday I shared a big part of my soul by admitting that I fell so hard that I frightened myself. So today I thought I’d share the thing that kept me going; the thing that made it possible for me to get back up. [more...]

    A stranger saved my life - Jan 17th, 2013
    One day, a stranger saved my life. Actually, it was probably more than one stranger and it probably happened over a series of days. And the actual day my life was saved was a different day all together. [more...]

    A happy me - Jan 5th, 2013
    I think that one of the things I struggle with is being happy with me. For a million little reasons, I’ve always found it difficult to be kind to myself; to take care of myself on a spiritual well-being level. [more...]

    New year; new hopes - Jan 1st, 2013
    I like to start each year with a bright, fresh outlook; with a renewed hope for joy and happiness. But I must admit that I hadn’t planned to start 2013 that way. In fact, the post that I wrote over the past few days was one of despair. [more...]

    Three cheers for the cheerers - Oct 1st, 2012
    Well, that’s the Loch Ness Marathon done, and I am pleased to say that I improved my time over last year. The weather was pretty decent (could have been warmer for my liking) and the high I got from putting myself through the torture—and crossing the finish line!—was amazing. [more...]

    Writer’s cramp - Sep 26th, 2012
    Today is Day 3 of Social Media Week, so I thought I’d talk about correspondence. You see, for all of the wonderfulness of social media, it has a lot to answer for in regards to the breakdown of communication. [more...]

    Inspirations; Part 8 - Sep 21st, 2012
    It’s been more than a year since I’ve shared some bits of inspiration and since I’m really feeling the need for some positive thinking, I thought I’d share some this evening. [more...]

    Virtually friends - Aug 21st, 2012
    Last week, I sent a panicked message to my Facebook friends when I learned that there were issues with Just Frances that meant the site needed to be taken down for a spell. I was panicked and stressed and, quite frankly, in a bit of hysterics because this site means so much to me and has been such an important part of my grief process—my healing process. [more...]

    Found things - Aug 8th, 2012
    I like shiny things and pretty things and interesting things. And often, as I’m walking down the road, I’ll stop to pick these little things up. In fact, when I’m on an outing or holiday, I almost dedicate myself to finding something shiny or pretty or interesting. [more...]

    Words about me - Jul 5th, 2012
    I am participating in an online thing where a few people are getting together to chat through a moderated forum run by a grief counsellor. It’s kind of an experimental thing run by the niece of a woman I used to know, and when the moderator went looking for participants, this woman suggested me. [more...]

    Big noise means big fun - Jun 21st, 2012
    I had big fun tonight at The Big Noise’s Big Concert in Raploch. OK, I got wet and cold because it is summer time in Scotland and that means wind and rain—I mean really, really wet. But the music more than made up for the weather. [more...]

    The Desiderata way of life - Apr 23rd, 2012
    My favourite poem is The Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. The poem was written in 1927 and has an interesting history including a misconception about the dates and a fun little bit of copyright law. Now, these are not the reasons I love the poem so much, but fun histories do make me happy! Though I digress… [more...]

    My Good Friday - Apr 6th, 2012
    Today is Good Friday, a day of great importance for many Christians—including me. It’s also a day of fasting for Catholics (and maybe other religions?). So, I’m fasting. I’m not starving, but I’m certainly fasting. [more...]

    Out of place - Mar 31st, 2012
    As I walked into town this afternoon, I noticed a dandelion growing in a wall along the pavement. It was sticking out brightly against the grey stone as if to say ‘Hello! I’m here! I belong!’ even though it wasn’t really meant to be there; even though it risked someone removing it or spraying it with deadly chemicals. [more...]

    Moleskine inspirations - Mar 4th, 2012
    I write. In fact, I think it would be fair to say that I’m a writer. And as any good writer does, I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go so that when inspiration hits, I am prepared! [more...]

    Just because you fall - Feb 6th, 2012
    I’ve done my fair share of falling in my life—literally and figuratively. Sometimes because I was clumsy or negligent. Sometimes because I was pushed or tripped by someone else. Sometimes because of circumstances beyond human control. [more...]

    Random thoughts: A challenge - Feb 5th, 2012
    Two weeks ago I shared a post that was determined by random. It was a great way to find some inspiration for writing and the randomness of it all entertained me. When I was talking to Rebecca today, we decided that we’d have a bit of fun with the format and see if we could help inspire each other with a bit of randomness. [more...]

    Blank slate; inspiration sought - Jan 29th, 2012
    I’ve spent the last couple of hours searching for inspiration. For what, I don’t quite know. I’ve found lists of daily adventures, blogs meant to inspire you to write a book, and all sorts of things that would make a prostitute blush. [more...]

    A random letter - Jan 22nd, 2012
    Today, I decided to let the Internet decide what my post would be. So, I went to Creative Writing Prompts to pick a topic. But I wanted it to be a bit more random than that, so I visited Random.org to pick my topic number. And that number was 109. [more...]

    More than gifts - Dec 24th, 2011
    It’s Christmas Eve already. Wow! It seems to have jumped up out of nowhere. But, I am pleased to say that I have all of my shopping done. And I’m pleased to say that a couple of unsuspected gifts have arrived for me from America, too. [more...]

    He’s getting younger - Nov 22nd, 2011
    Today is my Daddy’s 67th birthday. And you may not believe it (unless you know him) but he just keeps getting younger and younger every year. Or maybe it’s that as each year goes by he realises that life is for living so he goes and lives it. [more...]

    I spy - Nov 9th, 2011
    As part of my Thankful November theme, today’s post is an ‘I Spy’ photo story. So, here goes! [more...]

    A thankful November - Nov 1st, 2011
    Just Frances was started with the idea of sharing random nothingness with family and friends as a way to stave off the isolation I was feeling in the first few months after Paul died. It had started with the idea that it would be bright and cheery (fake it ‘til you make it sort of stuff) but slowly I started to share my grief and other less-than-cheery stuff. [more...]

    Inspirations; Part 7 - Jun 29th, 2011
    Life is very stressful for me right now and I am feeling the effects in the core of my being. I have a sneaking suspicion that it will get worse over the next week or two as I finish up my time at the office and leave my lovely home behind in the hopes of a brighter future. [more...]

    A faith-led journey - Mar 9th, 2011
    Today is Ash Wednesday; the start of the Lenten season. For 40 days (and six Sundays) I will reflect on my faith and my relationship with Jesus Christ, my Saviour. And as I contemplate the essence of the penitential season meant for the preparation for Easter, I am invigorated by the thought of examining my faith. [more...]

    Inspirations; Part 6 - Feb 3rd, 2011
    It’s the second day of the second month of a new year. I’m convinced this year will be a good one, but I’ve got to keep myself inspired or I might lose sight of the dream. [more...]

    Inspirations; Part 5 - Jan 7th, 2011
    Nearly a week into the new year and I’m wondering if I can keep a couple of ‘secret’ resolutions I made to myself. So, I need a bit of inspiration to remind me of what I know I must believe in order to succeed. [more...]

    30 things - Jan 6th, 2011
    My friend posted a list of 30 things that make her smile and asked her readers what would be on their list. So, here’s my list! [In no particular order.] [more...]

    Reflections of 2010 - Dec 31st, 2010
    As 2010 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the past year. And if I’m honest, I have to admit that it was a very difficult year and one that I am very glad to put behind me. [more...]

    I can do it! [So says The Kid] - Dec 7th, 2010
    My foster daughter is pretty excited about my plans to run a marathon. She thinks I’m an amazing runner and that I’ll do really well. In fact, she is convinced that I will be in the top 10. [more...]

    The good, the bad, and the uncertain - Nov 17th, 2010
    I have a lot on my mind right now. The good, the bad, and the uncertain. I’m not willing or emotionally able to share the bad and uncertain and the good would all be memories, dreams, or made-up rubbish. [more...]

    Clay play - Nov 10th, 2010
    As part of my on-going mission to relax and find a bit of silly joy in life, I broke open a box of coloured clay this evening. I didn’t do much with it today, but I’m inspired now and have a great idea for some fun time with my foster daughter this weekend. [more...]

    Becoming a butterfly - Oct 28th, 2010
    I was in need of a bit of inspiration today, so I turned to one of God’s most amazing creations. “How does one become a butterfly?” she asked. [more...]

    An inspirational lunch - Oct 1st, 2010
    I remember visiting a friend not too long ago and being shocked to learn that he rarely took advantage of the great cultural and historical sites around him. I challenged him to use his lunch hour to see some of the places from time-to-time. [more...]

    Inspirations; Part 4 - Sep 23rd, 2010
    I’m in need of bit of inspiration to remind me that I am working toward a brighter tomorrow. And in the process, maybe you’ll be inspired, too! [more...]

    Closer to a better tomorrow - Sep 18th, 2010
    Today’s quote from my “Be Good to Yourself” calendar came at just the right time. For a few weeks now I’ve been telling myself to get in gear and start working toward next year when I hope plan to attend graduate school in the UK. [more...]

    Being positive - Aug 18th, 2010
    I’m in full-on “fake it ‘til you make it“ mode these days. Or, at least, I’m trying to be. So today’s bit of inspiration from my way-awesome “Be Good to Yourself” calendar seemed fitting. [more...]

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