Frequently Asked Questions

Humans are naturally inquisitive, so it makes sense that I’m frequently asked questions. So, this is where I will attempt to answer some of the more common ones. Or, at least some of the common ones I’m willing to answer.

If you still have questions after reading through this list, please feel free to contact me.

Who is Just Frances?

Just Frances is me, Frances Ryan. I am a quirky runner, writer, thinker, drinker, and researcher. I am also a daughter, sister, aunty, friend, and widow. Check out my bio page to learn more.

Who owns this stuff? Can I copy/use it?

Unless otherwise stated, all copyrights belong to me, Frances Ryan. Please read my copyright policy regarding how and if you can use something from this site.

How can I contact you?

You can contact me through my contact form. Alternatively, you can find me on Twitter. Please feel free to interact with me in the comments section of each post, too!

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Who is Paul?

Paul was my amazing husband who sadly passed away in April 2009. He is often referred to here when I’m talking about wonderful memories or when I’m relating a story about my grief.

Are you American or Scottish? Where do you live?

I am an American expat living in Scotland. I have been in Scotland off-and-on since 2001 (solidly since 2011) and am now culturally a “New Scots”. However, I will always be a proud American no matter where I live.

What do you do in Scotland?

Over the years, I have been a study-abroad student, a worker bee, a master’s student, a PhD student, and a worker bee again. I am currently working as an academic researcher (and sometimes lecturer/tutor). I research human information behaviour in online environments, especially as they related to personal reputations, identity, and trust. (Read more on my research blog at

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