Here I Am


Welcome to Franklin.

I’m a traveling knitting cook. Here we are in Andermatt, Switzerland, about 4 years ago. I wish I still  had that sweater, but I left it in Zurich.

I earn my keep writing. I spent the better part of 20 years in ad agency creative departments writing radio and tv commericals, newspaper ads, brochures, billboards and whatever else was needed. Today I work for a good-sized university. Most of the writing I do now is governed by arcane style guides that often contradict themselves. Not a lot of room for humor or imagination. It’s pretty much the antithesis of an ad agency, but more secure.

Here are a few other tidbits:

  • I am left-handed
  • I have been married for almost 30 years (see photo above)
  • I out-putted a PGA star on a tv commercial shoot once
  • I worked for NBC News in Little Rock when Clinton was elected in 1992
  • I live in the same small town my family has lived in since the early 1800s
  • I am a cancer survivor
  • I don’t know what all the light switches in my house are for
  • I don’t have ANY gray hair
  • I am the world’s worst housekeepper
  • I can make a cheese souffle but not ice tea
  • I LOVE the Tennessee Volunteers and have my Smoky doll in my lap during close games
  • I am actually quite shy and hide from people in the grocery store
  • I can knit just about anything

25 responses to “Here I Am

  1. Valerie Battle Kienzle

    Congratulations! With your sense of humor, your blog should make interesting reading.

    Thanks for including me!


  2. hereinfranklin

    Valerie, thanks for reading. Keep checking back and please forward to anyone you think would like to read this blog.

  3. Paris is my favorite place…home is too.

    What a great observation. I happen to agree with you, but the south of France scores quite high on my list, too!

  4. Dear Blogger,

    How nice that you are adding your vibrant voice to the world of e-reading. Best for your continued wit coming alive for all to read.


    Nashville Cousin

  5. hereinfranklin

    Dear Cousin,

    Thanks for reading. Please check back often!

  6. Kathleeneeee

    Love your blog, clever, amusing and very fun to read in general…. plus it’s a great way to start the day with a cup of coffee and hereinfranklin…

    Thanks for sharing you talents!

  7. jdhays

    I just found your blog in the Alphainventions reading cycle. I really like your style and take on life. That you would post on SEC football as you do is also a delightful read. Just one thing: I am distressed to learn that you are not the cat!
    Thanks for a wonderful blog. I shall check back often.

  8. I’m really enjoying your blog and look forward to reading much more! It’s nice to find a fellow SEC fan, but know that the rivalry has begun. Although I’m a native Texan (go Texas Tech!) I’m a huge Kentucky Wildcats fan as well. Some of my family lives there and I did about a ten year stint in Lexington. Without a doubt some of the most beautiful country in the U.S.

  9. Left handed female… I’m assuming you already know how rare that is, right?

  10. Tom

    YOU SAID: “I can knit just about anything”

    You say this now, but let me ask you this: can you knit a fully working combustion engine out of yarn?

  11. Tom–if you have working pattern, I can make it.

  12. Don

    Hi, Strange coincidences. Somehow my surfing tonight went from Washington Post > Creative Commons > > Saturdaynight foot on > stumble > project kickass > hereinfranklin

    I don’t know if I will find my way back here, but liked the site. The football game I watched on the night football channel was Memphis vs Tenn and the first time I ever watched either team. When I turned it off at halftime, I think the Vols (now I even use that nickname 🙂 were winning something like 43 to 7!

    Franklin looks nice. I live in Virginia, but probably will have to move to Las Vegas to be near to my daughter who I guess still talks to me although I have not heard from her for awhile. (boo hoo)


  13. you are funny. But you are wrong on one point. I am the worst housekeeper. (actually, its my sister, but my mom always said if you cant say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. So i won’t say anything about my sister’s horrible housekeeping.)

  14. Monica–I would rather do ANYTHING but clean house. Ugh. However, both of my sisters are very tidy. Thanks for visiting Franklin. Come back anytime!

  15. I just found your website today and have come upon a blog that I will definitely find the time to keep up with! Your writing style is so enjoyable, and when I have a “tea break” in the afternoons, I will look forward to reading your blog! Judy@Doe Run Farm

    PS Merry Christmas!

  16. Judy–Welcome to Franklin and thanks for the kind words. Merry Christmas to you as well!

  17. I found you via your Ask and Ye Shall Receive post, and I couldn’t resist saying ‘Hi.’

    And that dress for your great niece – yes, the cutest ever! It’s beautiful. I have no patience for yarn that tiny, but I’m grateful for people who do. I also consider myself the world’s worst housekeeper, but apparently there’s more competition for the position than I thought. Anyway, I enjoyed coming here and I’ll be back. It’s not often I find a capable writer who enjoys the lilt of a fine southern accent. Do let us know when you find a pattern for that engine.

    -Jennifer, from southwest Virginia

  18. tulip

    I love this blog! Tonight I clicked another tab, only to discover that you, too, are a left handed female! But I can’t knit, and suspect I am in the top five of bad housekeepers, if not the top three. Keep on writing because I want to keep on reading!

  19. The Tennessean would like to publish an excerpt from your blog about the floods. Could you email/call me as soon as possible? I’m on deadline with this. Thanks, Arienne Holland, Lifestyles Editor,, 615-726-5976

  20. tulip

    Hey, H-i-F – are you okay? You haven’t posted lately, and I have to confess that I check this (on my list of favorites) every day.
    Hope you are okay. Trauma from the half bunny in the cat bowl?

  21. Tulip–aren’t you sweet–all is well here, just so busy at work that I come home brain dead. May have a post in a bit though. Thanks for checking. 🙂

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  23. Hi there HIF!

    Love your blog! As your neighbor in Nashville, I was wondering if you think your readers would be interested in learning about Nashville’s 3rd annual Hot Tomato Haiku Contest?
    It grew out of the Tomato Art Fest ( and attracted hundreds of entries last year. Entry is free and we’re giving away some great prizes! You don’t have to be from Nashville (or even Tennessee) to enter, though winners should be willing to read their winning haiku at this year’s festival (August 14th).
    I’d be glad to provide any more info I can. Details and entry at


    Eileen and the team

  24. Halee

    I really wish I knew how to knit.
    Thank you for reading my blog and for the kind comment.

  25. I have been by before. I am from the other Franklin. North Franklin. The one where the Wildcats rule. Congratulations on being able to live the dream and make a living writing.


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