I’m Alison Krupnick, a former world traveling diplomat turned minivan-driving mom and writer, now at mid-life. I live in Seattle with my husband Jeff and two daughters.
I wrote my first essay, The Age of Innocence, shortly after 9/11, and kept writing essays, mostly about motherhood and things that affected me and my family – the death of a friend who was also a mother, the illness of my toddler daughter’s best pal, the challenges of re-learning to make friends at this new stage of life and my culinary flights of fancy, which enabled me to travel around the world without leaving my kitchen. I was fortunate enough to publish some of these and so I kept writing, telling stories about the exhilaration of leaving my small town and discovering the world, only to be anchored in a small community once I became a mother.
The result was Ruminations from the Minivan: musings from a world grown large, then small, much of which was written in stolen moments alone in my minivan, whenever I was at a stop light. The manuscript won a prize at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association conference and even attracted the attention of a couple of literary agents. And that’s as far as it went for a number of years, though I’m happy to report that the book was publi published on January 1, 2013.
It the meantime, I got older, my kids got older, essays made way for blogs, and everyone seemed to be writing about food. I got to experience the joy of travel again, sharing my experiences with my family. Though I branched out into corporate writing and magazine features, I still wanted to write about personal things. I did so sporadically in a previous incarnation of this blog and was fortunate to be a regular contributor to Seattle magazine’s Balancing Act blog.
In the past few years, I’ve written about public education, aging, caring for and eventually losing a parent, watching my kids take the first tentative steps towards adulthood, and baking bread. These are things that affect all of us, no matter where in the world we are.
Thanks for visiting this site. I hope my stories resonate with you.