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 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, returning full-time to the work force 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.
I finally took the time to take a look and read your latest blogs. Really enjoyed it! Joyce
Thanks! See you at pizza tonight?
Hi Allison, odd train via perry comments that brought me to yr blog. almost as odd as Kamchatka. My wife became a shrink at State and I retired, now back in DC, kids in college. Time passes. not much for blogging but if you want, send me an email, Craig
Alison, I didn’t realize you were blogging until I saw your Facebook entry today. I’m at work, but started reading and haven’t stopped. Your writing is familiar, comfortable, totally you, and on this dreary morning in Paris, just what I need.
We stil do hope to see you here again. Susan
Dreary morning in Paris???? Say it ain’t so! I’m glad you read and enjoyed this blog. I’ve enjoyed writing it, mostly because it keeps me connected to folks I care about.
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Hi there. I would like to borrow an image of the Sandwich Generation which is in your blog for a presentation use. Am wondering if this is possible?
just saw this. which image did you want?