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"There are turkey-makers and turkey-eaters," said author Alison Krupnick today at EPIC. In Krupnick's metaphor, the turkey-makers are the ones who roll up their sleeves and get things done while the turkey-eaters are waiting for dessert.

Krupnick is the type who travels the world as a Foreign Service agent, learns a few languages, cares for an ailing mother and raises two daughters, all while taking charge on Thanksgiving -- clearly giving her turkey-maker status. Today Krupnick gave EPIC folks a slice of those experiences and more from her book, "Ruminations from the Minivan: Musings From a World Grown Large, Then Small," which she self-published in January. She used Create Space, and recently did a KDP free day, which brought in over 750 downloads.

Krupnick apologized for one thing -- driving her husband's Audi today because the minivan's check engine light landed the vehicle in the shop. After the talk, she sent a note: "The required repair for the Famous Minivan was minor and inexpensive." Whew! We look forward to updates from the road, wherever it leads her.

To purchase a copy of Krupnick's book, get in your own van -- or coupe -- and head to or . And check out Krupnick's to stay up-to-date on her travels and turkey making. --Janette