So what do you want to know? Maybe I’ll stick with what I’m willing to share…
I was born in 1974. I grew up in a few places—Ohio, upstate New York, and Massachusetts. Although I have fond memories of my childhood homes, I don’t feel particularly tied to any one of them. I went to college in Worcester, MA, and law school in Boston. My parents got divorced when I was in college, and I have one brother who’s younger than me.
Since 1998, I’ve lived just 5 miles south of Boston. This is the place that finally feels like home. And now, I have a small family of my own. It’s just my husband, my daughter, and me in a small house that suits us just fine. We are on a waiting list for a Corgi—squee!
I’m currently making the transition from lawyer (land use law) to writer. I’ve been cutting my teeth with essays, and more recently, short stories. My published work has appeared at NYT’s Motherlode, Literary Mama (this one too), Mamalode, Brain, Mother, and The Humanist. I was a regular contributor at Modern Farmer magazine where I answered legal questions about agriculture. My short story, Penny Wise, was a shortlisted finalist in the MASH Stories short story competition.
What I am: observer, ponderer, atheist, introvert, bibliophile, impatient, too serious, light sleeper, insomniac, writer, photographer, urban agriculture enthusiast, gardener, Capricorn, thank you note writer, aspiring minimalist, Seinfeld and Portlandia fan, and embarrassed owner of one helluva messy sock drawer.
What I am NOT: DIY-er, melody carrier, water sports enthusiast, stick shift driver, BBQ chip lover, hockey fan, wool wearer, or checkbook balancer.
But about my little M. She’s a Virgo, born in 2007. She will be our one and only, by choice. She is my muse. She’s the reason I now wear a size 8.5 shoe.
Since her birth, my perpetual quests for always seeking out what’s “right” have seemingly greater consequence. If nothing else, she has tested all stances that I took before she entered the world. How is it that I can know so much and know so little at the same time? She has given me new perspectives and a new lens through which to view life’s issues, both big and small. I am following her lead to determine what really is important in life, and why.
She is my little lodestar.
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Thank you for reading + wishing you well,
Kristen M. Ploetz
Incidentally, I hope it goes without saying that whatever I write about here, in this space, is based on my own opinion or observations. More to the point, I do not speak for M or my husband when I write here, and none of my thoughts are intended to judge others.
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