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I remember

November 11th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Personal - (Comments Off on I remember)

Remembrance Day is always a time of ghosts. I have always felt heavily the sacrifices that were made. Maybe more heavily than ever right now, as the world marches in what seems to be the wrong direction. I knew from a young age that my grandfather had gone to war. He and his two brothers …
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This is our home

November 7th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Personal - (Comments Off on This is our home)

I find it difficult to vacation. I find it difficult leaving work behind. I like to be in control of the things I should be controlling and leaving someone else to take care of things is incredibly hard. I find it difficult too to be away from the news. I hate not knowing what’s happening …
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Sundown in the Paris of the Prairies

April 8th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana - (Comments Off on Sundown in the Paris of the Prairies)

I first heard about the bus crash late at night. I had fallen asleep in the early evening and woken around 9 or 10. Joe didn’t mention it, but when I looked at Twitter later than night the news was everywhere. It was clearly a very bad accident. The news was that many had died, …
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Always remembering

November 11th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Learning - (Comments Off on Always remembering)

After we cleaned out my father’s house I became the de facto keeper of papers. Mainly because I have them, and room to store them. I also volunteered to scan all the pictures that we found around the house – hundreds of family pictures, slides. We found, in a bag, the things my father had …
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The Political and The Self

October 31st, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Issues - (Comments Off on The Political and The Self)

I read a snippet of a column this morning written by a well-known, and apparently still widely read, Globe and Mail columnist. This snippet was from a column about public perception of Jason Kenney, former federal minister and newly elected leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta. The UCP. Reminiscent of the CRAP. (The …
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Moi, j’aime bien sur lire

October 24th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Parenting - (Comments Off on Moi, j’aime bien sur lire)

The kid is in immersion, just like I was at her age. She started with a bit of French in kindergarten and now she spends half her days immersed in an entirely new language. We weren’t at all worried about this, since she loves learning and she’s still young enough to catch on quickly. In …
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Passion and Poetry, and Grace Too

October 18th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Personal - (Comments Off on Passion and Poetry, and Grace Too)

I will not claim to be the biggest Hip fan in Canada, or even in Ottawa. I never saw the band in concert. I knew them. I knew their songs, but I didn’t own all their albums. Only a few. But I loved their songs. You could hear it on the radio and instantly recognize …
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Taking An Opportunity

October 10th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Ottawa | Parenting - (Comments Off on Taking An Opportunity)

My husband went out on Friday night and the kid was feeling restless. I wanted to just lie down and read my book, but she wanted to do this or that. Finally at around 6:30 pm I started googling and I decided we would go on an adventure, the kid and me. I picked out …
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In Quebec City With the Sea Mammals

September 27th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Parenting - (Comments Off on In Quebec City With the Sea Mammals)

At the very end of the summer I took a few days of vacation, too advantage of Via Rail’s summer deal allowing kids to ride the train for a mere $15, and took a page from my bucket list, and off to Quebec City we went, just me and the kid. I booked the train …
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Two things came together in my various timelines today that made me think back. The first was a reminder, on Facebook, that on this day six years ago Jack Layton held his final press conference. It is a day I remember vividly, as I had been planning to take it off, but I got a …
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