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A Giant in Sport

August 21st, 2016 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health | Ottawa - (Comments Off on A Giant in Sport)

When the kid was still a baby I made a mistake. I signed her up for gymnastics at eight months. I did it because I have always loved gymnastics and I had regrets that I never really tried doing them. I never really tried to do any sports, and so the kid had tried many, …
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Hey Ladies

August 1st, 2016 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Ottawa | Parenting - (Comments Off on Hey Ladies)

It’s a holiday Monday – I believe officially Colonel By Day in Ottawa? – and that means everyone is off, which means that the kid got to attend the RedBlacks game on Sunday night. It’s her first one in a while. It’s too much to take her to a game and then send her to …
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So a thing happened in Ottawa this week. It was handled badly. The facts are this – Our Prime Minister strode across the floor of the House of Commons, grabbed the Opposition Whip by the arm while said Whip told him to let go, told the third party leader to “get the fuck out of …
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Politics and political people

April 25th, 2016 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Issues | Ottawa | Personal - (Comments Off on Politics and political people)

Sometimes I meet people who tell me that they are not interested in politics. It’s fairly rare in Ottawa, giving how affected many of us are by government changes and decisions, but it still happens. And I find myself not believing these people. I am firm in my belief that anyone can be political, you …
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I read the news today, oh boy

January 20th, 2016 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Issues | Ottawa - (Comments Off on I read the news today, oh boy)

I have been feeling sick to my stomach almost all day. I took a nap this morning and when I woke up there was a message from Joe asking whether I had seen what was going on at Postmedia. Mergers, layoffs. Very bad news. You see, I stopped being a journalist a long time ago. …
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Supporting Youth in the Toughest Years

November 18th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health | Issues | Ottawa - (Comments Off on Supporting Youth in the Toughest Years)

I have a vivid memory of sitting in the corner of my family kitchen sobbing. I was in the midst of one of my worst ever bouts of depression. I was lost. I had graduated college with high marks but couldn’t find a job. I didn’t have any friends in town so I had gone …
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My kid loves science. She loves experiments. She loves learning in general. (Though she also seems to think she already knows everything sometimes). All of this means that I am very excited to take her to Maker Faire to see what she thinks. On November 7 and 8 a whole bunch of uber creative and …
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Building

May 29th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Ottawa | Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on Building)

I have tried to leave Ottawa four different times in my life, and the longest I managed to stay away was two years. (And that was when I lived close enough to visit regularly). I love this city. I loved growing up here. I love being in the capital. Obviously there are things that bother …
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Tradition

November 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Ottawa | Parenting - (Comments Off on Tradition)

When I was a kid we used to go to this apple orchard every fall. It so happens that this orchard is quite close to where we now live, and I now have the chance to take my kid there every fall to get local McIntosh apples, cider and a pumpkin.

Puppet it Up

August 10th, 2014 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Ottawa | Parenting | Sponsored - (Comments Off on Puppet it Up)

Today is the second and last day of the Puppets Up festival in Almonte, and this is just to note that if you’re considering it you should head on down. The kid and her Daddy went yesterday and had a great time, seeing two shows and the parade. They went to see a third show …
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