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The Flow

February 25th, 2020 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health | Personal - (Comments Off on The Flow)

I’m a writer. I have always been a writer – from the time I wrote a book of poems about pig and printed them out on our dot matrix along with a clip art cover. It’s what I do for work (and hopefully will continue to do). I’m good at it, it comes easily to …
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Undeniably me

February 23rd, 2020 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on Undeniably me)

Soon I turn 39. It seems utterly absurd, because in my brain I’m not a grown up. My mental age is about 17, I think. But I also know I’m not 17 because I’ve been married for almost 13 years and I have a 10 year old daughter. I also have vivid memories of things …
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Vacationing with the family

February 21st, 2020 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on Vacationing with the family)

Last year I went to Cuba by myself. I went to an adults-only resort and spent a week doing whatever the hell I felt like doing. It was excellent and I needed it. This year we all needed it. So we booked a trip to Cuba – a week over the Family Day holiday weekend. …
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I’ve become so numb

December 22nd, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on I’ve become so numb)

I have been trying very hard to care about Christmas this year. I have a 9 year old and she’s excited and I want her to be excited, but there is so much else that I want. I want certainty, but we only walk farther away from it. I want to be okay, but every …
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At the end of March we brought Frank the dog into our home. I found him while looking but not really looking for a rescue dog, because I wasn’t sure the family was ready for a dog that wasn’t Henry. But there he was. We drove all the way to Toronto to meet him and …
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These are the people

November 17th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on These are the people)

We watched the Sesame Street 50th anniversary special tonight. Now I love Sesame Street. I love the Muppets. I love Jim Henson. All of these things were a major part of my childhood. These shows introduced me to so many things – not the least of which is my sense of humour. I still remember …
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Get your brave on

November 16th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on Get your brave on)

I had two conflicting experiences online this past week and I’m trying to wrap my head around them. On the one hand, I was named by several people who I know, like and admire, as one of their list of inspiration women. Five lists of ten I was on. I felt like a fraud. I …
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Old Myths

October 8th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on Old Myths)

I found out that it’s likely I’ll be sent to Toronto for work in the near future and I was thinking about that, and my dislike of the city, and that it’s good I’ll have a colleague to help me make sure I don’t get lost. And then I thought to myself – I haven’t …
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Almost 100

July 26th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on Almost 100)

One of the last few times we went to visit my Gramps, my kid asked him if he was going to live to be 100. He replied, “I’ll give it a go.” Today would have been his 99th birthday. The year he turned 90, he was still living in Regina and my sister and I …
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A Veranda

July 22nd, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on A Veranda)

When we lost my Dad in 2015, we also lost his house. It was the house my parents bought together as they started their new life, the house I came home to as a newborn. He lived there for 40 years – almost to the day. They moved in on May 1 and he died …
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