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The good Chancellor

February 3rd, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on The good Chancellor)

Joe and I started talking about moving in together quite soon after we started dating, and before we moved in together we started talking about getting a pet. We flirted with the idea of a rabbit but in the end the thought of a dog of our own won out, and we started looking for …
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A picture at the top of the stairs

January 27th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on A picture at the top of the stairs)

Dear Gramps, I know that you hated having your picture taken, and I saw the frown on your face those times when you realized I was trying to be sneaky with my camera, but there are pictures of you in this house that make me smile every time I see them. A picture at the …
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This morning I was looking through Reddit and someone posted a question – in relation to recent current events – wondering if people were forced to get a tattoo of a political figure who would they get. I┬áhave many tattoos, most of which are in memory of some person or another in my life. The …
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Body image

January 20th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #MommyScholar | Personal - (Comments Off on Body image)

I’m taking these singing lessons and every week I think I should just stop. There is no reason for the lessons, except that it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I finally decided maybe I could use that time for me. I’m not planning on dropping everything and recording an album, I’m not going …
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Honest, open and brave

January 1st, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on Honest, open and brave)

As usual last year, I set my three words I wanted to live by for 2018. I chose honest, open and brave. I said I was going to relish 2018. I had no idea that I would be ready to set everything on fire by the end of it. I feel like I failed all …
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A pie, marked with a G

December 24th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on A pie, marked with a G)

As far back as I remember, whenever my family gathered for a homemade meal – me, my sister, my mother and my Tutu and Gramps – at some point one of us would ask what was for dessert and my Gramps would answer – every. single. time. – “Hot mince pie and ice cream.” And …
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Hallowed Halls

December 12th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Ottawa | Personal - (Comments Off on Hallowed Halls)

When I was a kid, my Gramps tried to convince us that the work my mother did on Parliament Hill included setting the Peace Tower clock. Like leaning out of the Peace Tower and moving the hands on the clock. What she actually did was research for Mr. Gordon Fairweather, MP for Fundy-Royal. She spent …
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When my daughter was born she had three great-grandparents and four grandparents ready and excited to meet her. She had a Great-Grandpa Joe and a Grandpa Joe and her Daddy, Joe. She had two Grandpas, one whose given name was Thomas but he always went by his middle name, and one whose middle name was …
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By the book

November 26th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on By the book)

When I was in high school I carried around a notebook at all times. Sometimes it was a legal pad, sometimes it was a pad of graph paper, but most often it was a notebook. I still have many of these notebooks. Some are in my office in a drawer, some are in storage in …
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I have been a bit out of control for several months now. We’re been so stressed, first with the house on the market, then moving, getting the kid to start school and all the anxiety issues that have plagued us since. We haven’t had respite since May, I think. It’s been constant change and upheaval. …
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