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The Governor of Florida is threatening to withhold pay from school superintendents who defy his ban on mask mandates. Meanwhile, 6,000 children in Louisiana have Covid, cases have doubled in just four days. Alberta is being called Canada’s Florida because it is the only place in the Western world that has removed all safeguards. “Learning …
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Valley girl

July 13th, 2021 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Valley girl)

Ever since we moved to our new little town I have felt this need to justify myself as a local. Yes, I grew up right in the middle of the city, but this was always a place of mine. I’m not just some city person trying to get away from the hectic life. The fact …
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Rise and fall

March 8th, 2021 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Rise and fall)

Grief ebbs and flows and the further you get away from it the more unexpectedly it strikes. My Gramps died three years ago this month. One of the biggest influences in my life, on me. One of the biggest holes in my life. I have his picture in my office and I keep his pipe …
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The little things

February 21st, 2021 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on The little things)

All through January I was taking part in the #MakeDontBreak challenge that got me doing a little bit of something every day – sketching and water colour, some painting with acrylics, knitting, and the piecing of my first ever quilt top. There were days when I knit a couple of rows just to get it …
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In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights

February 3rd, 2021 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights)

“What vision do I hold that gets me excited about what’s possible?” This was a prompt as part of #MakeDontBreak that caught me. Stopped me reading. What vision do I hold that gets me excited about what’s possible? Generally I consider myself a pessimist and a cynic, but when I think about the work I …
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Quirk Quark Quack

January 14th, 2021 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Quirk Quark Quack)

I’m doing this creating challenge through January to encourage myself to get my hands dirty a little more often, and today’s prompt was “What does belonging mean to you?” So while I was doing my morning pages – another habit I’m trying to get in to – I started thinking about that. What does it …
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Idle hands

January 2nd, 2021 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Idle hands)

I have been trying to dive into my creativity. I need it – it’s an anti-depressant for me. When I get into it I can lose myself, lose time. I want to say that I was very creative as a kid – I remember trips to Wallack’s, painting, sketching, lots of writing – but at …
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Changing circumstances

December 23rd, 2020 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Changing circumstances)

I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a post about a contest and part of each entry was choosing a word that will define your 2021, and I realized that’s a thing I usually do for the new year – even if I still can’t believing it’s approaching so quickly. I also realized that I …
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And so we shall

December 23rd, 2020 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on And so we shall)

It feels like I’m making plans for January too early, but it is – unbelievably – right around the corner. We’re now on lockdown for the next month or so, and I’m thinking about the projects I’ve got ahead of me. I’ve now got a goal of not spending any money through the month of …
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Just dreadful

December 11th, 2020 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Just dreadful)

I am a true crime fan. I started reading about ghosts, aliens and murderers when I was pretty young. There were Time Life books that I took out of the library multiple times. I read about unsolved crimes and watched Robert Stack on Unsolved Mysteries. I learned about serial killers – the Zodiac, the Manson …
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