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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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A Bigger Mood

November 24th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on A Bigger Mood)

When I had my first voice lesson this fall (shout out to ASNY) and while we were talking and warming up and practicing and my wonderful teacher said to me: “You have a bigger voice in you.” This is not the first time Jennifer Fontaine has said something to me that means so much more …
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End of an era

November 24th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Ottawa | Personal - (Comments Off on End of an era)

Wong’s Palace opened in 1978. That same year my grandparents started going there to eat. When my daughter was born we took her there and put in her the same high chairs I used as a baby. It has been our family place my whole life. Every Christmas Eve dinner, birthdays and other celebrations. When …
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Marriage, that blessed arrangement

November 22nd, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on Marriage, that blessed arrangement)

A few weeks I went to an event for work. This event involved me greeting some guests in the lobby of the hotel where it was being held, which also meant I got to do some people watching. It was pretty great considering our event was for kids and a lot of them were wearing …
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Baby It’s Cold Outside

November 21st, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on Baby It’s Cold Outside)

It’s November and we had a snow day last week and a frostbite advisory today. I’m confused. It feels intensely cold, and I think part of that is that I was so totally unprepared for it this early. It makes it very difficult to leave the house when you don’t have to. Or get out …
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Being loud

November 20th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health | Personal - (Comments Off on Being loud)

This fall I started taking voice lessons. It’s something I have wanted to do most of my life, but never wanted people to know it’s something I wanted. It’s been good, fun some days, but this weekend it was different. This weekend I walked into the room feeling unbelievably uncomfortable in my own skin. I …
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Hill House

November 19th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on Hill House)

I have been watching The Haunting of Hill House. I was warned that it might be too much. I heard from people that it was too scary. I have not found it that scary – no more than any horror movie, certainly, and most episodes not at all, really. What I have found is an …
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