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Trans Rights Are Human Rights

November 18th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Issues | Personal - (Comments Off on Trans Rights Are Human Rights)

Years ago we were invited over to a friends’ house for dinner and during that dinner one of our friends told us that he was going to be transitioning – that he would be him in the near future. This was fairly easy to accept. For one, because it was clear he was confident and …
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A decade

November 17th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on A decade)

I went through a job interview recently in which one of the questions was ‘where do you see yourself in 10 years’ and I was flabbergasted. Because I don’t freaking know. I know that 10 years ago I certainly did not expect to be where I am now, and any guesses 10 years before that …
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Inked

November 15th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on Inked)

Since my last tattoo I have been thinking about my next tattoo. Partly inspired by the woman who did my last two – and Joe’s last one. Partly inspired by my embracing my geekiness. At the same time that I’ve been designing my next tattoo in my head, I have also been thinking that maybe …
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To echo what he’d done

November 14th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on To echo what he’d done)

When we were in New York, I took the kid to see Kinky Boots. I’ve seen the show before, and I’m a fan. It’s an uplifting story with fun music and drag queens – where can that go wrong? The kid had heard some of the music and specifically asked to see it, so we …
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In with the new

November 13th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Learning | Personal - (Comments Off on In with the new)

I have discovered as an adult that I very much enjoy classes on things. I figured this out when I want back to university, but it’s become more obvious with the little things – a knitting class here and there, painting workshops. This fall I started piano lessons. We put the kid in them last …
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An ode to Jodie

November 12th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal | Women's Issues - (Comments Off on An ode to Jodie)

When the rumours started that the next Doctor might be a woman, I was intrigued but not hopeful. Even when it was just rumours there were male fans (#notallmen) who were up in arms. How dare this fictional alien change in an unapproved way. When the video announcement was released it became obvious that I …
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I remember

November 11th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Personal - (Comments Off on I remember)

Remembrance Day is always a time of ghosts. I have always felt heavily the sacrifices that were made. Maybe more heavily than ever right now, as the world marches in what seems to be the wrong direction. I knew from a young age that my grandfather had gone to war. He and his two brothers …
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Ours the task eternal

November 10th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on Ours the task eternal)

We spent the afternoon in the Carleton University field house today. Joe went to pick up his Master’s degree and the kid and I went to cheer. This was the fourth time I’ve been in the field house for a grad, but the first time it hasn’t been one of mine… I’m pretty sure the …
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Doodle fiercely

November 9th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Learning | Personal | Work - (Comments Off on Doodle fiercely)

I was reading this book Fierce Conversations, which is supposed to be about achieving success at work and in life, but I’ve been really struggling to get through it, and I think today was the final straw. There was a section about hosting a meeting, and it suggested starting off by asking everyone to put …
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Laid up

November 8th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health | Personal - (Comments Off on Laid up)

I have come back from New York sick. Something about four planes, cool temperatures and rain, sleeping in the same bed with an 8-year-old who is probably riddled with germs. It all came together and got me good. I was exhausted yesterday, and so was she, but the flight did a number on her sinuses …
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