Judie Amyot

Life's Like That

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All right, kids, how excited are you to be putting away your bathing suits and getting out the school bags? It’s that time of the year again when your happy faces revert to a scowl and your parents try to refrain from singing “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”. But it’s not all negat…

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Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by the stunning beauty and destructive fury of volcanoes. Having previously travelled to the Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Maui decades ago, it had been a bucket list dream to visit the Big Island of Hawaii where all the volcanic activity occu…

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For most of us, our first instructor in life is our mother. If we are lucky, she will teach us right from wrong and guide us to the best path we can follow throughout our life so that we can be the successful and happy adults she wants us to be. I only had 21 years with my mother and while I…

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Everyone who knows me knows how much I despise winter and all that it brings to the table. However, the one that we are currently kicking to the frozen curb has left me at a loss for words. Well, actually, there are a few words that come to mind but I doubt my editor would let me use them he…

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“What a crazy world we live in” is not a statement that is unique to current times but one that has undoubtedly been echoed by every previous generation as our planet has always seemed to have been spiralling out of control for one reason or another. There have always been factors that have …

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Even though this isn’t my pet column, we are into the dog days of summer, a time of the year that conjures up all kinds of memories and emotions for me. I love summer. It follows my favourite season, spring, and allows everyone to be footloose and fancy-free without worrying about slipping o…

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It’s difficult to believe in something when you haven’t seen it with your own eyes or haven’t had it happen to you personally. I have often scoffed at stories of supernatural encounters, believing someone’s active imagination is having a particularly productive day. But sometimes, the person…

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From the moment the pregnancy test reads positive, when your first ultrasound reveals that fluttering heartbeat, you know you are now a mother. The decision to become a mother is never one to be taken lightly as once it happens, the person you used to be is gone forever and motherhood define…

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We start out in life as a seemingly blank slate but unbeknownst to us we are already programmed genetically to grow into someone who has a mix of traits from both sides of our lineage. As babies we may be fussy or calm and as toddlers we may test the patience of a saint or happily eat our br…

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As a child I couldn’t wait for Christmas and all the weeks leading up to it. I never questioned how an overweight senior citizen could slide down the chimney and then pull himself back up after consuming several cookies and a glass of milk. All that mattered were the presents he left behind …

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Ever since I can remember, I have loved going to the mall. Back in the day it was called a shopping centre and was open to the elements before expansion closed in all sides and made it THE place to go for all your shopping needs. Today, malls tend to be dying a slow and predictable death as …

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It never makes us feel good when we find out a friend is not feeling well. They have a cold or the flu or even the dreaded gastro that can be considered an instant diet. We keep in touch and wish them a speedy recovery but no hugging is allowed as we don’t want what they have. But what if wh…

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At some point in our lives we feel that pang of regret at not having said or done something that would have made a positive difference in someone’s life. It was either a missed opportunity that we couldn’t recognize at the time or habitual procrastination that we can tell this person later. …

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When I was in my teens and twenties, getting a job was such an easy thing to do. Prospective employers were willing to take you on even if you had no experience, no college or university degree and no C.V. They were all willing to train you as they knew that would mold you into exactly the t…

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I recently went downtown with a friend and my daughter to see a show at Place des Arts and we decided to take the subway rather than idle in traffic for an eternity. While I have never been a fan of public transit and prefer the comfort and solitude of my car, this recent experience was eye …

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Barbie doll and I have been friends since 1959 when she was first created by Ruth and Elliot Handler and released by Mattel. The Handler’s were in Germany and saw a Bild Lili doll in a storefront window, which planted the seed that led to Barbie’s birth.

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You hear the words “mother-in-law” and cringe. She is the mother of your spouse or partner and you have walked into her life, snatched her child and taken top spot away from her. This can’t be good.

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Tradition. I can almost hear Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof singing this heartwarming song as I reflect on happy memories from my past. They came from family traditions that I am proud to include in my life today. I want my children to have their own set of joyous recollections that will bri…

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My number one son has flown the coop. It was time. My number one daughter still lives at home, which is why I consider my little nest to be half full rather than half empty. When our children are first born, it is unimaginable that they will one day leave the family home to test the waters o…

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We all want our dogs to live long and healthy lives and it’s up to us to ensure that their diet consists of foods that will provide everything they need to thrive. It’s so tempting to slip them a little something under the table when we’re having a meal or add human foods to their doggy bowl…