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Jeannine Ritchot
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Public servant by day. Wife, dog-owner, Springsteen fan, CFL fan, runner and part-time blogger by night.
Public servant by day. Wife, dog-owner, Springsteen fan, CFL fan, runner and part-time blogger by night.

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Moving on... An open letter to the new owners of our former home
I sat at this island on my wedding day as one of my best friends did my make up.  Then I walked up those stairs to my bedroom, where my Mom helped me into the wedding dress that she wore - and that my grandmother sewed - 35 years earlier when she married my...
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What's in a name?
On June 12, I told this story on a new podcast called One New Message . One New Message is inspired by those calls that we have all made because we had something really important to say to someone, but for some reason, we couldn't say it. It's a great show,...
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"We said we'd walk together..."
It's true that Valentine's Day is NOT my favourite holiday . Hubby and I don't exchange gifts. We don't go out for dinner anywhere. There are no grand, romantic gifts of flowers at the office. But that doesn't mean that we are not romantic in our own little...
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On zebra print and other signs of aging
Last night, I sent the following message to three of my best friends: "I am sitting in a hotel room. In Bethesda, Maryland. Drinking chamomile tea. And wearing a... wait for it... zebra print negligee. And I'm by myself... This, ladies, is me staring 40 rig...
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Over half of my life...
I was 3 months shy of my 18th birthday when I left the sleepy prairie town of Killarney, Manitoba to come to the University of Ottawa. I stuffed everything that I owned - which at the time consisted of clothing, my c.d. collection (made up mostly of REM, th...
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All grown up
Dear M, I remember the first day that I met you. You were 3 weeks old. You had these really long, skinny legs and long, skinny arms. Your hair was so blond that you looked bald. You either slept or cried. Frankly, you weren't that much to look at. But my go...
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On getting inked
When I was in university, it seemed like every other week, another one of my friends was coming into the campus bar with a tattoo. I wanted one too. The trouble was, I didn't know what I wanted. Until one day, a close friend of mine grabbed my notebook and ...
On getting inked
On getting inked
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The Ultimate Sacrifice
The Sargent-at-Arms receives a 4 minute standing ovation when he enters the House of Commons. As Members of Parliament sing O Canada, a single tear falls down his cheek.  "You are so loved", the words repeated over and over to Corporal Nathan Cirillo by civ...
The Ultimate Sacrifice
The Ultimate Sacrifice
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"We are the (B-side) champions, my friends!"
Some of my earliest - and fondest - memories are of playing baseball. I must have been really young - like 3 or so - when my Dad first taught me how to swing a bat. He bought me this big red plastic bat and a plastic ball, and while Mom stayed home with my ...
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For shame...
When I was a teenage girl, my bedroom was wallpapered with posters of all the stars that I loved most. The list is more than a little embarrassing. I mean, it includes the New Kids on the Block and Kirk Cameron... You know, the regular crew that appeared in...
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