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Family stories

La mémoire des Hommes brûlés

— C’est une histoire de grands hommes. Une histoire triste qui se murmure. Une histoire comme d’autres qui font l’Histoire. Comme celles qui soufflent sur les braises et sur nos âmes. Comme celles qui font craquer les digues à Scheveningen. … Continue reading

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It’s life and life only

Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with a small cancer. Nothing major at all. Nothing grand. A pesky malignant nodule, the size of a shriveled plum, sitting insidiously over my Thyroid was surgically removed. It took a bit of a … Continue reading

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Histoire pour Noah

Sometimes, one goes back in time, searching for memories. This 15-year old story is for Noah:

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Mandela

A few weeks ago, on the way to school, Jesse, one of the many bright kids in our carpool, and our son Noah were discussing Machiavellianism.  Jesse made a particularly interesting and surprising comment on human nature and political systems.

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“Arribada” – Rescuing Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

By Noah Botman In July 2013, I was fortunate to travel to Costa Rica with my family to experience the incredible biodiversity in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

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March of the Living – Israel

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March of the Living – Poland

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Efi – The End of Processing

Last Saturday, we were invited by our friends Karen and Steve to celebrate Karen’s birthday at Walima, our favorite Moroccan restaurant on Avenue Road. As the evening progressed, the conversation meandered gently from place to place, from our lives back … Continue reading

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The Obama Yad Vashem Address

As many of our loved ones journeyed from Poland to Israel, traveling across the world from a somber Yom HaShoah commemoration in Auschwitz to a glorious Yom HaAtzma’ut celebration in Massada, we are also to remember the thousands of survivors … Continue reading

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Memories from Auschwitz

In the spring of 1977, I was in my last year of Humanity studies at the “Collège St. Vincent”, in the small town of Soignies, in the French part of Belgium.  I was invited to accompany my good friend André … Continue reading

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Howard & Nancy Kleinberg: Testimonies of Survivors

By Noah Botman. On Sunday February 10, 2013, in preparation for “The March of the Living”, scheduled to take place early April, a few Jewish students – including our son, Noah – interviewed Holocaust survivors, Nancy and Howard Kleinberg. We … Continue reading

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Kids on the Street

Last Sunday, like every year, Toronto celebrated the encompassing nature of literary imagination during its “ Word on the Street” event. As every year, Lindy woke up early to join her colleagues and volunteer teachers at the OTF booth.  This … Continue reading

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“The tails of two kitties” … The British Shorthair and Scottish Fold story

A few words on our gentle cat, Misty, her partner Johnny, and their lovely five new kittens. (See photo gallery following article by clicking on link below.)

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RMR

It has become a bit of a tradition of the Botman-Amato clan: around Noah’s birthday we try to make it to an RMR taping and shake hands with Rick Mercer.

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The dog ate my homework!

We recently acquired a brand new paper shredder …

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