Alison Garwood Jones

Is this how we think of ourselves?

Originally published in February 2010 in Blog

You laugh, but there was a time when we used to stare at a bouncing newborn baby and the first thing that came to mind was: You’re a depraved sinner. Better luck to you in the next life. For 1500 years this view of human nature dominated because The Church defined our consciousness. And who […]

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I write, you write, we all write

Originally published in February 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized

“What does your son do?” asked a friend of François Zola. “Nothing. He writes.” replied Zola, an engineer (mostly of bridges and dams) and father of the journalist and best-selling novelist, Emile Zola. This conversation took place in the late nineteenth century, long before there were phones or the internet, so it was still possible for […]

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The Internet Age heralds a shift in human nature

Originally published in February 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized

Facebook (est. 2004 in a stinky Harvard dorm) took almost five years to attract its first 150 million users, but only eight months to double that number, says The Economist in a Special Report on Social Networking. As a social platform initially designed to share tipsy pics and Saturday night plans, it’s becoming clear, and pretty fast, […]

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Things are looking up

Originally published in February 2010 in Blog

Just when I thought smart phones were fast becoming the device of choice for philanderers, and sexting the most dominant literary form on these gadgets (“U look good naked,” etc., etc.), a new study shows that we’re using the email accounts on our phones and computers to spread more enlightening news. An article by John […]

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Momento mori

Originally published in February 2010 in Blog

Alzheimer’s Tale: Several years ago, I found this folded piece of paper in the pocket of my mother’s favourite cardigan. This was just before my dad and I gave away her clothes to the Salvation Army and my last reminder that she didn’t want to forget us. ~ Penny is the family dog.

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On the move

Originally published in February 2010 in Blog

You can never tell by looking at a person why they feel the need to run in the dark at 6:00 am, but pretending to know their story is like a parlour game to me. That guy was told by his doctor he has diabetes and exercise will lower his blood sugar. Her divorce just […]

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The long goodbye …

Originally published in February 2010 in Blog

I got a lot of moving feedback the first time I wrote about my mother, Catherine, here in  The Long Goodbye, published four years ago on this blog. After she died in December 2012, I expanded on the story of our relationship and turned it into a magazine piece for Glow Magazine. You can read that version here. I […]

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