Alison Garwood Jones

It’s SO hard to be interesting

Originally published in March 2010 in Blog

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Day traders: then and now

Originally published in March 2010 in Blog

THEN (ca.1986-2008) NOW Four blog posts down, on March 19th,  I looked at the male-dominated culture of day trading. After the hard lessons of September 2008 (September sure has proven to be a calamitous month, hasn’t it?), I wondered how and if we can change the recklessness of this species of capitalists? “Do you put […]

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Je ne suis pas flattée

Originally published in March 2010 in Blog

When French poet Jean Cocteau told Coco Chanel “you think like a man,” mad, she countered by grabbing a silk ribbon and tying it around her head (bow forward). “Chanel may have believed she was equal to any man,” writes Janet Wallach, “but she never confused the two sexes. Parity was important, but femininity was […]

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R.I.P. Fess Parker

Originally published in March 2010 in Blog

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Witnessing history is good for our health

Originally published in March 2010 in Blog

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This one and only life

Originally published in March 2010 in Blog

Beer turns lots of people into citizen philosophers, including me. I was nursing a Guinness the other day with my friend, Ajeet, when, apropos of nothing, he sighed and announced, “Well, I’ve fulfilled my biological destiny. I’ve fathered a boy and a girl.” He didn’t elaborate, although I gave him the space to. All I […]

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Best before dates

Originally published in March 2010 in Blog

Anne Mroczkowski has thought about it, but gender is one rabbit hole she doesn’t want to go down, at least not in public. Last month, the award-winning journalist and co-host of Toronto’s CityNews at Six on City TV was fired. She was one of about 35 staffers handed their walking papers and one of seven […]

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Designing the post-oil world

Originally published in March 2010 in This Magazine

A new generation of designers propose products that are energy efficient and elegant Rick Mercer’s quip during the Copenhagen climate conference last December summed it up best: “So [Stephen] Harper flew to Copenhagen to have a club sandwich and hide in his room?” The post-Copenhagen doldrums were still bringing us down when Thomas Auer, managing […]

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The rise of Homo Empathicus

Originally published in March 2010 in Blog

I’m adopted and so are my brothers. When I was born I beamed a lot and within weeks was matched with a family. But one of my older brothers spent the first seven months of his life bouncing around in foster care. Five different foster families returned him because he wouldn’t stop crying. My mother […]

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