Alison Garwood Jones

Move it!

Originally published in June 2010 in Blog

On some mornings, I get up thinking about Twyla Tharp (left), the American choreographer. And I’m not even a dancer, I’m a writer. I don’t know Twyla, but I do know that she moves like Fred Astaire (leading, not following) and once directed a line of classical ballerinas to sing en pointe. Years of studying the […]

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Woof!

Originally published in June 2010 in Blog

The front hallway of the house I grew up in was a grotto of potted plants and hanging baskets placed in and amongst a collection of modern art made from highly polished cast steel. A floating staircase linking the hallway to a second level cut through the middle of this exhibition of vines and metal […]

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While you were sleeping

Originally published in June 2010 in Blog

Here’s an update on two earlier sleep posts, “You snooze, you lose” and “Rubin Naiman in conversation.” Hey all you cool kids! When it comes to apps, Caveat Emptor. Technology’s war on boundaries continues with “Social Sleeping.” Here’s another case of, just-because-you-can-doesn’t-mean-you-should. The iHome + Sleep app lets you “post updates to your social networks […]

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Great in its day

Originally published in June 2010 in Blog

It’s really hard watching one generation replace another, especially when the older one is filled with heroes (I’m thinking of how technology is forcing the early retirement of some perfectly good minds).  It’s like witnessing a grand ship sink … all the way down to the bubbles on the surface. The End

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Where we belong

Originally published in June 2010 in Blog

  That’s me, age 6, in my dad’s office squeaking up a storm with some markers on the backside of a blueprint (he’s an architect). Look how shiny my hair is. Of the hundreds of photos I have of myself — goofing around with friends, smiling for the school photographer or posing in front of a […]

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Recommended reading

Originally published in June 2010 in Blog

Slip this charmer into your tote bag this summer. College co-eds, Lee and Jacqueline Bouvier, write and sketch their way across Europe in pursuit of the “Lah De Dah” set in One Special Summer. This slender volume shows that travel can still be a glamorous affair (it was 1951, afterall). Read it and you’ll realize […]

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Current state of mind

Originally published in June 2010 in Blog

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Sandbox tools

Originally published in June 2010 in Blog

Before the sun sets on today, do at least one playful thing. Laughing out loud definitely counts. If you’ve already laughed, do it again. You’ve got seven more hours to find something funny. The progress of the world depends on it. Really. From an evolutionary standpoint, humans are supposed to be pretty playful creatures compared […]

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Anne is back!

Originally published in June 2010 in Blog

A happy follow-up to my post Best Before Dates, written three months ago. Broadcast journalist, Anne Mroczkowski (left), fired last February as co-anchor of Toronto’s CityNews at Six on City TV, is back on air tonight. The rumours on Twitter were true. Global wooed and won her as the new co-host (with Leslie Roberts) of […]

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