Alison Garwood Jones

Street talk

Originally published in October 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized

I’ve often wondered the origin of street names in Toronto, especially when I have work to do. If you’re looking for a distraction too, here’s some trivia: Queen Street: Named after HRH Queen Victoria. Formerly called Lot Street. King Street: Another royal road, King Street was named after King George III, but has also at […]

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Just so you know

Originally published in October 2011 in Blog

“There is no fiction and non-fiction as we commonly understand the distinction; there is only narrative.” — E.L Doctorow

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RIP Homemakers

Originally published in October 2011 in Blog

One of my employers died last night. Homemakers Magazine was 45 years old, but her time had come. A combination of factors did her in: the economy, the rise of digital media, questions about her relevance in the face of competition (Canadian Living, Chatelaine, Good Housekeeping). D.B. Scott’s obit is worth the read. Despite her […]

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True beauty

Originally published in October 2011 in Blog

At The Bay, Queen Street, Toronto — October 25, 2011

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It’s just a phase

Originally published in October 2011 in Blog

Journalists go through phases. During and right after I left Elle Magazine, my beat was lipstick. I was the beauty editor. I reported on shade ranges, hero ingredients and cupids bows for years until I finally managed to write my way out of the pink ghetto. Beauty editor: I looked the part, but didn’t think […]

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“Kids today don’t know shit” — George Lois

Originally published in October 2011 in Blog

Whenever anyone coos about the “Golden Age of Journalism” this is what they’re talking about:   And this:   And these:   Not this:   And and I worked for Elle, God love’em. But if you had to choose between This                             […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

Originally published in October 2011 in Blog

Ready … Set … Go!   Zzzzzzzzzzzz   ©AGJ on Sketches

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Fade to black

Originally published in October 2011 in Blog

Steve Jobs (1955-2011) ©AGJ on Sketches

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