Alison Garwood Jones

#FreedomIsBlogging

Originally published in April 2012 in Blog

When it comes to blogging, my mental trajectory over the last couple of years has looked something like this: Looking back, I’d love to say I was an early adopter. The truth is, I arrived late to the social media party and hardly mingled when I got there, choosing, instead, to mope alone in a […]

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Pink snow

Originally published in April 2012 in Blog

“Last week the cherry blossoms were falling all over the city, and children chased them in the same way they chase snowflakes. The most spectacular drifts of this pink snow were to be seen along Park Avenue, where cherry trees line the center island, and speeding cars cause the petals to swirl and dance.” — Bill Cunningham, […]

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Hot off the press

Originally published in April 2012 in Blog

My latest article … The healthy house Photography by Shai Gil Four years ago, when Toronto’s Superkül transformed a derelict blacksmith’s shop on a narrow city laneway into a sustainable single-family home, the firm’s preservationist aesthetic went viral with design critics and tree huggers alike. With their latest residential project, in rural Ontario, principals Andre D’Elia and Meg Graham faced […]

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Why some never disappear

Originally published in April 2012 in Blog

I am not a grammar geek. I didn’t like Strunk & White’s Elements of Style. Admitting that, I’m told, is a travesty — like not drinking 8 glasses of water a day. I do, however, love everything else E.B. White wrote and said. He feels like a trusted mentor. “A writer should concern himself with […]

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Spotlight: Growing Pains

Originally published in April 2012 in Blog

SPOTLIGHT is Society Pages’ newest column focusing on questionable occurrences. Read other columns here. A dozen years ago, when the thought of becoming an academic art historian had lost its luster, I found myself throwing all of my investigative energy into a more personal story. This was back when I was trying to break into journalism, with no […]

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Spotlight: Vanishing accents

Originally published in April 2012 in Blog

I’ve been covering music, and especially music and the internet, a fair bit lately. Here’s a piece I published last year that tackles the mystery of singing and accents. Enjoy! SPOTLIGHT is Society Pages’ newest column focusing on questionable occurrences In 1981, Sheena Easton was a 22-year old club kid with a glossy pout and […]

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Idea loop

Originally published in April 2012 in Blog

  The circle of inspiration goes round and round and round. My thanks to Neil Farber for sending and signing a copy of his latest book, Constructive Abandonment. And in case you’re wondering how I inspired him …    

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Let the games begin

Originally published in April 2012 in Blog

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