Alison Garwood Jones

Enid, Bruce & Pierre

Originally published in October 2015 in Blog

“Hey, what’s up with Fergie?” asked Jacob Meier, one of the boys in Enid Ferguson’s Grade 9 Canadian history class. Someone had to explain her absence. It was a Wednesday morning at Rideau Academy and Enid had called in sick one day after dragging herself to school in lumpy drawstring track pants and shock-absorbing runners. Jacob, […]

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Typeset truths

Originally published in October 2015 in Blog

For my friends at Lean In Canada.

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TEDx

Originally published in May 2015 in Blog, Doodling, Graphic Recording, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Visual Notetaking, Visual Storytelling

TEDxWomen 2015 is a one-day event showcasing women’s voices and perspectives from around the world. While TEDxTheAnnexWomen highlights local voices in Toronto, it is part of an intercontinental network of inspiring storytelling. Here’s how I saw what I heard.

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Out of the woods

Originally published in April 2015 in Blog

ildegard walked the forest in a squeaking body of armor. Her chest plate was bronze and had dings from all the arrows that had tried to pierce her heart, but never made it. Her waist was tiny and bound by a wide leather belt fringed with hard studs designed to keep hands off. Her long […]

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Why I didn’t work it

Originally published in February 2015 in Blog

I don’t normally take requests on my blog. But a good friend of mine who has been watching me play at this piano for the last six years, and who has more than once thrown encouragement in my tip cup, says he wants me to write about beauty. My beauty. “I keep talking about beauty […]

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Energy report

Originally published in January 2015 in Blog

My energy reserves are more precious than oil. I don’t know if it’s a female thing? The men I know and love and don’t love don’t share the nitty gritty details of their energy metrics. For all I know, they’re concealing some wild fluctuations. Productivity is what we’re all chasing. It’s the gold standard and […]

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Consciousness Raising

Originally published in December 2014 in Blog

Then and now This post is dedicated to #RememberThe14,#December6, #MontrealMassacre, #ABetterMan, @EngineersCanada Twitter eggshell image via @CompDealerNews

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More on loving your job

Originally published in June 2014 in Blog

He was all shiny and aquiline when he walked up to the lectern.* His face was pulled tighter than a drum. Jeff Koons, Julian Assange and Andy Warhol stood backstage and watched. Meanwhile, a team of caterers behind some swinging doors at the back were preparing to serve us His Menu of grilled salmon and […]

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I Woman, you Man — what’s it all mean?

Originally published in June 2014 in Blog

The #YesAllWomen hashtag has inspired a ton of stories by women describing what they experience on a daily basis just because they are women. For this, I go back to John Berger and an earlier post I wrote called, “Out of sight.”  Here is the podcast. Have a listen:     Left: Steve McQueen in […]

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Language classes

Originally published in May 2014 in Blog

At first we were told to study French. And so we did, Memorizing hundreds of verbs: To resemble, to be like, to look like. To loosen, to unleash, to let go. To daze, to stun, to bewilder … And when school was done with us, we found jobs in government. Or moved to Montréal to […]

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