Alison Garwood Jones

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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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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Hot off the press

Originally published in August 2011 in Blog

Below is the “blogified” version of an article of mine that just hit the newstands. If you want to read the original piece (pictured above), Go “clickety click” right here. But first, I’d like to add a preamble … if you don’t mind. The world is sick. I mean, why do we insist on pushing people’s […]

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The big reveal

Originally published in May 2011 in Blog

How would you feel if genome analysis revealed you were predisposed to “early sudden death” from vascular disease? Less hungry for chips? Determined to blow all your savings in Vegas and have as much sex as the day is long? And what if a message in your inbox from a lab in sunny California coldly […]

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Old habits die hard

Originally published in March 2011 in Blog

We all have our coping mechanisms for getting through life, habits we pick up as youngsters or fall into as adults. Some are private and gross (toe nail biting) or public and determined (nose picking). A few enlighten and engage the human spirit (reading), while others are mechanical and redundant (hand washing), or lonely (midnight […]

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The secret to longevity

Originally published in December 2010 in Chatelaine

What do most major life-threatening illnesses have in common? It’s not genetics or lifestyle, but chronic inflammation. Fighting this silent fire within will not only help you live longer, it will help you live better. Read on to find out how to tame the flame Women are strong. Our immune systems respond better to trauma […]

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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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You snooze, you lose

Originally published in May 2010 in Blog

Since when did sleep become the enemy? Was it when Martha Stewart gloated that she only needed three or four hours of it every night? Is that when the rest of us (this writer excluded) began pasting determined smiles over our exhausted bodies, when Martha taught us that less sleep = more corporate success? And […]

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Witnessing history is good for our health

Originally published in March 2010 in Blog

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