Alison Garwood Jones

She loves me

Originally published in June 2015 in Blog

There’s a reason why guitar strummers always get the girl. Even base players have been taken aback over how easily the hugs and propositions flow after a show. We’ve been saying it since the 1970s: some guys are just more “sensitive.” Women notice men who can emote — or who, at least, convince us they […]

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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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Move over

Originally published in December 2014 in Blog

New technology has always been forcing us to change. Here is a priceless vignette by Doris Lessing about the introduction of the television set to the row houses of post-war London. t was the summer of 1950. Before I left Denbigh Road I saw the end of an era, the death of a culture: television […]

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Winter’s last blast

Originally published in April 2014 in Blog

I hope …

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Shrinking comfort zone

Originally published in August 2013 in Blog

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Made in prison

Originally published in May 2013 in Blog

YOU: Whaddya in for? ME: I opted in. I pressed the button that said, “Create my account,” then I agreed to some terms I never read. YOU: Ouch. YOU: How long you in for? ME: Life. YOU: When did you do it? ME: Five years ago. YOU: Whaddya do with your time now that you’re […]

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We interrupt our regular programming

Originally published in April 2013 in Blog

It’s been a heinous week in the news. I needed some sparkle.   “The Hepburn Shuffle” by Chris Wahl.

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La beauté

Originally published in February 2013 in Blog

Good design in women is a human obsession. A phenomenon distinct from the individual. Beauty alters rooms. It changes behaviour And creates a sense of urgency In everyone. For the woman, beauty affects how she plans her life, Both when she has it And when she doesn’t. Either way, society doesn’t let her forget it. […]

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They leave me and I love them more

Originally published in December 2012 in Blog

Good-bye 2012  

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Lest we forget …

Originally published in May 2012 in Blog

It’s been said that the French don’t have a sense of humour (at least, not one the rest of us can discern). Then there are the Republicans (the U.S kind). They’re easy to laugh at, but not with. Samantha Bee was right when she pointed out that most Canadians regard Fox News as “a colossal practical […]

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