Alison Garwood Jones

The swimmer

Originally published in June 2017 in Blog

I met a man at my local pool the other day. He could shoot himself 25 metres under water in one breath. When he came up for air, I removed my goggles and asked him, “Are you a pearl diver?” “No,” he smiled, water dripping from his afro. “Are you training for a competition?” I […]

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Wednesday’s sketchbook

Originally published in April 2016 in Blog


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Blue skying it

Originally published in June 2015 in Blog

Gone sailing in my mind.

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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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Warp speed

Originally published in September 2014 in Blog

My favourite moments in Star Trek, the original series, weren’t the fight scenes where scrums of Beatle-booted characters threw fake punches and ricocheted off walls with a little too much actorly enthusiasm. And it wasn’t when Spock grew a beard and waxed poetic about the universe. And it certainly wasn’t when Kirk fell in love. I […]

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Goodbye, Mommy

Originally published in December 2012 in Blog

Catherine Lucy Garwood-Jones (1928-2012), Hamiltonian extraordinaire, died on Sunday, Dec. 9 after a ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s. Pre-deceased by her husband Trevor in 2011, Team “Cath and Trev” changed the face of the city they loved so much — he through architecture and she through her commitment to health care, education, music and family. Catherine’s […]

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Life is beautiful

Originally published in September 2012 in Blog

Our understanding of breast cancer shifted this week. Through genetic analysis, U.S. scientists working for the National Institute of Health’s Cancer Genome Atlas were able to identify four types of breast cancer. More specifically, they discovered that the most deadly form of breast cancer — the “Triple Negative” — acts a lot like ovarian cancer and a […]

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Republican control

Originally published in August 2012 in Blog

Big government has no place in the lives of Americans. Unless you’re a woman.

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Food trend: face plants

Originally published in July 2012 in Blog

I’ve noticed a food trend. It’s not sexy like figs with warm honey, or technically brilliant and tasteless like foam. It’s definitely not healthy. And it’s more a style of eating than any new culinary concoction. It involves doing a face plant in clouds of takeout wrapping paper. Anyone watching you eat like this has […]

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Healthy choice

Originally published in June 2012 in Blog

©AGJ on Sketches WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 28, 2012 — The U.S. Supreme Court ignores the principles of America’s founding fathers — to limit government and stoke a free-market economy wherever and whenever possible — by passing health care reform. Now all citizens will have some measure of protection when they get sick. First comes gay […]

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