Alison Garwood Jones

Her Last Photo

Originally published in September 2022 in Blog

A personal remembrance inspired by Queen Elizabeth’s last photo.

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Morning memories

Originally published in January 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Shell hunting on the Isle of Guernsey, 1951.

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The rebirth in failure

Originally published in August 2018 in Blog

This is post was first published eight years ago. Egads, I’ve been blogging a long time! Some people said  it made them feel hopeful — even brave. Your morning dose of hope.  The ability to focus and commit to something through thick and thin is a quality I admire. Writer and comedian Craig Ferguson describes […]

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Say no to racism

Originally published in July 2018 in Blog

I grew up in a multi-racial family. From left to right: Catherine, Alison, Richard, Trevor, Peter, and our 1972 orange Volvo wagon. My brothers and I were born at time when Martin Luther King Jr. was doing his most important work, standing up to segregationists in Georgia and organizing non-violent protests in Alabama. Meanwhile, a […]

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Missing them

Originally published in March 2018 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

  Catherine and Trevor Garwood-Jones Catherine, Trevor, Peter and Richard.

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Originally published in December 2017 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Lesley and Elan, BFFs. Watercolour sketch by Alison Garwood-Jones

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More than words

Originally published in October 2017 in Blog

This blog started out as a place to write. That was ten years ago. Today words have lost their lustre for me. I’m shocked and put out by the way language has being kicked around, mocked, and misused. I used to rely on words to express truths. My love for and response to them was […]

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This is it

Originally published in August 2016 in Blog

Cleaning up the remains of our parents’ days has been a long process for my brothers and me. Five years to be exact. From left to right: Alison, Richard and Peter. We’re probably watching Wimbledon or the U.S. Open. Yesterday, as I was studying the photographic evidence of our childhoods inside a non-descript industrial storage […]

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The one you feed

Originally published in July 2016 in Blog

“An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. ‘A battle is going on inside all of us,’ he said to the boy. ‘It is a terrible fight and it’s between two wolves. One is evil: anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is […]

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Originally published in July 2016 in Blog

Joe went from living with Marilyn Monroe to living with his sister. Ponder that.

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