What It Meant to Work in a Waterloo Region Rubber Factory

This article is part of the series The Trials and Jubilations of Working in the Rubber Industry: Rubber Worker Storiesand is supported by the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. Do you dream of lifting 450 lbs. every five minutes? Would you enjoy an…

Mixing Rubber in Waterloo Region’s Rubber Factories in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Photo from 2020 of Uniroyal on Strange St. in Kitchener, Ontario

This article is part of the series The Trials and Jubilations of Working in the Rubber Industry: Rubber Worker Storiesand is supported by the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. In Between Worlds, Juliana’s grandfather and uncle worked in a rubber factory that made tires…

World Mental Health Day and Me

Profile of a head with a tree trunk in the neck and leaves for the brain. World Mental Health Day.

Today is World Mental Health Day, and it’s a day I’ll admit I’m always conflicted about. I sometimes worry that some of the messaging on mental health and mental illness makes it sound like a meme: “An affirmation a day keeps the shrink…

What Do You Call Books Free from Explicit Content?

Lori Wolf-Heffner reading one of her books. Her series Between Worlds is free from explicit content.

I set out to write books free from explicit content, but I didn’t know there was an actual term for that. The term is “clean books,” which isn’t what it sounds like. In this blog post, I’ll explain what clean books are…

What Did Elisabeth Wear? Clothing in Semlac

A young teenage girl wearing a white blouse and dark skirt and standing in front of a small tree. The photo is from the 1910s

Clothing in Semlac is perhaps the hardest detail to keep track of in Between Worlds. I have photos, but they don’t match the exact years that Between Worlds takes place in. Fashion in between the wars did begin to modernize, but to what extent I…