3 Ways to Help Local Businesses Without Spending Money

An Asian woman sitting at a computer, writing emails

Please forgive the headline: Depending on the context, it can come across as originating from a cheapskate. But my intention is good. Because of the pandemic this year, you’ve likely read many calls to buy at local businesses. However, the truth is…

Discovering the Allure of Black Tea

Piles of different types of black tea leaves

When I tried my first cup of loose-leaf black tea, my first reaction was, “Oh, it tastes like black tea.” Hardly a culinary epiphany of gastronomical proportions. I was disheartened and worried my journey into the world of the camellia sinensis plant…

Giving Books as Gifts to Voracious Reader

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

It can often be difficult giving books as gifts to an avid reader in your family: You have to know their favourite genres, favourite and disliked authors, and what books they’ve read and bought. Which is why trying a new author could…

A Review of Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related. A Memoir, by Jenny Heijun Wills (McClelland & Stewart, 2019)

Cover of "Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related. A Memoir," by Jenny Heijun Wills

This book hit me in the gut. Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related by Jenny Heijun Wills is a poetic, edgy, sad, and ultimately hopeful memoir about gender, ethnicity, and skin colour. Wills was adopted from Korea as a baby by white parents,…

Writing about Anger While Keeping the Story Uplifting & Real

A pile of old suitcases wtih a pair of pink high-tops at the top. The cover for Between Worlds 1: The Move by Lori Wolf-Heffner

Have you ever read a story or watched a movie only to be disappointed in the ending because the protagonist won too easily? Don’t get me wrong: sometimes I enjoy a little cheese in my entertainment, especially at Christmastime, but I can…

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…