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Gwen Tuinman

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Delving Deeper–The Creative Path to a Short Story

How do writers come up with story ideas?  There are as many answers to that question as there are writers. Some call upon their muse for sparks of imagination while others attribute their creative flow to a rigid work routine.  For me, story ideas originate from perpetual curiosity, an open mind and synchronicity. These elements all played a role creative process that lead to my short story,  Everything They Are Not.
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Curating Wonder–Fall Fair

Photo 1: Lakelse Valley exhibit during Fall Fair [Prince Rupert, B.C.], 1915 (photo source: Jack R. Wrathall / Library and Archives Canada) / Photo 2: H.K. Dunyes’ Ayrshires at the fair, 1913 (photo source: William James Topley/Library and Archives Canada) / Photo 3: Opening of the agricultural Fair, Brantford, Ont., 1904 (photo source: Library and Archives Canada)

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Delving Deeper–Shoeing Horses

I’m nearly ready to begin writing my new novel in which horses will figure prominently. To that end, I’m venturing back to the eighteen hundreds to see what I can learn about expert horse shoers or farriers as they are known. Continue reading “Delving Deeper–Shoeing Horses”

Curating Wonder–School Days

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Delving Deeper–Pioneer Food Gardens and Orchards

What must food growing have been like for the earliest newcomers to Upper Canada? Many families arrived with a sack of seed and little else.This spring when we cleared more ground for planting vegetables, I thought about how much more difficult the task must have been for the earliest settlers. Before planting food, settlers first had to cut down an army of trees and remove obstacles  like roots and boulders. I certainly didn’t have to contend with such challenges. Our garden plot will generate produce to can or freeze, but nothing sufficient to sustain us until the next growing season. Plants are just beginning to yield and August is half over. Continue reading “Delving Deeper–Pioneer Food Gardens and Orchards”

Curating Wonder–Sweethearts

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(A Four Photograph Series)

Photo 1: Millions Like Her, Birmingham, 1951, by Bert Hardy/Getty Images / Photo 2: source unknown / Photo 3: Engaged/via adore-vintage.blogspot.co.uk / Photo 4: Milk Maid and the Farm Hand, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England – Late 1800s, by Frank Sutcliffe

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Feeling Nostalgic–Locating Land Farmed by My Irish Ancestors

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Coddiwomple is a word recently added to my lexicon. It best describes the process by which I found the land farmed by my Irish ancestors. Coddiwomple is an English slang meaning to travel purposefully toward an as-yet-unknown destination. Gratitude and emotion fill me when I reflect on the kindness of strangers who helped me to that end. Continue reading “Feeling Nostalgic–Locating Land Farmed by My Irish Ancestors”

Curating Wonder–Chaudière Falls: 1800s Watercolour Paintings

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Seeking Inspiration–Pioneer Christmas and New Years

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What better way for an author to brush up against the hardships and daily lives of pioneers, than to participate in a living history event? Before the snow flew this winter, I visited Pickering Museum Village to experience Christmas and New Years traditions as celebrated by some of the earliest settlers in our region. History was brought to life throughout the village by museum staff, volunteers, and a group of performers known as The Backwoods Players.
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Curating Wonder — Snowshoeing

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