emma peel

emma peel
La dolce vita, Canada
December 10
Citizen of the world
Inside my head
A writer is an egomaniac with low self-esteem. Disclaimer Please be advised that what you read here does not represent anyone at OS, or anyone else in the known blogosphere, or world outside the Internet unless specifically stated. I've spent most of my life as a journalist, arts and film critic, editor, educator and writing coach. I've been lucky enough to travel extensively and to meet many fascinating famous and ordinary people. I live in a beautiful part of the world that sustains my soul. I am blessed to have an understanding husband and loyal friends. I have a sharp edge, but underneath I am an idealist and a romantic. My heart breaks at all the stupidity, injustice and cruelty in the world. I will never stop fighting against it.


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FEBRUARY 9, 2011 5:43PM

What price loyalty?


Image courtesy of A1 K9 professional dog trainers.  


"The subject who is truly loyal to the chief magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures." -- Junius 

"You're loyal like a dog," a friend once told me. I'm still not sure if it was a compliment, bu… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2010 10:18PM

All the lonely people

Many years ago when I was a reporter for a daily paper I covered a visit by Mother Teresa to the small northern Alberta town of Lac la Biche. I have never been religious, nor have I ever been a supporter of hers, but she said something

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 4:10PM

Writers are artists who deserve respect

I can't accept the notion being bandied about at OS that anyone who writes anything is a writer. Yes, they may have taken pen to paper or clicked a mouse, but by the same logic, anyone who has ever sung in the shower is a singer, and anyone who has ever… Read full post »

A couple of nights ago a former student of mine posted some images on Facebook. The title was something like Guy Gets Revenge on His Girlfriend. I accidentally clicked "Like" before going to view it but half-way into the process, I decided it was too much bother to open it. Then… Read full post »

 After great pain a formal feeling comes

After great pain a formal feeling comes--
The nerves sit ceremonious like tombs;
The stiff Heart questions--was it He that bore?
And yesterday--or centuries before?
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JUNE 9, 2010 8:03PM

The nature of forgiveness

Forgiveness is something I think about frequently. The hows, and the whys, and the very nature of the act. The dictionary definition of forgiveness is to "pardon" someone.  I used to be a very forgiving person. Years ago, a close friend asked me in disbelief, "When does self-preservation kick in… Read full post »

MAY 31, 2010 2:13AM

Last hippie standing UPDATE



I've thought about this a lot lately. Am I the last hippie standing?

It seems like I am the only one of my friends who still wants to stay up late, drink a little, and maybe even smoke some pot. I didn't used to be alone in… Read full post »

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MAY 21, 2010 2:34AM

Dear landlords, UPDATE


UPDATE: Whoo hoo! We found a new place to live. I'm so excited. And no, it's not the dump above. I found a place today a few minutes from where we live now that has a spectacular ocean/city/bridge/mountain view. It has a big deck, a creek running beside… Read full post »



"She's a phony, but she's a real phony...Because she honestly believes all the phony junk that she believes." –– Breakfast at Tiffany's.


Being ordinary is vastly underrated. Everybody wants to be rich, famous and good looking, and really, aside from the money… Read full post »

1.   What is your favorite word?

Don't think I have one but I do rather like sublingual. It's just sexy to say.

2.   What is your least favorite word?

Fart. I've never liked it.

 3.   What turns you on? 

Fine writing, good films and music, seeing people achie…

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MAY 2, 2010 6:55PM

Memory babe

I've been thinking about memory a lot lately. Many here at OS write about their experiences as very young children of two or three years old. I can only marvel at their ability to remember their childhoods from such an early age. I have only one memory of being very young.… Read full post »

APRIL 28, 2010 12:46AM

My life in three sentences

I was born.

 I will surely die.

 Still working on the in between. Read full post »

APRIL 20, 2010 2:57AM

Spring fever

I know I have spring fever when I am restless for no reason. When I find myself wandering around the house looking for something and not even knowing what it is. When I can't sleep even when I'm tired, and wake

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APRIL 9, 2010 11:33PM

My brother in 101 words


On this bright, chill day I think of you. Of a day we sat in the sun warming our hands on cups of coffee watching self-important people go by. Of how you smiled and said, “This is the best coffee I’ve ever had.” Of how I bought you another… Read full post »

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MARCH 15, 2010 5:26PM

Small talk –– you can't handle the truth

The truth. Nobody really wants to hear it. For most of my life when people asked me that most banal but common of questions, how are you?, I would tell them. I feel good. I'm nervous. I'm tired. I'm upset. I'm sick. I'm overworked. I'm happy about.....I'm angry… Read full post »
JANUARY 9, 2010 10:36PM

What is real?

 Disclaimer: This is NOT directed at anyone in particular. It is an issue that I have been thinking about for a long time. I'm also not going to pursue the academic theories around identity and a writer's right to have as many nom de plumes as they want, at least notRead full post »

JANUARY 7, 2010 9:51PM

Water from the wound

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DECEMBER 23, 2009 2:41AM

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?

Someone asked me the other day if I had a favourite Christmas gift. 

I hesitated before I spoke. I thought about the beautiful Birk's diamond and ruby ring my husband gave me two years ago. It is a delicate ring with four small rubies criss crossed by pave diamonds in… Read full post »

I joined OS one year ago, Dec. 11 2008. I was elated when I discovered it purely by accident, but also maddened to realize that it had existed so long by internet standards without me knowing about it. My first post was about my mother, who she used to be, and… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2009 4:00AM

Lest we forget –– Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day 

I want to pay a brief homage to today, the day set aside to honour the many millions of war dead. I didn’t venture out to attend a ceremony on this cold, wet morning. Instead, I held my

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I made a realization yesterday. I no longer care what stupid people think. 

I mean, I've thought that I didn't care before, but I still did care a little bit, at least enough to present facts, argue, or walk away exasperated. Now I just walk away and banish them… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 28, 2009 11:53PM

Movies you hate to cry at but do anyway




This started out as the title suggests -- thanks to Beth Mann for the idea -- but it has morphed into something more. I'm going to mention the corny movies that always manipulate me into crying, then some of the more serious ones that evoke tears.… Read full post »

I had the HIN1 virus last week, better known as swine flu, and I’m doing just fine, thanks.  It probably helped that I didn’t know I had the dreaded  virus until I was in the final stages. If I had known, I might have been sicker purely for psychological reasons.

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 4:46PM

Pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes



Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

These are dead easy, moist and tasty. I like 'em for breakfast or dessert. I adapted this from a recipe I found online -- sorry I've forgotten where -- at a pre-school of all places. Apparently kids like to make them, too.

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