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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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 »

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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 »
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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 »

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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 »

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JUNE 24, 2009 9:58PM

As tears go by

 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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MARCH 23, 2009 1:56AM

The day my father died

It was a cold day. A day that held the promise of snow on the prairie where the wind was always bitter and from the north. That morning my parents had quarreled.

"I hope you had fun with your whore," my mother had screamed from the bathroom, where she was… Read full post »

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MARCH 2, 2009 1:17AM

A few Canadian down-home food classics (sort of) UPDATE

Given all the comic U.S./Canadian invasion brouhaha and banter that has been going on at OS as of late, I have decided to take this opportunity to show Canadian superiority in the culinary department. Presto, I am sharing some quintessential down-home Canadian recipes -- my versions of them – a… Read full post »

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JANUARY 29, 2009 2:48PM

Easiest, best Superbowl nacho dip anywhere on the planet

There are a million nacho dip recipes out there, but this one is special. Cream cheese special. I first sampled it at a party. I remember hovering over it almost the whole time I was there, which was kind of embarassing since I didn't know the hosts, but the dip was… Read full post »

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JANUARY 13, 2009 3:56AM

Potatoes Fit for a Dauphin, or Potatoes Dauphinoise



Potatoes Dauphinoise

I love all things potatoes and this is one of my favourite potato dishes. This French recipe was created in the 18th century in the "Land of the four mountains": Lans, Villard de Lans, Autrans and Sassenage. The original recipe calls for heavy cream -- … Read full post »

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JANUARY 6, 2009 12:30AM

Ratatouille, my way

I’ve been making ratatouille all of my adult life. Ever since a Hungarian college friend in Montreal introduced me to this savoury vegetable dish, I’ve been hooked on it. For some bizarre reason however, I’ve never actually written down a recipe until now.  Making it up as I go… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 30, 2008 12:59AM

Hot cheesy goodness, or Baked Brie baby!

Baked Brie

Doesn't everyone love hot, gooey, runny cheese? I know I do. Brie wrapped in pastry and baked until it has thoroughly melted inside is one of the world's easiest yet tastiest appetizers.  I also like to serve it as a dessert. This is one of those dishes that never… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 26, 2008 9:02PM

Hard times? Not so much

The old joke goes: it’s a recession when your neighbour loses his job, a depression when you lose yours. Depression is a word, a metaphor, an illness and a ghost that has haunted my life from my earliest memory.  I was born at the end of the baby boom into one… Read full post »