Privacy is Necessary

Sometimes other people say it better for you… I used to think it was brave to let it all out, to share myself candidly and unabashed with the world. I still do. But now there is a deeper part of me that also knows how rich privacy is, how secrets and mystery grow into creations that far surpass what I thought …

Sitting on my Hands, Chomping at the Bit.

This is an ongoing question for me in terms of creativity. Do I push or do I wait for the muse to “nudge” me along. I had an intuitive session once and she told me “Emelia you ignite this little pilot light of an idea, it just starts sparking flame and then your BLOW on it screaming GO GO GO …

I went offline for a week and this is how I survived.

…I DREW PICTURES instead! Now, those that know me well know that I’m a really, really good artist (for a 4-year-old) and the thing I want you to recognize in the pictures below is that this is me TRYING MY VERY BEST. But seriously, instead of catching these breathtaking moments and sending them off to Instagram and Facebook to prove …

Dear Burners…have a nice trip down to your bubble.

I know that you’re all headed down this week for your 10 glorious days of living anti-constraint of societies petty responsibilities and it feels freeing and liberating and exciting (especially with your sand goggles packed). I get that. You trade hand puppets for drugs and home-made curry for a hug. That’s really great. But do not be mistaken for one …

let's go deeper.

I saw on Facebook yesterday “If you are not speaking about race publically right now you are part of the problem.” I agree. The very same day I’d posted something on instagram. I’ve been obsessed with these “White People Teaching Hip Hip” Video’s lately. Obsessed. People have been sending me tons and I laugh and laugh. I think it’s so …

The Rules: When To Make Things.

This is your job- make something today. And… You don’t get paid enough for it to be hard work so only make things for pleasure’s sake. And… You think art is an ice cream cone?! Creation has nothing to do with pleasure. Discipline. Effort. Commitment. Go. And… If you think you’re not working hard enough raise your hand. All the people …

Fond Vacation Memories Are Usually Sideways.

I’m that person who sends her coffee back It’s $4.50 and it needs to be really good. That’s a reasonable trade. The last time I went to get my hair did- I returned 2x. Because (she’s been my friend and stylist for 20 years) and it just “wasn’t quite right” and for $200 I wanted it right and guess what- …

If You Got Some- You Gotta Give Some Back.

The only reason I’ve had any success in my life is because a woman has helped me. It started when I called the only person I’d ever met at CBC radio and asked her if I could do a “secret internship” for 2 months. She said yes. She let me in the back door every morning and she showed me …

Bigger and Bolder and Golder

During a session with an intuitive a year ago she told me that she saw me as I saw myself…a hunched over old cackling clown, dragging a bunch of junk behind her, with a limp and smeared red lipstick; rebellious and shit-disturbing. I was funny and entertaining and even subversive sure, but it was an act – to soften my …