Samara O'Shea

Archive for June, 2007

How to Write A Letter to Ann Coulter (If You Must)

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Letter Writers of the World Unite for. . .Paris Hilton

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Whatever it takes to get people writing letters I suppose. I am usually not an advocate for the elder Hilton sister (who is?), but in this case I applaud her for giving her father a handwritten note for Father’s Day and for following it up a few days later with a thank-you note to the scores of people who have written her while in jail. The queen of T-mobile has brought out the inner letter writer in hundreds of fans as well as the Duchess of York (can we still call her that?) Sarah Ferguson, too, wrote a sympathetic letter to Paris earlier this week offering her support.

To me, the saddest part of the whole story is when Kathy Hilton announced that this is the first time in Paris’s life that she has been alone. Why not just wear an “I’m a bad mother” t-shirt. Who doesn’t send their child into the wilderness (or at least up to their room) for long periods of time to think about what they’ve done. Solitude is good for the soul—the kind that Paris appears to lack.

Now if Paris keeps sending thoughtful handwritten notes to her fans when she gets out of jail, then may lightning strike me if I say another bad word about her.

Katie and Tom do Something Write!

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

. . .well, Katie did something right anyway. According to this week’s People magazine Katie Holmes and daughter Suri were shopping in the Ladies in Waiting children’s store in Shreveport, La.—where Katie is filming the upcoming Mad Money—and the shop owners gave Suri a pink picture frame with her name on it. In response to the thoughtful gift, Katie sent the boutique a thank you note on “Suri Cruise” personalized stationery. Katie has her daughter off to a good start in the way of manners and meaningful gestures.

The note read:

Dear Melissa and Pam,
Thank you so much for the beautiful frame for Suri. It is so sweet and reminds us of our wonderful visit to you store and our time here in Shreveport. It was a pleasure meeting you and we thank you again for the unexpected treasure!
We wish you the best!
Warmly, Katie & Suri

No One Apologizes Quite Like Napoleon

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Letter writers, collectors, and historians all hit the tangible jackpot yesterday! Roughly 1,000 historic letters were found hidden away in a filing cabinet in a Swiss laundry room. These epistles were written by the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, John Donne, and Queen Elizabeth I. The missives were collected by a wealthy Austrian banker named Albin Schram who died in 2005. He neglected to tell his family of his astounding collection. The lot of letters is set to be auction off at Christie’s in London on July 3rd. It is estimated that they will yield up to $4.6 million. According to The New York Times, “’One of the rarest letters was written by an apologetic Napoleon on the morning after a furious argument with his wife, Josephine. In a spidery scrawl full of corrections and crossings out, Napoleon wrote, ‘I send you three kisses — one on your heart, one on your mouth and one on your eyes.’” I wonder what the fight was about! She must have called him a tyrant. . .