Samara O'Shea

Archive for September, 2010

Abbott and Costello on My Mind

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

I inexplicably woke up this morning with this playing in my head:

Autumn Equinox

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Autumn Song
by Katherine Mansfield

Now’s the time when children’s noses
All become as red as roses
And the colour of their faces
Makes me think of orchard places
Where the juicy apples grow,
And tomatoes in a row.

And to-day the hardened sinner
Never could be late for dinner,
But will jump up to the table
Just as soon as he is able,
Ask for three times hot roast mutton–
Oh! the shocking little glutton.

Come then, find your ball and racket,
Pop into your winter jacket,
With the lovely bear-skin lining.
While the sun is brightly shining,
Let us run and play together
And just love the autumn weather.


Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

It’s a good day for bragging. Today the subject of my shameless brag will be my friend Jennifer. She is a talented writer, world-champion chess player, and she can now add Guggenheim-recognized video star to the list. Jennifer’s video “Hulachess” has been shortlisted for the 1st Guggenheim YouTube Play biennial! 125 videos made the cut out of over 23,000 entries from 91 countries.

The next phase is 20 of the shortlisted videos will be selected and unveiled in a special celebration at the Guggenheim museum in New York on October 21 and also installed at the Guggenheim museums in Bilbao, Venice and Berlin. I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed that Hulachess makes it to the next round. Video below.

Hulachess Credits:
Daniel Meirom: co-creator & editor
Gabrielle Revlock: choreographer, dancer and my hula-hoop instructor/chess student
Blake Eichenseer: director of Photography

Jennifer hulachessing on Fox News

Seasons of Life

Monday, September 20th, 2010

In May 2009, I blogged about a friendship I knew would end at some point. It has ended and was the subject of my Tranquility du Jour blog last Friday. If it had to happen, which it probably did, I’m glad it happened now. I’m at a very good place in my life–a very calm place. Any earlier and I may have been angry and beyond bitter. These days, I’m down with Eckhart Tolle when he says there won’t always be happiness inside of you, but there will always be inner peace (if that’s what you choose).

Birds of a Feather

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Look! I received two more beautiful cards courtesy of Lynn (the artist) and her proud husband Mike (the scanner and card putter onner). Here’s the first card they sent.

I’m going to call her Desdemona.

I’m naming these two Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

I’m a P.O. Boxer Once More

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Remember way back when I was delinquent on my P.O. Box payments? The solution arrived in my mailbox earlier this week!


The United States Postal Service now allows us to pay for our P.O. Boxes online. Yippie! This was absolutely why I lost my P.O. Box before—because I couldn’t get to the post office to pay for it. When one works from 9 – 5:30 (on the train at 8:02 a.m.) one can’t get to the Post Office that’s open from 8 – 4, M-F. Alas, the problem has been solved. I’ll have a new P.O. Box number soon. Those of you who have been sending mail to my home, can keep writing there.

Two Things

Monday, September 13th, 2010

1. I came across an interesting HuffPo article this morning: Everyone Should Be in Therapy. My cousin Kate and I were just talking about this yesterday. We agree! Everyone is crazy (at least a little bit), and no one should be too proud to go. Kate has gone (in the past), and I am going (in the present). How wonderful it is to dig deep into the soul.

2. I wish I could embed this here, but the function is turned off. It’s a classic unrequited love letter read aloud from Chloe to Clark (of Smallville).