Samara O'Shea

Archive for October, 2010

“Hold those things that tell your history and protect them.” ~ Maya Angelou

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Poet and sage Maya Angelou has decided to give her life on paper to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture–a branch of the New York Public Library. 343 boxes worth of personal papers and documents will be preserved and put on display for generations to marvel at and learn from.

I became a fan of Maya just this year as I read three of her memoirs, beginning with her most famous: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I am thrilled to know that there is much more to come in the way of unfolding the life of this extraordinary woman. Read more over at the NY Times. Here’s an image of a letter written from Malcolm X to Miss Maya:

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Good Reads

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Over at Write Novel Buy Eggs, there’s a great story about losing one’s journal in the back of rental car. She writes, “Of all the people I feared might read my journal one day, my mechanic was never one of them.”

And my friend Patrick has posted his second blog for The Huffington Post travel section. It’s an amusing tale entitled An Open Letter to Algeria From the Guy Whose Visa Application You Denied.

Have a splendid weekend!

Creative Mojo

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

UPDATE: If you missed the show live yesterday it is now posted on Toginet.com. Go to Recent Shows on the left. October 20, 2010 – fast forward to minute 10ish.

Today at 3:30 p.m. (EST) I’ll be on Mark Lipinski’s Creative Mojo Show. You can listen live at Toginet.com (click on Live On Air). If you miss it, the podcast will be avilable within a few hours. Hope you can tune in!

Without Further Ado . . .

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

My P.O. Box number is 310. I know I announced weeks ago that I was getting a new P.O. Box, but it took me a while to get the keys. Although I could sign up (and pay) online, I had to stop by the Post Office with my P.O. Box application and two forms of ID. I walked in with my forms of ID and forgot the application. Ugh! It was another three weeks before I could get there on a Saturday. Anyway my official address is:

Samara O’Shea
PO Box 310
Prospect Park, PA 19076

And here are the golden keys:

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While at the Post Office I bought some mood-enhancing stamps:

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You Are Here

Friday, October 15th, 2010

This morning I came across an essay on the present moment—very poignant! It’s written by a Catholic priest, and he mentions God but not Catholicism specifically. It’s worth a read.

My favorite paragraphs:

We know from experience how difficult it is to be inside the present moment because the past and the future won’t leave us alone. They are forever coloring the present. The past haunts us with half-forgotten lullabies and melodies the trigger memories, with loves that has been found and lost, with wounds that have never healed, and with inchoate feelings of nostalgia, regret, and wanting to cling to something that once was. The past is forever sowing restlessness into the present moment.

And the future impales itself into the present as well, looming as promise and threat, forever asking for our attention, forever sowing anxiety into our lives, and forever stripping us of the capacity to simply drink in the present. The present is forever being colored by obsessions, heartaches, headaches, and anxieties that have little to do with people we are sitting with at table.

~ Ron Rolheiser

Old is the New Cover Girl

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

When I bought this month’s issue of Vanity Fair with Miss Marilyn gracing cover I wondered “Why does VF keep featuring starlets from another era?” Apparently Gawker thought the same. Not that I don’t love me some Grace Kelly (May 2010), Liz Taylor (July 2010), and Jackie Kennedy (not this year but still), but I think exhibiting a gorgeous girl from a time gone by on the cover ONCE a year will suffice.

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As for the article on Marilyn, I was disappointed. Her “secret diaries” revealed everything we already knew about her. She had low self-esteem, she was very lonely, and her marriages were difficult. I empathize with what she went through, and I can look at photos of her all the live long day, but I won’t tell you have HAVE to ready the story. Unlike the Liz Taylor letters, those really are a must read.

Ooo La La

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Check out my friend Patrick’s first blog for The Huffington Post travel section. I’m so proud! It’s called Biking by Velo in Paris.