Samara O'Shea

Archive for October, 2010

New Year’s Anxiety

Monday, October 11th, 2010

I experience a strange anxiety around this time. As soon as the calendars for the forthcoming year appear in drug stores and on newsstands I panic a bit. (This is inward panic—nothing outwardly extreme). The arrival of calendars makes me feel as though the end of the year is rushed, and that I have to be completely on top of everything for the new year.

My way of dealing with this is to purchase one of the calendars. Marketing Campaign: 10 Samara: 0. I don’t purchase just any old calendar—it has to be the right one. And by purchasing the right one, I accept that the New Year is coming and I am ready for it. Somehow it stops me from feeling October – December is in such a hurry. Knowing I have a calendar, makes me feel as though I can savor what’s left of the year but I’m fully prepared for 2011 when she arrives. Calendar = Suit of Armor

I saw a Norman Rockwell calendar in Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago, and figured that would be my calendar. Who warms the heart like good old NR? Then I was in New York City in mid-September and saw this beautiful Kate Spade creation:

Every month has a fun theme and illustration. (I know, it doesn’t take much to get me excited).

And the months are laid out as months (in many daytimers they are laid out by the week, but I like to see the whole month at once):

After purchasing my calendar I saw this, and it cracked me up. To each his own!

And to me, my own!
Strangely, I’m having a great 2011 so far. I’ve recived two article assignments. One for the January issue of Marie Claire and the other for Main Line Today (a local Philly magazine). Details to come . . .

A Sip Before Dying

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Things I learned (or was reminded of) by this article:

~ Dying alone is nothing to fear

~ Chocolate and champagne are part and parcel to the well-lived life

~ Don’t worry about things you can’t change

~ Bisexuality is common place

~ People are good

~ Life is long

~ Leave a letter for your friends to read aloud at your funeral

Edith Wharton’s Erotica

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I love coming across erotica written by people seemingly unlikely to think it let alone write it. Enter stage left: The first women ever to win a Pulitzer Prize: Ms. Edith Wharton.

Oooooh Pretty

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

So. . .I was browsing StyleMePretty again. What can I say—it’s my guilty pleasure. I came across a library-themed wedding and found the most amazing save-the-date card I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t get better that this:


Also, there’s this picture of a typewriter. Not sure what the significance is, other than an old library prop, but I love it:


My Sweet Introvert

Friday, October 1st, 2010

This month’s issue of Psychology Today is all about the introvert within. It notes that most people have both introvert and extrovert qualities but lean primarily toward one or the other. I am primarily an introvert. These are some points from the issue that ring true for me:

Rather than being averse to social engagements, introverts became overwhelmed by too much of it, which explains why the introvert is ready to leave the party after an hour and the extravert gains steam as the night goes on.

• Scientists now know that while introverts have no special advantage in intelligence, they do seem to process more information than others in any given situation. To digest it, they do their best in quiet environments, interacting one on one. Further, their brains are less dependable on external stimuli and rewards to feel good.

• Introverts seek time alone because they want time alone. An introvert and a shy person might be standing against the wall at a party, but the introvert prefers to be there, while the shy individual feels she has no choice.

• Introverts are collectors of thoughts, and solitude is the place where the collection is curated and rearranged to make sense of the present and the future.