Samara O'Shea

Archive for August, 2011

Color in Motion

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

For no other reason than I love how colorful and nostalgic these promos are, I am embedding two Kate Spade videos staring Bryce Dallas Howard. Bryce is Ron Howard’s oldest daughter. Her middle name is Dallas because that’s where she was conceived. I don’t know if I could forgive my parents for such a thing, but Bryce seems to embrace it.

Admittedly, I drool a little when I watch these. I can’t afford much from Kate Spade, but I do have her 2011 calendar!

Will Write for Stationery

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

True letter writers are satisfied simply with writing a letter. Though they’d be happy to receive a response, they don’t need one. For the authentic letter writer, the pleasure comes in the act of writing and thinking of the recipient.

Earlier this month Crane & Co. announced an initiative to reward selfless letter writers. It’s a contest called Pen Pals. All you have to do is write a letter–something you’ve done many times–and you WILL receive a response. You will also be automatically entered to receive Crane & Co. stationery (one entry person person).

I know what you’re thinking: What in the world do I write to a paper company? Tell them how glad you are that they’ve been making gorgeous paper for 200 years!

Here’s where to write:

Crane & Co. Pen Pals
44 West 28th Street, 8th Floor
NY, NY 10001

Gen Y Loves (or at Least Knows of) Letters

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Over the weekend the Boston Globe published this optimistic article called Pleasing Mr. Postman. I find it encouraging because they interviewed Gen Yers who are into letter writing despite having been born in the age of e-mail. One of them (a 23-year-old) even owns a small stationery company. More proof that all people and all forms of communication can live together in harmony!

Nothing Like a Little Spam. . .

Friday, August 26th, 2011

My most recent blog for The Huffington Post has been posted. It’s my first for the Tech page: Nothing Like a Little Spam to Remind You How Loved You Are. I hope you like it.

Have a great weekend everyone. To those of you, like me, living in the path of Hurricane Irene: May the force be with you!

My Dearest Self

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

While catching up on the posts over at, I spotted a link to an article called Writing a Letter to Yourself. This piece celebrates writing to yourself in a time-capsule type of way—taking a picture of your life with words rather than a camera. I haven’t done that. If I write a letter to myself, it’s in an emotional way. I try to step outside myself and be the voice of reason that often times only outsiders can be. In any case, the article offers some great tips for writing to yourself—whatever your reason.

Restless in the Midst of Prosperity

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

A compelling excerpt from the book Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton:

“Touring the young United States in the 1830s, the French lawyer and historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, discerned an unexpected ill corroding the souls of the citizens of the new republic. Americans had much, he observed, but their affluence did not prevent them from wanting ever more or from suffering whenever they saw that another had something they themselves didn’t. In a chapter of Democracy in America (1835) entitled ‘Why the Americans Are Often So Restless in the Midst of Their Prosperity’, he provided an enduring analysis of the relationships between dissatisfaction and high expectation, between envy and equality:

‘When all prerogatives of birth and fortune have been abolished, when every profession is open to everyone … an ambitious man may think it is easy to launch himself on a great career and feel that he has been called to no common destiny. But this is a delusion which experience quickly corrects. When inequality is the general rule in society, the greatest inequalities attract no attention. But when everything is more or less level, the slightest variation is noticed … That is the reason for the strange melancholy often haunting inhabitants of democracies in the midst of abundance and of that disgust with life sometimes gripping them even in calm and easy circumstances. In France, we are worried about increasing rate of suicides. In America, suicide is rare, but I am told that madness is commoner than anywhere else.'”

The End of Publishing

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Check this out. It’s pretty cool. . .