Samara O'Shea

Archive for August, 2011

91 and Counting

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Once again I forgot the 19th Amendment’s birthday. I did this last year, too. My goal is to get it right by 2020—the 100th anniversary. I was reminded of the significant day by the White House’s Facebook Feed. They posted one of my favorite quotes:

Quote of the day: “It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens, but we, the whole people, who formed the Union … Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” – Susan B. Anthony. Today marks the 91st anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

To keep the patriotic momentum going, here are a few more words of wisdom from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass that I came across last night:

“The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges or churches or parlours, nor even in its newspapers and inventors . . . but always in the most common people . . . the air they have of persons who never knew how it felt to stand in the presences of superiors . . . the President’s taking off his hat to them not they to him. . .”

The Little Post Office that Could

Thursday, August 18th, 2011


It’s starting. The stories about post offices on the brink of close are coming out. Yesterday the adorable blue post office pictured above (the second smallest in the nation) was featured in the New York Times as a likely candidate for close. The article says 3,600 post offices are on the chopping block, but official decisions have yet to be made. It’s a big change that’s coming. The stories, like this one, will be sad. If they do decide to do away with this post office, I hope they turn it into a mini museum. It still has the really old school P.O. Boxes.

No, Thank YOU

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

I received the sweetest thank you note from Hope Wallace Karney a week or so ago. Hope, the doyenne behind, sent me a belated thank you package, which included several of her gorgeous cards. She was thanking me for participating in her Paper & Pen & Proust series earlier this year. No thank you was needed, I was more than happy to play along. I read the Proust Questionnaire in almost every issue of Vanity Fair. It was fun to participate. In any case, I was glad to receive the spontaneous gift. It’s a nice reminder that it’s never too late to say Thank You! Here are some of the cards:
These cards are elegant on the outside and blank on the inside. The card on the far left says “Congratulations on Finding Your Darcy.” I’m going to send it to friends of mine who just got engaged. They are gay guys and the card is perfect!

The Inspirational Movie Agenda

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

I’m excited to see these two films:

1. Gloria: In Her Own Words

HBO Documentary Films: Summer Series – Gloria… by HBO
This was on HBO last night. I don’t have HBO in the new place, so I’ll wait until this is on On Demand or invite myself over to someone’s house to watch it.

And you’ve probably heard of this one, which I’ll try to see this week/weekend.

2. The Help

These movies are great reminders of how far we’ve come and will hopefully encourage us to keep moving forward . . .

Rules are Made to be Broken

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Reader Mike sent me this great link tothe Victorian Do’s and Don’ts of Letter Writing. We 21st-Century Letter Writers have no rules—lest we risk letters not getting written at all. Still, it’s amusing to look back and see what was an epistolary sin was according to the Victorians. Of the rules, these are the ones I am most likely to break:

5. Never use underlining to further emphasize your meaning.
– Back in the day they learned to write in italics for emphasis. We don’t do that anymore, so I think underlining is a fine way to make your point.

6. Do not abbreviate; abbreviation is the sign of hasty writing.
– I actually don’t abbreviate much, but I think whoever wrote this rule would have a heart attack if s/he knew of text messaging.

7. Do not erase or cross out misspelled words in a letter. Should you make a spelling error, the letter should be rewritten.
– Yeah, this is not happening. I worship Wite Out!

Life’s a Beach

Friday, August 12th, 2011

A last-minute opportunity to go to the beach came up. I’m getting my virtual affairs in order then I’m off to savor one of the last weekends of summer. While getting my Twitter situation situated I noticed @MarryWrongGuy posted some great quotes this morning. Below are a few of my favorites. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

~ “When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.” ~ Francois de La Rochefoucaul

~ “All the mistakes I ever made in my life were when I wanted to say No, and said Yes.” ~ Moss Hart

~ “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”~ Wayne Dyer

Modern Love Rejects Update

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

When MLR first launched, we posted an essay a day for about a month and a half. It was a great way to start off. Things have waned since then, but the essays still trickle in. Someone with an 1800-2000 word rejected essay always manages to find our site.

We’ve had a good week this week—four fantastic essays have gone up. Stop by and read if you have a chance. Here’s a synopsis of each in reverse chronological order:

When the Married Boyfriend is Dying – The title here is pretty self-explanatory. The writer was involved in an affair that lasted for fifteen years! But when her lover discovered he had stage four liver cancer, she was devastated when she realized she wouldn’t be the one holding his hand in the hospital.

Savior – This is one of the best “The One Who Got Away” stories I’ve heard. The writer and her boyfriend came very close to death while on a bus heading to a free love hippie festival in Arizona. It took her a long time to recover physically and even longer to get over him.

My Freeloading Renaissance Man – This essay had me screaming “Nooooo! Don’t let him move in!” It’s crazy what people will do when they think they’re in love.

Friends with Benevolence – Trying to figure out if and how you can be friends with your ex is difficult. This gal’s ex comes through for her during a dark hour. Warning: A dog chokes to death in this essay. It’s very sad.