Samara O'Shea

Archive for September, 2011


Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

I mentioned Kartemquin Films earlier this month when I shared the trailer for a documentary called On Beauty. They’re a fascinating company. They’ve been making documentaries since the 60s. I came across the trailer of another one of their inviting works. It’s called Typeface and focuses on the past and the future of graphic print. Take a look:

Tramp Stamps

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Stamps are no longer just for the dead. The Postal Service has announced that they will begin honoring living people on stamps now too, which makes Lady Gaga a contender. (I don’t really think she’s a tramp, but I couldn’t resist the blog title).

32 and Beyond

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


I turned 32 last Thursday. Reader Mike sent me this postcard while he was vacationing in Paris. Merci beaucoup! Although it’s wasn’t a big birthday (meaning a multiple of five), it was fun and memorable just the same. I’ve come to the conclusion that I have a good chance of living to be 100. I’m a woman (we tend to live longer than men), I don’t smoke, I’ve cut soda out all but completely (except at parties when there’s not much else to drink), I walk regularly, do yoga, and I’m an optimist. Plus medicine is advancing all the time.

Coming to this conclusion has made me want to take even better care of myself. If I am granted the gift of a long life, I want my body and brain to be fully functional until the last day. Here are two of my favorite stories about centenarians:

Nebraska’s Sally Gordon To Retire At 102

As 103-Year-Old Dies, Her Reading Circle Mourns

At the same time, I know it could all end tomorrow. If it does, then I am very happy with what I’ve done thus far and am ever grateful for the people I know. But if I’ve got 68+ more years in me, then there’s much more to do and many more people to meet!

Actress After my Own Heart

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

In an interview with Hobo magazine, the lovely Michelle Williams announced she has some new career aspirations. She said, “I often dream of quitting acting. Walking away and becoming a laundress or a sous chef or maybe writing other people’s love letters for a living.” I hope she’ll come to me for an apprenticeship!


Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

I wrote an article for The Frisky called “Soapbox: Celebrate Your Dang Anniversary in Person—Not On Facebook!

Some commenters suggest I sound bitter. Let me be clear: I am thrilled for my friends when they get engaged and am honored to be invited to their weddings. I am happy to celebrate life and love with them on their back porches and around their dinner tables. I just don’t believe Facebook is the forum to conduct a romantic relationship. My personal belief is, when on Facebook, it’s less about proclaiming love and more about receiving validation from the peanut gallery.

If we turn to the most popular wedding reading of all time, we’ll find: “Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. . .” ~ 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

I believe posting your anniversary on Facebook falls under being boastful. But it’s just my opinion. No more, no less.

Please Ask Please Tell!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Today we are a little bit closer to “liberty and justice for all.”

Monday Musings

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Happy Monday! The good news today is the Obama campaign has launched a feature called Letter of the Week (or maybe it’s been around for a while and I’m just noticing it). The bad news is, the USPS is still in trouble. Please visit Save the Post Office and see what you can do. I’m walking around with a petition in my back pocket. This clip is from the site: