Samara O'Shea

Archive for January, 2012

The Myth of the Attractive Mistress

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

My latest blog for The Huffington Post is up: The Myth of the Attractive Mistress. You might want to skip right to comments, they are highly entertaining.

12 Drummers Drumming

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Today is the 12th (and final) day of Christmas also known as Twelfth Night. The 12 days mark the days between Christmas and Epiphany–when the wise men visit baby Jesus. Today is also the last day I will virtually toast the New Year on this blog. I can, admittedly, go overboard. I just love saying Happy New Year. It feels like I’m saying Happy Fresh Start!

Reader Masa sent me this wonderfully festive New Year’s postcard from Tokyo where he was visiting. Thank you Masa and a Happy Fresh Start to everyone.


Letter-Writing in the New Year Air

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Will this be the year letters take their final curtain call? In 2013 will we be saying, “Remember paper?” I think not! I am encouraged by the letter-writing whispers I heard just yesterday. First, artist Lisa Congdon has announced she’ll take on a letter-a-day challenge in 2012: 365 Days of Hand Lettering. Hats off to Lisa. And The New Yorker has posted an early-year ode to the letter with
Life And Letters. The article speaks the truth:

“If we stop writing letters, who will keep our history or dare venture upon a biography? George Washington, Oscar Wilde, T. E. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, E. B. White, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Vera Nabokov, J. P. Morgan—if any of these vivid predecessors still belong to us in some fragmented private way, it’s because of their letters or diaries (which are letters to ourselves) or thanks to some strong biography built on a ledge of letters.”