Samara O'Shea

Archive for April, 2012

Lost in Cyberspace

Monday, April 30th, 2012

In mid-March I was contacted by someone from NPR writing a story about open letters. I’ve been asked to comment on pretty much every type of letter–except that one. I was excited to discuss a different letter genre. I never heard back from the person who contacted me, and I searched on Google to see if the piece had been posted. No luck. Until today! I wasn’t searching for the story but rather trying out a new search engine called DuckDuckGo. It’s a Philly-based site that’s getting a lot of press, so I checked it out. I plugged my name in (who else was I going to search =) and I came across the NPR piece. It’s been out for over a month. Um, Google you’ve been replaced! And here’s the story if you’re interested: An Open Letter … About Open Letters.

367 Letters

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

On April 30th, Jeremy Vinluan will have written 367 letters–one per day from last April. (Remember 2012 is a leap year, hence the extra day). Read the University of Dayton student’s story here.

Yesterday and Tomorrow

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

“Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgement.” ~ Ralph Marston

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” ~ John Wooden

I finished a journal (number 13 I believe) last week and am flipping through it. I found the above quotes, and am looking at this entry right now:

May 12, 2010

This negativity all comes from the same place. The same space. I must go in, open the door, and turn the lights on. That’s all. It’s not so scary when the light is on. When the love is on. When the self-love is on there are no dark rooms.

My blogging is going to be sporadic for the next month. I’m not sure what that means yet–I hope to write at least weekly. I’m applying to a graduate program and the application process needs my attention for the time being. The job I spoke of a few blogs ago is at a university–making graduate school an affordable option for me. If I get in, of course I’m hopeful, then I will share details on the school and the program. Again, I don’t want to jinx anything. I really don’t mean to be superstitious, but sometimes I can’t help it.

Four Immutable Laws of the Spirit

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

I am reading Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son by Anne Lamott. I am neither a parent nor grandparent, but I love her humor and take on the human experience and therefore I read whatever non-fiction she writes. While reading yesterday, she made mention of the Four Immutable Laws of the Spirit and listed them. I was moved by how simple and insightful they are. The truth is usually simple and approachable. Lamott did not come up with these, an organizational expert named Harrison Owen did. They are the following (number three is my favorite):

1. Whoever is present are the right people.
2. Whenever it begins is the right time.
3. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened.
4. When it’s over, it’s over.

None of my Business

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

“As an actor and woman who, at times, avails herself of the media, I am painfully aware of the conversation about women’s bodies, and it frequently migrates to my own body. I know this, even though my personal practice is to ignore what is written about me. I do not, for example, read interviews I do with news outlets. I hold that it is none of my business what people think of me. I arrived at this belief after first, when I began working as an actor 18 years ago, reading everything. I evolved into selecting only the “good” pieces to read. Over time, I matured into the understanding that good and bad are equally fanciful interpretations. I do not want to give my power, my self-esteem, or my autonomy, to any person, place, or thing outside myself. I thus abstain from all media about myself. The only thing that matters is how I feel about myself, my personal integrity, and my relationship with my Creator. Of course, it’s wonderful to be held in esteem and fond regard by family, friends, and community, but a central part of my spiritual practice is letting go of otheration. And casting one’s lot with the public is dangerous and self-destructive, and I value myself too much to do that.”

~ Part of Ashley Judd’s response to the recent speculation regarding the cosmetic work she’s had done on her face. Here’s the whole essay.

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was wonderful and exhausting. I did log back into Facebook on Sunday afternoon. I’ll tell more about my experience later in the week. For now, I will simply share the game my sister shared with us over Easter Brunch.

Architectural Anomaly

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

There is a building I pass on the way to my new job and I’m obsessed with it. It’s called The Divine Lorraine Hotel. It is both architecturally and historically significant. It was one of the first hotels in the country to racially integrate its guests. Now it sits, beautiful and abandoned, on Broad Street.

The fate of the building is uncertain. A few years back renovations were in the works, but they have since halted. Here are some recent photos of the interior.

If any of you are in a position to purchase and restore the Divine Lorraine, I would greatly appreciate it =) Here it is in its heyday: