Samara O'Shea

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Dear Madam Secretary

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

A letter a few family members of mine and I sent to Hillary Clinton:

Dear Madam Secretary,

We are the Femocrats, so named because we are, for the most part, the female and liberal arm of a terrific family in the Philly area. We are a writer, a pediatrician, a government worker, a realtor, a retired business executive, an auditor, a school admin professional, a small retail business employee and actor, and a nurse. Some of us are Moms. Two of us are moms with adult special needs children, one of them is Autistic.

All of us are huge supporters of yours. We are stunned and stressed at the result of this election in a way we never expected to feel. We need you to know that we appreciate your service, the way you have handled the intense and undeserved lies and exaggerations thrown your way, we need you to know we appreciate the fight you put up and the class you have shown. We need you to know that we have your back as you have had ours. We need you to know that we defended you and spoke to your exquisite qualifications.

We need you to know that you are our leader, our role model, and that we will endeavor to always go high, even though right now we want to be down in the dirt. We are hurting, we are grieving, we are with you and we thank you with all of our hearts.

The Femocrats
(We signed our names but I wont post them)

If you would like to write Hillary a letter, you can send it here:

Hillary for America
Post Office Box 5256
New York, NY 10185-5256

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:

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


Thursday, May 19th, 2011

The folks at The Alliance of Pentaphilic Curators in Chicago were happy with my eulogy, but they asked me to add a few more juicy examples of letters. Who can blame them? I found some fun ones and had to share. Admittedly, I wanted to turn it around quickly so I headed over to Letters of Note for all the material. And with this project we prove that the intrigue of letter writing will never die!

Below: The first paragraph is in the original, the other two are additional:

Addendum to the Eulogy

Many an important moment has taken place on the precious pages of the letter. In October 1793, Marie Antoinette used the letter to say her final goodbye to her sister in law, hours before going to the guillotine. A March 1827 letter captured 17-year-old Edgar Allan Poe’s teenaged angst as he told his foster father he was leaving the house and never coming back. On March 12, 1901, Andrew Carnegie wrote a generous letter to J.S. Billings and announced that he would be happy to finance the building of sixty-five branches of the New York Public Library—costing $5.2 million total, which Andrew had, of course, in cash. In December 1909, James Joyce wrote a series of letters to his wife Nora in which he described, in great detail, his fondness for her flatulence. So you see, no topic is off limits.

A December 1945 missive saw Ernest Hemingway at his most forthright. He wrote to Ezra Pound’s lawyer, declaring that “He has not been normal mentally for at least the past ten years.” On January 20th 1961, while President Kennedy was giving his inauguration speech, Jack Kerouac was writing to Timothy Leary describing his recent mushroom trip. He said, “Mainly I felt like a floating Kahn on a magic carpet with my interesting lieutenants and gods.” At the end of the decade, on February 27th 1969, 20-year-old Andy Kaufman wrote a fan letter to Elvis. He stated plainly and truthfully that, “You are Elvis Presley. I am Andy Kaufman.”

A few years later, in April 1974, author E. B. White wrote to the children of Troy, Michigan, at the behest of its librarian, and told them how wonderful books can be. He said, “Books hold most of the secrets of the world, most of the thoughts that men and women have had. And when you are reading a book, you and the author are alone together—just the two of you.” The same is true of letters! In 1996, 13-year-old Sarah found herself alone with Director Quentin Tarantino. He responded to her fan mail with praise, “Thank you for your very lovely letter. It’s the best letter I’ve gotten all year long. It’s cool to hear a girl into horror flicks.”

Yeah, What He Said!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

James B. Kim—the president of Korean American Students at Yale University—wrote an excellent letter to his congressman regarding the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee. Here’s the link , and the letter is below.

Following 4th of July weekend (a great reminder of our own freedom!) I’m going to use this letter as a model to write my congressman on behalf of the girls, send another letter to the Chinese embassy, and I think it’s time to write Al Gore.

Tomorrow, I’m headed to Newport, RI to enjoy the long weekend and savory my independence. I’ll be there until Monday, so I probably won’t blog again until Tuesday. My friends and fellow Americans, I wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday.

Dear Representative Buck McKeon,

I am a resident of your district and a long-time supporter of your legislative initiatives, particularly those aimed at making higher education affordable for students of all backgrounds. I am writing today with regard to an issue that you have likely heard much about recently: the capture, trial, and imprisonment of two Asian-American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, by North Korean authorities this past March.

As the elected president of the Korean American Students of Yale, I believe I speak for many college-age Korean- and Asian-Americans in denouncing not only North Korea’s travesty of a justice system, which condemned Laura and Euna to twelve years of “reform through labor” in a modern-day gulag, but also the lack of a firm reaction by the US government on behalf of two of its own citizens. This apparent unresponsiveness is particularly conspicuous in light of the likely devastating effect of the imprisonment on Laura’s ulcer, which requires immediate medical attention, and on Euna’s four-year-old daughter, who has now been without a mother for three months.

I believe that the US government must send a high-ranking official to Pyongyang to negotiate for Laura and Euna’s immediate release. As you already know, the history of Kim Jong-il’s puppet government is fraught with duplicity and diplomatic betrayal. For this reason, I applaud President Obama’s commitment to discontinuing the traditional policy of rewarding belligerence and provocation, and I understand the potential catch-22 behind censuring North Korea for its recent nuclear activity while sending a diplomat for release negotiations. However, the preservation of inalienable human rights is not, and should never be, a political issue. Our government has the moral obligation to do all that it can to free Laura and Euna from the clutches of a dictatorship that has displayed absolutely no interest in reforming its outdated and life-depriving practices.

This issue clearly concerns not only the thousands of Asian-Americans in your own district, but any American citizen who believes in the founding principles of this nation. I hope that you will do whatever is in your power to make Laura and Euna’s freedom a reality. Thank you for your consideration.

James B. Kim

Yale University
PO Box 201974
New Haven, CT 06520

Al Gore’s Address

Friday, June 12th, 2009

I found Al Gore’s Address—or at least a place where we can write him. Once I get what I’m going to send written (probably not for a few days) then I’ll post it.

The Honorable Al Gore
2100 West End Avenue
Suite 620
Nashville, TN 37203

Phone: (615) 327-2227
Fax: (615) 327-1323

There’s good news on Laura and Euna in that they probably won’t be sent to a labor camp, but the bad news is they may not be released until the end of the year.

Write Letters on Behalf of Laura and Euna

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Here we go. Amnesty International has posted the letter writing option on behalf of Laura Ling and Euna Lee. If you have time, please print out this letter and mail it to Washington—going to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. This is a very simple act that could change the lives of two innocent young women. I will send my (first!) letter later today.

According to AI the reason we’re writing to the Chinese embassy: Urge China, which is the major provider of energy and food to North Korea, and which has considerable leverage on the regime in Pyongyang, to call for the release of the two journalists.

I’m going to do some more research and see if I can’t find an address where we can write Al Gore—encouraging him to speak publicly about the incident and asking him to (literally) go get the girls. I know I’m making it sound easier than it really is.

Also, for you Twitter folk, you can find frequent updates on the situation by following @LiberateLaura.