Samara O'Shea

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Eulogy for the Letter

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

I’ve been invited to write a eulogy for the art of letter writing. The Alliance of Pentaphilic Curators in Chicago is putting on Five Funerals, which is “a series of solemn celebrations that will memorialize five cultural ideas and give them the fanfare they deserve,” and they’ve asked me to participate.

Now, we all know I don’t believe letter writing is dead, but I do recognize it is dead for some people. Some will never write another letter. Sad but true. I can mourn for those people, which is why I’ve agreed to write the eulogy. I’ve also agreed to it because I love taking part in unique projects, as this is. I won’t be in attendance, I’ll just be writing the eulogy. For my efforts, my name and website will appear in the program. Here are the five funerals that will take place every Sunday in May:

1. The (Un)Timely Death of Multiculturalism

2. Racetrack Player

3. Public Access Television

4. The Letter

5. Painting

As for my other website, the saga continues. I have a site that’s been designed, and I have a company to host it. I just can’t seem to put the two together. This and the eulogy will be my weekend project.

The Morning After

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

I never thought I’d say this, but I had so much fun watching the State of the Union last night. I was at the Constitution Center, which is roughly 600 meters away from Independence Hall in Center City Philadelphia. There was a bar plus ample cheese and hummus. We had the pleasure of being entertained by donkey and elephant mascots. We played Constitutional Quizzo before the speech and Bingo during the speech. Mayor Nutter came, said a few words, and watched with us. Kate & I were interviewed by an Associated Press reporter and our quotes ended up in the Delaware County Times.

As for the speech itself, I was happy with it. I wasn’t blown away. Some of Obama’s speeches blow me away—like his acceptance speech and his address to the people in Arizona. Last night, he did a good job and didn’t say anything that caught me completely off guard. I was amused that Joe Biden wore a proud face the whole time—as if he were Obama’s father. And John Boehner look as artificially tan as ever.

Going Postal

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

The tragic day has come my friends. Two-thousand US post offices are scheduled to be closed this March. I think this has more to do with the state of the economy rather than the state of snail mail. Or perhaps it’s both. It’s sad just the same. It won’t stop me from writing though. I’ll send my mail by carrier pigeon if I have to.

I hope this helps lift your spirits. It lifted mine! It’s a to-do list that was found on the floor of a West Hollywood Gym. You go girl. Get your act together! I just have one question. What’s a moondoggie?


And finally, tonight is State of the Union night. I’m excited to watch it at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. We’re going to savor cocktails and play State of the Union Bingo. I hope you have fun plans for the big speech. Do some googling–I’m sure there’s a SOTU party in your neighborhood, too.

This Reading is Rated R

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

It’s not NC-17 and certainly not X, but it is a little racy. If erotica makes you squeamish feel free to skip and come back tomorrow. There is nothing visually offensive here, but if you’re watching at work I suggest headphones.

This is from the final In the Flesh reading held last month. An amusingly true story:

Simple Pleasures

Monday, December 20th, 2010

What a magnificent four days it’s been. The reading on Thursday night in NYC went very well—video to come. On Friday, I celebrated my friend Rachel’s birthday with a girl’s night out. On Saturday, I headed back to the Greater Philadelphia Area to set up for my mom’s sixtieth birthday party. We actually managed to keep it a surprise! Here’s the cake we got her:


We had a sommelier from The Wine School come and host a tasting. I believe wine is one of the best analogies for life and love. You can’t rush wine. It ferments and comes into its own in time. Not just the wine, but also the vine itself is a good correlation to the well lived-life. A vine can live up to 150 years—as it grows, its roots get deeper.

This has nothing to do with anything except joy in a cup. While I waited at Starbucks for my sister to pick me up, I ordered a Peppermint Mocha—one of my favorite winter concoctions. It normally comes with whipped cream and peppermint sprinkles. This one arrived with peppermint chocolate sauce. I now know what Heaven tastes like. That gorgeously gooey drink was divine.


On Sunday, I rested and wrote Christmas cards. Today, I received an alert that Note to Self was mentioned in the spectacular blog A Beautiful Ripple Effect. All is well, and it’s not even Christmas yet. Blessings abound!

Oh yes – how could I forget?! Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed on Saturday. I rejoiced within as I was running around heating up appetizers for my mother’s guests. A bit of freedom has been restored! The freedom for gay men and women to be themselves.

Creative Mojo

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

UPDATE: If you missed the show live yesterday it is now posted on Go to Recent Shows on the left. October 20, 2010 – fast forward to minute 10ish.

Today at 3:30 p.m. (EST) I’ll be on Mark Lipinski’s Creative Mojo Show. You can listen live at (click on Live On Air). If you miss it, the podcast will be avilable within a few hours. Hope you can tune in!

Oooooh Pretty

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

So. . .I was browsing StyleMePretty again. What can I say—it’s my guilty pleasure. I came across a library-themed wedding and found the most amazing save-the-date card I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t get better that this:


Also, there’s this picture of a typewriter. Not sure what the significance is, other than an old library prop, but I love it: