Samara O'Shea

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Madam Tax Collector

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying summer.

I’ve gathered you all here to tell you that I am running for local office. More specifically, I am running for Tax Collector (TC) of West Norriton Township, PA. Allow me to explain…

Why: I was disheartened by the results of the 2016 presidential election and felt called to be more involved in my community. I asked a friend who is involved in local politics for advice. He recommended I run for TC. When I met with officials from the county, I was told: “If you can balance a check book, you can be the TC.” No complex accounting skills needed. I asked, “What good can the TC do?” I was told the TC can help people who are delinquent on their taxes find resources with which to pay and advocate on their behalf with the county. I thought: I have a master’s degree in social work, I can do that!

TC is not a full time job. It’s similar to running a small business on the side (I’m told). TC is a paid position. TC receives a commission on the taxes s/he collects.

When: The election will be held November 7th. There’s a good chance your township/county/city is having an election that same day. Look into your local candidates and vote! I am running against the Republican incumbent who has held the position for 8 years. The TC term is 4 years and there is no limit to how many times you can run.

How: Now here’s the part where I ask for money. I am a politician after all =). Any amount is greatly appreciated!! You can click here to donate through Act Blue.

Fine Print: I emailed this message to my friends and some asked if they could donate to me individually and not to the West Norrition Democrats. You’ll notice on the Act Blue page that any donation would also go to the three candidates for township Commissioner. I looked into it and the answer is, unfortunately, no. In order for me to accept individual donations I would have to set up my own PAC. I told one friend this and he said, “This is why the socialist democrats never win anything!” And then he donated ;).

Finally: I am proud to be among the many women inspired to run locally in 2017!

Welcome to Whoville

Friday, November 11th, 2016

This is what I posted on Facebook the morning of November 9th:

Friends, It’s as if we are the Whos of Whoville and we woke up to discover that our gifts and the food for our feast had been stolen in the night. We know what to do: Go outside and hold hands and sing anyway—through our tears and through our fears. Let the Grinch hear the sounds of a group of people who love each other and who will stand by and protect each other come what may.

The 10% Entrepreneur

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Happy Pub Week to my good friend Patrick. Many people ask me how to get a book published. Not many people follow through. This guy followed through and then some. His first book—The 10% Entrepreneur—is out tomorrow. Preorder today!

What If His Parents Don’t Like Me?

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Hi Samara,

I am a 24 year old Hispanic woman from Texas. I met and fell in love with my boyfriend, Tom, two years ago when we were in grad school. We currently live in separate apartments in San Francisco. He has been offered a fantastic job in New York, where he is from, and wants to take it. We have decided to relocate and move in together.

The problem is he that is from a very conservative family. I’ve not met them yet, but he has told me a couple of stories. It sounds like his parents might be narrow minded and I fear that they will be prejudiced against me because my family is from El Salvador and I definitely I look Hispanic.

Tom says they won’t have any problem with my race, but I am very scared they will not accept me. I’m not even sure they will like that we plan on living together. If they don’t like me, does that mean I would break up with Tom? Both of us are committed to each other, we are soulmates and partners. We have talked about marriage, but we have so much we want to do before then. Right now we just want to be together and build our careers.

My parents haven’t met Tom either but I have told them about him. They are happy I am with someone nice. I haven’t told them that we are moving in together and I don’t think they are going to be very happy about that as we are Catholic. But I would rather take one thing at a time.

Any thoughts?

Thank you,

Olivia

What would you do? Here’s my advice.

Surprises and Stalking

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

I’m very excited about my first (there will be more!) contribution to a website called Romance at Random. It’s a short and sweet write-up called 5 Ways to Surprise Your Man.

In other digital news, my friend Rachel wrote a great essay called Why I Stopped Facebook-Stalking My Ex and kindly mentioned Loves Me…Not.

How to Write an Actual Real Letter

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Look what came in the mail from reader Mike. It made my day!

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In case you have trouble seeing: The instructions are…

1. Gather supplies
2. Think…
3. Write
4. Address envelope
5. Drop in mailbox
6. Await reply

BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

A friend of mine e-mailed me a week or so ago in panic mode. He wrote, “You need to call a lawyer regarding the movie Her. They are using your letter-writing site idea!” Two things happened when I read the message:

1. I appreciated his concern but didn’t think lawyering up–especially against a movie studio–was within my right or my resources.
2. I was excited to know that there’s a present-day letter-writer in a popular movie.

The reason I didn’t think it was within my right is because “letter writer” isn’t an original profession. They’re not common anymore, but they have existed for ages. I also don’t doubt that other people have at least thought about creating letter-writing websites on their own–without hearing about mine. It’s an idea who’s originality would be difficult to prove.

Shortly thereafter, another friend got in touch to tell me about Her. He happens to be a lawyer and I asked him to break down if I had a case or not. He said:

“The mere providing of a letter writing service is not something that can be patented, trademarked or copyrighted. It is, pardon the comparison, like being an accountant or a technical writer. Now the contents of the letters, the name of your service and your trade dress and trademarks can be protected, but not the idea of writing letters on behalf of individuals.”

Seems pretty cut and dry.

In his review of Her, Philadelphia Inquire movie critic Steven Rea said the idea of an online letter-writing service is one “whose time has come.” I tweeted him to let him know I had been all over it for years. No word back.

As you may have noticed, this site has been updated and the letter-writing service is now gone. Although there’s still a page paying tribute to my one-time service and letter writing itself. I am and always will be glad that I acted on my instinct and brought my silly idea to life. I hope others–whether inspired by me or Her–see fit to do the same!