Samara O'Shea

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Today’s the Day

Monday, April 25th, 2011 is officially up and running. The first essay has been posted (written by yours truly), and we have an exciting line-up for the rest of the week. Please visit and leave a comment if you are so inclined.

I hope everyone had a splendid Easter weekend. Yesterday was the most gorgeous Easter day—weather wise—we’ve had in years.

Ordinary Men Hate Solitude

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

There won’t be much from me today. Our first five essays will start being posted on Modern Love Rejects on Monday, and I’m getting everything in order. I won’t write tomorrow, so I hope everyone has a great weekend and a joyous Easter. I’ll be back in full force on Monday!

I leave you with a quote on solitude:

“Ordinary men hate solitude.
But the Master makes use of it,
embracing his aloneness,
realizing he is one with the whole universe.”
~ Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching

I googled the first line to find out who said it, and that led me here, which made me laugh.

Modern Love Rejects

Monday, April 18th, 2011

My new website is up and running! It doesn’t have the full content yet, but I’m excited to give you a sneak peek. It’s is called Modern Love Rejects, and Modern Love, in this case, refers to the weekly NY Times column that appears in the Sunday paper. The Modern Love column has been around since 2004. Anyone is welcome to audition for the column by writing a 1,800 – 2,000-word essay and sending it to Many have made it in and plenty of others have not.

Among those who’ve been rejected are myself and, the site’s co-founder, Kiri Blakeley. We’ve both attempted and been rejected three times. Thus we’ve decided to create a place where the rejects could gather and post their not-good-enough essays. Other writers we know who’ve been rejected include: Alisa Bowman, Rachel Kramer Bussel, and Judy Dutton. They will be contributing essays for us. If you, or anyone you know, has been left brokenhearted by Modern Love, please get in touch with us.

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.

Forgive Me. . .

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

. . .for being MIA. I am working on a new website. I’ve been working on it for a while, but it’s ready to launch and having some technical difficulties. That’s where my focus has been. I hope to show it to you by week’s end!

In letter news, I learned that John Lennon’s letters are due to be published soon. Excellent!

Virtual Acts of Kindness

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

While thumbing through this quarter’s alumni magazine from Duquesne University (my alma mater in case that’s not obvious), I came across an article about a once friend of mine. When college was over we went our separate ways, and I’ve wondered from time to time what she’s been up to. Attempts to find her on Facebook have been unsuccessful.

What she’s up to—and what the article highlights—are random acts of kindness. She leaves thoughtful, embellished notes of encouragement and small gifts all around town (Pittsburgh) and she’s launched the website Secret Agent L to chronicle her missions. Many people in different cities have taken to becoming her Affiliate Secret Agents, and they’ve got a great thing going on—harnessing both the power of the Internet and the power of compassion.

I like it because it involves lots of letter writing and because spreading kindness is a noble feat if ever there was one. Well done old friend!

The Dooce Experiment

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Two Thursdays ago my visitor number shot up to 1,226 (thanks to everyone who stopped by!) My visitor count is usually in the low hundreds, so I was thrilled with the spontaneous spike. I can’t help but wonder if it was because I mentioned The Pioneer Woman on the 10th. Her daily numbers are in the high thousands or low millions, I’m sure.

Today I’m experimenting and seeing if I can have another day of higher traffic by mentioning Dooce. Dooce. Dooce. Dooce. Dooce. Dooce. Dooce. Dooce. Dooce. Dooce. Dooce. Dooce.

No, it’s not the mating call of Anser Geese, Dooce is a popular blog created by Heather Armstrong. She’s another lucky lady who makes her living from blogging. Ah, envy. She’s on my mind because there is a fantastic profile of her in today’s NY Times.