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Newspaper Announcement

Friday, June 15th, 2018

I did an old-fashioned thing: Got married! Kidding. The old-fashioned part was submitting a wedding announcement to the local paper. Who does that anymore?! Meeeeeee =).

Newspaper text at the bottom of this post.

We had a small wedding (some might call it a microwedding) with only 14 guests. This was easy and difficult. The easy part is relieving yourself of the stress that comes with planning a large wedding. The difficult part is not sharing the day with extended family and friends. This week I have been mailing wedding announcements to my nearest and dearest. It’s been ages since I took on a mailing project of this size!

Newspaper text:

Samara O’Shea and Derek Nash were married May 5 at St. Mary’s, Hamilton Village located on the University of Pennsylvania campus. This is the same church where the bride’s parents married in April 1979. The Rev. Mariclair Partee Carlsen performed the ceremony. The Episcopal service was complemented by sounds of the Celtic harp played by Martha Clancy. Following the service, 14 guests celebrated at The Wayne Hotel. The day’s events were captured by Andrea Krout Photography.

Ms. O’Shea, 38, is a licensed social worker currently employed with Central Behavioral Health in Norristown. She is a mobile therapist helping clients diagnosed with serious mental illness manage chronic physical illness. She graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and received a master’s degree in social work from Temple University.

The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Carol O’Shea of Newtown Square, PA. The bride’s father has worked at Widener University for 39 years, currently serving as grounds supervisor. The bride’s mother is a retired teacher from Gloucester County Institute of Technology.

Mr. Nash, 34, is a senior software engineer at Envestnet, a wealth management firm, in Berwyn, PA, where he focuses on java development. The groom graduated with a dual degree in mathematics and computer science from Drexel University, where he also played on the ice hockey team.

The groom is the son of Barbara Nash of Pine Grove, PA, and the late Gregory Nash. The groom’s mother is a retired teacher from Spring-Ford Area School District. His father was the maintenance supervisor at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Nash’s 5-year-old son from a previous marriage, Dominic, served as ring bearer.

The couple met in November 2013 through the dating site Coffee Meets Bagel.

Addendum For Those Who Read Loves Me…Not: We were in the final stages of editing the book in late fall 2013 when I met Derek. I hadn’t dated anyone for little over 2 years. The guy in the book with the pseudonym Frank was the last person I had gone out with. I felt writing the book was what I needed to do before I could indulge a quality relationship. As it turned out, the Universe agreed. The past was where it belonged: On paper. Derek was my date to the book launch in January 2014 and the rest, as they say, is history. Maybe I’ve got a book about maintaining requited love in me …

“Love is possible only if two persons communicate with each other from the center of their existence, hence if each one of them experiences himself from the center of his existence. Only in this ‘central experience’ is human reality, only here is aliveness, only here is the basis for love. Love, experienced thus, is a constant challenge; it is not a resting place, but a moving, growing, working together; even when there is harmony or conflict, joy or sadness, is secondary to the fundamental fact that two people experience themselves, rather than by fleeing from themselves. There is only one proof for the presence of love: the depth of the relationship, and the aliveness and strength in each person concerned; this is the fruit by which love is recognized.”

~ Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

How to Write an Actual Real Letter

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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


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

Video Art

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

I teamed up with some fabulous filmmaker friends of mine and made a short piece of video art—it’s me reciting “The Raven.” I memorized the poem in college and always wanted to recite it on stage. In the age of YouTube, we can create our own stage. The video is in its final phases of editing. I’ll share once it’s ready. For now, here are some photos from the shoot.




Speaking Of Celebrities and Cherry Blossoms

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Speaking of writing letters to celebrities and receiving responses, read this heartwarming letter from Fiona Apple to a fan. And look what I got. . .

12 Drummers Drumming

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Today is the 12th (and final) day of Christmas also known as Twelfth Night. The 12 days mark the days between Christmas and Epiphany–when the wise men visit baby Jesus. Today is also the last day I will virtually toast the New Year on this blog. I can, admittedly, go overboard. I just love saying Happy New Year. It feels like I’m saying Happy Fresh Start!

Reader Masa sent me this wonderfully festive New Year’s postcard from Tokyo where he was visiting. Thank you Masa and a Happy Fresh Start to everyone.


The Little Things

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

My cousin and housemate, Kate, brought this home. It’s a gift from her mother. What a cute, clever way to invite autumn in. Everything you see is authentic. No plastic!


This Moment in Time

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Here are pics of the Apple store in Philly–honoring Steve Jobs with post-it notes. It’s a simple, colorful tribute. And with that, I bid you good weekend.