Samara O'Shea

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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.



On Beauty

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

I walked into a convenience store last night and noticed a woman I’ve seen a few times before. She’s tiny and in a wheelchair. Her arms are about half the length of mine, but she has hands. Every time I see her I smile and try my hardest not to stare. It’s unfortunate that staring is the inherent behavior we have to fight against. Also last night, I happened upon this trailer for a documentary called On Beauty. They speak the truth: if we were exposed to people—all types of people—in media images everyday then the instinct to stare would go away. We wouldn’t look twice because these unique and wonderful people wouldn’t be different anymore, they would be what they are: fellow human beings.