Samara O'Shea

Madam Tax Collector

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!

There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk

March 23rd, 2017

Without ever having you…
I have lost you.
Without ever knowing you…
I know you…
There is no history…
Only a memory
that never occurred at all.
A memory…
I can never forget.
~ Portia Nelson, There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

Slimy and Pathetic

March 15th, 2017

“Sometimes this human stuff is slimy and pathetic–jealousy especially so–but better to feel it and talk about it and walk through it than to spend a lifetime being silently poisoned.”
~ Anne Lamott

5 Calls

March 13th, 2017

Two weeks ago I downloaded the free app 5 Calls (just like Michael Moore told me to :). I’ve called senators Toomey and Casey every day since. This app makes it insanely easy! The app gives you a script (you choose the issues important to you) and dials the number. If the line is busy, the app provides alternate office numbers for your senators. My fellow citizens, please consider this. Now is not the time for complacency!

The Bride Wore Red

March 10th, 2017

I was watching a documentary about Joan Crawford the other day and a short clip was played from the 1937 movie The Bride Wore Red. The clip was of Joan delivering the following (unrequited love related) line in a feisty, over-the-top manner. I found it worth sharing. I’m sure the line doesn’t work as well without the performance. Still, it’s quite the spell to cast on your unrequited one…

“I want you to marry her, and I want my love to haunt you…to make you lie awake at night, to burn your heart, to make you sick with pain! I want you to think of me and to ache for me. I want never to see you again!”

40 days and 40 nights

March 2nd, 2017

Greetings ~ I’m giving up FB and Twitter for Lent. They’ve become too anxiety inducing for me lately. That being said, it’ll still be a challenge because I am endlessly curious as what others think of the latest news. I will remain active on Instagram. I’m fairly new to Instagram and find it to be tranquil so far. Everyone have a good 40 days and 40 nights!

The Art of Being

January 27th, 2017

“If other people do not understand our behavior—so what? Their request that we must only do what they understand is an attempt to dictate to us. If this is being “asocial” or “irrational” in their eyes, so be it. Mostly they resent our freedom and our courage to be ourselves. We owe nobody an explanation or an accounting, as long as our acts do not hurt or infringe on them. How many lives have been ruined by this need to “explain,” which usually implies that the explanation be “understood,” i.e. approved. Let your deeds be judged, and from your deeds, your real intentions, but know that a free person owes an explanation only to himself—to his reason and his conscience—and to the few who may have a justified claim for explanation.” ~ Erich Fromm, The Art of Being