Samara O'Shea

Sarah Jessica Parker On Letter Writing and Life

I flipped through the March Harper’s Bazaar yesterday. Sarah Jessica Parker is on the cover. The cover I saw (the one with her on the Brooklyn Bridge) is a little too reminiscent of the ads for the last season of Sex and the City for me. It’s time to move on! The inside photography is fun though. The photos have SJP channeling legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland. At the end of the article, which I admittedly didn’t read, there’s a list of SJP’s little things that she thinks make life better. I copied down the ones I like, too. I’m sure you can guess which one I like the most . . .

~ Try, for every 20 e-mails you send to write a letter, an old-fashioned letter, and post it. Remember how it felt to receive an actual letter or postcard in the mail?

~ Use your local library. So few people do anymore. And if you are a parent, introduce your children to the neighborhood library. It will give them a real sense of independence to have their own library card and enjoy borrowing books.

~ Walk more. It simple feels great. And for those who have an “allergy” to working out, it’s a great way to get the blood moving. If you are feeling extra adventurous, try putting some speed into that walk.

~ Read the editorial page of your local newspaper. It introduces you to opinion and can be terrifically provocative and perhaps a great motivating force for you to get involved in your community, regardless of your political ideology.

~ Get eight hours of sleep, though I never do.