Samara O'Shea

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Passing the Torch

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

A few days after my most recent blog, that declared it’s time for me to end the letter-writing service, I received this e-mail:

I came across your website while researching whether services like the one you provide, or at least used to have the time to provide, existed. For a little bit of my background, I am a 25 year old attorney in New York City with a passion for love and the feelings it inspires. I believe myself to be a romantic. I believe that there is no greater power in this world then love and the way it imposes its power upon all of those subject to it. I sit at work and jot down all of the things I want my girlfriend to know about how I feel about her, and I wonder whether others want to do the same but do not know how to express it. I love what you created and quite honestly when I saw that you discontinued it for your further educational advancements, I immediately thought that it must be continued. So in this rather hastily written email, I suppose I am trying to make an offer to continue doing what you once did.

How fun is this?! We agreed that he will launch his own site, so readers can familiarize themselves with his writing style, and I will gladly promote the site and link to it on my “Order a Letter” page. Of course, this will take some time. I know what it’s like to launch a site with a full time job, and his job–as an attorney–is incredibly demanding I’m sure. This is to say, I’m not expecting a quick turnaround, but I’m excited that he’s offering to carry the letter-writing torch and I had to share. Anyone else want to be a letter writer? I’ll promote you, too. The more the merrier!

All the President’s Love Letters

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The June issue of Vanity Fair features a handful of love letters written by 22-year-old Barack Obama. He’s so dreamy. Sigh. I’ll let you know when I get my hands on the issue. For now, a preview:

Err on the Side of Writing the Letter

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Recently I found out a friend of mine lost her baby. I was heartbroken to hear the news. We aren’t best friends or even super close friends, but we are certainly friends. We once worked together and had many meaningful girl talks as coworkers. We’ve kept in touch via social media but we’ve never spoken on the phone. For that reason, I didn’t feel calling her was the right course of action, and I wasn’t going to send an “I’m sorry to hear,” through Facebook (the fact that I’ve temporarily given it up notwithstanding). Writing a letter was the obvious thing to do, but it still frightened me. This is a different kind of sympathy card. In sympathy cards I try to celebrate the life that was, and in this case you have to address the life that never was. I faced my fear and I wrote. When it was finished I was still self-conscious. What if it makes her feel worse? I thought. No, not doing anything is by far the worst course. I mailed the letter.

I received an overwhelmingly heartfelt, authentic, joyous thank you for the letter. It had me in tears. Even I need to be reminded sometimes: just write the damn letter. Forget your fears and write.

Odds and Ends

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

First, there’s this: Love Letters Digitized: The ‘Triumphant Happiness’ of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning

Next, I’m featured on the Crane & Co. blog today.

Finally, we had a visitor here on Valentine’s Day, and I’d like to call your attention to her beautiful blog: Oh Write Me!

Mailing the Love

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re feeling the love. These are letters traveling to my loved ones. . .

This pretty postcard is on its way to Erica and Aubrey in Texas thanking them for the card they sent me (two blogs ago). Card courtesy of Hope Wallace Karney.

This is a thank you note on its way to Laurie–event coordinator of the Little Theater at Harcum college–for having me there last Thursday. The clever postcard design is by Missive Maven and was generously gifted to me by reader Mike from Virginia.

And now for the cards (three of each) going out to good friends.

The inside before I add my own sentiments. . .

Finally, a Valentine’s Day quote:

“To love somebody is not just a strong feeling–it is a decision, it is a judgement, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. A feeling comes and it may go.” ~ Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

The 1st Valentine of 2012 . . .

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

. . .has arrived. It may very well be my only Valentine of 2012, and that’s just fine. I’m starting to get excited about the Valentines I’m going to send. As for the one I received, it’s a pretty postcard from Erica and Aubrey. That’s my good friend, former roommate and her six-month-old daughter who I have yet to meet. They live in Texas, and I hope to visit later this year.

I’ve been MIA recently and that’ll most likely be the case until after my love-letter writing workshop this Thursday. I wish I could transport you there!


Not this Thursday but Next. . .

Monday, January 30th, 2012

. . .I’ll be teaching a love-letter writing workshop at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA. It’s free, open to the public, and starts at 6:45 pm on February 9th. I’ve taught letter-writing workshops before but this is my first one dedicated entirely to love letters. I’m excited! Stop by if you’re in the tri-state area. did a nice write up on it: Harcum invites community to love, write.