Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2017 11:25 pm


Date Joined: September 19, 2015
Last Online: October 22, 2017
Birthday: April 8
Country: United States
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About Me

Update Jan. 25, 2017: We have a family emergency and we're returning to the States indefinitely. I've changed my address to the US and will send everything before we leave here. All mail sent to Malta will be forwarded to the US.

2016 was a wild ride. We rang in the New Year on holiday in Thailand and then returned to our home in Cambodia. In March, we had to return to the US on an emergency basis to care for my sweet parents. We spent 5 months in Texas getting my mom through multiple surgeries and my dad settled in a nursing facility. We left the US at the beginning of September and have now settled into our new home in Gozo, Malta. We're adjusting to life on a small island again. In case you've never heard of it (most haven't), Gozo is 1 of 3 islands of the country of Malta -- it's in the Med Sea, just south of Italy. Prior to last year in Cambodia, we lived in Vanuatu (a little island in the South Pacific) for 3 years. We've also lived in the US, Australia, Tanzania, and Ghana.

Other than being constantly in need of new luggage, I'm an American child rights lawyer and researcher. When I practiced law in the US, I prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases. After I left practice, I was a law school professor for almost 20 years and taught child welfare courses. Now, I'm semi-retired and mostly research and write on street kid and child labor issues.

My teenage daughter and I travel ALOT. She has a bucket list of places to check off before she goes to college. She's 15 and on her third passport! So far, shes managed to check off 22 countries.

Favorite Crafts

I'm an artist wannabe. I don't have any special talent but I quilt, sew, do various kinds of needlework and have lately gotten into paper crafts.

Favorite Music

1980 hair bands. Shameful but true.

Favorite Books

Huge reader. We've spent most of the last 10 years living in developing countries where there is no such thing as TV -- that suits us fine because we are readers. I'm currently into the Outlander series, but I also like any historical fiction and lawyer/legal thrillers.

I also spend way more time than I should on Crosswords!

Random stuff

Random things that make me happy:

  1. smell of new books
  2. envies -- handmade and plain color storebought to decorate
  3. pens & paper and stationary & stickers
  4. beads & sequins & ribbons and funny/unusual things to attach to mixed media pieces of art
  5. washi
  6. handknitted socks!
  7. Crossword puzzles! (in the US: the ones from the Dollar Store make me happy! Also happy with freebies from the paper, just also include the answers please because I cheat.)
  8. new/unused postcards (not tourist ones) -- it is nice to have some on hand that are not tourist
  9. blank journals/notebooks - especially ones with recycled paper...pages are a little rough like newspaper, not slick & shiny
  10. handmade pottery -- tiles and plates
  11. Nancy Drew
  12. Wooden spoons
  13. bags -- any kind: small ones for pens and such and tote bags...all kinds of bags (fabric & leather, but not plastic).

Things I can happily live without:

  1. almost all the isms,
  2. crimes against kids,
  3. horror/gothic/vampire/scary stuff,
  4. smelly lotions & potions,
  5. tv,
  6. spicy food,
  7. caffeine free coke,
  8. coffee,
  9. cold weather,
  10. make-up,
  11. high heels,
  12. fridge magnets, shot glasses, tourist spoons/thimbles, keychains and that sort of thing (even if it is a "requirement" of the swap -no sense wasting your money on it!),
  13. Hello Kitty and that sort of thing



Postcard Wishlist: Given the option, I'd rather they blank/unused in an envie but naked is fine too. I don't really care what kind of card, but my most favorite are ones with children on them. I also really like interesting images, watercolors, birds, books, maps, animals, clocks....

Not a fan of tourist cards.

No Religious, Rude, Crude, or Mean cards please.


I like to recycle stuff -- Please don't be offended if I use newspapers or mag pages or other interesting materials for envies and mailers. Thanks!


** Please use the messaging system on SB and not my email account. My email is subject to review by third parties and I'd much rather my personal stuff not mix with my work stuff. Thank you!


Onyx rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #141 on Oct 22, 2017
Comment: Lovely selection of cards, thank you!
Response: Very welcome!
Comment: Thank you for the Marilyn Monroe PC! You made me giggle, I never have understood her allure either lol
Response: Giggle -- are we being snarky?
roosje rated for Neth/Lonestarchild Private Swap on Oct 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for a great package of Halloween goodies! There is nothing like this here, so the items will be put to good use. Thanks for your generosity, shame the postage is so high...It was a pleasure to swap with you!
Response: SO glad you liked it. I really had no idea what to send -- what you might not be able to find there -- so I'm glad these are things you like/will use. Happy to swap with you anytime!
FireCat91 rated for B&W PCs week 42 on Oct 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the Halloween greeting! This baby is really cute! :-)
Response: Very welcome!
Comment: ty
Response: Welcome!
LucyToons rated for (PCG) L is for... on Oct 21, 2017
Comment: thank you for the Lace postcard, it is such a beautiful craft :)
Response: It really is amazing stuff -- and crazy time-intensive!
simcoe54 rated for AN: Animals - 3 Specific Types #8 on Oct 20, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards.
Response: Very welcome!
Comment: Thank you for the neat stamp :)
Response: Have fun with it!
Peaches12 rated for WIYM: Hallowen Countdown Swap #27 on Oct 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I'll be waiting till the 27th to open.
Response: Very welcome! Enjoy!
nalaqueen rated for TT&E: Pick 1 #2 on Oct 19, 2017
Comment: Well worth the wait!!!! Thank you so much :)
Response: Very welcome!
Comment: Thanks for the spooky goodies. Have a happy Halloween.
Response: Very welcome!
Nyneve rated for 4 Sticker Sheets on Oct 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely and funny stickers you sent! 🙂 I especially liked the pugs and butterflies. 🦋
Response: So glad you liked them!
Akanksha23 rated for AN Dogs USA on Oct 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard..
Response: You're very welcome!
Shellyr rated for WIYM: Halloween Countdown #26 on Oct 18, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the stickers and pumpkin.
Response: Very welcome -- hope you can use them for something fun!
Wanda rated for WIYM: Halloween Countdown Swap #24 on Oct 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much, Sheri! 🎃 I like the festive envelope as well as the papers and ribbon.
Response: So glad it was happy mail!!
MelbourneGirl rated for B&W PCs week 40 on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Hello again <3 Love those shoes too ... perhaps in black for us ... :)
Response: Black works too!
Comment: Thank you for the teas and the paper supplies.
Response: Very welcome!
goinjenny rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #17 on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extra
Response: Very welcome! Enjoy!
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extra note card
Response: Welcome -- this one was harder than I expected!
Sparkling12335 rated for WIYM: Halloween Countdown #25 on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you Sheri, I can almost open your envie.
Response: Hope it will be things you will enjoy!

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goinjenny on Oct 19, 2017:

Thank you for the PCs in AWG

yvonne401 on Oct 17, 2017:

THANK YOU @Lonestarchild for the AWG OCTOBER WISHES of butterfly stickers and pistcards!

tcornell on Oct 17, 2017:

Thank you for the Kawaii letter set and the mailing labels for Oct AWG wish list!

TessyT on Oct 16, 2017:

forum pc question 'what makes you smile'
Thank you for answering my question, I could feel the smile and read the pride and love in your answer

jukejan on Oct 15, 2017:

Invited you to Over 50 & Proud group. We have an active chat forum you may like. Not much swapping.

mgallardo68 on Oct 12, 2017:

Thank you @Lonestarchild for the great ramdonmness envie for CPG> Envies of RANDOMNESS:)!! I loved everything ♥♥

pkpeace on Oct 8, 2017:

Dsweeny on Oct 5, 2017:

Thank you SO SO much for the AMAZING assortment of stickers from the Tag through the Alphabet !!! They are excellent, and will be used with all of my stuff :) Dina

TessyT on Oct 5, 2017:

I have received. Forum tag of
two Postcards in an Envelope Tag!
my favorite of these is the Crystal Mill it looks awesome!! Thank you for the extra and for sharing such beautiful places

stiffneck78 on Oct 4, 2017:

Thank you for the great ribbon for the B&W Tag. =) ~Angela

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