Swap-bot Time: August 21, 2019 7:55 pm


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: August 21, 2019
Birthday: January 1
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a former wandering gypsy, now living in Florida where the primeval beauty of the Big Cypress swamp and the longest coastline of any state except Alaska satisfy certain of my inner needs. It's also a great jumping off point for the Bahamas, the Caribbean & Latin America. I lived in India for several years working with a snake catcher; traveled with Ringling Brothers Circus (living on the train); lived on a sailboat in the Bahamas & Caribbean for 5 years. My numerous occupations have included newspaper staff writer, assembly-line worker in a cockroach trap factory, librarian, charter-boat cook, dog walker in NYC, proprietor of a shop selling beach paraphernalia in the Virgin Islands and, most consistently, free-lance travel writer. Travel, adventure & being easily distracted are all prime motivators in my life!

Writing & photography were always my creative outlets, but lately I'm exploring mixed media collage & miniature book making. I originally joined Swap-Bot for non-touristy postcard exchanges as I'm always on the lookout for quirky or whimsical imagery. But I'm a long-time fan of (and participant in) mail art, so I've become more involved in collage & handmade postcard & mail art swaps. I appreciate things created with wit, originality, a sense of humor - or just because they're beautiful or intriguing. I like clever, off-beat, esoteric stuff. Girlie cutesy doesn't cut it for me. (Maybe I'm still rebelling against a mother who tried too hard to make me pink and frilly.) But I do enjoy whimsy. I love getting postcards & envelopes decorated with art work, collage, etc. And lots & lots of cool stamps!

Though I caved to peer pressure & created a Flickr account, I'm REALLY bad about keeping it updated with images of mail art I've sent! Social media in general eludes me. There are never enough hours in the day for all the other things I find far more interesting to do.

Favorite Music

My musical taste is pretty eclectic, but I particularly like acoustic guitar, Reggae, Latin jazz, World Music in general. A few of my favorite musicians are Mose Allison, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell & Paco de Lucia.

Favorite Books

My passport is my favorite book. I read a lot of nonfiction. When I get interested in a subject I read about it voraciously. I enjoy poetry & have been trying my hand at haiku and tanka. Theodore Roethke, ee cummings, & Shel Silverstein are often on my bedstand. Nick Bantock always inspires. Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, & Kipling are among my long time favorites.

Favorite Movies

My top 5 favorite films are La Strada, L'Atalante, The Gods Must be Crazy, Walkabout, The Triplets of Belleville. My choices seem to reflect my penchant for living on boats; circuses; exotic locales & eccentric characters. I watch a lot of foreign films & indie films. Pedro Almodovar is a favorite filmmaker.

Favorite Crafts

Mixed media collage, (mainly postcards) & occasionally miniature books. Because I've always been a writer and photographer I often incorporate words and photos into my crafts.

Postcard Preferences

For store-bought postcard swaps I much PREFER RECEIVING POSTCARDS SENT BLANK, IN AN ENVIE, even if the swap calls for them to be sent naked. I understand if you can't do that, but that's my preference & I'll never rate you down for sending that way. I also love old or interesting postage.

  • I prefer standard size - around 4x6 - cards.

  • NO tourist cards please, unless the swap specifically calls for them. Even then I'd prefer something non-touristy.

  • NO Christian themes or Bible verses.

  • I am not fond of color-it-yourself or Zazzle cards.


  • Ken Brown's cards

  • Glen Baxter cards, particularly his cowboy series. There's one called "My capucinno" that I'd so love to find in my mailbox.

  • cards by Brest Brest Brest, like this one which was in the Curious Feast: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists

  • Art & architecture of Friedensreich Hundertwasser

  • Cards featuring HANDS or EYES

  • Black & white photography (anything from Fotofolio & Nouvelles Images for example.)

  • Jerry Uelsmann's photomontages

  • Inge Look's old ladies

  • The graphic art of Corita Kent

  • Cards with elephants or monkeys make me smile; camels too, especially if they're being ridden by nomads!

  • People dancing

  • Alligators

  • Unusual animals - think sloths, armadillos, aardvarks, platypuses, etc.

  • The Everglades

  • Eadweard Muybrige's animals or people in motion

  • Close ups of nature, like the patterns on a beetle, the eye of a fish, etc.

  • Art cards, particularly collage artists, graffiti art, street art, "outsider" art, & found object creations.

  • Paintings by the Florida Highwaymen.

  • Some favorite artists: Magritte, Matisse (particularly his cut-outs), Robert Rauschenberg, Charlie Harper, Joan Miro, Keith Haring, Dali, Georgia O'Keefe, Joseph Cornell, Mayumi Oda & Frida Kahlo, Saul Steinberg.

  • Winslow Homer's paintings of Florida and the Bahamas.

  • Seminole or Miccosoukee people

  • Snake Charmers

  • Weird Science

  • Hindu or Buddhist deities

  • Edward Gorey's illustrations

  • Matchbox cover art

  • Cigar Box Label art (love those old lithographs)

  • Great graphic Design

  • Humor, particularly off-beat, droll, or dry.

  • Vintage educational charts

  • Naughty Little People

  • Rock & Roll & 1960's musicians

  • Che Guevera

  • Cuba

  • Snoopy (from the Peanuts cartoons)

  • Ikea cards (4x6 size)

  • Kaj Stenvall cards

  • Charlie Chaplin

  • Popeye the Sailor Man

  • Anne Taintor

  • Troubled Birds (a series of postcards that crack me up!)

  • Vintage B&W "real photo" cards of people.

  • 1960's & earlier Florida

  • Vintage India or Afghanistan

  • Lenticular (3-D) cards (but not those "Magic Eye" cards. I have monocular vision & can never see the hidden images.)

  • Postcards that squeak!

  • Postcards with googly eyes!

  • Squeaky postcards WITH googly eyes! (I have only one - a circa 1950s alligator - and he'd so love to be the start of a collection :))

  • Upside-down heads, sometimes called Topsy Turvys, in which the image changes when you flip it. Like this:

  • Surprise me!

  • My Postcrossing favorites (link above) may give you an idea of the kinds of cards I like.

Extras/ Other Likes

If you're inclined to include extras or it's a mail art envie swap, here are some of the things I enjoy receiving:

  • Postage stamps (I can always use uncancelled US stamps, while used US or foreign stamps get recycled in my collage & mail art).

  • Faux postage (artistamps)

  • Cigar bands

  • Old black & white photos

  • Air mail Stickers/labels

  • Match box labels.

  • Fortune cookie fortunes

  • patterned tissue paper

  • I love bizarre, quirky rubber stamps.(Had a great collection in the 1980's but they melted in the tropics!)


Comment: OOOHH, wind faces and compass roses - I too love anything with compasses, cardinal directions, orientation. THanks for the awesome PC!
ktk8 rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard- August on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Oh what a stunning postcard..... thank you so very very much.... I love your "portrait"!! Wonderful swap......
Response: Aw, I'm so glad you liked it, Katie. I've been doing a lot of nautical & map related stuff lately, Sometimes I get so caught up in swap themes that I neglect the areas I'd really rather focus on. Thanks for your comments & the β™₯.
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful postcard and stunning stamp by Ellsworth Kelly! The Computer reminds me of Inspector Gadget and Wallace & Gromit constructions! Things which make life maybe easier?! Have a lovely evening, Joana
Response: So glad you liked both the PC & the stamp! I'm unfamiliar with Inspector Gadget, but have already requested the first of the series from my library. (These connections are one of my favorite things about Swap-bot). Wallace & Gromit, on the other hand, are old favorites, & I too thought of them when looking at that computer contraption. Thanks for your comments & the β™₯.
Ukucaitie rated for NYUP USA Only #51 on Aug 18, 2019
Comment: Hello and thank you so much for the Norman Rockwell postcard! I had this card before and wished I wouldnt have given it away. Now I have one! :) Thank you so much!
Response: You're welcome. I saw on your profile that you liked Norman Rockwell. I'm glad my choice hit the mark! Thanks for the your rating & β™₯.
pintis rated for NYUP USA Only #51 on Aug 18, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the postcard!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the your rating & β™₯..
Comment: Dear Linda, yes, I adore the red postcards too:)) good idea of yours to send them in one lot... thank you very much for the extras, I love them all!
Response: My pleasure! So glad you liked what I sent. . Thank you for the rating & β™₯.
Comment: Dear Linda, I totally adore the postcards you sent!!! Thank you indeed!
Response: I'm so pleased you liked what I chose. . Thank you for your rating & β™₯.
debbiespoms rated for PH: Send 3 Postcards #17 on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: Hi Linda! Received your swap today. Thank you for choosing cards from my profile & sending extras. How sweet of you! I love them all! Esp. the Pomeranian card! I also do as you do, try to give postcards from others profile. I like to others get something they might like in their category.
Response: So glad you liked the cards I sent. Thank you for your comments, rating & β™₯.
susieq11 rated for Non- Touristy Postcards #7 on Aug 16, 2019
Comment: Linda!! Tons of hearts for you! Thank you for all the postcards, and all my favorites! They are all new to me! The poodle one is fantastic!! I have SO many and I’m amazed to get new ones so frequently. The deer are beautiful, I just love them all. Thank you so much. Enjoy all your adventures!! After my jaunt to Naples lady month, I’m gone until I go to Tokyo this fall. xxx
Response: So glad you liked my choices & that they were new to you as well. I was saving the poodle one for you. I'm envious of your upcoming Tokyo visit. That was one of my first foreign destinations, but I haven't been back in a very long time
wittmert rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #75 on Aug 16, 2019
Comment: Sounds like a rough trip!
Response: It was! Thanks for rating.
Comment: Thanks for a great postcard and information
Response: You're welcome. . Thank you for the rating & β™₯.
Akanksha23 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For Pcs #71 on Aug 12, 2019
Comment: Loved your selection of the postcards and the extras.. thank u so much!
Response: You're very welcome, Akanksha. I'm so glad you liked my choices. Thanks for your rating & β™₯
newrule rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #54 on Aug 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely assortment of postcards! Loved them!
Response: Glad to have pleased you with what I sent. Thanks for your rating & β™₯.
Comment: Thank you, was nice of you to include extras.
Response: My pleasure. Thank you for the rating & β™₯.
Comment: love your selection and the inventive interpretation and absence of touristy cards. When I first saw the Frida pic I was a bit confused..there's no F in vacation I thought...love how you got round that!
Response: So glad you liked my choices. As one who prefers non-touristy cards myself, it's a treat to be able to share some of my stash. Thanks for your comments & β™₯.
Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous postcards and your note. The airboat looks fun but it doesn't sound like it was fun!
Response: You're welcome. I'm delighted you liked them. You're right about the airboat. I prefer quiet modes of transport like bicycles & kayaks. Thanks for your rating & β™₯.
couchart rated for PTG: Vocabulary Postcard Swap #6 on Jul 31, 2019
Comment: Linda, thanks so much for joining my swap and for the outstanding cards! Like you, I am a word nerd and I could not stop at just three and I had to do all six words. Your cards are all stellar and I loved your use of each word in a sentence describing the imagery on the corresponding card. Poor Louie the lobster to fall prey to his stupidity! Just seeing that 1940 picture of the crowd of Coney Island beach goers gives me the heebie-jeebies. Not being one for crowds, I think I would completely freak out to be in the middle of that group. Thanks so much for joining my swap and I hope you will join the ones I plan on doing in the future. All the best, Cynthia PS - Great envelope as well, thanks!
Response: You're welcome. It was fun choosing cards for those great words. Hope the x-rated one wasn't a put-off . It's one of a series I found amusing as well as graphically pleasing - but not one I'd dare send to many swappers. Thanks for your comments, rating & β™₯.
astarael rated for Artsy Fartsy #19 on Jul 31, 2019
Comment: thank you for the card, i love watercolours :)
Response: Great! Glad my choice suited you. Thanks for the rating & β™₯.
simcoe54 rated for PH: Send 2 Postcards #16 on Jul 30, 2019
Comment: All of the postcards are new to me. Thanks
Response: You're welcome. Always a pleasure to swap with you.
goosey rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #17 on Jul 30, 2019
Comment: superb postcards! thank you so much for checking my profile!! and for the extras!
Response: I'm delighted that you liked my choices. I'm always pleased when partners read my profile and send the kind of things I like, so I try to do the same. Thanks for your rating & β™₯.

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Itti on Jul 2, 2019:

You mentioned liking alligators and unusual animals on your profile so I was wondering if you'd be interested in the Scales 'n' Tails group? I've sent an invite your way just in case.

dvmac on Jun 26, 2019:

Love, love, love the cards (PH Tag).Thank you. What a fascinating Peary story! Early 60s, so you must be a little older than I . Which is nice, cuz there's hardly anyone older than I am anymore. Haha. Loved the envie, too. And the note paper! Hah! Ain't it the truth!

user6937 on Jun 19, 2019:

Your wild and crazy postcards have arrived; thanks for the surprise! I LOVE them, especially the ones re: parents and kids, lol.

shirleyinCA on Apr 19, 2019:

Also enjoyed the classy Monroe County note card - just so over the moon about Mickey that I forgot to add this sentence!

shirleyinCA on Apr 19, 2019:

Ohhh - your striking envelope arrived with the lovely Greetings from FL card and the amazing and totally wonderful vintage Mickey Mouse ephemera! I just love, love, love it! From the font and artwork, I am guessing 1940's but I am going to research it. Thank you so very much -- so hard to find Disney gems like this.

user6937 on Apr 8, 2019:

Hi, Linda! Sounds like you're off to some great adventures! Please keep me posted. Thanks for the Postcard Hideout tag of Animal Box PC's you've sent me (the jaguar is my fave; I love the squiggly drawings).

user6937 on Jan 7, 2019:

PH PC tag of Nothing is Golden postcards have arrived - they're great! I love the sticker you put on the envelope, too - TY.

CurlyTea on Jan 2, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

denimblu14 on Dec 31, 2018:

Here in the UK we have already seen in the New Year Linda so I am here to wish you a Happy Birthday, I hope that you have a lovely day ahead of you :)

porpie5 on Mar 20, 2018:

Thanks for the info on how to post comments. It works!

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