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MamaMangrove

MamaMangrove
Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: June 22, 2018
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 is my preference. I also love old or interesting postage.

  • 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 don't care for color-it-yourself cards

POSTCARDS I'D ESPECIALLY LIKE TO RECEIVE

  • 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, especially this one which was in the Curious Feast: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists collection

I'll happily trade for any of the above 3 artist's cards - blank, unwritten preferred).

  • Cards featuring HANDS or EYES

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

  • Jerry Uelsmann's photomontages

  • Inge Look's old ladies

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

  • Alligators

  • 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. I prefer contemporary & modern art & appreciate unusual art forms such as graffiti, street art, "outsider" art, & found object creations. I love the paintings of 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

  • 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

  • Sailboats, waves, the sea, especially artsy interpretations of them.

  • Matchbox cover designs

  • Cigar Box Label art (love those old lithographs)

  • great graphics

  • vintage educational charts

  • Naughty Little People

  • Rock & Roll & 1960's musicians

  • Che Guevera

  • Cuba

  • Snoopy (from the Peanuts cartoons)

  • Ikea cards

  • Kaj Stenvall cards

  • Charlie Chaplin

  • Popeye the Sailor Man

  • Anne Taintor

  • Vintage "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) will 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 (new or used)

  • Faux postage (artistamps)

  • Cigar bands

  • Old black & white photos

  • Air mail Stickers/labels

  • Comic book pages, any language

  • Match box labels.

  • Maps, especially old or foreign ones.

  • Fortune cookie fortunes

  • Handmade paper, particularly the very thin stuff, has a place in my heart as well as my collages.

  • patterned tissue paper

  • Origami squares

  • Foreign paper money. You know, all that stuff that has no value because they're using euros now, or the leftovers you didn't get to spend on your last trip.

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

Ratings

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HelenG6 rated for MUSEUM POSTCARD SWAP -JUNE on Jun 20, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the post card of the French townhouse view for Naples Museum of Art. My Father was into antiques, and the post card represents the interior he would love.
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Comment: Thank you very much for the interesting postcard you sent me, the stamps are great too ... I hope someday you visit Chile, it is a country of contrasts, with a coastline along all the country, and landscapes that go from the driest desert in the world to the southern glaciers ... we are waiting for you!
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Comment: Thank you, esp for the extras!
dawnakaulen rated for SCIENCE POSTCARD SWAP -JUNE on Jun 17, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the dinosaur PC :)
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Comment: Hi Linda, Thank you for all the lovely postcards. Plus the nice animal postage stamps. You certainly went all out with your wonderful postcard choices and I am delighted. Thanks again.
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Comment: Thanks for great cards plus an extra, perfectly depicting the senses! The foiled effect on the card of the child praying is so amazing! That chorus of frogs really made me smile! All delightful - thanks so much!
goinjenny rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #24 on Jun 15, 2018
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Comment: Thank you, esp for the extras
tristitia rated for MA: Orange/ephemera PC on Jun 13, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the very cool orange PC! You somehow managed to pull together all the orange ephemera perfectly!
EmilyT rated for CABINS etc PC MAY on Jun 13, 2018
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Comment: The snow buried cabins are fantastic! Thanks for sharing :-) Great vintage postage, too!
user3654 rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #63 on Jun 11, 2018
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Comment: What a beautiful PC - thank you! I hope the rains have stopped and the power has continued!
simcoe54 rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #34 on Jun 11, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the great selection of postcards and for the 😀 stamps!!!
user3654 rated for NYUP USA Only #39 on Jun 11, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the PC. Your bird watching morning sounds wonderful. All I get to see are pigeons all day long!
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Comment: Thank you very much for the postcards and nice and many stamps. All the best.
Juniebird rated for WIYM: GREEN POSTCARD - Naked on Jun 8, 2018
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Comment: I love this wonderful GREEN postcard! It was a treat to find it in my mailbox. The lizards on the front... the matching lizard joke on the back (lol!) ... and the cool green stamps - all are just terrific! Thanks so much Linda!
lovesreward rated for PH: Flower Postcards #2 on Jun 7, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the nice note and lovely postcards. That is wonderful that you grow Orchids - I had always heard they were difficult to care for (of course, I kill most plants, sad to say!). We have a few flowers growing in our yards... if dandelions count - ha! I hope all is well with you - have a lovely summer!
Fieke rated for TRANSPORT POSTCARD SWAP -MAY on Jun 7, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I like especially since it's a B&W one :)
squince rated for NYUP USA Only #39 on Jun 5, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the great pinup card! Hope you had fun in the Keys!!
shirleyinCA rated for PH: Things That Go Together #2 on Jun 4, 2018
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Comment: Really love the cards you chose to send, plus extras and in a fun fishy envelope! I love the gas station! Thank you so much! Fun Minnie sticker flakes, too - you are so thoughtful.
camelsamba rated for CC: Monochrome Red Postcard on Jun 4, 2018
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Comment: There is so much to love about this postcard, starting with the swirly background and the partial rooster and the phone connection to the sounds... I remember the first time I learned that other languages had different ways of expressing what seemed like obvious onomatopoeia - kind of blew my mind and opened my eyes at the same time.

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Comments

ccmmsu on May 9, 2018:

TY

Thank you so much for the Mumbai postcards (and extras) for the PH Tag!!

porpie5 on Mar 20, 2018:

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

simcoe54 on Mar 3, 2018:

PH: Postcard Tag - Thanks for the great selection of postcards that you sent for this tag - well worth the wait.

user6937 on Jan 26, 2018:

I LOVE the Nothing is Golden postcards that arrived today for PH postcard tag! LOVE them!

user6937 on Jan 11, 2018:

Your WWII airplane pc's arrived (PH: PC tag)! I love them, and I got them so quickly - hope you get mine soon.

Mugsie on Sep 3, 2017:

luluvision on Mar 19, 2017:

I actually made popcorn today after leaving your review! You got me in the mood! I love nutritional yeast and put that on my popcorn all the time! YUM!

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