Swap-bot Time: December 9, 2019 10:22 am


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: December 9, 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: Thank you for the Skunk Ape PC! :-)
Response: My pleasure. Thanks for your rating & β™₯
Lorabora rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #83 on Dec 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you linda 😊 great choices! I love the Japanese card and card from Cambodia! ❀
Response: My pleasure. Thanks for your rating & β™₯
bluerose3 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #82 on Nov 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you. I like what you sent :)
Response: Glad you did. Thanks for your rating & β™₯
Comment: Funny postcards!! Thank you πŸ˜‰ liked the Fort Myers Public Boat Ramp envie.
Response: You're welcome. Glad you liked what I sent. Thanks for the rating & β™₯.
Comment: Thanks for your note and cards. I can't imagine a hot November though! I think some stamps got lost along the way because there was only a 13 cent one- but it made it here safe all the same. Gorgeous envelope!
Response: You're welcome. I use a lot of vintage stamps & often have to add more stick-um (usually glue-stick) to get them to adhere. Guess the system failed this time, but glad the envie reached you OK. Thanks for your rating & β™₯.
Comment: Love the monkey card. So cute. Thanks for all of the pcs and the extra stamps.
Response: You're welcome. Wasn't sure if the monkeys were your kind of thing or not, so I'm glad they pleased you. Thanks for the rating & β™₯.
Karen07 rated for MARK'S WEEKLY SWAP-WK 46 (MAPS) on Nov 22, 2019
Comment: Love the beautifully decorated card! Thank you Linda. I am also very much enjoying winter.
Response: So glad you liked it, Karen. Yes, this is the weather we live for! My energy level goes up as the temperature goes down! Thanks for the rating & β™₯.
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating & β™₯. Happy Thanksgiving!
Comment: Oh, it is always such a delight to find your mail in my letterbox! Thank you so much for the interesting postcard and stunning space stamp collection! It took me some time to bring the stamp alive - my hands are a bit cold. And now have a nice evening.
Response: Thanks for the kind words and your rating & β™₯. I'm glad you finally warmed up the stamp sufficiently to experience the transformation!
debbiespoms rated for PH: Send 3 Postcards #19 on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful PC's and extra! Loved them!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you liked what I sent. Thanks for the rating.
squince rated for PSH: 5 Card Hunt #2 on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you!!!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating.
doodlebugdezines rated for PH: Non-Touristy PCs #3 on Nov 17, 2019
Comment: Cool!! Thank you :) Loved your pelican envie!
Response: You're welcome. The pelican just looked like he wanted to travel! Thanks for your rating & β™₯.
couchart rated for PSH: 5 Card Hunt #1 on Nov 16, 2019
Comment: Linda, I love the alligator envelope you made to carry your delightful cards to me. The bunnies are sweet and the Dali painting is fascinating. How lucky that you get to visit it in person! And, at that size, I can well imagine getting lost in it. As always, I enjoy everything you send, from the postcards, to the envelopes and stamps, and most of all your comments. Cynthia
Response: My pleasure. I so enjoy our exchanges.
goinjenny rated for PSH: 3 Card Postcard Hunt #1 on Nov 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Response: Very welcome, Jenny. Thanks for your rating & β™₯.
mamajoy rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #6Z on Nov 13, 2019
Comment: Linda, thank you for the generous selection of cards. I'm sure I have been in that stadium (or maybe the old one) and I have definitely been to Kyoto but I was probably all "templed out" and didn't see this one. The stamps are lovely. I will be enjoying your weather in December. Looking forward to a few weeks away from the cold and snow.
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating & β™₯. Hope you get perfect weather in December. We've finally had a reprieve from our endless summer temps & humdity. Fingers crossed that it lasts!
dawnakaulen rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #81 on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: All great choices, thank you! I love the pelican envie too :)
Response: You're welcome. Glad you liked the swap. Thanks for your rating & the β™₯!
isandie rated for EJ: Security Envelope PC Swap on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: OMG THIS IS THE BEST!!! I love this so much! Thank you!!! So thoughtful!!! πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ
Response: Thanks for your enthusiastic comments, your rating & β™₯. I had fun creating it for you so I'm delighted it pleases you.
AmyMarie rated for Not Your Usual PCs in an Envie #18 on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the interesting variety of postcards. (FYI - the envelope was not sealed and the flap was open but it got delivered okay).
Response: Yikes! So sorry the envie arrived unsealed. Don't know how I could have let that happen, but my apologies. Hope all 5 of the cards I sent were all intact. Thanks for your rating.
Comment: Thanks for the extras and your postcard choices. All good ones.
Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcards you sent to me! You spoiled me with a Lupine one! I enjoyed hearing about your garden. Oh I laughed that you can't wait to turn the ac off. While we have to turn the heat on!
Response: You're welcome. I was glad I had some lupines to send you. Thanks for your rating & the β™₯.

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shirleyinCA on Dec 7, 2019:

Thank you so much for the Postcard Hideout tag plus extras! These Curious Feast cards are quite amazing! Yes, I love The Wind in the Willows, so Rat's picnic is very special; and I would not have known Mimi O Chun's work was soft sculpture if you had not mentioned it - when I study it closely, yes I can see it. All so intriguing. Thanks again.

MissPaula on Sep 6, 2019:

I hope Dorian hasn't been harassing you! Be safe!

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!

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