Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2019 7:38 pm


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: October 22, 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!)


pat5036 rated for Haiku Zine on Oct 21, 2019
Comment: Great Haiku Zine about hurricanes! Nice images and verse. Thanks!
Response: So glad you liked it. Thanks for your comments, rating & ♥
AmookIslandCreations rated for Haiku Zine on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: Thanks for this excellent Hurricane zine! We have typhoons here, but we usually just call them Monday or Wednesday, as they are so often. I feel for all who have suffered loss! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Glad you liked my zine, Sherry.Thanks for the rating & ♥. Wishing us all fair weather!
goinjenny rated for Black and White #19 on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating & ♥
Heynowokay rated for Haiku Zine on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: I absolutely love your hurricane themed zine. I can’t imagine having to deal with those, we just get oodles I’d tornadoes here in AR. So glad you’ve been relatively unscathed in the long run!
Response: Thanks, Lizzie, Glad you liked my zine. We're getting lots of rain & some nearby tornadoes from tropical storm Nestor today. Always something!
marija rated for PH: Famous People on Oct 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you, Marina
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating & ♥.
Comment: loved the postcards you chose for me. Thank you
Response: Delighted that you liked the cards I chose. Thanks for the rating & ♥
RockyBeach rated for Googly Eye Mail Art on Oct 15, 2019
Comment: This is a super funny card! I love it. Thanks for the flower faces. All eyes are still in place. Luckily my plants don't look at me like that. :)
Response: Glad you like it & all eyes made it! I love inserting humor into my mail art! I forgot to scan it before I sent it If possible can you shoot me a jpeg of the card? I'll message you my email address. Thanks for the rating & ♥
dawnakaulen rated for Black and White #19 on Oct 12, 2019
Comment: Great photo, thank you!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating & ♥.
Comment: thanks these are great- and I love the stamps you used!
Response: Wow they got there fast! Glad you liked my choices. Thanks for the rating & ♥
Comment: Love this postcard!!! Did you print on it or did it come that way?! I assume you printed on it, so cool! If you didn't, where in the world did you get it?!
Response: So glad you liked it. Yes, I printed on the vintage card & goofed with orientation which is why one side is upside down! Thanks for the rating & ♥
Dinkyde rated for AMA: Sender's Choice-September on Oct 5, 2019
Comment: Beautiful postcard. Thanks!!
Response: You're welcome. Glad you liked it & thanks for rating.
BLUR rated for Collaged Face PC on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Ha! Love this weird face! :) Cool old stamps too!
Angie rated for MA: Sender's Choice September 2019 on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Wow! That's a pretty cool postcard. Are those all rubber stamps? And then embossed and collaged with perfectly sized mouths? Pretty impressive. Thanks so much and dental happiness to you!
Response: It was one stamp with many faces. A thrift store find with no source ID. Glad you liked what i did with it. Thanks for the rating, ♥ & well wishes.
Comment: Beautiful Thalassophile PC! (Did you make two T postcards and use this one for this swap?). Oh my - sorry about the surgery, which has likely happened already. Wishing you minimal pain and speedy healing!
Response: Thanks for the comments and well wishes, Gina. No, I haven't been participating in your alphabet/word series. I love the concept, but have been bogged down with a backlog of to-dos. Purely coincidence that I used a T word I've always been fond of!
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome envelope full of goodies! I love all the postcards. The tea looks delicious! Thank you!
goinjenny rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For Pcs #76 on Sep 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Thank you for your PC that arrived today. :-)
simcoe54 rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #8 on Sep 24, 2019
Comment: You are too funny; you always make me laugh when I hear about your mail carrier. Thanks for the great postcards and extra playing card joker.
Comment: Great PCs, thank you so much! Love the San Fran skyscraper one :) Hope you found great bromeliad's, you should meet my daughter, she's a plant nerd too. Air Plants and succulents are her thing :D
notme78 rated for QUICK Send 2 Postcards Swap #5 on Sep 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcards.

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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!

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 :)

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