Swap-bot Time: March 25, 2019 4:55 am


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: March 25, 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 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 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

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

  • Alligators

  • Armadillos

  • 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 or humorous interpretations of them.

  • Matchbox cover label 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

  • 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) 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, and 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

  • 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!)


Lonestarchild rated for WIYM: spell SNOW with pcs on Mar 23, 2019
Comment: Great cards -- love the Clipped Wings one. It is sooooo how I feel sometimes. Wanderlust is the major part of my DNA and after 6mo, I'm itching to move again! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful selection of postcards. As I looked at them, I knew to whom I will send each one. Except I'll hang on to the astronomy one. I also plan to send a SASE for my free stickers. I can send one to the WH. Your birding activities sound fascinating. We have male robins who've wintered over here. The raptors and crows will return soon because there's now some bare ground where their prey will start looking for food.
MissPaula rated for CC: Build a buddy on Mar 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the awesome PC ! You obviously read my profile. Love this fantastic card!
faeriemail rated for MA: Sticker Shock March 2019 on Mar 18, 2019
Comment: Neat card, thanks.
Comment: Thanks so much, all great choices :)
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful choice of cards. Danke!
Comment: Another terrific swap! I love the cards -- being "a bit strange" as you described them is just my style and I really enjoyed them all. Who on earth happens to have postcards with a car up on the roof and a car down in the water??? Well, you did -- and now I do and I love it! Thanks a bunch.
papercraftkath rated for PH: Red, White & Blue #2 on Mar 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you Linda for all the lovely postcards. I especially love the strawberries and the Florida Keys and the extra cup of coffee, and well all of it! I hope you enjoyed your time away.
Comment: Thank you for the PC. But I thought "Classic Westerns" were all made in Italy! :-)
bstrong rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #166 on Mar 14, 2019
Comment: What a beautifully decorated envelope and great postage stamps. Thank you for the five postcards as well. Reading your letter wanted me to take an adventure it sounds like a beautiful ride and a beautiful place just a sitting enjoy life, like you said life is good.πŸ™‚β€
dvmac rated for NYUP Odd Shaped Postcard #1 on Mar 14, 2019
Comment: Hi Linda. Love the card. And don't even mention flight cancellations - we're heading to Winter Haven to visit my son and family in just a few more days! PS the card made it intact. Cowabunga
Comment: Thank you so very much for the lovely PCs! I really liked the little fawn card you added as an extra too. Very thoughtful! <3
Comment: Wonderful swap! Wow, a maxi-card - hard to get!!! Love the Notre Dame art card -- I only have photo card. Lovely ad and what a fantastic envelope with my address typed on that classy typewriter!!!!! Thank you, dear Linda.
squince rated for NYUP USA Only #45 on Mar 11, 2019
Comment: Thanks!
neea1989 rated for QUICK 4 Postcards Swap #2 on Mar 11, 2019
Comment: I love the things you sent me! Thank you so much! β™‘β™‘β™‘
susieq11 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #6I on Mar 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you for all the postcards! They are great! Key West sounds fabulous. Haven’t made it there yet. We do go to Naples most summers but it’s a shorter visit. Love it there!!! Thank you also for the great Snoopy envelope!
Eclectonote rated for NYUP USA Only #45 on Mar 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous art postcard of Key West and the great postage stamps. Your bike trips from the tropical nature preserve to Key West sound pretty awesome to someone 3,000 miles away!
KSENiA rated for Weirder Than Weird #20 on Mar 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard. I love it. Pigs don't say much in Israel, they are not very welcome here. In the last 20 years there are more and more non kosher shops and restaurants, but still pigs are grown on wood panels so they will not touch the holly land... I love bacon, just for the record.
simcoe54 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For Pcs #53 on Mar 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great selection of postcards and the extra jokers.
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extra

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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 :)

ccmmsu on May 9, 2018:


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:

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