Swap-bot Time: September 21, 2018 6:26 pm


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: September 21, 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 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, especially this one which was in the Curious Feast: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists collection

  • 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 interpretations of them.

  • Matchbox cover label art

  • 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 (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!)


marija rated for NYUP 4 pcs in an envie #12 on Sep 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the lovely cards, Marina
pernie123 rated for B&W PCs SEPTEMBER on Sep 20, 2018
Comment: I love the WW1 reproduction pc of lady marines. Thank you. And, for informative note.
breethefrog rated for HMPC: Put a "Fish" on it on Sep 17, 2018
Comment: I like all the different media you used! Thank you.
Comment: Love the selection - loons and bluebirds and horses - oh my! Thank you for everything - happy swapping.
Comment: Always anticipate what will come my way when you are my partner because you never disappoint me!. Fishy fabulous fun! I like how the sewing came out, too.
Comment: Hi Linda I love the PC (women who dared) and the Helen Keller/Anne Sullivan postage stamp. Bravo on a perfect fit :) Thank you so much.My summer was also hot and sultry but with smoke from the forest fires :( I got less than half my usual beach time...Fall is here with it's rain and crisp chill...the leaves are starting to turn.peace love light
CookieChops rated for NYUP: Scattergories PC swap - A on Sep 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the super moose card! I love scattergories and can’t wait for the ne t round
wittmert rated for EJ: Everyday Ephemera Mail Art-Sept on Sep 13, 2018
Comment: A trip to the mountains sounds lovely!
Comment: Thanks for the great cards and for the extra's. Have a wonderful weekend.
soccer8s rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #164 on Sep 12, 2018
Comment: Absolutely WONDERFUL~!
Comment: Awesome cards - thanks so much and you know I always love the stamps, too!!!!!
MsVal313 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #34 on Sep 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful cards! I so enjoyed reading your note. You have gotten to travel quite a bit this year! It’s nice to hear from a fellow library worker. Outreach is so important to the community. Best wishes!!
CWarner rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #164 on Sep 11, 2018
Comment: All terrific cards, Linda - thanks so much!
Comment: WOW! The postage stamp smells :) :) So cute and the postcard is so lovely too! Thank you so much <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Comment: OMG!!! Thank you, Linda! Super cool accumulation!! Lots of hearts :D BTW... fantastic stamp of man on envie 😉
Comment: Oh what a wonderful swap! Thank you so much for all the different -really old- and special items you put together. And then the very nice and detailed description. I had a hard day - and your mail really cheered me up.Thanks a lot.
shirleyinCA rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #32 on Aug 22, 2018
Comment: Terrific swap as always and thanks for an extra. Especially love the Gaudi and Pissarro cards! Fun postage, too.
ttbishop rated for MA: Single magazine only Postcard on Aug 21, 2018
Comment: Thanks! So cool! loved it!
midteacher rated for B&W PCs AUGUST on Aug 16, 2018
Comment: Spectacular PC. Thanks for including the one lines, made me laugh.
midteacher rated for SCIENCE POSTCARD SWAP -AUGUST on Aug 16, 2018
Comment: This is one of my favorite PC's for this swap! Just funny.

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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:

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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