Swap-bot Time: November 16, 2018 6:44 pm


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: November 16, 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!)


HelenG6 rated for TRANSPORT POSTCARD SWAP - NOVEMBER on Nov 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the card on the Everglades Mangrove Air boat. It's quite an interesting boat and would enjoy being on it. I'm looking forward to visting FL next month!! Merry Christmas.
Response: Glad you liked it. Enjoy your Florida visit - and maybe an air boat ride?Thanks for the rating & ❤️.
LegacyHardware rated for B&W PC NOVEMBER on Nov 15, 2018
Comment: Hi Linda, reading about Clyde Butcher is fascinating - what a craftsman. The card you sent is an impressive self portrait by Clyde. So glad we discovered Mr Butcher via your card. Thanks! Raoul & Jeanette
Response: Happy to have made the introduction. Thanks for your comments,rating & ❤️.
ktk8 rated for CC: Technique Choice USA on Nov 15, 2018
Comment: LOVE LOVE LOVE the touch of purple with the balls.... How did you know I am struggling right now with keeping my balls in the air....what a great reminder.....
Response: Glad the card was timely & struck a chord! Thanks for the enthusiastic response, rating & ♥
Comment: AWESOME job getting every single letter to fit my profile!!!! And can I just gush about the envelope and stamps a bit more???? I'm saving the entire thing for one of my journals.
Response: It was a challenge, but I had fun searching my stash for you! Glad you liked everything. Thanks for the enthusiastic rating & ❤️.
skinny52 rated for PH: Words With 3 Letters on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: You had me with the envelope and the absolutely perfect for me postage stamps!!!!! And great job thinking of a verb, pretty sure I did only nouns...and thanks also for the extras!
Response: My pleasure. As you could guess I’m partial to nautical themes myself. Thanks for the rating & ❤️.
Comment: Thank you for the cheerful post card showing the solar system. Where i live there is so much light pollution that you can rarely see the stars .
Response: You're welcome. Light pollution is a problem where I live too, but I spend a lot of time in the Florida Keys where a glorious night sky can still be seen. Thanks for the rating & ❤️.
Comment: Thank you!
goinjenny rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #41 on Nov 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extras
Response: You’re welcome. Thanks for the rating & ❤️.
Comment: Thank you..great cards
Response: De nada. Appreciate the rating & ♥
Lonestarchild rated for PH: M-N-O on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: Always happy to see you in my mailbox! Thanks so much for great cards x2!
Response: You’re most welcome. Thanks for the rating & ❤️.
luluvision rated for MA: Color Duo - Green and Purple on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your green and purple goodness! Unfortunately, the donkey seemed to have taken a detour as he did not arrive with the postcard! LOL I do see the glue area where he was supposed to be!
Response: Aw, and he was such a handsome green donkey! Sorry he went astray, but thank you for your rating & ❤️.
biphobe rated for PH: D-E-F on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: the Post took its time, maybe they knew what a precious package they carry and wanted to deliver it safely. Because this package is... Ah! I was awestruck of the cards! Each of them are so perfect and so on point! I cannot even express in English how much I love each! (the mincing mockingbird is especailly funny because I used this picture in the past as my cover photo on facebook when the facists made some trouble in Hungary. Now I can hang it on the wall). I wish I could give more hearts! <3
Response: Yay! All’s well that ends well. I’m so glad the cards weren’t lost in postal purgatory and delighted you liked them. I was saving that mincing mockingbird card for someone I hoped would appreciate it as much as I do. Obviously I chose the right person. How cool that you had used that very image as your cover photo. Hoping we meet in the mail again soon!
biphobe rated for SOMETHING DIFFERENT PC SWAP-OCTOBER on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: thank you for the wonderful postcard and special thanks for the detailed explanation of what we see on it, such a great swap! It's so interesting how they embraced modern technology and we call it traditional though [usually we like to think traditional isn't using the current technological tools - I don't agree with this view]
Response: Thanks for the thoughtful comments & rating. I’m still concerned about the 5 PCs in an envie I sent 3 weeks prior to this one, though. Just say the word & I’ll re-send.
jukejan rated for CC: Collage Portrait on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: I adore how you finely cut the palm fronds for hair. I too used plant material as the hair. Your PCs excite and please me so! thanks
Response: Aw, so,glad you like my work (or more appropriately my play!) Thanks for your comments & ❤️.
Comment: More great cards from you in such a fun envie! Nancy Drew! Happy dance! Thank you!
Response: It’s always fun to be able to share a profile-specific card & the Nancy Drew had “Sheri” written all over it! Thanks for the rating & the ❤️.
Comment: So many great cards! Love the B&W donkey lesson! Thank you!
Response: You’re welcome. It was hard to part with the donkey lesson card so I’m glad you love it too! Thanks for the rating & ❤️
Comment: Hi Linda, we are well and truly enlightened of the variety of totem poles in Alaska, and the important information they store and display. I never cease to be impressed by the different methods used for cultural memory. Thanks, Raoul & Jeanette.
Response: You’re welcome. Thanks for the rating & ❤️. It’s also intriguing the way similar techniques or motifs often appear in completely different parts of the world.
simcoe54 rated for WIYM: 3 PCs SPELL OCT on Oct 31, 2018
Comment: More great cards. Thanks for them and the extra as well as the stamps :)
Response: Glad you liked them. Thanks for the rating & ❤️.
Comment: Great choices. Thank you!
Response: You’re welcome. Thanks for the rating & ❤️.
Comment: Thanks for the wacky holiday postcards and the extra stamps :)
Response: You’re welcome. Thanks for the rating & ❤️.

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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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