Swap-bot Time: August 5, 2020 3:23 pm


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: August 5, 2020
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, Ursula Le Guin & 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 & indie films because I find them to be generally more subtle and thoughtful than mainstream Hollywood.

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.


  • NO tourist cards please, unless the swap specifically calls for them. Even then I'd prefer something non-touristy.

  • NO more 3x5 vintage cards, please. I have way too many of them!

  • 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

  • Mythology, mythological beings

  • Astrological symbols, animals, etc.

  • Blimps, dirigibles, Zeppelins

  • Bromeliads

  • Orchids

  • The Little Prince

  • Kliban's comic art

  • People dancing joyfully

  • Mexican Loteria cards

  • Dia de los Muertos

  • Lantern Press cards

  • Unusual animals - think sloths, armadillos, aardvarks, platypuses, etc.

  • Unusual birds, tropical birds, Painted Buntings

  • 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, 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

  • Magic, magicians,

  • Weird Science

  • Cyanotypes (blueprints or sun prints)

  • 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

  • Signs, especially odd or humorous ones

  • 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 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 into my collages. For a project I'm working on I'd love any images of Queen Elizabeth ll, especially purple ones.

  • Faux postage (artistamps)

  • Cigar bands

  • Old black & white photos

  • Leaf skeletons

  • Air mail Stickers/labels

  • Match box labels.

  • Fortune cookie fortunes

  • patterned tissue paper

  • blueprints

  • I love bizarre, quirky rubber stamps.(Had a great collection in the 1980's but they melted in the tropics!)


AFK rated for Monochromatic Collaged PC on Aug 5, 2020
Comment: I love it 😊 and your story of how and where all the pieces came from. I just sorry I couldn't help you finish the bottle of rum β™₯️ Thank you.
Comment: Thank you Linda! I love the PCs, especially "Mandolinata" and the fabulous envie too!
susieq11 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #197 on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and mail art plus a great swap! I adore the dog one! I have a postcard book by that artist but it must be a different one because this one is new to me! It stinks not to be traveling or out and about and with no end in sight... but we are hanging in, and somehow grocery shopping is a thrill now LOL. Just taking it day by day and enjoying the little things. Swapping keeps me busy and having fun too. Take care and stay safe!!!! XOXO
miyi rated for HMPC: Circle love - July on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Linda I would rate you 10 starts if I could! I was so happy to receive the brightly coloured card today. Later on in the evening I googled The Circle Game song and the lyrics were so touching...! Thank you!
dawnakaulen rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #197 on Aug 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks for another great swap! I know what you mean about the isolation making you crazy- we went to the beach last weekend for the first time this year and I had to wear my mask the whole time. Bummer :)
Lonestarchild rated for AN: Two x Two PC #13 (global) on Aug 1, 2020
Comment: REally beautiful cards! And love the NC you put them in -- the Kenyan fabric. I recognized it before I even turned it over to check! I used to have piles and piles of African prints but they have slowly dwindled away. And love the woodland stamps on the envie! Great swap -- thank you!
shirleyinCA rated for NYUP: Hot Postcards on Jul 31, 2020
Comment: Sizzling hot envie - even the sun and salsa postage! Thanks for great themed pcs and extras! As always I love your choices. Thank you so much for the encouraging comment that you like the swap themes I'm hosting! Hope you're doing better.
AmookIslandCreations rated for Round and Round on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks for this international stamp round PC! I love it! The poem on the reverse is great too! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Whew! i had my doubts that it would make it through the postal system. Glad it did and that you like it. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
Comment: Thank you so much for the thoughtful swap! I loved it all! the envelope, the postcards you chose and the extra planner stickers! Thank you so much! Stay safe
debbiespoms rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For Pcs #109 on Jul 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much Linda, for the great choices of PC's. Plus the 2 extra. I'm in love with the owl & recipe for Chicken corn chowder, Yum! I love owls! Oh, and loved your Wolf note card. Which I truly love wolves & also Coyotes!
Comment: Thanks for this wonderful generous swap! I am so lucky, I get to wake up to the ocean and spend all day with it! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
shirleyinCA rated for NYUP: Easy Peasy Swap on Jul 26, 2020
Comment: Wonderful swap as always - thoughtfully chosen cards for me - ooh that crazy Victorian Beauty and the Beast! And my beloved Dumbo in French could not be more perfect! Sincerely hope you are past the melt down stage - I have had a few really rough days, too and they are seriously difficult. Thankfully the majority of days I can focus on blessings and keep asking God for health and hope. Take care and keep swapping - I think it helps!
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcards. The painting of The Tuileries is lovely - I loved that park and I see it is in Musee d'Orsay, which I visited as well, to see the impressionistic art; a wonderful museum! I think we all need a change of scenery but we are trying to "stay home and stay safe" as they say. *sigh. Take care!
Response: You're welcome. It's so nice when postcards can take us back to a place and time we've enjoyed in the past. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
lovesreward rated for PH: Words With 8 Letters #2 on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcards, I love Saint Chapelle and I visited that church when I went to Paris; the tall stained glass windows are so beautiful, like nothing I have ever or will ever see. I like the other cards too - thank you so much! Take care!
Response: You're welcome. Glad I was able to include a card that evoked such fond memories. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
banjobraids rated for Weirder Than Weird #23 on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Yay, it got here so fast! I'm sorry the PO was being weird, but it worked out well for me since these cards are AMAZING! One of my favorite cards of all time is from David LaChapelle, so this thrilled me to receive. I have had truffles, but I'm allergic so have to stay away now. It was very annoying when every restaurant was putting them on french fries. This fascist card is just...SO AWESOME. I also defecate on fascists. Well...I would. And this Mark Mothersbaugh piece is fantastic. Devo was my fav band for a looong time. Then it was my son's fav and he had a Devo bday party when he was 7. WHIP IT! :):):) THANKS!
Response: Glad you got the second mailing & delighted that the cards I chose struck a cord! Thanks for your enthusiastic comments, your rating & πŸ’—.
jeka396 rated for MAIL ART - Women on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely women-themed envie! Very neat how you chose women on the stamps as well! I appreciate the nice note and the extras. And gosh, I can’t wait to use the PC with the lady on the motorcycle. She’s so cool!!
Response: You're welcome, Glad you like my envie & stamps as well as the Daring Dame! Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.
minniepic rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt - Summer #2 on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcards:)
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.
minniepic rated for PH: Non-Touristy PCs #5 on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcards:)
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.
squince rated for NYUP: Patterns Everywhere on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.
AFK rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #86 on Jul 19, 2020
Comment: I wanted to go swimming as soon as I saw your post card then when I read you had been I turned a pale shade of green. Thank you :-)
Response: You're welcome. Somehow "virtual swimming," which is all we have these days, just isn't very satisfying! Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.

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rexypants on Jul 16, 2020:

You are welcome for the matchbox cards. Hope your July is going well. I hear you about the Covid-induced gloom!

user6937 on Jun 5, 2020:

Thanks for the b-day wishes 😁

Lorabora on Jun 2, 2020:

Thank you for Postcard Hideout postcard tag! These cards are great!

shirleyinCA on May 3, 2020:

So very thoughtful of you to remember me on my birthday with a beautiful art card plus your adorable childhood drawing of Mickey Mouse! You sure brought a big smile to my face during these dreary days! Thank you, thank you! Stay safe and healthy.

couchart on Mar 1, 2020:

Linda, thank you so much for the birthday card and kind words, I really appreciate it! I hope the mouth full of titanium isn't causing you too much trouble. I plan to send something your way soon. All the best, Cynthia

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!

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!

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