Swap-bot Time: January 17, 2019 5:13 am


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: January 17, 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!)


shirleyinCA rated for PH: Words With 6 Letters on Jan 16, 2019
Comment: Delightful swap from you as always! Fun envelope you made and I really enjoy the postcards you chose for me, especially Barcelona (every inch of that cathedral was created so thoughtfully!) and the watercolor of Indian Key. Thanks for lovely extras, too!
HannahsMommy07 rated for Postage Stamp Mail Art on Jan 13, 2019
Comment: AWESOME WORK!!!! Thank you for everything!!!
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the enthusiastic comment, the rating & ❤️
RockyBeach rated for CC: Sender's Choice December 2018 on Jan 11, 2019
Comment: Oh this is an wonderful pictured card of your kayak dream! Gives me right a vivid idea of your dream. I hope that the bath tube sea was a calm one. :) Love the colour contrast also. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome, Monique. I'm so glad you liked it. They say there is nothing so boring as hearing someone else's dream, so I hoped my dream image would not be equally boring! Thanks for the rating & ❤️.
laterdayze rated for HMPC: Scraptastic Postcard on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: Hello Linda - wow, you are a born Rhode Islander! Thanks for the scrap-tastic postcard, it's very interesting :D
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating & ❤️. Happy New Year.
Comment: Thank you for this beautiful and bright postcard on another grey day!
Response: Glad I was able to brighten your day. Thanks for the rating & ❤️. Happy New Year.
georgiafae rated for CC: Scraptastic Postcard on Jan 1, 2019
Comment: Hi Mama! It has been a long time since we swapped-you're right you may be sun burned but I am freeze burned-we just had a big blizzard the day after Christmas and are expecting another today. Great postcard Fun scraps-the two red and white circles remind me the top of circus tents! Hope you had a good holiday season-Happy New Year of swapping-Hope to do more with you in the coming year! By the way Love the Poe stamp and the other ones too!
Response: Brrr, I don't know how you endure the brutal winters, but I'm also beginning to wonder how I can possibly endure another sweltering summer in So. Florida! Thanks for the rating & ❤️. Happy New Year.
Angie rated for CC: Collaged Beast on Jan 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you Linda. You're always so talented and I adore your banana beast! May banana fortune shine on you in 2019.
Response: You're welcome, Angie. It's always fun sharing mail art with you. Thanks for the compliment, the rating & ❤️. Love the idea of banana fortune :))
Villagegreen rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #66 on Dec 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for interesting card. Yes, when I first saw it i thought it was a Christmas card. We also get lots of birds migrating south to the relative warmth of Scotland. ( In winter we are talking of around 8c !). It tends to be geese and ducks coming from Iceland and the Arctic circle. Best wishes for 2019
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating & ❤️. Happy New Year!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful handmade postcard collage, its very cool!
Response: So glad you liked it. Thanks for the rating & ❤️. Happy New Year!
dawnakaulen rated for PH: Words With 5 Letters on Dec 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great PC's, and the lighthouse story!
Response: My pleasure. Thanks for the rating & ❤️. Happy New Year!
Paige1900 rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #66 on Dec 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cool abstract art pc.
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating & ❤️. Happy New Year.
kclicquot rated for CC: Sender's Choice November 2018 on Dec 24, 2018
Response: Happy to know it arrived. Thanks for the rating & ♥
Myself333 rated for Artsy Fartsy #18 on Dec 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the colorful mandala! Your yard sounds lovely! We get a ton of "snow birds" here as well hahaha! They're killing traffic.
Comment: As usual, over and above what's expected! Thanks especially for your nice letter, so nice to hear from you. Glad everything is going well, even though it's busy! Would love to see a pic of your bromeliad Xmas tree! You know my email - I'll answer with a nice note back to you :)
simcoe54 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #44 on Dec 19, 2018
Comment: Thanks for another great postcard swap.
Response: Always a pleasure sending to you. Thanks for the rating & ❤️.
simcoe54 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #160 on Dec 17, 2018
Comment: Awesome choices, thank you!
Response: My pleasure. Thanks for the rating & ❤️. Solstice Greetings. Here's to longer days!
bbsporty rated for EJ: Everyday Ephemera Mail Art-Dec on Dec 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the amazing monkey postcard! Happy Holidays!
Response: Glad you liked the monkey business/going bananas card, Barbara. Thanks for the rating & ❤️. Solstice Greetings. Here's to longer days!
Maggiesmother rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #160 on Dec 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great postcars and the extra one. Love them all. I did not have =the lighthouse it will add nicely to my collection. Happy holidays and happy swapping,Linda
Response: You're welcome. Glad you liked them. Thanks for the rating & ❤️.
Comment: Thank you so much for the selection of postcards plus the extra ones! Very much appreciated. I especially loved the Liard Hot Springs one. It's stunning! I can imagine getting undressed would be SO hard!
Response: You're welcome. I'm so glad you liked them. Thanks for the rating & ❤️.
CHOWEFACE rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #6B on Dec 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great variety and the extras! All great :)
Response: My pleasure. Glad you liked them. Thanks for the rating & ❤️.

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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:

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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