Swap-bot Time: August 23, 2017 2:14 pm


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: August 23, 2017
Birthday: January 1
Country: United States
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About Me

JULY 2017 UPDATE: I will be escaping steamy SW Florida as often as possible this summer for 1-2 week trips to mountainous places around the US. Any swaps I sign up for will go out on time (though maybe not until deadline) but I may be slow in rating incoming. Thanks for your patience.

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. Cute & Sweet don’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! I do NOT like them.

  • NO Christian themes or Bible verses.

  • I don't care for color-it-yourself cards


  • Ken Brown's cards (extra credit if you come up with one of these!)

  • Cards featuring HANDS or EYES

  • Black & white photography (anything from Fotofolio & Nouvelles Images e.g.)

  • Jerry Uelslmann's photomontages

  • Inge Löök's old ladies (If you have extras of these and want to do a direct swap let me know)

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

  • Alligators

  • Eadweard Muybrige's animals or people in motion

  • Close ups of nature, like a gorgeous tree frog or a colorful beetle.

  • Art cards. I prefer contemporary & modern art & appreciate unusual art forms such as graffiti, street art, "outsider" art, & found object creations.

  • Some favorite artists: Magritte, Matisse, Escher, Gauguin, 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

  • Hindu or Buddhist deities

  • Edward Gorey's illustrations

  • Sailboats, waves, the sea, especially artsy interpretations of them.

  • Matchbox cover designs

  • Cigar Box Label art (love those old lithographs)

  • great graphics

  • Naughty Little People

  • Rock & Roll & 1960's musicians

  • Che Guevera

  • Bob Marley

  • Kaj Stenvall cards

  • Charlie Chaplin

  • Popeye the Sailor Man

  • Tin Tin

  • 1950's & earlier vintage, especially linen cards & real photo cards.

  • 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

  • Vintage India

  • 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 (new or used)

  • Faux postage (artistamps)

  • Cigar bands

  • Old black & white photos

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Vintage ephemera, preferably the real thing. I'm not keen on faux vintage stuff, I just don't get it.

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

Allergy Update

I'm allergic to the smell of nail polish. I never thought to mention it here because I don't swap such things, but I recently received a mail art postcard made using nail polish as paint. My sinuses flared up as soon as I opened my mailbox. So please, even though the colors are stunning, don't add nail polish on swaps you send me. My respiratory tract thanks you!


Comment: Thanks for the great animal postcards.
mjhaertling rated for Scavenger Hunt PC-Aug on Aug 21, 2017
Comment: The scavenger hunt card was great. I love doing those swaps. I hope you had good visibility for the eclipse. My home was in the path of totality. It truly was " totality awesome"!
Comment: thanks for the great cards, my favorite was the Indy Speedway!
Eclectonote rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #53 on Aug 18, 2017
Comment: Wonderful Cirque du Soleil postcard - I've never come across these. Thanks so much for sending a card right up my alley!
goinjenny rated for WIYM ~ spell BINGO on Aug 18, 2017
Comment: Extremely generous of you! Thank you!!
EmilyT rated for CHEERS to AUGUST on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Love the bar signs! Thanks for cheers in many languages 🍻
AmookIslandCreations rated for Stenciled on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: What a great PC and technique for using a stencil!!! This one is going on my inspiration wall! Thanks! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Glad you liked it, Sherry. I got on a roll & did a series of sea creatures a while back. Maybe it's time to do another edition! Thanks for the rating and the ♥
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP USA Only #29 on Aug 14, 2017
Comment: Pretty Renoir card! Thanks!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating and the ♥
judee0624 rated for NYUP USA Only #29 on Aug 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the Gees Bend quilt card. I love their work. Lucky you to be seeing the full eclipse.
Response: Glad you liked it, Judee. Discovered after I sent it that I had a Gees Bend quilt stamp that I should have used to mail it. Thanks for the rating and the ♥
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards!! I hope you enjoy the time with your friend and the Eclipse!! How very cool!! Have a nice day! Shelley
Response: You're welcome, Shelley. Thanks for the rating and the ♥
EmilyT rated for Postcard Scavenger Hunt - August 2017 on Aug 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the fun pcs! The smiley face is just fantastic! The b&w is another favorite and the rest are great, as well. Thanks for an extra, too! I'm glad you had fun in Colorado and I'm sorry, I, Emily, drenched you back in Ohio!
Response: Glad you liked them, Emily. I'm just sending out more of your swaps prior to heading up to North Carolina for another break from sweltering Florida.
Toby2017 rated for AMA Sender's Choice -August on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: LOVED the postcard!!! We are having a bit of cool down here in Missouri!!
Response: Yay! So glad you liked it Enjoy the cooler temps. Thanks for the rating and the ♥
GinaVisione rated for CC: 3 piece collage August 2017 on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: OMG Linda - fantastic as usual! Love arachnids, even tarantulas - meeting and holding 'hands' with "Rosie" at a friend's nature center years ago :D. But the Snake hair doo-hickey on top (I'm a Snake!), and overly drawn lips on bottom...WINNER! Thank you :D
Response: At the insect museum in Colorado the only LIVE creature was a tarantula whose eggs were hatching before our eyes! Glad you liked my spider-woman. Thanks for your comments & rating.
moM rated for CC: Solar eclipse collage on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: Love this! And you got the stamp too!! I would love to get "in the path" for this. I hope it works out and the weather is good for you! Have fun! I'm headed down to your neck of the woods tomorrow. Love it down there except the only time I go is for baseball and to take the boy for dinner at Ford's Garage. LOL. Thanks for the great card!
Response: You're welcome. So glad you liked it. I just went to Ford's Garage for the first time last week-end & I live very close to downtown! But I'm a mostly-vegetarian, so a place known for its burgers doesn't exactly beckon. It was a hoot, though. Felt like I should have brought my car in for service! Enjoy!
Comment: Love all the cards that you sent for this swap. Thanks!!!!
Response: Glad I could please you. Thank you for the rating & the ♥ .
Comment: Hi Linda, thank you so much for the Elvis pc and Elvis postage stamps. My goodness he was so young! I remember watching his movies, the beach ones and the one with the nuns in Paris? Anyhow, I love it! Happy summer swapping. Blessings of peace love light.
Response: You’re welcome. So glad you liked it. Thank you for the rating & the ♥
dawnakaulen rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #53 on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Yay a kitty! Thank you :)
Response: Never too many kitties! Thank you for the rating & the ♥
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful green postcard! So many different elements! Hope all is well with you and yours! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry PS: It's only about 60` F here.
Response: Ah, 60°, a temperature I can only dream of! Glad you liked the card. Thanks for the rating & the ♥
CookieChops rated for Graveyard Postcard #1 on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I love the moose and solar eclipse stamps! Have a great day!
Response: You’re welcome. Thank you for the rating & the ♥
Comment: Soooo many cards! Thank you for all of them, even the aligator. Best wishes, Mary.
Response: You're welcome, and thank you for my 1,000th heart!

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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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