Swap-bot Time: October 21, 2017 4:09 pm


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: October 21, 2017
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. 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

  • vintage linen & 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!


marinda rated for WIYM: CARTOON ANIMAL POSTCARD SWAP on Oct 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you. I love the postcard!
aspens rated for NON-TOURISTY pc #42 MUSIC on Oct 20, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the nice card! I too love Spanish guitar!
jukejan rated for CC: Exquisite Corpse postcard on Oct 20, 2017
Comment: I was so excited to see that return address and when I spied the googly eyes and such wonderful proportions of my corpse, I giggled out loud! Such talent you have!
Response: Yay! Giggles were the hoped for response! Thanks for the kind words, the rating & the ♥
GinaVisione rated for HMPC: Put a "Map" on it on Oct 19, 2017
Comment: WOW Linda - just constantly amazing me with your MailArt!! The beautiful subtle layers are so fantastic. My first, cheap HP printer i owned could print on ANYthing - the new one is very sensitive, selective, and high maintenance. :( Awesome vintage FL stamps too!!
Response: Aw, thank you, Gina. I'm so glad you like it. My old $39 HP printer does an admirable job, but Windows 10 (which I hate) doesn't communicate well with it so I'm constantly having to diddle with the connection & will probably have to replace it soon. Moan.
Suncloud rated for NYUP Foreign Language PC #4 on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and stamps. It is really hot and humid here in Taiwan, too.
Response: You're welcome. I wonder what adventures the card had in the 3 months since I sent it!
kssunlover1947 rated for CHEERS to October on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the interesting card and note.
Fieke rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice PC-Oct on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Pc you made and the extra's you've send according my profile :)
user3654 rated for NYUP: Transportation #1 on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Great PC! I have also been around the world several times, but still do not drive. I've taken lessons a few times, but the last time was about 20 years ago. I've never had a license and probably never will! Public transportation and my two little legs do me just fine!
Response: Wow! Good for you. I often wish I'd stuck to my plan to get through life with a bicycle. I caved to internal combustion engines after living too long in places with no, or unreliable, public transportation. I salute you! Thanks for the rating & ♥
ambwilcox rated for Science Postcard Swap #4 on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Great PC. Loved the quote, too. Story of my life! Take care!
simcoe54 rated for Postcard Scavenger Hunt #8 on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful selection of postcards. Glad to hear you are safe after the hurricane!!!
aladyde rated for Medicinalia Postcard # 13 on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: What a sweet postcard with so many great stamps. Thank you so much. Danke!
Comment: Thank you so much for such a pretty card! I love the stamps too!! My in-laws live in FL (Tampa area) and Irma has definitely caused some trouble there! I hope that you didn’t suffer too much damage from the storm!!
ktk8 rated for CC: 3 Piece Collage Portrait Postcard on Oct 11, 2017
Comment: wow wow wow what a wonderful postcard... thank you so very much I love FISHMAN! The stamps were great also....big THANKS! great swap
Response: Delighted that you liked him. Collage portraits are such fun!
jlink rated for FLORIDA pc USA only on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: so sorry about Irma - that must be unpleasant. We get tornadoes in MN but not hurricanes.
louball rated for Post a Poem # 1 on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the poem and card! I too love that E.E. Cummings poem and the sea : ) I hope everything is going well for you now!
Babytreese rated for NYUP: Food #1 on Oct 6, 2017
Comment: Hey Linda! Great choice! Viva Frida! All is well... keeping you guys in prayer. Where did you get that very cool sticker? Gotta have it! Until we meet again! 😘
Response: Sorry to be so late to respond. I made that sticker myself. An artsy 90-yr-old friend saves cool images from magazines for me. I scanned that one, resized it and made stickers. Glad you liked it!
adaywithmom rated for FREE/AD #40 NICE PHOTO on Oct 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for a pretty PC. Yes, I am enjoying the beautiful Fall season here in NC. Fall is my favorite!
Comment: Thanks for the very lovely postcards you selected for me! Also love the massive number of postage stamps on the envelope! xo
Comment: Thanks for the spooky Frida Kahlo PC and the classic Edgar Allan Poe stamp! I hope things are starting to get back to normal there.
blueseabliss rated for MA: Monochrome Orange PC on Sep 29, 2017
Comment: Linda, Thank you! I love this post card. I'm so sorry to hear about the hurricane -- I can't imagine -- and your freind's loss of the sailboat home. Sad. Very sad. Thank you for managing to send something so lovely in these dark times..

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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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