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MamaMangrove

MamaMangrove
Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: February 20, 2024
Birthday: January 1
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATE JUNE 25. 2023 My new address in Gainesville is now valid and listed

UPDATE: DEC 11, 2022

I am now living with friends in Tallahassee, Florida who have graciously offerred me the space and time I need to figure out what I want to do next. It's a peaceful place surrounded by forest with lots of nearby trails for hiking. I see deer and other woodland animals every day..

UPDATE: OCT 1, 2022

I lost my home in Fort Myers to Hurricane Ian. Fortunately I had evacuated to a friend’s house on higher ground so I am fine, just rather overwhelmed by being a refugee and having to start all over.


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. 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) & occasional zines. Because I've always been a writer and photographer I often incorporate words and photos into my crafts.

Postcard Preferences

My preference is for Non-Touristy postcards.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.

POSTCARDS I'D ESPECIALLY LIKE TO RECEIVE

  • Ken Brown's cards

  • Cards featuring HANDS or EYES

  • Black & white photography (anything from Fotofolio & Nouvelles Images for example.) I especially like the photographs of Robert Doisneau.

  • Inge Look's old ladies

  • Magazine Covers, especially New Yorker

  • Brest Brest Brest cards from The Curious Feast PC Box

  • The graphic art of Corita Kent

  • Famous People

  • Mythology, mythological beings

  • Astrological symbols & animals, etc.

  • Blimps, dirigibles, Zeppelins

  • Bromeliads -my favorite plants!

  • Orchids

  • Palm Trees

  • The Little Prince

  • Kliban's comic art

  • Mexican Loteria cards

  • Dia de los Muertos

  • Lantern Press cards

  • Birds

  • Closups of nature, like the patterns on a beetle, the eye of a fish, etc.

  • The Everglades

  • Art cards, particularly collage art, 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)

  • Edward Gorey's illustrations

  • Great graphic Design

  • Humor, particularly off-beat, droll, or dry, like the postcards of Glen Baxter.

  • Signs, especially odd or humorous ones

  • Rock & Roll & 1960's musicians

  • Che Guevera

  • Cuba

  • Snoopy (from the Peanuts cartoons)

  • Kaj Stenvall cards

  • Charlie Chaplin

  • Popeye the Sailor Man

  • Troubled Birds (a series of postcards that crack me up!) or anything from the Mincing Mockingbird folks.

  • 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 :)

  • Surprise me!

  • My Postcrossing favorites (link above) may give you an idea of the kinds of cards I like.

  • Good quality unused Florida postcards are welcomed since Hurricane Ian washed all mine away. I prefer ones that are not city-specific.

Extras/ Other Likes

  • I can always use uncancelled US stamps. Any denomination

  • Faux postage (artistamps)

Please NO

PLEASE DON'T SEND

  • 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.

  • NO super cute, overly sweet or girlie

  • PLEASE DO NOT SEND Those cheap sepia 32-pcs faux Vintage-Travel-Sights-Landscape-famous people-Retro Postcards from AliExpress (smaller cards without description on the back. The back is a sepia tone with just boxes on the top left.) I hate them! {Thanks to Highlander 18 for her description}

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the great valentine card and I am so sorry to hear you lost your postcards. Hugs.
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Comment: Waow Linda, What a beauty card you made for me!! Thanks for that!
JenZen5 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #249 on Feb 12, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the postcards you sent. What interesting choices! I'd have to say Georgia O'Keefe and the hummingbird are my favorites, but I like them all. Thanks for sending an extra. Have a wonderful day!
jeka396 rated for IFM: Hearts Mail Art on Feb 10, 2024
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Comment: This envenope was so cute with the heart-shaped doily on the front! How happy I was to see that you had also enclosed a couple for me to use in future art! Thanks!
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Comment: Wow! I loved this every postcard that you sent for this hunt! So fun. The envelope was gorgeous. It even caught my daughters eye! The shark tooth was a nice thought but you’re probably right and it probably would have gotten destroyed. Maybe if we get in another swap (artifact swapping? Hah) together, I can send you some of my items I’ve found! I’m running out of room. Take care.
chevl66 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #251 on Feb 7, 2024
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Comment: My favorite place in Japan is Kyoto and I keep all of those cards 😊 Thank you for the extras!
LaureAndLucky rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #56 on Feb 6, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so much for this beautiful selection ! I love them all ! Hibernate ! Hibernation is great ! I would definitely live like a bear if I could ! Fishing salmons and hunting blueberries is my dream ahah ! Have a beautiful day ! Warm wishes :)
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Comment: Oh Mr. Tolstoy can be heavy. I’m going to see about that “At The Drop Of A Cat” Just the title is already clever! Have a happy week and thanks for the postcard!
Petaltea rated for IFM: Washi Postcard on Feb 4, 2024
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Comment: Great postcard! I love this theme! Thank you!
scrappermama rated for AMA: Sender's Choice Jan24 on Feb 3, 2024
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Comment: Cheers!!! Loving the bird. TY! We have 2 macaws! They are loud!! I hope it's warmed up some in Florida! C'mon spring!!! Be well!
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Comment: Thanks! Have a great weekend. Richard
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Comment: Thank you so very much for all the wonderful postcards ❤️❤️❤️ Happy Happy belated Birthday 🎂 I hope you had a birthday full of love❤️❤️❤️
xninolax rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #250 on Feb 1, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the excellent cards Linda! Glad to see you in my mailbox again :D The pin up is gorgeous and a new one for my collection and I adore the pretty cat close up. Thank you!
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Comment: Thanks for the great cards!
susieq11 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #10I on Jan 26, 2024
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Comment: Linda! I just got this swap from October! It’s in perfect condition. No idea where it was hiding all these months!! 😳😂 Thank you for all the great choices and your note. I am sure it’s hard to have lost so much. Just glad you’re safe and settled now! Thanks a lot for joining my swap! xoxo
Response: Yay! so glad it finally arrived. Yet another USPS snafu. Pony Express would have been faster than 3 1/2 months. And then they have the audacity to raise the postage rates again! . End of rant. Always a pleasure to join your swaps and exchange mail with you.
mchesser12 rated for PH: Building Scavenger Hunt #4 on Jan 25, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for the great postcards. Hope the soup was good.
Poeprincess rated for CO: Surreal Collage #9 on Jan 23, 2024
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Comment: I like the background image & your surreal fisherman is a hoot! You did a great job & on the envelope, too. Liking the goose & the selection of postage! Thank you so much.
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Comment: thanks for the cute flip flop card and the lovely postcards. I especially adore the cat
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Comment: Thanks for the great postcards. I do not like extreme cold or extreme hot temps. Give me nice 80s any day!
RockyBeach rated for AMA: Decorated Envelope w/ Note on Jan 16, 2024
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Comment: Oh Linda, this is an awesome envelope! I love the 'dive into the stars' you've created. Plus the star atlas surely is a treasure. Thank you for sharing it with me.

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Comments

simcoe54 on Jan 1, 2024:

Happy Birthday & Happy New Year!!!

wolfeagle on Dec 25, 2023:

MC

simcoe54 on Jan 1, 2023:

Happy Birthday and Happy New Year! Hope you have a great day!

simcoe54 on Dec 25, 2022:

Merry Christmas! And best wishes for 2023!

susieq11 on Dec 9, 2022:

Hi Linda! Just saying HI and hope you are doing well! xoxo

shirleyinCA on Oct 10, 2022:

Heartbroken to hear of the loss of your home but very glad you are safe. Take care dear Linda!

user6937 on Sep 29, 2022:

Linda, I've pm'd you but you probably don't have any internet during this trouble in Florida. Hope you're okay, my friend - please let me know when you can.

LadyJo on Sep 29, 2022:

I have been thinking about you, since this hurricane has hit your area! The photos I am seeing it is very bad! I do hope you are safe! It sure must have been, still is a very difficult situation with so much damage and lives lost! Thinking of You!

user6937 on Jul 20, 2022:

You're an awesome swapper - everyone who knows you will ignore that rotten rating!

susieq11 on Jun 30, 2022:

Hope you are doing well! Just wanted to say Hello!

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