Swap-bot Time: June 26, 2019 9:16 am


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: June 26, 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's my preference & I'll never rate you down for sending that way. I also love old or interesting postage.

  • I prefer standard size - around 4x6 - cards.

  • 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

  • The graphic art of Corita Kent

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

  • People dancing

  • Alligators

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

  • 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, Matisse (particularly his cut-outs), 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

  • Weird Science

  • 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

  • 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 B&W "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, while 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

  • Match box labels.

  • Fortune cookie fortunes

  • patterned tissue paper

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


doodlebugdezines rated for EJ: Vintage Ephemera Love on Jun 26, 2019
Comment: Total LOVE! Don’t even have a fave piece. Thank you, Linda.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely manatee postcard. I read your manatee encounter story, wow, what a beautiful experience to cherish!
SunTradeToo rated for HMPC: Red, White, and Blue! on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: very cool! Thank you ♪♫*¨*•.¸¸💌
GinaVisione rated for MA: Coffee Stain Critters on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: Love my adorable Coffee Monster! So nice to see you in the mail too LB! Thanks for great fun in my mail box :D
dvmac rated for EJ: Scavenger Hunt Postcard on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: So far behind in rating! Ack! Thank you!!
Comment: Ah, I love this card! Your stamps are beautiful and for them I'm grateful. Also LOL @ your description of frogs' little night parties. Hahaha!
travellinCat rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #15 on Jun 24, 2019
Comment: Hi there, I love the cards, I lived in Fort Myers so I understand the heat you feel. Have a great Summer.
Response: That was fast! Sometimes the USPS is actually efficient! Glad you liked the cards. Thanks for the rating & ♥
sharmison33 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #65 on Jun 22, 2019
Comment: Thank yo for the beautiful PCs. LOVE the Egyptian one and the stamps!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you liked what I sent. Thank you for the rating & ♥
Angie rated for CC: Sender's Choice June 2019 on Jun 22, 2019
Comment: Wow! Very profound postcard. As always, super well done - both artistically and blowing-my-mind-ly.
Response: Aw, thanks, Angie. Sometimes you gotta make art to keep from screaming! Gracias for the rating & ♥.
goinjenny rated for PH: Letter A (Blank or Naked) on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extras!!
Response: Very welcome. Thanks for the rating & ♥.
notme78 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #172 on Jun 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcards.
Response: You're welcome. Bare hyggelig.
Comment: Thanks so much for the Orca postcard and what you wrote on your postcard.
Response: I'm pleased that you like the card. Such an exquisite animal. Thank you for the rating & ♥
Lantana149 rated for Altered Text/Poetry Mail Art on Jun 18, 2019
Comment: You did an awesome job on this PC! I showed it off at the office. Thank you.
Response: My pleasure, Yvonne. It was kind of a rush job, but sometimes that's the best way to avoid overthinking :)). Thank you for the rating & ♥
marinda rated for NYUP USA Only #49 on Jun 15, 2019
Comment: Great postcard! Thank you so much! I saw this doll featured on a tv show once. Creepy!
Response: You're welcome. Creepy is the right word! Thanks for the rating & ♥
CWarner rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #172 on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Love the cards, Linda-thanks much! Favs are the lighthouse ones as they're both new to me. I went to visit my BFF in Lake Placid, FL last month and it wasn't real hot yet-sounds like I went at just the right time! We hit Sarasota/Lido Beach and went to a cool place called Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales that I'd never heard of. BTW, if your bro is like mine, you need to do more than drop a hint! My Dad was from Colo. Springs-Sept. is a great time to visit! thanks again, Carol
Response: Glad you liked the cards,Carol. When I took the Master Gardner training we went to Bok Tower Gardens on a field trip & had an insider tour with the horticulture director. By coincidence I've just been talking about a return visit with friends. Glad you got to see it & enjoy your FL visit before it got too hot. Thanks for the rating & ♥
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome.
goinjenny rated for PH: Let's Trade Cat Postcards on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Response: Youre welcome. Thanks for the rating & ♥
veronicallama rated for Black and White #18 on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: No other postcard has made me laugh so hard! The perfect moment to snap the pic -1943 has a certain look, too, that brings it together. Thanks, Linda!
Response: So glad a pc I almost hated to part with found an equally enthusiastic recipient! I thought you might like it. Thanks for the rating & ♥
squince rated for NYUP USA Only #49 on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Cool card, thanks!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating & ♥
dawnakaulen rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #73 on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: Love the cougar cub, thank you!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating & ♥

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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!

shirleyinCA on Apr 19, 2019:

Ohhh - your striking envelope arrived with the lovely Greetings from FL card and the amazing and totally wonderful vintage Mickey Mouse ephemera! I just love, love, love it! From the font and artwork, I am guessing 1940's but I am going to research it. Thank you so very much -- so hard to find Disney gems like this.

user6937 on Apr 8, 2019:

Hi, Linda! Sounds like you're off to some great adventures! Please keep me posted. Thanks for the Postcard Hideout tag of Animal Box PC's you've sent me (the jaguar is my fave; I love the squiggly drawings).

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 :)

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!

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