Swap-bot Time: December 15, 2017 11:57 am


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: December 15, 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. 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 don't care for color-it-yourself cards

POSTCARDS I ESPECIALLY LIKE πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’™β€οΈ πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’™β€οΈ πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’™β€οΈ * 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 for example.)

  • Jerry Uelslmann's photomontages

  • Inge LΓΆΓΆk's old ladies

  • 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

  • vintage educational charts

  • 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 cards

  • Vintage real photo cards of people.
  • 1960's & earlier Florida
  • Vintage India or Afghanistan

  • 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) will give you an idea of the kinds of cards I like. πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’™β€οΈ πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’™β€οΈ πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’™β€οΈ

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!)


susieq11 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #146 on Dec 13, 2017
Comment: Ok that envelope is amazing!!! My eyes popped when I saw all the perfectly placed stamps. I love it!!!!!!! That is fun mail art!!! And then the postcards....! Perfect! I love Ocean City and Jones Beach, great memories. And I was in Asakusa on a rainy day in Tokyo this past April! I will be looking up the Etsy shop with the moose postcard. Too cute! Thank you very very much!!! So happy you were my partner! Lucky me! : D Have a great night! xo
Response: You're very welcome. Always great to be able to please, so I'm glad I got it right. Thanks for your comments, the rating & the β™₯
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards, extras and the stamps :)
EllieBeth8 rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #22 on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards!! Have a nice day! Shelley
justmesks rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #146 on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the neat cards. Love the train and Elvis; they are both new ones for those collections. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
LoveThis rated for Transport Postcard Swap #6 on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: thankyou very much for the awesome card :)
Response: You're welcome, Rasa. Glad you liked the card. Thanks for the rating & the β™₯
MelbourneGirl rated for NON-TOURISTY pc #48 DOLLS/TOYS on Dec 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your very lovely note ... and great postcard and beautiful stamps! It made our day. Have a very wonderful Christmas and a great new year ❀️❀️❀️
Response: You're very welcome. I'm so glad you liked the swap. Thank you for the rating, the β™₯β™₯β™₯ & the holiday greetings!
TwinMom rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #4X on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! The postcards are awesome! I have some new favorites! :)
Comment: Hi Linda, thank you for the great PC of the volcano in Sicily. I've never experienced any hardship of a natural disaster here on Vancouver Island. Always warnings and threats that we will have a big earthquake and sink the Island...knock on wood. Lovely postage stamps you used, thank you. Peace love light.
Response: Glad you liked it & thanks for the rating & β™₯. I just put the hurricane supplies away as the Atlantic hurricane season officially ended November 30. These days it's hard to find any place safe from natural disaster. But as you say, fingers crossed.
pintis rated for SOMETHING DIFFERENT PC SWAP- WEEK 4 on Dec 6, 2017
Comment: Great postcard! I've only been to the AMNH twice, despite being within a 2.5-hour drive of it. Might be time to go back. Thank you.
Response: Glad you liked it. The 2.5 hr drive might be followed by a 2.5 hr search for a parking place, but go again, by all means. And be sure to catch a planetarium show.
MelbourneGirl rated for B&W PCs week 47 on Dec 5, 2017
Comment: Love the Ansel Adams postcard of the oak covered with snow ... and the beautiful stamps! Your Florida oaks sound absolutely wonderful too ❀️ Hope you have a very happy festive season πŸŽ„
Response: You're welcome. I'm pleased that you like the card. Thank you for the rating & β™₯
Darida rated for CC: Mixed Media Collage PC on Dec 5, 2017
Comment: I love fish postcard! thank you so much. also fun stamps will use it in my next projects. they arrived unmarked.
Response: I'm happy you liked it, Iryna & glad you have the stamps to work with as a bonus!
Comment: Thanks a lot for the wonderful postcard and your explanation! Love it!
bbsporty rated for EJ: Everyday Ephemera Mail Art-Nov on Nov 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcard!
goinjenny rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #56 on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you
kssunlover1947 rated for B&W PCs week 46 on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the interesting card.
squince rated for NYUP USA Only #32 on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: LOVE Mucha! Thank you for this awesome card!
aspens rated for NON-TOURISTY pc #47 ANGEL on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: Beautiful postcard! I loved reading how you can relate with regards to attitude towards religious imagery, etc. Thank you!
aladyde rated for Not Your Usual PCs in an Envie #15 on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great card, the extra cards and the pretty stamps. You met all my likes. It is always great to swap with you. Danke!
dawnakaulen rated for FREE/AD #47 WINTER or CHRISTMASY on Nov 26, 2017
Comment: Very pretty PC, thank you!
judee0624 rated for NYUP USA Only #32 on Nov 26, 2017
Comment: Hey Linda. Thanks for the great Matisse card. I like it. Your stamps were special too.

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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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