Swap-bot Time: March 17, 2018 1:21 pm


Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: March 17, 2018
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


  • 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, especially this one which was in the Curious Feast: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists collection

I'll happily trade for any of the above 3 artist's cards - blank, unwritten preferred).

  • Cards featuring HANDS or EYES

  • Black & white photography (anything from Fotofolio & Nouvelles Images for example.)

  • Jerry Uelsmann's photomontages

  • Inge Look's old ladies

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

  • Alligators

  • 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. I prefer contemporary & modern art & appreciate unusual art forms such as graffiti, street art, "outsider" art, & found object creations. I love the paintings of 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Cuba

  • Snoopy (from the Peanuts cartoons)

  • Ikea cards

  • Bob Marley

  • Kaj Stenvall cards

  • Charlie Chaplin

  • Popeye the Sailor Man

  • Anne Taintor

  • 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.

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

  • Air mail Stickers/labels

  • 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.

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


aladyde rated for SCIENCE POSTCARD SWAP - MARCH on Mar 17, 2018
Comment: Wonderful card, great stamps, thank you very much, Linda!
Comment: Thank you for the great card. Yes it is beautiful. I have heard that the more colorful the more deadly they are.
simcoe54 rated for PH: Transportation PCs on Mar 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great transportation postcards and for the extra stamps. Looks like you got some stamps past her :)
Artstamper rated for MA: Animals in Chairs PC on Mar 16, 2018
Comment: OH wow! this is one of the best Animals in chairs I have seen. Thanks so much.
simcoe54 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #152 on Mar 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great cards & stamp. Love them all.
BizzyBusMom rated for TRANSPORT POSTCARD SWAP - MARCH on Mar 12, 2018
Comment: I would have loved pony cart rides as a little girl..........
goinjenny rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #15 on Mar 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extras
pintis rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #60 on Mar 12, 2018
Comment: That's quite a haul! I'm usually lucky if I find a book or two. Thank you for the postcard.
bluehairedmary rated for Weirder Than Weird #19 on Mar 11, 2018
Comment: Definitely weird! Thanks!
breethefrog rated for HMPC: Postcard Plus #1 on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: I liked all the little notes you crammed on the back. The postcard was interesting: I am still not sure which direction to turn it!
Onyx rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #28 on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: Wonderful cards! I especially enjoyed the space card and the cucumbers. You sound like a fun person to go flea market shopping with too!
squince rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #152 on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: Fantastic selection! Love the Mucha card, especially!
PostcardAl rated for Weirder Than Weird #19 on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: Hello again -- thanks for the cards. I'm happy to send more comic panels. I'll look through the stack and see if I can find any Wonder Woman. Stay tuned! Best, al
PostcardAl rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #60 on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: Howdy Linda -- thanks for the cards, esp. the googly eye Bob Marley. Googly eyes really are the simplest way to transform any image! best, al
Angie rated for CC: Year of the Dog on Mar 7, 2018
Comment: Aww. Thank you for the very lovely postcard! I love your cutting work. Wow! So detailed. The business side was cute too! Thanks again!
Comment: Wow, your choices are awesome!! I love the Alaska card; lived in Anchorage for a year and Alaska kept a piece of my heart. I want to go to Sanibel Island SO BAD!! Super cool TokiDoki card and love the others, too! Thank you so much!!!
wittmert rated for MA: Ransom Postcard on Mar 6, 2018
Comment: LOVE the postcard! Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for all the fun PCs! I love the b&w photo one of the library. What a beautiful shot. All the best to you.
GinaVisione rated for CC: Sender's Choice Feb 2018 on Mar 4, 2018
Comment: Absolutely fantastic paper picado PUP!! SO cute! Woman, you must have such patience :D. It will be in the place of honor in our Lunar New Yer of the Dog display for the next year!
dawnakaulen rated for NYUP: 4 pcs in an envie #8 on Mar 3, 2018
Comment: All great choices, thank you!

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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!

user6937 on Jan 11, 2018:

Your WWII airplane pc's arrived (PH: PC tag)! I love them, and I got them so quickly - hope you get mine soon.

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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