Swap-bot Time: March 22, 2019 5:26 am


Date Joined: July 15, 2010
Last Online: March 21, 2019
Birthday: October 2
Country: United States
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About Me

09-17-18 Note: I lost another sister to breast cancer last week. My heart is shattered. Because of back and forth travel, I will be a little delayed in rating received swaps. Rest assured, you will be rated. I will join and create swaps when I feel ready. At the moment, I need a tiny break from anything "extra." Please pray for my family. Thanks!

I am New Orleans girl living in Northern Alabama. It's certainly not NOLA, but it's okay. I am a happily married and mom of a 12-year-old son. Family is my priority, but somehow I manage to maintain my sanity as a FT university professor. I teach literature (absolutely LOVE it AND my students). Reading and Writing are my PASSIONS. I enjoy giving and making (simple--digital and handmade) bookmarks, cards and digital scrapbooks for family and friends. I love photography (taking pictures and looking at them--I'm a Flickr addict). I also love water, flowers, nature (in general), parks, bayous, etc. and taking walks--though I don't consider myself the outdoorsy type (much to my hubby's chagrin, camping is NOT appealing to me).

NOTE ABOUT SWAPPING AND RATING: Swap-bot has been a wonderful experience--I've met really awesome people and learned a few new things along the way. I send swaps on time. If you have not received a swap from me in a timely manner, please send me a PM. Some things simply take longer. (I sent a PC to Russia that took nearly 3 months to arrive). I rate as soon as I receive a swap. If I haven't rated you, I haven't received the swap. I will not rate you as a "no send" without attempting to contact you.

Favorite Music

Music is my first love. I like classical, jazz (instrumental and vocal), inspirational, gospel, some R&B, neosoul, traditional blues, calypso, reggae, New Orleans music, etc. The list goes on...Anything with meaningful lyrics, but no heavy metal, gangster rap, or hard rock.

Favorite Books

Far too many to name, so I'll list a few... The BIBLE--where else can you get drama, narratives, history, creative nonfiction, romance, parables, poetry, prophecy, self-help, mischief and mayhem under one cover? Everything SHAKESPEARE has written; Toni Morrison, SONG OF SOLOMON; Ellen G. White, THE DESIRE OF AGES; Howard Thurman, MEDITATIONS OF THE HEART; C.S. Lewis, THE GREAT DIVORCE; Edwidge Danticat, BREATH, EYES, MEMORY; Bessie Head, A QUESTION OF POWER; James Joyce, ULYSSES; Homer, THE ODYSSEY; Dedra Johnson (a good friend), SANDRINE'S LETTER TO TOMORROW; Nawal El Saadawi, WOMAN AT POINT ZERO; Amy Tan, THE JOY LUCK CLUB; Jamaica Kincaid, LUCY; Ngugi wa Thiong'o, A GRAIN OF WHEAT; Tarshia Stanley, THE BOOK OF EPHESUS (published August 2013!); Christian Fiction (love Lori Wick); Literary Theory/Criticism

Poets: Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Robert Browning; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Shakespeare; Rita Dove; Emily Dickinson; Lucille Clifton; Alice Walker; Nikky Finney, John Milton; Brenda Marie Osbey, etc.

Favorite Movies

Again, too many to name...The Fisher King; Eve's Bayou; The Caveman's Valentine; Beloved; Sugar Cane Alley; Imitation of Life; Daughters of the Dust; Xala; Black Girl; Schindler's List; Nights in Rodanthe; P.S. I Love You; Women of Brewster Place; Brown Sugar; Love Jones; Mona Lisa Smile; Runaway Bride; Stepmom; Steele Magnolias; Fried Green Tomatoes; Something to Talk About; Pretty Woman; Redemption; Crooklyn; Bamboozled; Malcolm X; The Color Purple

My Favorite Things

Teddy Bears (I collect figurines only; had too many stuffed bears, so I gave most away); SUNFLOWERS; the color PURPLE; the color PINK (after a few family rounds with breast cancer, pink has become a favorite); stickers; pretty paper and notebooks; journaling; cool/nice/pretty pens; sharpies; postcards; craft scissors (even though I haven't quite mastered cutting straight with them); funny quotations; meaningful quotations; spiritual (as in religious quotations); silly/funny children's poems and stories; photography; digital scrapbooks; my Mac; Photoshop; poetry; music; books; reading; writing; letters; history; art; simple vegetarian recipes; Dr. Seuss; Care Bears (Grumpy Bear); anything that keeps me organized; I also LIKE people. MOST are interesting and fun!

I enjoy making photo postcards, handmade envelopes, and ATCs. I also enjoy receiving these items from others.


I dislike: horror and gory stuff; witchcraft and sorcery/fortunetelling/tarot; zodiac/horoscope; cigarettes; alcohol; profanity; dogs and cats (quite ironic since our family has every other animal imaginable); distasteful humor; nudity; scraps; ripped and/or torn things; edible items (too many things I don't eat, so better not to send); meat or anything that glorifies meat. (I've been a vegetarian MOST of my life. I don't judge others for eating meat, but I don't want it thrown in my face).

Wish List

Inspirational quotes and stickers; teddy bear stickers; planner stickers; blank non-touristy postcards; ideas for cute/pretty/elegant/beautiful card-making; easy vegetarian and vegan recipes


Cigarette smoke; pet hairs/dander; dust; pollen

Hubby's & Son's Likes

Hubby is easy--since most things he likes are too large to stuff in any envelope: foreign currency and old US currency.

Son likes: animals in general, elephants, ferrets, and frogs in particular; age-appropriate comic books, reading, drawing, postcards, filmmaking, Pikmin, Minecraft, nature, rocks, and sooooo much more.


I prefer postcards naked, stamped and written on (but if you're sending a PC that you don't want marred by postal machines and handling, I will not complain if you place it in an envie). I am not too picky about postcards--but my favorites are (not in any particular order): literary postcards; artsy postcards; whimsical postcards; cultural (icons/myths/stories) postcards; map postcard; touristy postcards that teach me a little about your history or culture--building, bridges, statues, monuments. I also like fun, humorous and quirky cards. Surprise me and I'll be pleased. But please no nudity or profanity--my son enjoys the postcards with me. Thanks!

Your PCs: I love well-crafted PCs made from your photography AND well-crafted "homemade" PCs, so if you're into making them, please send me one. I won't rate you down for not sending a "store-bought" one! Do note that well-crafted PCs involve more than cutting a picture from a magazine and gluing it to a piece of card stock.


Comment: Thank you for the great postcard (and the sticker on it - I love using stickers too!) and also for hosting this swap! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely photo/postcard, I loved how you sent it!, the reason I don't do to many PostCard swaps is that I can't send extras but I might have to do it like this!
Response: Yep. Those clear envelopes come in handy for that. As for swaps, be sure the swap allows that--or at least with your partner. Some people might get a little testy about the definition of "naked." Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for your set of monochrome photographs which arrived today. (Isn't international post variable -- sometimes things from the US come very quickly, sometimes they take ages.) I really like them. I think the orbs are my favourite -- both the monochrome version and the coloured version -- but I enjoyed looking at all three of the pictures.
Response: Yes--snail mail timing can be unpredictable. Thanks for liking the photos and for the heart. Happy to have you in the group!
Comment: Thank you for the great envelope- I have never read things from his adult storybook and am going to share them with a friend- have a great day!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart!
nancylee rated for World Book Day - Postcard Swap on Mar 13, 2019
Comment: HI, Thank you for the double dose of book celebrations! I have not read either and currently am reading a book called Death or Glory a Warhammer 40000 K book which is not my usual style but a friend recommended- hope you have time for some non class related reading soon :)
Response: I am living for summer reading right now. Ugh! I'm hoping to find something light and mindless to get me through the next week though. Thanks for the heart!
midteacher rated for Take a Walk Series - December on Mar 6, 2019
Comment: I do love that heart shaped ornament! It is worthy of being a Christmas card. I hoping things settle down for you so you can find some time to enjoy do some fun things that you enjoy.
Response: Me too. How did life get this crazy? Thanks for the heart!
midteacher rated for Sharp Shooters: Winter Postcard on Mar 6, 2019
Comment: Beautiful photo of the berries caught in the snow. As soon I I saw the tree photo I knew it would go into my trees altered book! I like I like it the best!
Response: Yay! I must see your tree book!!! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the cute Pooh card. I love that bear
Response: I love Pooh too! You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
ReadMoreBooks33 rated for CF: Senders Choice PC on Feb 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your kind words! I love the sunflower sticker, too. <3
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for rating with a heart!
Artistic rated for Reading Postcard! on Feb 23, 2019
Comment: Powell's is my favorite bookstore! I go there to live whenever I'm in Portland. :)
Response: Yay! How did the mail gods know?! Thanks for rating with a heart!
lou rated for A Sharp Shooter's Note 2019 on Feb 23, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the notecard and photos, and thank you for hosting, too! I liked the photo of yours that you included loose, are those apple blossoms?
Response: I can't remember. They're either apple blossoms or pear blossoms. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely star postcard from Eric Carle!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart!
midteacher rated for Favorite Photos of 2018 on Feb 13, 2019
Comment: Amazing, stunning, gorgeous photographs! Your editing skills simply amaze me. Loving all of them and will have to get with you on how you managed some of these edits. In awe my friend!
Response: You are way too kind! I have to start writing down exactly what I do when I edit. Most of the time I don't remember because I'm just playing around with multiple apps until I find something I like. But for quick and easy--try Vinci or Prisma (the free versions, of course).
Comment: Thank you !
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks a lot for the postcard, I love Alice! :)
Response: Happy you love Alice! Thanks for rating with a heart!
Comment: Thanks for the cards! I agree that Eric Carle is just great! I do like cows, doesn't everyone?
Response: If you live around here, you have to like them! LOL! Thanks for rating with a heart!
Comment: Thanks ever so much for the Peter Pan postcard, it must be my favourite children's book. Merry Christmas
Response: Awesome! Thank you for rating with a heart! I hope your 2019 is off to a grand start!
Comment: Love the Eric Carle giraffe and boy - thank you!! So cute! I’ll havee to look for that video too. Glad you were my partner!!! : )
Response: Yay! I was happy to see you in the swap! Joy! Thank you for rating with a heart!
nannydino rated for Literary Wisdom #15 on Dec 12, 2018
Comment: Hi Chandra thank you for the Roald Dahl PC. I really like this quote. Take very good care peace love light
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for rating with a heart! Hugs...
midteacher rated for Autumn Postcard or Notecard 2018 on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Lve, love, love this! I can imagine you laying/knelling on the ground trying to get the perfect shot.
Response: Haha! I think I fell over trying to get that one! LOL! Good thing I changed into my jeans before taking that photo walk!

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ReadMoreBooks33 on Dec 20, 2018:

clutterfree on Oct 2, 2018:

Praying for you friend especially today!!

Hugs and blessings, Charlene

ReadMoreBooks33 on May 13, 2018:

ReadMoreBooks33 on Feb 14, 2018:

PeggyO on Oct 21, 2017:

WOW---not ONE but TWO children's literature illustration postcards for swap #27!

THANKS! Have a great week at your university! I do miss teaching and most students--I was with a community college, so student pop. was vastly different that at university. But that was the challenge I felt I needed to work with. I don't miss administrators and the stacks of papers to grade that would be constant, longer, and then research papers coming in just before Thanksgiving. PeggyO

BlueberryLady on Oct 11, 2017:

Hope Your Birthday was filled with Love and Laughter and a Cake with Candles and Some Ice Cream and Chocolate ..... and Family and Friends. Hugs from OHIO.

bb2 on Oct 2, 2017:

Just stopping by to say I hope your birthday was special today. God bless you through the coming year.

Karen07 on Jul 28, 2017:

Pooh arrived today. He was trailing along after Eeyore it seems. Anyway, I do think that Winnie the Pooh is great literature for sure! Classic is the way to go though. I think Disney Pooh is a tad lame. Thanks for a great card!

reader44ever on May 31, 2017:

Chandra! I got your postcard for the Literary Wisdom PC #7 swap today! I love it! Thank you so much for being my angel! :-)

TereDiane1954 on Feb 19, 2017:

I found a pretty card from you (2015) between the pages of my Bible,and it made me think I ought to swing by and say ♥ God bless your Sunday ♥

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