Swap-bot Time: February 21, 2020 7:57 pm


Date Joined: July 15, 2010
Last Online: February 18, 2020
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: Beautful ATC cards, your drawings are spot on! Thank you so much, your encouraging words made my day!
Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful card. Yes, my little ones love to read the stories of Eric Carle as well; the hungry caterpillar is their favourite!
DarkSkullMistress42 rated for Random PC swap on Feb 4, 2020
Comment: Love the kitty card! Thank you!
postmansdaughter rated for Private: Pooh Bear on Jan 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for creating this swap & having faith in me to send too. I loved the charming postcard you sent & was delighted to have an excuse to create some Pooh art of my own.
Comment: hiiii! thank you for the sumptious envelope of first-class correspondence: you very adequately honored the good practice of handwriting a friendly note =) so glad you can fit swap-bot into your busy schedule & share your wonderful talents ~ keep up the blogs, photos, postcards & allll the fun activities that you are well capable of enjoying!
twileteyes rated for Winnie-the-Pooh Day! 2020 on Jan 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you!! I love the Pooh wisdom sheet and the PCs are awesome!!
hollycm6 rated for CC: Let's Celebrate Pooh! 2020 on Jan 30, 2020
Comment: Yay! What a lovely swap! Thanks for the fun Poohness... maybe before next year we can beef up the group and have a multi partner swap. Wouldn't it be awesome to get a mail box full of Pooh (haha!! The Winnie the Pooh kind!) next year on Pooh Day!!!
jessnewson98 rated for Winnie the Pooh Postcard Swap on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: Oh my gosh, thank you for the lovely winnie the pooh postcard! I adore it and I love what you wrote as well! I hope you have a magnificent 2020!
Eulegirl rated for Poetry on a postcard #3 on Jan 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely poem and card!
bb2 rated for CF - Favorite Psalm on Postcard #2 on Dec 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the cheerful handmade PC and the several encouraging verses from Psalm 27. Merry Christmas!
Rainydancer rated for Literary Wisdom #18 on Dec 14, 2019
Comment: thanks!
AZmom875 rated for CC: Literary Wisdom #7 on Dec 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks for both postcard, and the words of wisdom.
Comment: Thanks ever so much for the lovely postcard.
grstamping rated for Autumn Postcard or Notecard 2019 on Dec 8, 2019
Comment: Hello Chandra, so exciting to find your mail in my box!!! Woot Woot! I love dogwood too. The leaves always show off in the Fall. Thank you for the cards!
hollycm6 rated for Brilliant Beginnings (2) on Nov 30, 2019
Comment: I'm an idiot... how did I not get this rated??? I want to say my swap bot is glitching but I do think it is ONLY my BRAIN!!! Let's try to do more swaps in 2020 and get chaucer going again. We will have to bring in new blood I think. I will try to be more present! Thank you for all the help!!
shellbee8 rated for Brilliant Beginnings (2) on Nov 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! I think the lines you chose were very impactful. Thank you for sharing!
Comment: Hi Chandra thank you so much for the Roald Dahl "the BFG" PC...I love this story. yes, a grandson, I'm overjoyed and blessed, so very blessed ...my heart spills over with gratitude :) Happy November swapping peace love light
Comment: Thanks ever so much of the Eric Carle postcard, the puffin is fabulous.
nannycat rated for Three poems and a tea on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: thank you nnyla for the lovely poems and i will ceranly enjoy the teas that you sent warm regards Wendy
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Alice postcard! Happy to add it to my growing collection :)

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BlueberryLady on Oct 21, 2019:

Your Birthday should be Celebrated Every Day !!! Belated Wishes and Hugs...from Jean in Ohio.

Whippet on May 19, 2019:

Gentle hug for you & the loss of you sister. Prayers. We just lost my sister-in-law Liz to stage 4 pancreatic cancer. It was effects of too late diagnosed Lyme Disease. Liz was my sister's best friend & her husband's only sister. Prayers for your family. - Kathy

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!

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