Swap-bot Time: September 17, 2019 6:07 pm


Date Joined: July 15, 2010
Last Online: September 17, 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: Thanks for the great alice in wonderland card, I like it a lot! I love that Alice is a brave and kind young lady. She's remarkable!
Fabriqueen rated for Scripture Postcard #6 on Sep 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely PC! I also love the versa from Lamentations! Have a blessed day! Hugs, Diane
Comment: Thank you for the adorable postcard :) :) Love the stamps and the little dose of Dr Seuss :) :) We need more Seuss-isms in the world!
Comment: TWO Alice PCs! Thank you! And thank you also for your kind words. It means a lot. :)
LindaW rated for CF: Encouragement PC #2 on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the scriptures. May God bless you with energy for school. Eat healthy snacks to perk up.๐Ÿค—
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the blessing and encouragement. I'd appreciate your prayers for energy and strength. Hugs!
Comment: Thank you for the super cute Winnie the Pooh postcard - a little bear with great ideas!
Response: Yes!! I love Pooh! You're welcome! Thanks for joining in and rating with a heart!
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF: Book Loverโ€™s Day Swap on Aug 10, 2019
Comment: What a pretty dragonfly PC. :) I thoroughly enjoyed your note on it and your sunflower decor. I've been meaning to tell you that I've been enjoying your blog posts this year. There are so many creative souls out there. Books with 1,000+ pages...hmmm...Are they holding your attention? :)
Response: Thank you for the heart and for enjoying my blog posts. And yes!!! These books are page turners. They do hold my attention I've been having headahes, so THAT makes it difficult to read or work on computer for long. .
Eclectonote rated for CC: Literary Wisdom #5 on Aug 10, 2019
Comment: I enjoyed both postcards - the illustration from Shrew and the quote from Jules Verne. Earlier today, coincidentally, I finished a book (not for pleasure) that was nevertheless something of "...most affect" where I do believe profit will grow...Thanks again for the thoughtful swap.
Response: You're welcome! Thank YOU for joining in and for rating with a heart. What's the book you just finished? (If you don't mind my asking).
Swan rated for Literary Wisdom #16 on Aug 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Great card!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for joining in and for rating promptly!
Comment: Thanks also for the lovely Alice in Wonderland Postcard! It's really nice! Thank you for what you wrote on the back as well! Have a lovely week ^_^
Comment: Hey Chandra! Thanks so much for hosting these lovely swaps, I adore participating in them! Thank you for the adorable Winnie the Pooh postcard and the stickers you added to it! The quote was awesome too! Have a stunning week :)
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you're enjoying the swaps. And thanks for joining and rating with a heart!
riftvegan rated for April Showers...May Flowers on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for this re-send. I love your bright and colourful flowers! And your stationery is super cute as well. :) And oh, yes, I know what you mean about being Present for beautiful things! Enjoy the journey!
Response: You're welcome! I'm pleased that you "love" the flowers. I received your package too!!!! Omgosh!!! All the flowers are soooooo beautiful, but you know the sunflower made me swoon. Blogging them this week (or Monday next week). Have joy!
Comment: Thank you very much for the illustration of Darth vader and son I really love those cards :)
Response: I love them too. You're welcome and thanks for rating with a heart!
nannydino rated for CC: Literary Wisdom #4 on Jun 19, 2019
Comment: Hi Chandra thank you for the Henrik Ibsen quote PC...it's funny but I thought I had rated you for this one yesterday(Tuesday)...maybe I forgot to save? Anyhow, Happy swapping. peace love light
Comment: Thanks for the delightful postcard.
Comment: Thank you for the May the 4th postcard.
ellie rated for Scripture Postcard #3 on May 24, 2019
Comment: Thankyou for sharing your favorite scripture with me
Comment: Hi Chandra thank you the Darth Vader and son PC. I'm happy to be stuck with you for 2 swaps! I like that Star Wars wisdom: your eyes can deceive you;don't trust them...Happy Spring swapping peace love light
Comment: Beautiful poems which match up perfectly with the photographs (which are excellent in themselves!). Thank you so much.
vontakk rated for "May the fourth be with you" on May 12, 2019
Comment: Sorry for the late ratting! Thank you sooo much! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’— They're both on my fridge!!

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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:

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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! :-)

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