Swap-bot Time: July 15, 2019 9:26 pm


Date Joined: July 15, 2010
Last Online: July 15, 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 very much for the illustration of Darth vader and son I really love those cards :)
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! πŸ’—πŸ’ŸπŸ’— They're both on my fridge!!
Comment: Thank you for the Winnie the Pooh postcard! I love Pooh Bear so so much!!!! the stickers made me smile a lot too <3
jessnewson98 rated for Book'ed: Reading List on a PC on May 6, 2019
Comment: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC POSTCARD! I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT! Thank you for your list of books! I'll definitely have to add them to my ever-growing TBR list! I hope you have a wonderful week :)
Comment: Hi Chandra thank you for the Ronald Dahl PC. Happy Spring swapping peace love light
AZmom875 rated for CC: Literary Wisdom #3 on Apr 30, 2019
Comment: Thanks for hosting, and I loved the Shakespeare card and quote
AZmom875 rated for CC: Literary Wisdom #2 on Apr 30, 2019
Comment: I love your book themed postcard swaps. Thank you so much this was a good swap.
riftvegan rated for Early Spring: Photo Postcard 2019 on Apr 29, 2019
Comment: I got both of your beautiful spring bloom photos: Thank You. The digital art tulip is simply amazing, and I love the poetry too. β™₯!
Conni59 rated for Monthly Monochome Mayhem: February on Apr 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the awesome selection of photos! I need to step up my game creatively! Been in a photography slump. Thanks again ❀️
Response: Happy you like them, Connie! That's what I love about the swaps in the A Thousand Words group. They motivate me to pick up the camera and try new things. No one joined March's monochrome swap, so I'm thinking I'll make it a quarterly rather than monthly swap...maybe. j
Comment: Love the happy frog :) :) and the Where's Wally postcard - so much fun! Have a great day! Thank-you ❀️
Response: You're welcome! I love that little froggy too! Thanks for rating with a heart!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card & the extras!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for joining in and for rating with a heart!
Comment: thank you for the lovely Eric Carle card
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for rating with a heart!
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard (and the sticker on it - I love using stickers too!) and also for hosting this swap! :)
Response: You're welcome! Stickers!!! Yes--almost always! Thanks for joining and for rating with a heart!
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!

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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:

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! :-)

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