Date Joined: April 20, 2011
Last Online: May 8, 2021
Birthday: September 18
Country: United States
Nov. 2020: I'm back on Swap-Bot after several years off. Not much of anything below has changed!
I'm a writer and editor and barely use a cell phone. I love reading, drinking tea, listening to music, knitting, walking by the ocean, and puttering in my vegetable garden or gazing at my houseplants.
I also love travelling -- so far, I've been to England, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, and China (twice!). Not much travelling in the US, though: New England (where I've lived for most of my life), New York, Maryland, Arizona, Florida, California, and Las Vegas. Hubby and I have a tuxedo rescue kitty named Jasper, no kids.
Apparently "rhino" has a political meaning, but that is not why it's my user name -- I just mean the animal. I really like rhinos, but I love badgers!
Oh yeah, and I think puns are awesome.
I mostly read mysteries (cosy or noir), chick lit, or nonfiction (travel, nature, science, memoir), although lately I've been reading a lot of romances. Not a fan of "women's fiction" or weepies. Some authors I love are Naomi Novik, Jennifer Cruise, Mindy Klasky, Gregory Maguire, P.G. Wodehouse, Jasper Fforde, Tim Moore, Ian Rankin, Dorothy Sayers, Ellis Peters, Gerald Durrell, and Terry Tempest Williams. I read a lot and can easily read a book in a day. The public library is my friend.
Some of my favorite poets are David Harsent, Li-Young Lee, Kim Addonizio, Michael Donaghy, Louise Gluck, and Sheenagh Pugh. I usually name my cats after poets. Kitty Jasper is named after Jasper Fforde.
I'm a writer, not an artist, but I've started to try ATCs, art journals, and zines.They're really fun!
I do yoga and take ballet class over Zoom. I love modern dance, and the Mark Morris Dance Group is my favorite dance company.
I play bass (guitar), a teeny bit of lap dulcimer, and I'm slowly teaching myself to play Renaissance music on the mandolin.
I used to knit a lot, but now I just have a lot of yarn, hah.
I listen to music every single day. Right now, lots of jazz, world music, and top 40, but also David Bowie, Living Colour, Honey Honey, and Bad Joanie.
I like everything, and love trying new flavors. However, my husband is allergic to peanuts and also has celiac disease, so if you send me any recipes, please make sure they don't include wheat flour or peanuts.
I prefer my postcards written on and stamped. I like tourist postcards, scenery, animals, famous authors or musicians, all types of art images (especially tilework and Islamic art). Cutsey is not usually my thing, although one of the things I like about Swap-bot is seeing what different people like to send, so if that's what you're longing to send, go for it! No crude, violent, or sexual images, though.
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