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Date Joined: April 20, 2011
Last Online: November 17, 2014
Birthday: September 18
Country: United States

About Me

I'm a writer and editor and don't own a cell phone. I love reading, drinking tea, listening to music, knitting, walking by the ocean, and puttering in my vegetable garden.

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, just New England (where I've lived for most of my life), New York, Maryland, Arizona, Florida, and California. Hubby and I have a fluffy grey cat that I adore, no kids.

Every November I do National Novel Writing Month. So far, I've finished it six times. I'm working on a novel now that is an expanded version of the last NaNo I wrote. Finishing it is a lot harder without the deadline!

I loved postcards when I was a girl, and am excited about the postcard swaps! I love seeing other places: scenery, landscapes, weather, water, cities, towns... New and vintage are both cool. I would also love to get postcards with author or musician photographs on them. (I've added a separate entry for postcards if you want more ideas.)

Apparently "rhino" has some political meaning, but that's 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.

Favorite Books

I mostly read mysteries (cosy or noir), chick lit, or nonfiction (travel, nature, science, memoir), although lately I've been enjoying paranormal romances too. 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.

I generally prefer contemporary British poetry to American. 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.

Favorite Crafts

I knit, but don't crochet or sew. I've knit some sweaters, toys, socks, shawls, felted bags, hats, etc. -- I like trying new patterns and don't want to knit the same thing more than once.

I bake bread but not sweet things, and like to cook. I've had some poems published, and am currently working on a novel about a group of gangsters.

I used to take ballet classes and am restarting yoga, and love modern dance -- both doing and watching. The Mark Morris Dance Group is my favorite modern dance company; I've seen them a bunch of times over the years.

I used to play bass (guitar).

Favorite Music

I listen to music every single day, can't imagine my life without it. My husband and I took a bus tour across France a bunch of years ago to catch three David Bowie shows, and we've seen Living Colour in Brussels and Paris as well as here. I like a really wide range, everything from medieval choral music to Bruno Mars and Franz Ferdinand.

Favorite Food

I am easy, I like all food! About the only thing I don't like is natto, which is something more than an acquired taste IMO. However, my husband is allergic to peanuts -- so I would prefer not to have recipes that feature them.

I am a big tea junkie but also a tea snob. I drink black tea, loose leaf only. I'm not a fan of teabags and I don't like flavored tea. I do like lemon verbena herbal tea, however, and it's hard to find around here.


I've been in a bunch of postcard swaps, so I guess I should have a section about that, right? I prefer my postcards written on and stamped. I prefer not to get ad cards unless they're interesting in some way. 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.


Comment: I have been out of touch for several weeks and apologize for the delayed rating. I love the PC! Have a Merry Christmas!
Comment: Janet Thanks for the 3 Rhode Island postcards which I received today. I like all three of them very much. I have put the RI State House postcard in my capitol collection at: .. http://flynnfrogg.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/sw-dz-323-rhode-island-state-house.html
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcards:)
kingsleyzissou rated for Send a map of your city on Nov 10, 2014
Comment: Thank you so very much for the Newport,RI package! I grew up in CT so, it was a warm reminder of many autumns of the past. I enjoyed this swap so much! Thanks again and keep up the awesome!
manfa rated for I LOVE POSTCARDS - INTL on Oct 1, 2014
Comment: I LOVE the Harry Potter themed postcard and stamp! And it reminds me that I need to stock up on HP stamps before they stop selling them. Thank you! <3
Elisabeth rated for Map Your Reading 2nd quarter on Oct 1, 2014
Comment: Hi Janet and thank you so much for the two maps and the extra postcards! Some of the books sound very interesting to me and you might see them in one of the next quarters on my map.
Whippet rated for Multi multiview postcard swap #4 on Sep 23, 2014
Comment: Thank you Janet for the multi - multi - view of Rome postcard you sent to me for the swap! Classic postcard! Will share with my Mom. Great swap!
pulsarbleue rated for NOT my country PC swap #6 on Sep 23, 2014
Comment: Hello Janet! Your postcard arrived today! Beautiful beach, it gives us the taste of the holidays! Thank you! Nathalie
nwgirl rated for 2 Postcards Sent Naked to 1 Partner on Sep 19, 2014
Comment: You were so right - I love the postcard with script! and I also love the Middletown pc - looks like a beautiful place :) Thank you!
lmacdavis93 rated for Postcard and a quote on Sep 18, 2014
Comment: Loved the Frank Lloyd Wright postcard and the quote as well. Thank you so much! Laurie Davis
Comment: thank you .
TamiTam55 rated for Be Kind - flat mail swap on Sep 10, 2014
Comment: There are times when all it seems I'm doing is unglorious tasks. Thanks for reminding me that there is glorious achievement at the very end.
love2letter rated for What's on my postcard? #4--Door on Aug 28, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the awesome PC, Janet! Like you say, who doesn't love a library?!!? :) Redwood certainly looks like one I'd like to visit!
Comment: Really like the postcard, thank you! :)
yolomba rated for Share a Favorite Poem on Aug 12, 2014
Comment: Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem with me, it gave me shivers. Truly enchanting and moving. The ultimate love poem :)
phantomssiren rated for RECIPE ROUNDUP - R1 on Aug 5, 2014
Comment: Thank you
kerril25 rated for Map Your Reading 2nd quarter on Jul 19, 2014
Comment: Thank you for a great list. :)
natasha838 rated for RECIPE ROUNDUP - R1 on Jul 19, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the recipe!
AndreaJ rated for Random Postcard Swap - Intl (Jul) on Jul 12, 2014
Comment: Funny. Virginia's state bird too! :)
Comment: We have the same ideas of what is fun in the summer. Enjoy and thank you!

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sammieianime on Aug 2, 2014:

Im glad you enjoyed the Mark Twain Quotes :D I was watching an old award show for Ellen and it was the Mark Twain Prize (some award). I thought Mark Twain had some neat quotes. I have done John Wayne, Dr. Suess and now Mark Twain....who will be next lol. Only the Sammie knows lol. Im sorry your partner flaked. However, I am glad I got to send you some quotes :D hehe. Hugs :D

arianneroxa on May 3, 2014:

Awh! I'm so glad that you liked the postcard that I sent, and I'm even happier to see that you'll be in a few of my upcoming swaps. :) Thanks so much for being such a great swapper. xo Arianne

FrancescaP on Jan 29, 2014:

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the fantastic teas, I received them yesterday and you truly made my day! It's the first time I see my name on the packages, it's such a sweet idea... I'm humbled by your generosity, thanks a million!!!

Havfrue on Oct 5, 2013:

Thank you so much for the Harrier Beecher Stowe postcard that you sent me. I am so happy!!!

lorettadog on Sep 18, 2013:

Thank you for participating in my very first swap! :o)

Sandy :o)

tingtinga2602 on Sep 18, 2013:

Happy birthday and may your wishes come true. :D

carmen on Jul 29, 2012:

Thanks for joining the Lapsang swap!

carmen on Jul 14, 2012:

Oooh, I like your music picks.

ZenPanda on Sep 20, 2011:

Thank you for the beautiful postcard. I appreciate you sending it! If you ever want another Montana card just ask! :-D

FROGGY42 on Apr 23, 2011:

Hello and Welcome to Swap-Bot! I have lots of fun with it. I mostly do postcards, but sometimes other small swaps. Dotee Dolls are fun to make and swap. I got your name for the Sunrise/ Sunset swap! Have fun and Happy Easter! ~Gail

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