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Date Joined: September 27, 2015
Last Online: December 20, 2018

Country: United States

About Me

It's nice to meet you! I'm Tess, I'm in my 40s, no children. I have one elderly grey tabby cat.

Pen-palling has been a hobby of mine for a few years. I have been on Postcrossing for a few years, as well as LEX, LWA, and Sendsomething.net. I PROMISE to always rate and I PROMISE to never flake! I have been pen palling for a long time. If you do not receive a rating or a swap you are expecting from me, please let me know immediately!

Please expect that swaps from me will contain more writing and not much in the way of drawings, stickers, colorings, and such. I hope my swaps are creative and enjoyable, but I am not well-practiced in paper crafts or visual arts.

Special request: Please do not send anything which has been perfumed. Like many folks, I am sensitive to smells and possibly allergic to some. Thank you.

Faves for Swaps:

Colors: Blue, Gray, Black, White.

Themes: Science, Geeky, Library/Books, Writing, Letters, Postcards, Geography, Historical, Nerdy, Vintage, Retro.

Collections: None, except postcards and letters of all kinds. I'm rather a minimalist.

Tea: Black, Green, White, Ginger, Licorice, but not fruity or citrus.

Treats: Not big on candy or chocolate.

Allergies: None.

Religion: I don't really care for religious-themed cards, etc. unless it is of Eastern Orthodox or Byzantine style. I am Eastern Orthodox Christian (not to be confused with Jewish). However, I am not a zealot or a fundamentalist.

Thanks for reading my profile! Snail mail is one of the most inclusive, civilized, and creative hobbies out there and I'm always glad to meet new enthusiasts.

Favorite Music


The Smiths; Johnny Marr; Morrissey.

New Order.

Joy Division.


Arcade Fire.

War on Drugs.

The National.

Favorite Books

Memoirs and non-fiction, mostly. I love science, especially biology and anatomy. Some favorite authors are Mary Roach, Frans deWaal, Francis Collins, Jared Diamond, Natalie Angier, Malcolm Gladwell.
I have also read everything by CS Lewis, not just the Narnia stuff. Fiction: I've read just about everything from Stephen King. I also enjoy Kazuo Ishiguro, most famous for Remains of the Day. A newer author I enjoy is Naomi Alderman.

Favorite Television

Documentaries from BBC One or PBS Nature and anything narrated by David Attenborough.

The X-Files.

Battlestar Galactica (2004).


Doctor Who.


The Handmaid's Tale.

Breaking Bad.

Mad Men.


Parks and Rec.

Black Mirror.

Les Revenants (French TV show, not the movie with Leo DiCaprio).

The Daily Show.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Favorite Movies

I will usually see any movie that is critically-acclaimed. I like films based on a true story.

I also enjoy spooky, creepy horror films, but not slashers or "torture porn".

The classic black and white films of the 40s and earlier are a favorite. I love Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights". Buster Keaton is also a fave!

I've seen almost every Katharine Hepburn film ever. My favorites are the nine films she made with Spencer Tracy.

Favorite Radio and Podcasts

NPR. StoryCorps. This American Life. Lore.

True Crime Podcasts such as: My Favorite Murder. Case File True Crime. LPOTL. The Vanished.

This Is Actually Happening. Memory Palace. The X-Files Files (about my fave show). The Moth Radio Hour. The TED Radio Hour.

Favorite Crafts

Writing Snail Mail. Sorry, I don't do any crafting, except maybe a bit of cross-stitching once in awhile.


Travel has been a big part of my life! I grew up in Georgia. I now live on the Fresh Coast of Michigan. I have also lived in Kentucky, Texas, and Germany.
When I was ten, my folks and I drove from Georgia to Alaska and back. I have been up and down the entire East coast. I have been through most of the US. I have been to Germany, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, England, France, Italy, Czech, Austria, and Turkey.


Twizzle rated for SHARED JOURNAL EXPERIENCE #21 on Nov 17, 2018
AmandaThePenPal rated for SHARED JOURNAL SWAP #17 on Jul 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much!
aligurl75 rated for SHARED JOURNAL EXPERIENCE #16 on Jul 7, 2018
Comment: Got your journal today. Will add to it and pass it on next round. Thank you for sending the local newspaper, my husband enjoyed reading it lol
HannahsMommy07 rated for SHARED JOURNAL SWAP #15 on Jun 23, 2018
AmandaThePenPal rated for SHARED JOURNAL SWAP #14 on Apr 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I love this swap!
AmandaThePenPal rated for SHARED JOURNAL SWAP #13 on Apr 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much!
MawBella rated for SHARED JOURNAL EXPERIENCE SWAP #12 on Apr 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you ❣️
kraftykj rated for SHARED JOURNAL EXPERIENCE SWAP #10 on Mar 19, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the journal!
Comment: Thank you so much for the Shared Journal. I will add to it and pass it on next round :) I wish that some of those brochures were for me... hahahaha. I really enjoyed looking through them. I know that the owner of the journal will really enjoy your addition :)
tam2016 rated for SHARED JOURNAL EXPERIENCE SWAP #8 on Jan 21, 2018
Comment: Got it today. I'm giving a heart because it's been so confusing for us. Lol. I look forward to reading your entry!
Response: Thank you! I'm so glad it all got straightened out. I'm sure I gave you too much to read, LOL!
AmazingAlex rated for Letter swap #33 on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Hey Tess! Thank you for your sweet letter! I enjoyed getting know you through your letter! Your handwriting was incredibly easy to read! Especially compared to my cursive :p Thank you so much for the teas and postcard as well! I'll be writing back soon! I'd love to hear more about your hiking!
Fabriqueen rated for Join 8/17, Send PC 8/18~~US on Oct 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the PC of Lake Michigan! I'm sorry it's so late. I just found it in my hubby's truck. Hugs, Diane
Karen07 rated for SHARED JOURNAL EXPERIENCE #5 on Oct 2, 2017
Comment: Thanks Tess. I like your prompt!
draco rated for 14 Days of Music on Sep 23, 2017
Comment: thank you
MsBellaDonna rated for Join 8/23, Send PC 8/24~~US on Sep 9, 2017
Comment: Hi! Thanks for the fun postcard and for sharing your little part of the world with me :)
USAFwife rated for SHARED JOURNAL EXPERIENCE #4 on Aug 31, 2017
Comment: Ludington!! When I was growing up, we spent our summers in that part of the state. :) And my uncle lived in Cadillac, so we would visit there as well. Very pretty part of the state :)
kpfree rated for Bookish Quote 3 on Aug 25, 2017
Comment: Hi Tess! Received your pc with the bookish quote by Stephen King! Thank you! Have a great day! Loved seeing Lake Michigan on a pc!

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USAFwife on Sep 2, 2017:

So enjoyed reading your enteries for the shared journal experience! Yours is the perfect example of why i wanted to do this swap! Please let me know if youd like to be pen pals. I would be interested in getting to know you more. :) Cindi

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