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oldlibraryman

oldlibraryman
Date Joined: March 20, 2012
Last Online: January 27, 2016
Birthday: October 22, 1947
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a middle school librarian who has been teaching for 42 years. I was a classroom teacher for 25 years teaching at various times: reading, English, history, French, art, drama and speech. I have been a librarian for 17 years. I am married with three grown daughters and two grown sons. Sadly, I have only one grandson and no granddaughters. The sad part is not having a "flock" of grandchildren. Several of my former students have "adopted" me as a grandpa and keep me up to date on all their activities. My wife is also a teacher, second grade, but she wants to retire soon. We have lived in the same house for 38 years. .... I must amend the foregoing. My son and daughter-in-law have adopted a new baby and a 13 year old boy that they were fostering. So, now I have three grandsons: two 13 year olds, and one 2 year old. They are also fostering a new child, an 11 year old girl. Isn't life sweet.

Favorite Music

I love classical music, perhaps the best, but also the music of the 1900s through the 1960s and lots and lots of opera. I do listen to all styles of music except heavy metal, rap and hip hop. I have a huge collection of vinyl and CDs, mainly classical, 1920s, big band, and 50s-60s. I have 12 playlists on YouTube under the name "Chanteamoi." I like too many singers and groups to single any out as a favorite.

Favorite Books

As an early teen librarian, I read mostly young adult and juvenile literature. I must say that this area of modern fiction is some of the best literature being written. And 90% of it is clean-the rest I avoid. I also read history written for adults. I attend the American Library Association conference every other year or so(depends on where the conference is), but I only get a floor pass. That is a pass that allows me on the exhibit floor where I collect bags full of free advance readers copies of new books from publishers and vendors and get author signatures for many of them. I had a great time at the last conference (2012) in Anaheim, CA.

Favorite Movies

I love westerns, movies of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, musicals, film noire, classy comedies, and quite a few of the hollywood melodramas of the "Golden Age." Some recent films I really enjoyed are The Actor, Hugo, and Midnight in Paris, Moonrise Kingdom, Lincoln, Les Miz. Especially love the old Mickey Rooney films. I saw Unbroken and The Imitation Game in the last few weeks. I liked them both.

Favorite Television

CSI, NCIS, Who Do You Think You Are?, Once Upon a Time, The Middle, Modern Family, Downton Abby, Up Stairs, Down Stairs, and every 1950s comedy and western I can get my hands on. I am currently watching all the Rifleman episodes available on METV. Also watched some Trouble with Father episodes staring Stu Erwin on YouTube. Recently bought a CD with 30 episodes of the 50s TV western, My Friend Flicka.

Favorite Crafts

Mail art, ATCs, book arts, paper making and decorating. I have taken many classes in book binding and artists' books, and I teach book arts at public libraries, elementary schools, and, of course, my own school. I send out many decorated envelopes each month to family and friends with a newsletter, but I receive very little in return. I blog about my mail art and book making, as well as other interests including memoir writing at oldlibraryman.blogspot.com.

About Me

I have written and published three plays, have acted in numerous community theatre productions and some film work. I also write memoir pieces which I am told are quite good, and which I sometimes post on my blog.

Favorite Crafts

I really like hand crafted cards, postcards, and mail art. I enjoy trading ATCs, zines and origami books. I usually make small, numbered editions of my work, so I can trade with several collectors and have a copy for my own collection. If I send out every piece of the edition, I make an electronic copy for my records.

I don't flake

If you do not receive a swap from me, please email me and I will re-send. I always send. I have received several cards and envies that have been damaged , i.e. torn, marked and/or scratched, by the postal machinery. I sent an envie to myself after I had it hand cancelled, and the post office sent it through the machinery anyway. I also sent a card to South Carolina with postcrossing and it never arrived. As much as I like postal arting and postcarding, the post office is not as reliable or careful with our art as we would all like it to be. March/April 2014 had two letters, one postcard and one bill undelivered and unreturned (LOST) by the post office.

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I have just become active again in the Order of the Arrow (Boy Scout honor camping and service society). I was an active chapter advisor in the 1980s, but have been too busy with too many other projects and time intensive activities to be actively involved with the OA. It is nice to be back as an associate advisor with many old friends.

Ratings

tkichinka rated for ATC - Free Themed #4 (USA) on Apr 14, 2015
5
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Response: Thank you for the heart.
GrandmaLynn rated for ATC - Free Themed #4 (USA) on Apr 14, 2015
5
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Comment: Hi! I received your ATC safely. I do like the look of movement. It is great. Thank you so much.
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the heart.
swededreams rated for Book page ATC #11 on Apr 13, 2015
5
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Comment: I LOVE the paisley pig. I love animals so you cannot go wrong. Your envelope is fabulous also, love your I say it is art sticker!!! And I like swiss cheese. This is Wisconsin after all :)
Response: Thank you. I am still sending you a cow post card. Oldlibraryman
user4532 rated for ATC - Free Themed #4 (USA) on Apr 10, 2015
5
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Comment: Good day to the great valley of salt lake. I love the ATC, it's a little master piece, thank you so very much!
Response: Thank you.
RNRISLOVE rated for ATC - Free Themed #4 (USA) on Apr 9, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the interesting abstract card and extras to try.
Onaki rated for ATC - Free Themed #4 (USA) on Apr 7, 2015
5
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Comment: I really love the zentangle abstract feel to this card, thank you very much for sending me a great ATC and for participating in my swaps. :)
AZmom875 rated for ATC - Free Themed #4 (USA) on Apr 6, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much. See in future swaps.
MrsAlderman rated for ATC - Free Themed #4 (USA) on Apr 4, 2015
5
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Comment: thank you so much for the awesome optical illusion and extras to try!! I will have to try my hand at one of these~
Response: Thank you.
christy102194 rated for ATC - Free Themed #4 (USA) on Apr 3, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Thanks so much for the art!
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the heart.
jesslynne rated for ATC - Free Themed #4 (USA) on Apr 3, 2015
5
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Comment: Very cool ATC. Love the envie too! Thank you! ♥
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for the heart.
Karen2013 rated for ATC - Free Themed #4 (USA) on Apr 2, 2015
5
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Comment: Love the ATC you made and the envelope. It got here in good shape. Yes, sometimes things get banged about by the Post Office. Have a great Easter.
Response: Thank you for the heart.
BeverlyGray rated for March Paper Swap on Mar 24, 2015
5
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Comment: Thank you for the great assortment.
PaperPassion rated for Pattern ATC on Mar 15, 2015
5
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Comment: thanks for thinking outside the box.A true original in my collection.Great job.
5
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Comment: I love the background and the envelope. Thanks!
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Comment: GORGEOUS envie with an awesome stamp on the back! I love that your stamp is a picture of you. I adore your passion for mailart. You are so unique!
tmb1959 rated for February Paper Swap on Feb 20, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful and colorful paper.
Response: You are welcome. I hope you make something wonderful out of them. Maybe I will get one back in a trade someday.
CraftyRabbit rated for ** Valentine's Day ATC on Feb 18, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the ATC and the extras I loved them.
Response: You are welcome. I am glad you like them, and I hope you can use them.
Tjace007 rated for Valentine ATC Playing Card on Feb 2, 2015
5
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Comment: First of let me say. the envelope is awesome....these are my first ATC's love them. thank you so much.
Response: Thank you. I really enjoy making and sending envelops with my trades. Thank you for the heart.
5
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Comment: Great postcard! My daughter and I really liked it :) Thank you very much! :)
mejulia rated for Anything Goes Postcard Swap # 1 on Jul 31, 2014
5
rating
Comment: I love the card and the note, thank you so very much!
Response: You are welcome. I love that PC too. Glad you like the note.

Rating Overview

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Comments

flyingfox on Mar 21, 2014:

Thank you very much for resending the St. Paddy's Day ATC! It was unnecessary, as it was not your fault at all and I would not have rated you down, but I am just so happy and excited to receive it! Wow, I absolutely LOVE the vintage- design, absolutely beautiful!!! It definitely made my whole week! Your mail art envelope is absolutely impressive as well. (Incidentally, I converted what is left of your first envelope into an ATC as well!)

I am so sorry to hear re. postal woes.... This has been a tough winter for me as well. It is just so sad when the mail disappears for sure. Fortunately most of my resends so far are postcards, but there was one long letter that went AWOL as well... ATC disappearing is a lot sadder though... I guess all the snow and cancelled flights just did not help. Hopefully things will improve, now that the spring is here.

Anyhow- just wanted to thank you!!! Happy swapping! (^^)

cmdunderground on Dec 27, 2013:

Thank you for the Christmas postcard!!

Fritosmom on Dec 26, 2013:

Thank you for the Stocking Postcard and Merry CHRISTmas to you:-)

Mel5 on Jul 7, 2013:

Just wanted to say thank you so much for all the wonderful postcards you have sent my residents! They are loving them, I will get them to write back to you one of these Post Card Clubs! They just have so much fun looking at the cards they frequently don't get around to writing them. Thank you so much for your generosity!

ARTG33K74 on Jan 5, 2013:

Thank you for joining my swap! ♥

shorterthanu44 on May 10, 2012:

Thanks for joining Speedy Trade ATC (2)! Happy Swapping!

rattissia on Apr 28, 2012:

Welcome to Swap-bot my fellow Utahan! :)

Justene on Mar 21, 2012:

Hi Michael! Welcome to Swap-Bot! So glad you're here! You are sooo going to LOVE it here! There are so many fun swaps, and this is such an amazing community of fun, talented, and creative people!

Welcome also to the 'I ♥heart♥ Mail Art - April' swap --- thank you for joining my swap! If you have any questions, please feel free to holler! Hope to 'meet you in the mail' often! :)

Happy Swapping! :)

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