Swap-bot Time: October 23, 2019 1:30 pm


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: October 23, 2019

Country: United States
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About Me

Yay Vegan! Being vegan is the best and most important thing about me! I love being vegan!

I'm a reader: science fiction, animal fiction, mainstream, and random non-fiction: mostly science and nature, and some autobiographies.

I keep a paper journal. And a blog, occasionally.

I'm a photographer and I print my photos up as postcards.

I enjoy art in many forms. Mail Art is awesome... And I especially love handmade cards and postcards!

Favorite Crafts

∞ Photography My focus is urban wildlife. I go for walks every weekend and take pictures of nature; I love trees, birds, flowers and any kinds of animals that I find, including bugs and pets. Photography is definitely my passion, and I love sharing my photos with the world as postcards...

∞ Postcards I've been involved in a (5 card) monthly postcard exchange since July 2008... and now I send out 100 to 150 postcards every month! I use desktop publishing software to turn my photos into postcards, which I print at home on a (very temperamental) high-end printer.

∞ Gardening I'm a terrible gardener, but I still end up with more cherry tomatoes than I can eat! I'm mostly there for the photo opportunities. ;)

∞ Rarely: Drawing, Crochet, Book Making, Making Bookmarks

∞ Learning June 2019 I finally have the time to take some classes, and I'm starting with the EDX "HTML5 and CSS" class and hope to complete the "Front-End Web Developer" set!

Fav TV and Movies

I don't watch much tv, but there are a few shows I like... Doctor Who (I love the new, but it all started with the old!), and I'll watch Firefly over and over!

Movies: Legend (the one with Unicorns!), LadyHawke, The NeverEnding Story, Ever After, The Secret Life of Pets, Serenity


∞ 2019 🐞 I keep coming across Lady Bugs! They are a symbol of good luck, and I need it. :)

∞ Postcards I'd love to receive nature, animals or art postcards. But I'm not picky! I just like to get mail: send me anything, and then write something interesting in the text block! :) Also love handmade postcards!

∞ Other than Nature and Animals, I am also interested in * Ocean themes * Skies, Clouds and Rainbows * Astronomy, Star Gazing and Outer Space themes

∞ Animals I truly love all animals, even bugs, but here are a few of my most favorite! Bumble Bees & Beetles, Chickens & Turkeys, Crows, Dolphins, Elephants, Equines, Foxes, Frogs, Guinea Pigs, Humpback Whales, Mice & Rats, Octopuses, Sea Horses, Squirrels!

Favorite Books

Oh my gosh, I love to read! I also love to buy books! I tend to buy more than I have time to read. There is also a big place in my heart for ebooks, I love my Kindle!

I enjoy reading science fiction, but lately I'm reading a lot of non-fiction. I love to read about nature and animals. And also an autobiography here and there.

Favorites in Random Order:

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Series
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
  • Ancillary Justice and the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie
  • Anything by James Tiptree, Jr
  • I think To Kill A Mockingbird is the perfect novel
  • I seek out winners of the Burroughs Medal (nature writing), the Tiptree Award (gender identity), and occasionally Hugo and Nebula winners.

Someday, I'd Like to TRY...

crochet amigurumi

stamp carving

drawing and colouring my own postcards

I β™₯ Swap-Bot

Yay, Mailbox Joy! I love to create and send mail! I enjoy sharing my nature photography as postcards and notecards. I like to read profiles and figure out what I have that will make my mailing partner happy. I enjoy challenging myself occasionally with different kinds of swaps.

∞ 500 Swaps!

I completed my 500th swap on 28 april 2019, when I sent my TGIF notecard 143! I've got 695 "fives" and 588 "hearts" and I've hosted 112 swaps. Whee! And I can't wait for the next 500!!

∞ Hosting

All of the swaps I create are International and Newbie Friendly. Both of these things are important to me, and I'm especially passionate about International swaps.


CaseyErin rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #167 on Oct 21, 2019
Comment: What a lovely surprise those deer were! I loved hearing all about your hike, garden and good book. Thank you for sharing your weekend with me, Rift. Hope we meet again on this swap soon.
MarHelene rated for private TGIF nc #167 on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: Cool encounter with the deer! Such a present!
krspellman rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #165 on Oct 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you, I enjoyed reading about your weekend! ❀️
Canariangal78 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #164 on Oct 15, 2019
Comment: It was only when I turned the card over to read the back cover that I noticed you made the card! it is a gorgeous picture and it is now on display in my living room :-) I also love the bird pics, the song sparrow is so pretty (that colour combo!). Thanks for a lovely swap Rift.
GirlMomToTwo rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #166 on Oct 11, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great card! Good luck with your garden.. I'm sure the hardwork will pay off... I, on the other hand, couldn't keep a fake houseplant alive :) Thanks for the beautiful bird pictures
mickiecheryl rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #163 on Sep 27, 2019
Comment: Hi Rift, It was great to read your weekend news again. I love the photo of the squirrel looking down at you All your photos are wonderful, thanks for sharing. Hope you have a fab weekend this one too Mickie
papercraftkath rated for Interest me no. 72 on Sep 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous swap! I love that you included two books to read up on and the beautiful copies.
EmmaLouLoves rated for Doodle-A-Day | August on Sep 12, 2019
Comment: Love the doodle sheet for August, my fave's are the Deer, the Metallic Tree on a black background, the crochet and the Western Solomon's Seal. Thank you. :o) (Lovely notecard too).
AlexandriaV rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #161 on Sep 11, 2019
Comment: Hi again! Thank you for that awesome lovely card. Sometimes a lower-key weekend is perfect!! The fact that you matched the card to the beautiful pictures you send was next-level boss! Also if I've ever seen a green heron, then I didn't realize it. mom lives in a tiny home on the creek and she sees a few herons all the time. I'll have to keep an eye out. We often attend the UU congregation near us, and she was actually asked to read the part of Heron in the "story for all ages" for this week's service. Just a great coincidence. I'm excited to show her your pictures when I see her!
iheartushi rated for Quick send postcard swap #3 on Sep 2, 2019
Comment: I so looooove the roses! Thank you very much. I would very much like to have a rose garden.
knitterofhats rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #160 on Sep 1, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great not and always lovely pics! Glad you had a lazy day!
Comment: Hello. Your card arrived today. I have never seen postcards with capybaras, too. Hope I can see one someday. :) Thank you very much for your cute card with beautiful stamps!
Comment: Love the photos of the cute chipmunks and the pigmy owl photo is awesome. To answer your question about visiting small towns of Massachusetts, if it was incorporated I visited it. :D There are villages within towns but they are not counted as municipalities. So I visited all the towns but not all the villages.
fairylover rated for Real Photos - Scenery Edition! on Aug 24, 2019
Comment: Your photos are amazing!!! And you say you're not good at scenery photos?! They're just perfect and it's wonderful to see some parts of USA, it's so beautiful, I think I'll often look at those photos. Thanks a lot, and be more self confident about scenery photos, you did a really great job!
mickiecheryl rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #158 on Aug 23, 2019
Comment: Hi Rift, Thank you so much for the wonderful notecard and photos - I love flowers and turtles. The colours are amazing. You're a great photographer. Have a great weekend. Happy Swapping Mickie
CaseyErin rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #159 on Aug 22, 2019
Comment: I’d give you 5 hearts if I could, Riftβ€”What a wonderfully descriptive and thoughtful swap. I appreciate your effort on this and I thank you so much. What a lucky duck you are to have such a beautiful area so near. Thanks for sending a bit of it my way.
gizmodust rated for Real Photos - Scenery Edition! on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful photos. They all look so lush and green. Oregon must be lovely. Iowa leaves a little to be desired unless you like miles and miles of corn and soy bean fields. But I do manage to find more interesting things. Thanks again.
Lablauri57 rated for Real Photos - Scenery Edition! on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: As usual, you take great pictures. My favorite one is is the park bench. I like the trees and they way you captured the bench surrounded by them. The others were good to. Keep at it.
9O96O rated for SPCP: Photo Postcard Sender's Choice on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: Nice photo riftvegan. Beautiful shot of the chipmunk in its native Oregon setting. I love the soft natural lighting. We have lots of chippies here (including a few under my deck). It's so interesting to see one on a west coast mossy setting.
nannydino rated for First and Last Lines no. 14 on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: Hi Rift thank you for the chipmunk PC and the Frog postage stamp...I really love it! Happy August swapping and reading. Cheers to a good book! peace love light

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earthnk on Jun 24, 2019:

Thank you Rift for your beautiful card. It made me smile.

sebastian122 on Jun 10, 2019:

I'm glad you joined my swap. I'm even gladder you sent me a postcard! Too sweet for your own good, I tell ya! =D

sojourner on May 12, 2019:

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sojourner on May 12, 2019:

Thank you. It was so thoughtful of you to send your Ares postcard. Love It!

AddictWithAPen on Apr 18, 2019:

I just received the postcard for the swap you angeled, Dawn and Piper are way too cute. Thank you very much !

HappyMom on Jan 27, 2019:


I am so sorry to hear about your car accident Rift... Sending love and prayers for a speedy recovery.

HappyMom on Jan 19, 2019:

Hello Rift! Just dropping by to say HI ... Looking forward to TGIF swaps coming back! Hope you had a great holiday and that 2019 is off to a great start!


Traceyk on Nov 1, 2018:

What a coincidence! I joined the postcard exchange this month on GR and realized you're the same person that I've swapped with before on SB! Wonderful! :)

USAFwife on Aug 4, 2018:

Thank you so much for your surprise post card. :) The butterfly is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your photography with me. :) ~Cindi

Stargazer008 on Jul 18, 2018:

How cool is that!!!! I won in the postcard roulette! Thank you so much for the wonderful surprise in my letter box! I really enjoyed your little story! And now have a lovely evening.

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