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MamaMangrove

MamaMangrove
Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: June 18, 2024
Birthday: January 1
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATE JUNE 25. 2023 My new address in Gainesville is now valid and listed

UPDATE: DEC 11, 2022

I am now living with friends in Tallahassee, Florida who have graciously offerred me the space and time I need to figure out what I want to do next. It's a peaceful place surrounded by forest with lots of nearby trails for hiking. I see deer and other woodland animals every day..

UPDATE: OCT 1, 2022

I lost my home in Fort Myers to Hurricane Ian. Fortunately I had evacuated to a friend’s house on higher ground so I am fine, just rather overwhelmed by being a refugee and having to start all over.


I'm a former wandering gypsy, now living in Florida where the primeval beauty of the Big Cypress swamp and the longest coastline of any state except Alaska satisfy certain of my inner needs. It's also a great jumping off point for the Bahamas, the Caribbean & Latin America. I lived in India for several years working with a snake catcher; traveled with Ringling Brothers Circus (living on the train); lived on a sailboat in the Bahamas & Caribbean for 5 years. My numerous occupations have included newspaper staff writer, assembly-line worker in a cockroach trap factory, librarian, charter-boat cook, dog walker in NYC, proprietor of a shop selling beach paraphernalia in the Virgin Islands and, most consistently, free-lance travel writer. Travel, adventure & being easily distracted are all prime motivators in my life!

Writing & photography were always my creative outlets, but lately I'm exploring mixed media collage. I originally joined Swap-Bot for non-touristy postcard exchanges as I'm always on the lookout for quirky or whimsical imagery. But I'm a long-time fan of (and participant in) mail art, so I've become more involved in collage & handmade postcard & mail art swaps. I appreciate things created with wit, originality, a sense of humor - or just because they're beautiful or intriguing. I like clever, off-beat, esoteric stuff. Girlie cutesy doesn't cut it for me. (Maybe I'm still rebelling against a mother who tried too hard to make me pink and frilly.) But I do enjoy whimsy. I love getting postcards & envelopes decorated with art work, collage, etc. And lots & lots of cool stamps!

Though I caved to peer pressure & created a Flickr account, I'm REALLY bad about keeping it updated with images of mail art I've sent! Social media in general eludes me. There are never enough hours in the day for all the other things I find far more interesting to do.

Favorite Music

My musical taste is pretty eclectic, but I particularly like acoustic guitar, Reggae, Latin jazz, World Music in general. A few of my favorite musicians are Mose Allison, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell & Paco de Lucia.

Favorite Books

My passport is my favorite book. I read a lot of nonfiction. When I get interested in a subject I read about it voraciously. I enjoy poetry & have been trying my hand at haiku and tanka. Theodore Roethke, ee cummings, & Shel Silverstein are often on my bedstand. Nick Bantock always inspires. Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, Ursula Le Guin & Kipling are among my long time favorites.

Favorite Movies

My top 5 favorite films are La Strada, L'Atalante, The Gods Must be Crazy, Walkabout, The Triplets of Belleville. My choices seem to reflect my penchant for living on boats; circuses; exotic locales & eccentric characters. I watch a lot of foreign & indie films because I find them to be generally more subtle and thoughtful than mainstream Hollywood.

Favorite Crafts

Mixed media collage, (mainly postcards) & occasional zines. Because I've always been a writer and photographer I often incorporate words and photos into my crafts.

Postcard Preferences

My preference is for Non-Touristy postcards.I much PREFER RECEIVING POSTCARDS SENT BLANK, IN AN ENVIE, even if the swap calls for them to be sent naked. I understand if you can't do that, but that's my preference & I'll never rate you down for sending that way.

POSTCARDS I'D ESPECIALLY LIKE TO RECEIVE

  • Ken Brown's cards

  • Cards featuring HANDS or EYES

  • Black & white photography (anything from Fotofolio & Nouvelles Images for example.) I especially like the photographs of Robert Doisneau.

  • Inge Look's old ladies

  • Magazine Covers, especially New Yorker

  • Brest Brest Brest cards from The Curious Feast PC Box

  • The graphic art of Corita Kent

  • Famous People

  • Mythology, mythological beings

  • Astrological symbols & animals, etc.

  • Blimps, dirigibles, Zeppelins

  • Bromeliads -my favorite plants!

  • Orchids

  • Palm Trees

  • The Little Prince

  • Kliban's comic art

  • Mexican Loteria cards

  • Dia de los Muertos

  • Lantern Press cards

  • Birds

  • Closups of nature, like the patterns on a beetle, the eye of a fish, etc.

  • The Everglades

  • Art cards, particularly collage art, graffiti art, street art, "outsider" art, & found object creations.

  • Paintings by the Florida Highwaymen.

  • Some favorite artists: Magritte, Robert Rauschenberg, Charlie Harper, Joan Miro, Keith Haring, Dali, Georgia O'Keefe, Joseph Cornell, Mayumi Oda, Frida Kahlo, Saul Steinberg.

  • Winslow Homer's paintings of Florida and the Bahamas.

  • Seminole or Miccosoukee people

  • Snake Charmers

  • Magic, magicians,

  • Weird Science

  • Cyanotypes (blueprints or sun prints)

  • Edward Gorey's illustrations

  • Great graphic Design

  • Humor, particularly off-beat, droll, or dry, like the postcards of Glen Baxter.

  • Signs, especially odd or humorous ones

  • Rock & Roll & 1960's musicians

  • Che Guevera

  • Cuba

  • Snoopy (from the Peanuts cartoons)

  • Kaj Stenvall cards

  • Charlie Chaplin

  • Popeye the Sailor Man

  • Troubled Birds (a series of postcards that crack me up!) or anything from the Mincing Mockingbird folks.

  • Lenticular (3-D) cards (but not those "Magic Eye" cards. I have monocular vision & can never see the hidden images.)

  • Postcards that squeak!

  • Postcards with googly eyes!

  • Squeaky postcards WITH googly eyes! (I have only one - a circa 1950s alligator - and he'd so love to be the start of a collection :)

  • Surprise me!

  • My Postcrossing favorites (link above) may give you an idea of the kinds of cards I like.

  • Good quality unused Florida postcards are welcomed since Hurricane Ian washed all mine away. I prefer ones that are not city-specific.

Extras/ Other Likes

  • I can always use uncancelled US stamps. Any denomination

  • Faux postage (artistamps)

Please NO

PLEASE DON'T SEND

  • NO tourist cards please, unless the swap specifically calls for them. Even then I'd prefer something non-touristy.

  • NO more 3x5 vintage cards, please. I have way too many of them!

  • NO Christian themes or Bible verses.

  • NO super cute, overly sweet or girlie

  • PLEASE DO NOT SEND Those cheap sepia 32-pcs faux Vintage-Travel-Sights-Landscape-famous people-Retro Postcards from AliExpress (smaller cards without description on the back. The back is a sepia tone with just boxes on the top left.) I hate them! {Thanks to Highlander 18 for her description}

Ratings

SilverD rated for PH: Things That Go Together #5 on Jun 16, 2024
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Comment: Cool pairings, thank you! The mailbox will be going into my post office collection, thank you for that as well!
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Comment: WOW!!! What an awesome way that you spelled June AND sent postcards from my profile!!! I love them so much. Thank you so much for sharing these with me!!!
minniepic rated for PH: Alphabet Collection - G and H on Jun 13, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so very much for all the lovely postcards ❤️❤️❤️ thank you for doubling my pleasure with postcards ❤️❤️❤️ I hear you about the post office, it has not been the same since COVID.
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcards.
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Comment: This is a wonderful collage art and matching stamp with poem. I am so happy to add this my my collection. Thank you for all the time and effort in this swap. ♥
Eulegirl rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #248 on Jun 8, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the cool cards and the pretty notecard!
wolfeagle rated for HMPC: Put a Camera on it PC on Jun 5, 2024
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Comment: HAHA Love it. Thank you.
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Comment: thanks Linda!
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Comment: Many thanks! Marc
Karen07 rated for Strange/Weird Postcard on May 31, 2024
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Comment: Thanks! I love this very weird card!
RockyBeach rated for MAIL ART - Collage on May 30, 2024
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Comment: Such a fun enveloe. Thank you! The legs of the chamaeleon, haha, hilarious! As well as that postcard - that's a real life Spaghetti Western! :) And welcome in the new tech world! As a creature of habit I hate the fast changes with all the tech stuff. When you've mastered it, something new is right round the corner.
dvmac rated for PH: Alphabet Collection - E and F on May 29, 2024
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Comment: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Will write soon ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Vickyen rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #262 on May 25, 2024
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Comment: Hi Linda! I love the selection of pcs you sent me and thank you so much for the extra Grand Canyon vintage pc! That was so sweet of you! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
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Comment: Thank you for the fun decorated envelope covered with recycled mail. Looks like you've received some fun stuff! I can understand your ails, and would understand if you requested more time in the future in hopes of a better day. I love the stamped images on sticker/label paper! I just used the spaceman image on a collaged PC and now I know it was from you - and I'm so glad to have more!!!
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Comment: Thank you for the postcards. Yes, I just got your swap yesterday. I think my post office doesn't like me. I got a BUNCH of swaps sent in February yesterday.
Response: It isn't just you. The USPS has gone to hell in a handbasket. Rates go up & up, service gets worse and worse. Forgive the rant, but I'm so tired of mail taking forever and ever to reach a destination - if it ever gets there at all. Thanks for your rating and heart & sorry you had to wait so long!
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Comment: Aack, I'm so confused on my ratings. I should have rated as soon as I got the swaps, I'm sorry! If I get this in the future I'll redo this but I know you always send wonderful swaps!!! You're awesome. I'm so sorry to hear about the hurricane. I thought you had just moved...
SilverD rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #259 on May 19, 2024
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Comment: Hello! Thank you for the wonderful postcards. Love the mama and baby elephant~ Happy Mother's Day. Alice pcs are always welcome. Best, Diana
NRGordon rated for PH: Words With 4 Letters #3 on May 19, 2024
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Comment: /thank you for the lovely PCs and your note. I have never lived on a boat - not for more than about a week anyway - but I do love to sail. I have always wanted to but it ain't going to happen, as long as I'm married, and I'm not trading the love of y life for a dream.
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Comment: Hello, my friend! Many thanks for the lovely postcards. You mustn't give up swapping . . . I would be bereft. Just take a day at a time and find something joyful in each day. I miss your letters and hope we get to swap together again very soon!
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Comment: Great choices, thank you!

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Comments

simcoe54 on Jan 1, 2024:

Happy Birthday & Happy New Year!!!

wolfeagle on Dec 25, 2023:

MC

simcoe54 on Jan 1, 2023:

Happy Birthday and Happy New Year! Hope you have a great day!

simcoe54 on Dec 25, 2022:

Merry Christmas! And best wishes for 2023!

susieq11 on Dec 9, 2022:

Hi Linda! Just saying HI and hope you are doing well! xoxo

shirleyinCA on Oct 10, 2022:

Heartbroken to hear of the loss of your home but very glad you are safe. Take care dear Linda!

user6937 on Sep 29, 2022:

Linda, I've pm'd you but you probably don't have any internet during this trouble in Florida. Hope you're okay, my friend - please let me know when you can.

LadyJo on Sep 29, 2022:

I have been thinking about you, since this hurricane has hit your area! The photos I am seeing it is very bad! I do hope you are safe! It sure must have been, still is a very difficult situation with so much damage and lives lost! Thinking of You!

user6937 on Jul 20, 2022:

You're an awesome swapper - everyone who knows you will ignore that rotten rating!

susieq11 on Jun 30, 2022:

Hope you are doing well! Just wanted to say Hello!

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