Swap-bot Time: September 21, 2021 3:46 am


Date Joined: October 24, 2018
Last Online: May 20, 2021
Birthday: September 20
Country: United States
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About Me

I love zines, rest, signing, writing letters, veg food, activism, permaculture, and enjoying life.

I believe in radical mental health, justice, building community. loneliness is too common. I used to be very lonely. I want to help people connect and be nurtured.

I live a busy life but schedule in a lot of relaxing too. I do self-care all day.

I'm in my early 40s and blog, study Spanish, write emails and letters, and gratitude journal just about every day.

I help run an interfaith peace organization, help run a radical mental health collective, and live in community at a Catholic Worker though I'm not Catholic.

I enjoy singing, especially in Sanskrit.

I believe... we all deserve to live in a world without war. we all deserve healthcare, food, shelter, clean air, and clean water. My worth has nothing to do with how much I weigh. Art and nature heal me, diversity is beautiful, no one should slip thru the cracks. Life is more important than money. The well-being of everyone is more important than money.

I like to honor Mother Earth.

I went to grad school for poetry, taught for six years, scored standardized tests, worked at a botanic garden, worked at a university cafeteria, worked at a software store, tutored on a reservation.

I live with the love of my life who is extraordinarily good to me--patient and generous.

I'm a desert-dweller now, but I come from California. I admire people who live off the grid, people who find their own way.

I'm an outlier introvert, yet love people. I have no kids or pets. I enjoy traveling within the US.

I want to learn and change.

I'm active on sendsomething.net and love that site for all the good people it's brought into my life.

please msg me if you would like to be penpals or trade zines!

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”--Kurt Vonnegut

"We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and love comes with community."--Dorothy Day

Favorite Crafts

I make zines and like trading and reading them. I like to bind my zines with thread.

my main zine is a mental health zine. I make a lot of poetry zines too, vegan cookzines, zines about gender and sexuality, zines about resisting capitalism for fun...

I make a collage, drawing, or ATC every so often. I make art for my own zines, sometimes. I make jewelry sometimes.

I like to cook, blog, and garden, which feel crafty to me, though maybe I'm mistaken.

Favorite Music

I'm a big fan of Sufjan Stevens. his music speaks to me like none other. I went through a phase where I listened to his 2015 album about his mom's death Carrie & Lowell every day. he can do a lot of different things, but always with world-class lyrics and beautiful images and storytelling. he's a poet, but more than that too! the sounds are amazing.

"why crawl around in the snow when you know I am right here, waiting for you to expect something more?"-- from "The Child With the Star on His Head" by Sufjan Stevens

other long-time loves are the Smiths, Innocence Mission, They Might Be Giants, the Mountain Goats.

I went through a phase where I listened to Aimee Mann every day. she was just what I needed.

as for Hindu devotional music, I love Wah and enjoy others too. I've been to Wah concerts in the Bay Area. but I go to concerts rarely.

I have some musician friends--Eileen & the In-Betweens, Robert Majors, Vera for Love, The Mildews, Johnnie Bobb. they are dear to me.

also like Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Half-Handed Cloud, David Bowie. used to love the Sundays, Cat Stevens, Ghost Mice, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.

I used to play bassoon. that was a long time ago.

more recently I picked up ukulele and liked it but put it back down. if you saw how long my nails are right now, you'd know it's been a long time. guitar too.

I like playing recorder and tin whistle but have a pinched nerve in my neck that makes the little finger on my right hand not very useful. that's unfortunate!

I like singing mother songs in Sanskrit. singing is very good for my well-being and a good way to pray.

Favorite Books

Grapefruit by Yoko Ono, Being-in-Dreaming by Florinda Donner, the Earthsea books by Ursula K LeGuin, Frog & Toad books by Arnold Lobel, poems by Michael Hannon, Lion and the Puppy by Leo Tolstoy, vegan cookbooks, Doris anthologies by Cindy Ovenrack Crabb, the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami, Franny & Zooey by JD Salinger, Coleman Barks' versions of Rumi poems especially Like This, Wallace Stevens.

Favorite Movies

Don't Need You, Pather Panchali, A Sidewalk Astronomer, How to Cook Your Life, Ghost Bird, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Holy Week

Favorite Television

the only tv show I ever really loved was the X-Files.

Postcard Preferences

well, I will take any postcard at all. stamped and sent written on to be banged up in the mail, or pristine in an envelope between two pieces of cardstock--either way or something in between, doesn't much matter to me.

but I do like what you write about your day or thoughts or needs or a recipe or quote. odd or pretty stamps are good. I like weird stuff, maybe something that some would consider ugly such as a strange awkward depiction of a fish. I prefer ugly to boring, maybe. but boring is ok too.

I don't like horror or gore, but I like skeletons, dancing skeletons, goddesses and gods, insects, sealife, succulents and cactus, food but not meat, mental health and radical mental health stuff, queer anything, depictions of gardening.

I love outer space--stars, planets, comets. cemeteries, headstones, moss. I adore the Virgin of Guadalupe. aliens are nice. trees, caves, stalactites and stalagmites. any and all of that. and I like all the colors.


Comment: Thanks for the resend! At one time, I thought about getting a degree to be a librarian. But I have less than 10 years before retirement and don't want to go back to school.
Comment: Thank you so much for the Beatty PC! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
walla2kitty rated for Letter with a Prompt on Jan 19, 2021
Comment: May your year be filled with art and travel.
Comment: Got my letter today, ty so much for the zine xx, letter shall be back in the post for you soon
Ashzaller rated for Postcard Journal Prompt on Dec 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the awesome card and prompts
Response: you're so welcome! glad they were appreciated. :)
Comment: I enjoyed reading your letter, and especially enjoyed receiving the zine. WHat a nice idea!
Response: hey, so glad you enjoyed them! yay!!! :)
Comment: Thank you for the ATC I loved the style of it.
Response: yay!!! I'm so glad. thank you for letting me know. :)
dustyrumor rated for Postcard Penpals USA on Oct 8, 2020
Comment: Hi Laura-Marie! Thank you for the beautiful postcard and note. I'll be writing you back soon!
Response: yay! I look forward to hearing from you. :)
Wingsofgossamer rated for Doodle Postcard on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the awesome outpouring of expression😍
Response: hey, glad you liked it!!!
walla2kitty rated for Letter of Encouragement on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
Response: sure, my pleasure!
amccracken109 rated for One Week - One Letter #3 on Sep 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your lovely letter and your Alphabet Zine -- it was great! Your letter wasn't sad at all, and I hope things are going well for you! Happy swap-botting!
Response: aw, thank you for letting me know! so glad it wasn't sad to read. :)
Nehalennia rated for 🍄MUSHROOMS🍄 #01 on Aug 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your swap
Response: sure, you're welcome! it was fun!
Comment: Thanks for the cool postcard. I love all the things you picked.
Response: cool--thank you for your appreciation.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card. I don't know of any of the music you mentioned. I'll have to check them out. I also live the poem booklet.
Response: hey, thanks for letting me know you liked the mail. I hope if you hear the music, you like something. :)
MorgueStudies201 rated for Black Lives Matter ATC on Jul 12, 2020
Comment: This is SO cool! I love it! I cant wait to read more of your work and write you a letter if you would like to be penpals
Response: sounds great! yes, I hope you'll write to me. thank you for wanting to. hugs.
Comment: Beautiful card and note....thanks bunches!
Response: yes, so glad you liked it! :)
carrotkate rated for Yoga on Jun 16, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the card. I teach chair yoga, and was glad to hear you mention it. Also, I love Joshua Tree!!
Response: cool! thank you for teaching chair yoga--it's done me a world of good. :)
Comment: Wow lovely place I will reply about my town too xx
Response: cool! glad you liked it. :)
mulkey rated for 3 Things in an Envelope #1 on May 16, 2020
Comment: Oh my gosh, I LOVED this! The little zine of poetry was fantastic. Just my jam. Thank you! What a special piece of mail.
Response: so glad you enjoyed the mail! yay!!! :) thanks for letting me know.
klover rated for Boring or dull postcard #6 on Apr 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the PC. I can use this postcard in my mixed media collage work. I hope you haven't seen any more big ants! Up at pur cabin, when we were little, we used to call the really big ones army ants. Stay healthy and happy swapping!
Response: hey, great! you're very welcome. things are good here. I guess that was an anomalous ant. :)

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ericabella on Oct 31, 2018:

Good to see you here! I got your letter last week. I'll write back soon!

letheine on Oct 29, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Hello #2

Hey there! Welcome to Swapbot!

Best wishes, Louise

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Katiebrb on Oct 29, 2018:

hello Laura Marie and welcome to swapbot. From Katie for Profile Hello #2

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