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MamaMangrove

MamaMangrove
Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: August 17, 2022
Birthday: January 1
Country: United States
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About Me

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

For store-bought postcard swaps 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.

  • Jerry Uelsmann's photomontages

  • Inge Look's old ladies

  • Brest Brest Brest cards from The Curious Feast PC Box

  • The graphic art of Corita Kent

  • Mythology, mythological beings

  • Astrological symbols, animals, etc.

  • Blimps, dirigibles, Zeppelins

  • Bromeliads

  • Orchids

  • The Little Prince

  • Kliban's comic art

  • Mexican Loteria cards

  • Dia de los Muertos

  • Lantern Press cards

  • Unusual birds, tropical birds, Painted Buntings

  • The Everglades

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

  • Art cards, particularly collage artists, 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

  • Matchbox cover art

  • Great graphic Design

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

    • Signs, especially odd or humorous ones
  • Naughty Little People

  • 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.

  • Vintage India or Afghanistan

  • 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.

Extras/ Other Likes

  • I can always use uncancelled US stamps. Any denomination

  • Faux postage (artistamps)

Please NO

PLEASE NO:

  • 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

Ratings

saturnsrings rated for HMPC: Botanical love - July on Aug 17, 2022
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Comment: I got your resend! I love the collage with postage and Spanish text, it's such a pretty one! I hope the original comes too that one is also gorgeous. Thanks for the resend and your communication. Happy swapping!
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Altered Postcard #2 on Aug 16, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the laugh.
Response: A laugh was my goal! Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
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Comment: Well hello Linda ! It has been a long while, since I seen that you were gone. Happy news you are now back. Yay! Thanks so much for joining my swap and for all awesome PC's for the swap and the 2 extra. I had fun going through the PC's. Love each & every one! I hope things will continue to stay good for you & hope to see more of you in swaps. Have a blessed day!
Response: My pleasure, Debbie. I liked the variety of categories in your swap & it was fun finding cards I thought you'd like. Thanks for the rating & ๐Ÿ’—
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Comment: Hi Linda!! I ADORE the parrot postcard you created for me! Thank you so much! I've always thought it would be fun to own a Macaw. They are so smart... although, it would be a lot of work... and they are very loud. Probably my chiropractor would be able to hear it downtown - 5 miles from here! Extra โค๏ธs for going the extra mile. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›โค๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ
Response: I'm delighted that you liked the card so much. Thanks for the rating & ๐Ÿ’—s. I once had neighbors with an African Grey who had a repertoire of voices, songs & sound effects that was amazing. The funniest thing I ever heard him say was "I can talk, can you fly?"
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Comment: Fun postcard selections! Thank you, Linda.
Response: Thanks for the rating & ๐Ÿ’—, Laurie. When I backed off from swapping I purged my postcard collection, so I have less of a stash to cull from. But happily now that I'm back my collection is growing again.
Shellyr rated for HMPC: Botanical love - August on Aug 14, 2022
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Comment: Just beautiful. Love it. Thanks.
Response: Glad you liked the card I created . Thanks for the rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
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Comment: Very, very green. Thanks! I really like the quote - it speaks to me.
Response: Yep, green is about all you can say about that card. I was almost embarrassed to send it! Thanks for the rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
kishna rated for PH: Up & Down Postcards #4 on Aug 5, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for selecting such beautiful cards for me! <3
Response: You're welcome. I'm happy that you liked the cards I sent. Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
minniepic rated for PH: 'HOT' Postcards on Aug 3, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcards โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ and welcome back๐Ÿ˜Š
Response: My pleasure! Thanks for your welcoming words. Glad you liked the postcards. Thanks for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—
susieq11 rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #40 on Aug 3, 2022
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Comment: These are fabulous!! Thank you so much! The Twin Towers one is amazing for my collection, wow! Love the cat, pears, boats and Prague and flying squirrel - all are perfect! I was just down your way last week -- it was surprisingly "cool" for SW FL in July! We had so much fun. Thanks a lot for joining my swap!! xoxo (PS - great palm tree mail art!!)
Response: Aw, I'm so pleased you're happy with the postcards I chose for you. Thanks for your comments, rating & ๐Ÿ’—. I don't care for S. Fla summers any more, but hard to complain about temps in the 90s when so many are enduring triple diigits. Glad you had fun!
taledo rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #190 on Jul 31, 2022
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Comment: thank you for the variety of postcards you sent. the black cat one came at the perfect time as it fits the theme for another swap.
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
heidiblooms rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #189 on Jul 28, 2022
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Comment: LOVE these! Especially the strawberries, octopus, and violin!
Response: So glad you liked them. I was worried they might not reach you due to your move. Happy New home & Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
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Comment: Hi Linda! I was so excited to see your return address in my mailbox--a missive from a friend. Thank you for the SWEET LP cards. I hadn't seen any of them before--LOVE the one with the turtles. It was so nice to read your lovely note. Ecuador is on hold for awhile. We refinanced our house to have some remodeling done and must stay here another year. Then . . . we'll see! Hope your health cooperates with all your adventurous plans, my friend. xo
Response: You're very welcome, my friend. Appreciate your comments & thanks for the rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
lynnpinkdaisy rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #234 on Jul 26, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful variety of postcards. I love them all! The bobcat one is my favorite!
Response: You're welcome. It's always a treat to encounter a bobcat when I'm out in the wild. Thanks for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
ch23 rated for PSH: "Under the Sea" postcards on Jul 20, 2022
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Comment: Linda, you made my day! week! I love all the cards you sent-manatees are my fav! Love the vintage Disney!!! And I certainly love the note you sent. Your early morning coffee and chores sounds lovely! Have a nice day. And very cute sealife stamps!
Response: So good to hear that my cards pleased you, I enjoyed picking them out of my stash. I'm a big fan of manatees too and, as a kayaker, have had lots of wonderful interactions with them. Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—.
Tuutis rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #9G on Jul 19, 2022
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Comment: Firstly, great postcards, but I like your note so much, reading about your morning <3 and very very stylish envelope! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. So happy you liked the postcards and my note. Thanks for your comments & the ๐Ÿ’—
lrm1980 rated for AMA: Collage - Landscape on Jul 18, 2022
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Comment: So pretty! I love how you used old maps. Thank you. The spelling of your friendโ€™s name really solves the question: with an โ€œaโ€ or an โ€œeโ€? Neither! :)
Response: Glad you liked my map-scape! Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—
Lyndylou5 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #188 on Jul 17, 2022
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Comment: Welcome back to Swap-Bot! These are great postcards, thank you so much! And I really appreciate and like the envelope you made, and all the postage stamps you used. And of course the playing cards are much loved, especially the mini one. Thank you, thank you for this great swap! I've vacationed in Asheville, NC and I super enjoyed hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway while I was there. So many waterfalls! But yeah, I'm still sticking close to home too. There are so many local hikes to do, that aren't used much on weekdays, so now that I'm retired these are perfect trails for day hikes. Stay safe! Wishing you all the best.
Response: So pleased you liked the postcards and extras I sent. Wish we could take a hike together! Thanks for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—
Kvwanderlost rated for PH: Famous People #3 on Jul 17, 2022
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Comment: So good to get your swap Linda, beginning with the beautiful envie it came in. Yep winters in Mexico, I'm not doing the cold weather ANYMORE! I hope we swap again soon, have a great day :)
Response: My pleasure. Great reuniting again. Thanks for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—
lynnpinkdaisy rated for PH: Non-Touristy PC #9 on Jul 11, 2022
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Comment: Lol! I find that I have been getting the same swap partners lately too! I loved the envie that you made. I carefully opened it so I could save the paper. I also enjoy Shel Silverstein and have a bunch of his postage stamps. All the postcards are cool! The one with an "L" on it made me smile. Thank you for the extra Holiday Inn one! I'm a softie for those!
Response: Delighted that you liked my swap. Thank you for your rating & ๐Ÿ’—

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Comments

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!

shirleyinCA on May 6, 2022:

P.S. Thank you for the cute Minnie Mouse notecard, too!

shirleyinCA on May 6, 2022:

Hope you see this! Thank you so much for the wonderful packet of all those darling little Little Golden Books! And the 2 little Sendak books are utterly delightful! I have a full size Potter's Mrs Tiggle Wiggle but now I have the tiny version and love it! And I have not seen The Tale of Pigling Bland so that is a real treat! To top off your surprise for me, it did arrive before my birthday - so that brought me extra smiles. Many, many thanks. Writing to you soon - take care.

Mark63 on Feb 7, 2022:

Hi, Iโ€™m back! Hope youโ€™ve been keeping well ๐Ÿ˜€ If youโ€™re interested, Iโ€™ve put up a swap. Regards Mark

Mark63 on Feb 7, 2022:
bbsporty on Dec 25, 2021:

susieq11 on Nov 29, 2021:

Stopping by to say hello! : )

susieq11 on Aug 4, 2021:

Iโ€™m thrilled you like the book and are enjoying it! I was happy to give it a good home : ) Hope you have a good day today and Iโ€™ll be thinking of you! xoxo

susieq11 on Jul 12, 2021:

Great poppy notecard and rubber stamps on the envelope! So fun! : )

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